BFB BEER REPORT: Sip Slower to Keep Your Oktoberfest From Adding Pounds
Pumpkins and weather cool enough for layering might be what you look forward to each fall, but for many BFBs, it’s football and the return of their favorite beer—Oktoberfest. Not only are these varieties popping up on bar menus, but there are also the parties and fests themselves.
If you can’t help but swap out your regular lite order for a sweet, fall-filled glass, you’re not alone. Just keep in mind that, on average, Oktoberfests run about 80 to 100+ calories more per bottle than calorie-conscious beers like Miller Lite (96 calories per 12-ounce bottle).
To keep calories in check, tip back half the number of glasses that you usually would when you’re drinking. Luckily, thanks to the full-bodied nature of these autumn beers, sipping is the best way to enjoy them anyway.
Check out the calories of some of the most popular Oktoberfest brews below.
CALORIES IN POPULAR OKTOBERFEST BEERS
All calories based on 12-ounce bottles. When calorie info wasn’t listed online, breweries were called directly.
Dogtoberfest, 159 calories
… a great red copper tone and the scent of malty sweetness with hints of caramel
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, 176 calories*
… light (Helles) German beer brewed in Munich and served at Oktoberfest
Great Lakes Oktoberfest, 180 calories
.. an amber lager with rich malt flavor balanced by fragrant noble hops
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, 180 calories
… a malt lover’s dream, masterfully blending together five roasts of barley to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, 185 calories
… sweet maltiness … over a clean, hop bitterness
Bell’s Octoberfest, 185 calories
… a full bodied, malty flavor that is balanced by a refreshing bitterness derived from fine noble hops
Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager, 186.9 calories
… a special blend of imported German malts that creates a full-bodied brew and stresses a malty flavor and lingering aroma
Summit Oktoberfest, 215-225 calories
… reddish-bronze color, smooth finish
* This beer is sold in 3.4 oz bottles, 50 calories, or 16-oz bottles, 224 calories, but we listed the 12-ounce amount to be fair.