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How Many Oz In A Can Of Beer?

For beer lovers, the most important thing to know is how many ounces of beer can fit in a can.

Whether you’re buying beer for yourself or pouring for a party, understanding the standard beer can size is key.

Read ahead and find out everything you need to know about the different types of beer cans available on the market and how much beer each one holds!

What is a Standard Beer Can Size?

The short answer – 12 oz. The standard serving size for beer in the US is 12 fluid ounces. This means that even if you’re pouring from a 16 oz can, you’ll still only get 12 ounces of liquid per serving.

Differences Between Different Types of Beers

When it comes to brands, there are several types of beers available on the market. These range from traditional American ales and lagers, to craft options like stouts and porters. Depending on the type of beer you choose, it will come in slightly different-sized cans or bottles.

Light vs. Regular Beer Cans

When it comes to light beers like Bud Light and Coors Light, there’s an extra-large option that’s 24 fluid ounces–2 servings worth! But this isn’t just limited to light beers; there are also some craft brands that carry 24-ounce cans as well.

The Most Common Beer Can Sizes Available on the Market

  • 12 oz: This is the most common size can or bottle for beers like Budweiser and Coors Lite
  • 16 oz: Also known as a “tall boy” can–these are common for craft brews like IPAs and stouts
  • 24 oz: These extra-large cans–commonly used for light beers–are twice as large as the typical 12-ounce can

Comparison Chart of Various Beer Can Sizes

Size Fluid Oz Servings per Container Container Type Brands Carrying Container Size

  • 12oz 12 1 Can/Bottle Budweiser, Coors Lite
  • 16oz 16 1 Can IPAs and Stouts
  • 24oz 24 2 Can Bud Light & Coors Light (extra large)

How Much Does One Can Of Beer Weigh?

The answer depends on several factors such as brand and container size but in general, you can expect an average of 13 ounces per can/bottle (including the weight of the container). So while a 12oz serving would weigh slightly less than 13 ounces, an extra-large 24oz can weigh up to 26 ounces!


No matter which type or size of beer you’re after, now you’re armed with knowledge about what’s out there so that your next purchase will be an informed one! And while you weren’t able to measure exactly how many ounces are in each container before cracking a cold one open… at least now you know what to expect!

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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