Beer may be empty calories, but do you know how many? In the not-too-distant future, we may get a reminder on every bottle. In Europe, top beer makers including Heineken and Carlsberg have just agreed to start putting nutrition labels on their products—and experts predict the trend will headed to the states next, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Do you know how many calories are in a 12-ounce can or bottle of your favorite brewski? Test your knowledge with our quiz! Keep in mind that the more alcohol a brew contains, the more calories it tends to have—and alcohol by volume (ABV) can vary by label within a category.
Prefer your beer by the pint? Here's a little key to help you figure out how many calories are in the larger mugs, based on the varieties featured in the quiz. But no cheating, if you haven't already taken our test.
- Dunkel (ABV: 4.0 to 6.0%, 120 to 180 calories)
- Pilsner (ABV: 4.5 to 5.5%, 180 to 220 calories)
- Hefeweizen (ABV: 4.0 to 7.0%, 160 to 280)
- Stout (ABV: 4.0 to 7.0%, 160 to 280 calories)
- Porter (ABV: 4.0 to 7.5%, 160 to 300 calories)
- American Lager (ABV: 4.0 to 6.0%, 220 to 300 calories)
- India Pale Ale (ABV: 5.5 to 7.5%, 220 to 300 calories)
- Imperial Stout (ABV: 8.0 to 12.0%, 320 to 480 calories)
- Tripel (ABV: 8.0 to 12.0%, 320 to 480 calories)
Happy and safe drinking!