If you’re looking to lose weight but don’t want to give up alcohol then switching to a low calorie or diet beer may be for you. When I first decided to switch to a lighter beer I was skeptical about the flavors being close to what I enjoyed and whether I would have to drink more for similar effects to what I was used to. Fortunately, in today’s world we have plenty of options and the taste is surprisingly good with many light beers, especially for a low calorie or low carb drink. Here are some of my favorite “diet” beers that I enjoy from time to time.
This is probably the one that most people think of and will go to try first when switching to a lighter beer. While it is healthier compared to other beers at only 64 calories the, 2.8% alcohol content could leave you drinking an entire six pack in one go, making it just as unhealthy as any other beer. I personally like Miller products and didn’t mind the taste that much, however, for someone who does not enjoy this brand it probably tastes a little sour and unappealing.
Kirin beer weighs in with 95 calories and 3.3% alcohol content and is a beer that doesn’t taste like any other light or full beer. The name Kirin is faux Japanese as the beer is brewed here in the United States by Anheuser Bush. Kirin Light has a refreshingly crisp taste with a slight hint of apple that isn’t usual for your standard beer, but is welcome. Unfortunately, if you live outside of major cities you may have trouble procuring this beer. I never had heard anything about this drink before going on vacation last year and finding it was the main low calorie beer for many bars in New York City.
This beer is another popular choice that many people enjoy when first entering the world of light beers. It’s a little heavier at 122 calories but compensates with a 4.3% alcohol level. The wide blend of hops and large flavor profile ends up transmitting into a fairly balanced drink that tastes pleasant. What I noticed about this beer was that it barely even seemed like a light beer while drinking it but with the amount of calories it has I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Unfortunately you can’t find this in very many places since production has slowed quite a bit since 2012, due to the Michelob Ultra line of beers taking over in popularity.
This light beer packs 99 calories and 3.5% alcohol content in each bottle. Heineken Light has a bitter taste at first that many people fight to drink through. However, when you reach the actual taste of the beer I found it to be quite smooth and easy to finish in its entirety. For some reason this beer for me had the worst hangover aftermath of any on this list. This is why it isn’t my first choice for a light beer but isn’t bad every once in awhile. While this is a lower calorie beer, those of you watching carbs may want to beware as it contains 9.8 grams of carbs, one of the highest totals of any light beer.
This is my personal favorite and the one I have drank more than any other. This beer is called the world’s most refreshing beer and rings in with 102 calories and a 4.2% alcohol content. Coors Light is genuinely refreshing and one of the first picks for me and my friends when visiting the beach or going camping. Although it does have a slightly watered down taste, this drink definitely has more flavor than many other light or low carb beers. Many websites and magazines have named Coors Light the number one choice by drinkers looking to cut some calories.
If your looking to cut calories for a diet or just trying to switch to a healthier beer these may be a great place to start. Don’t forget that drinking in moderation is key for a healthy lifestyle. Just because you’re drinking lower calories per bottle, it doesn’t mean they don’t add up in large amounts.
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