10 Healthier Beers by Greatist

04 Aug

These are worth a try, but avoiding overindulgence, not just on the booze content, but the calories alone are KEY.  Here is the shared list…enjoy!

Many of beer’s benefits stem from natural antioxidants called phenols found in beer, wine, and many other foods. Ales typically have a higher phenol concentration, which means they also pack more heart-protecting powers. While phenols do provide some health benefits, slamming a keg won’t provide much more than a killer hangover. Stick with moderate alcohol consumption (one drink per day for women, and up to two for men) to get the health benefits without feeling down the next day.

1. Yuengling Light Lager

Looking for a full-flavor lager that’s still light on the calories? Search no further. Yuengling managed to cram the health benefits of a lager with a lower carb count at only 99 calories, this is definitely the best selection for a healthier classic brew.

Type: Lager

Alcohol Content: 3.8%

Calories: 99

Carbs: 9 grams

2. New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale

This newer brew skips out on the gluten and uses sorghum, corn, and raspberry puree  malty to create a not-too-sweet fruity brew with extra antioxidants (from the berries). Perfect for those looking to indulge and still stay away from gluten. Plus, New Planet donates a portion of sales from this beer to Colorado-based non-profits using the 3R philosophy — reduce, reuse, recycle.

Type: Ale

Alcohol Content: 5%

Calories: 160

Carbs: 17 grams

3. Abita Purple Haze

Don’t enjoy the bitter taste of beer but still want to reap the heart-health benefits? Have no fear! Abita infused this brew with real raspberries to deliver a fruity aroma and a sweet taste. Packed with so many berries, this brew even displays a purplish hue (hence the name)!

Type: Lager

Alcohol Content: 4.2%

Calories: 145

Carbs: 11 grams

4. Left Hand Good Juju

Complete with a hint of fresh ginger (one of our favorite superfoods!), this unique ale combines unique herbs and spices to bring out a full flavor. This lighter-bodied brew is perfect for those that want full flavor without sacrificing an expanding waistline.

Type: Ale

Alcohol Content: 4.5%

Calories: 131

Carbs: 12.1 grams

5. Guinness Draught

This dark Irish blend — famous for quenching thirsts on St. Patty’s day — makes the list as a classic with a creamy decadence and sneakily healthy twist! Packed with phenols, this super-dark staple brings the taste and feel of a stout with fewer carbohydrates and calories.

Type: Stout

Alcohol Content: 4%

Calories: 126

Carbs: 10 grams

6. Sam Adam’s Light Lager

Creating a light beer that still stands up to the Sam Adam’s taste was no easy task. Brewers stuck to the basics and invented a lighter calorie beer that didn’t sacrifice flavor making this beer perfect for those looking to stay health conscious without skimping on the taste.

Type: Lager

Alcohol Content: 4%

Calories: 119

Carbs: 9.7 grams

7. New Belgium Blue Paddle

This brew packs the hops without expanding the waistline. Complete with a fruity/herbal aroma and a slightly bitter finish, this beer delivers a healthy wallop!

Type: Pilsner (Lager)

Alcohol Content: 4.8%

Calories: 145

Carbs: 14 grams

8. Stone/Ishii/Baird Japanese Green Tea IPA

Perhaps one of the most exotic beers on the list, this collaboration effort from several breweries packs a unique taste and higher alcohol content. Don’t fall prey to sticker shock — while this brew packs the highest calorie total on the list, the antioxidants from the green tea pack a huge health benefit. Plus, it’s higher in alcohol, so just half of one 12-ounce bottle will surely suffice. And don’t go overboard and kick back the whole six-pack. Still not convinced? Feel good about indulging, as all proceeds from this beer go to Japanese tsunami relief programs.

Type: India Pale Ale

Alcohol Content: 9.2%

Calories: 276

Carbs: 19 grams

9. Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale

Looking for an organic pale ale that is made free of potentially hazardous pesticides and chemical fertilizers but still tastes great? Look no further! Butte Creek has managed just that with this Indian pale ale.

Type: India Pale Ale

Alcohol Content: 6.4%

Calories: 201 (22 oz.)

Carbs: 1.9 grams

10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Combining a heap of hops with slight hints of orange blossom is no small task. Sierra Nevada pulls it off with this award-winning brew.

Type: Pale Ale

Alcohol Content: 5.6%

Calories: 175

Carbs: 14.1 grams

*Note: All nutrition facts are based on a 12-ounce serving unless otherwise noted.


Source: by Jeremey DuVall



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One response to “10 Healthier Beers by Greatist

  1. sweetaddict

    August 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Good to know Purple Haze is on the list!


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