Which alcoholic beverages have the most (or least) calories?

A typical 6 oz. glass of wine or 12 oz. beer has as many calories as a can of Coke (140). Some beers have twice that much.

But you’d never know the calories in alcoholic drinks from many of their labels and non-chain-restaurant menus. (Chain restaurants must disclose calories for drinks on their menus, and some beer brewers and other alcohol companies label calories voluntarily.)

Alcohol is responsible for 88,000 deaths each year in this country, mostly from car crashes, suicides, violence, falls, and liver disease. But booze can also leave its mark on your midsection.

Beer

A beer’s calories depend mostly on alcohol and, to a lesser extent, on carbs.

  • Light. Very-low-alcohol beers (2% to 3% alcohol) like Miller 64 start at around 60 calories in 12 oz. Most lights (4% alcohol) have about 100 calories.
  • Regular. An average 5% alcohol brew like Budweiser hovers around 150 calories.
  • IPAs. Heavy hitters (6% to 9% alcohol) like IPAs, double IPAs, and Belgian-style Trippels pack 200 to 300 calories. Gulp! A lower-alcohol “session” IPA cuts that to 140 or so.
  • Draft pours. Do the math. Even an average beer hits 200 or 250 calories when you’re served a 16 or 20 oz. glass.

Wine

Red or white, expect roughly 150 calories for 6 ounces, the amount in a restaurant pour. A 9 oz. glass reaches 220 calories. Even many higher-sugar whites (like Moscato or Riesling) are in the same ballpark. Our chart below shows how wines from some big brands vary.

A glass of sangria typically has 200 to 300 calories, thanks to fruit, juice, sugar, etc.

Liquor and liqueur

Rule of thumb: any gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey has 100 to 120 calories per 1.5 oz. shot, before you add any mixers. That’s because all of liquor’s calories come from its alcohol (40% to 50%).

Exceptions: “Cask strength” or “barrel proof” liquor can reach 150-or-so calories. Liqueurs (like Baileys or Cointreau) vary, depending on their alcohol, sugar, or other extras.

Seltzer, cider, etc.

Most hard seltzers match the calories of a light beer (100-ish). And sugar ranges from zero (Bon & Viv, Henry’s, Smirnoff) to half a teaspoon (Nauti, Truly, White Claw) in 12 oz. Sure beats other sweet sips:

  • Hard cider. Expect up to 200 calories and 3 to 5 teaspoons of sugar—some from juice—in 12 oz. Dry ciders are lower (150 calories).
  • Ritas. This brand of canned sparkling margaritas—made with high fructose corn syrup and, in some flavors, food dyes and sucralose—crams 190 to 220 calories into just 8 oz. How many of the 21 to 29 grams of carbs are added sugar? The company won’t say.

Mixed drinks

Drinks vary from one bartender to another. The usual ranges at chain restaurants that list calories on the menu:

  • Martini or Manhattan. Classic cocktails with little added sugar (Manhattan) or no added sugar (martini) typically fall in the 150-to-200-calorie range.
  • Moscow mule or mojito. Expect about 200 to 300 calories.
  • Margarita. A classic margarita—tequila, lime, triple sec—in a small glass limits the calories to 200. But sugary (often frozen) margs jump to 350…and oversized ones reach 500.
  • Blended frozen drinks. Large frozen mudslides or other boozy ice cream shakes hit 500 to 800-plus calories. That’s like slurping up a (540-calorie) Big Mac…or more. May-day!

Calories, carbs, and sugar in alcoholic drinks

Within each category of the charts below, alcoholic drinks are ranked from least to most calories, then (if shown) grams of sugar, and then grams of carbs. The % column lists percent alcohol by volume (ABV), when available. “NA” means that a number isn’t available.

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Beer (12 oz.)

 % Calories Carbs
Budweiser Select 55 2.4 55 2
Miller 64 2.8 64 2
Corona Premier 4 90 3
Budweiser Select 4.3 100 3
Busch Light 4.1 100 3
Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA 4 100 3
Michelob Ultra or Miller Lite 4.2 100 3
Victory Easy Ringer Lo-Cal IPA 4.3 100 3
Coors Light 4.2 100 5
Corona Light 4 100 5
Sufferfest Repeat Kolsch Style 3.5 100 5
Heineken Light 3.3 100 7
Lagunitas DayTime IPA 4 100 NA
Miller High Life Light 4.1 110 6
Bud Light 4.2 110 7
Busch 4.3 110 7
Pabst Blue Ribbon Easy 3.8 110 8
Bud Ice 5.5 120 4
Michelob Golden 4.6 120 7
Michelob Light 4.1 120 9
Sam Adams Light 4.3 120 NA
Guinness Draught Stout 4.2 130 10
Bud Light Platinum 6 140 4
Busch Ice 5.9 140 4
Allagash Saison 6.1 140 5
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Session Sour 4.9 140 8
Founders All Day IPA Session Ale 4.7 140 11
Heineken 5 140 11
Miller Genuine Draft 4.7 140 12
Miller High Life 4.6 140 12
Pabst Blue Ribbon Original 4.8 140 12
Sufferfest Head Start Stout 4.5 140 12
New Belgium Dayblazer Easygoing Ale 4.8 140 NA
New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA 4.5 140 NA
Budweiser 5 150 11
Allagash White 5.2 150 12
Coors Banquet 5 150 12
Sierra Nevada Sierraveza 5 150 13
Corona Extra 4.6 150 14
Michelob Lager 4.8 160 14
Corona Familiar 4.8 160 15
New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale 5.2 160 NA
Sufferfest FKT Pale Ale 5.5 170 13
Blue Moon Belgian White 5.4 170 14
Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange IPA 6.8 170 14
Sufferfest Flyby Pilsner 5.1 170 14
Shock Top Belgian White 5.2 170 15
Bell’s Amber Ale 5.8 180 16
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 5.6 180 17
Samuel Adams Boston Lager 5 180 NA
Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale 5.5 180 NA
Bell’s Official Hazy India Pale Ale 6.4 190 12
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA 6 190 17
Budweiser Copper Lager 6.2 200 16
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA 7 200 NA
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5 200 NA
Dogfish Head American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA 7 210 16
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 7 210 17
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA 6.7 210 21
Sierra Nevada West Coast Style Stout 5.8 210 22
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout 6 220 23
Allagash Black 7.4 230 20
Allagash Tripel 9.1 240 13
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2 240 14
New Belgium Trippel 8.5 240 NA
Allagash Curieux 10.4 260 12
Victory Golden Monkey 9.5 260 NA
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA 9 290 26
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Triple IPA 9.6 310 30

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Wine (6 oz.)

 % Calories Carbs Sugar
FitVine Prosecco 11 110 4 1
Carlo Rossi White Zinfandel* 8 110 10 6
Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc 11.6 120 1 1
Yellow Tail Super Crisp Chardonnay 11.7 120 1 1
Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio 11.9 120 2 2
Yellow Tail Riesling 11.3 120 2 2
Carlo Rossi Sweet Rosé* 9.2 120 8 6
Yellow Tail Moscato 7.5 120 10 11
Yellow Tail Pink Moscato 7.5 120 10 11
Carlo Rossi Pink Moscato Sangria* 6.5 120 14 12
Carlo Rossi Moscato Sangria* 6.8 120 16 12
FitVine Pinot Grigio 13.4 130 3 0
FitVine Rosé 12.4 130 3 0
Yellow Tail Chardonnay 13.2 130 1 1
Sutter Home White Zinfandel NA 130 10 NA
Sutter Home Moscato Sangria NA 130 17 NA
FitVine Chardonnay 13.4 140 3 0
FitVine Sauvignon Blanc 13.4 140 3 0
FitVine Pinot Noir 13.9 140 4 0
FitVine Cabernet Sauvignon 13.9 140 5 0
FitVine Syrah 13.9 140 5 0
Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 13.9 140 1 1
Yellow Tail Merlot 13.9 140 1 1
Yellow Tail Pinot Noir 14 140 1 1
Yellow Tail Shiraz 13.9 140 1 1
Yellow Tail Shiraz Cabernet 13.8 140 1 1
Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc* 12 140 5 1
Carlo Rossi Cabernet Sauvignon* 12.9 140 6 1
Barefoot Rosé* 10.5 140 11 6
Barefoot White Zinfandel* 9 140 12 7
Sutter Home Chardonnay NA 140 5 NA
Sutter Home Merlot NA 140 5 NA
Sutter Home Pinot Grigio NA 140 5 NA
Sutter Home Pinot Noir NA 140 5 NA
Sutter Home Rosé NA 140 5 NA
Barefoot Carbernet Sauvignon* 12.7 150 6 1
Barefoot Malbec* 13 150 6 1
Barefoot Chardonnay* 13 150 6 2
Barefoot Pinot Noir* 13 150 6 2
Barefoot Pinot Grigio* 12 150 7 2
Yellow Tail Sangria 11.5 150 10 11
Barefoot Riesling* 8 150 18 13
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red* 8 150 19 14
Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc NA 150 3 NA
Sutter Home Zinfandel NA 150 5 NA
Sutter Home Malbec NA 150 6 NA
Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon NA 150 7 NA
Sutter Home Moscato NA 150 14 NA
Barefoot Merlot* 13.5 160 6 1
Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco NA 160 9 5
Cupcake Vineyards Riesling NA 160 11 7
Carlo Rossi Chardonnay* 12 160 12 8
Barefoot Moscato* 9 160 17 12
Barefoot Pink Moscato* 9 160 18 13
Sutter Home Riesling NA 160 9 NA
Sutter Home Sweet Red NA 160 10 NA
Sutter Home Pink Moscato NA 160 16 NA
Cupcake Vineyards Pinot Grigio NA 170 6 1
Cupcake Vineyards Rosé NA 170 6 1
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc NA 170 6 1
Carlo Rossi Red Sangria* 10 170 22 17
Sutter Home Sangria NA 170 14 NA
Sutter Home Red Moscato NA 170 16 NA
Cupcake Vineyards Malbec NA 180 8 0
Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay NA 180 6 1
Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon NA 180 8 1
Cupcake Vineyards Pinot Noir NA 180 8 1
Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah NA 180 8 2
Cupcake Vineyards Moscato NA 180 18 13
Cupcake Vineyards Merlot NA 190 8 1
Cupcake Vineyards Shiraz NA 190 8 1

*Barefoot and Carlo Rossi wines may vary by roughly 10 calories per serving. Calories listed reflect the low end of the range.

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Liquor (1.5 oz.)

 % Calories Carbs Sugar
Gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey, any brand, 80 proof 40 100 0 0
Bombay Sapphire Gin 47 110 0 0
Bulleit Bourbon or Rye 45 110 0 0
Gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey, any brand, 100 proof 50 120 0 0
Booker’s Bourbon 62.5 150 0 0

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Liqueur (1.5 oz.)

 % Calories Carbs Sugar
Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur 13 70 NA 6
DeKuyper Peachtree Peach Schnapps 15 80 10 10
Kahlúa 20 130 20 20
Baileys Original Irish Cream 17 140 11 9
Cointreau 40 140 10 10

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Hard Cider (12 oz.)

 % Calories Carbs Sugar
Crispin Pearsecco 4.5 140 9 7
Angry Orchard Stone Dry 5.5 150 11 7
Crispin Rosé 5 160 13 10
Crispin Brut 5.5 170 13 10
Crispin Browns Lane 5.8 170 14 12
Angry Orchard Rosé 5.5 170 17 12
Crispin Original 5 170 15 13
Crispin Pacific Pear 4.5 170 18 15
Crispin Blackberry Pear 5 180 16 13
Stella Artois Cidre 4.5 180 22 16
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple 5 190 24 20
Crispin Honey Crisp 6.5 200 16 14
Crispin The Saint 6.9 230 20 17

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Hard Seltzer, all flavors (12 oz.)

 % Calories Carbs Sugar
Smirnoff 4.5 90 1 0
Bon & Viv 4.5 90 1-2 0
Henry’s 4.2 90 2 0
Truly 5 100 2 1
White Claw 5 100 2 2
Nauti 4.5 100 4 1-2
Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer 8 230 3 1

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Flavored Malt Beverages (12 oz., unless noted)

 % Calories Carbs Sugar
Redd’s Apple Ale 5 170 17 12
Henry’s Hard Lemon Lime Soda 4.2 190 26 24
Henry’s Hard Orange Soda 4.2 190 28 24
Ritas Sangria Spritz Strawberry Blueberry 6 200 20 NA
Ritas Sangria Spritz Pear Orange 6 200 21 NA
Ritas Lemon-Ade-Rita (8 oz.) 8 200 23 NA
Ritas Mang-O-Rita (8 oz.) 8 200 23 NA
Ritas Water-Melon-Rita (8 oz.) 8 200 23 NA
Ritas Straw-Ber-Rita (8 oz.) 8 200 24 NA
Ritas Rosé Spritz White Peach 6 210 23 NA
Henry’s Hard Grape Soda 4.2 220 35 33
Ritas Lime-A-Rita (8 oz.) 8 220 29 NA
Best Damn Root Beer 5.5 240 33 NA
Best Damn Cream Soda 5.5 260 38 NA
Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale 8 270 30 26
Ritas Coco-Nut-Rita (25 oz.) 8 590 66 NA
Ritas Cherry-Lime-Rita (25 oz.) 8 590 67 NA
Ritas Grape-Fruit-Rita (25 oz.) 8 600 70 NA
Ritas Peach-A-Rita (25 oz.) 8 600 71 NA
Ritas Grape-A-Rita (25 oz.) 8 610 73 NA

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Notes: NA means that the number is not available. Most calories have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percent alcohol by volume may vary slightly from year to year for some wines and other drinks. Sugar is grams of total sugar. Many beers do not disclose sugar content.

Sources: company information and USDA.

Photos (top to bottom): Love the wind/stock.adobe.com, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., New Africa/stock.adobe.com, monticellllo/stock.adobe.com, White Claw Seltzer Works, wollertz/stock.adobe.com.

The information in this post first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.


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6 Replies to “Which alcoholic beverages have the most (or least) calories?”

    1. From Nutrition Action Healthletter: There are about 5 grams of carbs in a 12-ounce glass of light beer or a 6-ounce glass of wine. Most regular beers have about 12 grams of carbs per 12 ounces. Grams of carbohydrate were not available for all products in our chart, but if you’re looking for information about a particular product, the company may provide the info on their website or through customer service.

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