Michelob Ultra.... 4 or 0 points?

Written by megneb (meghan) on 2/8/2011 7:33 PM | COMMENTS (14)

So every Tuesday I go play trivia with some friends. It's always fried foods and beer. I normally am good with just a piece or 2 of the yummy fried goodness, but the beer is normally the problem. I like ales and ambers and those are typically 4 points a pop.

I did some research this evening before I head over there and looked up Michelob Ultra. I have had this beer before and don't mind it, not the favorite but it's not too bad. I looked up the nutritional information on the Michelob Ultra website. I also saw Michelob Ultra Amber (however the reviews of it online aren't the best). It lists the exact nutrition info for all ultras. Here is the info for Michelob Ultra and Michelob Ultra Amber for 12oz bottle:

                                 Ultra                      Ultra Amber
Fat                              0                                 0
Carbs                         2.6                              3.2
Protein                       0.6                              1.1
Fiber                           0                                 0

If you plug that into the WW calculator you get 0 for both, however if you look up Michelob Ultra (it doesn't show regular but all others) it shows 4 points. Where does the 4 points come from?

Anyone have any helpful information? Well I am off to play trivia and drink some 0 point Ultra beer! :)

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  • Post Image akstout18 (ak)

    8/16/2013 9:19 PM
    I found this explanation of calculating alcohol points which aligns with what we see when we look up things like mich ultra. With this calculation you see where the 3 points come from http://www.exercise4weightloss.com/points-plus-for-alcohol.html.


  • Post Image jeostr00

    7/12/2013 11:46 AM
    On the WW site the Michelob Ultra is 3 pts plus and the amber is 4. Hope this helps.


  • Post Image randybrandy (brandy)

    5/29/2013 3:37 PM
    I asked about this just today in our meeting. She said that when calculating alcohol from the nutrition facts on the label, substitute sugar for fat. I still got a 6 point bottle of wine this way. seems too good to be true.


  • Post Image baige73

    3/8/2013 12:21 PM
    Some of WW calculations are silly, you can run 20 minutes and get less point value then eliptical? I just use the calculator for this beer and go with 2 pts (safe side) for each one.


  • Post Image girlsmiley714

    2/12/2013 4:21 PM
    I would like to know the "official WW" answer to this too. I play in a poker league every Tuesday night and decided to substitue my usual glass of wine with a Mich Ultra. I figured if wine is 4, the Ultra is probably not 0 so I split the difference and count it as 2. Not perfect math but I figured it was close enough for now.


  • Post Image tracywagner65 (tracy)

    2/2/2013 5:05 PM
    Does weight watcher's answer these questions? I would like to know the answer too.


  • Post Image shelli5309 (shelli )

    8/9/2012 8:40 PM
    If Miller light has the SAME carbs as Ultra Amber, why is Miller light listed as 3pts. and Amber as 4 pts? I love Amber and I am so frustrated to find this out!


  • Post Image slpbri

    7/27/2012 9:08 PM
    Hey! Did you ever get an answer on this??


  • Post Image dustinjharder

    3/17/2012 5:00 PM
    Rachelum has it right. Thank you!!! Makes sense.


  • Post Image gorebs1 (ben )

    1/21/2012 5:33 PM
    Also, on the Beer Cheat Sheet here http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=34301 it lists Coors Light as 3 points. But if you search it in the tracker it shows it as 4 points.


  • Post Image weavece (chrissy)

    1/7/2012 2:06 PM
    I also am confused, because I used the WW scanner app on my phone that scans the bar code on the back and brings up the product. When I did that it brought up the product (the beer) and it said that it was 0 points... so that's not me using the calculator that's the app assigning it from product information! I would like an answer from WW too because this is their app....


  • Post Image rachaelum

    7/29/2011 8:59 PM
    Hopefully you have figured this out but the calculator doesn't work for alcohol. Alcohol is kind of a macronutrient in that it has 7 calories per gram (fat has 9 calories per gram, protein and carbs have 4 calories per gram). Your body breaks down alcohol into sugar, which is why WW assigns it points values. So always use the listing for drinks, not the calculator! If you search for "weight watchers and beer" you'll get a cheat sheet for the major domestic beers. Hope this helps!


  • Post Image sugarbuster6975

    3/2/2011 8:55 PM
    Yes. I have this same inquiry myself. Believe me that I was beside myself when a group of us at dinner realized that you could have a 6-pack for 2pts or so. Sounds like a party to me!!! I really wish someone at WeightWatchers.com would answer this pondering question. I would LOVE to know.


  • Post Image kenev7

    2/8/2011 7:50 PM
    I'm thinking somehow the calories must come into play, I just don't know how?? I switched from Miller Lite to MGD 64...Miller Lite was 3 for 12oz, MGD64 is 2 for 12 oz....Very interesting...Let me know if you find out anything.....




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