Calories In Modelo Especial: Complete Breakdown

Modelo Especial is the bestselling Mexican lager from Grupo Modelo. If, like me, you love Mexican beers but are watching your calories, then it would be wise to find out how many calories are in Modelo Especial. Well, here’s the answer:

A standard 12 fl. oz (355 ml) serving of Modelo Especial has 144 calories, with 13.6 grams of carbohydrates.

If you want to know about the calorie breakdown of this refreshing Mexican beer, then read on.

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Calories And Carbs In Modelo Especial

Modelo Especial has 144 calories, 13.6 grams of carbohydrates, and 1.1 grams of protein per standard 12 oz bottle/can. 144 calories is quite standard for adjunct lagers like Modelo Especial. Let’s look at how this beer compares to others in this category.

Modelo Especial Calories Compared

BeerCalories per 12 oz
Corona Extra148 Calories
Pabst Blue Ribbon142 Calories
Budweiser145 Calories
Modelo Especial143 Calories
Pacifico140 Calories

As you can see in the table above, Modelo Especial has a higher calorie count than Pacifico and Pabst Blue Ribbon, but is actually slightly lower in calories compared to Corona Extra or Budweiser. While there is fewer than 10 calories difference between these beers, those calories can soon add up once you’ve had a few beers.

How Much Sugar Is In Modelo?

Modelo does not include any information about sugar in their nutrition information. That’s because alcohol labeling regulations in the United States do not require manufacturers to list the sugar content of their alcoholic beverages. Although we do not know the precise amount of sugar in Modelo Especial, it’s not likely to be very much at all.

Beer is typically very low in sugar despite being made with sugary ingredients. That’s because the sugar present in the ingredients is consumed and converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide during the brewing process. The calories in beer mostly come from alcohol, not from sugar.

Is There Fat In Modelo?

Modelo’s website lists zero grams of fat in the beer’s nutrition information. That, too, is fairly standard for beer, which is not a fatty beverage. There are few fats in the ingredients that make beer, especially a simple beer like Modelo.

Is Modelo Especial Low Carb / Keto Friendly?

Modelo Especial could theoretically fit into a keto or low-carb diet, but it depends on how strict your diet is. A not-so-strict low-carb diet may restrict daily carbohydrate intake to 100-150 grams. In this case, a 12 oz serving of Modelo Especially could fit within this limit as it has 13.6 grams of carbs, which is about 10% of the daily allowance.

The keto diet, on the other hand, is a much more restrictive diet that requires one get most of their calories from protein and fats, and not from carbohydrates. This will leave very little room for the 13.6 grams of carbs found in a bottle of Modelo Especial. Because the bulk of the calories in beer come from alcohol and carbohydrates, beer is usually not considered keto-friendly, and that is true for Modelo Especial, too.