Musical Cheers: Low-Carb Roundup

Pat Hibbard

In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.


Pat Hibbard/Partner, Let Me Be Frank Productions

Currently listening to: Off Broadway 's “On"

Currently reading: “Enter Night" (Metallica Biography)

Currently living: a low-carb lifestyle

Preferred Blue Collar Brews: Miller Lite

Preferred White Collar Brews: Founders Rubaeus


This month I wanted to see if I could find some “premium" low-carb beer alternatives. Typically, non-light beers contain somewhere between 10-14 grams of carbs per serving. While there are some lower-carb offerings from the usual suspects (Miller Lite, Bud Select 55, Michelob Ultra etc.) I was searching for something more. Here are my new discoveries.

Heineken Light: Carbs: 7g Calories: 99 ABV: 3.3

Corona Premier: Carbs: 2.6g Calories: 90 ABV: 4.0

Shiner Light Blonde: Carbs: 3.8g Calories 99 ABV: 4.25


Heineken Light: Bottle looks like Heineken's less attractive cousin. It smells appropriately skunky. Probably gonna taste like Heineken.

Corona Premier: Again, packaging is very much in the Corona family. Pale golden color. Pours flat.

Shiner Light Blonde: Cool bottle. Paper label. Has a kind of independent hipster brewery feel. Pours with a decent head. Very light in color.


Heineken Light: Meh. Very light. Heinekenesque flavor=skunky

(Full disclosure: I've never really been a Heineken fan) 3 out of 10

Corona Premier: Not bad. A little lighter and more bitter than its Corona cousins. 4 out of 10

Shiner Light Blonde: Crisp. Decent carbonation. Full bodied without being heavy. Actually tastes like beer. I like this one! 7 out of 10

Here's my overall take on my low carb beer exploration: I was able to find some, off the beaten path, light/low-carb options. Would I go out of my way to track them down? Probably not – except for the Shiner Light Blonde which, in my opinion, was head and shoulders above most light beers.

Although this was a fun experiment. I think I'll stick to my, zero-carb, whiskey and an occasional Miller Lite. See you next time.

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