Finding the Lowest Carb Beer
Curious about low carb beer or simply craving beer on Atkins? Don’t subject yourself to another horrible “Mega Lite Dew O’ the Hills” beverage. Fortunately, there are 38 better low carb beer options available.
If you’re low carb and want to add alcohol to your diet, most light beers are safe to drink in moderation.
- Be sure to check the carbs before you buy.
- Read the labels (if printed), go to the brewer’s website or call the company directly.
Alcohol is burned first (before fat) in the body. For some low carbers drinking beer causes a stall. In others, alcohol jump starts weight loss.
Drinking beer affects ketosis, so plan ahead and track your progress.
Beer Flavor Tips
Low carb beer is light in both color and flavor. Because of the lighter taste, it’s important to enhance the beer’s flavor.
- Avoid drinking beer from cans. It tastes much better from a glass.
- Serve low carb beer straight from the fridge. Store glass mugs in the freezer and serve your beer in a frosty, ice-cold glass.
- Store bottles (and cans) away from windows and direct sunlight to prevent “skunking.” Exposure to light can skunk a beer in less than one minute.
Easy to Find Low Carb Beers
These low carb beers are common and very easy to find. (Serving size: 12 oz)
Michelob Ultra – 2.6 carbs
Michelob Ultra Amber – 3.7 carbs
- Popular with low carbers and has a fuller taste.
Amstel Light – 5 carbs
- Good body and flavor, but no watery taste.
Mike’s Lite Hard Lemonade – 11 carbs
- Zesty substitute for a high carb sweet cocktail.
- Higher carb – leave a few sips.
38 Low Carb Beers
Here’s a list of 38 low carb beers, including a few malt beverages.
Brewers fine-tune their formulas, ingredients and nutrition ratio. The numbers on this beer list may be slightly different from your state.
This low carb beer list will give you a good idea of carb range. (Serving Size: 1 bottle)
- Beer Brand – Net Carbs
1 to 3 Carbs
- Thin Ice – 1
- Bud Select 55 – 1.9
- Sleeman Clear – 2
- Accel – 2.4
- MGD Light – 2.4
- Labatt Sterling – 2.5
- Rhinebecker Extra – 2.5
- Sleeman Clear – 2.5
- Aspen Edge – 2.6
- Michelob Ultra – 2.6
- Rock Green Light – 2.6
- I.C. Light – 2.9
3 to 5 Carbs
- Bud Select – 3.1
- Miller Lite – 3.2
- Natural Light – 3.2
- San Mig – 3.2
- Milwaukee’s Best Light – 3.5
- Michelob Ultra Amber – 3.7
- Beck’s Premier Light – 3.9
- Coastal Light – 3.9
- Bud Light Platinum – 4.4
- Amstel Light – 5
- Coors Light – 5
- Corona Light – 5
- Keystone Light – 5
5 to 12 Carbs
- Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus – 5.5
- Michelob Ultra Pom Rasp – 5.5
- Edison Light – 6.5
- Bud Light – 6.6
- Busch Light – 6.7
- Heineken Light – 6.8
- La Batt Blue Light – 7.6
- Sam Adams Light – 7.6
- Bud Light Lime – 8
- Sapporo Light – 8.5
- Michelob Ultra Light Cider – 10
- Mike’s Lite Lemonade – 11
- Michelob Light – 11.7
Beer Benefits and Warnings
- Like wine, low carb beer has polyphenol power. Research shows beer has a higher antioxidant activity than white wine.
- Be wary of food choices while under the influence of any alcohol.
- After a few weeks on low carb, you’ll notice your alcohol tolerance is dramatically lower. Drink slowly and eat a healthy high fat meal beforehand.
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