The Highest Calorie and Lowest Calorie Beer

When compared to wine and liquor, beer is one of the worst alcoholic beverages for losing weight and staying fit. Beer has a lot of calories, with very few of those calories coming from the alcohol itself. Furthermore, grain is a major ingredient in the brewing process, which packs carbs and sugar into every can of beer. All of these reasons make it very hard to keep the 6 pack you’ve worked so hard for at the gym while downing 6 packs with your friends on game day.

Fortunately, there are low calorie alcoholic drinks available on tap that can keep the beer in your life while still keeping the belly out.

The Best, Low Calorie Beer for Your Diet

Bud Select 55

You know that Budweiser is proud of their low calorie beer when they include the beer calories into its name. With 55 Calories and 1.9 grams of carbs, Bud Select 55 is about as diet friendly as beer can get, although an ABV of 2.4% doesn’t cut it for most serious beer drinkers. But for social beer drinkings who want to enjoy a night out with their friends without wreaking havoc on their diet, Bud Select 55 is a good choice.

Miller 64

Miller 64 is another low calorie beer that is proud of its low calorie count. Miller 64 barely ekes by as an alcoholic beverage with an ABV of only 2.8%, but with only 64 calories and 2.4g of carbs per 12 ounce can, this low calorie beer is ideal for lazy days out on the lake or your weekend softball game.

Beck’s Premier Light

Beck’s Premier Light has an impressive alcohol content of 3.8% ABV for being one of the lowest calorie beers, with 64 calories, on the market. In comparison with Miller 64, Beck’s low calorie beer has the same amount of calories but 35% more alcohol content.

Miller Light

The pioneer of low calorie beer, Miller Light is an award winning light beer that provides its drinkers a good compromise between regular beer and the lowest calorie beer on tap, such as Bud Select 55 or Miller 64. With an ABV of 4.2% Miller Lite comes closer to matching the alcohol content of a regular beer, but at 96 calories and 3.2g of carbs, still remains the better beer for your diet.

The Worst Beers for Your Diet 

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

Pale Ales, or India Pale Ales (IPAs) are flavored packed and typically have higher alcohol content than your regular beers, as well as the high carbs and calories that come from increased hops. This is certainly the case for Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, with a mind blowing 330 calories. If you are a lover of pale ales, opt for the more reasonable, (but still high calorie beer) of Sierra Nevada’s standard addition IPA which reduces the caloric intake by almost half of the Bigfoot.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Samuel Adams Winter Lager represents another type of beer that is deadly to the diet: Craft Beer. With the surging popularity of craft beers with high alcohol content, remember, the higher the percentage of alcohol in beer the higher the calories in beer. Sameul Adams Winter Lager touts an ABV of 5.8% but with 200 calories and 14 grams of carbs, the higher alcohol content cannot justify the calories in this beer.

Budweiser American Ale

Budweiser American Ale is another beer to avoid when watching your weight. Its 5.3% ABV demands the hefty price of 182 calories and 18 grams of carbs per can. This popular beer might be an icon of American patriotism, but it could also be iconic of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. as well.

Guinness Extra Stout

Guinness Extra Stout, a popular Irish stout beer with an ABV of 6%, is another heavily hopped, calorie packed beer. With 176 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates drinking a can of Guinness Extra Stout is like a downing a Krispy Kreme doughnut in liquid form.

Not All Calories in Beer are Created Equal

A chief complaint against light beer is the lower percentage of alcohol compared to standard beer. While light beers may have less alcohol, you are getting more alcohol per calorie with light beer than you do with normal beer. Take Budweiser for example. In their light beer, a Budweiser Select 55, alcohol makes up 88% of the calories. While the alcohol in a regular Budweiser makes up 66% of the calories.

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