If you are a beer drinker you may know that beer can be carb heavy, but don’t fret you don’t have to completely give up the pleasure of a good brew while watching football this season just because you’re doing keto. Although some beers should be avoided on keto, there are plenty of low-carb options to enjoy while sitting back and rooting for your favorite team.
As a general rule of thumb, beers that are hoppy or dark tend to be higher in carbs, and in some cases, calories too. This means like IPAs or dark stouts are best avoided. “Light” beers are generally your best bet, although those vary in how much carbs they contain as well. To be labeled a light beer, it must contain less calories than its regular counterpart. With this calorie cut down, light beers end up being lower in both carbohydrates and alcohol content.
Here are five low-carb beers you can enjoy while watching your favorite team.
Budweiser Select 55
When it comes to ultra-light beers, Budweiser Select 55 is a good bet. Clocking in at just 1.8g of carbs and 55 calories per bottle, this light lager won’t mess with your diet, as it is much lower in carbs and calories than even your typical light beer. As far as flavor goes, Budweiser Select 55 offers notes of toasted malt and a subtle hoppiness.
No need to stress about carbs when drinking a Labatt Premier. Another ultra-light beer, this lager has only 96 calories and 2.4g of carbs. Labatt Premier is the lower-cal version of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, so it offers the same smooth, refreshing taste without the extra calories.
You may be used to drinking Corona Lights, but did you know there’s an even lighter version of this popular brand? Corona Premier has fewer calories and carbs than both Corona and Corona Light. With just 90 calories and 2.6g of carbs, Corona Premier lets you enjoy game day with a refreshing, keto-friendly drink in hand. Don’t forget the lime, it’s keto-friendly too!
This light lager is a popular choice with beer drinkers, thanks to its smooth, malty flavor. Michelob Ultra contains only 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs, and as an added bonus, it’s free from any artificial colors and flavoring.
Miller Lite remains a classic for a reason. After all, it was the first mainstream light beer in the US, and it’s still a solid choice even today. This American Light Lager has 96 calories and 3.2g of carbs, and in terms of taste, it ranks higher than many other light beer options.
For many, a good football game is made that much better when you can toss back a cold one. When purchasing beer for those big game days, stick to lighter lagers and avoid hoppy, dark beers with high alcohol content. If a beer tastes heavy or sweet, it’s usually a good indicator that it’s not low-carb friendly. It might take some getting used to, but switching to lighter, low calorie beers can help you stick to keto while also allowing you to enjoy football season, guilt-free.