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How Many Calories Are in Hard Apple Cider?

How Many Calories Are in Hard Apple Cider?
Hard apple cider has about the same number of calories as beer. Photo Credit: bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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