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How Many Calories in Alcohol Free Beer?

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Melissa Ross began writing professionally in 2009, with work appearing in various online publications. She has been an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer since 2006. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton.
How Many Calories in Alcohol Free Beer?
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Alcohol-free beer contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than regular beer. Understanding calorie and alcohol content of alcohol-free and nonalcoholic beers enables informed dietary decisions.

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Caloric Content

According to the book “Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport” by Melvin H. Williams, 12 ounces of alcohol-free beer contains 48 calories. Beer labeled as nonalcoholic contains 55 calories per 12 ounce serving.

Alcohol Content

Alcohol-free beer contains 0 grams of alcohol while nonalcoholic beer can contain up to 0.5 percent alcohol or 1 gram. Pure alcohol contains 7 calories per gram.

Carbohydrate Content

Regular beer contains 13 grams of carbohydrates per 12 ounces while alcohol-free and nonalcoholic beer contains 12 grams per 12 ounces. Four ounces of wine contains 4 grams of carbohydrates while light beer contains 7 grams per 12 ounces.


The alcohol content in nonalcoholic beer is insignificant. Although some states allow minors to consume nonalcoholic beer, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University notes that the practice may encourage poor drinking habits.

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