Four Loko malt beverages have courted their share of controversy since their introduction in 2005.
The powerful drink originally contained caffeine, making it a favorite of college kids everywhere.
Four Loko has since removed the caffeine from its iconic cans while maintaining the sweet, unique flavors that put it on the map.
These Four Loko flavors range from classic fruit to vaguely mysterious while retaining the brand’s signature high alcohol content.
Watermelon is a difficult flavor to synthesize. Most attempts to replicate the fruit’s distinct summertime taste result in a saccharine and oppressive sweetness.
Four Loko acknowledges this difficulty, creating a unique, candy-flavored drink. Drinkers hoping for an authentic melon experience may be disappointed with the beverage. However, fans of watermelon Jolly Ranchers and Airheads will love the 12 percent abv malt liquor.
Our tongues are designed to enjoy an array of flavors. Choosing whether you want salty, sweet, bitter, or sour can be challenging. Sour apple Four Loko eradicates some of that indecision. The beverage combines the best elements of sweet and sour into one delicious sip.
The 14 percent abv drink has a pleasant sour edge without being oppressive.
Four Loko throws drinkers for a loop with their red flavor. The label is ambiguous; red can represent fruit, from strawberries to apples. Many of us associate red flavor with childhood juices like Hawaiian Punch.
Four Loko defies our fruity expectations by making their red-flavored drink taste like Swedish Fish. Technically, Swedish Fish are lingonberry flavored, though few associate the taste with the fruit. The malt liquor contains 14 percent abv.
Sour Mango Hard Seltzer
Four Loko tried their hand at hard seltzer with this sour mango concoction. The refreshing beverage provides a pleasant hint of sweet, tangy fruit, chased by a subtle sour pucker. Four Loko Sour Mango Hard Seltzer has zero grams of sugar, making it a light, pleasant sip.
The drink doesn’t betray the Four Loko ethos, however. Each can contains 12 percent abv.
Four Loko Electric Lemonade tastes like the summertime standard on steroids. Each sip contains the full flavor profile of everyone’s favorite citrus drink. The lemonade flavor is tart and tangy, with just enough sweetness to cut through the sourness.
Four Loko Electric Lemonade isn’t for everyone at the picnic; each serving contains 14 percent abv.
Four Loko Sour Grape provides a more adult twist on the classic grape soda. The 14 percent abv content raises the age of admission, but the sour pucker also draws a more mature palate. That said, the beverage errs towards sweet.
The candy-flavored drink leaves a bit of an aftertaste.
What could be more mysterious than popping open a can of Four Loko Black? Traditionally a color and not a flavor, the name “black” provides few clues as to what the beverage you’re about to drink will taste like.
Four Loko Black is a bait and switch. The liquid is actually green and tastes similar to Mountain Dew. Each 14 percent abv serving carries lemon-lime undertones.
Four Loko believes if a fruit tastes good on its own, it’s even better sour. Though melon seldom gets the pucker treatment, the malt liquor pioneers couldn’t resist the challenge.
Four Loko uses its classic watermelon flavor as the foundation for the sour melon variety. The drink is sweet and candylike. Each serving packs a 14 percent abv punch.
Peach is one of the most beloved and adaptable fruit flavors. Georgia’s signature export infuses Four Loko with mild sweetness and the faintest hint of tanginess.
Four Loko peach capitalizes on the flavor, packing each sip with plenty of fruit flavor. This variety is among the brand’s most celebrated, earning raves with its smooth, easy taste profile.
Black Cherry Seltzer
Four Loko Black Cherry Seltzer provides a Four Loko twist to the popular field of hard seltzers. The refreshing drink captures the rich flavor of the popular fruit with just a hint of sweetness.
Four Loko Black Cherry Seltzer contains no sugar, making it a lighter option. The drink has 12 percent abv and 100 grams of sugar per serving.
Four Loko continues its established tradition of inscrutable color names with the Gold variety. Four Loko gold is possibly the brand’s most divisive flavor. The drink tastes similar to energy drinks like Red Bull or Monster. Like those beverages, drinkers either love the liquor or hate it.
Four Loko Gold contains 14 percent abv, so while it tastes like an energy drink, it’s unlikely to give you any extra pep.
By the legal drinking age, most of us have had a run-in with fruit punch. The drink doesn’t taste like any other fruit. The flavor profile is sweet and a little tart.
Four Loko Fruit Punch captures the nostalgic taste of Hawaiian Punch but adds a 12 percent abv kick to each serving.
Four Loko Blue Razz adds a sour pucker to the classic blue raspberry flavor. The drink is sweet and fruity, with plenty of berry taste.
Four Loko Blue Razz tastes a bit like a melted Slushie. The sour is mild and unlikely to overwhelm sensitive palates. The drink’s 14 percent abv promises drinkers a warm, fuzzy feeling by the end of the can.
Warheads Sour Cosmic Punch
Lovers of sour flavors know they’re in good hands when they read the name “Warheads.” The candy brand paired with Four Loko to make sour cosmic punch, a powerful variation on fruit punch.
While the Warhead flavor may transport you back to childhood, the 13.9 percent abv content reminds you that Warheads Sour Cosmic Punch is an adults-only beverage.
Strawberry lemonade is a timeless pairing. The lovely pink drink is a summertime standard, the perfect blend of refreshing and tart.
Four Loko Strawberry Lemonade captures the sweetness of strawberries and the bright citrus tang of lemonade. The perfectly balanced drink has 12 percent abv. The beverage goes down easily, refreshing as it intoxicates.
Much like the Four Loko Sour Grape previously addressed on this list, Four Loko Grape doesn’t taste much like the actual fruit. The malt beverage interpretation leans towards grape soda-sweet and candylike.
Unlike a can of grape soda, a serving of Four Loko Grape contains 12 percent abv, so savor each sip.
Four Loko USA
Four Loko USA tastes like America, and apparently, America tastes like sour white cherry. The perfect Fourth of July beverage, Four Loko USA strives to represent each color of the American flag through bright, full fruit flavor.
Each serving of Four Loko USA contains 14 percent abv, so leave setting off fireworks for those abstaining.
Four Loko covers a wide range of fruit flavors. The brand features sour, sweet, and tangy tastes and some mysterious varieties. There is a Four Loko flavor for every taste preference.
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