How to Count Carbs in Beer

Many beers contain significant amounts of carbohydrates.
Many beers contain significant amounts of carbohydrates. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Low-carbohydrate diets call for limiting the intake of foods like rice, bread, grains, and starchy vegetables while emphasizing proteins and fats. Liquid calories are seldom included in diet plans and can be a source of hidden calories. It’s important to track and evaluate the sources of liquid carbohydrates, which include alcohol and beer, to achieve success in any nutritional plan.

Check the bottle, or source of the beer you are drinking. Major manufacturers of light beer will advertise their total calories and carbohydrate count on the label. Multiply the carbohydrates listed (usually in grams) by the number of servings you consume.

Refer to nutritional documentation. Beer charts, such as the online database at, list total carbohydrates, calories and serving sizes for many popular brews.

Approximate the number of carbohydrates in your beer by understanding the type of beer you consume. Many light beers contain few carbohydrates, while heavier beers can contain triple the calories and carbohydrates. For example, Bud Select 55 contains only 1.9 grams of carbohydrates while traditional Budweiser contains 10.6 grams of carbohydrates, according to

Tips & Warnings

  • Higher alcohol content in beers usually indicates higher carbohydrate counts.
  • Color is not an accurate method of determining whether a beer is heavy or light. Many light, fruity beers contain more carbohydrates than their darker counterparts.

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