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Samuel Adams Boston Lager Gluten Test

Another famous American beer and something many visitors probably waited for a long time is Samual Adams crafted Boston Lager. Well, what’s the definition of craft beer? In my eyes it’s a beer produced by an independent small brewery selling it almost only locally, preferebly run as a family business and the boss checks the quality daily with passion and dedication. Boston Lager is to me more a mass production beer produced by a S&P listed company with almost 1 Billion $ revenue. Here is a nice little article about Sam Adams. Maybe I am wrong so I would be happy to see comments with your opinion

But what about the gluten concentration in Boston Lager? Here is the test result:

Beer: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Producer: Boston Beer Company
Originating country: USA
Brewing location: USA
Bottle size: 12 oz = 0.355 l
Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
Ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast (internet research as ingredients are not listed on the can)
Miscellaneous:

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Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

Test result: The test result is negative. 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. 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.

Sam Adam Gluten Test

Jack’s Abby House Lager Gluten Test

This is the first test from Barrett.

I completed by first beer test using GlutenTox Home on a beer I was hoping to enjoy called House Lager from a brewery called Jack’s Abbey here in New England, USA.

Beer: Jack’s Abby House Lager
Style: Pale Lager
Producer:Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
Originating country: USA
Brewing location: Framingham, Massachussetts, USA
Format Tested: 16 ox Can purchased in Boston, MA
Alcohol by volume: 5.2%
Ingredients: –
Miscellaneous: Unfiltered, unpasteurized, ingredients not listed on can

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Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Barrett tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Test result: A red line appears on the right of the test stick ( T ). The red line indicates the presence of gluten equal to or above 20 ppm. 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. Even though this test is positive please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

Jacks Abby House Lager Gluten Test

Vote on professional gluten tests

I recently had a chat with Karlo, a gluten intolerant visitor of my website from the Netherlands, who came up with the idea of testing beers in professional laboratories with professional methods, like the Competitive or Sandwich ELISA test. Compared to the home test kits we use there could benefits in getting certified results and have comparable results to the tests we made already. There is of course controversy which test method (e.g. Competitive vs. Sandwich vs. Lateral Flow Trough) or antibody (Skerritt vs. R5 vs. G12) is the best. However, the more and the more professional we test the better results we get. And now the downside: the costs are very high: between 100-110 USD (85-95 EUR) per beer per test. Nutrilab in the NL offer such services: https://www.nutrilab.nl/en

Below you find a vote on whether you would be willing to donate money for tests and what would be your limits.

In case of a positive result of the vote we can start some sort of crowdfunding and collect a certain amount of money to be used for the tests. We don’t know yet how to decide on the beer to be tested – most likely per vote again.

Please note, this is a non-profit site and non-profit idea. All the money would be used for tests. Use the comment function for discussions.

How much money would you donate for professional beer tests on gluten?

  • Between 10 and 25 USD (38%, 25 Votes)
  • Less than 10 USD (20%, 13 Votes)
  • Nothing (17%, 11 Votes)
  • More than 50 USD (14%, 9 Votes)
  • Between 25 and 50 USD (11%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

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Carta Blanca Gluten Test

Another test from Joe:

Beer: Carta Blanca
Producer: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Originating country: Mexico
Brewing location: Mexico
Bottle size: 12 Oz. = approx. 330 ml
Alcohol by volume: 4.5%
Ingredients: –
Miscellaneous: Thanks for test, Joe!

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Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Joe tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

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Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 20 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. Even though this test is negative please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

Snow Gluten Test

I owed you the test result from the Chinese beer poll back in December last year. I haven’t posted the result as we had other test results with higher priority – like the tests from Adam and Joe M. And I have to apologise as I wasn’t able to get the winning beer (Yanjing) and not even the runner-up (Zhujiang). Finally I found Snow (3rd in the poll) in a small shop in Shanghai. If you don’t know where to go in Shanghai you are lost. Mainly Western beer brands are available beside the most famous Tsingtao which I already tested in 2014.

And I wanted to explore the city and not only look for beer. Actually I found a good shop with a lot of beers but I wasn’t able to buy them as the only accepted way to pay was Alipay. China really lives the digitalisation. Almost everything can be paid with mobile phones using WeChat for instance. Anyway, I tested Snow then. A very light, American lager style beer with low alcohol and not much taste.

Beer: Snow / 雪花啤酒
Producer: China Resources Snow Breweries Ltd.
Originating country: China
Brewing location: China
Bottle size: 500 ml
Alcohol by volume: 3.3%
Ingredients: Water, Malt Extract (9%), Starch, Corn, Hop Extract, Yeast according to internet research
Miscellaneous:

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Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

Test result: The test result is negative. 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. 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.

Snow Gluten Test

5 Years lowgluten.org

5 Years lowgluten.org

5 years ago I started this blog without knowing what it’s going to be, whether it will be accepted by people with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity or if it makes sense at all to run a website which focuses on (low) gluten in beer. Considering the feedback, the questions and opinions I received via contact form, email and in the post comments I think, yes it was a good decision.

We have conducted more than 80 gluten tests on beer with different test kits, with different thresholds in different regions of the world. Due to job and family time is limited and the more important was the contribution from all of you, especially authors Adam, big in japan, Joe M and Thomas – big THANK YOU to you guys. But also every comment with feedback on the test results, reactions on gluten, discussions on the test kits and its antibodies was useful and can help others to identify if regular beer with no or low gluten could be an option.

We have 20.000 visitors per month on the website (real visitors, no spiders, bots, crawlers etc.). This makes me some sort of proud as I didn’t expect this at all. And it’s still growing. I also thank the people who donated – this helps to keep the site ad-free.

Five years is a long time and I will not promise to run this site another five years but I will not stop before we have achieved 100 tests!

Cheers Steffen

Hollandia Premium Gluten Test

Further test provided by Adam.

It’s a Dutch beer named Hollandia. One of the cheapest beers that can be bought over here. It’s a quite acceptable flavoured beer. In fact better than a lot of other beers that are more expensive.

Beer: Hollandia Premium
Producer: Swinkels Family Brewers (formerly Bavaria Brouwerij)
Originating country: Netherlands
Brewing location: Netherlands
Bottle size: 330 ml
Alcohol by volume: 4.7%
Ingredients: water, barley malt, maltose, hop extract
Miscellaneous: 

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Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Adam tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Hollandia Gluten Test

Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 20 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. Even though this test is negative please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

Pirate Life Pilsner Gluten Test

Another test of Australian craft beer from Adam.

…another local beer. This time from a brewery that came from nowhere (although the two brewers had worked previously together in Western Australia at Little Creatures Brewery). They began here in Adelaide in 2014 or 2015 and have just got amazingly bigger and bigger and bigger. Their brews are not cheap as they really specialise in very good quality product. They have mainly made ales and a stout. This new pilsner is their first lager style as far as I’m aware, so I finally felt confident to test one of their beers.

https://piratelife.com.au/

I tested at 20ppm (as usual) and there was definitely no red line. The beer was very nice indeed. The hops were so refreshing and flavoursome. Wow!

Have at look at the pictures I took. Around the top of the can they tell you their process and mention each barley and hops used. Pretty cool. They do the same for all of their brews and only use cans, never bottles. Not a problem as I always drink from a glass anyway (of course).

Beer: Pirate Life Pilsner
Producer: Pirate Life Brewing Adelaide
Originating country: Australia
Brewing location: Australia
Bottle size: 355 ml (can)
Alcohol by volume: 4.8%
Ingredients: no listed
Miscellaneous: only available in cans

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Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Adam tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Pirate Life Pilsner Gluten Test

Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 20 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. Even though this test is negative please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

Balboa Ice & Atlas Gluten Test

After the first three Panama beer test results from Joe he provided two more. I didn’t know that Panama has such a variety of beer but hey the more we test the better we can decide for low gluten beers once we get the chance to get there. And maybe even people in Panama are also interested in the gluten levels of their beers as CD (Celiac Disease) or NCGS (Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity) wordwide grow dramatically. And this  is what Joe says about Balboa Ice and Atlas:

I brought a few beers home to test. Both Balboa Ice and Atlas Premium Lager test negative for gluten at 20ppm. Actually I put three drops in the Balboa Ice so definitely below 20ppm.

Beer: Balboa Ice
Producer: Cerveceria National, S.A.
Originating country: Panama
Alcohol by volume: 4.8%

Beer: Atlas Premium
Producer: Cerveceria National, S.A.
Originating country: Panama
Alcohol by volume: 3.8%

Balboa Ice Gluten Test Atlas Premium Gluten Test

Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Joe tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

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Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 20 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. Even though this test is negative please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

Coopers Birell Ultra Light Gluten Test

Another test provided by Adam and as usual a good story to read:

…Coopers Birell Ultra Light, commonly known as “Birell”.  It is a very very low alcohol content beer (about 0.5% – some call alcohol-free).  In fact my parents let me and my brother drink it as children on Saturday nights at home when my father had his big (longneck) bottle (or two) of Southwark Premium whilst we watched Saturday night television together as a family.  It was (and still very much is) a very flavoursome drink – very malty flavour.  So much so that I thought it may not be low enough in gluten, but it is.  Brilliant.  A good one to have when wanting to drive, or not get drunk.  And, unlike some other low/no alcohol beers, I’ve seen tested on your website, it is all natural.  Yum yum!

Beer: Coopers Birell Ultra Light
Producer: Coopers Brewery
Originating country: Australia
Brewing location: Australia
Bottle size: 375 ml
Alcohol by volume: less than 0.5% (according to label)
Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and yeast
Miscellaneous: commonly just called Birell

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Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Adam tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Coopers Birell Gluten Test

Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 20 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. Even though this test is negative please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

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