The Skinny on Light Beer

April 10, 2012   53 Comments

Guess what I did yesterday? BUUUUURRRRRPPPP.

Best Light Beer

Beer, sadly, is high in calories. It can range between 150-200 calories per 12 ounces and it really adds up if you have two of them. A regular beer can be FIVE Points+ - ouch!

Finding a way to enjoy beer and cut down on its empty calorie impact on your waist line is a priority for beer lovers. Many readers have asked which light beer I prefer but I haven't tried very many.

My husband, my friend Laura, and I tasted all of these light beers. Writing Snack Girl can be a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Our qualifications for this beer tasting are irrefutable. Laura is a house painter, Matt is Australian, and I have indulged in more beer than I care to remember (or can remember for that matter :).

and, yes, I am going to get in trouble for that Australian slur - they do also drink a lot of tea

The entries were:

Michelob Ultra
Bud Light
Miller 64
Coors Light
Corona Light

I chose these because the friendly guy at my local liquor store had tried ALL of them (imagine that!) and he thought they represented the best on the market.

Here are our scintillating reviews from worst to best:

Miller 64 (64 calories): Yuck and super yuck. This beer featured a chemical taste that reminded one of steamed sweat socks. None of us would drink this beer if it was the last beer on earth.

Bud Light (110 calories): This entry was described as nasty, awful, bland, and tasteless. There was a sweet aftertaste that Laura really hated.

Michelob Ultra (95 calories): Everyone thought that this beer was okay. First, it tasted like beer, hurray! Matt named it an inoffensive mild lager.

Coors Light (102 calories): Matt chose this as his favorite, as did the guy who sold it to me in the liquor store. It tastes like a regular beer and had more flavor than the Michelob Ultra. Honestly, I don't like regular Coors so it was hard to like this one.

Corona Light (99 calories): HURRAY! Both Laura and I liked this beer probably because we both have visited Mexico for vacations. It reminded us of sand, palm trees, and turquoise water. Put a little lime in this beer and you will forget it is light.

So, there was a split decision between Coors Light and Corona Light. I believe both beers are three Points+ for those Weight Watchers fans out there versus five Points+ for a regular beer.

Another beer lover friend of mine likes Sam Adams Light.

Please share your favorite light beers below.

For the teenagers who read this site, Snack Girl advocates waiting until the legal drinking age to indulge in alcoholic beverages.

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Hehehe. Those are my two favorite too. But, I am am going to just have one, I spend the points to have a good, fully leaded beer. It is when I have more than one that I need to find a way to save. :)

Thanks for the great review!

Sam Adams Light is my favorite light beer, but that's probably because it has more carbs than some of the other light beers.

I don't really drink light beer, if I'm going to indulge, I'm going to indulge.

i'd love to see a post on what "skinny" cocktails/liqueor you should order when out for the night

So glad I don't like beer! However I like margaritas which is way worse!! Eck!!

When drinking "out," I order rum and diet coke with lime. For home, there's a product called Zilch which makes pretty good guilt free margaritas....add some fresh lime.

I like Amstel Light (95 calories, 5g Carbs).

GREAT Post! I actually thought the bud light 55 was surprisingly good as well. MUCH better than the 64 calorie one.

I'm not a big beer drinker but when I do have one(with Pizza or Chinese food) I want it to be good and worth the calories. By leaps and bounds Amstel Light is the best.

I enjoy the Skinny Girl margaritas. 37.5 calories/1.5 oz. Of course, who can stop at 1.5 oz? Tastes like real lime and doesn't have that artificial taste that I despise. I add an extra squeeze from wedge of fresh lime for extra punch.

I agree with Karina! I would love to see the skinny on mixed drinks and liquor! I'm doing well on my eating habits... I don't want to let go of my weekend cocktails.

I love the Skinny Girl Sangria and the I Vana B Skinny margarita. I do have a hard time trying to figure out the points on alcohol though. I knowits just not fat, carbs, protein and fiber. Something about there not being fat in it so it doesnt come out right. Anyone know how to do it? I did readto substitute the alcohol for the fat number.

I think Corona Light with a lime is ok....I can be a bit of a beer snob and prefer dark beer which is always more calories or something not so good. If I had to have beer every day or fairly often, I think Corona would be the way to go. Instead, I indulge when I need a beer!

beer schmeer. I'm enamoured with your Australian husband! I could listen to that acccent 24/7.

When Summertime comes, there's nothing like a good cold beer. And ... any and all light beers are horrible.

I usually recommend: Do not drink your calories. However, when it comes to beer, do not go light.

Ken Leebow

Heineken Light is good & refreshing, but not always available. I drink Bud Select if at dive type bars as it's usually available but sometimes I just go with Coors Light

I generally don't care for light beer. However regular Michelob Light is decent(not Ultra). My friend keeps his in an old Coke machine set for

5 cents. He keeps a cup full of nickels on top :-)


p.s. St. Pauli Girl is pretty tasty.

Totally agree with Rachel on the Heineken Light...that is actually my favorite beer!

I too like darker beers over light in color ones. I don't like 'light' in calorie ones either. If I'm going to have a beer, I'd rather have one really good beer with all the calories and flavor beer is supposed to have.

As an aside, I just noticed your new picture! You look totally different in that one. Don't get me wrong - it's still a good picture, but it took me a minute to realize that was you (ok, maybe more like 2 seconds). I just hope you didn't change it 2-3 weeks ago and I'm just noticing now. :)

@Janet - you are very observant! That changed yesterday. I hear you on the beer - I just thought it would be fun to review a few of them - and now I have to try some more - Amstel Light - fun!

Enjoyed the beer review. I found a light beer while vacationing in Florida a few years ago, Yuengling Light. Now they sell it in Georgia, too!

I am a beer snob. If I *am* going to drink my calories, I want them to taste good. I'm more about quality over quantity. I was planning to write a post on this on Friday and will certainly link back to this post for anyone who wants light beer advice, since I cannot give it! ;-)

Bud Light Lime is the only light beer we buy. Many noms!

Dark beer is often lower in calories. (Guinness). :)

Since we do sushi a lot, we have grown fond of Sapporo Light. We are "when in Rome" folks when it comes to beer, Mexican Beer with Mexican Food, Japanese with Japanese, etc., so Sapporo was a good choice for Sushi...

I have a pretty good light Margarita recipe...

My favorites are Yuengling Light and Amstel light. Both have great flavor!

Corona as expected, lime really makes the difference.

There's a store near where I live (in MA) that sells beer by the bottle so you can try many different kinds without buying a 6-pack. It's called Wine Nation at the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley in Millbury. When I lived on the west coast, there was a store called Total Wine & More that did the same thing. I'm sure there are more like that around the country but it's a great way to find new beer.

Your new picture looks great! Hate beer and wine. Any suggestions for cocktails??

Heiken light and corona light are my two favorite beers!!

Corona Light is my favorite too! I normally never drink more than 2 though, they fill me up pretty fast so I'll normally switch to something else. Great review!

I recently discovered bud select 55 is actuallt 3/2 beer so know that. Light beer is not always super great but we buy a can of spicy V8 and mix the beer with that a little better than 3 parts beer to 1 part v8. Awesome plus you get your veggies on.

I really like Shiner Light Blonde. Delicious but it is a Texan specialty.

@Carolynn - STOP! I love Shiner Bock - how does someone in MA get ahold of Shiner Light Blonde. So sad :(

Corona light is my fav! And yes, a slice of lime makes it divine! I have not tried Sam Adams light, but I should. I do like Sam's Summer Ale, but am scared to think of the calories or points.

Bud Lite Lime is nice and so is Sleeman Honey Brown...kinda sugary sweet

Being a Texas girl, Shiner beer is my favorite and thank God for Shiner Light Blonde!

I absolutely LOVE michelob ultra, but I'm also more of a low-carber anyways and while I love coors light, mich ultra is lower in carbs. although my husband, who loves his beer would tell you mich ultra isn't "real beer" but he drinks a lot of coors light.

I like Bud Light Chelada. Snackgirl have you ever tried it! Would love to see your review. Some hate it & some love it. It is Bud Light beer and Clamato Juice.,,tastes like a Bloody Mary. I add Chesepeake Bay Seasoning and Tabasco cauce to mine. I also like to drop a large jalepeno stuffed olive in the glass of ice cold Chelada. When I get to eat it, it is even more spicy from from the drink & the Bay Seasoning! Delicious!

arrgg - sorry for the typos. Note to self...proofread before & not after!!

"Baja Bob" is a brand of margarita mix to which you add as much tequila as you want. It's delicious. Few stores carry it but it can be gotten by mail reasonably. Just google Baja Bob.

You guys have to open your minds. Yes, you're completely right about MGD 64, but if you're trying to get the beer belly off, you've GOT to rethink your opinion on the taste. Hypnotize yourself or something! Next round, try Bud Select 55, which is no better, but a whole 55 calories. Then, there's Beck's Light, at 64 calories, which tastes like a really lame Heineken.

There's always tradeoffs. We can cut our alcohol or not fit our cute clothes!

I'm late to this party, but I'd like to throw Yuengling Light into the ring. 99 calories for a 12oz. It's FINALLY available in Ohio! ( we used to 'smuggle' it across the border from PA and West Virginia! lol)

Well I am in no shape a snack girl(being I am a guy). I really enjoy Budweiser Select 55 (the silver label) 55 calories and I feel very tasty, so when you drink a case with a friend you really don't feel like you cheated on your gym time. Well I hope you try it I feel well worth a taste.

Is yeungling light sold in Dallas, Tx?

Sam Adams Lite is the only way to go! Thanks for the post !!

I haven't seen many of the beers you mentioned here in Ontario. Molson Canadian 67 is one light beer I really enjoy in the summer particularly.

It is only 70 calories but has a real beer taste. Not sure why it isn't called Molson 70 though. I also enjoy Coors Light but calorie count is higher. 🍺

As a former bartender and a girl who is often off carbs/sugar, etc., but also loves a good cocktail- here's a couple options for all who asked////

1- my skinny margarita is:

*1.5-2 oz. of a tasty silver tequila (as a general rule the clearer the hard liquor the less sugar) over ice

*fill with soda water

*add a tiny splash of pineapple juice and 1-2 squeezes of fresh lime.

--surprisingly refreshing and awesome

2 - any vodka or clear rum and diet soda

* I like Pearl Coconut vodka or Ciroc coconut vodka with Diet Coke.

* I also like grey goose with diet cherry coke

* diet Squirt with tequila is fantastic

*all Fresca flavors are sugar-free and mix well with rum and vodka


I like Michelob Ultra Amber. It's more flavorful than the regular Ultra.

Some time I put a slice of (washed) lime. Makes it better!

My favorite is Miller Light..3 pts...I am going to drink what I like ..

My favorite light beer is Miller lite! Its smooth and not filling to me.

I like corona light. I also add a lime to 55’s when it’s going to be a day when I partake in more than 2!

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