Sunday, March 27, 2016


Mexican beer cerveza lager celiac gluten free bottle test results low Pacifico Clara
Beer: Pacifico Clara
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Mexico City
Originating country: Mexico
Alcohol by Volume: 4.5% 
Ingredients: filtered water, malted barley, hops, corn and yeast
Format tested: 12 oz. bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA USA
Beeradvocate rating: 2.69/5
Ratebeer rating: 4/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Cerveza Pacífico is named so because the Pacífico brewery is located in the Pacific Ocean port city of Mazatlán, in the state of Sinaloa, México.
  • It was first brewed in 1900 when three Germans opened a brewery, the Cerveceria del Pacífico, in Mazatlán.
  • "Clara" means clear, blonde, as opposed to "oscura" (dark).
  • Its label includes a picture depicting a lifesaver encompassing a hill with the port's lighthouse hill, known locally as "Cerro del Crestón."

Test results photo

Mexican beer cerveza lager celiac gluten free bottle negative test results low Pacifico Clara

Test result

Negative at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is less than 20 ppm gluten. 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 Pacifico

One of those perfectly decent Mexican lagers. I'm sure it's nobody's "go to" beer but one of those beers you'll happily have with Mexican food. I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum. 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 had no noticeable reaction drinking this 12 oz. bottle in around one hour.


  1. Hey! I have celiac and am pretty sensitive. I've been drinking ciders but they are so high in calories. Have you tested Corona Light? On my way to the beach and it used to be my go to. I've tried several of the "GF" beers but haven't really found one I like. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

    1. Hey Courtenay,

      As a fellow celiac I have tried both Corona Extra and Corona Light. Neither of them have given me any issues with my GI tract. Actually Corona has become my favorite beer. Hope this helps.

    2. I have been drinking (not all that often but) Bud Light because it's easy to find and pretty easy to drink but no one has ever accused it of being delicious so I either 1. make it a summer shandy by adding a little lemonade or 2. make it a red beer by adding a little bloody mary mix.

  2. There are alcoholic seltzer waters now!! They're completely gluten free with less than 5g of sugar!

    1. beware!!! I don't think they are gluten free. If they are actually malt liquors, then they actually are gluten full. Just like malt vinegar, celiacs et al cannot have them without reaction. I'm guessing you are referring to hard sodas and lemonades. Check your labels to be sure.

  3. I'm GF and found pacifico no problem to drink no side effects (noticeable)

  4. @Courtney I have a pretty severe (non-Celiac) gluten intolerance and I drink Corona quite often. Enjoy!

  5. I had a Pacifico at an office birthday luncheon. I am surprised at the order of the listed ingredients because the taste of corn was so very strong that I would have guessed the beer contained more corn than both malted barley and hops.

  6. Fantastic beer. Feel great after drinking Pacifco. Best beer for me.

  7. One of the best healthy beer in the world