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.

      Michelob Ultra Gluten Test

      Michelob Ultra is ranked 8th of the best selling beers in America in 2013 (see here the Top 20). It is a typical American light beer with a watery taste but generally OK as it was not as sweet as other American light beers, a bit like a light European style Lager beer. The level of gluten is very low, see test result below.

      Beer: Michelob Ultra
      Producer: Anheuser-Busch
      Originating country: USA
      Brewing location: USA
      Bottle size: 16 oz (approx. 470 ml)
      Alcohol by volume: 4.2%
      Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast (translated from German)
      Miscellaneous: Ingredients listed in German as product sold in Germany

      Michelob Ultra Gluten Test Michelob Ultra Gluten Test

      Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

      Test result: There is a barely visible pink test spot on the left of the test area ( T ), almost not visible in the picture but it is there. 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 ).

      Michelob Ultra Gluten Test

      On a scale from 1 to 20 I would rate the test spot intensity 1. The spot is hardly visible so it seems the gluten level is very, very low as the test kit also has a very low detection limit. Please find some more information here. Even though this test is low positive please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

        Moosehead Gluten Test

        This is the first test of Canadian beer. Moosehead is not the best selling beer in Canada but I gave it a try as one of my website visitors told me that Moosehead, Labatt and Molson are the most common beers in Canada. Well, honestly I didn’t like it as it has an unpleasant sweet taste. But taste differs and here is the result of the Moosehead gluten test:

        Beer: Moosehead Lager
        Producer: Moosehead Breweries
        Originating country: Canada
        Brewing location: Canada
        Bottle size: 12 oz can (approx. 355 ml)
        Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
        Ingredients: water, malt, corn, hops, yeast
        Miscellaneous: -

        Moosehead Gluten Test Moosehead 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 lighter than the control spot.

        Moosehead Gluten Test

        On a scale from 1 to 20 I would rate the test spot intensity 4/5 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.

          All gluten test results so far

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            Warsteiner Gluten Test

            With almost 50% of the votes Warsteiner was the clear winner of the recent poll. Warsteiner is not one of my favourites and in Germany it is considered as a “ladies beer” because of it’s light and rather sweet taste. But it is on 4 in the ranking of Germany’s best selling beers so it can not only be ladies who buy this beer. It is actually better then it’s reputation and sold worldwide. I’ll give it a try more often, also because of the result of the gluten test:

            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 Gluten Test Warsteiner 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.

            Warsteiner Gluten Test

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

              Please vote below which German beer do you want me to test next on the level of gluten. You can choose from these three famous German beers:

              Krombacher: #2 of Germany’s best selling beers of 2013*
              Hasseröder: #7 of Germany’s best selling beers of 2013*
              Warsteiner: #4 of Germany’s best selling beers of 2013*

              Which German beer do you want me to test next?

              • Warsteiner (49%, 41 Votes)
              • Krombacher (33%, 28 Votes)
              • Hasseröder (18%, 15 Votes)

              Total Voters: 84

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              German Beer Gluten TestPoll closed on 22nd of April 2014.

              *Source: Germany’s best selling beers of 2013

                Beck’s Gluten Test

                Beck’s is one of the most famous German premium beers. It is sold worldwide and the 6th best selling beer in Germany (see here the 2013 ranking, in German). It is one of my favourite beers but it is a bit expensive. This might also be one reason why Beck’s only ranks 14th amongst the most popular German beers according to a German TV station survey. See here the ranking -in German- but please note that this list contains all styles of beer including Altbier (sort of Ale), wheat beer etc.

                Despite the high price Beck’s might be an option for people with Gluten Sensitivity according to the test result below:

                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 Beck's 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.

                Beck's Gluten Test

                  Pabst Blue Ribbon Gluten Test

                  During my latest statistics check I found out that many people reach my site by searching for gluten levels of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Typical Google search terms are:

                  -pbr gluten ppm
                  -pabst blue ribbon gluten ppm
                  -pbr low gluten
                  -gluten in pabst blue ribbon
                  and so on…

                  Despite the fact Pabst Blue Ribbon did not win the American beer poll a while ago I decided to test PBR due to the high interest. And here is the test result:

                  Beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon
                  Producer: Pabst Brewing Company
                  Originating country: USA
                  Brewing location: USA
                  Bottle size: 12 oz = 0.355 l
                  Alcohol by volume: 4.74%
                  Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast (translated from German)
                  Miscellaneous: Ingredients listed in German as product sold in Germany

                  Pabst Blue Ribbon Gluten Test Pabst Blue Ribbon Gluten Test

                  Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

                  Test result: There is a barely visible pink test spot on the left of the test area ( T ), however it 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 is hardly visible, though.

                  Pabst Blue Ribbon Gluten Test

                  On a scale from 1 to 20 I would rate Pabst Blue Ribbon 1 or max. 2 which indicates a level below 20 ppm. Even though this test is positive please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

                    McDonald’s Gluten-Free Burger

                    This is my first post about gluten in food and not beer. However, you may find it useful when you are sensitive to gluten. During my recent trip to Tenerife I visited a McDonald’s restaurant and at the door I saw already the well-known gluten-free symbol. The sign just says “pan sin gluten” which means something like “gluten-free bread (buns) available”.

                    McDonalds Gluten Free Burger

                    For those who are not familiar with Europe and its territories Tenerife is an island in the Atlantic ocean belonging to Spain but having some sort of autonomy. I don’t know if the gluten-free burgers are also available in continental Spain but I guess so. And I hope McDonald’s will just test the acceptance of gluten-free stuff in Spain and then extend to other countries. Very smart, they would be pioneers in the fast food industry.

                    McDonald’s is also very clever not advertising their products gluten-free but just saying that gluten-free buns are available. Obviously it is almost impossible for McDonald’s to sell something really gluten-free as they use the same surfaces for their normal burgers and also the chips/french fries and chicken nuggets are made in the same fryer and oil which means the fries can be contaminated. However, for someone who is sensitive and can accept traces of gluten this is just fine. I ordered a McRoyal Deluxe meal including fries (I explained already I can handle traces of gluten without problems) and here are some pictures of the burger with gluten-free buns:

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                    The buns are actually surprisingly strong and don’t fall apart when touching them. The taste is very neutral and generally OK but of course not like a normal wheat-containing bun. Anyway this is a fantastic opportunity and all you Celiacs or gluten-sensitive people out there should contact your local McDonald’s representatives asking for these buns with reference to this post and pictures. I’m lovin’ it ;-)