The Best Beers under 150 Calories in 2015

Warning: If you are looking for a comparison between Bud Light and Coors Light, this post is not for you. For those who want a full flavored beer that is light on calories, continue reading.


When venturing out to find a flavorful, lower calorie beer, you’ll want to keep in mind a few rules:

First Rule

Higher ABV = more calories. Alcohol clocks in at 7 calories per gram. Carbohydrates, including sugars, come in at 4 calories per gram. You’ll want to stick with the lower ABV beers if you want less calories.

Second Rule

Alcohol makes you hungry, so beer can indirectly grow your beer belly. Watch out for those post beer cravings that may sneak up on you.

Now that you know a couple of rules to follow, don’t run away yet! It can still be hard trying to find a good beer without having a couple in mind. You can use the list below as a quick reference for great tasting, lower calorie beers for your next time out.

Best beers under 100 calories

Sorry anything under 100 calories isn’t beer, it is flavored water.  If you have to stay under 100 calories, I would go  scotch or tequila instead and drink it neat.

Best beers under 125 calories

Westbrook Gose

Westbrook Gose
Photo credit: Edsel Little

120 calories – A perfect sour, salty, yet lightly bodied brew.  If you want flavor – this is the beer to go with.

Guinness Draught

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124 calories – A nice distinct dark stout with chocolate and coffee undertones. Rich body with surprisingly minimal calories.

Best beers under 150 calories

21st Amendment Bitter American

21st Amendment Bitter American
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132 calories – If you love hops, which I do, you’ll love this beer.  You’ll find very few light and refreshing beers that give you that bold malty hoppiness – not even to mention that it is under 135 calories!

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
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141 calories – If you crave a darker beer, then try this one. It has a lot of vanilla flavor, which can be a love or hate thing depending on the person. You’ll find it a little lighter bodied than your standard porters, more akin to a brown ale.

Anchor Steam Beer

Anchor Steam Beer
Photo credit: Christer Edvartsen

147 calories – A very popular amber lager, you can’t go wrong with this one.  This is the highest calorie beer on this list but it is still under 150 calories.  You’ll get a complex, rich and perfectly balanced flavor out of this one.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
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144 calories – If you have limited choices, this is a standard, all around fine tasting lager available virtually everywhere.  Choose this over any of the other macro lagers as it will have the same or fewer calories but a much better flavor profile.

With the list above, you should have a nice go-to beer for whatever you are craving. Plus you can feel proud that you are choosing with your health in mind – Budweiser, the “King of Beers”, at 150 calories is more caloric than all of these!


Do you have a favorite beer that you don’t see on the list? If so, leave a comment below with the name, calories, and flavor profile! You can refer to for the estimated number of calories.