Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Cervecería Modelo, Mexico
Originating country: Mexico
Alcohol by Volume: 4.4%
Ingredients: rice, water, hops, refined corn starch and yeast. Other grain or sugars adjuncts are often used
Format tested: 24 oz can purchased in Los Angeles, CA USA
Beeradvocate rating: 66/100
Ratebeer rating: 4/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten
- The original recipe was first brewed in Mexico in 1925, under the vision to create a ‘model’ beer.
- After Corona Extra and Heineken, Modelo Especial is the biggest selling imported beer in the US
- The brewing company Grupo Modelo has 37,000 employees and a total annual installed capacity of 70 million hectoliters.
Test results photo
Negative at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is less than 20 ppm gluten. Though standards vary from country to country, according to the FDA, "in order to use the term 'gluten free' on its label a food must meet all the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 ppm gluten". It is said that products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease.
I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum. I definitely know what it feels like to be "glutened" i.e. gluten exposure, but I have not deliberately pushed my gluten consumption limits with any food or beer. This is the first time I have ever had Modelo Especial and had no reaction drinking this 24 oz can in around one hour.