Healthy on Tap: Lightest Beers from Boston-Area Brewers
Five light brews so you can have your six-pack and drink it, too.
In the fall, the season of football, foliage, and beer festivals, the term “six-pack” usually refers to beer—not abs. And while new research suggests drinking beer in moderation can be good for you, just one pint of your favorite pumpkin ale can cost you at least 30 minutes on the treadmill. Fear not, beer lovers. Light beer doesn’t have to mean light in taste or even light in color. That’s why we compiled a list of Boston-area brewer’s lightest (as in calories) beers so you can keep your six-pack (as in abs).
Sam Adams Light
Calories per 12 oz: 119
The amber-colored beer has a smooth malt flavor with a hint of tropical fruit and spice.
Gold Spike German-style Kölsch
Calories per 12 oz (their bottles are 22 ounces): 130
This interpretation of a German Kölsch golden ale is light in body and has a crisp, clean malt flavor.
Curley’s Irish Stout
Calories per 12 oz: 116-118
The traditional Irish stout, a black ale, is very low in calories, but full of roasted malt flavor.
Regatta Golden Ale
Calories per 12 oz: 175
Brewed with pilsner malt and a touch of flaked rice, the subtle hoppy spiciness has a light, dry finish.
Wachusett Blueberry Ale
Calories per 12 oz: 150
A popular wheat ale with a slight blueberry aroma.
Photos courtesy of Boston Beer Company, Berkshire Brewing Company, Boston Beer Works, Cambridge Brewing Co. and Wachusett Brewing Company.