Beer has been the favorite alcoholic beverage for most Americans. But with the re-emergent of the Apple cider, it is also getting to become one of the best drinks of choice for increasing numbers of Americans. If you’ve been partying lately, you would have seen a lot more people more than ever before walking around with hard cider. How similar are these drinks? Do they offer the same thing? Do they have the same composition and nutritional benefits? To settle the cider vs. beer debate, and to answer your questions, here are some ways beer and cider are different from each other.
Beer and cider differ when it comes to their composition. Hard cider is a combination of apples and yeast. An apple provides antioxidants and vitamin C that protect the hearth and shorten the risk of asthma and diabetes. Beers, on the other hand, are free from fruit juice, and the original composition includes yeast, barley, hops and other grains that yield different nutrients and antioxidants.
Though both cider and beer are made from a fermentation process, their characteristics differ. Cider is made usually made from fermented apple juice, giving it a sweeter taste and a bright color than beer. It won’t be wrong to say it taste like a combination of white wine mixed with apple juice. In contrast, Beer is made from fermented and brewed malted barley; it color also varies because of the color of the malt itself, and one could readily recognize the taste by its bitterness and dryness.
Just like we all know, there are two distinct types of cider the hard cider and the regular cider. The hard cider contains alcohol, and if you are measuring the percentage of alcohol using the alcohol by volume, its alcohol is from 4% to 8%. Beer, on the other hand, has a bit wider range. Since beer also has different types (Stout, Lager, brown ale, and IPA), the percentage range is usually 3-10%, IPA has the highest range of 6-7% alcohol.
The sugar content per bottle of each drink is a significant difference between the glasses. Beer is typically sugar-free, and sugar is only added in small quantities by brewing company to balance the sourness. However, Cider can be very high in sugar. One of the most popular brands of hard cider states that it has a wide range of sugar ranging from Crisping s 15g of sugar for every serving to the Angry Orchard-Crisp Apple’s 23 grams of added sugar. The variation in sugar content is due to the fermentation process because sweeter ciders are often slowly fermented and repeatedly racked in other to strain yeast that feeds on the natural sugars. Dryer ciders allow the yeast to consume most of the natural sugars and these results in a less sweet drink with very high alcohol content.
The calories in both the cider and beer are quite similar but ciders a usually higher in carbohydrates due to the higher level of sugar.