21 Light Beers to Toast with This New Year's Eve

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Updated by Melissa Rudy, 12/27/16

3-2-1, Happy New Year!

If you choose to toast the New Year with a cold one, pick a beer that's not going to weigh you down. Beers vary in calories, so choose one of these lighter versions (all servings are 12 ounces):
  1. Bud Select 55: 55 calories
  2. Miller 64: 64 calories
  3. Beck's Premier Light: 64 calories
  4. Michelob Ultra: 95 calories
  5. Busch Light: 95 calories
  6. Natural Light: 95 calories
  7. Amstel Light: 95 calories
  8. Miller Lite: 96 calories
  9. Yuengling Lager Light: 99 calories
  10. Corona Light: 99 calories
  11. Heineken Light: 99 calories
  12. Budweiser Select: 99 calories
  13. Keystone Light: 104 calories
  14. Coors Light: 104 calories
  15. Labatt Blue Light: 108 calories
  16. Bud Light: 110 calories
  17. Bud Light Lime: 116 calories
  18. Sam Adams Light: 119 calories
  19. Michelob Light: 122 calories
  20. Natural Ice: 130 calories
  21. Bud Light Platinum: 143 calories

How to Read a Beer Label

The nutritional information on a beer label is more or less the same as what you'll see on food packages and non-alcoholic drinks. At a glance, you can see the number of calories, fat grams, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and various vitamins and nutrients.

You may also see some non-nutritional information, including ABV (Alcohol by Volume); IBU (International Bittering Units, which indicates the volume of hop resins in the beer); FG (Final Gravity, which measures the density of the beer); Plato (a measure of the amount of fermentable sugar); Lovibond, SRM or EBC (indications of the beer's color); and the bottling and expiration dates.

Not a Beer Drinker?

Get some ideas for slimming down cocktails and learn which high-calorie drinks to avoid at all costs, and sip on some suggestions for diet-friendly alcohol choices

What to Consider Before Drinking

  • Just because a beer is "light" doesn't mean it has less alcohol than full-calorie beers. The alcohol volume will vary by brand, so be sure to check the label.
  • The effects of alcohol last longer than you may think. In most cases, the liver processes approximately one ounce per hour.
  • Coffee doesn't magically erase the effects of alcohol. The only "cure" for intoxication is time.
  • The CDC warns that drinking excessively can have dangerous short-term and long-term risks.
  • Always drink responsibly. Choose a designated driver or call a transportation service if you've had too much to drink.
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I stayed home. I'm usually in bed early so it was all I could do to stay up until midnight. Hubby and I had a couple of cocktails and played some cards. It was a nice evening just the two of us alone. Report
I don't like beer at all and not really a drinker, I'm very happy about that.
I just want to remind people not to drink and drive, its not worth it.

have a Happy New year

I will stick with sparkling cider. Report
Dont drink at all!! im going to be sleeping when the ball drops!! Have a great New Year all!! Report
I dont like beer at all!! Tastes yucky!! HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! Report
I drink beer rarely, but when I do, I enjoy a Sam Adams. Report
I don't drink at all anymore & never drank beer - yuck! Report
Happy New Year everyone!!
I don't drink beer, never did like the taste.... Report
Happy New Year Team Mates!! Not a drinker here so that's good. Report
playing games with family & a few friends at home. We will munch on carrot fritters & probably hot tea for most of the evening and then at midnight toast with some sparkling cider. Yummy.

Much to be thank ful for - much to look forward too. Report
Was never much of a beer drinker but thanks for bring those extra calorie to my attention. Have a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve!! Report
i would like to know the carbs since i am diabetic Report
I've never been a fan of beer. Too bitter for me. I like to drink the grape juice that comes in champagne bottles (Can't remember the product name). It's completely non-alcoholic but it makes others believe I'm "joining in" so I don't feel pressure to drink alcohol.

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I can't drink beer (allergic to hops) but the most I toast the new year with is a glass of wine. The calories are nothing a little extra cardio today and tomorrow won't make up for. It's the snacks for the New Year's Day football games I've had to put my foot down about. Report
Bud Light Lime is a nice reminder of summer and only 110 calories per bottle too Report
Don't forget the Rock Green Light. 64 calories and somewhere around 2 grams of carbs per 12oz bottle. The stuff is great with a splash of lime :) Happy New Years and be safe y'all! Report
Check out wine as an alternative! Also, to the Italian-Americans out there, that means no change at all ;-) Report
I do like bubbly, but with the kids around, I'll stick to perhaps splitting half a Mikes Hard Lemonade... Report
Thanks for the info! I plan to drink water; my hubby will most likely have a few beers. I do like Micholob Ultra Light...very good for a very light beer. I will be the driver tonight. Be safe everyone! Happy New Year! Report
I drink Bud Lite and if I remember correctly, when I track it, it comes up as 70 calories. Report
I definitely think water is the best option :) Report
Yesterday on Good Morning America, they showed snacks that are better for you to consume this evening, you can check it out on their webpage. Today, they talked about hangovers and also explained that beer was a better drink because it makes you feel fuller and so you don't drink as much. Report
though calories in beer is important. Knowing how many carbs are in the beer/drinks is very important to those of us who are pre diabetic or diabetics. Report
looks like we may be snow bound! Report
Happy New Year! 2009 will be FINE. em>283 /em> Report
I'm much of a drinker. We'll either go to my brother-in-law's to play family games or stay home. I think I'm going to get my son's girlfriend's boys and have them spend the night with us.

Happy New Year!! Please, don't drink and drive!! Report
How odd, my can of Busch Lite clearly says,"95 calories per 12 oz serving". Report
What size is the serving for those calories? Report
Spending it with my boys! Report
Sounds great but I personally prefers toasting the new year with French Champagne! I guess you can take the girl out of France but you cannot take the French out of the girl... LOL

I'm going dancing! Report
I don't drink but my husband says thanks.. Happy New year to you all..!!!! Report
With friends at the beach.
Happy New Year to all and best wishes on achieving your SP goals for 2009. Report
Gotta love the beer Report
Thank you for this great reminder. Happy New Year! Report
May you have a wonderful, safe, healthy & happy New Year!! Report
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