Light beers are not part of my regular beer diet. I consider kicking back and having a beer a treat, so I can’t be concerned overly much about how it affects the bottom line of my bathroom scale. Of course, beers are not for every day in my world. I’m saving that sort of wacky lifestyle for retirement. But I do come across a light beer now and again and have made a few snap judgments about some of them.
Warning: I must caveat that all light beers taste like water with a little bit of beer mixed in, so take that into consideration when considering the ratings.
Bud Light Orange
Carbs: 14.3 Calories: 142
Beers with flavors are somewhat of a crapshoot, and that goes double with light beers. The Orange “taste” really does seem to imitate an orange artificial taste, if that’s what you are looking for. It started out OK but by the end of the beer, I was really getting sick of that fake orange.
Rating: Would not buy again
Carbs: 2.6 Calories: 95
Although this beer shares the light beer problem of being watery, it’s actually not that watery. In other words, it’s in the upper tier of light beers just on that alone. However it’s still watery enough that it’s somewhat lacking in flavor. And although I felt the faint hint of an aftertaste, it never quite got there, which, in the light beer arena, is not bad.
IC Light Mango Premium Light Beer
Carbs: 5.3 Calories: 126.50 (for a pint)
Small breweries and microbrews don’t usually dip into the Light Beer market since almost always their inspiration is creating flavorful, delicious beers, but Pittsburg Brewing dared dip its toes into it, and came up with a not bad beer. Again, it’s a light beer, but the flavor is there, if of course muted, and diluted. However on a hot day, this seems like a good choice.
Rating: Pretty good for a Lite
Bud Light Platinum Lager
Carbs: 4.4 Calories: 137
This is described as “triple filtered” so that sounds important. Plus it’s called Platinum, which sounds fancy. As far as light beers go, I couldn’t find too much to complain about, but it’s another side reminder that no one is searching out light beers for their full, rich taste.
Rating: Could be a great mixer with a real beer.
Blue Moon LightSky Citrus Wheat
I could keep going on this light beer list. There are, after all, plenty of light beers to choose from, but after trying this, I decided to stop. I’ve drank enough light beers to know that the flavor runs from bad to OK. None of them are great enough to enjoy for flavor on it’s own. But this one seems to hit the top levels of “OK.” The promise of the name is actually met for this beer. It has a faint hint of citrus and it’s somewhat wheaty. Watery? Sure, but not to the degree that the others are. That’s important.
Rating: If you are going to get Light Beer, get this one.
This may sound like a very lackluster review of beers, but light beers fill a niche for people who want to continue to drink, but are wary of the sheer number of carbs and calories that go along with it. If you are throwing a party or get-together, you need to have light beers available to accommodate the people who are on nutrition alert. Not only that, it’s a good way to cut a beer that you’ve decided you don’t like that much. It’s a useful household item, and I don’t mind having them around.