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How many carbs are in some popular beers?

By fermenting grains, such as barley and wheat, which contain carbohydrates, brewers make beer. There are also added sugars in most beers, which also raises the amount of carbohydrates in the drink.

According to the fermentation process, the amount of grains and added sugars that remain in the beer varies.

People who track their consumption of carbohydrates may want to restrict the quantity of beer they drink.

This article lists, along with other ingredients, 28 common beers and their carbohydrate content. This info is from the company’s websites.

Bud

Bud drink
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Bud is very popular and is available as regular or light.

Bud Light

Bud Light contains:

  • water
  • barley
  • rice
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-ounce (oz) serving:

  • carbs: 6.6 grams (g)
  • calories: 110
  • protein: .9 g
  • alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Budweiser

Budweiser contains:

  • barley
  • rice
  • hops
  • water

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 10.6 g
  • calories: 145
  • protein: n.d.
  • ABV: 5%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Miller

There are several Miller varieties that contain varying quantities of carbohydrates, alcohol, and other nutrients.

Miller Genuine Draft

Miller Genuine Draft contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 12.2 g
  • calories: 141
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.6%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Miller Lite

Miller Lite contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 3.2 g
  • calories: 96
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Miller High Life

Miller High Life contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 12.2 g
  • calories: 141
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.6%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Miller High Life Light

Miller High Life light contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 6.2 g
  • calories: 107
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.1
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Miller64

Miller64 contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 2.4 g
  • calories: 64
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 2.8%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Modelo

Modelo is another popular beer available in these varieties:

Modelo Especial

Modelo Especial contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • non-malted cereals
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 13.7 g
  • calories: 144
  • protein: 1.1 g
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Modelo Negra

Modelo Negra contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • non-malted cereals
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 15.8 g
  • calories: 173
  • protein: 1.5 g
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Blue Moon

Blue Moon is a wheat beer available in two common varieties:

Blue Moon Belgian White

Blue Moon Belgian White contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • yeast
  • wheat
  • hop extract
  • oats
  • orange peel
  • coriander

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 14.1 g
  • calories: 168
  • protein: 1.9 g
  • ABV: 5.4
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Blue Moon Honey Wheat

Blue Moon Honey Wheat contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • yeast
  • wheat
  • hops
  • corn syrup
  • honey
  • orange peel

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 11.7 g
  • calories: 153
  • protein: 1.4 g
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • not vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Corona

Corona is a Mexican beer also available in a couple of varieties:

Corona Extra

Corona Extra contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • non-malted cereals
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 13.9 g
  • calories: 148
  • protein: 1.2 g
  • ABV: 4.6%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Corona Light

Corona Light contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • non-malted cereals
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 4.8 g
  • calories: 99
  • protein: 0.8 g
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Coors

Coors is available in several varieties:

Coors Banquet

Coors Banquet contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 11.7 g
  • calories: 147
  • protein: 1 g
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Coors Light

Coors Light contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • hop extract
  • lager yeast

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 5 g
  • calories: 102
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Other beers

Here are some more popular beers and their nutrition content:

Guiness Draught

Guiness Draught contains:

  • roasted malted barley
  • hops
  • yeast
  • water

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 16-oz serving:

  • carbs: 14 g
  • calories: 198
  • protein: 2 g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Stella Artois Lager

Stella Artois Lager contains:

  • barley
  • hops
  • water

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 11.2-oz serving:

  • carbs: 10.9 g
  • calories: 141
  • protein: n.a.
  • ABV: 5%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Dos Equis Lager Especial

Dos Equis Lager Especial contains:

  • water
  • malted barley
  • corn starch
  • corn syrup
  • hops
  • ascorbic acid

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 11 g
  • calories: 131
  • protein: n.a.
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Natural Light

Natural Light contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • cereal grains
  • yeast
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 3.2 g
  • calories: 95
  • protein: 0.7 g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Michelob Ultra

Michelob Ultra contains:

  • water
  • barley
  • rice
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 2.6 g
  • calories: 95
  • protein: 0.7 g
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Busch

Busch contains:

  • water
  • barley
  • rice
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 6.9 g
  • calories: 114
  • protein: 0.9 g
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Busch Light

Busch Light contains:

  • water
  • barley
  • rice
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 3.2 g
  • calories: 95
  • protein: 0.7 g
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Keystone Light

Keystone Light contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 4.7 g
  • calories: 101
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Keystone Premium

Keystone premium contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 5.0 g
  • calories: 108
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Olde English 800

Olde English 800 contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hop extract

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 10.8 g
  • calories: 161
  • protein: 1.1 g
  • ABV: 5.9%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Saint Archer Blonde Ale

Saint Archer Blonde Ale contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • wheat
  • yeast
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 12.6 g
  • calories: 149
  • protein: 1.4 g
  • ABV: 4.8%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Saint Archer Double IPA

Saint Archer Double IPA contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • yeast
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 15.3 g
  • calories: 233
  • protein: 1.9 g
  • ABV: 8.3%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Sol

Sol contains:

  • water
  • barley malt
  • corn syrup
  • yeast
  • hops

Nutritional information and important stats based on a 12-oz serving:

  • carbs: 11.6 g
  • calories: 138
  • protein: less than 1 g
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • vegan friendly
  • contains gluten

Drinking fewer calories

By drinking the ‘light’ options, a person may reduce the amount of calories they consume from beer.

People can also try:

  • drinking water between each beer, as the water will make the person feel more full, as well hydrating them
  • focusing on sipping drinks slowly to avoid having to buy as many beers
  • avoiding drinking beers late at night
  • avoiding drinking on an empty stomach, as a full stomach will mean a person cannot drink as many beers
  • avoiding mixing beer with drinks that contain caffeine, such as energy drinks, coffee, and tea, as these can prolong periods of drinking
  • trying to cut back to one beer a night, then skipping beer for a few days at a time

The American Heart Association recommends that no more than two alcoholic beverages be consumed per day by men and no more than one by women.

They class the following as one drink:

  • a 1.5-oz serving of 80-proof spirits
  • a 4-oz glass of wine
  • a 12-oz beer

Summary

Based on many factors, such as ingredients and total sugar levels, the quantities of carbs in common beers can differ.

In general, light beers are lower than many of their full-flavored counterparts in both calories and carbohydrates.

In diets which severely restrict carbohydrates, beer may not have a position. Few light beers with very few carbohydrates, however, may be ideal for individuals on less restrictive diets.