It turns out that the liquid calories we build up from a pint on a Friday night with the lads could be causing just as much damage to our waistline as those after-drink kebabs.
The good news? If you’ve decided that you want to trim down and shape up, you don’t need to give up all your vices. The carbs in beer might be pretty significant, but you can reduce their impact on your body by opting for a Keto-friendly beer, or something a little lighter.
While, in the past, low carb beer had a reputation for being low-alcohol and low-flavour, that’s not necessarily the case today. As beer companies have begun to see a rise in demand for beverages that don’t bloat the male belly, the number of light beers has increased.
If you’re searching for the perfect option for your weekend sesh, we’ve got ten great options right here.
The best part? We’re not looking exclusively at expensive craft brews. These are beers that you should be able to find anywhere.
1. Corona Extra
Carb counter: 2.6g
Corona Extra is a popular low-calorie beer offering just 2.6 grams of carbs, and 90 calories. It’s got the same refreshing flavour that many people love (particularly when it’s enhanced with a slice of lime). The main difference is that you have a much lighter drink.
Although you only get 4% alcohol in this drink, it’s a great session beer that you can have a few of if you’re looking for a way to unwind after a long week. Also, Corona is great with seafood, if you’re getting fancy with a food and beer pairing.
2. Michelob Ultra
Carb counter: 2.5g
Michelob Ultra is a great choice if you’re looking for a drink that comes without any bonus chemicals or artificial preservatives.
With a slightly higher alcohol content of 4.2%, it’s better for those who want a more potent beer than Corona. However, Michelob does share some of the citrusy notes that you would expect from a brand like Corona too.
There’s a great malty undertone in this low carb beer, ideal for those who like to remember the traditional taste of a good pint.
3. Bud Light
Carb counter: 3.5g
Bud light isn’t the lowest carb beer that we’ve ever seen, but it’s a good option if you like the traditional taste of Budweiser. Bud Light maintains the well-balanced flavour of it’s more calorie-laden counterpart, with traces of honey and citrus.
The biggest downside to Bud Light is that it’s really low on alcohol content, offering only 3.5%. On the plus side, you can drink more of this beer without worrying as much about your waistline.
If you can get your hands on Budweiser Select, which is a little harder to come by in the UK, that’s even better for your stomach, offering only 1.9g of carbs per 12-ounce serving.
4. Dogfish Head
Carb Counter: 3.6g
Dogfish Head is a lesser-known low carb beer than Corona or Bud Light, but it’s worth giving a go if you can find some in your area. The great thing about this crafty brew is that it features a lot of high-octane flavours, even if it’s low on carbs.
Similar to a lot of lighter beers, it comes with an alcohol content of 4%. However, the best thing about this Keto beer is that it doesn’t taste like it’s been designed specifically for guys on a diet. We’re particularly fond of the tropical twist.
5. Coors Light
Carb Counter: 4.2g
Coors isn’t the lowest calorie Keto beer that we’ve seen, but it’s still pretty good for your stomach if you’re trying to shed some extra pounds. Perhaps the best thing about Coors Light is that you can still get a reasonable alcohol content with it, of around 5%.
Like most low carb beers, Coors Light is very pale in colour and missing a few flavour notes from its full-fat alternative. However, you might prefer it to something like Bud if you’re looking for something with less harsh malty tones.
6. Heineken Premium Light
Carb Counter: 7g
Heineken is one of the most popular Keto friendly beer options floating in from the Netherlands. It’s also one of the world’s oldest and most well-known beer brands too.
If you like the flavour of Heineken and want to maintain that in your low carb beers, then you’ll want the premium version of Heineken Light. It comes with 7g of carbs, but at least you’re only drinking around 99 calories.
The only downside? We can really only recommend this as an option for people who love the taste of beer and aren’t necessarily drinking to get a buzz. The alcohol content is only 3.3%, so it’s not great.
7. Guinness Draught
Carb Counter: 9.6g
Guinness beer is definitely one of the best-known drinks in the world today. This rich-tasting beer is loved all over the world for offering a flavour, unlike anything else.
With a rich flavour and a reasonable alcohol content of around 4.2%, you might be surprised to learn that Guinness isn’t too bad for your waistline. If you opt for the draught Keto beer, then you’re only going to be drinking around 126 calories per can. Not too bad.
Plus, with Guinness Draught, you’re definitely not going to get the same lacklustre flavour of some other low carb beer choices.
8. BrewDog Vagabond
Carb counter: 5g
If you’re looking for an easy entry route into the world of low carb beer and craft brews at the same time, then stick with BrewDog. This company has gained a lot of attention over the years for its devil may care attitude and delicious draughts.
The Vagabond pale ale is the lowest carb beer that BrewDog offers with an alcohol content of around 4.5%. That’s really decent compared to the other low carb beers on the market today.
On top of that, you get a delicious caramel sweetness in every bottle, along with some fantastic tropical fruit flavours and a hoppy aftertaste. We consider this to be one of the most appealing Keto beers around.
9. Beck’s Premier Light
Carb Counter: 3.2g
Beck’s Premier Light is another super low carb beer that delivers only 64 calories per can. That makes it one of the best options for those looking to reduce their spare tire.
This light beer is easy to drink by the gallon, though, with an alcohol content of only 2.3%. That means that once again, it’s probably not the best option if you’re looking for a Keto beer that’s going to get you tipsy.
Still, if you’re looking to reduce your alcohol intake and get used to drinking less carbs in beer, then Becks could be an excellent way to “cut down”.
10. SkinnyBrands premium larger
Carb Counter: 3g
Finally, SkinnyBrands beer is often advertised as one of the lowest carb beers for women. However, we don’t see why they should have all the fun.
With 89 calories per bottle, this larger is excellent for keeping an eye on your weight. What’s more, it’s gluten-free, which is a great thing for anyone who has trouble with gluten allergies.
Offering an alcohol content of around 4%, it’s not the strongest low carb beer we’ve ever seen – but it’s a lot better than something like Becks. You should still be able to get a nice buzz after having a few of these. Plus, you can find them to buy on Amazon too.
Choosing the lowest carb beer
These days, it’s a lot easier to find a Keto-friendly beer if you’re struggling to reduce the extra weight around your waistline. Though there are some options out there that are a little lacking in taste and alcohol content, there’s also enough choice that you shouldn’t have too much of a hard time finding something that works for you.
Blitz yourself better!
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