Fermented apple cider, also known as hard apple cider, is increasing in popularity in the United States, perhaps because Americans are searching for a greater variety of flavors in their alcoholic beverages, notes a January 2014 MarketWatch article. Although hard apple cider may sound healthier, you won't really be saving calories if you choose it instead of beer.
When it comes to fizzy alcoholic drinks, hard apple cider isn't the lowest-calorie choice. Hard apple cider varies in calories, depending upon the brand, with many of these ciders containing between 140 and 210 calories in each 12-ounce bottle. In comparison, a 12-ounce bottle of regular beer has about 145 calories, and the same amount of stout has about 190 calories. Lager is a lower-calorie option, with about 120 calories per 12-ounce serving.