The Number of Calories in Beer Might Surprise You

Updated 02/04/17
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Nothing goes better with football than an ice cold beer, and with the Super Bowl weekend upon us, you can bet that massive amounts of beer will be consumed all across the country. Does that mean you’re going to enjoy yourself? Definitely. Does it mean you’re going to increase your caloric intake exponentially? Absolutely.

To put it simply, there are a lot of calories in beer. But what’s important to keep in mind while you imbibe this weekend, is just how many calories you’re consuming. For instance, if you’re on a diet, it’s worth knowing that the average light beer contains 90 to 100 calories per 12 ounces, while extra-light beers pack even less of a caloric punch, with just 55 to 66 calories per 12 ounces.

Among the best beers on this end of the spectrum is Boston’s very own Sam Adams Light, which packs a robust flavor despite clocking in at only 119 calories a bottle. As far as calories in beer go, that’s a pretty good bargain. 

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the plethora of craft beers that are sweeping the nation. "The last five years have seen an explosion of craft breweries creating high-alcohol varieties, which pack more calories per bottle than you may realize," Georgie Fear, R.D., author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss told GQ. One of those beers is Flying dog Horn Dog, which contains a whopping 314 calories per bottle. Another popular craft beer that’s heavy on the calories is Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, which contains 450 calories per bottle.

If you’re wondering how many calories are in a single serving of more traditional beers, we’ve got you covered. Believe it or not, an average pint of Guinness contains only 126 calories, while a bottle of Bud Light is just a paltry 110 calories.

So as you prepare to indulge in some suds this weekend, do so knowing that your fun might come at a price. Oh, and be sure to drink responsibly!

Indulge in some craft beer with some North Coast "Puck" Petit Saison ($10 for four 12-oz. bottles).

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