Thursday, March 27, 2014


bobtle TsingTao Tsing Tao Tau Beer gluten free low lager asian chinese china bier celiac test result level
Beer: Tsingtao
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Tsingtao Brewery Company, Quingdao, China
Originating country:  China
Alcohol by Volume: 4.8% 
Ingredients: Hops, malt, water and yeast
Format tested: 12 oz. bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 65/100
Ratebeer rating: 5/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Tsingtao is produced with spring water from Laoshan, a mountain area famous throughout China for the purity of its water
  • China's second largest brewery
  • Was founded in 1903 by settlers from Germany and England as the Anglo-German Brewery Co. Ltd., an English-German joint stock company based in Hong Kong
  • Tsingtao began exporting in 1954 and first came to the U.S. in 1972
  • It is the #1 consumer product exported from China

Test result photo

TsingTao Tsing Tao Tau Beer gluten free low lager asian chinese china bier celiac test result level

Test result
Negative at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is less than 20 ppm. 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.

My experience drinking Tsingtao
A crisp, light and refreshing beer. Definitely one of my favorites - a must with Chinese food.  This is what a lager should be - other brewers please take note. Easy to drink and no compromising on flavor; malt and hops in perfect harmony. I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum; I am gluten intolerant but not celiac. 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. I consumed this 12 oz. bottle in 30 minutes and felt no gluten effects.


  1. I've been getting tested for coeliac for the last 3 months and Fi ally had it confirmed that I have the disease. Over that time I tried a whole range of gluten free lagers and beers to get an idea if what the future might hold. I was so pleased when I found that tsingtao is less than 20 ppm and tucked in. I've always liked this lager and have never had any significant gluten affects from drinking. But it's all personal taste so try as many as you can and settle on the ones you enjoy nit the ones your told are good. Happy drinking.

  2. I am a celiac big time TsingTao is the only mainstream beer I can tolerate if there is any gluten left in the final product it is so minimal it has no effect on me.

  3. This is the best news I've heard since cutting gluten out over a year ago.
    Thank you!

    What about snow beer? Any ideas of the gluten in that?

  4. Wow I am certainly going to try this. I am fully gluten intolerant and guaranteed on the toilet within 30 mins if I have mainstream beer. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. gotta try this one! thanks again!!!!

  6. also peeps in Canada the recipes are different for American style beer ie bud light etc.

  7. Check out Mongozo

  8. I've had much success with Heineken as it is a lager.

  9. It's the WHEAT FOLKS!!! Start connecting the axiomatic dots for yourself.
    I've had Celiac's for twelve years now. A friend suggested Heineken. I tried it and expected a week of craps and bloating....Low and behold nothing, nothing, nothing....NO REACTION. Celiac's disease and gluten intolerance are still in the infancy stages of research/ understanding. What's clear, is that the gluten peptide/protein structures of wheat, barley, and rye grains are very
    different indeed. Most individuals have catastrophic reactions to WHEAT, not the other gluten grains....... There is always the exception, but in my many years with this malady and all the folks I've spoken with (both professional and otherwise) WHEAT is the big offender....So drink and be merry. My personal suggestions: Heineken, Tsing Tao, St. Pauli Girl, Peroni, Pilsner Urquel..... rock n' roll hoochie coo.

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    2. One thing is celiac disease, another thing is wheat intolerance,and another one is to be extremely sensible to gluten. All those have similar symptoms when exposure.

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