Need "light" beer recommend (ugh....)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ZeroTX, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. ZeroTX

    ZeroTX Initiate (111) Jan 25, 2017 Texas

    Hi guys,

    Novice beer snob here (under 2years drinking almost exclusively craft beers), but about to endeavor on a serious weightloss diet. My plan says no beer/alcohol, but that ain't gonna work for me. I need a compromise beer, a light beer but with flavor. Something 150 calories or less for a 12oz bottle/can and with flavor. Can be craft or pseudo-craft, no AB InBev products, though.

    My thoughts go to....
    -Shiner Light Blonde
    -Sam Adams Light
    -Abita Light

    Looking for other ideas. Must be available in the Houston, Texas area without special ordering. We have some local craft brands, but none that claim to be light.... Karbach (Now AB-InBev), Saint Arnold, No Label, 8th Wonder, Southern Star....

    Is there such thing as a "light" IPA?
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  2. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,376) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I might look into the Luponic Distortion series...? It's lighter, and has caught criticism for being so light considering it's a hop showcase.
  3. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (832) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Guinness Draft
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  4. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Pilsner urquell has 156 calories @ 12oz.
  5. cid71

    cid71 Initiate (137) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

    Stillwater yacht if you get it.
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  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Pivo pils is 158 cals. Try some helles, vienna lager, Berliner Weiss, etc. You'll be surprised what beers fill the void.
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  7. mambossa

    mambossa Initiate (191) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio
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    Not sure about calorie count, but Pilsner Urquell is very tasty and feels light!
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  8. akolb

    akolb Crusader (709) Aug 8, 2015 Colorado
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    Uinta makes some tasty 4% ABV brews (thanks to those odd Utah liquor laws) and they distribute to Texas. Their Baba black lager is particularly flavorful given the light body.
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  9. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Champion (872) Nov 4, 2015 New York
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    (Essentially) Cal = abv x 30cal. "Light" beers are mostly in the 125-135cal range. Plenty of good options that are similar, or fewer calories.
    Most gose & berliner weisse are in the 4% range. Some even less. Many wild ales also.Most Dry Irish Stouts are in the 4-5% range, with a few even lower.
    Cortland Naked Lap Lager is good, though slightly higher, @ 4.9%.
  10. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (920) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Narragansett Light

    Funny you bring up this subject, I plan on stocking up on a bunch of those new gansett Light 12 packs when I go back to back home to MA next weekend...

    EDIT: I just noticed that you live in TX. My bad. I would opt for Lone Star Light (136 calories). As others have said though, if your looking strictly st calories, Guinness is probably your best bet (as far as flavor vs caloric content)
    #10 tzieser, Apr 9, 2017
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  11. Spartanslam

    Spartanslam Initiate (124) Jan 27, 2016 Michigan
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    Sours are usually good. I'm enjoying a À Tout Le Monde at 4.5% right now.

    That being said as someone who dropped from 300 pounds to getting into bodybuilding...I basically just do hard core zero carb/keto cutting diets at 1800-2000 calories day with 1 cheat day a week where I eat/drink whatever I want.

    Currently still dropping 2-3 lbs a week from 205 down to 182 as of today. Sucks during the week but delayed gratification is something plus I like having abs.
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  12. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,857) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    To answer the question Sam Adams Light. Having said that there are a lot, and I mean hundreds if not thousands, of regular beers out there that contain less than 150 calories in a 12 oz serving.
  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Not according to AB, MC or Constellation for their Top Twenty brands (12 oz):

    Bud Light - 110
    Busch Light - 95
    Natural Light - 95
    Mich Ultra - 95

    Coors Light - 102
    Miller Lite - 96
    Keystone Light - 104

    Corona Light - 99​
  14. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (251) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I would think that those session IPAs fit this bill, Founders All Day is 147 calories so that would work.

    I watch my weight as well but I think that it just takes a little planning ahead and self discipline, as what is the difference if you drink two 150 calorie beers or one 300 calorie beer?
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  15. MikeyBadnews

    MikeyBadnews Initiate (176) Dec 10, 2013 Massachusetts

    Lose the weight first, and gradually put beer back into your regular diet.

    But for what it's worth I've been able to lose weight and still drink, just gotta count the calories, all of 'em. It's doable.
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  16. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (460) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    2nd Guinness. At 10 calories/oz -- it's tough to be for flavor. I lost 20 lbs about 10 years ago on a 1 16oz can a day ration.
  17. Amateurbrewmaster

    Amateurbrewmaster Initiate (184) Feb 5, 2016 New York

    I'm not a Founders die hard, but for a light IPA, go for the All Day, and for a pilsner, go for the PC Pils. For a dark beer, I recommend a Guinness or a Baba Black Lager
  18. Amateurbrewmaster

    Amateurbrewmaster Initiate (184) Feb 5, 2016 New York

    All this being said, if you are strictly looking at calories, then a light lager is your best bet. However, a flavorful craft beer, though caloric, can be beneficial for your health. A dark beer with roasted barley is even healthier because unmalted roasted barley retains it's nutrients. Hops also are beneficial. Good luck with your weight loss
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  19. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,313) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    I have no way of knowing how many calories are in a beer unless the brewer specifically says so, but if I go by the general rule of thumb that lower abv = less calories, there's a ton of good beers 5% or less. Many pilsners, gose, Berliner Weissbier, some lambics, Irish dry stouts, some porters, session IPAs, and a few other types of lagers such as Vienna lagers and schwarzbier are often under 5%
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  20. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,444) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I maintain my weight while drinking beer by doing it this way. I have only 2, any style. I prefer the pilsner and the lager styles so that puts me in the 150 calorie per glass range. Then do not drink any soda and no desserts. No sugar other than beer. You can keep your carbs for now but watch your portions. In other words beer is another bread. So if you have a hamburger and that's your bread you can't have beer. it naturally works itself to where you can have two beers but fitting in more is too difficult.
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  21. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,050) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois
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    as far as the beer goes, green flash sea to sea lager 4% abv. and tasty enough.
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  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,489) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Yes, they are presently marketed as Session IPAs (e.g., Founders All Day IPA).

    My favorite 'session' IPA is Carton Boat Beer but that is mostly just sold in New Jersey.

    I am personally not a fan of Light beers but if I was at a summer party and the host had Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light as the beer choices I personally would reach for Coors Light.

  23. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (1,508) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    Rather than drinking lighter beer, I would drink less of the beer I like.

    ...although a summer of pilsner, Berliner weisse and gose doesn't sound so bad!
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  24. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (638) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I imagine lower abv saisons might be a good way to go, they should be less calories than an equivalent abv session IPA/porter etc. No idea if there are any available to you
  25. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (73) Nov 6, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Where are the people in this forum getting their calorie #'s from? I'm actually very curious about this. They don't seem readily available and maybe they should be.
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  26. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,857) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Google calories in beer and there's quite a lot of stuff available.
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  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    :astonished: They're on the major brewers' website, as I linked to above:
    (and on most "light beer" labels, aren't they?)
  28. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,164) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    I know I'm likely in the minority on this site but I wish there were beer labeling requirements which detailed ingredients, calories, sugar, etc. Even if breweries just posted it to their website would be fine imo. Just like I want to know what is in the food I eat, I would like to know what is in the beverages I drink.
    #28 Jaycase, Apr 11, 2017
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  29. aquabears

    aquabears Disciple (331) Mar 29, 2016 Connecticut
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    Shiner Bock is also under 150.
  30. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,857) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I've done some research on calories in beer, brewery websites and other sources, and it seems standard beers (4.5 -5%) consistently have about 12 calories per ounce. Does this mean I can't have a DIPA? Of course not. Take the 16 oz can and decant half of it into an 8 oz resealable bottle.
  31. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Same with ten fidy. A six ounce pour meets the op requirement at 150 cal.
  32. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,877) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Kvas might be an option, if you can find it. It's not going to be terribly flavorful or satisfying, but it is rather low in calories and alcohol. Also, the ones I've seen (in a Ukranian grocery store) were in resealable plastic bottles.

    Me? I'd rather drink half of a real beer and dump the rest.
  33. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,278) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Best solution around, take your total intake by half and just drink good stuff. HA AH.
    On a serious note roll with Guinness, its not a bad option for the calories.
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  34. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Yuengling Light is ok, but IMO none are truly bad like Steel Reserve kinda bad just a bit bland.
  35. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,651) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut
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    Old Milwaukee. Laugh now, thank me later.
  36. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (196) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I think Founder's All Day IPA would be my go to.

    On a different note OP, why not just eat less food and keep the beer? For instance, during the week I usually lose weight while still drinking the same due to my food intake (it's the weekends that get me). Get your proteins and fats from food. Grill up some chicken and get the pre-made salads and you're all set.
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  37. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Zealot (547) Dec 12, 2014 California

    Well that's fine, but be sure to understand that that works as an additional tax to your tiny local breweries. As a rule of thumb most regulations and tax code exemptions are far easier on the biggest players budget (they make up for a smaller percentage of their budget).
  38. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (288) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina
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    Does Prima Pils count?
  39. Tmwright7

    Tmwright7 Initiate (191) Feb 3, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    If only you saw distribution of Yuengling Lager in Texas!
  40. moshea

    moshea Devotee (437) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan
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    This. 125 calories
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