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Need a light/low carb beer for beer lover on a diet

AnneInMpls Apr 6, 2007 11:00 PM

Is there a light beer or low-carb beer that's actually good?

My beer-loving friend just started the South Beach diet. And he's pre-diabetic. But it's his birthday, when I traditionally give him a six-pack or two of beer.

In his pre-diet days, he was a fan of good German beer. Is there anything on the market that he might like, or should I just give him some socks?

Thanks,
Anne

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    Greg P. Apr 28, 2007 07:23 AM

    I lost about 40 lbs on the South Beach diet and can say it works, but only if you stick with it. And for this diet, the focus really is on the carbs.

    Has your friend tried Budweiser Select?

    Bud Select comes in at 3.1 g of carbs and 99 calories.
    Compare that to a Guiness at 17.6 g of carbs and 197 calories.

    In my opinion, the Bud Select is the best tasting of the low carb beers and many of my friends agree. If your friend doesn't normally like Amercan style lagers, he probably wont care for it. But if he does, it's worth a try.

    As I said, I lost about 40 lbs on the South Beach Diet. During phase 1, I had no beer at all. During phase 2, I had no more than 1 or 2 low carb beers (usually Bud Select) per day. During phase 3, I now can enjoy the occasional european beer or microbrew, but have to watch the quantities, or my weight will rise.

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    1. re: Greg P.
      Rustcat Apr 28, 2007 07:24 AM

      Guiness is low carb, and damn good.Amstel light is my fave lager low carb

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        Greg P. Apr 28, 2007 07:34 AM

        Sorry, but I don't think Guiness is a low carb beer. I wish it was. Take a look at this article:

        http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/a...

        Amstel Light is a not a bad light beer, but not really a low carb beer. For the South Beach Diet to work, the focus really needs to be on the carbs. At least from my personal experience.

        1. re: Greg P.
          Rustcat Apr 28, 2007 08:13 AM

          I was comparing Guiness to Steel Reserve :)..... Then I guess there's not a Good tastin' low carb beer. Michelob Ultra is like water.I always avoided beer when I was dieting.Vodka and peach fresca would be my drink of choice when I was on the Atkins/South Beach thing. Even tho it's not reccommended . My name is Rustcat , and I am an alcolholic

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      hon Apr 17, 2007 01:48 PM

      is there a good website out there that has the various beers and their calories/carbs listed?

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      1. re: hon
        JessKidden Apr 17, 2007 02:08 PM

        Good? Probably not, given all the brands of beer available.

        Here's one that's quite out of date (lots of no-longer-brewed beers) but it's based on their own study, not the brewers' labeling:

        http://hbd.org/brewery/library/AlClbi...

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          hon Apr 18, 2007 12:31 PM

          Thanks!

      2. AnneInMpls Apr 9, 2007 08:33 PM

        Thanks for the advice and information! My friend told me that beer was essentially verboten, so I got him some good coffee beans instead.

        If I ever go to Germany, I'll bring him back some diat bier. His eyes lit up when I mentioned it.

        Anne

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        1. re: AnneInMpls
          jpschust Apr 10, 2007 08:45 AM

          Light beer = half a good beer :)

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          mojoeater Apr 7, 2007 05:29 PM

          Ask him what his doctor has told him. I assume he's under a doc's supervision.

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            Diana Apr 7, 2007 10:09 AM

            Guiness. Seriously. it has probaby the fewest carbs around.

            A lot of Stouts are that way.

            HE might want to try Anchor Small Beer if he can find it.

            Psychobabble is right, though. Your friend should probably avoid beer all together, especially if his health is in question.

            By the way..diest don't work...really. once you "finish" the diet, you gain it back and more. he's better off going to weight watchers and learning to eat healthily.

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              ccbweb Apr 27, 2007 10:46 PM

              Everyone should want to try Anchor Small Beer if they can find it. That stuff is just flat out excellent.

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                rafjr00 May 7, 2007 09:57 AM

                I agree whole heartedly...I found Anchor Small Beer Saturday and tried it Sunday. I am going back today to buy every bottle of it they have.

            2. JessKidden Apr 7, 2007 09:52 AM

              There's an entire style of beer in Germany that fits that description-
              http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/di%E4tbier.html
              -unfortunately, as noted, they don't make it to the US. A few German non-alcoholic beers do get here, however-
              http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/al...
              The Beck's is supposedly the best of the common ones. (I'd like to try the Jever someday).

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              1. re: JessKidden
                Jim Dorsch Apr 8, 2007 01:46 AM

                DAB used to send a low-carb beer to the US, which I assume is similar to a diat pils. If I recall, this beer is a bit lower in alcohol, more along the lines of a light beer.

                Years ago I used to see low-alcohol German weissbiers in the US, but haven't seen such a thing in a long time. And I've also seen Mahr's LA.

                1. re: Jim Dorsch
                  JungMann Apr 10, 2007 08:57 AM

                  DAB does send a low-carb beer and it's fantastic (as far as low-carb beers go)! Highly recommended.

                  Guinness being low carb is a myth. That was said to me when I started low-carbing and I looked into it and found that Guinness is insanely carb-loaded. You might as well eat sugar cubes. I was once a Belgian ale drinker, but whenI switched to a low carb diet, I had to try and substitute light beers for my Corsendonk. Needless to say I was disappointed but certain beers are at least decent: Labatt's light (Blue, I believe it's called) as well as Molson light. Yuengling light isn't bad, but it's not very low in carbs.

                  It might be time to try thinking of other gift ideas if you can't find the DAB.

                  1. re: JungMann
                    AnneInMpls Apr 10, 2007 01:04 PM

                    What is DAB?

                    Anne

                    1. re: AnneInMpls
                      Jim Dorsch Apr 10, 2007 02:42 PM

                      Dortmunder Aktien Brauerei

                      1. re: AnneInMpls
                        JungMann Apr 11, 2007 12:46 PM

                        I think now you know why we just say "Dab."

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                        toddlintown May 6, 2007 11:08 AM

                        Guinness is brewed in fifty-one countries and the carbohydrate count for this product varies from an anecdotal 5.20 grams of carbohydrates per 12-ounce serving (from Stout by Michael J. Lewis; Brewers Publications, 1995), up to a documented 17 grams or so, depending on where it’s brewed.

                        The home office for Guinness (Diageo) says a 12-ounce serving comes in at 10 carbs and 125 calories. The Guinness in Australia, however, hits the high end, though with no understanding as to why. A recent check was just done with the Lion-Nathan Brewery for their version of Guinness Draught for New Zealand—5.50 carbs in a 12-ounce serving. In Nigeria, Africa, where three Guinness breweries are located, local grains such as maize and sorghum are used in the dark brew. Analyses of Guinness Stout done in 1995 and 1998 at the lab services division of the Siebel Institute of Technology, puts the carb count for a 12-ounce serving at 13.79 and 09.98 respectively.

                  2. Psychobabble Apr 7, 2007 09:17 AM

                    I read the The South Beach Diet book and the author stressed the point that beer is really bad (due to the fact that maltose has a higher glycemic index than any other sugar). And the fact that you bring up "prediabetic" compels me to recommend getting a doctor's advice as to what he can drink and how much (sorry for the lecture). At any rate, it goes without saying that there is no "good" light beer. Certainly nothing that comes close to good German beer. However, of all the ones I've tried I thought Yuengling Light Lager (NOT the Premium Light, mind you) and Grolsch Light were the best.

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                    1. re: Psychobabble
                      Chinon00 Apr 7, 2007 03:25 PM

                      I believe that most Hefe-Weizen are about 110 calories per 12oz bottle. Check it out.

                      1. re: Psychobabble
                        peetoteeto Apr 7, 2007 05:24 PM

                        The author retracted the maltose statement, admitting that he was incorrect. Maltose is derived from barley malt, but is eliminated when yeast converts it to alcohol and carbonation.

                        From UC Davis:

                        "In his research review, Bamforth notes that Arthur Agatson, who developed the South Beach Diet, originally labeled beer as "the most fattening of all alcoholic beverages" due to its use of the sugar maltose. Agatson later retracted that claim and lifted his ban on beer when it was brought to his attention that maltose is removed by the fermentation process."

                        Still, given your friends health concers, socks might be in order. I am in no way implying that he should drink beer freely, rather that the "most fattening" claim was hyperbole at best.

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                          Psychobabble Apr 7, 2007 05:38 PM

                          Thanks for the update on maltose....I guess my SBD book (which I picked up off the sidewalk by the way) was the old edition. I still personally believe that good quality malty and yeasty beer in moderation is quite wholesome and healthy, in addition to making you happy.

                          1. re: Psychobabble
                            peetoteeto Apr 7, 2007 07:39 PM

                            And that's no psychobabble! I agree!!!

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