There's almost nothing better on a hot summer day than sitting down to a cold beer. Unfortunately, most cold beers consist of mostly empty calories and carbs - just what you don't want when you're watching calories or trying to lose weight. That's why we decided to search for the perfect summer beer. Luckily, we found five varieties that all clock in at under 150 calories. Best of all, they taste good, too!
1. Bud Select 55
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 2.4%
A 55-calorie beer looks appealing at first glance, but fewer calories means lower alcohol content and very little flavor. A regular Budweiser Select has a higher ABV at 4.3% and still comes in under 100 calories (99 calories per 12oz.). Although Budweiser Select is higher in carbs (3.1g), if you're drinking to unwind, it's worth the splurge.
2. Michelob Ultra
The original "low-carb beer," Michelob Ultra is your best bet if you typically prefer fruity cocktails. In addition to the original Ultra, a 12oz. serving of Amber, Lime Cactus, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Dragon Fruit Peach Ultras all have 95 calories, but they pack on a few extra carbs (2.6-5.5). The extra flavor may be worth the barter.
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3. Bud Light Lime
Bud Light Lime packs the same ABV as Bud Light and adds a kick of refreshing lime for only 6 more calories. The downside: The lime version has an additional 1.4 carbs.
4. Sam Adams Light
Sam Adams Light is your best choice if your prefer Boston Lager. The slight peach or mango flavor is perfect for a pool or beach-side brew.
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5. Guinness Draught
Don't let the dark color fool you. This Irish stout beer is one of the lightest of its kind. Plus, it's packed with rich, roasted coffee-like flavor. Worried about the 9.9g of carbs? Consider skipping your morning coffee and splurge for a cold Irish beer at night instead.
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