Bud Light Seltzer Review: Orange Hard Soda
Bud Light Seltzer Orange Hard Soda is Just What the Doctor Ordered
Back in 1906, a man named J.M. Thompson of Chicago invented what would be regarded as the first orange soda, Orange Crush. It took a few years to form the recipe, and by 1911 beverage chemist Neil C. Ward had perfected the process for blending ingredients, and Orange Crush rolled out nationally. The use of the word “crush” referred to the process by which oils were extracted from orange skins to achieve the soda’s unique flavor. Though orange soda has been a small player in the soda market overall, its popularity has been consistent through the past century and is even growing. Orange has similarly been a popular flavor with hard seltzer brands, so it almost seems a natural progression to combine orange soda and hard seltzer. Making this impressive entry into the orange hard soda market is Bud Light Seltzer Orange Hard Soda.
Given a vibrant orange color by the mixologists at Budweiser, Bud Light Seltzer Orange Hard Soda has a lot to be excited about. When you open a can of this hard seltzer, you’ll find yourself inhaling the scent of orange essence. The scent is not far off from a non-alcoholic orange soda. There is no scent of alcohol in the air, just sweet citrus. Of course, there is alcohol in the mix. In fact, this Bud Light offering has a respectable 5% alcohol by volume (ABV). It has the kind of alcohol kick you’d expect from a typical hard seltzer.
In terms of flavor, this hard seltzer is reminiscent of Sunkist brand orange soda. It is an attractive taste that will remind you of other artificially flavored orange products – like orange wedge candy. Bud Light makes this hard soda with water, cold-fermented cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, sodium citrate, sucralose, acesulfame K, malted rice, yellow #6, gum arabic, and ester gum. This is twice as many ingredients as Bud Light Premium Blood Orange, which could be attributed to the addition of artificial color and sweeteners to this orange hard soda. Mixed together, these ingredients really pack a flavor punch – which is exactly what you want in an orange soda. The sweetness of the hard seltzer is pretty spot on to that of a traditional orange soda. You could argue that Bud Light Seltzer Orange Hard Soda tastes a bit like an orange sucker, but with a smooth boozy finish. You can taste the alcohol, but it isn’t overwhelming. Each can of this tempting drink has just 100 calories. It is a gluten-free beverage with 2 grams of total carbs and 0 grams of added sugar.
Bud Light Seltzer Orange Hard Soda has a Subtle Alcohol Flavor
Ever since orange soda was first invented in 1906, consumers have flocked to get their hands on this delicious soft drink. Now bringing this popular flavor to the hard seltzer community is Bud Light Seltzer Orange Hard Soda. Unlike many seltzers, you can taste traces of the alcohol when you take a sip of this selection. It isn’t off putting at all. The subtle alcohol flavor blends nicely with the orange zest. In total, the drink has a 5% ABV, which seltzer drinkers will recognize as an average alcohol content. This hard seltzer falls pretty average on calories as well – just 100 calories per can. Orange Hard Soda has 0 grams of added sugars and 2 grams of total carbs.
If you are a hard seltzer fan who has been waiting for a premium orange soda variety, this yummy taste sensation may be just what the doctor ordered.
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