The Comeback of Zima: Enjoying the Refreshing Taste of the 90s!

Zima was a unique and often polarizing drink that hit the market in 1993. It was marketed as an alternative to , , and hard liquor and featured a light, clear, -flavored . Zima was a big hit with young adults and teenagers of the 1990s, but its popularity eventually waned.

Zima was brewed by Miller Company and had an alcoholic content of 4.7%. The drink had a slightly sweet flavor due to the addition of citrus flavors such as lemon-lime, orange, and tangerine. It also contained small amounts of corn syrup and natural flavors, including juniper berry extract.

The drink was sold in distinctive clear glass bottles with a blue label featuring the Zima logo of an abstract “Z” shape atop a large white circle. The packaging was designed to stand out from traditional beer bottles at the time.

The drink's popularity grew steadily throughout the mid-1990s before peaking in 1996 when it sold over 2 million nationwide. However, sales began to decline soon ater as other flavored malt beverages such as Smirnoff Ice entered the market. By 1997, sales had dropped to just over 1 million barrels per year – less than half of what they had been at their peak – and Zima was discontinued in the United States shortly thereafter.

In recent years, there have been several attempts to revive the brand in different parts of the world including Japan (where it is still avalable today) and Australia (where it is now known as Breezer). However, these efforts have failed to generate significant interest in North America where Zima remains largely forgotten by younger generations who never experienced its short-lived heyday.

Though it may never recapture its forer glory, Zima remains an iconic part of 90s culture that will be remembered fondly by those who enjoyed it during its brief run on shelves across America.

Can I Purchase Zima?

Yes, you can still buy Zima, although it is not available in the United States. Zima ceased production in the United States in 2008, but it is still being produced and sold in Japan. If you would like to purchase Zima, you can find it at select retailers or online stores that specialize in imports. It may also be possible to purchase Zima from third-party sellers on sites such as eBay or Amazon. Keep in mind that shipping costs may be expensive due to the international nature of the transaction.

What Is the Taste of Zima?

A Zima is a clear, carbonated alcoholic beverage that was popular in the mid-1990s. It has a sweet, tart, and citrusy flavor, with mild notes of . The flavor is often compared to lemon-lime and is described as being similar to an adult version of Sprite or 7UP. The sweetness comes from the corn syrup used in its production. It also contains malted barley and for a slight hoppy bitterness that helps balance out the sweetness. The alcohol content is usually around 4.7%, making it a light and refreshing drink that doesn't taste overly boozy or strong.

Are Zima and White Claw Equivalent?

No, Zima and White Claw are not the same. Zima is a malt-based sweet carbonated beverage produced by MillerCoors LLC that has been discontinued in the US, but is still available in Japan. White Claw Seltzer is a sugar-free spiked seltzer produced by Mark Anthony Brands, a subsidiary of AnBev. While both beverages are carbonated, they differ significantly in terms of ingredients, taste, and alcohol content. Zima conains malt extract flavoring and 5% alcohol content while White Claw Seltzer contains no sugar and 5% alcohol content. Additionally, while Zima has a sweeter flavor profile due to its malt extract content, White Claw Seltzer has more of a citrus flavor as it is made with natural flavors and essences from a variety of fruits such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

Comparing Zima and Smirnoff Ice

No, Zima and Smirnoff Ice are not the same. While both are malt beverages with a light alcohol content, they differ in terms of flavor and ingredients. Zima was made with citrus-flavored malt and had 4.7-5.4% alcohol by volume, while Smirnoff Ice is flavored with vodka and has an alcohol content of 5%. The taste of Zima was described as sweet and fruity, while Smirnoff Ice has a tart flavor. Additionally, Smirnoff Ice contains citric acid, while Zima does not.

Bringing Back Zima: Is It Happening?

Yes, Zima is making a return this summer in limited release. The original clear malt beverage was first released by Coors Brewing Company (now Molson Coors Beverage Company) in the early 1990s and quickly gained popularity. However, sales declined and the drink was discontinued in 2008. After being absent from store shelves for 10 years, Zima is back for a limited-time run. The flavor has been updated with a splash of natural fruit flavors, but its signature clear color remains intact. It will be available in six packs of 12 oz bottles aross the United States starting this summer.

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The End of Zima: When Did It Stop Being Sold?

Zima was released in the United States in 1993 and was a popular drink until 2003 when sales began to greatly decline. In 2008, MillerCoors officially sopped selling Zima in the United States. However, the brand still remains popular in Japan and is sold there to this day.

Alcohol Content of Zima

A Zima contains 4.7% ABV (alcohol by volume), making it a great alternative for those looking for an alcoholic beverage but with a lower alcohol content than traditional beer. With its light and refreshing flavor, Zima is perfect for enjoying during summer days or any other time you want something a bit lighter than your usual beer.

What Does the Name ‘Zima' Represent?

Zima is a highly carbonated, clear malt beverage that was fist introduced by Coors Brewing in 1993. The beverage takes its name from the Slavic word for “winter,” as it was originally marketed as a summertime drink to be enjoyed during the warmer months. Zima's flavor is a blend of citrus and malt, which gives it a light taste and makes it an ideal choice for those who don't like the taste of traditional beer.


Zima is a citrus-flavored alcoholic beverage that was introduced in the United States by Coors in the early 1990s. It became popular among young adults and quickly gained a cult following, but its popularity soon declined and it was discontinued in 2008. Zima is ofen described as a clear, lightly carbonated drink with a sweet, fruity taste. It contained 4.7% alcohol by volume and was sold in 20-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans. Today, it has been re-introduced as an alcoholic beverage, although it is not as widely available as it once was. It remains a legendary drink among those who remember its heyday and can still be found at select bars and restaurants across the country.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.