Keto Friendly Beer: 30 Best Low Carb Beers List

Want to keep your carb count to a minimum, but don’t want to give up drinking beers?

Studio shot of two beers

Well, you don’t have to! There are quite a few beers which are low in carbohydrates.

Below, I have compiled a list for you so that you can continue to enjoy this refreshing beverage on a ketogenic diet.

Maybe you will even discover some new favourites!

A Few Quick Things to Note About Low Carb Beers

Before we jump into the list, here are a few useful pointers:

  • Low carb beers tend to be light beers. If you do not see any of these beers at the supermarket for whatever reason, look for beers labelled “light.” That should get you on the right track.
  • Read the label. While low carb beers are usually light beers, not every single light beer you come across is necessarily going to be low enough in carbs to fit in your keto diet. So check the exact count on the label before purchasing.
  • Keep your beers in a cold, dark location in order to keep their flavours as rich as possible.

You can expect the vast majority of light beers to fit the following characteristics:

  • Light and clear in colour, often yellow
  • Thin and watery
  • Faint in terms of aroma and flavour
  • Not much in terms of head

So if you are not used to drinking light beers, be prepared for that. A light beer is not really a replacement for a regular beer, but it can still be refreshing and satisfy your craving.

Now let’s dive in with the recommendations!

Top Low Carb Beers to Try​

​1. Green’s Trailblazer

green trailblazer beer
  • Calories: 119
  • Carbs: 0.5g
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Size: 275 ml
  • Country of Origin: Belgium

If you are looking for the ultimate low-carb beer, it might be Green’s Trailblazer. This beer contains a mere 0.5 carbs.

It also is wheat-free and gluten-free, making it a great choice for a range of dietary needs.

Its flavour is crisp, and it is surprisingly full-bodied (but still mild overall) compared to some other low-carb beers.

If you enjoy Finnish lager, you should find that this keto beer provides you with a similar experience.

KEY POINT:  0.18 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​2. Marston’s Resolution

marstons revolutions low carb beer
  • Calories: 85
  • Carbs: 1.65g
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Size: 275 ml

One of the lowest-carb beers you are going to find on the market is Marston’s Resolution.

This beer was specifically brewed with low-carb dieters in mind, and is popular in the United Kingdom.

Interestingly, the alcohol content is higher in relation to the carb count than you might expect.

Actually, this is the direct result of the double fermentation process which the manufacturer uses to make the beer low in carbs.

Most of the sugars have been converted into alcohol, so what you end up with is a beer with an average alcohol content and a very low carb count.

KEY POINT: 0.6 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​3. Sleeman Clear 2.0

Seeman Clear 2.0 Low Carb Beer
  • Calories: 90
  • Carbs: 2.0g
  • ABV: 4%
  • Size: 355 ml

This mild Canadian lager is not known for packing a lot in the flavour department. It is however quite low in carbohydrates.

It is an updated version of the original Sleeman Clear.

KEY POINT: 0.56 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​4. Bud Select 55

budweiser bud select 55 beer
  • Calories: 55
  • Carbs: 1.8g
  • ABV: 2.4%
  • Size: 355 ml

This beer is so-named because a single bottle contains 55 calories.

It is similar to the Budweiser Select, but is much lighter in terms of flavour and lower in terms of alcohol content. It also contains significantly fewer carbs.

While the standard version of the Budweiser Select contains 3.1g of carbs, Bud Select contains a mere 1.8g of carbs.

KEY POINT: 0.51 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​5. Miller Genuine Draft 64

miller genuine draft 64 light beer
  • Calories: 64
  • Carbs: 2.4g
  • ABV: 2.8%
  • Size: 355 ml

Miller Genuine Draft 64, sometime abbreviated “MGD 64,” it is quite watery in flavour and body.

While the low carb count is great, the general lack of flavour and overall thinness are both detractors.

Another potential annoyance is the presence of a “natural lemon sweetener” which reportedly is not natural at all, being sucralose-based.

KEY POINT: 0.68 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​6. Rolling Rock Green Light

rock light beer
  • Calories: 83
  • Carbs: 2.4g
  • ABV: 3.7%
  • Size: 355 ml

This beer is not very well-rated, but it is another option if you want to stay under 3 carbs.

The colour of the beer is yellow, and the head is gone almost instantaneously.

You won't catch much of an aroma, and not a lot of flavour either. It is also quite high on carbonation.

It can best be described as "watery" both in consistency and taste.

KEY POINT: 0.68 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​7. NIXE Extra Dry

nixe extra dry beer
  • Calories: 114
  • Carbs: 2.49g
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Size: 330 ml

Originating in Austria, this pilsner was brewed specifically to try and provide the rich flavour you expect from a regular beer in one which is low in carbohydrates.

Like many other low-carb beers, reviews range from great to poor.

Those who dislike this beer complain about its thin body. Those who enjoy it say that it is refreshing and flavourful with notes of citrus.

KEY POINT: 0.75 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​8. Corona Premier

corona premier bottle
  • Calories: 90
  • Carbs: 2.6g
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Size: 355 ml

There are a number of beers which have around 2.6g of carbs, but this appears to be one of the most highly rated ones.

The flavour of Corona Premier is very light, though it can be described in some respects as not being that far off from regular Corona beer.

The best thing about Corona Premier (aside from the low carb count) is probably how smooth it is, but the same can be said for many competing products.

KEY POINT: 0.74 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​9. Pig’s Eye Lean Light

pigs eye lean beer
  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 2.6g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 355 ml

This beer will probably catch your eye on the shelf because of its usual name. It is marketed as a beer with, " less carbs and calories, and more flavour.”

Does it deliver on its promise? That depends on who you ask.

It certainly does keep the calorie and carb count down, but whether it is flavourful enough will depend on your subjective taste.

KEY POINT: 0.74 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​10. Michelob Ultra

michelob ultra
  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 2.6g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 341 ml

Another beer to try which has the same carbohydrate count as Pig’s Eye Lean Light is Michelob Ultra. Not surprisingly, this beverage is much better known.

Quite a few reviewers particularly despise this beer, stating that it is thin, harsh and flavourless.

Those who enjoy it say that it is a good value, keeping both carbs and expenses low.

It is highly recommended that you keep this beer chilled in order to enjoy it at its best.

KEY POINT: 0.76 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​11. Milwaukee's Best Light

milwaukees best light
  • Calories: 96
  • Carbs: 3g
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • Size: 355 ml

Milwaukee's Best Light has been on the market since 1986.

According to the company, the goal of this beer was to be both low in calories and affordable.

This beer, like many of the others to make this list, is relatively self-explanatory. The flavour, aroma and colour are all what you expect from a light beer.

KEY POINT: 0.85 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​12. Natural Light

natural light beer
  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 3g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 355 ml

Another light beer with a fairly typical alcohol content and reasonably low carbs is Natural Light.

Natural Light has been around for decades. It first became available in 1977.

The flavour of this beer is often described as "fruity.” Like many other low-calorie beers, it is manufactured through an extended brewing process.

Natural Light has its share of detractors, but there are also many people who really enjoy it.

So you may want to try it and decide for yourself whether it would make a good complement to your low-carb diet.

KEY POINT: 0.85 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​13. Budweiser Select

budweiser select
  • Calories: 99
  • Carbs: 3.1g
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • S​ize: 355 ml

You are already familiar with this beer if you read my recommendation for the Bud Select 55.

This is the regular version with a higher calorie and carbohydrate count.

Even though the carbs and calories are bit higher, it still qualifies easily as a low-carb brew.

This beer is pretty popular and successful. It has been around for over a decade and continues to sell well.

If you like the Bud Select 55 but would prefer something more flavourful and higher in alcohol content, give this one a try.

KEY POINT: 0.87 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​14. Beck’s Premier Light

becks premier light
  • Calories: 64
  • Carbs: 3.2g
  • ABV: 2.3%
  • Size: 355 ml

The calories for this beer are very low, and the carbs are pretty low as well.

But you will notice right off the bat that the alcohol content is significantly reduced compared to your typical beer.

If you are all right with that, you might consider trying it.

Some people make the usual light beer complaints about Beck’s Premier Light​ - that it is thin and doesn’t have a lot of flavour.

But those who do enjoy it specifically mention that they found it very flavourful.

So it will all be up to your tastes to decide if this beer is a good option for you on your low-carb diet.

KEY POINT: 0.9 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​15. Miller Lite

mini miller lite can
  • Calories: 96
  • Carbs: 3.2g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 355 ml

The carbs for Miller Lite are the same as they are for Beck’s Premier Light, but the alcohol content is significantly higher.

This beer is a classic; it has been around since 1975. So it is one of the most widely-known options for a bit of low-carb indulgence.

While Miller Lite doesn’t have much body, it can be called smooth and refreshing.

Whether you perceive it as tasteless or flavourful will depend on your preferences.

In terms of appearance, this beer has more colour to it than a lot of competing light beers. That is definitely another plus.

Regardless, it has certainly stood the test of time.

KEY POINT: 0.9 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​16. Busch Light

busch light
  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 3.2g
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • Size: 473 ml

Also coming in with 3.2g of carbohydrates is Busch Light.

This beer has a yellow colour which is commonplace among light beers. It is light and smooth and refreshing.

What about the flavour? It is very mild with typical grain characteristics and a slight grassiness.

KEY POINT: 0.68 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​17. Genesee Light

genesee light
  • Calories: 100
  • Carbs: 4g carbs
  • ABV: 3.6%
  • Size: 355 ml

Genesee Light is sometimes marketed as “Genny Light.”

The consensus with this beer is generally that it doesn’t have a lot of stand-out flavour, but there is nothing unpleasant about it.

It also is smooth to drink.

This means that it is a pretty good choice by default for a low-carb beer. It is not particularly interesting, but you can count on it to deliver.

KEY POINT: 1.13 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​18. Coors Light

coors light
  • Calories: 104
  • Carbs: 4.2g
  • ABV: 5%
  • Size: 355 ml

This is definitely one of the most famous light beers on the market. It was introduced in the 70s, and has been a success ever since.

The carbs for Coors Light are higher than some of the other beers I have shared, but the alcohol content is also higher.

Taste for Coors Light is much what you would expect from any other light beer. It is minimal with a wheaty profile and a hint of grass.

KEY POINT: 1.18 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​19. Keystone Light

keystone light can
  • Calories: 104
  • Carbs: 4.2g
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Size: 355 ml

This popular light beer was first brought to the market in 1989. It is promoted with the tagline, “Always Smooth, Never Bitter™.”

True to the claim, this beer isn’t particularly bitter-tasting. It has a mild corn flavour with just a hint of sweetness.

In colour, the liquid is very light. While a white head does form on top after you pour, it doesn’t stick around for long at all.

KEY POINT: 1.18 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​20. Amstel Light

amstel light
  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 5g
  • ABV: 3.5%
  • Size: 355 ml

From the Netherlands, we have Amstel Light, a well-known beer with ratings which are comparatively higher than most for keto beers.

Amstel Light is slightly sweet and not too bitter. You may like it if you enjoy a stronger hops flavour in your beer.

KEY POINT: 1.41 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​21. Corona Light

carona light
  • Calories: 99
  • Carbs: 5g
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • Size: 355 ml

This is another of the most popular light beers around the world.

Corona Light’s flavour is distinctly sweeter than a lot of competing low-carb beers.

As with the rest, it can be described as being a bit “watery.”

KEY POINT: 1.41 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​22. Bud Light

bud light
  • Calories: 110
  • Carbs: 6.6g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 355 ml

Bud Light is a popular choice which you are probably familiar with, especially if you live in America.

It has been possible to buy Bud Light since 1982, so this pale lager is well-established in the light beer market.

While Bud Light isn’t flavourful, it is smooth, crisp, and refreshing. It also has no annoying aftertaste.

KEY POINT: 1.86 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​23. Heineken Premium Light

heineken light
  • Calories: 99
  • Carbs: 7g
  • ABV: 3.3%
  • Size: 355 ml

Here is another beer from the Netherlands which has been available in the US since 2005.

You will notice that this beer contains more carbohydrates than a lot of competing light beers on this list.

Still, if you are budgeting your carbs carefully for the day, you may be able to have a bottle now and again.

The head on this beer hangs around a little longer than it does on some others, but still goes away pretty rapidly.

The flavours are comparable to other beverages to make this list. You will taste some mild hops with a dash of sweetness. The liquid is thin and watery.

KEY POINT: 1.97 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

2​4. Bud Light Lime

bud light lime bottle
  • Calories: 116
  • Carbs: 8.4g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 355 ml

The lime-flavoured version of Bud Light has a significantly higher carbohydrate count than the regular version.

The benefit of choosing this beer is of course the lime flavour, which may be extra-refreshing. It also gives the beer a “summery” vibe.

For that reason, a lot of people do enjoy it during the hotter months of the year.

KEY POINT: 2.37 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​25. Yuengling Light Lager

yuengling light
  • Calories: 99
  • Carbs: 8.5g
  • ABV: 3.8%
  • Size: 355 ml

If you like the standard Yuengling beer, you may want to give the Light Lager a try.

The overall flavour is similar, just more watery. Both sweetness and bitterness are at play here for balanced, light taste.

The colour of this beer is closer to a true amber than the light yellow which characterizes many other light beers.

KEY POINT: 2.37 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​26. Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel

flying dog brewery kerberos triple beer
  • Calories: 238
  • Carbs: 8.6g
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Size: 355 ml

If you are specifically on the hunt for a low-carb beer which has a higher alcohol content than most, consider the Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel.

Take note that the calories are also higher than the majority appears on this list.

A lot of people enjoy this beer. The notes you can detect through the nose or on the palate include apricot, peach and citrus. The flavours are on the sweet side.

KEY POINT: 2.42 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​27. Greens Tripel Blonde Ale

greeen tripel blonde ale
  • Calories: 206
  • Carbs: 9g
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Size: 355 ml

Now we are getting to beers with higher carbs.

If you are on a very low-carb diet, you may not be able to indulge in these that often, but if your restriction is set higher, you might be able to enjoy them on a regular basis.

This particular beer comes from the United Kingdom. As you can see from the name, it is classified as an ale. Sometimes it is referred to by the name “Green’s Quest” as well.

When you pour this ale, it has a thicker head than a lot of low-carb beers. It is relatively light in body (arguably a bit on the watery side, but not as much as some lower-carb beers), and has a sweet herbal aroma.

One nice thing about Green’s Quest is that it is anything but flavourless. You may pick up notes of grains, fruits and spices.

There is just enough bitterness to balance out the sweeter notes.

This beer is a great “middle of the road” choice. While there are lower-carb options out there, this ale is more satisfying from a taste perspective without being too high in carbs.

KEY POINT: 2.54 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​28. Newcastle Brown Ale

newcastle brown ale
  • Calories: 138
  • Carbs: 9.6g
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Size: 355 ml

Another ale you can try on a low-carb diet is the Newcastle Brown Ale. At 9.6g of carbs, it is only slightly richer in carbohydrates than Green’s Quest.

As with Green’s Quest, Newcastle Brown Ale is pretty popular.

While the taste profile of the ale is mild, it is not bland. Notes of caramel dominate with a hint of fruit. The flavour might also be described as “toasted.”

It is slightly on the bitter side, but there is enough sweetness to effectively mellow it out.

KEY POINT: 2.71 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​29. Sam Adams Light

sam adams light
  • Calories: 119
  • Carbs: 9.6g
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • Size: 355 ml

This lager may be higher in carbs than some of your other options, but it is also more highly-rated than some of the alternatives.

Sam Adams claims that, “It took 2 years of brewing, tasting, and testing to come up with the final recipe for Sam Adams Light. We focused on brewing a flavorful, high quality beer with a light-bodied taste and fewer calories.”

You might think that Sam Adams Light is essentially a Sam Adams Boston Lager derivative, but it was brewed to be unique.

Interestingly, Sam Adams also states that, “No other domestic light beer uses only the four classic ingredients of beer: pure water, lager yeast, Noble hops and barley malt.”

So for those looking for a “pure” light beer, this may be an ideal choice.

It is also another good “in-between” option. You get a nicer amber colour with the liquid, and more frothiness on top.

The taste is similar to other low-carb beers.

Despite the fact that Sam Adams didn’t try to make it like the Boston Lager, it is also pretty comparable to that (just much milder).

KEY POINT: 2.7 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​30. Guinness Draught

guinness draught
  • Calories: 125
  • Carbs: 10g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 355 ml

We’re pushing the definition of a “low-carb” beer a bit here, but I will make this the highest-carb entry on this list.

While it usually goes under the name “Guinness Draught,” you may sometimes see it sold as “Guinness Cold” or “Guinness Extra Cold.”

The Guinness Draught is worth mentioning because it is highly rated, and because it is significantly different from most of the other brews on this list.

You will see the difference immediately once you pour.

This beer comes out dark, rather than light and watery. Even the head has a colour which is closer to beige than it is to pure white.

Even with its dark colour however, the Guinness Draught is still a light-bodied beverage.

It is pretty flavourful. Some of the notes you might detect include coffee, nuts, toffee, grain, wood and licorice.

So if you are looking for something distinctive, see if you can get some room in your carb budget to try this one.

KEY POINT: 2.82 grams of carbohydrate per 100 ml.

​Conclusion

You now have a pretty extensive list of light beers to consider trying on a low-carb diet.

It is important to align your expectations with reality before you start trying light beers.

As a rule, they are going to be thinner and less flavourful than other beers.

As such, they may take some getting used to. Once you develop a taste for them however, you may find that you enjoy them a great deal.

The best part is you can go through a bottle or a can without worrying about busting through your carb limit for the day.

While downing a cool, refreshing low-carb beer, you can continue to lose weight and experience all the health benefits of a keto diet.

Just remember that like all good things, low-carb beer is best enjoyed in moderation.

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  • Updated February 15, 2019

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