What Kind of Alcohol Is in White Claw? (White Claw 101)

White Claw Variety Pack

To say that White Claw is one of the most popular hard seltzer brands in North America would be a major understatement.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that White Claw hard seltzer is an alcoholic beverage that has become incredibly popular with both men and women because of its easy drinking taste and low in calories.

White Claw Hard Seltzer is an iconic brand that has quickly become a household name with its light, fruity flavors spiked with gluten-free malt alcohol. The beverage comes in a trendy skinny can and has become incredibly popular since its introduction in 2016.

In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions people have about White Claw.

How Much Alcohol Does White Claw Contain?

With a name like White Claw Hard Seltzer, you know it’s an alcoholic beverage but how much alcohol does it contain?

White Claw Hard Seltzer contains 5% ABV (alcohol by volume) in the USA and Canada. White Claw produced for international markets contains 4.5% ABV. If you want something a little stronger, White Claw Surge has 8% ABV.

It never hurts to have a little variety!

White Claw box

Is White Claw Stronger Than Beer or Wine?

White Claw Hard Seltzer contains alcohol but is it stronger than beer or wine?

White Claw Hard Seltzer has 5% ABV (alcohol by volume) which is comparable to the alcohol in popular beers like a Bud Light or Coors Light. Most wines have around 12% ABV but the serving size is smaller. If you’re a beer or wine drinker, you’ll find White Claw is similar in strength.

If you drink craft beers or IPAs, you might be used to a higher ABV of 6-8%. White Claw Hard Seltzer Surge is 8% ABV and has the same great taste.

White Claw lime over ice

Are White Claw Hard Seltzers Healthier Than Beer?

White Claw contains seltzer water, alcohol, and natural fruit flavors. The simple ingredient list and low-calorie count have made White Claw the go to beverage for anyone focused on a healthier lifestyle. 

Many people consider White Claw Hard Seltzers to be a healthier beverage option when compared to beer. A 12 oz (355 ml) can of White Claw has 100 calories and 2 grams of carbohydrates where a most beers will have between 100 – 150 calories and up to 13 grams of carbs per serving.

With White Claw, you can enjoy a fun alcoholic beverage without the extra carbs and calories.

Is White Claw Gluten Free?

What if you’re concerned about gluten… Is White Claw gluten-free?

All White Claw Hard Seltzer flavors made in the United States are 100% gluten-free. Although White Claw is technically considered a malt beverage, the alcohol in it is made by fermenting cane sugar instead of with malted barley.

White Claw beverages available in the United States and most of Canada are gluten-free.

Products found in Quebec grocery and convenience stores are fermented from grains that contain gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content cannot be verified, and the products may contain gluten.

Is White Claw Keto Friendly?

What if you’re on the keto diet… is White Claw keto friendly?

Typically, a ketogenic diet means that you eat high fat and very low carbohydrate with a bit of protein in the mix. The biggest thing to look at with alcoholic beverages while on a ketogenic diet is the carbohydrate content.

White Claw hard seltzers are a great choice for a keto-friendly alcoholic beverage. White Claws have only 2 grams of carbohydrates per serving, so it wouldn’t have a huge impact on your overall carb intake on a keto diet. 

If you are following a strict ketogenic diet, it’s not recommended to indulge in alcoholic beverages all the time. The minimal carbohydrates you are allotted per day should be food-based whenever possible. However, a White Claw every now and then is a great way to have a drink and stay in ketosis.

What Flavors of White Claw Are Available?

White Claw comes in a bunch of different flavors. You’re bound to find some that you like!

White Claw Hard Seltzer

White Claw Hard Seltzer contains 5% ABV, 100 calories, and 2g of carbs per 12 oz (355 ml) can. It is available in the following flavors:

  • Black Cherry
  • Mango
  • Watermelon
  • Natural Lime
  • Ruby Grapefruit
  • Raspberry
  • Lemon
  • Tangerine
  • Strawberry
  • Blackberry
  • Pineapple

White Claw Hard Seltzer Surge

White Claw Hard Seltzer Surge contains 8% ABV, 2g of carbs per 12 oz (355 ml) can. It is available in the following flavors:

  • Blackberry
  • Natural Lime
  • Blood Orange
  • Cranberry

White Claw Hard Seltzer Iced Tea

White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea is made using the BrewPure® process, sustainably sourced brewed tea. It contains 5% ABV, 100 calories, and 2g of carbs per 12oz (355ml) can. Flavors include:

  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Raspberry
  • Peach

Now You Know!

Maybe you’ve been curious about White Claw Hard Seltzer but have wondered what all of the fuss is about. It’s a great-tasting alcoholic beverage that is low in calories and carbs and has taken North America by storm.

It might be time to stock your fridge with some White Claw this weekend, invite some friends over, and find out if it lives up to the hype!

By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.