White Claw Alcohol Content: How Strong Are Hard Seltzers?

White Claw Variety Pack

White Claw has quickly become one of the most popular hard seltzer brands in North America.

Available in a variety of flavors, with fewer calories and carbs than most beers, it’s no wonder White Claw has become the go to drink for men and women everywhere!

How much alcohol is in White Claw Hard Seltzer?

While White Claw tastes great and it is popular with anyone interested in a healthier lifestyle, you may be wondering about White Claw’s alcohol content.

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.

White Claws might not have the same alcohol by volume as some other alcoholic drinks, but this hard seltzer can definitely get you drunk… so you should probably pace yourself!

White Claw box
White Claw Variety Pack

What Kind of Alcohol is in White Claw?

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

Although White Claw is technically considered a malt beverage, the alcohol in it is made by fermenting cane sugar instead of using malted barley. Best of all, every White Claw Hard Seltzer flavor made in the United States and most of Canada are 100% 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 for White Claws sold in Quebec cannot be verified. These products may contain gluten.

Are White Claws 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 tastes great.

Is White Claw Hard Seltzer Healthier Than Beer?

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

Is White Claw Hard Seltzer healthier than beer?

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.

Just remember that even with White Claw’s easy drinking taste, they’re still alcoholic drinks. Drink too many too quickly and you’ll get drunk. It’s best to be sensible!

White Claw lime on ice
White Claw Lime on Ice

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

White Claw Alcohol Content (Mystery Solved!)

Now that you know all about White Claw’s alcohol content, it might be time to pick up a few hard seltzers, invite some friends over for a party, and see if White Claw lives up to the hype!

By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.