ST. PATRICK'S DAY BEER GUIDE

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A brewski every now and then won’t kill your bodybuilding dreams

March 17, 2010

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Alcoholic beverage makers have been doing some strong marketing based on how few carbs their light beers have. Although these beers are among the best alcoholic beverage choices for bodybuilders, the marketing is somewhat missing the actual nutrition point — but low carb is what sells.

The real benefit of many of these light and low-carb beers is that they're low in calories compared to many other alcoholic beverages. They do have fewer carbs, but they also have fewer calories, which comes, for the most part, by reducing the amount of alcohol in the beverage. You may get less buzz per beer, but you'll also get fewer calories.

A regular American beer doesn't have significantly more carbs than a light beer. If you're going to have one or two, the difference isn't that great; if you're going to have several, then the carbs can add up, but so can the calories. Our opinion is that there isn't much distinction between light and low-carb beers (the exception is Michelob Light, which has numbers similar to a typical American beer). Your best bet is to drink the light or low-carb beer you like best and to do so in moderation. Here are some numbers for a few popular American beers and their light counterparts, listed from most caloric to least.

BEER BY THE NUMBERS
BRAND NAME CALORIES * CARBS * ALCOHOL *
Michelob 155 13.3 5.0
Budweiser 145 10.6 5.0
Miller Genuine Draft 143 10.6 4.7
Coors 142 16.2 5.0
Michelob Light 134 11.7 4.3
Bud Light 110 6.6 4.2
Coors Light 102 5.0 4.2
Miller Lite 96 3.2 4.2
Michelob Ultra† 95 2.6 4.2
Aspen Edge by Coors† 94 2.6 4.1

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