15 Best Light Beers in America

A barbecue without beer is like ice cream without chocolate sauce. Sure, it's delicious without, but there's just something special about the pairing.

15 Best Light Beers in America

A barbecue without beer is like ice cream without chocolate sauce. Sure, it's delicious without, but there's just something special about the pairing.

But when you’re trying to lose weight, it can feel like a game of either/or. Either the potato salad or that IPA. Either a s’more or your favorite lager. Stop sacrificing. These beers are light enough in calories and carbs to let you throw back a few without throwing off your diet. And, yes, you can still have that s’more, too.

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Bud Light Platinum

Calories 143
Carbohydrates 10 G
ABV 5.0 %

One of the newer additions to the Budweiser family, Bud Light Platinum is more potent than the average American brew and has fewer calories, too.

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Natural Ice

Calories 130
Carbohydrates 4 g
ABV 5.9%

Although it’s not super low-cal, downing a bottle or two of this brew won’t totally derail your weight loss efforts.

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Sam Adams Light

Calories 119
Carbohydrates 10 G
ABV 4.0 %

Think of it as a good beer’s thinner brother.

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Bud Light Lime

Calories 116
Carbohydrates 8
ABV 4.2%

Not only is this beer refreshing and perfect for beach and BBQ days, it won’t make you look bloated in your bathing suit, either.

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Bud Light

Calories 110
Carbohydrates 7 G
ABV 4.2 %

Ah. Refreshing, isn’t it? Keep it away from the beer bong and you’ll be just fine. And in case you were wondering, both men and women experience “beer goggles.”

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Coors Light

Calories 104
Carbohydrates 5 G
ABV 4.2 %

Falls just above the 100-calorie mark, making it competitive with the top light beers. Don’t obsess over the details at this point: Just choose the one you like best.

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Keystone Light

Calories 104
Carbohydrates 5 G
ABV 4.1%

Short on cash? Keystone light is one of the cheapest beers out there—and, lucky for you, it’s also one of the lowest-calorie brews on the market.

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Budweiser Select

Calories 99
Carbohydrates 3 G
ABV 4.3 %

Select this beer if you’re a Bud man (or woman!), but want a brew that’s lighter in calories than the original.

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Yuengling Lager Light

Calories 99
Carbohydrates 9 G
ABV 3.8 %

Goes down smooth, and with 43 percent fewer calories than regular Yuengling Lager.

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Miller Lite

Calories 96
Carbohydrates 3 G
ABV 4.2 %

Every bar has Miller Lite on tap for a reason. When in doubt, here’s your order.

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Amstel Light

Calories 95
Carbohydrates 6 G
ABV 3.5 %

No frills here. Just a good beer that won’t fill you out.

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Natural Light

Calories 95
Carbohydrates 3.2
ABV 4.2%

Popping open a Natty Light may make you feel like you’re back in college, but don’t let that steer you away. Sipping the low-cal brew in lieu of your heavier go-tos may help you fit into your frat-days jeans again, too.

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Busch Light

Calories 95
Carbohydrates 3.2
ABV 4.1%

Light, crisp, refreshing and low-calorie. What more could you ask for?

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Michelob Ultra

Calories 95
Carbohydrates 3 G
ABV 4.2 %

Michelob Ultra doesn’t claim our top spot because the brand has associated itself with running, cycling and living an active healthy lifestyle. It’s our #1 pick because it does all that and is lower in carbs than its closest competitor—and tastes great, too. It’s the #1 Best Light Beer in America.

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Beck’s Premier Light

Calories 64
Carbohydrates 4 G
ABV 3.8 %

Even though it’s one of the lowest calorie beers on the market, it has nearly as much alcohol as its competitors. So don’t forget that. Here’s why: University of Washington scientists found that even just one or two alcoholic drinks can make you more likely to hone in on just on thing, which can impair your driving. For example, you may be so focused on going the correct speed, that you’re more prone to miss bounding deer or braking cars.

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