How Many Calories Are Actually In The Beer You Drink?

By Noah Kaufman |

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Earlier this month, America’s major beer trade organization, the almost suspiciously bland sounding Beer Institute announced that its members would be displaying calorie counts on their labels—a major shift from the typically low information labels that adorn most alcoholic beverages. Beyond alcohol by volume (ABV), labels on most beer sold in America offer precious few items that would inform drinkers about the contents of their bottles and cans. Craft brewers will sometimes list hop or malt varieties, but those are for the beer geeks, not the health nuts.

However, the Center for Science in the Public Interest got a jump on the new labels with calorie counts for a number of beers on shelves right now.


As Mike Pomranz pointed out, most of the beers that will be adding the new information will be larger brewers because the cost could be prohibitive for smaller beer makers who brew a constantly rotating lineup of beers. So most of the beers on the list come from those larger brewers or craft outfits like Ballast Point that was purchased by one of the big conglomerates. Interestingly, one of the lowest counts for any non-light beer belongs to Guinness Draught—not exactly a paradigm of light and refreshing. The highest count, as you might expect, belongs to a big stout—Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout to be specific—coming in at 320 calories per 12 ounces.

Check out the list below, and to find calorie counts for more of your liquid vices head over to CSPI where they break down plenty of wines, liquors and mixed drinks (Spoiler alert: You should probably stay away from the Red Robin Irish Beer Shake).

Busch 110
Bud Ice 120
Abita Purple Haze 130
Abita Strawberry Lager 130
Guinness Draught 130
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy 130
Natural Ice 130
Rolling Rock 130
Rolling Rock Amber Lager 130
Beck’s Dark 140
Bud Light Platinum 140
Busch Ice 140
Heineken 140
Miller High Life 140
Omission Lager 140
Pabst Blue Ribbon 140
Yuengling Traditional Lager 140
Beck’s 150
Beck’s Oktoberfest 150
Budweiser 150
Corona Extra 150
Founders All Day IPA 150
Kirin Ichiban 150
Landshark Lager 150
Magic Hat #9 150
Michelob Amberbock 150
Shock Top Lemon Shandy 150
Stella Artois 150
Yuengling Black & Tan 150
Allagash Saison 160
Allagash White 160
Beck’s Sapphire 160
Hoegaarden 160
Michelob Lager 160
New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale 160
Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner 160
St. Pauli Girl Lager 160
Blue Moon Belgian White 170
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager 170
Budweiser Black Crown 170
Guinness Nitro IPA 170
New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA 170
Redd’s Apple Ale 170
Samuel Adams Summer Ale 170
Shock Top Belgian White 170
Victory Prima Pils 170
Best Damn Apple Ale 180
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale 180
Blue Moon White IPA 180
Omission Pale Ale 180
Samuel Adams Boston Lager 180
Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat 180
Shock Top Raspberry Wheat 180
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 180
Sierra Nevada Porter 180
New Belgium Ranger IPA 190
Samuel Adams Octoberfest 190
Samuel Adams Winter Lager 190
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA 190
Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale 200
Leffe Blonde (11.2 oz.) 200
Omission IPA 200
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 200
Sierra Nevada Stout 210
New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale 220
Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale 230
New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA 230
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 240
Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout 250
Founders Breakfast Stout 270
Victory Golden Monkey 270
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout 320

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