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Stella Artois Gluten Test

I know this is a test many visitors waited long for. Stella Artois is probably the most famous Belgian beer and available almost worldwide. Almost – in Germany for example Stella is almost not to get. Belgium is close to Germany but actually there is no reason to import Belgian beers as there are hundreds of breweries in Germany and beer quality is generally high.

When I used to live in the UK Stella was always my favourite beer in the pubs. I don’t know how often I said “Two pints of Stella’s please” for me and my mate. I bought this bottle of Stella during my recent trip to Greece and here is the gluten test result.

Beer: Stella Artois
Producer: Anheuser-Busch InBev
Originating country: Belgium
Brewing location: Belgium
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
Ingredients: brewing water, malted barley
Miscellaneous: bought in Greece

Stella Artois Gluten Test Stella Artois Gluten Test

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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    As a European frequently reading your blog (and watching for new tests) I’m happy to see one this beer’s test here… Thank you for all your work 🙂 Btw, I’ve recently been to Greece as well, we might have come across each other! Cheers!

    • Steffen

      Hi suntime, thanks a lot. Oh great you were there too. Greece was nice. I went to Crete and tested also a local beer. Will post the result later as I am rather busy at the moment. Cheers Steffen

  2. Lester


    Stella is also made under licence in Australia, maybe has the same ingredients as the Belgian produced beer re low gluten content? Stella Artois is nicknamed ‘Wife Beater’ in the UK, for obvious reasons, 5% abv, a bit strong for the Brits used to their mid strength cask ales, mostly 3.5 to 4% abv.

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    James Johnson

    This website has completely changed my life- now able to have a beer again after 5 years being diagnosed a coeliac, never had the guts to try anything ‘low in gluten’. Thank you for your tests, absolute lifesaver.

    • Steffen

      Hi James, thanks for the kind words. Cheers Steffen

    • Lester


      James, I concur with your remarks, helped me and all.

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      So is this beer Stella Artois gluten free? I’m confused. It says it has Barley

      • Steffen

        Hi Tricia, I tested the beer negative on gluten with a home test kit. So it might have very very low gluten or no gluten. Cheers Steffen

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    David K

    Great information! Thanks! I’m not Celiac but gluten sensitive. Do you have a comprehensive list of popular beers that are around 20 ppm or less? I drink bud light with no issues but being able to expand my selection would be fantastic!

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      Dogbite Williams

      David K, click on “All test results at a glance” in the upper right. I suggest you compare the test results with ratings at Beer Advocate and Rate Beer.

      You should not be stuck with such a low-rated beer like Bud Light – it is rated a big, fat, horrendous ZERO at Rate Beer.

      I just had my first Duvel and it was fantantic, immediately becoming one of my all-time favorite beers.


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    I’ve tried the gluten free version of this a few times, and still seem to react a bit as a coeliac. Not anywhere near the same level as for Daura, but only slightly.

    • Steffen

      Hi William, thanks for sharing your experience. If I get the chance to test the gf version I will share the results. If you still react you probably should try the malt free versions rather than the gf labelled but malt containing beers. I know it’s not the same taste at all if the beer is made from e.g. sorghum but here you are safe.

      Cheers Steffen

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    Mary lennon

    Be careful drinking this beer as a coeliac I reacted very badly. Havent had a reaction like this in a long time

    • Steffen

      Hi Mary, when already tiny amounts of gluten set off an autoimmune response in your body please avoid any barley containing beers. For people who can take low gluten this beer might be fine but some people should just avoid it completely. According to my doc who treats a lot of coeliacs it’s around 10% who react severly on gluten whilst others (like me) can cope with low gluten without reaction or any damage of the villi. Cheers Steffen

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    John Evans

    There’s actually a Stella Gluten Free version out now, I bought some the other day and it’s tasted really good, about 90% the same as the normal version and it was a good price in Tescos.
    Would recommend

    • Steffen

      Hi John, thanks for the recommendation. Haven’t seen this so far but sounds good. Cheers Steffen

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