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Calories in Belgian Beer

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author image Erin Beck
Erin Beck began writing professionally in 2008 as an opinion columnist for the West Virginia University student newspaper, "The Daily Athenaeum." She has worked in health promotion at the university and as a communications intern at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Master of Public Health, both from West Virginia University.
Calories in Belgian Beer
There are different kinds of Belgian beers. Photo Credit: sfe-co2/iStock/GettyImages

Belgian beers range from lower-calorie pale ales to calorie-dense lambic beers. Pale ales tend to have less alcohol, and the more alcohol in a beer, the more calories it has, according to Health.gov.

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Types

Types of Belgian beer include:

  • Lambic ale, which is often flavored with fruit
  • Dubbel, a malty beer
  • Witbier, a wheat beer
  • Sour ale
  • Pilsner, a pale lager
  • Brown ale

They also include pale ales such as amber ale, strong golden ale and saison, according to BelgianStyle.com.

Calories

A Euro pale lager may have anywhere from 70 to 130 calories per 12-ounce beer, according to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate. A 12-ounce witbier like a Blue Moon will likely have around 170 calories. A 12-ounce Belgian pale ale may have around 200 calories. A Belgian strong dark ale or dubbel beer may have around 168 calories per 12-ounce serving

Warning

Keep alcohol intake moderate to prevent problems like cirrhosis of the liver, inflammation of the pancreas, and damage to the heart and brain. Moderate is considered one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men.

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