Beer Calories - Liquid Bread or Spare Tire?

Beer calories are infamous for their effects on your belly. Studies have shown that drinking beer is not the cause of "beer belly". The calories in beer are just like calories in other foods and drinks. The problem is that people often drink beer excessively and/or irresponsibly. Drinking beer often involves eating snacks or fried foods which contain lots of fat. And then there is the fact that beer alcohol consumption of any kind reduces the metabolization of other fats (those chips you ate with the beer).

Beer Calories-How Alcohol Affects You

Most of the beer alcohol you consume is absorbed into your blood quickly and heads straight for your liver where is converted to acetaldehyde which is then converted to acetate. Acetate is then used as fuel for your body. That in and of itself isn't bad, it's the fact that the acetate is being used as fuel instead of your fat reserves that is part of the problem. There have been many studies done on alcohol's effect on your body's metabolism. One study showed that fat metabolism dropped by 73% for several hours after just two drinks and another study showed that a few drinks will reduce your fat loss for as long as four days.

So, not only does drinking beer put a stop to fat loss, guess what else is going on. Beer alcohol is also slashing your testosterone levels. Just one night of heavy drinking can increase your body's levels of a muscle-wasting hormone called cortisol and will increase the breakdown of testosterone for up to 24 hours. And these effects on your testosterone levels are made worse if you exercise before drinking. The effects of alcohol on testosterone may be one reason why people who drink a lot usually have less muscle and more belly fat.

Maltose and the "Beer Belly"

A lot of beer calories equals a Beer Belly

Many believe that the calories in beer that come from maltose are the main culprit for their beer belly. It is true, maltose is readily digested by your body and is quickly stored as fat. Several diet books have wrongly included beer as a primary source of dieting problems, claiming that beer's maltose has a glycemic index of 110, 10 more than glucose, and that therefore beer has a glycemic index of 110 and is bad for you. Claiming that beer calories are all from maltose is absurd. Beer is mostly water with some hop oils and a very small percentage of sugars, including maltose. Most research today reveals that the "beer belly" is caused by overeating and lack of muscle tone. It's just as easy for non-beer-drinkers who overeat and don't exercise to get a "beer gut" as it is for beer drinkers.

Can Beer Calories Be Good For You?

Monks drank beer for the beer calories

Can beer calories actually be good for you? Well, it was made by the monks to supply needed nutrients during fasting and was called liquid bread. Beer is made from brewer's yeast which is known to be a rich source of nutrients. In fact, it is true that some beer calories can contain significant amounts of nutrients, including magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, and B vitamins. Be aware that some sources claim that filtering beer removes many of these nutrients.

Some research about beer calories  says that moderate intake of low alcohol beer provides strong anti-cancer benefits and intake of beer in general will provide cardiovascular benefits as well. There is some research showing that it may be something in the beer besides the alcohol, but most research relates the benefits to the alcohol in beer.

Conclusion

What's the conclusion of all this information about calories in beer? If you don't exercise regularly, are genetically predisposed to be large (have big bones), or are getting on in years, you need to watch how much you drink (how many beer calories you ingest) and what you eat while you drink and for the next day or so afterward. Use common sense when drinking. If you drink in excess, you will have to reduce beer calorie intake for a while and exercise to negate the effects of the beer calories in the alcohol. It all comes down to moderation and focus. Keep your intake of beer calories moderate and focus on negating the effects with exercise and proper eating habits to stay slim.

Calories, Carbs, and Alcohol in Your Favorite Beers

Have you ever asked yourself, "how many bud light calories are there"?  Or, what about budweiser calories? Or how many calories are in a light beer, or how many calories are in a bottle of beer?  (You'll have to be a little more specific than that...)

So how many beer calories and beer carbohydrates are in your favorite beer anyway. Here is a table which shows some of the major brands along with their beer calories per 12 oz. serving and associated beer carbohydrates when available. Keep in mind that breweries may change these numbers by altering various aspects of their recipes, but the numbers will be very close to those published.

The information in this table about beer calories is gathered from many different sources on the internet, mostly from the brewery's published specs on beer calories. These numbers may change periodically due to changes in the beer's recipes.

The beer calories and beer carbohydrates in this table are based on a 12-ounce serving. The alcohol content is listed by volume. In other words a beer that is 4.0% by volume will be about 3.2% by weight.

BREWERYBeerABV %CaloriesCarbs

Amstel LightAmstel Light 3.5 95 5
AnchorAnchor Steam 4.9 152
AnchorLiberty Ale 6.0 188
AnchorAnchor Porter 5.6 205
AnchorOld Foghorn 8-10
AnchorAnchor Small 3.3
Anderson ValleyBoont Amber 5.8
Anderson ValleyHop Ottin' 7.0
Anderson ValleyPoleeko Gold 5.5
Anderson ValleyBelk's ESB 6.8
Anderson ValleyBarney Flats Oatmeal 5.7
Anderson ValleyWinter Solstice 6.9
Anderson ValleyHigh Rollers Wheat 5.3
Anderson ValleyDeep Enders Porter 5.5
BeamishBeamish Stout 3.8 131
Beck'sBeck's 5.0 143
Bell's/KalamazooTwo Hearted Ale 7.0
Bell's/KalamazooAmber Ale 5.5
Bell's/KalamazooPale Ale 5.0
Bell's/KalamazooKalamazoo Stout 6.5
Bell's/KalamazooOberon 6.0
Bell's/KalamazooDouble Cream Stout 7.5
Bell's/KalamazooThird Coast Old Ale 10.2
Bell's/KalamazooExpedition Stout 10.0
Bell's/KalamazooBest Brown Ale 5.8
Bell's/KalamazooCherry Stout 8.0
Blue MoonBlue Moon White 5.4 171 12.9
BreckenridgeAvalanche Amber 5.4
BreckenridgeAutumn Ale 6.7
BreckenridgePale Ale 5.7
BreckenridgeChristmas Ale 7.4
BreckenridgeOatmeal Stout 5.0
BreckenridgePandora's Bock 5.8
BridgePortIPA 5.5
BridgePortPorter 5.5
BridgePortESB 6.1
BridgePortBlack Strap Stout 6.0
BridgePortBlue Heron 4.9
BridgePortPintail Ale 5.2
BridgePortEbenezer Ale 6.4
BridgePortOld Knucklehead 8.9
Budweiser (U.S)Budweiser 5.0 143 10.6
BudweiserBud Light 4.2 95 6.6
BudweiserBud Ice 5.5 148 8.9
BudweiserBud Ice Light 4.1 110 6.5
Budweiser BudvarBudvar 5.0
BuschBusch 4.6 133 10.2
Busch LightBusch Light 4.2 110 6.7
Busch IceBusch Ice 5.9 173 13
ClausthalerClausthaler 0.4 96 5.8
Colt 45Colt 45 Malt Liquor 6.0 172
CoorsCoors Original 5.0 148 11.3
CoorsCoors Light 4.2 102 5.0
CoorsCoors Extra Gold 5.0 147 10.7
CoorsCoors NA <0.5 73 14.2
CoronaCorona Light 4.5 109 5
CoronaCorona Extra 4.6 148
CzechvarCzechvar 5.0
DeschutesCascade Ale 4.5 140
DeschutesMirror Pond Pale 5.3 175
DeschutesBachelor ESB 5.0 180
DeschutesBlack Butte Porter 5.2 185
DeschutesQuail Springs IPA 5.8 200
DeschutesObsidian Stout 6.7 220
DeschutesJubelale 6.7
DeschutesBroken Top Bock 7.0 233
DeschutesPine Mountain Pils 5.1 154
DeschutesCinder Cone Red 5.8 180
Dos EquisDos Equis XX 4.8 145
Dragon StoutDragon Stout 6.8 220
Edison LightEdison Light 4.0 109 6.5
Foster'sFoster's Lager 5.1 156
Fuller'sFuller's ESB 5.9
Fuller'sFuller's London Pride 4.7 156
Genesee/High FallsGenesee 12 Horse 4.8 152 14
Genesee/High FallsGenny Light 3.6 96 5.5
Genesee/High FallsKipling Light Lager 3.4 99 8.0
GrolschGrolsch 5.0 156
Gordon BierschMärzen 5.7
Gordon BierschBlonde Bock 7.0
Gordon BierschPilsner 5.3
GuinnessGuinness Draught 4.0 125 10
GuinnessForeign Extra Stout 7.5 176 14
Hamm'sHamm's 4.7 144 12.1
Hamm'sHamm's Light 4.1 110 7.3
HeinekenHeineken 5.4 166 9.8
HeinekenHeineken Light 3.5 99 6.8
Henry Weinhard'sWeinhard's Amber Ale 5.3 169 14
Henry Weinhard'sWeinhard's Dark 4.8 150 13.1
Henry Weinhard'sWeinhard's Hefeweizen 4.9 128 9.2
Henry Weinhard'sPrivate Reserve 4.5 128 9.2
HoegaardenHoegaarden 5.0
I.C. LightI.C. Light 4.2 95 2.8
IcehouseIcehouse 5.0 5.0 132 8.7
IcehouseIcehouse 5.5 5.5 149 9.8
J.W. DundeeHoney Brown 4.5 150 13.5
KeystoneKeystone Light 4.2 100 5.0
Kilarney'sKilarney's Red Lager 5.0 197 22.8
Killian'sKillian's 4.9 163 13.8
LabattLabatt Blue 5.0 153
LowenbräuLowenbräu 5.2 160
Marin BrewingMt. Tam Pale Ale 5.0
Marin BrewingBluebeery Ale 5.0
Marin BrewingAlbion Amber 5.0
Marin BrewingMarin Weiss 5.0
Marin BrewingPoint Reyes Porter 6.0
Marin BrewingBreakout Stout 6.0
Marin BrewingOld Dipsea Barleywine 9.0
Marin BrewingIndia Pale Ale 6.0
McMenaminsHammerhead 5.8
McMenaminsTerminator 6.4
McMenaminsRuby 4.1
McMenaminsBlack Rabbit Porter 5.5
McMenaminsDry Irish Stout 4.6
MichelobMichelob 5.0 155 13.3
MichelobMichelob Light 4.3 113 6.7
MichelobMichelob Amber Bock 5.2 166 15.0
MichelobMichelob Hefeweizen 5.0 152 11.8
MichelobMichelob Honey Lager 4.9 175 17.4
MichelobMichelob Black & Tan 5.0 168 15.8
MichelobMichelob Ultra 4.2 95 2.6
Mickey'sMickey's 5.6 157 11.2
Mickey'sMickey's Ice 5.9 165 11.8
MillerMiller Genuine Draft 5 143 13.1
MillerMiller Genuine Draft Lite 4.2 110 7
MillerMiller High Life 5.5 156 11
MillerMiller Lite 4.2 96 3.2
MooseheadMoosehead 5.0 153
Murphy'sMurphy's Irish Red 5.0 171
Murphy'sMurphy's Stout 4.0 150
O'DoulsO'Douls 0.4 70 13.3
O'DoulsO'Douls Amber 0.4 90 18
Odell's90 Shilling 5.3
Odell'sEasy Street Wheat 4.7
Odell'sCutthroat Porter 4.5
Odell'sCutthroat Pale Ale 5.1
Odell'sLevity 5.0
Odell'sIsolation 6.0
Odell'sBobby 4.6
Olde English 800Olde English 800 5.9 160 10.5
Olde English 800Olde English 800 Ice 7.9 216 14.3
Old MilwaukeeOld Milwaukee 5.0 156
PabstPabst 5.0 152
PaulanerPaulaner Original Munich 5.5
PaulanerSalvator 7.5 251
PaulanerPaulaner Hefe-Weizen 5.5
Pete's BrewingPete's Wicked Ale 5.3 174 17.7
Pete's BrewingPete's Oktoberfest 5.8 189 16.9
Pete's BrewingPete's Summer Brew 4.7 163 15.6
Pete's BrewingPete's Winter Brew 5.2 170 15.2
Pete's BrewingPete's Helles Lager 5.0 163 14.6
Pete's BrewingPete's Red Rush 5.3 170 14.8
Pete's BrewingPete's Strawberry Blonde 5.0 160 13.6
Pilsner UrquellPilsner Uruqell 4.3 160
Pittsburgh BrewingI.C. Light 4.1 95 2.8
Pittsburgh BrewingIron City Lager 4.5 140 10
PyramidHefeweizen 5.2
PyramidCoastline Pilsner 5.0
PyramidApricot Ale 5.1
PyramidIndia Pale Ale 6.7
PyramidPale Ale 5.1
PyramidCurve Ball Kölsch 4.8
PyramidBroken Rake 6.4
PyramidTilted Kilt 6.3
PyramidSnow Cap Ale 7.0
Red DogRed Dog 5.0 147 14.1
RedhookRedhook ESB 5.8 179 14.2
RedhookRedhook IPA 6.5 188 12.7
Redhook Blonde Ale 5.4 166 13.1
RedhookRedhook Hefe-weizen 5.2 155 10.9
RedhookRedhook Nut Brown 5.6 181 16
RhinebeckerRhinebecker 5 106 2.5
St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl 4.9 148
St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl Dark 4.8 150
St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl N.A. <0.5 96 23
Sam AdamsSam Adams Light 4.05 124 9.7
Sam AdamsSam Adams Boston Lager 4.8 160
Sam AdamsSam Adams Golden Pilsner 4.6 145
Sam AdamsSam Adams Cream Stout 4.7 195
Sam AdamsSam Adams Boston Ale 4.9 160
Sam AdamsSam Adams Cherry Wheat 5.2 166
Sam AdamsSam Adams Spring Ale 5.2 170
Sam AdamsSam Adams Summer Ale 5.4 175
Sam AdamsSam Adams Pale Ale 5.3 145
Sam AdamsSam Adams Octoberfest 5.7 165
Sam AdamsSam Adams IPA 5.9 175
Sam AdamsSam Adams Winter Lager 5.8 190
Sam AdamsSam Adams Double Bock 8.5 240
Sam AdamsSam Adams Triple Bock 17.5 340
SapporoSapporo Reserve 5.2
ShinerShiner Bock 4.4 143 12.5
ShinerShiner Light 3.9 120 9
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Pale Ale 5.7 171 14.1
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Porter 5.7 194 18.4
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Stout 6.4 225 22.3
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Wheat 4.7 153 13.1
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Summerfest 4.9 158 13.7
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Celebration 6.6 214 19.4
Sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Bigfoot 9.9 330 30.3
Stone BrewingArrogant Bastard Ale 7.2
Stone BrewingStone Pale Ale 5.4
Stone BrewingStone Smoked Porter 5.9
Stone BrewingStone IPA 6.9
Stone BrewingRuination IPA 7.7
Stone BrewingDouble Bastard Ale 10
Stone BrewingStone Old Guardian 9.9
TsingtaoTsingtao 4.7 152
WidmerWidmer Hefeweizen 4.7 159
WidmerWidmer Pale Ale 5.0
WidmerWidmer Blonde Ale 4.3
WidmerWidmer Widberry 4.6
WidmerWidmer Sommerbrä 4.8
WidmerWidmer Oktoberfest 5.0
WidmerWidmer Winternacht 7.0
WidmerSpring Run IPA 6.0
WidmerDrop Top Amber Ale 4.9
YuenglingPremium 4.4 135-140 12
YuenglingLight 3.8 98 6.6
YuenglingAle 5.0 145-150 10
YuenglingPorter 4.5 150-155 14
YuenglingLager 4.4 135-140 12
YuenglingBlack & Tan 4.5 150-155 14
YuenglingLight Lager 3.6 96 8.5

References:

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