Friday, October 30, 2015


Nanjing Chinese largest beer pale lager gluten free low test results China bottle
Beer: Yanjing
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Bejing
Originating country: China
Alcohol by Volume: ?% 
Ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water
Format tested: 12 oz bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: N/A
Ratebeer rating: N/A
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • The brewery was founded in 1980 in Beijing, China.
  • Yanjing Beer is brewed with pure mineral water collected 300 meters beneath the Yanshang Mountain and is certified "Green Food."
  • It is considered the 8th biggest brewery in the world and the third biggest in China.
  • Other brands include Liquan, Huiquan and Xuelu.
  • Yanjing beer has the nick name entitled "the real taste of China" because typical Chinese people really enjoy this beer.

Test result photo

Nanjing Chinese largest beer pale lager gluten free low test results China very high positive

Test result

Very high positive at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is well over 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 Yanjing

I had high expectations for this one, given how enjoyable Tsingtao is. Well this didn't come close. Just A.N. Other lager.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I thank you so much for your efforts. I LOVE BEER. It is my adult drink of choice. Several years ago though I started having severe headaches and stomach aches after consuming my usual favorite beers/ales. Now I regularly consume RED BRIDGE, COORS LIGHT, OMISSION and ANGRY ORCHARD/STRONGBOW CIDERS without these side effects. Please keep testing different beers!