Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bud Light

Bud Light gluten free low celiac lager beer Budweiser Anheuser-Busch Lite
Beer: Bud Light
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: St. Louis, MO
Originating country: USA
Alcohol by Volume: 4.2% 
Ingredients: Brewed with all natural ingredients; water, barely malt, rice, hops, and yeast. 
Format tested: 12 oz. bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 47/100
Ratebeer rating: 1/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Bud Light is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is the largest brewing company in the United States, with a market share of 49.2%
  • It was introduced in 1982 as Budweiser Light.
  • It is now the #2 selling beer in the world, after China's Snow Beer.
  • Anheuser-Busch continued to brew Budweiser during the prohibition. The brand was traditionally brewed and aged and then de-alcoholized in accordance to the law.

Test result photo

Test results Bud Light gluten free low celiac lager beer Budweiser Anheuser-Busch Lite

Test result
More than 20 parts per million (ppm). First, I tested at 10 ppm as I felt sure Bud Light would be very low gluten. Surprisingly the result was a Very High Positive, meaning it was greater than 10 ppm (see left hand side photo above). I then tested at 20 ppm; surely it's got to be under 20 ppm? But no, to my surprise the result was a Positive/Very High Positive, meaning it was more than 20 ppm (see right hand side photo above). 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 Bud Light
America's best-selling beer but not one of my favorites. I'll drink it in a pinch or if there's nothing else. 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 noticeable gluten-type reaction, but will probably avoid it after these results.


  1. I always end up breaking out when I drink this beer.

    1. I usually end up break dancing after drinking this beer.

    2. I usually break wind after a Bud Light.

  2. Your "competition" over at http://www.lowgluten.org/bud-light-gluten-test/ states BL to be less then 5 ppm. So someone's using a bunk testing kit.

    1. Well, I don’t think it’s competition. I am actually happy not to be alone anymore testing the gluten concentration in beer. This guy here uses EZ Gluten whilst I use Biomedal and Imutest.

      And of course there can be different results for so many reasons. Ideal would be testing the same beer from the same brewery with the different test kits and consolidate the test results. This would really help a lot of Celiacs or gluten sensitive people.

      Steffen from lowgluten.org

    2. Anonymous May 22, The science behind the EZ Gluten, Biomedal/GlutenTox and Imutest is different so results will differ. I chose EZ Gluten as it seems to be more sensitive at the 20 ppm hurdle. Somebody else tested Bud Light with EZ Gluten and also got above 10ppm http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/523125
      Hopefully you find some value in us publishing these results.

    3. Perhaps the reason for the difference is the the continent the beer was brewed on; the beer from the other blog was manufactured in Germany.

  3. Thanks so much for your blog! I was recently at a restaurant and the server told me that Modelo was GF. I was surprised and realized that it's not quite gluten free after some research but that it's considered low gluten. Keep the tests coming! I am gluten intolerant but felt no side affects after drinking 2 modelos.

  4. Haven't seen a post recently. I hope you continue the blog as I have greatly appreciated your efforts and information.

  5. Thanks for your efforts!
    Am about to head out to have seafood with my better half-- where Modelo Especial is served.

    Your review and testing is much appreciated.


  6. thank you for posting this, I will give Bud Light a try and see if I feel any gluten effects

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was diagnosed with celiac disease a year ago by mishap. My father has had celiac for 6 years. I used to have a hard time being compliant because I do not have crazy symptoms with gluten. My biggest thing to give up was beer! I love beer. I have tried several gluten free beers and the closest I can get to regular beer is New Grist. Not bad but so expensive. I am very excited to try Coors or Corona again. yippee. I try to abide by gluten free products because I know the effects are bad on body in general....but the beer kills me. Thank you, Missouri gal

    1. Omission beer is delicious!! They make the beer THEN remove the gluten! They even make an IPA. :) try it out!

  8. Love your work, glad I found your site. Thanks!

  9. I have not been diagnosed with hasimotosbthyroiditis but have a definite issue with my thyroid that many doctors can not figure out. As a result I was told to stay away from products containing gluten, wheat, barley or rye. I do not drink that often but last night was an exception. I drank four bud lights. The effects of this caused immediate bloating and hardening of my stomach to the point that I thought I was going to vomit. I felt sick upon standing and this afternoon I am still suffering from the effects with severe stomach cramps. I would not recommend this beer if you have a gluten intolerance. Do some research and find a gluten free beer. This is especially disappointing for me as bud light has been a favorite of mine for years.

  10. Thanks for your feedback. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience drinking Bud Light. Hopefully, if you had seen this site before doing so it might have saved you from such a ghastly experience. Well, out of all bad things comes something good. Let's hope that your experience will save someone else from going through the same thing. Try ONE Coors Light instead!

  11. Omission and Red Bridge are my fave gluten free beers.

  12. Redbridge is very good for a gluten-free beer. I'm glad to learn about Coors,Corona, and Modelo.