Alcohol Content (% ABV) of Popular Beer Brands

You can find the alcohol content of a beer just by looking at its label. If for some reason it was torn off in the distribution process or on the way home from the store, you can also check run a quick Google search.

A standard drink in the United States is 12oz of beer. An American pint is 16oz. Broken down in another way, there are two cups in a pint, as a cup is 8oz. Here is a list of how much alcohol is in your favorite brand of beer. But first, let's understand how we got here.

According to The Growler Magazine, "After Prohibition had been repealed, Congress passed a law in 1935 banning the practice of labeling the alcoholic content of beer. The assumption was that consumers would buy the strongest beer, and by not disclosing this information the government hoped to prevent breweries from competing and engaging in "strength wars." ... In 1995, Coors successfully challenged this law. Currently, the feds leave it up to the states to decide whether to include ABV, which has resulted in a complicated mishmash of state and federal regulations on the subject. New York prohibits labels from including ABV, for example, while North Carolina, Washington, and New Hampshire mandate labeling beers over 6 percent, 8 percent, and 12 percent respectively".

It's not often that you find yourself with a 2% ABV beer in your hand, at least not in the days of the craft beer revolution. The alcohol content of Miller 64 is 2.8%. It may not seem like much, but have enough of them and you'll start to feel it. Of all the beers on this list though, it's probably the easiest beer to learn how to chug with.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content Calories (per 12oz)
Miller 64 2.80%64

A beer with an alcohol content of 3%-3.99% is a perfectly good sessionable beer. You're also bound to find the word "light" in its name, as evidenced by Amstel Light and Heineken Light. If you're looking for low calorie beers, you're in luck with the 3% range.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content Calories (per 12oz)
Amstel Light 3.50%95
Heineken Light 3.50%99
Modelo Chelada3.50%290
Michelob Ultra Pure Gold3.80%114

Look at all of the big name brews on here. The 4% alcohol content range contains nearly all of the most popular beers in America. What stands out to us is the fact that the alcohol content of Bud Light is actually higher than the alcohol content of Busch Light, coming in at 4.2% for Bud Light and 4.1% for Busch Light. Pretty astounding, we would have sworn it was the other way around.

Also nice to see the oldest brewery in America on this list, Yuengling, getting some visibility.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content Calories (per 12oz)
Corona Premier 4.00%90
Sam Adams Light 4.00%119
Busch Light 4.10%95
Corona Light 4.10%99
Michelob Light 4.10%123
Milwaukees Best Light 4.10%98
Keystone Light 4.13%104
Bud Light 4.20%110
Bud Light Lime4.20%116
Coors Light 4.20%102
Guinness Draught 4.20%128
Michelob Ultra 4.20%95
Miller Genuine Draft Light 4.20%110
Miller Lite 4.20%96
Natural Light 4.20%95
Budweiser Select 4.30%99
Busch 4.30%114
Modelo Especial 4.40%145
Corona Extra4.60%148
Dos Equis Amber 4.60%146
Hamm's Beer 4.60%150
Miller High Life 4.60%143
Yuengling Lager 4.60%142
Harp Lager 4.70%153
Newcastle Brown Ale 4.70%138
Red Stripe 4.70%151
Pabst Blue Ribbon 4.74%144
Michelob 4.80%158

A flat 5% ABV is where Budweiser falls on the list. You'll also notice that the alcohol content of Coors Banquet beer is the same as Bud Heavy. Also, if it has "ice" in the name, it's getting an extra boost to the ABV rating, as Keystyone Ice, Milwaukee's Best Ice, and Natural Ice all flirt with a 6% ABV rating.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content Calories (per 12oz)
Budweiser 5.00%145
Coors Banquet 5.00%149
Fosters 5.00%145
Grolsch Premium Lager 5.00%147
Heineken 5.00%142
Moosehead Lager5.00%144
Puppers Beer5.00%120
Stella Artois 5.20%153
Blue Moon Beer5.40%170
George Killian's Irish Red 5.40%162
Icehouse 5.50%149
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 5.60%175
Keystone Ice 5.90%145
Milwaukee's Best Ice 5.90%144
Natural Ice 5.90%130

Ahhh, King Cobra. If you're interested, check out the list of the highest alcohol content beers. That list has some massive alcohol percentages. While it's good to be careful (and responsible) drinking any and all beers, it's exceptionally so when it comes to the Sam Adams Utopia series and those Brewmeister Snake Venom ales that hit the high 60% range for ABV.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Bud Light Platinum 6.00%140
King Cobra 6.00%134

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