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    Americans Are Obsessed With White Claw, So We Tried It To See What The Hype Is All About

    "Holy crap, these are so dangerous because they don't taste alcoholic at all."

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    If you don't already know, White Claw is a type of hard seltzer — basically alcoholic sparkling water — that's developed a HUGE following in the US.

    Seriously, it's so popular, it's even spawned a number of memes, especially since YouTuber Trevor Wallace dropped this hilarious parody video last year, which went mega viral.

    Now, White Claw has landed in Australia, so in the interest of ~scientific research~, Hameda and I decided to test them out and see if they're as good as our US counterparts say they are.

    Three White Claw cans (Mango, Ruby Grapefruit and Natural Lime) standing on top of concrete
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    FYI — White Claw comes in a bunch of delish-sounding flavours, like Black Cherry and Watermelon. At the moment, only Natural Lime, Ruby Grapefruit and Mango are available in Oz, so that's what we taste tested. They also retail for $23.99 for a pack of four.

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    Hameda: This was the first flavour I tried and I was floored at the result! It's super bubbly, but not in a way that hurts your throat if you're going in for a big glug. Plus, the lime flavour isn't that gross artificial stuff you might be expecting — it's super light and the perfect accompaniment to any little shindigs you're having this summer.

    Isha: Holy crap, these are so dangerous because they don't taste alcoholic at all. Like, I took three big gulps before I had to remind myself that one of these cans is 1.2 standard drinks. Taste wise though? Delicious, refreshing and the perfect thing to be sipping while you're lying on the beach on a hot summer's day.

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    Hameda: Listen, I usually hate all mango flavoured things — I love the fruit, but I feel like things that are meant to taste like mango kind of suck. But, I was pleasantly surprised! This one was a little sweeter than the lime, but not in a way that'd give you a horrific headache later. I honestly can't believe how easy these go down considering the alcohol content and could definitely see myself smashing a few of these at a party.

    Isha: Unlike Hameda, mango-flavoured anything is totally up my alley, so I was really looking forward to trying this flavour. This one really did not disappoint — it was slightly sweeter, which I liked because I'm not a huge fan of sparkling water so that kind of masked the taste. Overall, big tick from me and I would happily drink this again.

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    Hameda: When I say this will now be my go-to bevvie, I'm not exaggerating. It's the perfect combination of slightly sweet and slightly tart, so it's not something you'd get sick of anytime soon. I think the subtlety of the flavour here was what made it, so if you're a fan of sparkling water, you'll absolutely love this one.

    Isha: This one surprised me! I was expecting it to be a lot more flavourful, but you more so just get the teeniest tiniest hint of grapefruit. It's definitely more on the bitter side, so I can't say it's my favourite of the bunch. But, if I was at a party and this was on offer, I would still happily drink it.

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    Hameda: I've tried alcoholic sparkling waters (or seltzers) like this before and usually the alcoholic taste bubbles up against your tastebuds, which will usually trigger some sort of unpleasant facial expression. These ones were so subtle that I barely tasted any alcohol at all! They were just super refreshing and a real delight, which you know, please drink responsibly because these guys definitely go down a little too easy.

    Isha: I've heard a lot about White Claw from friends who live in the US — but did they live up to the hype? I'm not so sure. On one hand, they are the PERFECT summer drink — super refreshing, delicious and most likely a crowd favourite when mates come over (Mango is still my favourite, by far). But, at the same time, I feel like none of these particular flavours blew my mind. Plus, they're a little on the exxy side. In saying that, I would totally be down to try some of the other flavours, like Watermelon and Black Cherry, once they land in Australia.

    If you want to try White Claw for yourself, you can grab them at Dan Murphy's!

    Trevor Wallace / Via Twitter: @TrevWall

    Also, please remember to drink responsibly — especially since these are SO easy to gulp down.