Best Low Carbohydrate Beers
There is much disagreement over what the best low carbohydrate beers are in the beer-drinking community. Whether you’re a Miller guy, an Anheuser-Busch fanatic, or a Coors drinker, finding a low carbohydrate beer that actually tastes good can be difficult. As many complain, low carbohydrate beers often go down like carbonated water. But there are some exceptions. The following are a few beers that cut the calories and carbohydrates while still actually tasting like beer.
- Bud Light. One of the most popular beers in the United States, Bud Light is relatively low in carbohydrates and calories. It maintains the same essence and body as a regular Budweiser, but in effect is a little heavier than some light beers. It comes in at 110 calories, and has 6.6 grams of carbohydrates.
- Budweiser Select 55. This relatively new beer is an extremely light take on the original Select brand of Budweiser. As you could probably guess from the name, it contains an impressively low 55 calories per 12 ounce container. Additionally, it has only 1.9 grams of carbs. There is an inherent trade-off between caloric value and taste, and make no mistake, Select 55 doesn’t taste like a Guinness or Corona. But is comparable in flavor and body to most other light beers. As an alternative to the relatively heavy Bud Light, Select 55 is an excellent choice.
- Miller Genuine Draft Light 64. This low carb beer, in essence, is the Miller Brewing company’s answer to Bud Select 55. It is a minimal 9 extra calories, and has about .6 more grams of carbohydrates per serving than Select 55. Whereas Select 55 is made to taste like a Bud Light, MGD 64 is made to taste like a Miller Light. In a direct comparison, it has a somewhat bitterer aftertaste, which Miller drinkers generally like more.
- Coors Light. Coors brewing company, one of the last fully American brewing giants, finds a nice middle ground with Coors Light. It has 5 grams of carbohydrates, less than Bud Light. Also, it has a fuller body and flavor than ultra-light beers. Though its calorie count is roughly twice a Select 55’s, its taste is unique among other light beers, as Coors drinkers can tell you. It has a crispness that other beers lack, and coupled with a reasonably low carbohydrate count, is a good middle-of-the-road choice.
- Michelob Ultra. The Michelob brand, brewed by Anheuser-Busch, is made to offer some specialty selections for picky beer drinkers. One of these is the Michelob Ultra, which has only 2.6 grams of carbohydrates. Its calorie count, meanwhile, is at 95. As you can see, Michelob Ultra is a bit of a hybrid between the lowest calorie beers and the regular light beers. Therefore, the body and aftertaste is different from both. Ultra has an altogether different flavor from most light beers, and is definitely worth a try.