One way to wash away the stresses of your 9-to-5 is with a nice, cold beer. Unfortunately, beer is like "liquid bread" because of all the carbs, so it's good to know that not all beers are created equally, especially when it comes to calories.
If you're watching your waistline and enjoying an ice-cold brew, then you'll probably want see how beers compare. The numbers may surprise you. Here's the nutritional info for one glass, can, or bottle of beer (about 12 ounces). And remember: there may be health benefits associated with drinking alcohol, but they only come with drinking in moderation. For women, that means one drink a day.
|Beer Brand||Calories||Carbs (g)||Alcohol Percent|
|Anheuser Busch Ice Pale Lager||171||12.5||5.9|
|Anheuser Busch Light Pale Lager||95||3.2||4.1|
|Beck's Premier Light||63||3.8||2.3|
|Budweiser Select 55||55||1.8||2.4|
|Foster's Premium Ale||160||12.5||5.5|
Keep reading to find out the calories in other popular beer brands.
Bold enough to order a boot of beer? Then we'll raise to your valiance — prost! But before you sip yourself silly downing one of these enormous novelty glasses, let's find out just how much beer is housed within. (And, for bonus points, the beer-bottle equivalent of other novelty glasses like Oktoberfest standard liter and half-liter mugs.)
|VESSEL||OUNCE AND BEER BOTTLE EQUIVALENT|
|Das Boot (2 Liter)||67 1/2 ounces — more than 5 1/2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
|Das Boot (3 Liter)||101 1/2 ounces — just shy of 8 1/2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
|1 Liter Mug||34 ounces — slightly less than 3 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
|1/2 Liter Mug||17 ounces — just under 1 1/2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
Where does the latest innovation in beer come from? Japan, of course. Meet frozen beer, a malty slush that's able to keep brewskis at cold temps for up to 30 minutes. We had a chance to experience the sensation when product manager June Yamamura gave us a firsthand look at Kirin Ichiban's frozen beer machine and its patented process. But if you think it's just a beer slushy, think again: there's more to this frozen foam — and how it's served — than meets the eye. Watch the video to learn more, including a few big attractions where you can find it stateside.
While many won't witness firsthand the ladies in dirndl or drink the foamy pints of beer at Munich, Germany's great Oktoberfest, all can learn about lager, a popular style of beer that originated in the country's Bavarian region. Before we get into how to spot a lager, let's start with some brief history. Germans started fermenting lagers only a few hundred years ago — that's relatively new compared to ale. The word originated from the German word lagern, which means "to store," since lagers are fermented and then stored in a cool cellar for several months.
Lagers differ from ales in several ways: in yeast used to ferment the brew, the time it takes to ferment, and the storing temperature. Ales require a top-fermenting yeast that is activated at room temperature and ferments for a quick seven days. On the other hand, lagers call for Saccharomyces pastorianus, a bottom-settling yeast that ferments the water-malted barley mixture. Lagers ferment slowly in cooler temperatures over a longer period of time (several weeks, or even months), which is said to contribute to the mild, mellow flavors and clear, rather than cloudy, composition.
Find out how you can detect a lager by smell and taste when you read on.
Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend, so let the beer-drinking season commence! You'd think modern women would be free to consume whatever alcoholic beverage they choose without it accompanying stereotypes, but alas, it's been a love-hate history of beer ads for women. The '50s and '60s may not have been forward-thinking eras for females, but that doesn't mean sexist beer advertisements and marketing campaigns aren't any less common nowadays. Advertisers are old pros at using clichés and generalizations about women in hopes of getting them to buy their hops. Let's put on our beer goggles and take a look at female-targeted beer ads over the years.
What's another way to say "beer garden"? Try "magical place," especially if you ever make it to some of the most popular watering holes in the country. To get you on your way, we're bringing you seven of the most beautiful and beloved beer gardens on this side of the Atlantic. So just because you can't make it to the real Oktoberfest in Munich this year doesn't mean you can't get your party on, German style. Click on, and get that bucket list started. Jubel!
There's nothing better than sipping a cool beer at a Summer BBQ. Unfortunately, too many brews contain a ton of calories and carbs. Watch this video to get the facts about the lightest and most delicious beers on the market. Having this knowledge will help you make an informed choice over the holiday weekend!
With the Labor Day almost here, there is no better time to find out what light beer will taste the best. Knowing the calorie count, carbs, and alcohol content in each of these readily available light brews will allow you to make smart and informed choices at your holiday BBQ. We tasted all of these beers at POPSUGAR HQ, where our editors shared their thoughts. Check out how the light beers matched up after going head to head!
Summer wouldn't be the same without cooling off with an ice cold beer. If grabbing a bottle is your go-to beverage but you're trying to stick to a healthy diet, it's important to know the calorie counts of common brands. Check out this list of a few of the highest- and lowest-calorie beers so you can choose the one that's right for you.
- Samuel Adams Boston Lager: 180 calories
- Guinness Extra Stout: 176 calories
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: 176 calories
- Pete's Wicked Ale: 172 calories
- Anheuser Busch Ice Pale Lager: 171 calories
- Harpoon IPA: 170 calories
- Heineken: 166 calories
- Long Trail: 163 calories
- Killian's Irish Red: 162 calories
- Molson Ice: 160 calories
Keep reading to find out what beers contain the fewest calories.