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5 best low-calorie beers

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Light beers first hit the market in the 1970s, and were produced in one predominant style — mildly hopped lager. Now, in the wake of the craft beer revolution of the 1990s, brewers have found new ways to bring us flavorful, diet-friendly options. GAYOT's eclectic list of Top 10 Low-Calorie Beers boasts brews no more than 150 calories and an ABV of around 5 percent or less. Ranging from fruity lambics to bold and hoppy IPAs, they offer plenty of real beer taste that calorie-counters can enjoy with a clear conscience.

New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA

India Pale Ale is currently the No. 1 selling craft beer style. In recent years, the session IPA sub-style has emerged for those who want to enjoy full hop flavor without the added alcohol or calories. Upon pouring New Belgium Slow Ride, you'll encounter tropical aromas of orange and grapefruit, compliments of the eight citrusy hop varieties the beer is brewed and dry-hopped with.

Price: $9 for six-pack of 12 oz

Brooklyn Brewery Dry Irish Stout

The roasted barley used in Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout adds big flavor to this surprisingly slim 117-calorie beer. Brewed with dark-roasted, pale and flaked malts, it pours pitch black with an off-white head and aromas of chocolate and coffee. While sipping, you'll encounter a refreshing, fizzy carbonation followed by a bittersweet chocolate flavor with notes of espresso that will leave you thirsty for another drink.

Price: $10 for six-pack of 12 oz

Sam Adams Light

Made with a carefully selected blend of Samuel Adams' two-row pale malt, caramel malt and Spalt Spalter noble hops, this amber-hued lager results in real beer taste at only 119 calories. Introduced in 2001, it offers an aroma of toasted bread, the inviting flavors of sweet malt balanced with subtle hop character and a crisp, dry aftertaste.

Price: $8 for six-pack of 12 oz

Saint Arnold Weedwacker

On the bottle of this inventive brew, you'll find a hand-scrawled "Weedwacker" label hastily pasted over the word "Lawnmower" — an allusion to the fact that the beer shares a recipe with Saint Arnold's best-selling Fancy Lawnmower. However, the inclusion of hefeweizen yeast transforms it into an authentic Bavarian-style brew boasting flavors of banana, clove and spices. Pale and wheat malts alongside German hops result in a refreshingly light-bodied beer. Try tasting Weedwacker side-by-side with its cousin, Fancy Lawnmower.

Price: $9 for six-pack of 12 oz

Breckenridge Brewery Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale

When first released in January 2014, Ophelia was slated to weigh in at a hefty 7.5 percent ABV. However, the final version was slimmed down to just 5 percent alcohol and around 150 calories. A unique cross between a wheat ale and an IPA, Ophelia is loaded with Mosaic and Palisade hops that add a fruity tartness with subtle hints of mango, orange and pineapple. The robust flavors and dry, tingling carbonation of this light beer add a crispness that you would normally expect to find in a fuller-bodied pale ale.

Price: $9 for six-pack of 12 oz

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