The hardest time to cut carbs (okay, besides Thanksgiving) is def football season. But while you’re taking your burger off the bun and staring longingly at the stadium pretzels, know that there’s one classic food you don’t need to cut if you’re watching your carb count: beer. 🙏
According to Jessica Perez, R.D., a typical 12-ounce serving of beer contains anywhere from seven to 14 grams of carbs. But your standard low-carb beer (yes, those exist!) has no more than four grams.
You can usually tell a beer is going to be low-carb if it has the word “light” on the label. But Perez says you should still look for the specific carb count to be sure (many beers, especially light beers, will include it on the label)—especially if you’re sticking to a ketogenic diet. Thankfully, there are plenty of low-carb beers out there that fit the bill:
1. Budweiser Select 55
With a fraction of the calories of your standard beer, Select 55 offers a noticeably light caramel finish that will definitely quench your thirst.
Per serving: 55 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 1.8 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 11 mg sodium, 0.5 g protein; 2.4% ABV.
2. Natural Light
“Natty Light,” as its fondly known by its fans, offers enough of a crisp and fruity flavor to make you forget you’re carb-counting.
Per serving: 95 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 10 mg sodium, 1 g protein; 4.2% ABV.
3. Genesee Light
Slightly citrus-y and easy to sip, “Genny” lightens up their signature lager for a bloat-free buzz.
Per serving: 100 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 4 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 0 g protein; 3.6% ABV.
4. Michelob Ultra
Michelob’s light-bodied rendition gives you some hop flavor in their light beer without weighing you down.
Per serving: 95 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 0.6 g protein; 4.2% ABV.
5. Milwaukee’s Best Light
Easy on the wallet and the palate, this classic brew is the perfect addition to a tailgate menu of wings, beer, and more beer.
Per serving: 96 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 5 mg sodium, 0 g protein; 4.1% ABV.
6. Michelob Ultra Amber
Given that we first drink with our eyes, Michelob Ultra Amber’s deep mahogany tint offers the same appearance—and experience—of a more decadent brew.
Per serving: 95 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 1 g protein; 4.0% ABV.
7. Miller Lite
The company claims they are the first American light beer brand, and they certainly knew what they were doing when they perfected the signature blend of barley, rice, purely filtered water, and hops. It’s a classic for a reason.
Per serving: 96 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 5 mg sodium, 0 g protein; 4.2% ABV.
8. Corona Premier
Corona has become synonymous with #gametime, and now you get its signature honey-forward hops at a fraction of the carbs. Don’t forget that mandatory lime wedge.
Per serving: 90 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 1 g protein; 4.0% ABV.
9. Miller 64
Miller64 has all the makings of a satisfying pint—with the lowest calorie count on this list. Impressive. With a crisp, slightly-citrus finish, it’s a nostalgic sip of summer well into fall.
Per serving: 64 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 5 mg sodium, 0 g protein; 2.8% ABV.
10. Busch Light
This all-American balanced beer is light enough to quench your thirst from the bar stool or the ballgame.
Per serving: 95 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 1 g protein; 4.1% ABV.
11. Beck’s Premier Light
Beck’s lighter rendition packs quite a punch in so few carbs—and calories. With a slight carbonation, its finish is as crisp as it is satisfying.
Per serving: 64 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 4 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 1 g protein; 2.3% ABV.
By Marissa Miller