7 Best Low-Calorie Beers 2024

Summer is just about here, and it’s time to start thinking about beach bodies! Or at least time to start thinking about cutting a few calories here and there. Hey, they add up.

So why not switch to some low-calorie beers?

Before I continue, keep this in mind – beer has calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, I suggest switching to something with fewer calories. Water, maybe?

Or, you can always switch to beers that are popular for having fewer calories…Miller 64, Michelob Ultra or any light (or lite) beer will do. But those beers suck, and they aren’t even an efficient way to get a buzz.

So here it is! 7 beers I have personally tried that don’t suck and don’t have as many calories as you’d think. If you want to cut a few calories out, try starting with one of these beers!

Even Keel IPA – 114 Calories

Ballast Point beer is sort of a necessity in San Diego. I’ve always been a fan of the Sculpin IPA, but the Even Keel is a bit different. It’s got plenty of mango in it, especially as it warms up a little bit after opening. At 3.8% ABV, this low-calorie beer is perfect for a nice, summery day. If you’re ever visiting San Diego, I highly recommend making a visit to Ballast Point and trying this out.

Guinness – 125 Calories

This could be one of the only times Guinness makes one of my lists. Guinness is fine, but as with any mass-produced beer, flavor often becomes a victim. But with only 125 calories, Guinness gets a pass as a low-calorie, drinkable beer. As an added bonus, it’s much better than plenty of other mass-produced beers.

But hey! Guinness isn’t the only low-cal, easy drinking Irish beer you can get. In fact, many European import beers are lighter than their American counterparts.

Heineken Silver – 95 Calories

can of heineken

Heineken Light is another big name brand that ranks in my favorite low calorie beers (and best golf beers). It only has 95 calories and 3.2 grams of carbs. It’s so light that it basically doesn’t count.

Da Shootz! Pilsner – 99 Calories

Doubling as an effort to help people correctly pronounce the brewery name, Da Shootz! from Deschutes Brewing is the perfect sunny day beer. While Da Shootz! comes in at just 4% ABV, drinkers can rejoice that they’re sipping on a beer under 100 calories. Oh, and the artwork is phenomenal, A+ work.

Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Lo Cal IPA – 95 Calories

Slightly Mighty is the best description for this low-cal beer from Dogfish Head. Heck, Lo-Cal is even in the name! I’m pretty sure this is basically a Session IPA, making it one of several on this list. But it’s 4% ABV and has just 3.6 grams of carbs making it worth drinking if you want a low-calorie option.

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez – 137 Calories

Otra Vez, which in Spanish means “again” (or in your best DJ Khaled voice “another one”), is yet another California beer to make the list. Something about California and low-calorie beers, I suppose. Anyway, any Sierra Nevada beer is craft through and through, so you won’t be feeding the man any money with this. Also, it’s got an excellent grapefruit-ish flavor and a 4.5% ABV. Perfect for summer.

DayTime IPA – 98 Calories

Whaaaaat? A beer that’s below 100 calories and doesn’t completely suck?? That’s right! Not only is this Lagunitas beer a nice low cal option, but it actually tastes pretty good. However, the 4% ABV is well below most of Lagunitas’ normal beers. For reference, they have a 6% pils. Yeesh.

There you have it! 7 readily accessible, low-calorie beers that don’t suck. Got any low-calorie beers you enjoy that don’t start with Coors/Miller or end with Light/Lite? Share it in the comments!

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