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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 chart showing the alcohol content of a standard drink of beer, malt liquor, wine and hard alcohol in the United States
Standard drinks in the United States by ounce and % alcohol

Before we get started, we should say that we know many of you care about the calories in your beer, so we tried to include those numbers where possible as well. Anyway, 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, sorted out by alcohol by volume. 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According to The Growler Magazine, "After Prohibition had been repealed, Congress passed a law in 1935 banning the practice of labeling the alcoholic content of beer.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".

We're running our range from the bottom (0% alcohol content), all the way to the top (12% alcohol content). Why 12%? The alcohol level of beers on the market today tapers off quickly after the 12% mark. There are thousands of low alcohol light beers kicking around. But there aren't thousands of 13%+ beers at your local craft beer store.

You'll also notice a large variety of beer styles on this list, ranging from light lagers to strong beer, and everything in between. Think amber ales, belgians, Imperial IPAs and more. Definitely pilsners. Maybe a barley wine?

Different beer has different strengths, as you'll see. Same goes for different alcoholic beverages.

Last, if you need a hangover cure, try a shot of fire cider.

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Plenty of great beers have been coming out in the Non-Alcoholic space lately. Here are a few.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Hairless Dog Brewing Company IPA 0
Athletic Brewing Company Athletic Lite 0.5
Athletic Brewing Company Run Wild 0.570
Athletic Brewing Company Upside Dawn 0.5
Athletic Brewing Company Wits Peak 0.570
Atmos Brewing Company Wayfarer 0.5
Bravus Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout 0.5
Bravus Brewing Company Raspberry Gose 0.5
Brooklyn Brewery Special Effects Hoppy Amber 0.595
Kit NA Brewing On Your Mark 0.5
Samuel Adams Brewery Just The Haze 0.598

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 chug or shotgun 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. It's also a great range for all-day drinking, like the kind some people do on St. Patrick's Day. In short, if you're going to make green beer, then you may want to consider a 3% brand.

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
A tallboy can of Miller Lite, a 4.2% ABV beer
Tastes Great. Less Filling.

Look at all of the big name brews on here. This range is what is known as regular beer.

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. And, let us not forget that St. Patrick's Day is only a few short weeks away. Check out our research on the staggering amount of Guinness consumed on St. Patty's Day.

Plus, there's even a gluten-free beer on the list with Quebec's Glutenberg, as GF beers still have booze, too.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content Calories (per 12oz)
Bud Light Next 4.00%80
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
Rolling Rock Extra Pale 4.40%130
Modelo Especial 4.40%145
Tecate 4.50%140
Lone Star Beer 4.50%136
New Planet Blonde Ale 4.5%
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
Landshark Lager 4.60%150
Harp Lager 4.70%153
Newcastle Brown Ale 4.70%138
Red Stripe 4.70%151
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) 4.74%144
Michelob 4.80%158
A tallboy can of Budweiser, a 5% ABV beer
The King of Beers

Costco sells beers by the dozen at 5%, as 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. 5% ABV is starting to exit the range of acceptable shower beers.

You know what else is silly at 5%? PepsiCo teaming up with Boston Beer Co. to release Hard Mountain Dew. Even more, Bud Light Seltzer Popsicles are also 5% ABV.

Even a Wheat Beer or two in here.

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
Hard Mountain Dew 5.00%?
Heineken 5.00%142
Moosehead Lager5.00%144
Puppers Beer5.00%120
Asahi 5.20%153
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
Mickey's 5.60%156
Keystone Ice 5.90%145
Milwaukee's Best Ice 5.90%144
Natural Ice 5.90%130
A bottle of Bud Light Platinum, a 6% ABV beer
Brewed for the night!

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.

There are many types of beer that fall into the 6% range, including the ones below.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Bud Light Platinum 6.00%140
King Cobra 6.00%134
Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic in CA, a 7.5% ABV West Coast IPA
West Coast IPAs are quite tasty

7% ABV is starting to get up there. There is where you start to see all of those craft IPAs. If we were picking a rock solid example of a beer with an alcohol content of 7%, it might have to be a Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic.

Higher abv beers will become more common as we move through the list. You'll find several India Pale Ales and Imperial IPAs to come.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Bad Martha Farmers Brewery 508 7
Bad Sons Beer Company Doobious 7
Bells Brewery Two Hearted Ale 7
603 Brewery IPA 7.3
Aeronaut Brewing Company Imperial Galaxyc Cirrocumulus 7.3
Amherst Brewing Company Jess 7.3
Barrel House Z Campfire King 7.4
Belhaven Brewery 90 7.4
Bear Republic Brewing Company Racer 5 IPA 7.5
Black Hat Brew Works Fest Bier 7.5
Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai 7.5
Devils Purse Brewing Company Pollock Rip 7.5
A 16oz can of Heady Topper from The Alchemist
Drink this 8% ABV beer from the can!

Now we begin the Imperial IPA range at 8% abv. 8% is no joke, seeing as it's double some of the beers on this list. Hence the term, Double IPAs.

Would you look at that, Heady Topper makes the list. It's an excellent beer, even if it's a bit past its heyday.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
The Alchemist Heady Topper 8
Able Ebenezer Brewing Company Victory Nor Defeat 8
14th Star Brewing Company Tribute 8.1
Barreled Souls Brewing Company Sun Showers 8.1
Adroit Theory Brewing Company God is an American 8.2
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 8.2
Aslin Beer Company Larping 4 Love 8.3
Abandoned Building Brewery The Other End 8.4
Banded Brewing Company Samoan Drop 8.4
Aslin Beer Company Johnny Hammersticks 8.5
Austin Street Brewery Bombtrack 8.5
Berkshire Brewing Company The Russian 8.7

Nine percent starts the, "that's just silly" range. You better be careful if you're sipping on more than 2-3 of these in any given day. Note to all of you, do not chug 9% beer.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Allagash Brewing Company Tripel 9
Aurora Brewing Company Fresh Lobster 9
Brewery Ommegang 25th Anniversary Ale 9
Definitive Brewing Company Vanilla Superdome 9
Fermentations Arts Brasserie Atlantis Will Prevail Turn Back the Seas 9
Beerd Brewing Company Dogs and Boats 9.1
Bay State Brewing Company Kelley2 9.2
Bent Water Brewing Company Double Thunder Funk 9.2
DC Brau On The Wings Of Armageddon 9.2
Fort Hill Brewery Jigsaw Jazz 9.3
Frost Beer Works Dented 9.5
Heavy Seas Beer Double Cannon 9.5

Once you hit double digits, it's all downhill. Get yourself a great koozie because 10 percenters are sippers only.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Adroit Theory Brewing Company Evangelion XVII Tabris Ghost 946 10
Adroit Theory Brewing Company Regime Ghost 916 10
Burlington Beer Company Castle in the Clouds 10
Equilibrium Brewery Mosaic Function 10
Exhibit A Brewing Company Weights and Measures 10
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company Evana 10
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company Wooo 10
Henniker Brewing Company King Misanthrope 10
Bronx Brewery Now Youse Cant Leave 10.1
Definitive Brewing Company the Entity 10.1
Lawsons Finest Liquids Fayston Maple 10.1
Hoof Hearted Brewing Key Bump 10.5
Mad Elf, an 11% ABV ale brewed with honey & cherries by Tröegs Brewing Company
The Elf is sneaky. Watch out for the high ABV

11 percent alcohol content is starting to get a bit silly. But, many brewers experiment in this range.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company Good Night Moon 11
Harpoon Brewery Another Dry January 11
Tröegs Brewing Company Mad Elf 11
Prairie Artisan Ales Cherry Bomb 11.5

We don't have much to say about 12% other than make sure you're responsible. We're now in the land of Triple/Quadruple IPAs and Imperial Stouts. The alcohol content of beer is now operating at a similar ratio to wine, where ounces of beer = ounces of wine.

Some commercial breweries as well as some homebrewers may push beyond 12%, but it's not often. The fermentation gets a bit trickier the further you go.

Beer Brand Alcohol Content (% ABV) Calories (per 12oz)
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company Greylock 12
Jacks Abby French Toast Barrel-Aged Framinghammer 12
Jacks Abby SMores Barrel-Aged Framinghammer 12
Abandoned Building Brewery Odin 12.8

What is a Standard Drink?

Let's revisit this. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism considers a standard drink to contain approximately "14 grams of pure alcohol". As humans, we like numbers, so let's see what that measures out to be for alcoholic drinks.

What is a Standard Drink of Beer?

If the average beer is roughly 5% ABV, then a standard drink of beer would be approximately 12 ounces. If you're sipping on a 10% ABV craft beer, then a standard drink would be a 6 ounce pour.

What is a Standard Drink of Wine?

If the average wine is roughly 12% ABV, then a standard drink of wine would be approximately 5 ounces. Adjust your measurements (and assumptions) accordingly if the bottle of wine in front of you is less than or greater than 12% ABV.

What is a Standard Drink of Hard Liquor?

Hard liquor, or, distilled spirits, is generally thought to be 40% ABV. If you're drinking an 80 proof liquor, then 1.5 ounces is considered a standard drink of liquor. Be sure to note what the label on the bottle says when calculating this. Cordials and Apertifs vary greatly from Hard Alcohols such as Vodka, Gin, Tequila, and the like. Also take note of Bourbons as some are considered cask strength (higher than 40%). Certain other spirits, such as 151 Proof Rum or Grain Alcohol really saturate the alcohol content level.

Beer vs. Wine Alcohol Content

As discussed, wine is typically stronger, with an average ABV of 12% to Beer's 5%. By that count, the average wine is 2.4 times stronger than the average beer.

Wine vs. Hard Liquor Alcohol Content

Much like beer to wine, distilled spirits are significantly stronger than wine. The average 80 proof (40% ABV) hard liquor is 3.33 times stronger than the average wine.

Beer vs. Hard Liquor Alcohol Content

A Distilled Spirit that is 40% ABV is eight times stronger than the average beer at 5% ABV. This is why a shot of booze (1.5oz) is equal to a can of beer (12oz). The math is quite clear.

FAQs

Is 5% alcohol a lot?

Yes and no. 5% alcohol is the generally accepted average alcohol content for a standard drink of beer. In other words, the amount of alcohol contained in a 12-ounce beer at 5% is approximately 14 grams.

Is 8% alcohol a lot?

Also yes and no. 8% alcohol in a beer is considered a lot. 8% alcohol in wine is not considered a lot. 8% alcohol in a distilled spirit would certainly not be considered a lot.

Is beer considered alcohol?

Yes. Even most non-alcoholic beers (NA Beer) are considered alcohol (technically). There are some 0.0 beers in existence if you're looking for a true non-alcoholic beer, beers like Budweiser Zero.

Can you get drunk off Budweiser?

Yes, you can get drunk off Budweiser. It's 5% ABV, so it's got enough alcohol to get you drunk if you drink enough of them.

Can you get drunk off Bud Light?

Yes, you can get drunk off Bud Light. It's 4.2% ABV, so it's got enough alcohol to get you drunk if you drink enough of them.


Always know your limits and always know what you're drinking so that you can be responsible. If you suspect you need help or treatment, use the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator.