This Is the Most Popular Hard Seltzer in America, According to Data

Ted Lang
·4 min read

Whether you call it hard seltzer, spiked seltzer, or hard sparkling water, one thing is for sure—the newest alcoholic beverage trend is, by all accounts, here to stay. According to NielsenIQ, the most recent annual total hard seltzer sales were $2.7 billion, which was 10 percent of the entire beer, flavored malt beverage, and cider market. And it’s not just one or two behemoths that are fueling the swell. At the beginning of 2018, there were 10 hard seltzer brands on the market. Over the course of a year, that number expanded to 26, and now there are more than 65 brands to choose from. But with more than five dozen choices, where do the uninitiated go to dip their toe in the pool of spiked seltzer? Well, Best Life is here to tell you. We’ve combed the most recent available data to determine which of the major brands is churning out the most popular hard seltzer in America.

First, we analyzed the market share of the leading hard seltzer brands using data provided by industry information site The Drinks Business. Then, we factored in the ever-important influence of social media by gathering the number of followers each brand has on Instagram. (Note: Some brands don’t have an Instagram handle unique to their hard seltzer because they are marketed along with other beverages under a flagship brand.) In addition, we included survey results tallied by YouGov on the popularity (who likes the brand) and the fame (who’s heard of the brand) of each seltzer in our study. Finally, after scouring dozens of internet rankings, we incorporated Mashed's analysis of the best and worst hard seltzers on the market.

We then assigned each of the five metrics a weighted value before running them through our exclusive algorithm to determine how each seltzer scored on our 100-point scale Seltzer Satisfaction Index. With so many brands out there, we decided to showcase the top eight, as data became increasingly hard to access for lesser known brands. So sit back, crack open a can of your favorite beverage—be it hard or soft, sparkling or flat—and read on to find out the most popular hard seltzer in America. And for a bubbly beverage that isn't up to consumers' standards, This Is the Most Unpopular Soda in America, According to Data.

Editor’s note: “N/A” indicates that data was not available for that particular metric. We adjusted the algorithm to ensure that each brand was scored fairly and accurately.

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8

Natural Light Seltzer

Market share: N/A

Instagram followers: N/A

YouGov popularity rank: 8

YouGov fame rank: 6

Mashed rank: 12

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 0.00

7

Henry's Hard Sparkling Water

Market share: 3.41 percent

Instagram followers: 3,208

YouGov popularity rank: 7

YouGov fame rank: 9

Mashed rank: 13

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 0.92

6

Corona Hard Seltzer

Market share: 1.10 percent

Instagram followers: N/A

YouGov popularity rank: 3

YouGov fame rank: 3

Mashed rank: N/A

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 4.50

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5

Smirnoff Seltzer

Market share: N/A

Instagram followers: N/A

YouGov popularity rank: 1

YouGov fame rank: 2

Mashed rank: 14

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 6.69

4

Bud Light Seltzer

Market share: 9.00 percent

Instagram followers: N/A

YouGov popularity rank: 5

YouGov fame rank: 1

Mashed rank: N/A

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 7.74

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3

Bon Viv Spiked Seltzer

Market share: 7.40 percent

Instagram followers: 45,900

YouGov popularity rank: 11

YouGov fame rank: 19

Mashed rank: 3

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 22.97

2

Truly Hard Seltzer

Market share: 21.80 percent

Instagram followers: 85,500

YouGov popularity rank: 6

YouGov fame rank: 8

Mashed rank: 2

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 50.21

1

White Claw Hard Seltzer

Market share: 58.60 percent

Instagram followers: 184,000

YouGov popularity rank: 2

YouGov fame rank: 5

Mashed rank: 1

Seltzer Satisfaction Index Score: 100.00

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