Calories in Wine vs Beer

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When it comes to alcohol, calories in beer vs. wine is a common debate. Beer is often seen as the “unhealthy” choice because it is high in calories and carbs. Wine is often seen as the “healthy” choice and lower in calories and carbs. But, is one really healthier than the other

Let’s break it down. A 12-ounce serving of beer has about 153 calories. A 12-ounce serving of wine has about 123 calories. So, beer has about 30 more calories than wine per 12-ounce serving.

When it comes to carbs, beer has about 13 grams per 12-ounce serving. Wine has about 3 grams of carbs per 12-ounce serving. So, beer has about 10 more grams of carbs than wine per 12-ounce serving.

Of course, as far as alcohol content goes, beer and wine can vary wildly, although wine is typically significantly stronger. Beer usually has between 4-6% ABV, while wine usually has between 9-16% ABV.

So, what does this all mean? Is beer really that much worse for you than wine?

Not necessarily. The number of calories in beer vs. wine is not that different. And, the number of carbs in beer vs. wine is not that different either. Yes, beer has more calories and carbs than wine. But, the difference is not that significant.

The bottom line is that it all comes down to moderation. If you drink beer or wine in moderation, then either one is fine. If you drink beer or wine in excess, then you’re going to start seeing some negative health effects.

So, if you’re trying to watch your calorie intake, moderate your alcohol consumption, and make sure you’re getting some carbs, then wine is probably the better choice. If you’re not worried about calories and just want to enjoy a beer, then go for it! There’s no need to feel guilty about it.

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Carla Lauter was the founder of The Beer Babe and has been a beer blogger and expert for several decades. She's been interviewed in beer publications and podcasts about her favorite brews and the craft brewing scene. While she's ceased her involvement with The Beer Babe, her legacy remains in the various reviews and articles she has written.