The Best Low-Calorie Beers

When beer calories are at stake, sometimes you want as much flavor for as few of the little belly-bloaters as possible. Considering that some high-alcohol beers on the shelves can top 300 calories a serving, it’s a challenge trying to find the best light beer. Thankfully, for gut-conscious consumers, brewers are now turning their expertise toward beers that taste incredible, but also go lower on the calories. We sipped a bunch of low-calorie beers from across the United States, starred our favorites, and then put them together in this to-drink list. This summer, pick up these six-packs so you can still work on chiseling a set of your own.

stone go-to ipa
Matthew Cook
Stone Go-To IPA

Its clean, refreshing bite complements a leafy summer salad or a seventh-inning stretch.

134 Calories
4.8% ABV
10g Carbs

stonebrewing.com

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
Matthew Cook
Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

It’s brewed with prickly pear fruit, but you’re more likely to taste the grapefruit. Have it in a hammock.

139 Calories
4.5% ABV
11g Carbs

sierranevada.com

Victory Helles Lager
Matthew Cook
Victory Helles Lager

Tag-team it with anything you pull off your grill: chicken sandwiches, barbecue meats, cheeseburgers.

140 Calories
4.8% ABV
12g Carbs

victorybeer.com

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
Matthew Cook
Sly Fox Pikeland Pils

True to style, it’s brewed with German malt and hops. It’s pretty amazing with a hot dog.

152 Calories
4.9% ABV

slyfox.com

Jester King Le Petit Prince
Matthew Cook
Jester King Le Petit Prince

It’s made with Texas Hill Country well water, Czech hops, and wild yeast for a robust brew.

75 Calories
2.8% ABV

jesterkingbrewery.com

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale
matthew Cook
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

This is your new sit-on-the-dock-of-the-bay-watching-the-tide-rollaway summertime beer. It’s our editor’s pick for the 2017 season. Want more Dogfish Head? Click here to learn more about SeaQuench’s story

140 Calories
4.9% ABV
9g Carbs

dogfish.com

Guinness Draught
Matthew Cook
Guinness Draught

It’s existed 58 years for a reason: There’s no smoother option on tap at nearly every bar in the country.

125 Calories
4.2% ABV
10g Carbs

guinness.com

Green Flash Sea to Sea
Matthew Cook
Green Flash Sea to Sea

This beer tastes exactly 4.56 times better when you drink it while admiring a freshly cut lawn. Science!

126 Calories
4% ABV
12g Carbs

greenflashbrew.com

Ballast Point California Kolsch
Matthew Cook
Ballast Point California Kolsch

It has a tempting chuggability, but also some herbal and floral stuff going on. Try it with a Friday night.

170 Calories
5.2% ABV
12g Carbs

ballastpoint.com

Oskar Blues Beerito
Matthew Cook
Oskar Blues Beerito

Tacos, chili, and even huevos rancheros love this beer. You’ll taste a little honey in there too.

135 Calories
4% ABV
11g Carbs

oskarblues.com

Boulevard Brewing Co. Ginger Lemon Radler
Matthew Cook
Boulevard Brewing Co. Ginger Lemon Radler

Don’t let the low ABV fool you. It’s like drinking citrus Pop Rocks.

147 Calories
4.1% ABV
15g Carbs

boulevard.com

Bell's Lager of the Lakes
Matthew Cook
Bell’s Lager of the Lakes

It’s awesome with fresh fish and seafood. Or enjoy it with a massive salad with grilled chicken.

153 Calories
5% ABV
12g Carbs

bellsbeer.com

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Charles Wells
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Despite it’s decadent name, this smooth brew keeps the calories low by not overdoing it on the sweet.

5.2% ABV

charleswells.co.uk

Prairie Birra
Ryan Olszewski
Prairie Birra

It has 40 to 50 more calories per bottle than a typical light beer would, but the flavor is so satisfying that you’ll only need one. Enjoy it with an equally light meal, such as a simple roasted chicken and sauteed spinach.

150 calories
4.5% ABV

Allagash Little Brett
Allagash
Allagash Little Brett

The backbone of this stuff is Brettanomyces yeast, which makes the hoppiness pop and carries an earthy funk.

4.8% ABV

allagash.com

Lagunitas DayTime
Lagunitas
Lagunitas DayTime

This summertime sipper has a strong hop blast, without the sugary punch of double or triple IPAs.

4.7% ABV

lagunitas.com

Founder’s All Day IPA
Founder’s Brewing
Founder’s All Day IPA

It’s one of those beers that makes you smack your lips, look at the label, and go, “Damn, that’s refreshing.”

4.7% ABV

foundersbrewing.com

Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Firestone Beer
Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

There’s a battle royal of malts (6 total) and hops (4) in this beer. It’s complex, but in a good way. Like Charlize Theron.

4.5% ABV

firestonebeer.com

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