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Noah Kaufman
June 22, 2017

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).

Bud Ice120
Abita Purple Haze130
Abita Strawberry Lager130
Guinness Draught130
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy130
Natural Ice130
Rolling Rock130
Rolling Rock Amber Lager130
Beck’s Dark140
Bud Light Platinum140
Busch Ice140
Miller High Life140
Omission Lager140
Pabst Blue Ribbon140
Yuengling Traditional Lager140
Beck’s Oktoberfest150
Corona Extra150
Founders All Day IPA150
Kirin Ichiban150
Landshark Lager150
Magic Hat #9150
Michelob Amberbock150
Shock Top Lemon Shandy150
Stella Artois150
Yuengling Black & Tan150
Allagash Saison160
Allagash White160
Beck’s Sapphire160
Michelob Lager160
New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale160
Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner160
St. Pauli Girl Lager160
Blue Moon Belgian White170
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager170
Budweiser Black Crown170
Guinness Nitro IPA170
New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA170
Redd’s Apple Ale170
Samuel Adams Summer Ale170
Shock Top Belgian White170
Victory Prima Pils170
Best Damn Apple Ale180
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale180
Blue Moon White IPA180
Omission Pale Ale180
Samuel Adams Boston Lager180
Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat180
Shock Top Raspberry Wheat180
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale180
Sierra Nevada Porter180
New Belgium Ranger IPA190
Samuel Adams Octoberfest190
Samuel Adams Winter Lager190
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA190
Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale200
Leffe Blonde (11.2 oz.)200
Omission IPA200
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA200
Sierra Nevada Stout210
New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale220
Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale230
New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA230
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA240
Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout250
Founders Breakfast Stout270
Victory Golden Monkey270
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout320

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