Health & Food

How Many Calories does Beer Contain

Beer Contain

Ever wondered how many calories your beer has? There’s nothing like downing a chilled beer after work and relaxing with friends or family. A bottle or two extra won’t hurt your physique. Or will they? 

Well, beer is made of carbohydrates, protein, and alcohol. The malt used to make beer contains the carbohydrates and protein that add caloric content in beer. Why do you think the bulging tummy is called a beer gut?

Can you continue to drink your favorite beverage or should you give it up? We’d say, go on, grab a bottle and have a gulp. You don’t have to give up beer for a few calories. But yes, you do have to moderate your intake and spend the excess calories if you want to retain your health and physique. 

Sounds good! 

So, how do you calculate the number of calories present in beer? 

The process is a little trickier compared to calorie calculating for other food items. Not surprising, right? Thankfully, castle malting support has made it easy to count the calories in beer. 

Shall we take a brief look at how it’s done? 

The caloric content in beer is calculated based on ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and ABW (Alcohol by Weight). To get ABV, you’ll need to know the OG (Original Gravity) and FG (Final Gravity) of the beer. 

OG is taken before fermentation, and FG is measured after fermentation and before bottling. FG will always be lower than OG and hence, we use, 

ABV= (OG-FG) * 0.52945

The OG and FG values are first converted to degrees Plato for easy calculation. 

The next step to calculate calories present in beer is to derive the ABW. This is done by,

ABW= ABV* 0.8

Once you have both values ready, you’ll need to know the value of real extract in the beer. That’s the amount of sugar found in beer. 

RE= (0.1808*OG°P) + (0.8192*FG°P)

Castle malting support says that craft beer has more calories than diet beer, as it is made using high-quality malt and more alcohol. Diet beer is made using a lesser quantity of malt and more quantity of other grains like rice, corn, etc.

Now, we have all the necessary values to calculate the approximate calories present in beer for every 100 ml. You’ll only need to multiply the final calorie count with the domain value of how much beer you have consumed. 

For example, if you enjoyed 500 ml of beer, you have to multiply the calorie count by 5 to arrive at the number of calories you consumed. 

Calories per 100 ml of beer = alcohol + carbohydrates 

Cal/ 100ml = [[7*ABW]+4.0*[RE=0.1]]* FG°P

The caloric content in beer will change based on the type of beer you are drinking. The bitter beer has more calories compared to the mildly bitter beer. Similarly, Stout, the top-fermented beer, has more than 200 calories per 100 ml. 

Sweet cider beer has slightly more calories ((220 cal) than Stout, and Vintage sweet cider tops the list with almost 600 calories. Gulp!

If you have consumed a pint of bitter, it’ll add up to 180 kilocalories. Castle malting support reminds us that the standard glass size is now 175 ml, and large goes up to 250 ml in the pubs. 

You’ll need to walk for a solid 45 minutes if you want to burn off these calories. Well, you could even run for about 15 minutes.

If you’re drinking at home, the measure is bound to be generous. Drink slowly and eat before you drink to slow down the impact of beer on your system.