What’s the Difference Between Beer and Cider?

Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages around the world, but cider, a staple in Britain, is growing in popularity in the states. Most cider and beer lovers have a hard time differentiating between the two. Here are a couple of differences you should be knowledgeable of.


Beer is made from malted barley while cider is made from fermented apple juice. There are several beers that contain fruit and other ingredients, but the core is always malted barley. No true cider contains malted grains.


Beer comes in a variety of colors from pale to very dark depending on the malt. Ciders are often yellow, orange or brown. Ciders may also vary in cloudiness and sediment due to the fermentation process and filtering.

Sugar Content

The amount of sugar in beer compared to cider is the biggest difference. Beer contains a larger amount of complex sugars post-fermentation which aids in balancing bitterness and rounds out the mouthfeel. Beer and Cider both can have sugar added to it in order to dry it out or even to increase the sweetness. Sugar is not used post-fermentation to sweeten beer while with cider it can be used pre or post-filtering to balance the acidity or mouthfeel. Cider contains a higher quantity of sugar and varies per brand. Dry ciders allow the yeast to feed on the natural sugars to create a less sweet and higher alcohol content. As well as the difference in fermentation, beer is boiled while cider is more often than not, not boiled.

Health Benefits

The fruit juice in ciders contain antioxidants including polyphenols. According to one study, these antioxidants have been linked to protecting against certain types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Naturally occurring polyphenols are present in hops and malts, but brewers often remove it during the beer-making process because it makes the beer cloudy. In a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, beer does contain flavonoids (a type of polyphenol compound) that may be good for your heart.

Alcohol Content

Beer and cider have a similar alcohol content, but in America cider can be alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic. In most English speaking countries, cider is synonymous with alcoholic apple fermented products and apple juice encapsulates all of the other varieties of non-alcoholic apple beverages. Beer always contains alcohol.

These differences don’t make one better than the other. Some may say people who aren’t beer drinkers should start off with ciders and work their way to beer. Regardless of preference, there are a variety of ciders and beers to choose from. If you would like to taste the difference between a cider and beer, try McKenzie’s Hard Cider and Stella Artois Cidre.

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How Does Beer Get Its Color?

The primary ingredients in beer include water, yeast, hops, and grains (malted barley or other grains). With our evolving taste in beer, this has led many breweries to introduce a variety of light, dark, seasonal and fruity beers. With such a variety of flavors and beer colors, what exactly is being added to beer to have so many variations?

Beer Colors

There are a variety of terms to describe the color of beer including pale, blonde, honey-like, straw, pale and much more, but how exactly does beer get its color?

The first method for measuring beer color was invented by J.W. Lovibond in 1873. The Lovibond system originally used colored slides to measure the degrees of color, but the beer color was later graded by comparing it to glass standards.

The Lovibond system’s limitations became apparent. By the 1950s, the American Society of Brewing Chemists utilized the Standard Reference Method (SRM) color system and the Europeans developed their color system called the European Brewing Convention (EBC). Both systems are derived from using light spectrophotometer technology. If you don’t have a spectrophotometer laying around, you can use calibrated color reference cards.

The most significant source of beer color comes from the pigments in the grain. The longer the grains are dried and the higher the drying temperature, the darker the grist and the more opaque the beer will be.

Caramelization also plays a role in the final color. When you heat sugar at a high temperature, the sugar molecules will fall apart. This darkens the malt.

What are Adjuncts?

Adjuncts, a non-malt source of fermentable sugars, can be added to the brewing process which will impact the color. Types of adjuncts may include barley, rye, oats, maize, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, sugar, fruit, and other natural ingredients. Adjuncts can be added to lighten the body, prevent cloying sweetness, provide a silky mouthfeel and produce flavored beers like pumpkin ales.

Why the negativity on beer colors and adjuncts? It may stem from the idea of an all-malt beer offering a higher quality and full-bodied flavor and beers with adjuncts are viewed as low quality.

Beer has a rich history and even the SRM and EBC methods have limitations, but do a reasonable job. We hope this article helps you understand how beer gets its color and how it can change based on the brewing process.