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By Jeremey DuVall

Feeling guilty about knocking a few back? It might be time to stop! Beer consumption has been shown to help protect against heart disease and lower the risk of hypertension with moderate consumption -- not all-night endeavors. As it turns out, all beers aren't created equal, so grabbing whichever tallboy is on special this week doesn't guarantee these health benefits. Here are a few that will.

A-Head Of The Game -- The Need-To-Know
Many of beer's benefits stem from natural antioxidants called phenols found in beer, wine and many other foods. Ales typically have a higher phenol concentration, which means they also pack more heart-protecting powers. While phenols do provide some health benefits, slamming a keg won't provide much more than a killer hangover. Stick with moderate alcohol consumption (one drink per day for women, and up to two for men) to get the health benefits without feeling down the next day.

To help you make healthier choices when indulging, we've created a list of our 10 favorite, healthier beers, including some old-time favorites and some interesting blends. (And don't worry -- we’ve got our gluten-free friends covered, too!)

Have a favorite healthier brew not listed here? Share with us in the comments below! Not a beer drinker? What other healthy cocktail (or mocktail!) do you sip on in the summertime?

Note: All nutrition facts are based on a 12-ounce serving unless otherwise noted.

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  • Yuengling Light Lager

    Looking for a full-flavor lager that's still light on the calories? Search no further. Yuengling managed to cram the health benefits of a lager with a lower carb count at only 99 calories, this is definitely the best selection for a healthier classic brew. <strong>Type:</strong> Lager <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 3.8 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 99 <strong>Carbs: </strong>9 grams <strong>More from Greatist:</strong> <a href="http://greatist.com/fitness/foam-rolling-infographic/" target="_hplink">How to Foam Roll Like a Pro</a> <a href="http://greatist.com/health/is-chocolate-healthy/" target="_hplink">Is Chocolate Actually Healthy?</a> <a href="http://greatist.com/happiness/cool-pictures-beat-summer-heat/" target="_hplink">19 Cool Ideas for Beating the Summer Heat</a> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnmarie/5570762519/" target="_hplink">lynnfennell</a></em>

  • 2. New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale

    This newer brew skips out on the gluten and uses sorghum, corn, and raspberry puree malty to create a not-too-sweet fruity brew with extra antioxidants (from the berries). Perfect for those looking to indulge and still stay away from gluten. Plus, New Planet donates a portion of sales from this beer to Colorado-based non-profits using the 3R philosophy -- reduce, reuse, recycle. <strong>Type:</strong> Ale <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 5 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 160 <strong>Carbs: </strong>17 grams <em>Photo from <a href="http://newplanetbeer.com/" target="_hplink">New Planet Beer</a></em>

  • Abita Purple Haze

    Don't enjoy the bitter taste of beer but still want to reap the heart-health benefits? Have no fear! Abita infused this brew with real raspberries to deliver a fruity aroma and a sweet taste. Packed with so many berries, this brew even displays a purplish hue (hence the name)! <strong>Type:</strong> Lager <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 4.2 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 145 <strong>Carbs:</strong> 11 grams <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilyrides/6804130319/" target="_hplink">emilydickinsonridesabmx</a></em>

  • Left Hand Good Juju

    Complete with a hint of fresh ginger (one of our favorite superfoods!), this unique ale combines unique herbs and spices to bring out a full flavor. This lighter-bodied brew is perfect for those that want full flavor without sacrificing an expanding waistline. <strong>Type:</strong> Ale <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 4.5 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 131 <strong>Carbs:</strong> 12.1 grams <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnmarie/5712101232/" target="_hplink">lynnfennell</a></em>

  • Guinness Draught

    This dark Irish blend -- famous for quenching thirsts on St. Paddy's Day -- makes the list as a classic with a creamy decadence and sneakily healthy twist! Packed with phenols, this super-dark staple brings the taste and feel of a stout with fewer carbohydrates and calories. <strong>Type:</strong> Stout <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 4 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 126 <strong>Carbs:</strong> 10 grams <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antanask/101286317/" target="_hplink">antanask</a> CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this slide, St. Paddy's Day was misspelled.</em>

  • Sam Adam's Light Lager

    Creating a light beer that still stands up to the Sam Adam's taste was no easy task. Brewers stuck to the basics and invented a lighter calorie beer that didn't sacrifice flavor making this beer perfect for those looking to stay health conscious without skimping on the taste. <strong>Type:</strong> Lager <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 4 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 119 <strong>Carbs:</strong> 9.7 grams <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/petroleumjelliffe/86506968/" target="_hplink">PetroleumJelliffe</a></em>

  • New Belgium Blue Paddle

    This brew packs the hops without expanding the waistline. Complete with a fruity/herbal aroma and a slightly bitter finish, this beer delivers a healthy wallop! <strong>Type:</strong> Pilsner (Lager) <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 4.8 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 145 <strong>Carbs: </strong>14 grams <em>Photo from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Belgium-Blue-Paddle-EACH/dp/B0061VZT12/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342028616&sr=8-1&keywords=New+Belgium+Blue+Paddle" target="_hplink">Amazon.com</a></em>

  • Stone/Ishii/Baird Japanese Green Tea IPA

    Perhaps one of the most exotic beers on the list, this collaboration effort from several breweries packs a unique taste and higher alcohol content. Don't fall prey to sticker shock -- while this brew packs the highest calorie total on the list, the antioxidants from the green tea pack a huge health benefit. Plus, it's higher in alcohol, so just half of one 12-ounce bottle will surely suffice. And don't go overboard and kick back the whole six-pack. Still not convinced? Feel good about indulging, as all proceeds from this beer go to Japanese tsunami relief programs. <strong>Type:</strong> India Pale Ale <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 9.2 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 276 <strong>Carbs:</strong> 19 grams

  • Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale

    Looking for an organic pale ale that is made free of potentially hazardous pesticides and chemical fertilizers but still tastes great? Look no further! Butte Creek has managed just that with this Indian pale ale. <strong>Type:</strong> India Pale Ale <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 6.4 percent <strong>Calories: </strong>201 (22 ounces) <strong>Carbs: </strong>1.9 grams <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirvish/3152472338/" target="_hplink">dirvish</a></em>

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    Combining a heap of hops with slight hints of orange blossom is no small task. Sierra Nevada pulls it off with this award-winning brew. <strong>Type:</strong> Pale Ale <strong>Alcohol Content:</strong> 5.6 percent <strong>Calories:</strong> 175 <strong>Carbs:</strong> 14.1 grams <strong>More from Greatist:</strong> <a href="http://greatist.com/fitness/foam-rolling-infographic/" target="_hplink">How to Foam Roll Like a Pro</a> <a href="http://greatist.com/health/is-chocolate-healthy/" target="_hplink">Is Chocolate Actually Healthy?</a> <a href="http://greatist.com/happiness/cool-pictures-beat-summer-heat/" target="_hplink">19 Cool Ideas for Beating the Summer Heat</a> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandavis/4679814147/" target="_hplink">Sean Davis</a></em>

CORRECTION: This piece has been edited to make it clear that ales and lagers both range in color, but that darker varieties of both tend to have higher phenol concentrations.

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