If you are new to the world of alcohol, or you’d like to learn more about it, you may be wondering, just how much alcohol is in beer? The answer is far from simple. Different beers have different alcohol percentages, and beer from different areas of the world can have drastically different percentages than the same beer brewed in the United States. Generally speaking, beer is usually 3-9% alcohol, although alcohol percentages of over 10% are not unheard of in many areas of the world.
Light beers generally contain less alcohol than full-bodied beers. Stouts, lagers, and most dark beers generally contain more alcohol than lightly colored ones. If you are wondering what alcohol percentage the specific type of beer you are drinking has, check the bottle. Most beers brewed in the United States list the alcohol percentage on the bottle itself, usually at the bottom of the front label. Others list it on the box. However, many foreign beers simply do not list the alcohol percentage anywhere on the beer’s packaging. This is because many foreign countries do not require the alcohol content to be listed, while others require it by law.
Thankfully, finding out how much alcohol is in beer is easier now than it was 20 years ago, thanks to the Internet. If you cannot find the alcohol percentage of a specific beer, simply search for it on Google. Search terms like “_____ alcohol percentage” should work fine (the blank should be filled by the name of the beer you are curious about. There are several websites that list the percentages for a variety of beers. If you cannot find it on any private websites, search the web for the brewing company. Every beer I have seen has listed the brewing company on the packaging somewhere, and the brewing company’s website should have the alcohol percentage listed.
However, simply knowing the alcohol percentage won’t necessarily tell you how much it will affect you. That is only learned through first-hand experience. My advice is to start slow, and don’t drink to excess. Generally speaking, if a beer contains 4-6% alcohol, like most do, then 2-4 beers will have a large effect on most social drinkers. Lower alcohol content beers are good for new drinkers because they don’t allow you to get too drunk. However, like most mind-altering substances, you can build a tolerance to alcohol. Alcoholics and people who drink daily or almost daily may need 7-12+ beers to get drunk. Also, some people have expressed that darker beers affect them more, regardless of alcohol content.
I hope this article has helped you to learn how much alcohol is in beer. It is important to know these things, especially if you have to drive or do anything important or potentially dangerous after drinking. Learn how much specific beers affect you, and drink safely and reasonably. As always, please enjoy beer responsibly, and don’t drive drunk.