Low Carb Beer? Yes Please.

Researchers all over the globe have disagreements about how and why a diet works. The reasons are as long as a grocery list but curiously there is one thing that they agree on. The most effective diet is the one that you can stay on. Incorporating the things that we love into our low carb diets can be very problematic, or as I like to say “sucky”. Sometimes you just want to have a beer and not worry about the carbs or calories. If you are on a diet though it’s something you have to consider. It’s may not be a bad thing overall either to try to live a healthier lifestyle with fewer carbs.

When I started researching this topic my expectations were pretty low. I think we’ve all seen the commercials for the big manufacturers low carb and low calorie beers. I’ve even tried a few. Some of them are pretty good, while others leave out the flavor along with the carbs. What I found was a Craft beer industry that was smarter than I anticipated. There are a number of low carb craft beers out there for those of us on a diet or looking to improve our lifestyle. So we’ll go over all the low carb options from major manufacturers to the relatively unknown. It’s up to you then to see what ones might make the list of beers you’ll want to try.

Low Carb and Very Available Options

While the Craft Beer industry has had a major push in the last decade, that can’t be said for every part of the country. In some areas there isn’t a local brewery to go to when you want a beer. So in honor of all those who don’t have anything local and are used to the major brands that are always available we’ll start with the mostly widely available low carb beers.

Corona Premier

Carbs: 2.6 grams

Calories: 90

ABV: 4%

IS there anything better than popping a lime into a Corona at the beach? Seriously? This is a classic and it’s a blessing to all of that this comes available in a low carb option now.

Budweiser Select 55

Carbs: 1.8 grams

Calories: 55

ABV: 2.8%

Budweiser has a very light option available that is sure to please those that are looking to cut carbs and calories. The only knock that I’ve heard on this beer is that it isn’t very full-bodied, in other words, the taste is a little light along with the carbs.

MGD Light

Carbs: 2.4 grams

Calories: 135

ABV: 4.5%

I think it’s almost mandatory to include something from Miller if it fits the requirements. Miller is a staple of the U.S. beer market. There are some that prefer the full-bodied taste to other light beers so if there is light option, Miller lovers are going to go for it.

Michelob Ultra

Carbs: 2.6 grams

Calories: 95

ABV: 4.2

The commercials you see for this beer are kind of uppity. Honestly, I get that fit, skinny people are probably good at making health conscious and carb smart choices. A lot of us, and I mean A LOT are not that conscious. So, all bad commercials and marketing aside, it’s a pretty good beer.

Not as Available But Tastes Great

Craft brew is where it’s at these days. They are brewed specifically with taste in mind. The major beers are of course based on taste but are more about a sustainable and mass producible product. Craft Breweries are all about flavor first, and they figure out how to mass produce it later. That is why many people are so big on craft brews. So for those of you who are in search of a better tasting beer here are some options to help stay carb conscious while keeping the taste.

Lakefront Brewery Eazy Teazy Ale

Carbs: 5.85 grams

Calories: 99

ABV: 3.4 %

Brewed with Green and Oolong teas this beer is a very refreshing alternative to the norm. It’s an easy drinking with only 99 calories! If you see it. Grab it. Even if you aren’t on a diet.

Deschutes Brewery Da Shootz! Pilsner

Carbs: 4.2 grams

Calories: 99

ABV: 4%

If you like the traditional pilsner style then you are going to love the new take on this classic. Brewed with a toasty and citrus flavor, you are sure to love this one.

Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty IPA

Carbs: 3.6 grams

Calories: 95

ABV: 4%

If you are looking for a slightly bitter and slightly sweet beer with hints of tropical flavor then this is your ticket. Dogfish Head pumps out some of the best IPA’s around so it’s no surprise their low carb option is delicious.

Shiner Ruby Redbird Lager

Carbs: 3.1 grams

Calories: 95

ABV: 4.01

If you’re a fan of fruit flavored beer then this is definitely one for you to try. It has a sweet and sour grapefruit flavor to it which gives it an incredibly refreshing taste. It stands out among most beers, not just low carb options.

Lagunitas DayTime IPA

Carbs: 3 grams

Calories: 98

ABV: 4%

If you love the hoppy style of a good IPA then you also know they usually run pretty high on the carb and calorie count. This flies in the face of IPA convention and offers a full-bodied IPA taste without all of the extras.

If you feel so inclined, you can even find calorie and carb conscious brewing kits that you can do at home. So if you are one of the unlucky people that doesn’t have any of these beers in your distribution area then Amazon has you covered with this do it yourself kit.

Everything in Moderation, Does That Ring A Bell?

When you boil it all down, the fact of the matter is that diets are about moderation. Learning to eat what you need and not what you want is the best philosophy for dieting. Sure, it works for some but the majority of us enjoy things that we shouldn’t have too much to completely give them up. It’s different for everyone. I remember the movie This Is 40 with Paul Rudd and how he snuck cupcakes all of the time. You need to make some room in your diet to have the things you enjoy or, as most experts agree, it’s likely to fail.

One of these things is Beer. It’s as American as Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and West Coast Rap. It’s especially important during summer to make sure you are making smart choices when you know you’ll be out on the boat all day or at the beach. These are the times when the beer flows pretty smoothly and it’s hard to say no to an ice-cold beer, which by the way, you should check out the Yeti Colster to keep your beer ice-cold all day. Unless you are the designated driver, then you should always know when to stop or better yet, don’t start. In any case you need to make smart choices when it comes to your drink choices. Diets are hard work. Being informed and doing your research is the best way to help you avoid the pitfalls of most diets. So have fun, be safe, and drink up! Cheers.

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