Most beers aren’t good for the keto diet. Especially the iconic stuff.
Seriously, picking the wrong drink to lie back and chill may get you out of ketosis in just a few sips. For example, did you know that a single can of Guinness Draught Stout packs a whopping 18 g of carbs?
On the bright side of things, there are quite a few keto-friendly beers out there for you to try without risking your keto success.
Here are our favorite options!
55 calories, 1.8 g carbs, 2.4% ABV
Among all low-carb beers, the Bud Select 55 is exceptional in its own way, featuring a carb content below 2 g per bottle. Sadly, that’s pretty much the only good thing about this beverage.
People often describe the Bud 55 as blunt, weak, and drained of flavor. That’s quite common among light beers, but still. Being on a strict diet like keto is probably the only reason why you’d want to consider trying it out.
90 calories, 2.6 g carbs, 4.0% ABV
The Corona Premier is a new player in the low-carb beer game, launched in 2018 to cater to men over 35—who like beer but probably need to keep an eye on their weight.
The lightest Corona beer, Premier, is well-balanced, smooth, and easy to drink. Often touted as one of the best low-carb beers by dieters and diabetics, this drink sure deserves a try if you’re looking for a keto-friendly beer.
96 calories, 3 g carbs, 4.1% ABV
Below-average in terms of taste and smell, Milwaukee’s Best Light features two serious advantages to consider: it’s cheap, and it goes down extremely easy.
Some people even say this beer feels almost like a sparkling wine at a party. A cheap and mediocre one, but still festive and refreshing. And keto-friendly at that!
96 calories, 3.2 g carbs, 4.2% ABV
For a light low-carb beer, Miller Lite packs quite a bit of flavor to be treated seriously. It’s crisp, somewhat bitter, and low-key hoppy. Nothing fabulous, but already more interesting than the Bud 55 or Milwaukee’s Best Light.
All in all, this one is a solid keto-friendly beer option if you’re not too picky about your drinks.
64 calories, 3.2 g carbs, 2.3% ABV
Beck’s Premier Light is sometimes touted as the perfect keto-friendly party beer due to its low carb and alcohol content—but quite a rich taste for a light beer.
Basically, if you need to pick a keto-friendly poison to sip through the night at a party, this one is a great option. Many people describe it as extremely filling too, thanks to its foaminess.
95 calories, 3.2 g carbs, 4.1% ABV
Slightly bitter, crisp, with a dry finish and a hint of a metallic tinge. In other words: pretty generic. Tastes good when ice-cold, but may feel a bit hard to drink when warmer.
That said, it’s still cheap, keto-friendly, and packs an average alcohol content. Definitely a good option for many folks out there.
104 calories, 4.2 g, 5% ABV
Adored by some and hated by others, Coors Light is a highly controversial drink. Some people say its taste is watery and weak, others argue it’s refreshing and extremely drinkable. Some say it’s not worth even trying, others stuff their fridges with Coors every weekend.
Where are you on the spectrum? You’ll have to try it to learn. In any case, Coors Light is definitely a keto-friendly beer, thanks to its 4.2 g of carbs per bottle.
99 calories, 5 g carbs, 4.1% ABV
This beer was the lightest option from Corona before they launched their Premier drink. Grainy, not too carbonated, crisp, but generally mild. A great option for enjoying on a hot summer day, especially if you drop a wedge of lime into the bottle.
Keep an eye on your intake, though, as a single bottle of Corona Light packs 5 g of carbs. Since it’s quite easy to drink, there’s a chance you could go over your daily carb limit if you let your guard down.
110 calories, 6.6 g carbs, 4.2% ABV
Generic to the point where it gets hard describing it, Bud Light is a good option when you need a light beer but can’t stand the ones that are too low in carbs. Slightly fruity, clean, moderately carbonated.
Keto-friendly if you limit yourself to a single can, so stay away if staying in ketosis is tricky for you.
99 calories, 7 g carbs, 3.3% ABV
With its 7 g of carbs per bottle, the Heineken Premium Light is the least keto-friendly beverage in this rundown—but it’s still worth mentioning.
It features an interesting combination of grainy and citrusy flavor notes in an extra dry overall package. Good for when you’re looking for something slightly more interesting than a generic light beer, just make sure to keep an eye on your intake.
To be perfectly honest, the common feature of all keto-friendly beers is their weak taste. There’s no getting around this issue, since the taste of a beer is closely tied to its carb content. As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
However, if you definitely want a keto-friendly beer, the ten options in this rundown are probably the best drinks to try. Cheers!