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Can a Cold Beer Actually be Healthy?

Jul 24, 2012 06:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds

If you’re watching your weight, you already know that beer isn’t the best beverage out there. But that’s not what you asked, is it?

When you’re outside in the sun, grilling away, sometimes a chilled beer is the most refreshing thirst-quencher you can come by. Now, if you’re looking for a full-flavored, classic brew, you’re not likely to find it here—“healthy” beers typically always come with “light” labels—though we did find a smattering of brews that don’t sacrifice flavor in the name of health.

Michelob Ultra: One look at Ultra’s website, and you can tell the marketing team is really pushing the health aspect of this American-style lager. (Lance Armstrong is the spokesman!) However, at 95 calories and 3.2 g carbs per bottle, it is among the lowest of the low-carb beers. 

Corona: The quintessential summer beer, Corona and its light counterpart offer a refreshing lime-squeezed beverage without too many health drawbacks. Choose the original version for 148 calories per bottle, or the light variety for 109 calories and just five grams of carbs. 

Flying Dog: If you’re looking for a local beer, several of Flying Dog’s brews fit the bill, including In Heat Wheat (138 calories, available year-round), Garde Dog (150 calories, spring release), and Woody Creek White (131 calories, summer release).

Guinness Draught: You probably don’t consider this Irish stout to be a weight-watching choice, but you’re wrong—each 12-ounce bottle has a mere 125 calories. 

The “light” beers: Of course, there’s always the myriad of light beers, such as Coors Light, Bud Light, and Miller Light, from which to choose. They all pack about 95 calories, making it a diet-friendly choice. We’ll let you decide what you think about the flavor. 

Miller64: At only 64 calories and 2.4 grams of carbs, this is the lowest of the lites. But our Associate Editor Amy Russell tells us, “While I understand the calorie benefit of lighter-that-light beers, Miller64 specifically, I am not a fan—it tastes a little more watered-down than I can appreciate.”

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