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13
August
2015

Sugar & Calories in Beer, Stout & Cider

Shown here is the calorie and sugar 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. Next week 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 = 139kcals & 11g of Carbs
Pint = 239kcals & 17g of Carbs
Carbohydrates of which Sugars per 100g = 66.8g

 

Budweiser:

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

 

Coors Light:

330ml Bottle = 94kcals & 4g of Carbs
Pint = 162kcals and 7g of carbs

 

Pauliner:

500ml Bottle = 210kcals & 26g of Carbs

 

Erdinger Weisbier:

500ml bottle = 220kcals & 13g of Carbs

 

Guinness:

Pint = 200kcals & 16g of Carbs

 

Bulmers Original:

330ml Bottle = 122kcals & 13g of Carbs
Pint = 210kcals & 23g of Carbs

 

Bulmers Light:

330ml Bottle = 92kcals & 2g of Carbs
Pint = 160kcals & 13g of Carbs

 

Bulmers Pear:

500ml Can = 215kcals & 12g of Carbs

author: Andy Kenny

Comment
24
Andy

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!

Mark

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

Paul

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

Michelle

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!!

marguerite

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

Andy,

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

Roy

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

Orianne

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

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