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FINDING A LOW-CARB beer that doesn't suck is basically mission impossible.
But when it comes to beer, low in carb can tend to mean low in flavor. Light beers have a bad rap for being way too watery and having absolutely zero body, or fullness of flavor. With a million new and different craft options on the market right now, reaching for the 'light' pick can just feel wrong.
Classic beers can have anywhere from 12 to 25 grams of carbs. Pilsners, lagers, and ales are typically on the low end of that spectrum, while as heavier stouts and IPAs sit on the higher side. Low-carb light beers (think BudLight and Miller Lite) keep their carbs below 5 grams.
We sampled a ton of different options, all under 5 grams of carbs, to find the ones that don't taste like watered-down grains. You're welcome in advance.
Here are our top seven.
Want to drink your beer and do some good at the same time? This perfectly dry light lager will keep your diet in check with only 4 grams of carbs and help save the Apex predator. That feels like enough of a reason to crack a cold one.
A low-cal, low-carb IPA? It has to be a joke right? Believe us, it's not. Dogfish Head really hit the nail on the head with this hazy India Pale Ale. The secret to this masterpiece with only 3.6 grams of carbs is monk fruit, giving it notes of coconut and pineapple with the classic hoppy IPA taste. If you're an IPA lover, run, don't walk.
The Steel City is known for more than its bridges and Super Bowl records. Iron City Brewing was one of the first brewing companies in America to produce a lager in 1861, and its popping off with this light version that's replacing BudLights everywhere. It has a crisp and malty finish with only 3 grams of carbs.
When you think of an ale, sparkling is usually not the first adjective to come to mind. But Devil's Backbone crushed combining what tastes like a sparkling seltzer and a beer into one. It only hold 2 grams of carbs and is the perfect level of refreshing.
Think of this 2.6 carb creation as Corona's more ripped older brother, with a very similar malty taste. It's got a similar alcohol content, so all the fun is included in this lighter option.
If plain beers aren't your thing, I.C. Light released a mango flavor carb-friendly lager to please your palate. With only 4 grams of carbs, this option adds a tangy punch to I.C. Light's already crisp and malty taste.
The lowest calories (64 calories) and low carbs (2.4 carbs) have Miller's new diet-friendly addition rounding out the list. It miraculously holds the same hoppy, smooth flavor of Miller's classic American pilsner, while fractioning it's carbs and calories.
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