Friday, May 6, 2016

Michelob Ultra

Michelob Ultra lager beer bier gluten free low celiac test results can Budweiser Corona
Beer: Michelob Ultra
Style: Light Lager
Brewing location: St. Louis, Missouri
Originating country: USA
Alcohol by Volume: 4.2% 
Ingredients: Pale two-row and Munich six-row barley, select grains, all imported hops, a pure cultured yeast strain and water
Format tested: 25 oz. can purchased in Los Angeles, CA USA
Beeradvocate rating: 47/100
Ratebeer rating: NA/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • The U.S. a demand for diet beer similar to that of the early 1970s, and in 2002 the Michelob line responded with the introduction of Michelob Ultra, advertised as being low in carbohydrates.
  • Developed by Adolphus Busch in 1896 as a "draught beer for connoisseurs."
  • Named for the Czech town of Michalovice.
  • According to a report by Beer Marketer's Insights and published by USA Today on December 9, 2013, sales of Michelob Light declined by nearly 70% between 2007 and 2012. The article listed Michelob Light as one of "nine beers many Americans no longer drink."

Test results photo
Michelob Ultra lager beer bier gluten free low celiac test results can Budweiser Corona

Test result

High Positive at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is more 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 Michelob Ultra

My mother always said "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." So...
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 25 oz. can in around one hour.


  1. Shouldn't high positive mean more than 20 ppm?

    1. Yes. Fixed it. Thanks for the catch!

    2. But this test for gluten is meaningless -- it doesn't work on fermented or hydrolyzed liquids. None of the tests will tell you how much gluten is in a "regular" beer.

      The only way to have a safe beer is to have one that was never made with gluten in the first place.

      Personally I like Greens and New Grist. They're fine beers.

  2. Booo. Bad news. Thanks for the heads up though

  3. Could you test Domaine Dupage by Two Brother's? Pinball seems to agree with me. I think Domaine Dupage isn't. I'm a GM at a restaurant and met with the beer reps from Two Brother's. They put the same enzymes in all their beers as they do in Prairie Path. They just can't test and advertise all of them. Thanks!