Low calories beers tend to get a lot of flak and are seen as flavourless carbonated water but that does not have to be the case, you can enjoy delicious beer and watch calorie content.
Beer is made up of four key ingredients: barley, hops, water and yeast. The alcoholic content comes from the breakdown of the sugar in the barley so that the yeast can turn it into CO2 and alcohol. The ABV (alcohol by volume) of a drink is the measure of pure alcohol as a percentage of the total volume of liquid in a drink. Low ABV beers can be brewed using different methods, the brewer can remove the alcohol from the finished product or prevent it from forming during the brewing process. One of the most common ways to reduce the ABV is to boil the beer or pass the beer through a filter which takes out the alcohol.
There are different types of low alcohol beer and they are categorised as such:
Alcohol-free beer = no more than 0.05% ABV
De-alcoholised beer = no more than 0.5% ABV
Low-alcohol beer = no more than 1.2% ABV
Alcoholic beer = contains more than 1.2% ABV
Light beer has been brewed to have a lower ABV and it is the alcohol content in beer that the calories come from so the higher the ABV, the higher in calories that beer will be.
Low calorie doesn’t have to mean flavourless, you can still get amazing beers that suit the lifestyle you are living. On Flavourly, you can filter beer by ABV to find the perfect beer for you.
Session beers have an ABV of 3-4% and are made to be enjoyed over a period of the night so are good if you are looking to monitor the calorie content of your beer.
Here are some of the best low-calorie beer options on Flavourly:
If you are avoiding alcohol all together Brewdogs Nanny State at 0.5% ABV is a great beer, with a backbone of 8 different speciality malts, Nanny State will tantalise your taste buds and leave you yearning for more. It contains 8 calories per 100ml or 26 calories per bottle.
Endless River by Flavourly is a rich, golden IPA brewed in collaboration with BAD Co. and is the perfect session sipper. With an ABV of 3.8% and 114 calories per can, it is a delicious beer to enjoy with friends.
Mango Berliner, Tempest comes in at 4.0% ABV and 120 calories a bottle, it’s a gentle sour where the tartness is well-balanced with the fruity character of tropical mango for an enjoyable mouthful that’s sinfully easy to drink.
Goldfinch by Black Isle Brewing is bursting with citrusy zing, this light, refreshingly hopped session IPA comes with the added bonus of being certified Gluten Free, great news for coeliacs and all beer lovers alike. This beer has a 3.5% ABV and 105 calories per bottle
Whiter Shade of Pale is a low gravity beer with a big hop kick. This pale ale has been brewed with just one hop, but they weren’t shy about it, it has a silky finish and is filled with juicy grapefruit notes. This Bad Co. beer is only 102 calories beer bottle and an ABV of 3.2%.
If stout is what you love to drink, you don’t have to give it up when looking for lower calorie options. UBrew Beast Mode comes in at 141 calories a can with an ABV of 4.5% and it doesn’t lack in flavour! It’s a coffee chocolate milk stout with enough punch to awaken the beast. It’s oozing with aromas like a strong espresso and dark melting chocolate amongst all the roasted malts.
Buxton’s take on this old-school brew has a sweet malty base with a bready sensation and a peppery tang from the yeast. A fresh burst of citrus and juicy berries entice the senses for a full-flavoured taste that’s layered with tradition. This is a great traditional beer at 4% ABV and 120 calories per bottle.
Fourpure is one of the few breweries that lists the calories of their beers on their cans and website and their range of beers is definitely worth trying. You can find Fourpure on Flavourly here.