How Many Calories Are There in Beer: 55 Popular Brews Analyzed

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There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold beer on a hot day. But how many calories are in that beer? And is it really worth it? Here’s what you need to know about the calorie count in beer.

We’ve put together this guide to calories in beer along with a massive table of popular beers and their calorie count, the number of carbs in each and alcohol percentage (for a 12oz serving).

The Average Calorie Count in Beer

The average beer has about 150 calories, give or take. This number can vary depending on the type and style of beer, as well as the alcohol content. Some beers may have more calories due to higher sugar content, while others may have fewer calories because they are lower in alcohol. In general, however, most beers will fall somewhere in the range of 150-200 calories per serving. So if you’re watching your waistline, be sure to check the calorie count before you indulge. 

Table of Popular Beers By Calories (per 12oz)

BeerCaloriesCarbsAlcohol content
Bud Light (see more here)110 calories6.6g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Coors Light (see more here)102 calories5g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Michelob Ultra95 calories2.6g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Miller Lite96 calories3.2g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Corona Extra148 calories14g carbohydrates4.6% ABV
Budweiser (see more here)145 calories10.6g carbohydrates5% ABV
Heineken (see more here)142 calories11g carbohydrates5% ABV
Stella Artois154 calories12g carbohydrates5% ABV
Dos Equis Lager Especial131 calories9.9g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Blue Moon Belgian White170 calories12g carbohydrates5.4% ABV
Samuel Adams Boston Lager180 calories18g carbohydrates4.9% ABV
Yuengling Traditional Lager (see more here)135 calories12g carbohydrates4.5% ABV
Modelo Especial (see more here)145 calories13g carbohydrates4.4% ABV
Guinness Draught125 calories10g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale175 calories14g carbohydrates5.6% ABV
Shock Top Belgian White168 calories14g carbohydrates5.2% ABV
Fat Tire Amber Ale160 calories14g carbohydrates5.2% ABV
Pabst Blue Ribbon144 calories12g carbohydrates4.7% ABV
Rolling Rock Extra Pale132 calories10g carbohydrates4.4% ABV
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA210 calories15g carbohydrates7% ABV
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA210 calories12g carbohydrates6% ABV
Lagunitas IPA180 calories13g carbohydrates6.2% ABV
Stone IPA240 calories14g carbohydrates6.9% ABV
Founders All Day IPA140 calories12g carbohydrates4.7% ABV
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale212 calories19g carbohydrates7% ABV
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA210 calories20g carbohydrates6.4% ABV
Firestone Walker 805140 calories11g carbohydrates4.7% ABV
Allagash White160 calories13g carbohydrates5.1% ABV
Avery White Rascal180 calories14g carbohydrates5.6% ABV
Brooklyn Lager170 calories16g carbohydrates5.2% ABV
Harpoon IPA170 calories15g carbohydrates5.9% ABV
Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale220 calories17g carbohydrates7.5% ABV
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale210 calories16g carbohydrates6.5% ABV
Victory Golden Monkey270 calories19g carbohydrates9.5% ABV
Anchor Steam Beer153 calories16g carbohydrates4.9% ABV
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA210 calories15g carbohydrates7% ABV
Founders Breakfast Stout350 calories22g carbohydrates8.3% ABV
Lagunitas Maximus IPA240 calories18g carbohydrates8.2% ABV
Magic Hat #9155 calories14g carbohydrates5.1% ABV
New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale160 calories14g carbohydrates5.2% ABV
Odell 90 Shilling Ale190 calories17g carbohydrates5.3% ABV
Rogue Dead Guy Ale220 calories16g carbohydrates6.8% ABV
Shiner Bock142 calories13g carbohydrates4.4% ABV
SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale175 calories13g carbohydrates5.7% ABV
Troegs Perpetual IPA235 calories15g carbohydrates7.5% ABV
Anchor Porter209 calories22g carbohydrates5.6% ABV
Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA310 calories17g carbohydrates10.2% ABV
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA210 calories15g carbohydrates7% ABV
Deschutes Black Butte Porter196 calories21g carbohydrates5.2% ABV
Lagunitas IPA180 calories13g carbohydrates6.2% ABV
Corona Extra (see more here)148 calories14g carbohydrates4.6% ABV
Dos Equis Lager Especial131 calories9.9g carbohydrates4.2% ABV
Modelo Especial145 calories13g carbohydrates4.4% ABV
Natural Ice157 calories8.9g carbohydrates5.9% ABV
Keystone Light104 calories5g carbohydrates4.1% ABV

How Many Calories are in Light Beer vs Regular Beer?

The answer to this question depends on a few factors, including the type of light beer and the brand of regular beer you’re comparing. In general, though, light beers tend to have fewer calories than regular beers.

For example, Bud Light is one of the most popular light beers on the market. A 12-ounce can of Bud Light has 110 calories, while a 12-ounce can of regular Budweiser has 143 calories. So, in this case, the light beer has 33 fewer calories than the regular beer.

Of course, not all brands will have such a calorie difference. For instance, Michelob UltraLight has 92 calories per 12-ounce serving, while Michelob Ultra has 95 calories per serving.

The Healthiest Types of Beer to Drink

When it comes to choosing a healthy beer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, look for a beer that is low in calories. A good rule of thumb is to choose a beer that has less than 100 calories per 12-ounce serving. Second, make sure the beer you select is brewed with natural ingredients and doesn’t contain any artificial flavorings or colorings. Lastly, pick a beer that is moderate in alcohol content – aim for around 5% ABV or less.

How to Track Your Calorie Intake When Drinking Beer

There is no real good way to track calorie intake when drinking beer, as the nutritional information on most beers is not very accurate. However, if you are really wanting to keep track of your caloric intake when enjoying a few cold ones, then you can try estimating the number of calories in a beer by using its alcohol content. For example, a light beer with an alcohol content of 4% will have about 96 calories per 12 oz. serving. A regular beer with an alcohol content of 5% will have around 140 calories per 12 oz. serving, and so on.

Tips for Cutting Down on The Number of Calories You Consume When Drinking Beer

There are a few things you can do to cut down on the number of calories you consume when drinking beer. First, you can choose lower calorie beers. There are many options available now that are still tasty but have fewer calories. Second, you can drink slower. Sipping your beer and savoring it will not only make it last longer, but you’ll also consume fewer overall calories. Finally, you can alternate your alcoholic beverages with water or seltzer throughout the night to help slow down your rate of consumption and cut back on empty calories.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to indulge in a cold one. But if you are looking for a little guidance, we’ve got you covered. We’ve broken down the calorie counts of some popular brands of beer so that you can make an informed decision before cracking open that next bottle. Cheers!

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Rick Wallace is the owner of The Beer Babe and a keen beer drinker. He leaves the bulk of the writing on the site to his expert team, but sometimes pens an article of two. He is a fan of trying new pale ales, IPAs and XPAs whenever he can.