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Sep 2, 2011 08:30 PM

What's the best low calorie beer?

MGD 64, Bud 55, or ?

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  1. I prefer Amstel, but I think it's around 90 cals.

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    1. re: inaplasticcup

      Agree. Would not drink Bud Light ever -- prefer water.

    2. Guinness is surprisingly low in calories. Check it out...

      125 calories for a 12-ounce glass, compared to 145 for Budweiser.

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      1. re: Tripeler

        THAT is a great suggestion. I forgot how low in calories Guinness is.

      2. I don't think I'd opt for either MGD 64 _or_ Bud55. I'd want something more plain seltzer.

        All kidding aside, the Guinness suggestion is a good one. For the lower calories, go with the one called "Draught Guinness", rather than the regular Guinness Extra, which is higher in alcohol and calories. The "Draught Guinness" (originally an 'on tap only' product was developed as something a bit lighter but still packing a good amount of flavor. And now the "draught' product is of course oxymoronically available also in bottles and cans (with the 'widget' device inside)

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        1. re: The Professor

          I would expect that some of the session beers you see from time to time would have fewer calories just by virtue of containing less alcohol. What's the abv of Stone Levitation? Belhaven Scottish is just a bit over 4.

        2. Becks makes an ultra low cal offering too ... It has a strange aftertaste, but has a little more taste than MGD64 or Bud Select 55.

          1. Hefeweizen. Lots of banana, clove and bubble gum taste from the yeast. Paulaner, Weihenstephaner. Under 120 calories per 12 oz. Guinness too.

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            1. re: Chinon00

              I'm under the impression that hefes are generally pretty caloric.

              My suggestion for a low-cal beer is a vodka soda.

              1. re: Ernie Diamond

                Why would you be understand that impression when it's a provable fact that it's not true? Paulaner Hefeweizen is 125 calories per 12 oz. That is not "caloric" in the realm of beer.

                1. re: Chinon00

                  I have been buried in the Classic Style series and the Hefe edition keeps referencing how calorie laden it is. I don't know what it was being compared against so perhaps it was contextual.