Stop the nonsense!
Calories in beer.
12 / 2015
The past year the newspapers have published a now highly recognizable graph several times. The last time it was part of an article about calories in beer. Unfortunately beer was once again brought down as the most high-calorie drink. I also remember articles in Goed Gevoel, Weekend Knack and BodyTalk with the same conlusion. And this was: "Champagne is the most low-calorie acoholic beverage for new years eve and beer is the most high-calorie drink."
"Enough is enough. Let's return to what’s real. And that is that beer often contains fewer calories than most other alcoholic beverages. Did you fall from your chair? There is more to come. "
Beers and wines are always compared in different amounts. It is obvious that there are much too little nutritionists or dietitians that are beer lovers, for they would already have noticed that the beer experience has changed. It's no longer about quantity, but quality.
"And I drink my beer in a wine glass at home or in a restaurant, where my husband and I often share a bottle of 33 cl. Also, the restaurants that I coach as beer sommelier work with elegant glassware on the table. Nobody drinks 33cl with every course of a five-course menu."
Here are 2 charts to begin with (Het Nieuwsblad & De Standaard). According to one chart a wine lover only drinks 10 cl of wine, but that doesn’t seem accurate. The 17.5 cl in the other graph looks to me like a far better estimation. If we take the information from the chart and compare the drinks in the same amounts, you get a very different result:
- 1 beer 50 cl contains 215 calories: in the same amount as the wine, the beer contains only 71.5 calories compared to 126 calories of red wine
- 1 bottle of Duvel contains 198 calories: in the same amount of a glass of champagne, Duvel contains 66 calories instead of the 88 calories in champagne.
The Brewers of Europe, the European Brewers Federation, have decided that from now on she will list the calories in beer on the label. I have nothing against these rules, but it has to go both ways, same rules for wine and other alcoholic beverages. But this stirred up a lot of protest of the wine industry. I read in articles many reasons why they think that this rule shouldn’t apply to wine such as that wine is more sophisticated than beer, that people care more about the taste of wine than they do with beer. That is literally stepping on the already bleeding heart of our beer country. And that proves there is still a lot of ignorance about this beautiful and refined product that beer really is.
One of the quotes: "The true wine lover will not drink less wine because of the calories" says the Belgian wine expert Alain Bloeykens. "For him only the flavor counts." Well, it may come as a surprise for Alain, but we also drink beer because of the taste.
"For the holidays and new years eve I can absolutely recommend a beer as an aperitif."
Do you serve refreshing beers such as Duvel, Saison Dupont or Averbode, or do you go for the sophisticated acidity of an old Geuze and old Kriek. Than I have very good news for you: the taste buds of your guests will be spoiled, without them having to to be worried about the calories.