The 20 Best Low-Calorie Beers (So You Can Drink Without The Guilt)

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The 20 Best Low Carb Beers To Stock Your Fridge With
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With the current wellness and dieting trends discouraging the use of high-carb diets, there's a long list of foods we may have to remove from our daily menus. This can also be the case with some of our favorite beverages as well, like beer.

Given this is a fan favorite for many, there must be a way to comprising drinking a cold beer while staying within our carbohydrates macros. Thankfully, there is!

Did you know that many breweries release low-carb beer and low-calorie beer options that are available for sale? And not to mention, taste wonderful! To help narrow down the cream of the crop, we've rounded up 20 of our favorite low-carb beers (both craft and mass) that won't leave you feeling guilty. 

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5 Carbs And Under

1. Budweiser Select 55

It's hard to think of the word beer and not associate it with Budweiser. As one of the most popular and well known beers in America, it's nice to know that those looking to have a low-carb diet can also induldge in this classic staple. 

  • Total Carbs: 1.8 grams 
  • Total Calories: 55 
  • Alcohol Content: 2.4 percent ABV

2. Michelob Ultra

When thinking of a low-carb beer, Michelob Ultra may be the most common go to. Having an excellent taste, it's a go-to for those on diets and wanting to keep their carb counts down while still enjoying their cold beers.

  • Total Carbs: 3 grams 
  • Total Calories: 95
  • Alcohol Content: 4.2 percent ABV

3. Corona Premier

Nothing says sand and surf like a refreshing Corona, but unfortunately, the traditional beverage can run high in calories and carbs. So, Corona decided that all should be able to enjoy a cold light ale no matter the occassion, and they introduced Corona Premier. An extremely low-carb and low-calorie drink, we'll make sure it joins us on the beach or by the pool. 

  • Total Carbs: 2 grams 
  • Total Calories: 90
  • Alcohol Content: 4.0 percent ABV

4. Devil's Backbone Bright Tangerine

As the weather gets warmer, there's something refreshing about adding a hint of citrus into our beer mix. Unfortunately, those fruity brews can rack up on the carb count, but Devil's Backbone has brought us Bright Tangerine. Made with tangerine crystals, it's under 2g of carbs and packs a punchful of flavor. 

  • Total Carbs: 2 grams 
  • Total Calories: 90
  • Alcohol Content: 4 percent ABV

5. Miller 64

Imagine living the "high life" but not worrying about going over your carb macros and feeling guilty about consuming more than one or two. Get the taste of Miller beer without the extra calories with their exclusive Miller 64.

  • Total Carbs: 2 grams 
  • Total Calories: 64 
  • Alcohol Content: 2.8 percent ABV

6. Dogfish Head Slightly Mightly

It's hard to shop craft-beers when trying to stay below a certain carbohydrate count, but DogFish Head is offering the perfect solution. Their Slightly Mighty is a true indie craft beer that has the taste of an IPA, but with only 3.6g carbs. Their solution was monk fruit as a natural sweetner (which contains no calories and is known to not raise blood sugar levels like traditional sugar cane).

  • Total Carbs: 3.6 grams 
  • Total Calories: 95
  • Alcohol Content: 4 percent ABV

7. Bridge Brewing Co. Prime-Time

For our Canadian readers, we offer you Prime-Time, by Bridge Brewing Co, which has the tag line "No Compromises." A suiting moto as this beer doesn't give up taste for its extremely low carb count.

  • Total Carbs: 1.5 grams 
  • Total Calories: 110
  • Alcohol Content: 5 percent ABV

8. Surly Brewing Rosé -Inspired Lager

With keeping a mental watch for carbs and calories, it's not as easy to induldge in our pink favorite. However, Surly Brewing gave us a curve call and created a low-carb rosé brew that's not only pink and bubbly, but full of currants and strawberries to elevate the beer.

  • Total Carbs: 2.25 grams 
  • Total Calories: 127
  • Alcohol Content: 5.2 percent ABV

9. Pittsburgh Brewing IC Light

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. (also known as Iron City Brewing Co.) brings us a low-carb craft beer. Known by brew masters to have a clean and crisps taste, those choosing to sip on IC Light will be decieved by its excellent taste. 

  • Total Carbs: 2.8 grams 
  • Total Calories: 95
  • Alcohol Content: 4.2 percent ABV

10. Kona Brewing Kanaha Blonde Ale

From the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona Brewing brings us Kanaha Blonde, a fruit beer that's perfect for the spring and summer weather. Made with real mango, it'll have you feeling like you're being transported straight to the islands in the pacific. 

  • Total Carbs: 4 grams 
  • Total Calories: 99
  • Alcohol Content: 4.2 percent ABV

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11. Four Peaks Brut

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For those new to beer and alcohol terminology, Brut is a fancy word for sparkling and dry. In the world of beer, having a brut brew is a nice change from the traditional beverage. Four Peak's Brut beer is low-carb due to its lack of sugar (giving it a dry taste), but not compromising on flavors as it's still full of mixed berries, melon, and white wine. 

  • Total Carbs: 5 grams 
  • Total Calories: 152
  • Alcohol Content: 6.7 percent ABV

10 Carbs And Under

12. Yuengling Light Lager

When going to a local or neighborhood bar, it's hard to stick to a low-carb diet, as you don't know what will be on tap. Luckily, offerings like Yuengling Light Lager will likely be on tap or available by bottle. This will make accepting those fun, late nights out much easier.

  • Total Carbs: 8.5 grams 
  • Total Calories: 99
  • Alcohol Content: 3.8 percent ABV

13. Harpoon Brewery Rec. League

Popping up all over the brewery scene, hazy ales are one of the go-to beer options for those looking for a reshring craft beer flavor. Harpoon Brewery’s newest beer, Rec. League, is not only a delicious hazy ale, but full of great nutrients like buckwheat kasha to add B vitamins, chia seeds that are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants, as well as Mediterranean Sea Salt, for a powerful source of electrolytes. 

  • Total Carbs: 10 grams 
  • Total Calories: 120
  • Alcohol Content: 3.8 percent ABV

14. Blue Point Toasted Lager

Toasted Lager, the flagship beer of Blue Point Brewery, is a classic American Amber Lager. The beverage is brewed with a secret blend of six specialty malts, giving it a crisp flavor and balanced with hops for a smooth taste and finish. 

  • Total Carbs: 7 grams 
  • Total Calories: 175
  • Alcohol Content: 5.5 percent ABV

15. Strongbow Hard Cider

Unlike beer, cider does not contain gluten, which can make it easier to cut the carbs (just have to work on the sweetness and sugar). Luckily, Strongbow figured out a way to turn a delicious cider into only 7 grams of carbs. On top of that, they have additional flavors including rosé apple and dry pear.  

  • Total Carbs: 7 grams 
  • Total Calories: 100
  • Alcohol Content: 5 percent ABV

16. Samuel Adams Light

Our favorite Boston beer has gone low-carb. Samuel Adams introduced a light lager and the public is going crazy over it. And it's no wonder — it took the brew masters over two years to come up with the perfect combination of hops and malts!

  • Total Carbs: 9.6 grams 
  • Total Calories: 119
  • Alcohol Content: 4 percent ABV

15 Carbs And Under

17. Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA

What we like about Space Dust, minus its delicious taste and mix of quality hops and malts, is that people enjoying the beverage can drink one and not add on the extra calories of two with its higher alcohol percentage. Not only is this good on the waist, it's awesome on the wallet.

  • Total Carbs: 15 grams 
  • Total Calories: 230
  • Alcohol Content: 8.2 percent ABV

18. Guinness Extra Stout 

Some of the things we love about Ireland are their whiskey and their beer. We've added the iconic Guinness Extra Stout to show how even though it's a darker beer, it doesn't have a ridiculously high-carb count. If you're looking for an even lower carb count, Guinness Draught is 126 calories, 10 gram carbs, and 4 percent ABV.

  • Total Carbs: 14 grams 
  • Total Calories: 176
  • Alcohol Content: 6 percent ABV

19. Golden Road Brewing Wolf Pup Session IPA

Taste the true California lifestyle with a sip of Wolf Pup. Created with tropical and citrus flavor, it's an ideal refreshing (cool off) sessional IPA for those hot and sunny days. 

  • Total Carbs: 13 grams 
  • Total Calories: 143
  • Alcohol Content: 8.2 percent ABV

20. Elysian Brewing Avatar Jasmine IPA

They say that keeping Jasmine in your room and your home will reduce anxiety and stress levels, so what about beer that's infused with dried jasmine flower leaves? Enjoy extreme floral notes in addition to the hoppiness from this indian pale ale.

  • Total Carbs: 15 grams 
  • Total Calories: 189
  • Alcohol Content: 6.3 percent ABV

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Elizabeth Blasi is a New Yorker. A lifestyle & travel writer, who is often seen with a suitcase in hand, jetsetting to her next location. But as a true Digital Nomad, her love of writing and romance novels means her laptop is always beside her.