Here at Beer of the Month Club Reviews, we’ve seen almost every size of beer there is as we’ve been a member of a dozen different monthly beer clubs over the last eight years. Over those years, we literally received every size of beer you can imagine! From 4.5 ounce beers to 84-ounce beers!
However, being a member of so many different craft beer clubs puts us in the Top 5% of beer aficionados in regards to what we consider a normal beer size. With that said though, generally speaking, in the United States, wine and distilled spirits often come in metric sizes, but the same is just not true for beer, which is why the bottle sizes often vary significantly from one brewer to another.
At times, you will indeed find metric sizes of beers; however, each bottle will also state the number of ounces of liquid that it contains. Sizes in the United States, of course, vary from sizes in Europe. You can generally find craft beer in at least one of the following sizes:
American Bottle Sizes (Craft Beer)
The most common size of American craft beer is twelve ounces, although you will occasionally find it in eleven ounces as well. However, this is uncommon. “Bomber” beers clock in at twenty-two ounces each. There are twenty-four-ounce beers, but these are not very common either. Finally, you may even find a beer that is 25.4 ounces.
European Bottle Sizes (Craft Beer)
European craft beers also vary in size. Some are 11.2 ounces, which is also listed as 33 cl. Others are twelve ounces, and still, others are 16.9 ounces (500ml). Finally, there are beers that are 25.4 ounces (700 ml) and there beers that are 20 ounces – these are only from England and they are also considered one Imperial Pint.
If you find a beer you like in a 500 ml bottle, it is unlikely that you will also find it in either a 12 ounce or 33 cl bottle. Typically, German beers are 500 ml. Belgian beers are usually 33 cl. In general, Europe tends to bottle a mix of 500 ml and 31 cl beers. Some breweries send 12 ounces bottles just to the United States. Beers from Latin America and Asia are usually found in a twelve-ounce bottle.
What Is One Serving?
In the United States, one serving of beer is equivalent to twelve ounces. The majority of craft beers are either this size or are slightly smaller at 11.2 ounces. With this serving size, as a member of one of the beer of the month clubs we recommend, everyone at your table should be able to choose the beer that they want to drink the most.
It is not unusual anymore to find craft beers in large bottles with a high alcohol content. As a result, the traditional serving size is being reexamined. For example, if a beer contains nine percent alcohol, one serving size should be adjusted to approximately six ounces. Therefore, if that beer comes in a 12-ounce bottle, it is actually two servings and can be shared.
Bigger Bottles of Beer
You will often find large bottles of beer stored in the same place that restaurants keep bottled wine. Both the 750 ml bottles and the 22-ounce bottles are great for multiple people to enjoy. Craft beer differs from macro-brews in that way. Bigger bottles look nice and often catch the attention of others in the room, which can lead to higher sales.
Cans of Beer
Breweries are increasingly using aluminum cans to hold their beer, and the most common sizes are twelve-ounce (12 oz) and sixteen-ounce (16 oz) cans. These hold beer well and keep the flavor intact, but they are not as popular in nicer restaurants where glass bottles hold a higher perceived value.
How Many Ounces Are In A Can Of Beer?
So all of the above is the long answer to the question. The short answer is 12 ounces, which is based on the “average” American beer size. Hope this article has been helpful and that it’s inspired you to join a Beer of the Month Club 🙂