Nutrition for Beer

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Beer Nutrition Summary

One can of beer (356 grams) contains 153 calories and 1.6 grams of protein. Beer consist of 92% water, 4% carbohydrates, and less than 1% of total fat or protein.

In one can of beer:

  • Calories: 153
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 14.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar, dietary fiber, total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol in beer.

See the Beer Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Alcoholic beverage, beer, regular, all.

Calories in Beer

Beer has 153 calories per can or 43 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from alcohol and carbohydrates.

63% of calories in beer are from alcohol, 33% of calories are from carbohydrates and 4% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Fat

Beer contains no fat.

Beer is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

Calories Similar to Beer

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Protein in Beer

One can of Beer has 1.6 grams of protein or about 3% of daily recommended intake. Beer is relatively low in protein, and is not a source of complete protein, containing little or small amounts of the majority of the nine essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 1.64 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in beer.

Protein Similar to Beer

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Vitamins and Minerals in Beer

Beer is not known for its abundance of vitamin and minerals, but still contains significant amounts of a couple nutrients, for example, magnesium, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin B6, folate (Vitamin B9), phosphorus and choline.

Vitamins in beer (1 can):
  • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 1.8 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.2 mg
  • Folate: 21.4 ug
  • Vitamin b12: 0.1 ug
Minerals in beer (1 can):
  • Calcium: 14.2 mg
  • Potassium: 96.1 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 21.4 mg
  • Selenium: 2.1 ug
  • Phosphorus: 49.8 mg
  • Choline: 36 mg
There is no significant amounts of zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin a, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin c, vitamin e or vitamin k in beer.

Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Beer [3]

Beer contains a couple of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically flavonoid kaempferol. In one can of beer:

  • kaempferol: 2.88 mg

Beer Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Beer in Cooking

Beer is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two cans of beer.

Friends and Relatives of Beer

Foods commonly cooked with beer:

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