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How Tall Is A Beer Can?

There’s nothing quite like a cold can of your favorite brew. But have you ever wondered how tall a beer can actually is?

Well, read on to learn all about beer can dimensions and sizes, and how they affect the way we enjoy our beer.

Definition of Beer Can Dimensions

In general, standard beer cans come in 8-, 12-, 16- or 24-ounce varieties. When measuring them straight up, they typically range from 4 to 6 inches in height. The widths vary depending on their capacity but they are generally around 2 inches wide.

It’s also important to note that not every type of can is built to these specifications — especially craft brewery cans, which often differ in size and shape.

Measuring Height: Traditional Method & Digital Tools

Measuring the height of your beer can is surprisingly simple if you have the right tools! The traditional method requires you to use either a ruler or tape measure for accuracy — just stick it against your can and check out the result.

Alternatively, you could use digital tools such as a smartphone app or even google search ‘Height of Beer Can’ for some quick results.

Calculate Volume According to Height

Once you know the exact dimensions (height, width, and capacity) of your beer can, it’s time to calculate its volume using an online calculator or simple math calculations: volume = area x height (where area = width x depth).

Knowing this information will give you an insight into how much liquid is inside each container before filling it up with delicious brews!

Standard Sizes of Cans Used in the Brewing Industry

The most popular types of cans used by breweries are 11.5 ounces (355 ml), 12 ounces (340 ml), 16 ounces (473 ml) and 24 ounces (710 ml).

These containers are perfect for packaging craft beers as they take up less space than glass bottles when shipping large volumes around the world while providing ample protection against UV rays and other contaminants— as well as not breaking when dropped like glass bottles might!

Different Types of Can Design: Strengths & Weaknesses

When ordering cans from suppliers or producing them yourself, there are two main types available – drawn steel (straight) or drawn aluminum extruded cans with paper backing that provide structure for printing on them.

While both types offer attractive packaging designs that suit different markets perfectly, each has its strengths and weaknesses — such as weight restrictions for air shipments or limited storage space for extruded cans due to their size/shape differences when stacked/stored against one another.

How Can Size Affect the Taste Of Beer

When choosing between different-sized containers to package your beers it’s important to consider how taste is affected by size — bigger containers tend to hold more hops which adds bitterness; while smaller ones may lead towards sweeter notes due to less hop content being infused during the brewing process.

Also, larger containers tend to draw more attention from potential customers due to their larger presence on store shelves compared with smaller products!


Now that you know how tall a standard-size beer can is; understand its dimensions; calculate its volume; learn about popular sizes used by breweries; discover strengths or weaknesses different designs offer; appreciate how size affects taste – we hope you’ve gained a deeper appreciation for this common aluminum container that we love so much!

Author Image Fabian
I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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