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How Much Alcohol in Beer?

Recently, American airline pilots have been busted in London for high blood alcohol content when reporting to the airport. One guy said it's because he isn't used to the higher alcohol of English beers. Whether or not that's a believable excuse, some beers do have higher alcohol content than others. British ale tends to average 4.4% abv. Belgian beers tend to average 8% abv. The strength of the typical global pale lager is 5% abv. The yeast used for brewing beer normally cannot get the strength much beyond 12% abv; however, in the 1980s the Swiss brewery Hurlimann developed a yeast strain which could get as high as 14% for their Samichlaus beer. Since then breweries have experimented with using champagne yeasts, continually pushing up the strength. Samuel Adams reached 20% abv with Millennium. The strongest beer sold in Britain was Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout, a 21% abv stout which was available from UK Safeways in 2003. In Japan in 2005, the Hakusekikan Beer Restaurant sold an eisbock, strengthened through freezing, believed to be 28% abv. Brian Finn at Iron Hill Brewery says the challenge to brewing a "big beer" (high alcohol content) is keeping it from having the actual taste of alcohol. Alcohol "heat" is okay, but not if it tastes like saki. The beer that is considered to be the strongest yet made is Hair of the Dog's Dave - a 29% abv barley wine made in 1994. For a comprehensive list of the strength of all beers check out the link below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer#The_Strongest_Beers_In_The_World

Beer Alcohol Content
What is the alcohol content of beer? Well that depends on what you're drinking. Locate your favorite brand below to find out.

Brand Brewery % Alcohol Calories/12 oz Carbs (g)

90 Shilling Odell's 5.3
Alaskan Amber Alaskan Brewing 5
Alaskan ESB Alaskan Brewing 5
Alaskan Pale Ale Alaskan Brewing 4.6
Alaskan Smoked Porter Alaskan Brewing 6.1
Alaskan Stout Alaskan Brewing 5.7
Alaskan Winter Ale Alaskan Brewing 6.2
Alexander Keiths India Pale Ale Alexander Keith (Halifax) 5.0
Alexander Keiths Traditional Lager Alexander Keith (Halifax) 5.0
Albion Amber Marin Brewing 5
Ale Yuengling 5
Amber Ale Bell's/Kalamazoo 5.5
Amstel Amstel Brouwerij B.V. (Holland) 3.9
Amstel Light Amstel Brouwerij B.V. (Holland) 3.5
Anchor Porter Anchor 5.6
Anchor Small Anchor 3.3
Anchor Steam Anchor 4.9
Anheuser Busch Natural Ice Anheuser Busch 5.9
Anheuser Busch Natural Light Anheuser Busch 4.2

Apricot Ale Pyramid 5.1
Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone Brewing 7.2
Asahi Draft Beer Asahi (Japan) 5
Aspen Edge Adolph Coors 4.1
Autumn Ale Breckenridge 6.7
Avalanche Amber Breckenridge 5.4
Bachelor ESB Deschutes 5
Barney Flats Oatmeal Anderson Valley 5.7
Bass & Co's Pale Ale Bass (England) 5.5
Beamish Irish Cream Stout Beamish - Crawford (Ireland) 4.9

Beamish Stout Beamish 3.8

Beck's Beck's 5

Beck's Beer Brauerei Beck (Germany) 5

Beck's Dark Brauerei Beck (Germany) 4.8

Beck's Light Brauerei Beck (Germany) 3.8

Belk's ESB Anderson Valley 6.8
Best Brown Ale Bell's/Kalamazoo 5.8
Black & Tan Yuengling 4.5

Black Butte Porter Deschutes 5.2

Black Rabbit Porter McMenamins 5.5
Black Strap Stout BridgePort 6
Blatz Beer Pabst 4.8

Blatz Light Pabst * * 8.5
Blonde Bock Gordon Biersch 7
Blue Heron BridgePort 4.9
Blue Moon Adolph Coors 5.4

Blue Moon White Blue Moon 5.4

Bluebeery Ale Marin Brewing 5
Bobby Odell's 4.6
Boont Amber Anderson Valley 5.8
Breakout Stout Marin Brewing 6
Broken Rake Pyramid 6.4
Broken Top Bock Deschutes 7

Bud Dry Anheuser Busch 5

Bud Ice Anheuser Busch 5.5

Bud Ice Light Anheuser Busch 4.1

Bud Light Anheuser Busch 4.2

Budvar Budweiser Budvar 5
Budweiser Anheuser Busch 5

Budweiser Select Anheuser Busch 4.3

Busch Busch 4.6

Busch Beer Anheuser Busch 4.6

Busch Ice Anheuser Busch 5.9

Busch Light Anheuser Busch 4.2

Carling Black Label G. Heileman 4.3

Carlsburg 4.6
Carlsburg Light 2.7
Cascade Ale Deschutes 4.5
Cerveza Carta Blanca Cerveceria Cauhtemoc (Mexico) 4
Cerveza Tecate Beer Cervecerla Cauhtemoc (Mexico) 4.4
Cherry Stout Bell's/Kalamazoo 8
Chester Golden A]e Greenall Whitley (England) 5.4
Christmas Ale Breckenridge 7.4
Cinder Cone Red Deschutes 5.8
Clausthaler Clausthaler 0.4
Coastline Pilsner Pyramid 5
Colt 45 Malt Liquor G. Heileman 6.1

Coopers Dark Ale Coopers 4.5
Coopers Draught Coopers 4.5

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale Coopers 7.1
Coopers Pale Ale Coopers 5.9

Coopers Premium Ale Coopers 4.9
Coopers Stout Coopers 6.8

Coopers Sparkling Ale Coopers 5.8
Coors Banquet Beer Adolph Coors 5

Coors Extra Gold Coors 5

Coors Light Adolph Coors 4.2

Coors NA Coors <0.5

Coors Original Coors 5

Corona Extra Corona 4.6

Corona Extra Beer Cereveria Modela SA (Mexico) 4.6
Corona Light Cereveria Modela SA (Mexico) 4.5

Curve Ball Kölsch Pyramid 4.8
Cutthroat Pale Ale Odell's 5.1
Cutthroat Porter Odell's 4.5
Czechvar Czechvar 5
Czechver (Budvar) Budweiser Budvar 5

Deep Enders Porter Anderson Valley 5.5
Dos Equis XX Cauhtemoc (Mexico) 4.8

Dos Equis XX Special Lager Cerveceria Montezuma (Mexico) 4.9

Double Bastard Ale Stone Brewing 10
Double Cream Stout Bell's/Kalamazoo 7.5
Dragon Stout Desnoes - Goeddes (Jamaica) 6.8

Drop Top Amber Ale Widmer 4.9
Dry Irish Stout McMenamins 4.6
Easy Street Wheat Odell's 4.7
Ebenezer Ale BridgePort 6.4
Edison Light Edison Light 4

ESB BridgePort 6.1
Expedition Stout Bell's/Kalamazoo 10
Fat Bastard Scotch Style Ale Silver City Brewing Co 9.0
Fat Squirrel New Glarus Brewing 5.8
Fat Tire New Belgium Brewing 5.3
Foreign Extra Stout Guinness 7.5

Foster's Lager Garlton & United (Australia) 5.1

Fuller's ESB Fuller's 5.9
Fuller's London Pride Fuller's 4.7

Furstenberg German Beer Fustlich Ferstenbergische 4.4

Genesee Beer High Falls Brewing 4.5

Genesee Cream Ale High Falls Brewing 5.1

Genesee Ice High Falls Brewing 5.9

Genesee Red High Falls Brewing 4.9 148 14
Genessee 12 Horse Genessee/High Falls 4.8

Genny Light Genessee/High Falls 3.6

George Killian's Irish Red Adolph Coors 4.9

Great Wall Green Bamboo (China) 4.6

Greenall's Cheshire English Pub Beer Greenall Whitley PLC (England) 5

Grolsch Grolsch 5

Grolsch Lager Beer Grolsch Bierbrouweri (Holland) 5
Guiness Draught - Bottle Guinness (Ireland) 4
Guinness Extra Stout Guinness (Ireland) 4.27

Hammerhead McMenamins 5.8
Hamm's Beer Miller 4.7

Hamm's Golden Draft Miller 4.7

Hamm's Light Hamm's 4.1

Hamm's Special Light Miller 4.1

Harp Harp (Ireland) 4.55

Hefeweizen Pyramid 5.2
Heineken Heineken 5.4

Heineken Lager Beer Heineken (Holland) 5

Heineken Light Heineken 3.5

Heineken Special Dark Beer Heineken (Holland) 5.1
High Rollers Wheat Anderson Valley 5.3
Hoegaarden Hoegaarden 5
Honey Brown J.W. Dundee 4.5

Hop Ottin' Anderson Valley 7
I.C. Light Pittsburgh Brewing 4.1

Icehouse Miller 5.5

India Pale Ale Marin Brewing 6
India Pale Ale Pyramid 6.7
IPA BridgePort 5.5
Iron City Lager Pittsburgh Brewing 4.5

Isolation Odell's 6
Jubelale Deschutes 6.7
Kalamazoo Stout Bell's/Kalamazoo 6.5
Keystone Ice Adolph Coors 5.9

Keystone Light Adolph Coors 4.2

Keystone Premium Adolph Coors 4.4

Kilarney's Red Lager Kilarney's 5

Killian's Killian's 4.9 163 13.8
Kipling Light Lager Genessee/High Falls 3.4

Kirin Beer Kirin (Japan) 6.8 188
Kronenbourg Beer Kronenbourg (France) 5.1

Kronenbourg Imported Dark Beer Kronenbourg (France) 5

Labatt Blue Labatt 5 153
Labatt's 50 Labatt's 5.3

Lager Yuengling 4.4

Leinenkugel Amber Light Leinenkugel 4.14

Leinenkugel Creamy Dark Leinenkugel 4.94

Leinenkugel Honey Weiss Leinenkugel 4.92

Leinenkugel Light Leinenkugel 4.19

Leinenkugel Northwoods Lager Leinenkugel 4.94

Leinenkugel Original Leinenkugel 4.67

Leinenkugel Red Leinenkugel 4.94

Levity Odell's 5
Liberty Ale Anchor 6 188
Light Yuengling 3.8

Light Lager Yuengling 3.6

Lindemans Framboise Lindmans 4
Lindemans Pêche Lindmans 3.5
Lindemans Kriek Lindmans 3.5
Lindemans Pomme Lindmans 3.5
Lindemans Cassis Lindmans 3.5
Lindemans Lambic Lindmans 4
Lindemans Pecheresse Lindmans 2.5
Lowenbräu Lowenbräu 5.2 160
Lowenbrau Dark Lowenbräu 5 160
Lowenbrau Special Beer Lowenbräu 5.2

Magnum Malt Liquor Miller 5.6

Marin Weiss Marin Brewing 5
Märzen Gordon Biersch 5.7
Yuengling Premium Beer D.G. Yuengling 4.4

Brand Brewery % Alcohol Calories/12 oz Carbs (g)
McEwans Scotch Ale Scottish & Newcastle (Scotland) 9.5

Michael Shea's High Falls Brewing 4.62

Michelob Anheuser Busch 5

Michelob Amber Boch Anheuser Busch 5.2

Michelob Amber Bock Michelob 5.2

Michelob Black & Tan Michelob 5

Michelob Golden Draft Anheuser Busch 4.7

Michelob Golden Draft Light Anheuser Busch 4.1

Michelob Hefeweizen Michelob 5

Michelob Honey Lager Anheuser Busch 4.9

Michelob Light Anheuser Busch 4.3

Michelob Ultra Anheuser Busch 4.1

Mickey's Mickey's 5.6

Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor Miller 5.6

Mickey's Ice Mickey's 5.9

Miller Genuine Draft Miller 4.7

Miller Genuine Draft Light Miller 4.2

Miller Genuine Draft 64 Miller 2.8

Miller High Life Miller 5.5

Miller High Life Light Miller 4.2

Miller Lite Miller 4.2

Milwaukee's Best Miller 4.5

Milwaukee's Best Ice Miller 5.9

Milwaukee's Best Light Miller 4.5

Mirror Pond Pale Deschutes 5.3

Molson Canadian Beer Molson (Canada) 5.1

Molson Golden Beer Molson (Canada) 6.04

Molson Light Molson (Canada) 2.41

Moosehead Moosehead 5

Moosehead Canadian Lager Beer Moosehead (Canada) 5 153
Mt. Tam Pale Ale Marin Brewing 5
Murphy's Irish Red Murphy's 5

Murphy's Stout Murphy's 4

Newcastle Brown Ale Newcastle (UK) 4.7
Nordik Wolf Light A.B. Pripps Bryggerier (Sweden) 4.7 110
Oatmeal Stout Breckenridge 5
Oberon Bell's/Kalamazoo 6
Obsidian Stout Deschutes 6.7

O'Doul's Anheuser Busch 0.4

O'Douls Amber O'Douls 0.4

O'Keefe Canadian Beer O'Keefe (Canada) 4.9

Old Dipsea Barleywine Marin Brewing 9
Old Foghorn Anchor 9
Old Knucklehead BridgePort 8.9
Old Milwaukee Stroh 4.5

Old Milwaukee Light Stroh 3.8

Old Style Beer Heileman/Pabst 4.7
Olde English 800 Olde English 800 5.9

Olde English 800 Ice Olde English 800 7.9

Olde English 800 Malt Liquor Miller 5.9

Olympia Premium Lager Pabst 4.7

Pabst Pabst 5

Pabst Blue Ribbon Pabst 5

Pabst Extra Light Low Alcohol Pabst 2.5

Pale Ale Bell's/Kalamazoo 5
Pale Ale Breckenridge 5.7
Pale Ale Pyramid 5.1
Pandora's Bock Breckenridge 5.8
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Paulaner 5.5
Paulaner Original Munich Paulaner 5.5
Pete's Helles Lager Pete's Brewing 5

Pete's Oktoberfest Pete's Brewing 5.8

Pete's Red Rush Pete's Brewing 5.3

Pete's Strawberry Blonde Pete's Brewing 5

Pete's Summer Brew Pete's Brewing 4.7

Pete's Wicked Ale Pete's Brewing 5.3

Pete's Winter Brew Pete's Brewing 5.2

Pilsener Urquell Pilsener Urquell Pilzen (Czech.) 4.2

Pilsner Gordon Biersch 5.3
Pine Mountain Pils Deschutes 5.1

Pintail Ale BridgePort 5.2
Point Reyes Porter Marin Brewing 6
Poleeko Gold Anderson Valley 5.5
Porter BridgePort 5.5

Porter Yuengling 4.5

Premium Yuengling 4.4

Private Reserve Henry Weinhard's 4.5

Quail Springs IPA Deschutes 5.8

Red Dog Red Dog 5

Red Strlpe Lager Beer Desnoes & Geddes (Jamaica) 5
Redhook Blonde Ale Redhook 5.4

Redhook ESB Redhook 5.8

Redhook Hefe-weizen Redhook 5.2

Redhook IPA Redhook 6.5

Redhook Nut Brown Redhook 5.6

Rhinebecker Rhinebecker 5

Rolling Rock Extra Pale Latrobe 4.6

Rolling Rock Premium Beer Latrobe 4.5

Ruby McMenamins 4.1
Ruination IPA Stone Brewing 7.7
Salvator Paulaner 7.5

Sam Adams Boston Ale Boston Beer Co 4.94

Sam Adams Boston Lager Boston Beer Co 4.75

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Boston Beer Co 5.2

Sam Adams Cream Stout Boston Beer Co 4.69

Sam Adams Double Bock Boston Beer Co 8.5

Sam Adams Golden Pilsner Boston Beer Co 4.6

Sam Adams IPA Boston Beer Co 5.93

Sam Adams Light Boston Beer Co 4.05

Sam Adams Octoberfest Boston Beer Co 5.7

Sam Adams Pale Ale Boston Beer Co 5.25

Sam Adams Spring Ale Boston Beer Co 5.2

Sam Adams Summer Ale Boston Beer Co 5.2

Sam Adams Triple Bock Boston Beer Co 17.5

Sam Adams Winter Lager Boston Beer Co 5.8

Sapporo Reserve Sapporo 5.2
Schaefer Beer Pabst 4.6

Schlitz Beer Pabst 4.7

Schlitz Light Pabst 4.2

Schlitz Malt Liquor Pabst 6.2

Sheaf Stout Carlton & United (Australia) 5.2

Shiner Bock Shiner 4.4

Shiner Light Shiner 3.9

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Sierra Nevada 9.9

Sierra Nevada Celebration Sierra Nevada 6.6

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Sierra Nevada 5.7

Sierra Nevada Porter Sierra Nevada 5.7

Sierra Nevada Stout Sierra Nevada 6.4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Sierra Nevada 4.9

Sierra Nevada Wheat Sierra Nevada 4.7

Singha Boon Rawd Brewery (Thailand) 5
Signature Stroh Beer Pabst 4.8

Snow Cap Ale Pyramid 7
Sol Cerveza Especial Cerveceria Montezuma (Mexico) 4.1 131
Spaten Munich Special Dark Beer Spaten-Brau (Germany) 6.6 185
Spotted Cow New Glarus Brewing 4.8
Spring Run IPA Widmer 6
St. Pauli Girl St. Pauli (Germany) 4.9

St. Pauli Girl Dark St. Pauli (Germany) 4.8

St. Pauli Girl N.A. St. Pauli (Germany) <0.5

Stella Artois Holland 5.2

Stone IPA Stone Brewing 6.9
Stone Old Guardian Stone Brewing 9.9
Stone Pale Ale Stone Brewing 5.4
Stone Smoked Porter Stone Brewing 5.9
Stroh's Beer Pabst 4.6
Stroh's Light Pabst 4.4
Suntory Draft Beer Suntory (Japan) 4.6
Superior Imported Beer Cerveceria Moctezuma (Mexico) 4.3
Terminator McMenamins 6.4
Third Coast Old Ale Bell's/Kalamazoo 10.2
Thos Cooper & Sons Adelaide Lager Cooper & Sons (Australia) 4.2
Thos Cooper & Sons Real Ale Cooper & Sons (Australia) 6.77
Thos Cooper & Sons Stout Cooper & Sons (Australia) 7.1
Tilted Kilt Pyramid 6.3
Trippel Beer New Belgium Brewing 7.8
Tolly Origlnal Premium Ale Tollei-ache & Cobbold (England) 4.85

Tsingtao Tsingtao 4.7

Tsingtao Beer Tsingtao (China) 4.79

Tuborg Deluxe Dark Export G. Heileman 5.1

Tuborg Export Quality G. Heileman 5

Two Hearted Ale Bell's/Kalamazoo 7
Watney's Red Barrel Beer Stag (England) 3.92 142
Weinhard's Amber Ale Henry Weinhard's 5.3

Weinhard's Amber Light Miller 4.2

Weinhard's Blonde Lager Miller 5.1

Weinhard's Dark Henry Weinhard's 4.8

Weinhard's Hefeweizen Henry Weinhard's 4.9

Weinhard's Pale Ale Miller 4.6

Weinhard's Private Reserve Miller 4.8

Widmer Blonde Ale Widmer 4.3
Widmer Hefeweizen Widmer 4.7

Widmer Oktoberfest Widmer 5
Widmer Pale Ale Widmer 5
Widmer Sommerbrä Widmer 4.8
Widmer Widberry Widmer 4.6
Widmer Winternacht Widmer 7
Winter Solstice Anderson Valley 6.9
Wurtzburger Hofbrau Light Wurtzburger Hofbrau Ag (Germany) 5.44
Wurzburger Hofbrau Wurtzburger Hofbrauag (Germany)
Yuengling Ale D.G. Yuengilng 5

Yuengling Lager D.G. Yuengling 4.4
Yuengling Light D.G. Yuengling 3.8
Yuengling Porter D.G. Yuengilng 4.5
Yuengling Premium Beer D.G. Yuengling 4.4


Posted at 9:59am on November 12, 2009 by Rick Jensen

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