About Flavored Malt Beverages

Flavored malt beverages encompass a wide range of hard sodas, hard seltzers, and malt-based ready-to-drink cocktails all made with malt-derived alcohol instead of distilled spirits.

Top Picks for Flavored Malt Beverages

Indeed Brewing Company Boon Blueberry Basil Hard Kombucha
96 points
Rich fuscia color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, Thai basil, and hints of cucumber with a round, tangy, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with accents of berry vinaigrette, fresh basil bouquet, and white pepper. A lively and balanced Hard Kombucha busting with fresh basil flavors and natural berry.
KYLA Sunbreak Series Lavender Lemonade Hard Kombucha
96 points
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Brilliant light hazy pink color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lavender-grapefruit coulis, spiced citrus and melon, and rose petal with a round, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, very long finish with accents of grapefruit rind, leafy herbs, and baked lemon. An appealing, very cocktail-like Hard Kombucha falling somewhere between a Bramble and a Greyhound.
Awards: 2021 Best FMB
Quirk Watermelon Salt & Lime Hard Seltzer
94 points
Silver color. Attractive aromas and flavors of freshly sliced cucumber with a drizzle of honey with a round, crisp, fizzy, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows elements of lemon spritz. A fresh, inviting cucumber-y melon Hard Seltzer that slaps!
KYLA Berry Ginger Hard Kombucha
94 points
$0
Bright cloudy light coral red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh ginger, ripe cherry, and lemon-herb vinaigrette with a satiny, tangy, dryish full body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows shades of tart raspberry and lemongrass. A pleasingly dry and refreshing boozy Kombucha with a spicy kick; this is an outstanding single serve option with complex, grown-up flavors that awaken the palate.
Quirk Grapefruit Twist Hard Seltzer
93 points
Hazy strawsilver color. Aromas of lemon spritz and sweet yogurt with a supple, vibrant, fizzy, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk sparkling Italian lemonade finish. A juicy, refreshing and dry grapefruit seltzer that satisfies.
KYLA Hibiscus Lime Hard Kombucha
93 points
$0
Hazy neon light ruby color. Exotic aromas and flavors of herbs de provence, pomegranate-cherry gastrique, sourdough starter, and bay leaf in lilac water with a supple, vibrant, dry medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of berry vinaigrette on root vegetables, watercress, and quince. A dry Hard Kombucha that walks an artisanal line and eschews sugary seduction.
KYLA Pink Grapefruit Hard Kombucha
93 points
$0
Pale hazy pink color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, dried grapefruit wheels, hints of pickling spice, and hints of white tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with hints of rosemary. A bright and balanced tangy refresher with pure grapefruit flavors.
Kirkland Signature Lime Fruit-Flavored Hard Seltzer
92 points
Clear color. Aromas of lemon lime soda with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long lime-spritzed mango, hints of pineapple, and lemon drop candies finish. A tasty, tropical seltzer treat; stylish, instantly appealing and crushable.
KYLA Sunbreak Series Sunset Trio Hard Kombucha
92 points
$0
Light hazy gold color. Tropical aromas of chocolate tangerine peels, kumquat, and peach herbal tea with a round, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, long tropical fruit salad and champagne vinaigrette finish. A refreshing tropical punch-like Hard Kombucha
Quirk Spiked & Sparkling Strawberry Lemon & Basil Fruit-Flavored Hard Seltzer
92 points
Hazy slivery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of tropical skittles, rainbow sherbet, and watermelon and green apple candies with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish. A dry, tangy and refreshing Hard Seltzer with big fruity character.
Awards: 2021 Best Hard Seltzer