Mike’s Hard Lemonade now comes in a lite version, just in time for bathing suit season.
When we saw Mike’s lite on the shelves of our local Long Island Stop & Shop’s beer section we were excited to try out our favorite hard lemonade with less calories.
One of the top questions we get from our readers is “What exactly are the ingredients to Mike’s?” Sorry to tell you, the secret is still under wraps. However, we were able to get a little more info.
Just like Mike’s with super-secret ingredient list, their lite versions is equally guarded. Mike’s lite hard lemonade is made with 100 percent natural sweeteners (cane sugar and Rebiana-A, a natural sweetener grown from the stevia plant), real, fresh lemon juice and their patented neutral malt base to offer a light, crisp and refreshing change of taste from the everyday light beer.
Are you a fan of Stevia?
As with other products that are made with Stevia, we felt that this lite version was a little too sweet and had a bit of an after taste from the natural sweetener.
Did you like anything about this product?
While the taste was a bit sweet for us, we liked the effervescence and the idea of drinking a refreshing lemonade instead of beer. It is a malt beverage with a touch of class. Mike’s is a good alternative to beer and we picture ourselves drinking this at a picnic, beach or after a long bike ride.
Check out our review of Original Mike’s and a cool app they have for your mobile phone.
What varieties do they offer?
Mike’s lite hard lemonade comes in their original flavor and cranberry. We enjoyed the the hard cranberry version best, which had a tart and tangy bite as opposed to the flat, plain lemonade flavor.
What about the calories and sugars in this drink?
While the calories were less than the THE CLASSIC MARGARITA by mike’s® (all flavors) mike’s lite hard lemonade® has 109 calories; 14 grams of sugars/carbs; 0 grams of fat; 0 grams of fiber; 0 grams of protein (mike’s lite hard cranberry lemonade® is the same except with 119 calories and 15.8 g. sugars/carbs)
THE CLASSIC MARGARITA by mike’s® (all flavors) contain: 5.5% alc/vol; 235 calories; 34grams of carbs; 32 grams of sugar; 0 grams of fat; 0 grams of fiber; 0 grams of protein; per 11.2 oz bottle.
Gimme just the facts:
Mike’s lite hard lemonade– Original and Cranberry Flavored (available at your local Long Island Grocer’s beer section)
Total Points: 24 out of a possible 35 points
Here are the breakdown of points. Each category can receive up to 5 points. 5 points is the best:
Value: 3 (around $8.00 for a 6 pack)
Healthy qualities: 2 (it’s basically beer, so….)
Ingredients: 2 (perhaps if the ingredients were not so secret we would feel differently)
Certifications: 100% naturally sweetened and gluten free
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