How Many Calories in Beer? (Chart)

Beer contains so-called empty calories from carbs and alcohol without a significant amount of nutrients. Some simple carbs can negatively affect blood sugar levels and are often stored as fat.

However, not all beers the same, and you can identify types high and low in calories. The crucial thing is to consider your health and avoid drinking more than one to three beers daily, particularly if you have an issue with hyperglycemia. Let’s see how many calories in beer.

How Many Calories in Beer?

How Many Calories in Beer
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As you have probably known, you need four ingredients to brew beer, including:

  • 95% of water
  • 5% of hops, yeast, and grains

The primary hops’ purpose is to increase the beer bitterness, add a specific flavor and aroma to the brew, and eliminate bacteria.

Grains provide beer color, give structure to foam, and are a source of natural sugars that yeast ferment to alcohol during fermentation. Unfortunately, this beverage is a high source of empty calories that have no nutritional value.

Approximately 60% of beer calories come from alcohol and 40% from carbs. In other words, a beer with a high alcohol content will be packed with calories.

Therefore, you should pay attention to ABV (alcohol by volume) on the label. This number will show you the alcohol content in 3.4 ounces (100 ml) of your favorite beer. In most cases, that value varies from 4 to 6%, but you can find beer types with an ABV range of 0.5 to 40%.

Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of a 12 ounces (0.35 l) regular beer serving that contains 4% ABV:

  • 153 calories
  • 07 ounces (2 g) proteins
  • 45 ounces (13 g) carbs
  • 0 ounces (0 g) fats
  • 5 ounces (14 g) alcohol

Beer

Calories
Pale ale

182

Brown ale

160
Bitter

180

Mild bitter

142
Stout

210

Lager

170
Lager premium

338

Sweet cider

220
Vintage sweet cider

580

Dry cider

190

Among beer brands with the highest calorie levels are:

  • Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale with 6.9% ABV and 231 calories
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot with 9.6% ABV and 330 calories
  • Dogfish Head, 120 Minute IPA with an impressive 18% ABV and enormous 450 calories

Best Low-calorie Beers

As I have already mentioned, not all beers are the same, and their effect on your body won’t be the same but will depend on ABV and the calories it contains. Keep in mind that alcohol contains 7 calories per 0.03 ounces (1 g). However, you can find numerous low-calorie beers on the market nowadays. Let’s see.

Lagers

Lagers
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Most people prefer drinking crisp lagers with a light and clean taste. You can find pale, amber, and dark varieties with 55 to 124 calories per 12 ounces (354 ml).

Budweiser Select has only 55 calories and 2.4% ABV, while the most caloric in this group is Samuel Adams with 124 calories and 4.3% ABV.

Beer

Calories
Per 1 fl. oz. (30 ml)Per 100 ml

Per can/bottle (354 ml)

Ale

1135124
Altbier1343

152

Bass

1445159
Beck’s1239

138

Beer

1343152
Blue Moon1448

170

Bock Beer

1550177
Buckler621

74

Bud Ice

1135124
Bud Light929

103

Bud Light Chelada

1343152
Bud Light Lime1034

120

Bud Select

82899
Bud Select 55515

53

Budweiser

1241145
Budweiser Chelada1652

184

Busch

1137131
Busch Light827

96

Busch N.A.

517

60

Ales

Ales
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This bitter-flavored beer type is a typical product of microbreweries in cold northern countries like Germany, Canada, and Belgium. Their taste is fruity and strong. You can find a few varieties with approximately 75 to 160 calories per 12 ounces (354 ml).

Le Petit Prince with 75 calories has 2.9% ABV, while the most caloric Fat Tire Amber Ale brings 160 calories and 5.2% ABV.

Beer

Calories
Per 1 fl. oz. (30 ml)Per 100 ml

Per can/bottle (354 ml)

Carlsberg

1032113
Clausthaler826

92

Colt 45

1344156
Coors1342

149

Coors Light

929103
Coors N.A.518

64

Corona

1342149
Dark Beer1446

163

Genesee Cream Ale

1446163
Ginger Beer1342

149

Guinness

1135199
Heineken1135

124

Honey Brown

1342149
Hurricane High Gravity1239

138

IPA

1551181
Keystone Ice1240

142

Keystone Light

929103
Koelsch1343

152

Labatt

1343152
Lager Beer1343

152

Land Shark

1342149
Light Beer929

103

Lowenbrau

1445

159

Stouts

Stouts
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They are actually a type of ale made of roasted barley. The roasting process affects the beer color, and it is typically rich and dark.

Most stouts contain 126 to 192 calories per 12 ounces (354 ml), including Guinness Extra with 126 calories and 5.6% ABV. On the other hand, the most caloric Murphy’s Irish Stout contains 192 calories and 4% ABV.

Beer

Calories
Per 1 fl. oz. (30 ml)Per 100 ml

Per can/bottle (354 ml)

Malt Beer

1137

131

Michelob Amber Bock

1447166
Michelob Lager1344

156

Michelob Light

1032113
Michelob Ultra827

96

Michelob Ultra Amber

82692
Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus827

96

Miller Chill

931110
Miller Genuine Draft1240

142

Miller High Life

1240142
Miller High Life Light931

110

Miller Lite

82796
Milwaukee’s Best1136

127

Milwaukee’s Best Light

82899
Molson1342

149

Natural Ice

1344156
Natural Light827

96

Newcastle

1239138
Non-alcoholic Beer1137

131

Gluten-free beers

Gluten-free beers
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Nowadays, it is possible to find gluten-free beer, under 20 ppm of a gluten level, on the market. This type doesn’t contain barley but is made of millet, rice, or sorghum. Low-calorie gluten-free beers have approximately 160 to 170 calories per 12 ounces (354 ml).

Glutenberg Blonde has the lowest calorie level with only 160 calories and 4.5% ABV, while Coors Peak is the most caloric and contains 170 calories and 4.7% ABV.

Beer

Calories

Per 1 fl. oz. (30 ml)

Per 100 ml

Per can/bottle (354 ml)

Old Milwaukee

1241145
Old Milwaukee516

57

Olde English

1445159
O’Doul’s 19

67

Pabst Blue Ribbon

1241145
Pale Ale1342

149

Pilsner

1343152
Porter1654

191

Redbridge (Gluten-free)

1445159
Rolling Rock1137

131

Rolling Rock Light

930106
Root Beer1241

145

Samuel Adams

1445159
Shock Top1447

166

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat

1550177
Sierra Nevada Strong1962

219

Sparks

2274262
St. Pauli Girl1342

149

Steel Reserve

1963223
Stout1551

181

Stout Beer

1551181
Strong Beer1755

195

Tilt

1964227
Wheat Beer1445

159

Non-alcoholic beer

Non-alcoholic beer
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This beer type is an excellent choice for you if you prefer avoiding or limiting alcohol intake. Most of these brews are lower in calories than traditional beers, but it is not carved in stone.

Remember that some non-alcoholic beers contain up to 0.5% ABV since the US law approves that. Therefore, always check the alcohol content before drinking, especially if you are pregnant.

The number of calories in non-alcoholic beer ranges from 45 to 150 calories per 12 ounces (354 ml). Coors Edge with 0.5% ABV contains only 45 calories, while Budweiser Prohibition Brew has no alcohol but contains 150 calories.

Craft Beer

Craft Beer
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Things become a bit unclear when it comes to counting calories in craft beer. One thing is for sure. These brews almost always have more calories than standard commercial beers. One of the ways to determine this value is to do some math and calculate approximate beer calories:

beer calories = ABV% x factor 2.5 x ounces in the bottle

Keep in mind that beer with higher alcohol volume has more calories. For example, you can expect barley wine beer of 12 ounces (0.35 l) containing 10% alcohol to have approximately 300 calories. That is twice as many calories as in commercial beer.

The craft beers with the lowest calorie number:

  • Wheat ale ‘Light point’ has 3.7% ABV and 86 calories
  • IPA ‘The Stonewall Inn’ has 4% ABV and 95 calories
  • IPA ‘Slightly Mighty’ has 4% ABV and 95 calories
  • Wheat beer ‘LightSky’ has 4% ABV and 95 calories
  • Hazy IPA ‘Flyjack’ has 4% ABV and 96 calories
  • Nutbrown ale ‘Black Rice Ale’ has 3.8% ABV and 97 calories
  • IPA ‘Daytime’ has 4% ABV and 98 calories
  • IPA ‘So-Lo’ has 3% and 98 calories
  • IPA ‘Hop 99’ has 4.2% ABV and 99 calories
  • Pilsner ‘Da Shootz!’ has 4.2% ABV and 99 calories
  • IPA ‘Wowza!‘ has 4% ABV and 100 calories
  • Hazy IPA ‘One-y’ has 4% ABV and 100 calories

Summary

The range of beer calories can be wide, depending on its type, ingredients it contains, and alcohol percentage. Always keep in mind that you can drink one glass very fast, but you will need at least 40 minutes of brisk walking to get rid of 150 calories and prevent the beer belly occurrence.

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