Is Non Alcoholic Beer Lower In Calories? Complete review


Calories in non alcoholic and alcoholic beer is a huge topic and one of the main reasons someone might switch between the two, but just exactly how much lower in calories are they and which subsection is the best and worst?

In this article i have a number of sections from the data i have compiled from reviewing 120+ non alcoholic beers…

  • Is non alcoholic beer lower in calories than alcoholic beer?
  • Are non alcoholic equivalent beers lower in calories than their alcoholic version?
  • Are non alcoholic (0.5%) or alcohol free (0.0%) beers lower in calories?
  • Is non alcoholic lager lower in calories than alcoholic lager?
  • Are non alcoholic lPAs lower in calories than alcoholic lPA?
  • Is non alcoholic ale lower in calories than alcoholic ale?
  • Are non alcoholic stouts and porters lower in calories than alcoholic stouts and porters?
  • Is non alcoholic wheat beer lower in calories than alcoholic wheat beer?
  • Is non alcoholic fruit beer lower in calories than alcoholic beer?
  • Are non alcoholic sour beers lower in calories than alcoholic beers?
  • Tables of calories in non alcoholic beers

Is non alcoholic beer lower in calories than alcoholic beer?

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Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

The obvious reason to switch from alcoholic to non alcoholic beer, is to loose the alcohol and all the negatives that come with it. However, just as importantly for me, is the huge calorie savings on offer.

I have reviewed over 120 non alcoholic beers and recorded all their calories, carbs and sugar loads. With this data, i have been able to work out the average calories in a generic non alcoholic beer but also each subtype, compared to alcoholic beers. The results are very interesting.

How many calories are in non alcoholic beer?

From the 120+ non alcoholic beer nutritional data that i have gathered, these are the averages…

The average calories in 100ml of non alcoholic beer is 22.6kcal and 80.1kcal in a 12fl oz measure.

The USDA state the average alcoholic beer has 43kcal per 100ml and 153kcal in a 12fl oz serving. This mirrors my own finding from a sample of 35 alcohol beers whereby i found an average of 43.2kcal per 100ml and 153.3 in a 12fl oz serving.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
USDA Alcoholic beer43153
My sample of alcoholic beer43.2153.3
Calories in non and alcoholic beer

Both the mode and median calories in non alcoholic beer from my data set is 22kcal per 100ml and 78.1kcal per 12fl oz, which is slightly lower than the median. This is because of an outlier in the the highest calorie beer value.

How much less calories are in non alcoholic beer?

The average can of alcoholic beer has 153kcal per 12fl oz and the average non alcoholic beer has 80.1kcal per 12fl oz, that means the average non alcoholic beer has 72.9kcal less.

This equates to the average non alcoholic beer having just 52.24% of the calories of an average alcoholic beer and you save 47.76% of the calories.

A rounded and easy way to consider non alcoholic beers is to think they have around half (50%) the calories of a regular alcoholic beer and you won’t be far off.

What is the range of calories in non alcoholic beers?

It is all very well considering how many calories the average non alcoholic beer has but what is the spread of results, not every beer will be near the middle.

In my sample of over 100 beers that i have personally tried and reviewed here, the range of calories per 100ml went from 4kcal to 89kcal! This equates to 14kcal and 316kcal per 12flz oz serving respectfully.

Lowest calories per 100ml/12fl ozHighest calories per 100ml/12fl oz
Non Alcoholic Beer4kcal/14kcal89kcal/316kcal
Lowest and highest calories

Which non alcoholic beer has the lowest calories?

The lowest calorie non alcoholic beer i can find anywhere in the world is held jointly by Partake Pale and Partake IPA. Both have a calorie total of just 10kcal per 12fl oz which is frankly amazing.

This means these Partake non alcoholic beers have just 12.5% of the calories of the average non alcoholic beer and just 6.5% of the calories of an average alcoholic beer.

I have a full review of just how mind blowing these numbers are in my full article here

The lowest calorie non alcoholic beer which i have reviewed is UNLTD. IPA at 4kcal per 100ml and 14kcal per 12fl oz.

Non Alcoholic BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Partake Pale2.810
Partake IPA2.810
UNLTD. IPA414.2
BrewDog Nanny State621.3
Drop Bear Tropical IPA6.523.1
Lowest calorie non alcoholic beers.

Which non alcoholic beer has the highest calories?

The highest calorie non alcoholic beer in the world is Henry And His Science from Mikkeller.

In case you can’t read the above image, Henry And His Science has a mental 89kcal per 100ml and 316kcal per 12fl oz serving.

This is a huge outlier in all the beers i have sampled. It is over x2 more than the nearest beer and van social media i have found other formulations of this beer with much much lower calories so i asked Mikkeller if this was indeed correct.

An executive assistant called Tone Xenia Borring replied and confirmed these numbers are indeed correct.

Below are the list of the 4 highest calorie, non alcoholic beers that i have found. I do not believe there is another non alcoholic beer that comes close to Henry And His Science.

Non Alcoholic BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Henry And His Science89316
Omnipollo Nyponsoppa62220
Leffe Blond 0.040142
Shallow Passion Pool38135
Highest calorie non alcoholic beers.

Is non alcoholic beer less fattening?

What causes weight gain in the first place? if you take in more calories than you use, you will gain weight.

Why are alcoholic beers more fattening then? The answer is how many calories are in alcohol.

SubstanceKCal per gram
Fat7
Alcohol7
Sugar4
Calories per gram

Gram for gram, alcohol contains much more calories than sugar and carbs. Non alcoholic beers might have more carbs but without the alcohol, the overall calorie load is greatly reduced, nearly 50% in fact.

That means that non alcoholic beers are on average 50% less fattening as they contain half the calories. There are of course ultra low calorie non alcoholic beers as i have posted which have only 6.5% of the calories and really are going to be less fattening.

For a full review of how non alcoholic beers are less fattening then you can read about it in my article here

Is non alcoholic beer good for weight loss?

As non alcoholic beers contain on average, 50% less calories than alcoholic beers, they are good for weightloss.

A pound of fat is roughly 3500kcal. So if the average non alcoholic beer contains 72.9kcal less than an alcoholic one, if you were to drink 48 non alcoholic rather than alcoholic ones you would be 1lb lighter.

The numbers are more extreme for the really low calorie non alcoholic beers like Partake Pale. If you made the switch to Partake Pale, you would only need to have drank 25 of them vs an alcoholic beer to be 1lb lighter.

If you are trying to lose weight and reduce calories, non alcoholic beers are a great substitute.

Are non alcoholic equivalent beers lower in calories than their alcoholic version?

In the non alcoholic and alcohol free beer market there are stand alone beers and there are non alcoholic equivalents of popular big brand alcoholic beers.

Are the non alcoholic equivalents lower in calories and how do they compare to the overall average non alcoholic beer average?

Alcoholic beerCalories (kcal) per 100mlNon Alcoholic BeerCalories (kcal) per 100mlCalories saved %  
Doom Bar36Doom Bar 0.01363.9
Guinness 37Guinness 0.01656.8
Krombacher pils37Krombacher 0.02727
Carlsberg37Carlsberg 0.01462.2
Bevertown Neck oil37Lazer Crush2532.4
Becks 38Becks Blue1463.2
Veltins Pils38Veltins Pils 0.02631.6
Cobra38Cobra 0.02436.8
Budweiser39Budweiser Zero1464.1
Adnams Ghost Ship 39Ghost Ship 0.5%2341.0
BrewDog Lager 39Lost AF1074.4
Heineken 40Heineken 0.02147.5
Rothaus Tannenzapfle40Rothaus Tannenzapfle 0.4%1855
Bavaria40Bavaria 0.02440
Zunft Kolsch40.5Zunft Kolsch2343.2
Fruh Kolsch40.5Fruh Kolsch1660.5
Schneider Weisse41Schneider Weisse Alkoholfrei2343.9
Peroni 41.5Peroni Libera2247
Paulaner 42Paulaner 0.02442.9
Corona42Corona Cero1759.5
Stella Artois42Stella Artois Liberte1857.1
Maisel’s weisse44Maisel's Weisse alkoholfrei2543.2
Erdinger44Erdinger alkoholfrei2543.2
San Miguel45San Miguel 0.02446.7
Super Bock Black 47Super Bock Preta2644.7
St Peters47St Peters Without2644.7
Brooklyn lager47Brooklyn Special Efects2938.3
Budweiser Budvar48Budvar Nealko3135.4
Estrella Damm 50Damm Free2060
Brewdog IPA 52Punk AF1571.2
Old Speckled Hen52Old Speckled Hen Low Alcohol2257.7
Bitburger52Bitburger Drive2257.7
Birra Moretti 56Birra Moretti Zero2064.3
Leffe61Leffe 0.04034.4
Average43.221.749.7

As you can see from the table above, the table above, the average calories in branded beer with a non alcoholic equivalent is very similar to the USDA average beer calories at 42.3kcal per 100ml and 153.3kcal per 12fl oz serving.

The non alcoholic equivalent beers have a slightly lower average calorie than the overall non alcoholic beer sector. Their calorie count is 21.7kcal per 100ml and 77kcal per 12fl oz serving.

The lower average for these non alcoholic beers is likely to be there is no non alcoholic equivalent or big brand fruit and sour beers or really alcoholic stouts and IPAs which have pushed up the overall non alcoholic beer average. These non alcoholic beers are mainly light coloured lagers and IPAs which would usually be slightly lower in calories. See the sections below for more on that.

These results show there is an overall average calorie reduction of 49.7% for non alcoholic equivalents of big brand alcoholic beers. That is a huge calorie saving.

Are non alcoholic (0.5%) or alcohol free (0.0%) beers lower in calories?

I am sure you will have noticed that there are usually 2 different ABV strengths of non alcoholic beer. There are the <0.5% beers which are designated as non alcoholic and then the 0.0% beers which are called alcohol free. These terms have legal definitions but depending on what jurisdiction you are in they have different meaning.

For the purposes of this section i will just consider the calories in 0.0% and <0.5% beers and try and leave the terminology out of it.

From my sample of beer reviews i found there was indeed a difference in calories in 0.0% and <0.5% beers.

0.0% beers had on average 23.1kcal per 100ml and 82.2kcal per 12fl oz serving

<0.5% beers had on average 21.5kcal per 100ml and 76.2kcal per 12fl oz serving.

Type of Beerkcal per 100mlkcal per 12fl oz
0.0%23.182.2
<0.5%21.576.2
Calories in 0.0% and <0.5% beers

Why is there this difference tho? The answer lies in why they have a difference in ABV in the first place.

Why are some non alcoholic beers 0.5% ABV and others 0.0% ABV?

In general the bigger brands with big brewery backing tend to go for 0.0% beers wheres the smaller and craft breweries go for 0.5% beer. Half a percent of alcohol doesn’t seem like such a big difference so why is there two camps?

The answer, like most things in life is down to money.

To create an alcohol free 0.0% beer requires a lot of money as you have to have some sophisticated machinery to remove the alcohol down to that level but not lose lots of the aromatic flavour compounds. The big brewers tend to want to make their own known beer brand into a 0.0% one. 0.0% is easier to market and you can take your beer and just dealcoholize it.

The craft brewers are not dealcoholizing a specific beer, they are brewing their own from scratch. They use lots of techniques such as…

  • low carbohydrate containing grains
  • special yeast strains which convert less sugar to alcohol
  • limited fermentation when the fermentation is stopped early

in order to keep the alcohol level down and in the <0.5% range.

For a full review of this topic you can read my full article on it here

Is non alcoholic lager lower in calories than alcoholic lager?

My sample of non alcoholic alcoholic beers includes 31 lagers. Of these the average calories per 100ml was 20.2kcal and 71.7kcal per 12fl oz serving.

A further sample of 17 alcoholic lagers shows on average they have 42.3kcal per 100ml and 150.2kcal per 12fl oz serving

Non alcoholic lagers have 48% of the calories on alcoholic lagers and 47% of the calories of a generic alcoholic beer.

Non alcoholic lagers have on average 11% fewer calories than a generic non alcoholic beer.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic lager20.271.7
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic lager42.3150.2
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in lagers comparison

Are non alcoholic lPAs lower in calories than alcoholic lPA?

By definition, an IPA will usually be higher in alcohol concentration than a lager and therefore will usually have more calories attached. The higher the ABV of the beer, the higher the calories. There are double strength and fruit infused IPA which rake up even more calories.

From my sample of 18 non alcoholic IPAs, the average calories per 100ml was 21.3kcal and 75.7kcal per 12fl oz serving.. This is an 6% reduction in calories compared to the generic non alcoholic beer calorie load.

This is likely because an IPA has a lot of hoppy flavour so less sugar is needed to bulk up the body therefore non alcoholic IPAs can, in general, be made with less carbs and sugar, and result in less calories.

I undertook a sample of 10 alcoholic IPAs of various ABV and found that on average they contained 50.5kcal per 100ml and 179.3kcal per 12fl oz serving.

Non alcoholic IPAs have 42% of the calories on alcoholic IPAs and 50% of the calories of a generic alcoholic beer.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic IPA21.375.7
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic IPA50.5179.3
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in IPAs comparison

Is non alcoholic ale lower in calories than alcoholic ale?

IPAs are a subsection of ales, albeit a very popular one. They are the most alcoholic but the rest of the ale family is usually easier drinking and lower in alcohol content.

Ales include, bitters, american pale ales, English ale, golden, brown, cask to name but a few.

From my sample of 26 non alcoholic ales, the average calories per 100ml was 21.1cal and 75.1kcal per 12fl oz serving. This is an 8.8% reduction in calories compared to the generic non alcoholic beer calorie load.

I undertook a sample of 13 alcoholic ales of various ABV and found that on average they contained 42.1kcal per 100ml and 149.5kcal per 12fl oz serving.

Non alcoholic ales have 50% of the calories on alcoholic ales and 49% of the calories of a generic alcoholic beer.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic ale21.175.1
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic ale42.1149.5
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in ales comparison

Are non alcoholic stouts and porters lower in calories than alcoholic stouts and porters?

Alcoholic stouts and porters can be much in higher in calories than light beers or the average beer. This can be because they have increased sugar for sweetness and like the IPAs can have very high ABV in the imperial and stronger categories.

From my sample of 9 non alcoholic ales, the average calories per 100ml was 24kcal and 85.2kcal per 12fl oz serving. This is an 6.2% increase in calories compared to the generic non alcoholic beer calorie load.

I undertook a sample of 7 alcoholic stouts and porters of various ABV and found that on average they contained 48.1kcal per 100ml and 179.1kcal per 12fl oz serving.

Non alcoholic stouts and porters have 49.9% of the calories on alcoholic stouts and porters and 55.8% of the calories of a generic alcoholic beer.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic dark2485.2
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic dark48.1170.1
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in Stouts/porters comparison

Is non alcoholic wheat beer lower in calories than alcoholic wheat beer?

I would imagine wheat beers should come in somewhere around average. They are usually a moderate alcoholic content with similar levels of carbs.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic wheat21.576.3
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic wheat42.75151.8
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in wheat beer comparison

From my sample of 8 non alcoholic wheat beers, the average calories per 100ml was 21.5kcal and 76.3kcal per 12fl oz serving. This is an 4.9% decrease in calories compared to the generic non alcoholic beer calorie load.

I undertook a sample of 4 alcoholic wheat beers and found that on average they contained 42.75kcal per 100ml and 151.81kcal per 12fl oz serving.

Non alcoholic wheat beers have 50.3% of the calories on alcoholic wheat beers and 50% of the calories of a generic alcoholic beer.

Is non alcoholic fruit beer lower in calories than alcoholic beer?

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic fruit beer27.999
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in fruit beers comparison

Non alcoholic fruit beers are higher in calories than the average because the addition of fruit to a beer adds a considerable load of sugar which spikes the calories too.

From my sample of 9 non alcoholic fruit beers, the average calories per 100ml was 27.9kcal and 99kcal per 12fl oz serving. This is an 23.5% increase in calories compared to the generic non alcoholic beer calorie load.

However, non alcoholic fruit beers are still much lower in calories than a generic alcoholic beer, containing just 65% of the calories.

Are non alcoholic sour beers lower in calories than alcoholic beers?

Much like the fruit beers, non alcoholic sour beers have a higher than average calorie load as they usually have a lot higher added sugar levels to balance out the acidic sourness.

From my sample of 4 non alcoholic sour beers, the average calories per 100ml was 28.3kcal and 100.5kcal per 12fl oz serving. This is an 25.2% increase in calories compared to the generic non alcoholic beer calorie load.

However, non alcoholic fruit beers are still much lower in calories than a generic alcoholic beer, containing just 66% of the calories.

Type of BeerKcal per 100mlKcal per 12fl oz
Non alcoholic IPA28.3100.5
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
Alcoholic beer43153
Calories in sour beers comparison

Tables of calories in non alcoholic beers

Type of Beerkcal per 100mlkcal per 12fl oz
Alcoholic beer43153
Non alcoholic beer22.680.1
0.0% beer23.182.2
0.5% beer21.576.2
Non alcoholic lager20.271.7
Non alcoholic IPA21.375.7
Non alcoholic ale21.175.1
Non alcoholic dark beer2485.2
Non alcoholic wheat beer21.576.3
Non alcoholic fruit beer27.999
Non alcoholic sour beer28.3100.5
Calories in all type of non alcoholic beer.

BeerScore out of 10Type of beerABV %Calories (kcal)/100mlCalories (kcal)/12fl oz   
UNLTD.9IPA0.5414.2
Nanny State9Ale0.5621.3
Nirvanan Hoppy Pale Ale6.5Pale Ale0.5931.95
Infinite Session IPA9IPA0.51035.5
Minus9IPA0.51035.5
Infinite Session Lager8.5Helles Lager0.51035.5
NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle8NEIPA0.51035.5
Lost AF8Lager0.51035.5
Flensburger7.5Radler0.51035.5
Are Wheat There Yet5.5Wheat0.51035.5
Infinite Session Pale8.5America Pale Ale0.51139.05
Coba Maya8.5Lager0.51139.05
Furstenberg Pils 0.0%7Pilsner0.01139.05
Uptime6.5Lager0.511.841.89
Fieldhopper6Golden Ale0.512.444.02
Doom Bar Zero8Ale0.01346.15
Southwold Pale Ale5.5Pale Ale0.51346.15
Carlsberg 0.08.5Pilsner0.01449.7
Becks Blue8Pilsner0.01449.7
Upside Dawn7Golden Ale0.51449.7
Budweiser Zero5.5Lager0.01449.7
Punk AF 5.5IPA0.51553.25
Budvar Nealko7.5Lager0.515.555.025
Guinness 0.09Stout0.01656.8
Lucky Saint 0.5%8.5Lager0.51656.8
Drink’in in the sun 8Pale Ale0.31656.8
Pica Nova7West Coast IPA0.31656.8
Wildtrack5.5APA0.51656.8
Fruh5.5Kolsch 0.01656.8
Double Strike4Sour0.51656.8
Rothaus Tannenzäpfle 0.4%9Pilsner0.41863.9
Stella Artois Alcohol Free7.5Lager0.01863.9
Pine Trail8.5Pale Ale0.518.565.675
Paradiso5.5Citra IPA0.518.565.675
Run Wild9IPA0.51967.45
Ambar5Pilsner0.01967.45
Free Star4.5Lager0.01967.45
A Ship Full Of IPA8IPA0.02071
Nirvana Stout7.5Stout0.02071
Free Damm7Lager0.02071
Birra Moretti Zero6.5Lager0.02071
Nirvana Porter4.5Porter0.52071
Estrella Galicia7.5Pilsner0.02174.55
Sam’s Brown Ale6.5Brown Ale0.42174.55
Heineken 0.06Lager0.02174.55
Kloster andechs Weissbeir 0.5%4.5Wheat0.52174.55
Bitburger 0.0%9Pilsner0.02278.1
No Worries Pineapple8Fruit IPA0.52278.1
Woodcutter7Brown Ale0.52278.1
Grainwave6.5Belgian White0.52278.1
Peroni Libera6.5Lager0.02278.1
No Worries6.5IPA0.52278.1
Old Speckled Hen Low alcohol6.5Ale0.52278.1
No Worries Grapefruit5Fruit IPA0.52278.1
Henry Gose Lightly2Gose0.32278.1
Schneider Weisse Tap39.5Wheat0.52381.65
Super Bock7Lager0.52381.65
Ghost Ship 0.5%6.5Pale Ale0.52381.65
Zunft Kolsch 0.5%6Kolsch0.52381.65
Lidl IPA5Pale Ale0.52381.65
Perlenbacher 0.03Lager0.02381.65
Paulaner Weissbeir 0.09Wheat0.02485.2
San Miguel 0.07.5Pilsner0.02485.2
Cobra Zero4.5Lager0.02485.2
Bavaria 0.02.5Lager0.02485.2
Maisel’s Weisse9Wheat0.52588.75
Erdinger Grapefruit8.5Fruit0.52588.75
Erdinger Lemon8.5Fruit0.52588.75
Venture point five 0.5%8Ale0.52588.75
Erdinger Alkoholfrei8Wheat0.52588.75
Lazer Crush7.5IPA0.32588.75
All Out6.5Porter0.52588.75
St Peters Without8.5Ale0.02692.3
Off-Piste Hazelnut Porter8.5Porter0.52692.3
Clausthaler Unfiltered Dry Hopped8Lager0.42692.3
Veltins Pils 0.0%7Pilsner0.02692.3
Clausthaler Original6Lager0.52692.3
Galactic milk stout 0.5%8.5Stout0.52795.85
Limbo Series Yuzu5Fruit0.32795.85
Indiewave9.5IPA0.52899.4
Krombacher Weizen 0.5%9Wheat0.52899.4
Special Effects8Lager0.429102.95
Clausthaler Grapefruit6.5Shandy0.529102.95
No Worries Mango6Fruit IPA0.529102.95
No Worries Lemon4.5Fruit IPA0.529102.95
Lola9Coffee Porter0.3432113.6
Le Chauffeur9IPA0.3432113.6
Incel “Skippers”9Pilsner0.532113.6
Incel “Surfers”9Summer Ale0.532113.6
Incel SwimmersSaison Ale0.532113.6
Incel Snorkelers5Salt IPA0.532113.6
Esmeralda4Cerveza with Tequila0.532113.6
Lust For Life6DDH IPA0.033117.15
Brulo Dry Hopped Stout5.5Stout0.033117.15
Coast Hazy IPA4IPA0.033117.15
Coast Idaho 74IPA0.033117.15
Brulo Sabro Galaxy3.5DDH IPA0.033117.15
Limbo Series Raspberry6Fruit0.334120.7
Baltika lager 0.5%7.5Lager0.535124.25
Brulo 5 Fruit Gose6.5Gose0.037131.35
Brulo Mango Guava4.5IPA0.037131.35
Shallow Passion Pool4Fruit Gose0.238134.9
Leffe Blond 0.07.5Belgian Abbey Ale0.040142
Henry And His Science3.5Ale0.389315.95
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