10 Insanely Good Craft Beers Under 150 Calories

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If you're craving beer, but trying to avoid the emergence of a dreaded beer belly, don't turn to the watered-down lifestyle brands like Michelob Ultra and Miller64. Sure, those beers are low in calories, but they also have little to no flavor. The good news is craft brewers have their own lower-calorie options, they just go by a different name: session beers. Loosely defined as beer with less than 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), session beers are brewed to be flavorful and interesting while remaining low in alcohol and calories.

Whether you're a hop lover looking for something less filling than a big IPA or someone who hasn't yet explored all the flavors craft beer has to offer, here are 10 low-calorie craft brews that are sure to satisfy.

Abita Brewing Company Light Beer
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Abita Brewing Company’s Light

The variety of flavors available in craft beer is wonderfully wide, but sometimes you just want a pint that tastes like the olden days of beer. Abita Light blurs the line between commodity "lite" beers and the craft-brewing ethos of flavor first. Light is reminiscent of Coors Banquet: crisp like a green apple, a lingering sweetness, a hint of bready barley and citrusy hops, a "barely there" body and lively effervescence. The Louisiana brew is no-frills, no-fuss and as refreshing as it is unchallenging.

ABV: 4 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 116
What you'll taste: Barley pop

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Dogfish Head Sea Quench Ale
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Dogfish Head Sea Quench Ale

Developed by the madcap Delaware brewery to be as thirst-quenching as a beer can possibly be, Sea Quench blends a trio of classic German beer styles with some uncommon ingredients into one brightly tart and deeply complex brew. It's the type of out-there alchemy that shouldn't work, but somehow all those elements (sour ales, sea salt, black limes) create a beautiful harmony. It's not hard to see why Sea Quench is the fastest-growing beer in the history of the brewery: It's brilliantly bizarre and crave-worthy. The acidity and lime flavors make it a perfect pairing for anything that you'd usually squeeze lime juice on (especially fish tacos).

ABV: 4.9 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 140
What you'll taste: Stylistic alchemy (and limes)

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Founders Brewing All Day IPA
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Founders Brewing All Day IPA

One of the first (and most popular) session IPAs, this easy-drinking brew from Michigan isn't flashy. It's just a solid beer and a perennial crowd-pleaser. Approachable enough for even new beer drinkers, yet flavorful enough to satiate the hop-heads, with a bright punch of pine-and-citrus hop aroma, you'll be happy that All Day IPA comes in generous 15-packs. It's easy to stack up a bunch of empty All Day IPA cans, but you don't have to feel too guilty — it's under 12 calories per ounce. That is a good thing, because the beer is also available in tailgate-friendly 19.2-ounce cans!

ABV: 4.7 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 140
What you'll taste: Piney refreshment

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Allagash Brewing Hoppy Tale Beer
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Allagash Brewing Hoppy Tale Beer

Drawing inspiration from the low-alcohol "table beers" of Belgium, this hopped-up American take from Maine's Allagash Brewing is packed full of flavor, yet still light as a feather. If you're within the brewery's 17-state distribution area, it may be the best flavor-to-calorie ratio you'll find. English barley and oats add texture, and the aroma is complex, with pear, banana, clove-like spice and citrusy hops all vying for attention. There's also a dose of coriander (a classic Belgian brewing spice) to bring even more to this uncommonly pretty beer. Pour one carefully into a tulip glass and you'll see for yourself as pillowy foam rises to the top of the hazy, golden beer.

ABV: 4.8 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 132
What you'll taste: Citrus and spice — very nice

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Green Flash Brewing Sea to Sea Lager
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Green Flash Brewing Sea to Sea Lager

The brewery says this "Zwickel Lager" takes inspiration from the flavorful unfiltered lagers beloved by German brewers. The light body is bolstered by a pearlescent haze, and flowery European hops are balanced by the cracker-like snap of pilsner malt. It's a beer that you don't have to pay attention to, but it rewards a careful tasting nonetheless.There's enough bitterness to offset the subtly off-dry finish, and you can pour two cans of Sea to Sea into a roomy mug and still drink fewer calories than are in a pint of IPA.

ABV: 4 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 126
What you'll taste: Germany

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Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
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Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

Also taking inspiration from old-world wheat beers, Otra Vez proves that the venerable California craft brewery still has some new tricks to show off. A take on the German Gose style, refreshing and tart brews built to slake a thirst, this modern version marries a clean, sour bite with a subtle salinity. And, as with Gatorade, that hint of salt helps quench your thirst even more. Otra Vez also features grapefruit and prickly pear cactus fruit (the latter lends a melon-like background note). Incredibly dry and with nearly no bitterness, but with lots of bright flavors, it's another tart brew that appeals to people who don't normally reach for a beer.

ABV: 4.5 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 138
What you'll taste: Fruity tartness

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Guinness Draught
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Guinness Brewing Guinness Draught

OK, so Guinness isn't officially a "craft beer," but don't let that stop you from enjoying one of the classic imports. Rich and roasty, Guinness Draught is a paradox: It's dark and it's bold, but it isn't strong, heavy or filling. In fact, at just 167 calories in a (U.S.) pint, It's less caloric than Bud Light (192 calories per pint). It's basically a diet beer. That whole "meal in a glass" cliche is nonsense! Guinness won't give you that bloated feeling that other beers can because, instead of fizzy carbonation, the stout cascades with smaller, softer bubbles of nitrogen gas for a smooth and creamy feel. For best results, don't drink it right out of a cold fridge — a warmer, "cellar temperature" glass will really show off the complex, chocolaty flavor.

ABV: 4.2 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 125 (167 in a 16-ounce U.S. pint)
What you'll taste: Roasted cocoa and coffee comfort

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Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA
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Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

There are a lot of Session IPAs to choose from. Some are all hops and no body; others are pale ales under a different name. But Easy Jack from California's Firestone Walker might be the best of them all. Light but complex, bright with balanced bitterness, it has big flavor that belies its low alcohol content. The beer was designed as a showcase for the newest hop varieties from Germany. Hops with names like Bavarian Mandarina and Hallertau Melon that give you a sense of the citrusy, fruity flavors that they add to the brew. It's a beer you'll want to smell almost as much as you'll want to sip.

ABV: 4.5 percent**
Calories per 12 ounces: 136
What you'll taste: Cutting-edge hop flavors**

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New Belgium Pilsener
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New Belgium Pilsener

This balanced Bohemian-style pilsner is as straightforward as it is flavorful. It's a golden lager that plays zesty hop aromas off a round and subtly sweet malt body that ends with just enough bitterness to balance it all out. Unpretentious but delicious, a blend of four malts and four hops (both American and European) provide the complexity to keep the beer interesting even after a couple of bottles. A great match for salads and grilled seafood, New Belgium Pilsener rounds out a light dinner with style, and at 140 calories per bottle, it won't blow your calorie budget.

ABV: 4.8 percent
Calories per 12 ounces: 140
What you'll taste: Beery beer

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