The Keto diet is incredibly popular, as is general carb counting and reduction. Everyone is looking for an edge to stay trim and keto is all about low carbs.
Beer is seen as a high carb drink but are there any keto friendly non alcoholic beers and if so, which ones are the best to try?
My full article on how many carbs are in non alcoholic beer can be read here
The 10 best keto friendly non alcoholic beers to try
Beer is generally higher in carbs than you would want on a keto friendly diet and unfortunately, non alcoholic beers are on average higher in carbs than their alcoholic equivalents (see table below).
|Type of Beer||Carbs per 100ml||Carbs per 12fl oz|
|Non alcoholic beer||4.75g||16.85g|
All my picks of 10 keto friendly non alcoholic beers to try, are under half the calories of the average alcoholic beer and about a third of the calories or less than an average non alcoholic beer.
Indeed, some of my picks are a lot lower and one has zero carbs!
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|
NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle has 1.6g of carbs per 100ml and 5.68g of carbs per 12fl oz.
Lowtide constantly have the best can art in the business but their beers are not half bad either! Quite a few of their best tasting beers don’t have nutritional data, which i assume is because they are not great.
Not so for NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle. They are more than happy to tell us the carbs are low which when you combine it with a delicious beer, makes it a strong buy.
|NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle||8/10||1.6g||5.68g|
7. Partake Pale
Partake Pale has 0g of carbs per 100ml and 0g of carbs per 12fl oz.
I have to include Partake Pale as it is the only zero carb non alcoholic beer and along with the brand new Budweiser Light Next, one of only 2 zero carb beers in existence.
For more info on Partake as the lowest carb beer in the world, you can read my article here.
I have given Partake Pale a rating of 7/10 from the other reviews i have read on it, it is unable to buy in my region currently but i am actively looking to source it.
8. Partake IPA
Partake IPA has 0.56g of carbs per 100ml and 2g of carbs per 12fl oz.
Similarly with Partake Pale, i could not leave out Partake IPA of keto friendly non alcoholic beers to drink.
It doesn’t quite have zero carbs but at just 2g of carbs per 12fl oz, it is firmly in the top 5 or so lowest carb beers in the world.
The ranking of 7/10 is again based off social media reviews i have read, as i have yet to get this imported for me to review personally.
Drop Bear Yuzu Pale Ale has 0.4g of carbs per 100ml and 1.42g per 12fl oz.
Drop Bear Yuzu Pale Ale is the lowest carb beer i have drank so needs to be on a list of keto friendly non alcoholic beers.
It is ok, there is nice Yuzu flavour which I’ve only had in beers and not the real thing. However it can come across as a bit thin and on the fizzy watery beer end of the spectrum. You cant argue with the ultra low carb level tho.
Drop Bear Tropical IPA has 0.5g of carbs per 100ml and 1.775g of carbs per 12fl oz.
Rounding out the top 10 keto friendly non alcoholic beers is this Tropical IPA from Drop Bear Brewing Co. Whilst it has extremely low carbs i didn’t think the beer worked for my palate.
The end was particularly bitter and hoppy but i now that appeals to a lot of IPA drinkers so here it is. I would say it is worth a try and if you like it, happy days, you have keto friendly IPA to drink.
Table of the 10 best keto friendly non alcoholic beers
Below is the full list of 10 best keto friendly non alcoholic beers to try.
|Infinite Session IPA||9||IPA||0.5||1.6||5.68|
|Infinite Session Lager||8.5||Helles Lager||0.5||1.6||5.68|
|NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle||8||NEIPA||0.5||1.6||5.68|
|Partake Pale||7||Pale ale||0.3||0||0|
|Drop Bear Yuzu Pale Ale||6.5||Pale Ale||0.5||0.4||1.42|
|Drop Bear Tropical IPA||5.5||IPA||0.5||0.5||1.775|