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Air: Alcohol Inspired Refresher - Review

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Air is a new malt beverage that tastes mostly just like sparkling water

With the trend of "healthy" drinking on the rise, Air (Alcohol Inspired Refresher) has set out to change what we associate with the term "malt beverage." The slender can holds twelve ounces of clear, carbonated beverage with just four per cent alcohol. At 95 calories, the ingredients are few: water with a hint of either berry, citrus or "club soda" flavor. And that is exactly what it tastes like.

While "refreshed" may not be the exact word for how we felt sipping the berry version, the liquid went down as smoothly as any alcohol-free beverage such as plain sparkling water. Though it is being advertised as an alternative to a vodka and soda, there was none of the stinging effect that often accompanies liquor, just a hint of malt on the finish.

At 8 proof, the new beverage has about the same strength as beer, but it's a lot lighter in flavor and body. So if you're not a beer-drinker and you don't want a strong drink, then Air is a good choice.

Price: $6.99 for a 4-pack of 12 oz cans; available at organic grocery stores such as Whole Foods as well as trendy bars and clubs

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