April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and if you are like most of us you may be unaware of how many empty calories a beer can pack in. Calories found in alcohol, such as beer, are considered empty calories because they contain no nutritional value. Meaning, your body would actually benefit more from eating a snack than drinking a beer.

Here is an overview of how many empty calories just one beer can have:

Stout/Porter – About 220 Calories per Beer

Sierra Nevada Stout – 220 Calories

Dragon Stout – 220 Calories

Deschutes Obsidian Stout – 220 Calories

Beamish Stout – 130 Calories

Anchor Porter – 205 Calories

Summit Oatmeal Stout – 181 Calories

Pilsener/Lager – About 150 Calories per Beer

Summit Pilsener – 144 Calories

Budweiser – 145 Calories

Pabst Blue Ribbon – 153 Calories

Sam Adams Boston Lager – 170 Calories

Wheat – About 160 Calories per Beer

Summit Hefe Weizen – 144 Calories

Shock Top – 168 Calories

Blue Moon Belgian White – 164 Calories

Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat – 165 Calories

Ales – About 165 Calories per Beer

Summit EPA – 160 Calories

Summit IPA – 188 Calories

Summit Honeymoon Saison – 159 Calories

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – 175 Calories

Bock – About 200 Calories per Beer

Summit Maibock – 205 Calories

Sam Adams Imperial Double Bock – 320 Calories

Michelob AmberBock – 155 Calories

Take Home Message…

Beer can pack a hefty punch of empty calories. Be aware of how many calories are in that beer before throwing back 2 or 3 of them. When it comes down to it, would you rather eat 200 calories or drink 200 empty calories? I know what I would choose.

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