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Month: April 2020

Bavaria Gluten Test

In 2011 I’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease. I like beer, and it is often difficult to go to a bar or restaurant and drink beer as a coeliac. I was very glad when I first came across this website. I decided to test beer in the hope to discover beer that is served in bars and restaurants which is low in gluten so I can drink it, without getting ill. I also hope other people can take advantage of the test(s). Cheers!

Bavaria is Dutch brand by Swinkels Family Brewers, one of the largest Dutch brewers in the south east of the Netherlands. Bavaria is a very well known Dutch beer. I tested it because it is served in many bars and restaurants in my neighbourhood.

Bavaria is a fresh, slight bitter pilsener with a nice taste of malt and a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Beer: Bavaria Pilsener
Producer: Swinkels Family Brewers
Originating country: Netherlands
Brewing location:Netherlands
Bottle size: 300 ml
Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
Ingredients: mineral water, barley malt, hops, hops extract
Miscellaneous: ingredients translated from Dutch

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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.

Bavaria 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. Please don’t take any of the test results as a medical advice – see the facts page.

Tuborg Pilsener Gluten Test

There was a very clear result on the latest beer poll. Well, it strangly jumped on one day from a very close result to a huge lead and at the end to a clear winner. It seems “somebody” was really interested in getting this beer tested and voted over and over for Tuborg. Anyway – a poll is a poll and even without this “somebody” it was not unlikely that Tuborg wins this poll. 

I tested the German variant of the Tuborg pilsner and I don’t know if this is similar to the “Tuborg Green”. If you know please use the comments to let us know. 

And here is the test result:

Beer: Tuborg Pilsener
Producer: Carlsberg
Originating country: Denmark
Brewing location: Germany
Bottle size: 500 ml
Alcohol by volume: 4.9%
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops
Miscellaneous: on the label stated that the beer was brewed in Germany in accordance with the German purity law

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Test Kit: Imutest Gluten-in-Food Kit

Test result: There is a very faint but visbile 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 ). As this spot is very faint the gluten level seems to be much below 20 ppm. 

Tuborg Pilsener Gluten Test

On a scale from 1 to 20 I would rate the test spot intensity 2. As Imutest uses the R5 antibody since a while it is difficult to estimate the gluten level in ppm in comparison to Skerritt antibody they used earlier, hence I will mark the test just positive. Please find some more information here. Even though this test is positive please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.