Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pilsner Urquell

bottle Pilsner Urquel Urquell Beer gluten free low ale lager Czech bier celiac test result level
Beer: Pilsner Urquell
Style: Pilsner/Pale Lager
Brewing location: Pilsen, Czech Republic
Originating country: Czech Republic
Alcohol by Volume: 4.4% 
Ingredients: soft Pilsen water, Saaz hops, barley from Moravia and yeast
Format tested: 12 oz bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 81/100
Ratebeer rating: 72/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Pilsner Urquell is the original pilsner and first pale lager beer.
  • Nine out of ten beers produced and consumed in the world are derived from the original Pilsen beer.
  • On 5 October 1842, Josef Groll had an entirely new mash ready and on 11 November 1842, the new beer was first served at the feast of Saint Martin markets.
  • The origins of Pilsener beer can be traced back to its namesake, the ancient city of Plzen, located in the western half of the Czech Republic in what was formerly Czechoslovakia and, before that, part of the kingdom of Bohemia.

Test result photo
bottle Pilsner Urquel Urquell Beer gluten free low ale lager Czech bier celiac test result level

Test result
Very High Positive at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is more 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 Pilsner Urquell
Sweet and malty taste with a bitter finish. It might be the first ever Pilsner but it is certainly not the best out there. 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 feeling no gluten effects.