Infamously lethal for your abs, beer is the drink most synonymous with "belly" for a reason. But to achieve a slim midsection, you don't have to cut it out of your life entirely. For years, the alternative to standard suds was to reach for a Coors Light or Bud Light. Which is to say, not really a solution at all, unless no water was around. The good news is that some of the world’s best beermakers offer light versions that won’t derail your Zero Belly Diet or disappoint your palate. When choosing a light beer, checking the calories and carbs on the label is important but not the whole story: The alcohol content (ABV) can make the difference to saying “when” after one, or reaching for another and potentially doubling your calorie count. We’ve rounded up the best zero-belly beers on the market.
Beck’s Premier Light
64 calories, 3.9 g carbs, 3.2% alcohol
Among the lightest beers in the world, Beck’s actually tastes like beer.
95 calories, 5 g carbs, 3.5% alcohol
This is one of our favorite light beers, because it doesn’t taste like one. And it’s a historically unembarrassing choice for a night out: It’s a good sub for a Heineken, which has 65 more calories and two-and-a-half times the carbs.
95 calories, 3 g carbs, 4.2% alcohol
This relatively new entry has a lower carb count and higher ABV than the classic Amstel Light, albeit with a bit less flavor. The upside to that: It’s a good dinner companion.
Yuengling Light Lager
99 calories, 9 g carbs, 3.8% alcohol
Lagers are a traditionally heavier brew; not so this one, which offers a caramel hint that makes it taste substantial despite having 50% fewer calories than a regular Yuengling.
111 calories, 5.8 g carbs, 4.4% alcohol
This is a superior choice in canned beer: Opting for this over Pabst Blue Ribbon will save you 216 calories over a six-pack.
Sam Adams Light
119 calories, 10 g carbs, 4% alcohol
Choosing a Sam Adams Light over its regular variety is an absolute no-brainer: You’ll save 41 calories and 9 grams of carbs per bottle! The best part: You’ll only sacrifice .6% ABV.
125 calories, 10 g carbs, 4% alcohol
It’s almost too good to be true: One of the richest-tasting pints has an ab-friendly variety. This offers the great taste of a Guinness with 30% fewer calories and carbs than a Guinness Extra Stout.