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Best low carb beer

11 Best Low-Carb Beers

There’s a myth surrounding the best low-carb beers. Unfortunately, they’re not any better for your waistline, so if you drink a lot of beer and don’t work out extensively these beers aren’t going to prevent you from gaining weight. The concept applies to low-carb beer, non-alcoholic beer, mid-strength beer, and regular beer alike. Sadly, there’s really no such thing as a beer diet or healthy beer.

While they mightn’t be any better for your waistline, the best low-carb beers still deliver a drop in carbohydrates and calories, but it’s not enough of a drop to make up for excessive consumption. Even an Australian no-carb beer like Burleigh Bighead serves up 88 calories per bottle, which can add up when you’re chugging down a six-pack in a short amount of time. Ultimately, the only way to keep your beer belly at bay is to limit your intake, period.

Now we’ve gotten our sad news out of the way it’s time to tuck into our list of the best low-carb beers in Australia. With the proliferation of various diet trends, each one is hotter than ever before and just because you’re going keto, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on all your previous vices. As always, moderation is key, especially if you want to keep that waistline slim and brain sharp.

Here are the best low-carb beers in Australia.

Related: Man of Many’s Ultimate Guide to Beer Types and Styles

Best low carb beers pure blonde ultra low carb

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1. Pure Blonde Ultra Low Carb Beer

Pure Blonde Ultra Low Carb Lager makes our list of the best low-carb beers as it embodies full-strength flavour while remaining a light and flavourful beverage you drink because you want to, not because you’re looking for the healthiest beer in Australia. Some will argue that it doesn’t taste as great as it used to, while others attest that it’s one of the best tasting low-carb beers you can find. We think it’s the perfect option for a trip to the beach, crisp, refreshing, and packing 1.4 grams of carbohydrates per 100ml.

Standard drinks: 1.2
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: Victoria
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 1.4 grams/100ml
Price: from $46.95 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Best low carb beers great northern

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2. Great Northern Original Lager

Great Northern Original Lager has become something of sacrilege for most true-blue Australians. While it mightn’t be the absolute best low-carb beer on this list in terms of carbs per 100ml, it’s still a terrific everyday sipper that features great taste and fewer calories than traditional lagers. In our testing (there’s been plenty) we find it fruity on the nose and clean on the palate, to sum it up in one word we’d call it ‘easy-going’ in every conceivable sense of the concept. This is Australian beer done right.

Standard drinks: 1.1
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: Queensland
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 1.4 grams/100ml
Price: from $47.95 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Best low carb beers hahn superdry

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3. Hahn SuperDry

Hahn SuperDry went through a bit of a makeover a few years ago to come back as one of the first low-carb beers in Australia. Reviewers believe it’s still suffering from consistency issues (we think it’s just fine). Nevertheless, we give big credits to Hahn SuperDry for being an early pioneer of the low-carb beer trend that continues to deliver beverages with a refreshing taste. One of the higher achievers on this list in terms of alcohol volume, it measures at 4.6% ABV but features about one half the calories of its traditional counterparts.

Standard drinks: 1.2
Alcohol volume: 4.6%
State: New South Wales
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 0.7 grams/100ml
Price: from $46.90 per case of 24

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Best low carb beers coopers clear

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4. Coopers Clear

To give calorie-conscious drinkers something to savour, Adelaide’s own Coopers Brewery whipped up this classic low-carb lager. Between its fragrant aroma, light golden colour, and creamy head, Coopers Clear retains a number of the brewer’s benchmarks, even as it veers into “diet” territory. Drink it ice cold on a hot day and don’t forget to share it with your mates.

Standard drinks: 1.3
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: South Australia
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 1.0 grams/100ml
Price: from $53.99 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Best low carb beers xxxx summer bright lager

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5. XXXX Summer Bright Lager

True to its name, XXXX Summer Bright Lager makes for a perfect summertime sipper. Light and crisp with a mild bitterness, it goes down like flavoured water and we mean that in a good way. If you like the sound of easy drinking during warm weather, then consider this to be one of the best low-carb beers Australia can muster.

Standard drinks: 1
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: Queensland
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 0.8 grams/100ml
Price: from $44.90 per case of 24

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Best low carb beers burleigh bighead

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6. Burleigh Bighead No Carb Beer

It might have a big head, but this craft low-carb beer from Queensland’s Burleigh Brewing Co. goes big in the flavour department. The only beer on this list that features absolutely no carbs, it was also the first no-carb beer in Australia. That being said, it still packs a full-flavoured punch by way of hoppy bitterness and generally delicious taste. It goes without giving a reminder here; zero carbs don’t mean zero calories or zero alcohol, so you should still drink in moderation.

Standard drinks: 1.1
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: Queensland
Beer style: Lager
Calories: 88
Price
: from $67.99 per case of 24

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Best low carb beers carlton dry

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7. Carlton Dry

One of the best tasting low-carb beers, Carlton Dry is made using premium ingredients, that gives you everything you’d want out of a refreshing full-strength lager. In its creation, the brand prolonged the brewing process and thereby removed excess sugars. We’d call it one of the best low-carb beers in Australia, but with a carb count of 6.7 grams per bottle, it’s a little too high to get the full stamp of approval. Instead, we’ll just say it’s smooth and dry and leave the rest to you.

Standard drinks: 1.2
Alcohol volume: 4.5%
State: Victoria
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 1.9 grams/100ml
Price: from $48.90 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Best low carb beers hahn ultra crisp

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8. Hahn Ultra Crisp Gluten Free

Hahn already gives off a rather conspicuous Japanese vibe, so it makes perfect sense that the brewer would swap out rice for traditional wheat and barley. The result is this 100% gluten-free lager, which might very well be one of the healthiest beers in Australia. Uniquely crisp and light in taste, it’s a low-carb beer that won’t cause drastic bloat… presuming you drink in moderation.

Standard drinks: 1.1
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: New South Wales
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 1.4 grams/100ml
Price: from $52.99 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Best low carb beers blonde premium low carb lager

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9. Steersman Blonde Low Carb Beer

Low in both carbs and gluten, Steersman Blonde Low Carb delivers great taste, a full-strength ABV, and little to no bloat. Expect it to go down smooth, with very mild bitterness and a crisp finish.

Standard drinks: 1.1
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: Western Australia
Beer style: Lager
Price: from $38.95 per case of 24

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Best low carb beers coopers dry

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10. Coopers Dry

One of the best low-carb beers in Australia, Coopers Dry is fermented at low temperatures for an extended period of time. Not only does that allow the yeast to suck up all the fermentable sugars, but it unleashes various flavour compounds and yields a discernibly dry finish. Crack open a can or bottle and prepare to go “ahh…”

Standard drinks: 1.2
Alcohol volume: 4.2%
State: South Australia
Beer style: Lager
Carbs: 0.9 grams/100ml
Price: from $49.99 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

Best low carb beers iron jack

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11. Iron Jack Lager

Iron Jack’s alcohol content of 3.5% makes this a mid-strength lager, but don’t take that or its impressively low-calorie count to equal an absence of flavour. Thanks to the use of Saaz hops, the low-carb beer yields moderate complexity from the first whiff to the last sip. Enjoy.

Standard drinks: 0.9
Alcohol volume: 3.5%
Country: Australia
Beer style: Lager
Price: from $43.90 per case of 24

Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s)

General FAQ

What is the lowest-carb beer in Australia?

Burleigh Bighead includes no carbs and just 88 calories per bottle yet packs a full-flavoured punch by way of hoppy bitterness and generally delicious taste. Still, it would be best if you always drank in moderation.

Can I lose weight and drink beer?

Yes, it’s possible. Although beer does contain calories, so ultimately, the only way to keep the belly at bay is to limit your intake.

Is Corona a low-carb beer?

No. The popular Corona Extra possesses 14 grams of carbs per standard size bottle. Corona Premier has fewer calories per bottle but is similar in carbs to Corona Extra.

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