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The best low-calorie beers of 2023

Beer often gets a bad rap for derailing weight-loss plans, but a new breed of beers that contain fewer than 100 calories, has been created.

If you want to enjoy the taste of beer, without disrupting your fitness goals, this variety of beers shortlisted by Men’s Fitness, may be of use to you. Here’s the pick of the best low-calorie options available for 2023:

Tennent’s Light

Certainly considered by many to be one of the best low-calorie beers in the UK. Made from Scottish-grown cereals and fresh highland water from Loch Katrine, Tennent’s Light is just 60 calories per bottle.

Price: £14 for 12 (not available in the US)

SkinnyBrands Premium Lager

Considered to be a rising star in the world of low-calorie beer, SkinnyBrands Lager is 4% ABV and yet weighs in at just 89 calories. It is also crisp, refreshing and vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Price: £15.50 for 12 (available in the US via Studio Beverage Group)

Bud Light

Bud Light is a big name in the low-calorie beer market. It is a product of a beechwood ageing process that delivers a light, smooth taste with a hint of sweetness and comes in at just 80 calories.

Price: US$10.98 / £12.50 for 18

Brewdog Lightspeed Hazy IPA

This beer has a lot of juicy resinous flavours at the fore, with floral notes to finish. It’s a 4% ABV hazy pale ale and yet just 95 calories per can.

Price: US$10.99 for 6 / £15.95 for 12

Drynks Smashed Lager

Drynks is a relatively new company dedicated to brewing alcohol-free beers and ciders. Its Smashed AF range includes a 0% ABV pale ale, cider, berry cider and shandy. The lager is crisp and clean with hints of barley malt, a floral aroma and a gentle hoppy bitterness. Additionally, it is just 55 calories per can or bottle.

Price: £24 for 12 (not available in the US)

Prime Time Classic Lager

Prime Time Lager is just 95 calories and has just 4g of carbs per 330ml. As well as the classic version there’s also a caffeine-infused variety with 50mg of caffeine (equivalent to half a cup of coffee) Both are 4.2% ABV and are gluten free and vegan-friendly.

Price: £26 for 12 (not available in the US)

Small Beer Session Pale

Brewed using the historic ‘small beer’ method – the Session Pale comes in at an impressive 85 calories per 350ml bottle, with tropical notes and a hoppy finish. Each can contains just 95.7 calories, at a very ‘sessionable’ 2.6% ABV.

Price: £15.95 for 6 (not available in the US)

Small Beer Hazy IPA

Big and fruity in flavour, this beer has apricot and mango notes and is bursting with juiciness. The beer is also vegan-friendly.

Price: £14.25 for 6 (not available in the US)

Adnams Ghost Ship 0.5%

A refreshing, tangy citrus ale with all the alcohol smuggled away. It may only come in the larger 500ml bottles, but it still equates to just 70 calories per 330ml.

Price: £14.49 for 8 (not available in the US)

Marston’s Resolution

A 4.7% ABV beer that is one of the lowest-calorie (88), lowest-carb ales on the market, Some achievement at that ABV too.

Price: £21 for 24 (not available in the US)

Lucky Saint

An alcohol-free lager that is positioned to be a German-style pilsner. With a subtly malty taste and satisfying crispness, it comes in at just 0.5% ABV and with a mere 53 calories.

Price: £26 for 12 (not available in the US)

San Miguel 0.0

A 0.0% ABV lager that has a crisp, clean finish. It also has just 79 calories (almost half that of the alcoholic version).

Price: £4 for 4 (not available in the US)

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