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Bitburger Gluten Test

Bitburger Pilsner is another famous German beer – at least here in Germany. It is a decent beer and due to smart marketing amongst the Top 3 best selling brands in Germany. Because of the partnership with the German Football Association it could increase sales last year. The colour of Bitburger Premium Pils is pale yellow, it has low carbonation, a light taste and a nice bitter aftertaste. In general good and quaffable.

Beer: Bitburger Premium Pils
Producer: Bitburger Brauerei
Originating country: Germany
Brewing location: Germany
Bottle size: 0.5 l = approx. 16 Oz.
Alcohol by volume: 4.8%
Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, hops extract

Bitburger Premium Pils Gluten Test Bitburger Premium Pils Gluten Test

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.

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 my test results as a medical advice – see my facts page.

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  1. Dogbite Williams

    Thank you for testing this particular beer.

    Trader Joe’s is a chain of specialty food stores that allows purchases of single beers from six-packs without an upcharge. That is a tremendous boon for guys like me that only drink one beer a week. They don’t have a vast selection, but they do carry Bitburger.

    I tried it and, while I prefer sweeter beers (I used to drink Hoegaarden and Trader Joe’s Dunkelweizen until I cut back on gluten and saw my health improve), I find Bitburger acceptable and it will be one of my “go-to beers” along with Stone Delicious IPA, which is brewed to reduce gluten.

    Thanks again.

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      Hi Dogbite, thanks for your feedback. Haven’t tried the Stone IPA. But interesting that they use Clarity-Ferm to reduce the gluten concentration in their beer according to their website. Thanks for that.

      Cheers Steffen

  2. Gary

    Hi Steffen,

    Wanted to say thanks for the work you’re doing here. Beer is the only thing I miss since discovering my gluten ‘issues’. I’m off to Amsterdam this weekend and wanted to visit the Heineken factory. It seems I can now whet my whistle as well as smell the wonder.

    Thanks again. Looking forward to any foray you have into the wonders of Belgian beer.



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      Hi Gary, thanks for the nice words. Hope you enjoyed Amsterdam.

      Actually there is one famous Belgian I tested already – Stella Artois. Just need to find the time to post the result. You are probably referring to Belgian craft beers and I guess I will test some more of them sooner or later.

      Cheers Steffen

  3. Nev

    Great work Stefan ,im from margaret river ,southwest australia and im very grateful for your work giving us insight into what might be drinkable on the beer scene ,im just about to try a Bitburger premium ale I’ll let u know my thoughts
    Great work

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      Hi Nev, thanks fot the kind words. Sure let us know about your experience with Bit (that’s how we call Bitburger in Germany). Cheers Steffen

      • Lorie

        Very grateful for your work, Steffan. Getting a pint of Bitburger on draft is a paradise for a coeliac, and we are able to enjoy it from your efforts, so thanks from London.

  4. Walter C

    Fantastic. I am celiac and while I realize this is not gluten free I find that I can tolerate most of these. Heineken, Pilsner Urquel, and Carlsberg have no issues. I will add bitberger to the test. (Was one of my go to beers while I was in Germany)

  5. Johanne Dumas

    I love this beer that is the only one I can drink and I would like to know how and where I get it in the USA?

    • Dogbite Williams

      I have found Bitburger at Trader Joe’s.

  6. Dave

    Hi Stefan, great work! Could Bitburger 0.0% also be considered as low gluten, or could there be a complete opposite result? However nice!

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