Nutrl is a new line of ready-to-drink vodka seltzers flavored with real fruit juice, launched by Anheuser-Busch. There’s nothing particularly unique about the product line, but Nutrl is hoping to win over fans by offering these “unpretentious and uncomplicated,” refreshing, sessionable, low-calorie (100 calories per can), low-alcohol drinks, made with just vodka, seltzer, and real fruit juice.
Each is 4.5% abv.
Nutrl Pineapple Vodka Seltzer – This is a very refreshing drink, dangerously tempting to down after a run or a hike (or Crossfit, per the brand’s own example). It has a light and crisp taste and feel, with that tantalizing tropical accent popping nicely. The pineapple is rather subtle but not wanting, with just the right touch of fruitiness and tartness. The vodka is present, but it is one of the softest expressions of vodka I recall tasting in a ready-to-drink cocktail. The seltzer is probably the least noticeable element here, with the effervescence on the lower scale of other seltzer varieties. A
Nutrl Raspberry Vodka Seltzer – The raspberry flavor is a bit more brash on all levels and a bit of a letdown in comparison to the wonderfully balanced Pineapple. The nose and the palate of the raspberry is slightly medicinal, and although it’s not terribly sweet, it starts to wander into the likeness of fruit flavored cough syrup. I think you would have to be a die-hard raspberry fan for this to be your first pick. The vodka and effervescence is similarly pleasant as in the Pineapple. B-
Nutrl Watermelon Vodka Seltzer – The overall appeal of the Watermelon flavor lands somewhere between the Pineapple and Raspberry. The watermelon flavor reminds me of a sophisticated rendition on a Jolly Ranchers candy, but without the excess sweetness. The vodka is less noticeable, but there is an atypical bitterness to the watermelon fruit profile, which is probably attributed to the melding of the vodka with the fruit juice. Again, I appreciate how gently the vodka comes through in the blend. B+
each $15 per 6-pack / nutrlusa.com