Beck’s Gluten Test #2

As with the recent Warsteiner validation test I also tested Beck’s a second time using a different test kit. In the first test I used the Imutest test kit which uses the antibody Skerritt. And here is the result with Biomedal’s kit which uses the G12 antibody.

Beer: Beck’s
Producer: Beck’s Brewery/Anheuser Busch InBev
Originating country: Germany
Brewing location: Germany
Bottle size: 0.5 l = approx. 16 Oz.
Alcohol by volume: 4.9%
Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops
Miscellaneous: -

Beck's Gluten Test

Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

I tested with a threshold of 5 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Beck's Gluten Test

Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 5 ppm. According to the instructions there should appear a clearly visible red test line on the right of the test area ( T ) to indicate the presence of gluten. The blue line on the left test area ( C ) is a control line and indicates that the extract/sample is suitable, the test has been performed correctly and all reagents are active. In this test there is no indication that Beck’s has more than 5 ppm gluten. However, it is not a medical advice – please see my facts page.

    Dorada Gluten Test

    Dorada is a very nice beer from the Canary Islands which belong to Spain. The Canaries have a mild climate all year and so a cold Dorada is always an option even during Canarian winters. Mainly tourists from England, France, Germany, Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries visit the islands to enoy the sun. And for all those who are sensitive to gluten and plan to go there this test is for you.

    Beer: Dorada
    Producer: CCC (Compania Cervecera de Canarias)
    Originating country: Spain
    Brewing location: Spain
    Bottle size: 0.5 l can = approx. 16 Oz.
    Alcohol by volume: 4.7%
    Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops (translated from Spanish)
    Miscellaneous: -

    Dorada Gluten Test Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance Dorada Gluten Test Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance

    Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

    Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten. According to the instructions there should appear a clearly visible pink test spot on the left of the test area ( T ) to indicate the presence of gluten. But this test is negative. The pink spot on the right test area ( C ) is a control spot and indicates that the extract/sample is suitable, the test has been performed correctly and all reagents are active. Even though the detection limit in this kit is very low (1-2 ppm) and the test is negative please note this is not a medical advice – please see also my facts page.

    Dorada Gluten Test Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance

      How to read the gluten test summary table

      The most visited page on my site is the test results summary table. As I received a few enquiries how the table works here a short explanation on how to read the test results.

      I test the beer with two different test kits which also work differently.

      The Imutest kit works with an intensity scale, the darker the test spot the more gluten is in the sample. The test spot intensity is scaled from 0 (no visible spot) to 20 (dark red) whilst the control spot is estimated with an intensity of 6/7 (light pink). This allows the estimation of the level of gluten based on assay from the manufacturer. In the example below the test spot was rarely visible (intensity of 1 or 2) and so the gluten level is very low, surely below 20 ppm and maybe even below 5 ppm.

      The Biomedal kit works with thresholds which can be set to 40, 20 or 5 ppm depending of the number of drops from the extraction solution which will be added to the unit. If a red test line appears the test is positive. In the example below the test with the 5 ppm threshold was negative so the beer has less than 5 ppm gluten.

      how to read this table

        Warsteiner Gluten Test #2

        This is the second test of famous German beer Warsteiner. The first Warsteiner gluten test was negative and it actually became my favourite beer, also because of the test result. In the first test I used the Imutest test kit which uses the antibody Skerritt. To validate the result I wanted to see how Biomedal’s kit with the G12 antibody reacts. In a recent post I listed some test kits and information about antibodies and how they work. But to make it simple – the more tests are negative the safer it is for gluten-intolerant people.

        Beer: Warsteiner Premium Verum
        Producer: Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG
        Originating country: Germany
        Brewing location: Germany
        Bottle size: 0.5 l = approx. 16 Oz.
        Alcohol by volume: 4.8%
        Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops extract
        Miscellaneous: -

        Warsteiner Low Gluten Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance

        Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

        I tested with a threshold of 5 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

        Warsteiner Low Gluten Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance

        Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 5 ppm. According to the instructions there should appear a clearly visible red test line on the right of the test area ( T ) to indicate the presence of gluten. The blue line on the left test area ( C ) is a control line and indicates that the extract/sample is suitable, the test has been performed correctly and all reagents are active. In this test there is no indication that Warsteiner has more than 5 ppm gluten. However, it is not a medical advice – please see my facts page.

          Some information about gluten test kits

          Today I want to inform you about my experiences with the gluten test kits I use to test the level of gluten in beer.

          According to my doctor the toughest for men with Celiac Disease is the avoidance of normal beer as beer naturally is brewed with barley and so they believe they cannot consume it anymore. When I was diagnosed with CD I had the same reaction. I don’t like strong alcohol or wine but I really enjoyed a beer with friends. In our culture beer is a popular drink when socialising. It’s not about getting drunk but moderate consumption of beer in good company gives you a good feeling.

          I gave up wheat containing pasta, pizza and bred – not so difficult for pizza but I really loved pasta and the numerous wonderful German bread types. So I said OK I gave up good food already but is it true that I cannot drink normal beer anymore and have to drink this horrible tasting and expensive gf beers brewed with artificial ingredients, glucose syrup and whatever? And now after more than one year testing beer on its gluten content I am convinced that a lot of normal beers are suitable for a lot of Celiacs. Not for all – there are people who react on the tiniest amount of gluten. But I believe the majority can drink a lot of the normal beers available without getting reactions or intestinal damage. But it definitely makes sense to test your favourite beer on the gluten level. There are a number of test kit manufacturers and here is what I experienced:

          Gluten-in-Food
          Imutest Gluten Test Kit Imutest Gluten Test Kit Imutest Gluten Test Kit
          Manufacturer: Imutest
          Costs: GBP 52.50 for a 5 test kit
          Antibodies used: Skerritt
          Method: Lateral Flow Through
          My experience: Sensitive test kit with very low detection limit (1-2 ppm). Works with test spot intensity to determine level of gluten.
          Hints and tips:
          -according to Imutest the extraction step can be skipped for beer as gluten in beer is already solubilized
          -if you use the pipette to measure the sample let the beer settle in a glass for 30 minutes or so to avoid a bubbling effect when you fill the pipette
          Here are some more information and pictures.

          GlutenTox Home
          GlutenTox Home Kit GlutenTox Home Kit GlutenTox Home Kit
          Manufacturer: Biomedal
          Costs: USD 70 for a 5 test kit
          Antibodies used: G12
          Method: Lateral Flow Through
          My experience: Reliable test kit. Works with thresholds (5, 10, 20, 40 ppm) depending on the number of drops taken from the sample.
          Hints and tips:
          -the extraction must not be skipped according to Biomedal however when I tested the same sample with and without extraction the result was the same
          -to measure the sample use the enclosed spoon
          Here are some more information and pictures.

          EZ Gluten
          Manufacturer: ELISA Tech.
          Costs: USD 60 for a 5 test kit
          Antibodies used: Skerritt
          Method: Lateral Flow Through
          My experience: -none, not tested yet-
          Hints and tips: -

          AgraStrip Gluten
          Manufacturer: Römer Labs
          Costs: price available upon request
          Antibodies used: G12
          Method: Sandwich Lateral Flow Through
          My experience: -none, not tested yet-
          Hints and tips: -not suitable for testing beer according to the manufacturer

            Estrella Daura Damm Gluten Test

            During my recent trip to Spain I had the chance to test a famous gluten free labelled beer. As I always take a test kit with me when I go abroad I supposed to test the draught beer they sold in my hotel but then I saw Estrella Daura Damm in a supermarket and couldn’t resist. The price is rather high, almost as double as the regular Estrella Damm beer but I really wanted to enjoy an officially labelled gluten free beer. Well, not everywhere – in some countries (like in the US) Damm is not allowed to label it gluten free – I guess because it contains barley. Their marketing experts instead use the fantastic wording ‘crafted to remove gluten’ in the US – well done you marketing pals. Anyway, the European version clearly says “below 3 ppm” on the bottle which moreover is confirmed by the Spanish National Research Council so this all implicitly says it is safe for Celiacs and people with GS. And this beer really tastes like beer, actually no difference to the “normal” Estrella Damm, refreshing and crisp.

            A gluten free labelled beer, below 3 ppm, researched and confirmed by a Spanish public institution and it even tastes like a real beer – everything seems to be perfect. And then happens this:

            Beer: Estrella Damm Daura
            Producer: S.A. Damm
            Originating country: Spain
            Brewing location: Spain
            Bottle size: 330 ml = approx. 12 Oz.
            Alcohol by volume: 5.4%
            Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, hops
            Miscellaneous: officially labelled gf beer

            Estrella Daura Damm Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance Estrella Daura Damm Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance
            Estrella Daura Damm Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance Estrella Daura Damm Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance

            Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

            Test result: There is a clearly visible pink test spot on the left of the test area ( T ) which indicates the presence of gluten. According to the instructions a “very low gluten” level of 20 to 100 ppm should give a test spot which is weaker or similar in intensity to that of the control spot ( C ). Please find some more information here. The test spot appears almost identical to the control spot.

            Estrella Daura Damm Low Gluten Free Beer Test Results Coeliac Disease Celiac Sensitive Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance

            On a scale from 1 to 20 I would rate the test spot intensity 5 or 6 so in this test the level is above 20 ppm. Even though this test is positive please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

              Miller Lite Gluten Test

              Due to a huge amount of enquiries over the contact form, post comments and directly via email I decided to also test Miller Lite despite the fact it couldn’t win the American light beer poll back in January. Thanks to all for your kind feedback.

              Please note I can do a few of your wishes but not all. It is impossible for me to test all the beer you want me to test. Very often I am simply not able to get your favourite beer here in Germany but it is also a matter of costs. I also need to pay for the test kits. Please consider to purchase a 5-test kit which is around € 60 / $ 80 / £ 50 and so you pay approx. € 12 / $ 16 / £ 10 per test which is a useful investment in your health. I have listed some gluten test kit manufacturers here.

              And here you go with the Miller Lite test on gluten:

              Beer: Miller Lite
              Producer: Miller Brewing Company
              Originating country: USA
              Brewing location: USA
              Bottle size: 16 oz (approx. 470 ml)
              Alcohol by volume: 4.2%
              Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast
              Miscellaneous: Ingredients listed in German as product sold in Germany

              Miller Lite Gluten Test Miller Lite Gluten Test

              Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

              Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten. According to the instructions there should appear a clearly visible pink test spot on the left of the test area ( T ) to indicate the presence of gluten. But this test is negative. The pink spot on the right test area ( C ) is a control spot and indicates that the extract/sample is suitable, the test has been performed correctly and all reagents are active. Even though the detection limit in this kit is very low (1-2 ppm) and the test is negative please note this is not a medical advice – please see also my facts page.

              Miller Lite Gluten Test

                1 YEAR LOWGLUTEN.ORG

                Hi all, I started this website one year ago and actually did not expect this enormous feedback. It is amazing what happened during the past 12 months and I am very happy that this website is useful for so many people.

                At the beginning the majority of the visitors were German (mainly myself I suppose) but it changed dramatically. Most of the visitors are now from the US were the demand for such tests seems to be very high, but I also have lots of visitors from the UK, Australia (thanks Les ;-) ), Canada and the Scandinavian countries.

                I tested 18 beers so far (please see here an overview of all beers I tested) and I learned a lot during the last year about test kits, antibodies, beer filtration methods etc.

                There a more than 10.000 page views per month so I consider to place some little ads just to get some money back which I would reinvest in test kits. I think about using Google AdSense but I will not do affiliate marketing as I want to stay independent. There will also be no pop-ups or something annoying for visitors, just little ads in the sidebar and footer of the page.

                But I don’t want to scare you off with the ads so I ask you before I do that:

                Would you still visit my website when I place some ads?

                • Yes (96%, 172 Votes)
                • No (4%, 7 Votes)

                Total Voters: 179

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                Poll closed on 21/10/2014

                  Tsingtao Gluten Test

                  Clear winner of the recent Asian beer poll was Tsingtao, a Chinese beer from one of the world’s largest breweries – founded by German settlers at the beginning of the 19th century. The taste is actually good – refreshing and crisp, not watery. It contains rice so my assumption was that it is rather gluten free but my test showed it is not:

                  Beer: Tsingtao
                  Producer: Tsingtao Brewery/青岛啤酒
                  Originating country: China
                  Brewing location: China
                  Bottle size: 330 ml = approx. 12 Oz.
                  Alcohol by volume: 4.7%
                  Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, hops (translated from German)
                  Miscellaneous: Ingredients listed in German as product sold in Germany

                  Tsingtao Gluten Test Tsingtao Gluten Test

                  Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

                  Test result: There is a clearly visible pink test spot on the left of the test area ( T ) which indicates the presence of gluten. According to the instructions a “very low gluten” level of 20 to 100 ppm should give a test spot which is weaker or similar in intensity to that of the control spot ( C ). Please find some more information here. The test spot appears slightly lighter than the control spot but almost identical.

                  Tsingtao Gluten Test

                  On a scale from 1 to 20 I would rate the test spot intensity 6 so in this test the level is above 20 ppm. Even though this test is positive please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

                    Poll: Which Asian beer do you want me to test next?

                    Asian beers are believed to have low gluten as they often use rice as one major ingredient and barely malt only to give a typical beer colour. The rate of people with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity in Asia is lower than in Europe or US mainly because of rice as the main dietary staple and simply the fact that it is underdiagnosed unknowingly. But it becomes more prevalent in countries like China and Thailand with the adoption of western lifestyle. Not only for people who live in Asia but also for travelers a gluten test of your favourite Asian beer might be useful. Please vote below which of the following four famous Asian beers  you want me to test next:

                    Chang: from Thailand
                    Singha: from Thailand
                    Tsingtao: from China
                    Tiger: from Singapore

                    Which Asian beer do you want me to test next?

                    • Tsingtao (33%, 51 Votes)
                    • Singha (27%, 41 Votes)
                    • Tiger (25%, 39 Votes)
                    • Chang (15%, 22 Votes)

                    Total Voters: 153

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                    Asian Beer Gluten TestPoll closed on 8th of August 2014.