Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: South Korea
Originating country: South Korea
Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%
Ingredients: malted brewed form purest underground well water, Canadian Harrington barley, Parle Aroma and Yakima hops and yeast
Format tested: 12 oz bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 61/100
Ratebeer rating: 2/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten
- Hite Brewery Company Limited (Korean: 하이트맥주) is a South Korean brewery company headquartered in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul.
- The company was established as Chosun Breweries in 1933.
- Hite is the top-selling beer in South Korea.
- Hite Slogan: Clean, Crisp and Fresh! or Cool and Fresh!
Test result photo
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 Hite
Forgettable: I tested this a while ago and cannot remember what it tasted like.
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.