Dieting in any form is ever popular but you will be hard pressed to find a more popular and possibly effective diet than the keto diet. The aim of the keto diet is to reduce your carb intake substantially but beer is high in carbs right? There must a range of perfect beers that fit the keto diet and allow you to drink them guilt free, but what are they? What is the best keto beer?
What is the best keto beer?
The best keto beers are ultra low carb non alcoholic and alcohol free beers. Not only do they have virtually no carbs, they also do not have the metabolic slowing and weight gaining affects of alcohol. They are the best of both worlds.
Read on to find out which are the ones you should be buying and drinking.
What is the keto diet?
The Ketogenic diet or Keto diet for short, is a low carb and high fat diet which can offer many health benefits.
The aim is to slash your carb intake and replace it with fats, this puts your body into a state called a ketotic state or ketosis, hence the name.
When you enter this state, your body becomes much more efficient at burning fat for energy and therefore you lose your stored fat easier.
The most popular version would be the SKD – Standard ketotic diet. Your nutrient breakdown would be 70% fats, 20% protein and only 10% carbs.
With carbs reduced way down to 10%, you have to be very careful what you eat and drink.
If you would like a full guide of how to keep carbs under 10g, you can buy an excellent guide here
Can you drink alcohol on the keto diet?
You can drink alcohol on keto but there are catches…
- Alcohol in beer is usually accompanied with carbs
- Some alcohol won’t kick you out of ketosis but it will slow it
- Alcohol is fattening and highly calorific on its own anyway
- Your hangovers will be worse and you will get drunk quicker
Therefore you would avoid alcohol on keto if you possibly could.
Is alcoholic beer high in carbs?
The USDA state the average alcoholic beer has 3.55g of carbs per 100ml and 12.6g of carbs in a 12fl oz serving. So clearly the average alcoholic beer is quite high and carbs and unlikely to be keto friendly despite being lower than non alcoholic beers on average.
There will be a range of carb loads in alcoholic beer like non alcoholic beer but the added alcohol will significantly add to the calorie count and in a diet, that isn’t great.
Is non alcoholic beer high in carbs?
I have reviewed well over 100 non alcoholic beers and collected all their nutritional data.
I found the average non alcoholic beer has 4.75g of carbs per 100ml and 16.85g of carbs per 12fl oz.
However the range in carbs per 100ml in non alcohol beers runs from 0g to 20.8g so there are a lot of non alcoholic beers that have significantly less carbs than the average.
Is the best keto beer a low carb non alcoholic one?
I would have to say, yes. If you are looking to drink beer on the keto diet, a beer with low carbs and no alcoholic is the best option.
Step forward the range of low carb non alcoholic and alcohol free beers for you to enjoy on keto.
Which non alcoholic beers are low carb and keto friendly?
Below is a list of non alcoholic beers with a carb level of well under half of the average of an alcoholic beer and a third of the carbs or below of an average non alcoholic beer.
|Partake Pale||Pale Ale||0.3||0||0|
|Drop Bear Yuzu Pale Ale||Pale Ale||0.5||0.4||1.42|
|Drop Bear Tropical IPA||IPA||0.5||0.5||1.775|
|Brewdog Nanny State||Ale||0.5||1||3.55|
|Big Drop Fieldhopper||Golden Ale||0.5||1.2||4.26|
|Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale||Pale Ale||0.5||1.4||4.97|
|Big Drop Uptime||Lager||0.5||1.4||4.97|
The above list is the lowest of the low carb non alcoholic beers but the main reason you drink beer is for the taste isn’t it!
You don’t want a terrible tasting beer just because it is low carb.
Below are my top 5 best tasting, low carb beers
Nanny state has 1g of carbs per 100ml and 3.55g of carbs per 12fl oz.
I love Brewdog Nanny State. It was one of the original low carb beers and even though some have now gone lower, it still sits top of the tree as they have completely nailed the flavours.
The use 8 different malts and 5 different hops to pack this ale full of flavour so you don’t notice if the lack of carbs has left it thin feeling. It actually doesn’t feel too thin somehow but the overall package it brilliant.
If you are looking to start drinking keto friendly non alcoholic beers, this is a fantastic first stop.
2. UNLTD. IPA
UNLTD. IPA has 1g of carbs per 100ml and 3.55g of carbs per 12fl oz.
Hot on the heels of Nanny State and with the same carbs, is UNLTD. IPA. This is another great beer and gets into my top 20 non alcoholic beers of all time.
The get around the low carbs = thin body conundrum but adding an ingredient called maltodextrin. It is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. It has been added here as it is flavourless and doesn’t contain calories but will add to the body and mouthfeel of the beer.
This is another great option for a keto friendly non alcoholic beer.
3. Aegir Minus
Aegir Minus has 1.1g of carbs per 100ml and 3.9g of carbs per 12fl oz.
I didn’t have high hopes for this Norwegian beer when i ordered it as part of a larger shipment but boy was i wrong.
It feels and taste like a normal IPA and i could not believe how low in carbs it was.
Im not sure what the global availability is but you can buy it online in the UK and it was in my local off license so i think it is spreading. If you see it, snap it up and buy it!
Infinite Session IPA has 1.6g of carbs per 100ml and 5.68g of carbs per 12fl oz.
Trying to pick your best non alcoholic brewery is next to impossible but Infinite Session would easily be in my top 5. Most, if not all their beers are brilliant and their IPA is no different.
It is spreading out into the big supermarkets so awareness will be growing. They marry really low carb beers with incredible flavour and body for such a skinny beer. Well done them.
|Infinite Session IPA||9/10||1.6g||5.68g|
Infinite Session lager has 1.6g of carbs per 100ml and 5.68g of carbs per 12fl oz.
My second Infinite Session beer on the list and my top ranking low carb lager.
Lagers are at a disadvantage in the low carb game as the malt flavours are not as big as the bitter hops of the IPAs so consequentially you notice the thin body more in a lager.
However, Infinite Session always mange to create a beer that tastes and feels like a full alcohol beer and they are one of the best in the business at it.
|Infinite Session Lager||8.5/10||1.6g||5.68g|