How Much Does a Can of Beer Weigh

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Are you traveling and wondering how much of your favorite canned beer you can take along? First, you must get the facts straight by answering one question: how much does a can of beer weigh?

Mostly, the weight of the beer depends on the manufacturer and the density. Nonetheless, this article will show you how beer weight is calculated.

How Much Does a Can of Beer Weigh?

Usually, a 12 ounce can of beer, the recommended serving size, weighs 0.78 pounds. However, to get to 0.78 pounds, I ought to relate the weight of the beer to that of water. Typically, alcohol is lighter than water, though the proteins and carbohydrates in the beer give it some weight.

An image of a black and white can of beer

Nonetheless, it is assumed that beer has the same weight as water despite the proportion of the three ingredients determining its weight. So, the beer weighs 8.34 Pounds or 128 Ounces, just like a gallon of water.

To get the pounds per 12 ounces can, I divide 12 by 128, which equals 0.094 gallons/can.

Finally, 0.094 gal x 8.34 lb/gal = 0.78 lbs

A 12 ounce can of beer also comes with a range pack of 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30. To get the total weight, you multiply 0.78 pounds by the number of cans in the package.

How Much Does an Empty Beer Can Weigh?

The weight of beer cans changes over time. For instance, aluminum cans of beer weighed approximately 0.0365 pounds or 16.6 grams in the early 1990s. According to the Australian Aluminum Council, an average aluminum can weighs 0.0330 pounds or 14.9 grams (30% less because of less metal used).

In other words, it would take you at least 32 to 34 empty aluminum cans to get one pound!

How Does Beer Density Affect Its Weight?

Typically, beer density is affected by the moisture content of the ingredients and brewing temperature. In other words, a slight change in any of the two factors affects the density of the beer and, consequently, the weight.

A can of beer

Beer is made of four ingredients according to the famous German Purity Law Beer of 1516. They include:

  • Water
  • Malt
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Each of the ingredients has its moisture content. However, water is used as a reference point when measuring other liquid substances. In other words, beer density can be referred to as the amount of water within the beer.

Therefore, beer with a lower moisture content has a higher density and is heavier and vice versa. Additionally, temperature affects the beer density and, in return, its weight. Usually, brewers use water’s highest density of 4 degrees as a reference point.

Related Questions

How Much Does a 16 Ounce Can of Beer Weigh?

A 16 ounce can of beer weighs approximately 1.03 pounds.

Why Choose Beer Cans Over a Bottled Beer?

In terms of weight, the canned beer weighs less than bottled beer. Typically a glass bottle weighs more than an aluminum can. Therefore you can easily transport or ship a bigger can load than bottled beer.

A can of beer on the floor

How Much Does a 24-Case of Canned Beer Weigh?

A single can of beer weighs 0.78 pounds. Therefore, a 24 pack of 12-ounce cans will weigh; 0.78*24= 18.72 pounds.

Additionally, you have to factor in the case weight. Normally, a 24-pack case of canned beer measures 16*16*24 inches and must include its weight in the final tally.


Knowing the weight of one can of beer gives you the option to decide how much you can ship or carry to your upcoming picnic. Additionally, you can comfortably calculate the percentage of alcohol content if you are making your beer.