Like other forms of alcohol, beers such as Newcastle Brown Ale contain calories that can add up quickly when you have more than one or two in a sitting. Generally speaking, beer contains anywhere from 50 to 150 calories per 12-ounce serving — or the amount in a standard-sized beer bottle—and the calories in Newcastle Brown Ale falls squarely into that range with 131 calories per bottle.
Each 12-ounce bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale has 131 calories.
Calories in Newcastle Brown Ale
Newcastle Brown Ale is part of the Heineken USA portfolio. According to the company, the ale is made from water, malted barley, malted wheat, maltose syrup and hops. The calories in the beer come from the alcohol, which contains 7 calories per gram, and the carbohydrates, which contains 4 calories per gram. Newcastle Brown Ale is 4.7 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and each 12-ounce bottle has 131 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates.
Calories in Other Beers
Legally, breweries are not required to disclose the calories or other nutritional information in alcoholic beverages, though there is a movement to change that. However, there's an easy way to get a general sense of the calorie content of a beer: Beers that have a higher ABV have more calories, while lower-ABV beers contain fewer calories.
The calorie count for a 12-ounce serving of some popular beers include:
Making Smart Choices
Like everything else in life, beer and other alcoholic beverages should be enjoyed in moderation, which is defined by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
When it comes to beer, one drink is considered 12 fluid ounces of 5-percent ABV, just slightly higher than the ABV of Newcastle Brown Ale. For comparison's sake, one drink is also considered to be 5 ounces of a 12-percent alcohol like wine or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits.
To avoid consuming too many liquid calories in one sitting, follow a few smart-drinking tips.
- If you want to drink a beer that is a higher ABV, pour a smaller serving size, such as 8 ounces instead of 12 ounces, to keep the calories in check.
- Be aware that a pint glass — which is what you often get served in a restaurant — is 16 ounces. Therefore, pints of beer will have more total calories than a 12-ounce bottle of beer. Some restaurants offer beer in even larger serving, like 22-ounce pours. In that case, the calories in Newcastle Brown Ale would have around 240 calories.
- Take a break between each drink to consume a glass of water. This can help to keep you hydrated and counteract the effects of the alcohol.
How Drinking Affects Your Weight
Drinking beer such as Newcastle Brown Ale affects your weight not only because of the calorie count but also because of how your body processes alcohol. When you consume alcohol, according to the Cleveland Clinic, your body breaks it down before anything else — and it also uses the alcohol for energy before anything else. That means that your body is using alcohol for energy instead of burning fat stores.
Additionally, getting tipsy from drinking too much beer can lead you to make poor food decisions. When you're sober, you might be adamant that you're going to have a salad for dinner after you home from happy hour with your friends. After a couple of drinks, though, that discounted happy hour food menu looks pretty good — and next thing you know, you're splitting nachos and hot wings with the group.
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