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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 flavorful...like 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.

            2. I heard there is less alcohol in those beers and you have to drink more if you are looking for a buzz side effect:) But I would go with the MGD. The low carb M. Ultra is not bad either.

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              1. re: danionavenue

                Question: In your opinion are MGD and Mich Ultra notewworthy beers?

                1. re: Chinon00

                  I like wine but being from MN I support Summit beer. If I am at an Irish pub I get a black and tan. But, if you are looking for low calorie....the ones mentioned above are noteworthy IMO.

                  1. re: danionavenue

                    To be clear are you saying they are noteworthy because they are low calorie beers (and that's what the OP was looking for) and not for how they taste?

                      1. re: danionavenue

                        Absolutely. I'll be direct: in terms of flavor profile what make Mich Ultra noteworthy as a beer?

                        1. re: Chinon00

                          Oh, you were being serious. Mich Ultra doesn't taste as watery compared to other light beers. I think for low calorie the mgd one has less of an aftertaste compared to the bud one. I am not an expert or anything. I just like a beer when I golf and I like to try new products.

                          1. re: danionavenue

                            Yeah I hear ya. I find beers that are MARKETED as low calorie to lack lots of character. And again you don't have to sacrifice character for lower calories. I just hate to promote any beer w/ purposely suppressed character on Chowhound.

                1. re: chuckl

                  Agreed. My answer to this is always less of a good beer. Because you cant get anything worth drinking at 55 or 64 calories a pint. Plus people who generally drink these kinds of "beers" do so because they feel they can drink many of them without compounding calories. Well my thinking is if you are going to drink 5 or 6 anyway then just drink 2 or 3 good beers and youll consume about the same number of calories with the bonus of actually drinking good beer. Now if you only drink one or two of these beers at an outing then clearly you dont like beer but I guess you simply feel the need to hold one in your hand at the bar. In that case have a vodka and diet coke.

                  1. re: Insidious Rex

                    A Vodka and Diet Coke is the liquor version of MGD64 or Bud Select 55 IMHO ....