There’s nothing better than enjoying a nice cold beer at the end of a workday or work week. These days especially, we could all use a refreshing drink (or, better yet, a few refreshing drinks).
The problem with beer is that after a few of them you start to feel full, bloated even. It can make for a sort of uncomfortable rest of the evening especially if you’re trying to pile dinner on top of your happy hour. Sure, a hazy IPA or thick stout is wonderful for a treat, but if you’re looking for a beer that’s as easy to drink as your wife’s chilled chardonnay, you’ve got to go light beer.
Luckily for all of us, nearly every major brewer has a light version of their best brews. You’ll get the same taste and bubbly sensation you love with these low carb beers. Here are the best light beers for after work that won’t spoil dinner later on.
1. Coors Light
When you think of beloved light beers, Coors Light automatically comes to mind. It’s brewed below freezing point to give it that signature crisp, refreshing taste with a two-row lager malt crafted from barley and four different types of hops. This is what gives it its aroma that instantly brings you back to college tailgates, baseball games and summer barbecues.
It’s widely available for a reason; it’s classic and the go-to for so many looking to err on the lighter side of things for the day or evening. It’s also quite affordable at less than $1.00 per can in most stores.
The lightest of the light beers has got to be Miller64. It’s Miller’s lightest offering (lighter even than Miller Lite) and has only 64 calories per can and a 2.8% ABV. Its taste holds up pretty well despite being stripped down to its lightest properties and was created during “dry January” to give people a “dry-ish” beer to sip on while trying to abstain from alcohol for the month. Does that count? We’re not sure, but they created a pretty great ultra-light, low-carb beer in the process.
This beer is a bit hard to come by online but you can locate it in a store near you via their website below.
3. Yuengling Light Lager
BEST LIGHT LAGER
Yuengling Light is made by America’s Oldest Brewery who is a master of flavor and craft, and have channeled those skills into a lighter beer with only 98 calories per bottle. Yuengling Light Lager has a balanced flavor profile of hops, malt and a crisp and satisfying finish. They’ve got their brewing techniques down, and to create this lighter brew they simply let it brew for longer to reduce the sugar content and lower the calorie count.
If you want a light, golden and refreshing beer that maintains all of the flavor but less of the bulk of a great lager, Yuengling is a great choice.
4. Heineken Light
BEST CARBONATION RETENTION
Heineken’s signature blend of malt and hops is considered by many to not be something to mess with and yet, they’ve created a light beer that’s enjoyable. It holds its flavor and carbonation far longer than other light beers do, an accomplishment when you consider how light these blends are.
It’s perfect for when you want something simple, crisp and to the point that’s not going to go flat on your immediately.
5. Corona Light
BEST BEACH BEER
Is there anything more beach day than a Corona? This blend is perfect for long days in the sun and surf — it’ll keep you refreshed without dehydrating you too much. It’s made with a mix of barley, malt, hops and bottom-fermenting yeast that turns out a fruity aromatic blend with a distinctive flavor and clean finish. We know it’s cliche, but it really does go well with a lime and is perfect paired with a spicy taco or bowl of salty nuts.
6. Shiner Light Blonde
BEST LIGHT ALE
The Spoetzl craft brewery has made a very tasty light beer despite the fact that there’s no need for craft breweries to do that.
It’s got a great combined scent of grassy and sweet and a flavor that balances pale malt and wheat very well. These layers enhance the sorghum flavor of the beer and highlight its inherent sweetness well.
If you’re looking to try a brand you’ve never heard of that’s worth a shot, this is it.
7. Miller Lite
BEST LIGHT IPA
Miller set the standard for light beers way back when, and that standard still holds up. This is an authentic pilsner with all the flavor and color you want and only 96 calories per 12 oz. The flavor is deep, despite being a light beer, and has a crisp smoothness to it. Invite a bunch of friends over and crack open a six-pack of these, they’re bound to satisfy with the quality and classic American taste.
8. Keystone Light
BEST BUDGET OPTION
Keystone Light is all about maintaining the crisp, smooth flavor of regular Keystone but making it a bit more manageable on the flavor front. Plus, it’s super affordable. You can get it for about half the price of other options on this list, making it perfect for stocking up on before a big tailgate, barbecue or large gathering.
This beer was introduced in 1989 and has been delighting consumers ever since with its unmistakable flavor and light feel. This beer is a bit difficult to find online at the moment but you can search in your area on their website at the link below.
If you know Tecate, you know its unmistakable crisp, dry flavor. This light beer from them boasts a golden light color and a rich citrusy aroma you’ll recognize instantly. That crispness comes from their unique fermenting process that includes a blend of hops that brings out the tangy citrus in the beer that separates it from the rest. It’s also a very affordable light beer with a great taste you won’t regret purchasing for your upcoming outdoor gathering or group hangout.