Sugar & Calories in Beer, Stout & Cider

Shown here is the sugar and calorie content in popular beers, stout and ciders. If like me, you like to drink alcohol you’ll be interested to see the results I found. In my next article I’ll be detailing wine, spirits and their mixers, so remember to follow me on Facebook if you’d like to find out about their calories and sugar.

Beer, Stout & Cider Comparison

All beers, stouts and ciders were unfortunately high in calories & some were also high in carbs (sugar) too.  A pint of beer has (240kcals) the same as a mars bar (244kcals).

I’m not here to talk about the rights and wrongs or damage alcohol causes, you’re an adult and that’s for you to decide. I’m just hoping to help people know what they’re drinking and to make better choices about what they drink and in what quantity.

Like most things in moderation and in the right portion size, they are for most people ok to drink. However, for someone wishing to lose weight it would dramatically decrease your chances of losing weight, if you choose to drink any beer, stout or cider to excess. For example:

  • 6 bottles of Heineken has 834 calories and 66g of sugar (22x 3g sugar sachets you’ll know from coffee shops).
  • 6 pints of Budweiser is 1398kcals and 102g of sugar (34x 3g sugar sachets).
  • 10 pints of Bulmers cider is 2100kcals and 230g of sugar (77x 3g sugar sachets).

Workout what you’d have on a night out, then how much per week?

Its good to know that there are lower (not low) calorie and lower sugar alternatives available with Coors Light, Bud Light and Bulmers Light now being widely available in most pubs and off licenses. They do make a small difference, 6 bottles of Heineken is 834kcals and 66g of sugar but 6 bottles of Coors Light would be 564kcals and 24g of sugar.  Better but still high and they most likely contain artificial sweeteners among other highly processed ingredients.

Eight pints of Bulmers original would be 1680kcals and 184g of sugar, but 8 pints of Bulmers light would be 1280 and 32g of sugar. Again they are better but still high and even drinking 8 pints you still only save 400 kcal’s.

In conclusion it seems beer, cider and stouts are high calorie drinks and should be treated as occasional treats. Eight pints of Heineken has almost the same number of calories as 8 Mars bars or 9x 500ml bottles of Coke…


I would like to point out that it was incredibly difficult to find out precise information, as most drinks companies do not list their ingredients, alcohol content, calories or any other nutritional values on their products or website. If they do it is buried in a well hidden page of their website. The worst being Heineken, Guinness and Bulmers, who seem to list nothing at all. I was very careful to use several sources for information but cannot guarantee there will be slight errors in the information. It’s worrying to think that governments place little or no importance on the labeling of alcohol, its ingredients or nutritional values but even a bottle of water has to have its contents detailed down to the macronutrient…

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Heineken 330ml Bottle has 139kcals & 11g of sugar
Pint = 239kcals & 17g of Carbs
Carbohydrates of which Sugars per 100g = 66.8g



Budweiser 300ml Bottle (Note the smaller bottle size) has 123kcals & 9g of sugar
Pint = 233kcals & 17g of carbs


Coors Light:

Coors Light 330ml Bottle has 94kcals & 4g of sugar
Pint = 162kcals and 7g of carbs



Pauliner 500ml Bottle has 210kcals & 26g of sugar


Erdinger Weisbier:

Erdinger 500ml bottle has 220kcals & 13g of sugar



Pint of Guinness has 200kcals & 16g of sugar


Bulmers Original:

Bulmers Cider 330ml Bottle has 122kcals & 13g of sugar
Pint = 210kcals & 23g of Carbs


Bulmers Light:

Bulmers Light 330ml Bottle has 92kcals & 2g of sugar
Pint = 160kcals & 13g of Carbs


Bulmers Pear:

Bulmers Pear 500ml Can has 215kcals & 12g of sugar

author: Andy Kenny


Aw man , but beer is nice. Good to know the figures though. So can drink twice as much coors light right ?

(From your room mate from cycle to haiti 2012)

Andy Kenny

Ha ha, no it definitely does not mean you can drink twice as much! I only ever drink water anyway 😉 Hope you’re still getting out on the bike still? Roll on next years Haiti cycle!


Good initiative and article Andy. Very interesting. Keep up the good work


Wow, this is awesome.

I’ve always wondered and looked for the lowest calorie drinks. I was once told that Bulmers had the highest amount of Calories, so I even switched to coors light. But now I can see that drinking Bulmers light will be about the same as Coors Light. Is it true to believe that drinking Sprits like vodka with diet drinks would be better?

Andy Kenny

Hi Paul, Drinking spirits like vodka, soda water and lime, or gin and slimline tonic will be around 90 kcal’s give or take. But like everything it depends how much and how often you drink them. Diet drinks have aspartame and other sweeteners in them so it depends on your opinion on drinking them? Google them if you’re not sure. Hope this helps


Interesting reading. I am looking forward to hearing about wine and spirits and cocktails. Am hoping that you can offer some advice on choosing a reasonably healthy choice for a nite out!!


andy I drink bulmers light, coz its lowin in sugar, but now im hearing theirs apartame in the sweetener nd thats apparently not good for the body.

Eugene Cosgrove


I have just received results of my annual sucar levels. Cholestral readings are good. Iron is low which I am receiving tablets to adjust and my sugar blood levels are high, I drink just twice per week on Saturday and Sunday. I was a Guinnes drinkler but about two years ago I changed to Murphy’s. What are my options now with this blood count.? Which lager would suit me bst..Thanking you


I drink 4 pints of cider a day and iam diabetic 2 am i doing a bad thing?


Thanks Andy for your work.I was wondering how much calories i drunk over the week end,well too much!!


Sorry but I’m pretty sure these figures are wrong.

Just take Heineken for example.
From Heineken website http://www.heineken.com/ie/Nutritional-Values

100ml of Heineken contains
139 Kcal
11g carbohydrates
0g of which sugars

Therefore a 330ml bottle contains
458.7 kcal
36.3g carbohydrates
0g of which sugar

In the article you state a 330ml bottle of Heineken contains
139 calories
11g carbohydrates
and you stated that 6 bottles of Heineken contains 66g of sugar which is completely wrong.

Andy Kenny

Thanks Robbie, it’s an old article and obviously needs updating. Nice to see Heineken are now publicising the nutritional values now too. I’ll make amendments to the article at the weekend. Thanks again

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