Beer: Negra Modelo
Style: Vienna Lager/Dark Lager
Brewing location: Cervecería Modelo, Mexico
Originating country: Mexico
Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
Ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water
Format tested: 12 oz bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 77/100
Ratebeer rating: 22/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten
- First brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants, and was introduced as a draft beer in 1926.
- Negra Modelo is Mexico’s top-selling dark beer and the #2 imported dark beer in the U.S. Average growth rate for the last 10 years (1999-2008) is 9.3%.
- To achieve its unique taste, Negra Modelo uses a greater quantity of malt.
Test result photo
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 Negra ModeloThis is not my first experience drinking Negra Modelo. I used to drink it on a regular basis before being diagnosed gluten intolerant. From that point I steered clear of dark beers on the understanding that they were more likely to contain gluten than lagers and other pale beers; I read words to this effect on Heineken's website. Well, this test result is great news for gluten intolerant lovers of dark beer, such as myself. 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 and felt none of my typical gluten effects. I will definitely feel more comfortable having 2 or 3 Negra Modelos in succession now - yes right now!