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
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 LightAmerica'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.