Sunday, February 1, 2015

Miller Lite

Miller Lite Light Pilsner Miler retro design can beer low gluten pilsner free celiac intolerant test result
Beer: Miller Lite 
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Originating country: United States
Alcohol by Volume: 4.2% 
Ingredients: water, barley malt, corn, yeast, hops
Format tested: 12 oz. can purchased in Los Angeles 
Beeradvocate rating: 53/100
Ratebeer rating: 0/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Known as the world’s first light beer. It’s only 96 calories per 12 oz. serving.
  • Miller Lite’s first inception was as “Gablinger’s Diet Beer,” developed in 1967 by Joseph L. Owades, PhD, a biochemist working for New York’s Rheingold Brewery.
  • Miller Brewing Company was founded in 1855 by Frederick Miller when he purchased the small Plank-Road Brewery. The brewery’s location in the Miller Valley in Milwaukee provided easy access to raw materials produced on nearby farms.
  • Miller has been a motorsport sponsor since the 1980s.

Test result photo

Miller Lite Light Pilsner Miler retro design can beer low gluten pilsner free celiac intolerant test result

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 Miller Lite

No better or worse than Bud Light - in fact it tastes the same as Bud Light to me. The kind of beer you'd use to wash down two dozen hot wings. i.e. something simple you don't need to savor the flavor of.

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. can in 30 minutes feeling no serious gluten effects - but did feel rather bloated.


  1. What's the ppm in Miller 64

  2. I read somewhere that it was under 5 ppm.

    1. I don't understand these test strips... The "c" usually stands for control and "T" stands for actual test, the marked one is showing a control...

    2. Currently am writing an article explaining how they work. There is another blog using GlutenTox with negative results (I think that's the 5ppm op referred to). That test is not good for gluten as it is a sandwich assay so it can't pick up broken gluten peptides like EZ Gluten can. My results were positive matching here.

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