It’s hard to avoid beer on St. Patrick’s Day, and realistically, it’s probably something you don’t want to avoid if you are going out with friends to the local pub.
But, there just might be some middle ground: Guinness, one of the most popular choices for St. Patty’s Day, is actually one of the best beers you can drink, calorically speaking.
While alcohol prevents fat loss, sometimes nothing beats throwing a few back with the boys. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most popular Irish beers to drink on St. Patrick’s Day with their calorie content, from lowest to highest.
Calorie Information For Top 10 Irish Beers (per 12 ounces)
(From lowest calorie to highest calorie)
1. Guinness Draught = 125 Calories
A black beer that’s a rich and creamy Irish favorite, it’s got great roasted malt flavor.
2. O’Hara’s Celtic Stout = 129 Calorie
Robust and full-bodied, this beer has both sweetness and a roasty bite.
3. O’Hara’s Irish Wheat = 140 Calories
Quite mild, this wheat beer tastes slightly of banana, peach, & plum, and goes down smooth.
4. Oyster Stout = 144 Calories
With rounded malt flavors and a creamy, smooth finish, you’ll also find a hint of oyster in the taste.
5. Beamish Stout = 146 Calories
Often compared to Guinness, this stout has a lighter, spicier flavor.
6. Smithwick’s Pale Ale = 150 Calories
Another red ale, this one is characterized by hops and a little malty caramel.
7. Harp Lager = 153 Calories
A cleaner taste than many on this list, Harp is a much lighter beer.
8. Kilkenny’s Irish Cream Ale = 163 Calories
Sweet and creamy, this amber brew has the rich aroma and flavor of toasted malt.
9. Murphy’s Red Ale = 171
This ale is dry, crisp, hoppy & highly carbonate.
10. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout = 176
Surprisingly less bitter than plain old Guinness, this beer is darker and stronger than the draught.
Have a fun St. Patty’s Day!