Friday, August 8, 2014


Carlsberg gluten free low celiac lager beer Danish bier pilsner bottle test resultsBeer: Carlsberg
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Fredericia, Denmark
Originating country: Denmark
Alcohol by Volume: 5% 
Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, hops, and yeast. 
Format tested: 330ml bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 70/100
Ratebeer rating: 8/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten


  • The Art Nouveau logo was created in 1904 by Thorvald Bindesboll and has been nearly unmodified ever since
  • J.C Jacobsen’s the founded the company at age 24 and named the flagship brand  after his son Carl
  • Famous for the TV ad tagline "Probably the best lager in the world" voiced by Orson Welles. It ran from 1973 to 2011.
  • In 2008, Carlsberg Group, together with Heineken, bought Scottish & Newcastle, the largest brewer in the UK, for GBP 7.8 billion (U.S. $15.3 billion).

Test result photo

Carlsberg gluten free low celiac lager beer Danish bier pilsner bottle test results

Test result

Less than 20 parts per million (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 Carlsberg

Definitely one of those unremarkable industrial Euro-lagers. It bubbles on the roof of the mouth and immediately falls flat with a sour metallic aftertaste. Any flavor it once possessed has been completely processed out of it. But I guess we should be grateful it scored under 20 ppm. Still not widely distributed in the US but you'll find it everywhere in Europe, so given this result, it's a good choice when traveling.

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 330ml bottle in 30 minutes and felt no noticeable gluten-type reaction. And recently I had a couple of draft pints consumed over 2 hours with no ill effects.


  1. Could you try testing Omission beers or Estrella Dam Daura? I know that both beers are specially crafted to remove gluten to under 20 ppm and sometimes under 6, BUT it would be interesting to see these beers tested next to the "non" gluten free beers like Coors Light to see how they compare, and could provide some control factors for your tests!

    1. Great idea Sean. I had the same thought myself - I swear! If Omission or Estrella Daura Damm test under 20 ppm then it will serve as a validation of the EZ Gluten test and all the results on this site.
      I've tested Omission Pale Ale and will post the result soon.

  2. You should make a quick and easy to read post where you list the beers you have done, with those which came up negative at the top :)

  3. Thank you for your feedback.
    We do have an easy to review chart already started. Please see this link.
    We will update it periodically as we test more beers. Enjoy!

  4. Ill try this next. Its everywhere in the UK, unfortunately it's one of the worst you can probably drink! I use to love drinking ales maybe you could test some more lighter ones.

  5. Thank you so much for all your work on this!

  6. Remove the alcohol first, then test.

  7. It's an atrocious pint, but I miss beer so much...five and a half years diagnosed, and apart from arthritis being noticeably worse I'm pretty much asymptomatic so have to be ultra careful as I don't always *know* I'm causing damage.

    Thanks for doing this. It's much appreciated.