If anyone digs into the alcohol review section here at NeuFutur, it should be pretty obvious that we like our high-octane stouts and bitter AF India Pale Ales. I must admit I’ve scoffed at the shift towards lighter flavored seltzers and pilsners over the course of the last few years, but Oskar Blues has crafted a tetrad of offerings that bit in perfectly alongside their other efforts.
Wild Basin, Oskar Blues’s boozy take on sparkling water is offered in Blueberry Mango, Black Raspberry, Strawberry Coconut, and Yumberry Flavors. The flavorings for each variety come from natural flavors, while there’s little more present in each can than cane sugar and citric acid. The flavors here are greater than they would be in a traditional seltzer but come in a more delicate fashion than the typical sorts of sparkling waters that you would find at a Wal-Mart or other supermarket. Aside from a paltry 100 calories per can, there’s not much else to worry about fitting into one’s macros (Wild Basin only contains a gram of carbs per 12 ounce serving).
There’s a solid amount of differentiation between each type of Wild Basin. There’s a bit more tartness in Black Raspberry while Yumberry has a hard flavor profile to point down. The Blueberry Mango comes forth as a delectable sweet meets sour blend, while the Strawberry Coconut will appease fans of a creamy / fruity mixup (e.g. Pina Coladas and Orange Dreamcicles).
Those looking to have a light and effervescent experience over the course of a hot summer night would do well to search out Wild Basin throughout all of Oskar Blues’s footprint. The 5% ABV and clarity of the brew ensures that one can tip back a few cans and likely avoid the logeyness and general malaise that presents itself the morning after a few.