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13 Best Light Beers on Grocery Store Shelves

These beers are light enough in calories and carbs to let you throw back a few without throwing off your diet.
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Sometimes, you just want to crack open a cold one. Yes, we're talking about beer. Whether you're having a barbecue in your backyard, cheering on your favorite sports team from your living room, or just winding down after a long day, a beer can really hit the spot.

But when you're trying to lose weight, it can feel like a game of either/or. Either the hot dog and potato salad or sip on that IPA. Either indulge in some pizza slices or your drink favorite lager.

Well, we're here to tell you to stop sacrificing.

You can eat and drink whatever you want, even if you're trying to stay on course with any healthy eating or weight-loss goals. Just go for some light beer!

There are plenty of beers light enough in calories and carbs to let you throw back a few without throwing off your diet. And, yes, you can still have some chips or even a s'more if you're hanging out by the fire, too.

Here are the best light beer options, and while you're making healthier choices, be sure to stock up on The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.


Bud Light

bud light can

Per 1 bottle: 110 calories, 6.6 g carbs, 4.2% ABV

When in doubt, you can't really go wrong with a classic option like this one. Refreshing, isn't it?


Budweiser Select

budweiser select

Per 1 bottle: 99 calories, 3 g carbs, 4.3% ABV

Select this beer if you're a fan but want a brew that's lighter in calories than the original. It's the perfect option.


Coors Light

coors light

Per 1 bottle: 102 calories, 5 g carbs, 4.2% ABV

One of these falls just above the 100-calorie mark—can't really get much better than that!


Keystone Light

keystone light

Per 1 bottle: 101 calories, 4.7 g carbs, 4.1% ABV

An upside about Keystone Light is that it's one of the cheapest beers out there. And the fact that it's also one of the lowest-calorie brews on the market just makes it that much better.


Bud Light Lime

bud light lime

Per 1 can: 116 calories, 8 g carbs, 4.2% ABV

Not only is this beer that is brewed with real lime peels refreshing and perfect for beach and BBQ days, it won't have you feeling bloated in your bathing suit, either.

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Miller Lite

miller lite bottle
Per 1 bottle: 96 calories, 3 g carbs, 4.2% ABV

Every bar has Miller Lite on tap for a reason. When in doubt, order one of these.


Amstel Light

amstel light beer in glass

Per 1 bottle: 95 calories, 5 g carbs, 3.5% ABV

With this beer, there are no frills here. Just a good drink that won't fill you out.


Yuengling Lager Light

yuengling light lager
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Per 1 bottle: 99 calories, 3.1 g carbs, 4.3% ABV

Not only does this beer go down smooth, but it happens to have 43% fewer calories than a regular Yuengling Lager.


Natural Light

natural light

Per 1 can: 95 calories, 3.2 g carbs, 4.2% ABV

We know—the thought of popping open a Natty Light may make you feel like you're back in college. Still, don't let that steer you away! Sipping the low-cal brew in lieu of your heavier go-to's may help you fit into those jeans you've in your closet since college again.


Bud Light Platinum

bud light platinum

Per 1 bottle: 139 calories, 5.1 g carbs, 6.0% ABV

When this drink was added to the Budweiser family, it was said to have "reinvented the category of light beer." Well, Bud Light Platinum is more potent than the average American brew and has fewer calories, too.


Busch Light

busch light

Per 1 can: 95 calories, 3.2 g carbs, 4.1% ABV

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


Michelob Ultra

michelob ultra beer

Per 1 bottle: 95 calories, 2.6 g carbs, 4.2% ABV

Michelob Ultra as a brand has associated itself with running, cycling, and living an active healthy lifestyle. Already a win! But what's most impressive about this beer is that is it super low in calories and carbs, still serving up as much alcohol as its competitors, and, most importantly, tastes great, too.


Beck's Premier Light

becks premier light beer

Per 1 bottle: 64 calories, 4 g carbs, 2.3% ABV

Even though it's one of the lowest-calorie beers on the market, it does have a lower amount of alcohol. But that's not a bad thing! The best part about sipping on one of these is you don't have to worry about going overboard and just enjoy the taste of a cold one without having to deal with a hangover the next day.

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