• Alcohol Content in Wine and Other Drinks

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    Where does wine stand in the spectrum of alcoholic drinks? While most people assume that beer is lighter alcohol than wine, this isn’t always the case. Let’s dispel some common misconceptions about beer vs. wine and other alcoholic drinks and see the wide variation of alcohol levels in beverages.

     Alcohol Content in Wine (Infographic)

    Alcohol Content in Wine, Beer and Liquor - infographic

    Alcohol Content in different kinds of Beer, Wine and Liquor

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    • 3.5% Heineken Premium Light, Amstel Light
    • 4% Guinness Black
    • 4.2% Bud/Coors Light
    • 4.4% Yuengling
    • 4.6% Corona Extra
    • 5% Coors/Budweiser/MGD/Stella Artois
    • 5% Heineken
    • 5.6% Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • 8.4% Tripel Karmeliet (Belgium ale)
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    WINE
    • 5-6.5% Moscato d’Asti
    • 7-8% German Riesling
    • 10.5-12% Most American, Austrian and Australian Riesling
    • 11.5-12.5% Lambrusco (sparkling red/rosé)
    • 12-13% Most Pinot Grigio
    • 12.5-13% Most Beaujolais
    • 12.5-13% Most Sauvignon Blanc
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    • 13.5% – 15% Malbec
    • 13-14.5%% Most Chardonnay
    • 13.5-14.5% Most Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and French Syrah
    • 14 – 15% Most Shiraz and American Syrah
    • 14.5% Sauternes (sweet white dessert wine)
    • 14- 15.5% Most Zinfandel
    • 14 – 15% Most Grenache
    • 15% Muscat (sweet dessert wine)
    • 15.9% Rombauer and Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel
    • 16% Mollydooker Shiraz
    • 17-21% Port, Madeira, Sherry, Other Fortified Dessert Wines ARC International Lumi... Buy New $31.87
    20% VERMOUTH
     
    17-20% SAKE
     
    21-35% SHOCHU
     
    30-39% FRUIT & HERB LIQUEUR
     
    35-46% LIQUOR
    • 35-40% Gin
    • 35-46% Vodka
    • 40-46% Whisky, Scotch, Rum, Tequila
    55-60% CASK STRENGTH WHISKY/SCOTCH
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    Reprinted with permission from Wine Folly.

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