How Many Calories in Budweiser? [Complete Breakdown]

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Budweiser is arguably the most famous beer brand in the US.

There are few among us who haven’t enjoyed a few cans of Bud – the King of Beers..

But have you ever wondered how many calories are in a can of Budweiser? Is it going to give you a “dad bod” or muffin top?

The short answer is there are 145 calories in every 12 fl oz can or bottle of Budweiser.

Read on to learn how Budweiser compared on calories to competing beers and other beers in the Budweiser stable.

How Many Calories in Budweiser (5% ABV) Explained

Per 12 fl. oz (355 ml), Budweiser has 145 calories, with 10.6 grams of carbs.

That’s similar to most competing beers, as you can see from the table below.

Budweiser is brewed from barley, yeast, hops, rice, water. With the addition of rice, Budweiser is an American adjunct lager. Adjunct is a term for a beer that has an additional ingredient (usually rice or corn) to the traditional ingredients.

Budweiser Calories compared to other Popular Beers

Budweiser has a similar amount of calories to other beers in the same class as you can see in the table below. The exemption in this group is Busch, which has significantly fewer calories than Budweiser and its other rivals.

Light beers such as Bud Light have few calories again with most registering a calorie count between 90 and 110 calories per 12 fl oz serving.

Pabst Blue Ribbon142
Modelo Especial143
Corona Especial148

How Many Calories in Budweiser Select and Bud Ice?

Budweiser of course brews a range of other beers alongside its signature lager. There’s Bud Light, Bud Select and Bud Ice.

You can see in the table below that standard Budweiser is the heaviest in terms of calories, followed by Bud Ice and then the two variants of Budweiser Select.

While many mock the taste of Budweiser Select it is very low calorie beer with the Select 55 version having just 55 calories per can or bottle!

Budweiser Select99
Budweiser Select 5555
Bud Ice126
Bud Light110

How Much Sugar in Budweiser?

Budweiser Beer Bottles
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Budweiser doesn’t have remaining sugar after the brewing process. Any sugar present from the rice is consumed by the lager yeast and turned into alcohol.

Is there Fat in Budweiser?

No, like most beers there is no fat present in Budweiser at the end of the brewing process.

Is Budweiser Keto Friendly/Low Carb

With 146 calories per bottle or can and almost 11g of carbs, Budweiser – like all beers – can’t be considered truly keto friendly or low carb. It’s just a fact of life that drinking beer means you’ll be consuming carbs and adding calories.

But forewarned is forearmed and at least after reading articles like this you’ll know how many calories there are in Budweiser and its variants so you can choose the right beer to match your lifestyle and fitness and health aspirations.

Is Budweiser a Healthy Beer

With beer containing alcohol and some carbohydrates, it can’t really be considered healthy. Budweiser, at 146 calories, has about the average amount of calories for an American lager. And at 5% ABV it contains a relatively similar amount of alcohol to most competing beers.

Budweiser is fine if consumed in moderation, but strictly speaking it is not as healthy as light beers with their lower levels of calories and reduced alcohol content.


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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.