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San Miguel Light Gluten Test

I made a trip to the Philippines in February this year just before the COVID-19 lockdown. San Miguel Pilsner is the most famous beer in the Philippines and sold Asia-wide. The history of San Miguel is interesting as I always thought San Mig in Manila is a subsidary of the Spanish San Miguel brewery. But it was first invented in the Philippines and then the rights to sell it under the same brand name in Europe were given to a Spanish company.

I tested the Spanish regular Pilsner (San Miguel Especial) back in 2017 but when I saw the light version in the Philippines I wanted to give it a try. This light version is not available in Europe or the US as far as I know. The Spanish San Miguel brewery also don’t have this one in their product portfolio. But I recently learned they have an officially labelled gluten-free beer which I will try when I get my hands around it.

Coming back to the San Mig Light. The taste is good, in the heat of the Philippines absolutely the right one to get refreshed. Of course enjoy it chilled. Gluten was also not detectable in my test, see below.

Beer: San Mig Light
Producer: San Miguel Brewery
Originating country: Philippines
Brewing location:Philippines
Bottle size: 0.33 l can
Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
Ingredients: water, malt, cerals/sugar, hops
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.

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4 Comments

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    Will

    Hi Steffen
    Thanks for all your hard work testing (and drinking) beer!. I have been diagnosed coeliac for a few years now and was very excited when I discovered your site.
    I had a couple of questions; firstly, do you have a summary table to show all beers tested and estimated ppm? Secondly, do you know if the analysis you are doing on bottled beer can be considered valid for draught?
    I was not sure if the bottling process eliminated any gluten?
    Many thanks!

    • Steffen

      Hi Will,
      Thanks for the kind words. First question: sure, the table is here: http://www.lowgluten.org/gluten-test-results/

      For the second question I wouldn’t directly compare them but the gluten content shouldn’t be too different. The recipe might be the same but the process is little different, though. Most of the gluten will be destroyed (the enzym will be broken) during the brewing process already and not during the bottling process. Temperature, fermentation and filtration make beer rather low in gluten according to my experience.

      Cheers Steffen

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        Will

        Thanks for the link! Great range of beers on there. I plan to try a few of the low risk ones this weekend.
        I have been trying to become passionate about whisky, red wine and cider but I cannot get into them in the same way as beer. I really hope to find just a few “normal” beers that I can drink in the pub with friends. Also I intend to purchase a few of the test kits and test some more of the beers we have over here in the UK.
        Thanks again and cheers!
        Will

        • Steffen

          Hi Will, OK great. When you buy some kits and test your favourites please share the test results with us. Other people in our Coeliac community might also be interested in the results. I can also post the results here with pictures etc. when you send them to me via email. Cheers Steffen

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