Gluten Free Beer Reviews

Here is a list of gluten free beers that can satisfy your beer craving and let you old a cold glass bottle in your hand once again!

Beer is one of the things I miss the most since switching to gluten free.  Most of all I miss the convenience of going to any friend’s house or any gas station and being able to grab a beer, especially on a hot summer day.  When I first switched to the gluten free diet, I didn’t like the taste of any of the gluten free beers.  They just didn’t compare to what I was used to.  After being gluten free for a year, I now enjoy many of the gluten free beer options.

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Redbridge

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Anheurser-Busch- Redbridge:

ABV: 4.8%  Price: $8.99 /6 pack of 12oz. bottles

“The alcohol content of Redbridge is 4.8% by volume.  And just in case you and your readers are curious, it has 160 calories and 16.4 grams of carbs per 12-ounce serving.”  -Dave @ Redbridge

“Redbridge beer doesn’t need to make promises to stand out from the crowd; its very essence sets it apart. Redbridge is made without wheat or barley, so the approximately 3.2 million consumers who are unable to drink beer made with barley due to Celiac Disease or because they follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet can once again enjoy a great tasting beer. Redbridge is a rich, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste.”

  • “I’m usually a light beer drinker, and Redbridge had too much of the wrong flavor for me.  A light version may be pretty good.  We need a cheap, mass produced, easily found, light gluten free beer.”  Mike H. -Kansas City, KS (immediately after going gluten free)
  • “Redbridge is one of my favorites!  Its taste falls somewhere in between Bud Light and Budweiser”  Mike H. -Kansas City, KS  (a year after going gluten free)
  • “Closest comparison I normally give people is Schlafly Pale Ale, but “not quite right”.”  Steve -St. Louis, MO
  • “I must say, I was really skeptical given that it is an Anheiser Busch beer, but I was surprisingliy shocked when I tasted it. It tasted like a good amber/red beer. The only beers that I could compare the flavor to are Killian’s Red and BJ’s Brewery’s Jeramiah Red. Both really good red beers.”  Ganj

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Bard’s Tale

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Bard’s Tale Beer Company:

ABV: 4.6%.  Price: $9.99 /6 pack of 12oz. bottles

“As ardent beer lovers (and diagnosed celiacs ourselves), we made it our mission to make a beer available to everyone again.  And so the Bard’s Tale Beer Company, LLC was born.  Our marching orders were clear: Develop a line of craft brewed beers that use gluten-free brewing grains.  And not just any beer would suffice- we would create a product that was as good as anything produced by traditional craft brewers.”

  • “I can’t drink more than one of them. This one starts out good, but by the end of it, I’m swearing it off.”  Steve -St. Louis, MO

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New Grist

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New Grist, Lakefront Brewery

ABV: 5.7%  Price: $9.99 /6 pack of 12oz. bottles

“The first beer brewed without malted barley or gluten-containing products to be authorized by the U.S. Government. Each batch brewed at Lakefront’s Milwaukee headquarters is tested for gluten prior to fermentation, before being bottled and shipped. New Grist is currently available nationwide in six packs of 12-ounce bottles.”

  • “By far the most drinkable. Light and summery.” Steve -St. Louis, MO
  • “I gave New Grist a second chance after going gluten free for six months.  It was much better the second time… I had probably forgotten what Bud Light tastes like and probably has heavily influenced by what I was eating.  I’ll be adding New Grist to my choices at the liquor stores from now on.”  Mike H.  -Kansas City, KS

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Green’s

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Green’s Gluten Free Beers

ABV: Endeavor  7%, Mission  6%, Quest 8.5%, Pathfinder 7%.  Price: $5.99 /500ml bottle

Inspired by strong European beers and developed to a closely guarded secret recipe, the specialist beers are brewed with a strong body, crisp taste and a refreshing flavour, losing none of the taste but all of the allergens.  Where as most conventional brewing practices employ either Isinglass or gelatine based products in the clearing process, Green’s only uses natural tannins, which as well as giving them an attractive hazy body, makes them suitable for both Vegetarian and Vegan diets.  Green’s beers DO NOT contain any of the following allergens or products thereof: Gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soya beans, Milk, Lactose, Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame seeds, Sulphur dioxide and sulphites.

  • “Delicious, but a little pricey.  Endeavour Dubble – This is great to have every once in a while. I never really liked this type of beer with or without gluten.  Quest Tripel – Same goes for the tripel. WAY too flowery and hoppy for me. But it does have something around a 9% Alcohol content, and all the Greens come in half liters.”  Steve -St. Louis, MO

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St. Peters

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St. Peters Brewery:

ABV: Sorghum 4.2%  Price: $4.99 /500ml bottle

“St. Peter’s Brewery, has announced a new addition to its range of award winning beers G-Free.  G-Free is a gluten-free beer suitable for consumption by coeliacs and the product has received approval from Coeliac UK, the charity for people with coeliac disease, to carry their logo and licence. Described as a clean, crisp gluten-free ale with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops.”

  • “Kinda fruity, like I would want to put an orange in it.  Reminds me of a Blue Moon or Micky’s”  -Joe & Jim -Overland Park, KS

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Hambleton

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Hambleton Ales:

ABV: Toleration 4.8%  Price: $7.99 /500ml bottle

“Hambleton Ales’ Gluten Free Ale and Gluten Free Lager deliver the full flavour and satisfaction expected from British ales in a gluten and wheat free formulation.”

  • “Very sweet all the way- finishing with a very fruity flavor.  Comparable to a apple cider like Woodchuck, but with different fruits.”  Mike H.  -Kansas City, KS
  • “This is my favorite of them all…. WHAT IS THAT IN MY BEER?!?!?  …nevermind, I don’t drink beers with sediment!”  Joe S.  -Overland Park, KS

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Messagere

Messagere Red Ale

ABV: 5%  Price: unknown

“Blown in on the wind and tide, chasing behind her older sister, Messagère Pale Ale, Messagère Red Ale dreams of reaching port to the delight of your taste buds with a brand new GLUTEN-FREE beer.  Red Ale’s gorgeous mahogany colour hides subtle hints of dried fruit and authentic hops, leaving a delicate, woodsy taste on the tongue.”  INGREDIENTS: Fresh water, rice syrup, rice malt, glucose extract, buckwheat, millet, hops.

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Rampo Valley

Rampo Valley Brewery

ABV: unknown  Price: unknown

“R.V.B brews some of the world’s most exciting beers including the award winning gluten free Honey Beer and the dynamic Skull Crusher with 10% alcohol.”

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Sprecher

Sprecher Brewery

ABV: 4.2%  Price: unknown

“Sprecher’s gluten free Shakparo Ale is a West African Shakparo-style beer brewed from sorghum and millet. An unfiltered, light, crisp ale with a cider or fruit profile and a dry vinous aftertaste, it is best characterized as an easy-drinking or session beer perfect for summer gatherings. This beer pairs nicely with lighter fare such as sandwiches, salads, chicken, fish, and spicier foods.”

“In the Sprecher’s “Limited release” section: http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/beer.php?cat=5

Sprecher’s gluten free Shakparo Ale is a West African Shakparo-style beer brewed from sorghum and millet. An unfiltered, light, crisp ale with a cider or fruit profile and a dry vinous aftertaste, it is best characterized as an easy-drinking or session beer perfect for summer gatherings. This beer pairs nicely with lighter fare such as sandwiches, salads, chicken, fish, and spicier foods.” -Vin

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221 Responses to “Gluten Free Beer Reviews”

  1. Sheri says:

    Thought I would give everyone an update on the continuing development of GF/Organic Mountain Man Home Brew Kits. This year Steve submitted a GF Honey Oat Pale Ale and a GF American IPA into the 2012 Santa Cruz County Fair. The IPA was judged against other NON-GF IPA’s, both beers placed 2nd in their styles. This is very exciting news for the GF beer market. Steve used the same base recipe as it is sold at breworganic.com. They plan to release the 2012 GF IPA Home Brew Kit soon. We are working with local breweries and hope to have a GF beer on tap within 6 months. Note: This beer was tested by a Calif. lab, the results showed (less than)>.05 ppm.
    I say use BUCKWHEAT not sorghum!

    Cheers! Sheri

  2. Kristin says:

    The best Gluten Free beer I have had was the Glutenator from Epic Brewery in Salt Lake City. It is made with Sweet Potato and Molasses. It is the closest thing to “real” beer that I have tasted. yummy!

  3. Kevin says:

    The by-volume alcohol percentage of Redbridge, listed in your article, is inaccurate. It is currently 4.0%.

  4. Dan Vallish says:

    Tho I don’t have to be 100% Gluten-Free, I favor limiting the glutens I consume. Recently, I had a chance to try a beer that is touted as GF called “Omission” by Widmer. The Pale Ale is quite tasty and the Lager is pretty good. We carry both of them in my Brew Shop, seperate from the shelves I’ve marked as GF. GOOGLE the following “Omission GF” and please let me know your thoughts.

    DannyV

  5. Dan Vallish says:

    @Sheri Hi! It’s been a while! I have been trying to find a source for bulk BUCKWHEAT but with no success. I have several folks at my brew-shop who can drink the sorghum GFB but are looking for MORE FLAVOR. Can you help? My friends thank you in advance!

    DannyV

  6. Brenda says:

    I’ve tried Redbridge and New Grist but the best gluten free beer I’ve tasted is Estrella DAMM from Barcelona, Spain 5.4% alcohol; Liquor stores in my city sell out and several restaurants now offer it as well.

  7. matt says:

    @Brenda,

    that beer is de-glutnized, not gluten free. There is still not any solid scientific data to say one way or the other if the way the gluten gets broken down will still cause reactions. However after talking to a friend of mine who is a chemist and a bio chemist, he said from looking at other proteins that cause reactions and seeing the reactions that are still caused by the broken down amino acid chains left over from them, he thought there would still be the same reaction.

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  9. Freda Goulet says:

    I love the taste of New Grist…my favorite among the gluten free beers that I have tried.

  10. AndiEve says:

    I am wondering if anybody know any good gluten free beer IPA. my boyfriend loves IPA beer unfortually I can’t taste it sine I am high tolerate gluten.

  11. AndiEve says:

    oops, misspelling; Sine (since)

  12. Dan Valllish says:

    We started carrying O-Mission by Widmer Brewing at our Craft Brew Store in Stockbridge, GA. Tho’ not 100% GF, it really does taste like REAL craft beer. I particularly like the Pale Ale. The lager is a nice clean brew for those who like a clean American Style Lager.

    We’ve been carrying an expanding selection of ciders, that add a nice variety for the folks who wish to avoud glutens, but still like to have something cold and refreshing!

    Dogfish Head Brewing recently released Tweason’Ale, a strawberry based GF brew. Easy drinking and refeshing!

  13. Dawn says:

    Red Bridge actually has 127 calories per 12 oz bottle and 12.3 carbs, not 160 calories and 16.4 grams of carbs. It states this right on the label. And it’s delicious!!!

  14. David says:

    Omission is the best GF beer I’ve had although after two I’m pretty much done. Looking forward to Estrella Daura and Greens. Ridgebridge is undrinkable and I would quit drinking altogether if that’s as good as it got.

  15. matt says:

    david, estrella is not GF it is “deglutenized” i.e. it tests low enough after brewing for ppm of gluten to pass the letter of the law… but many people (including scientists that study reactions in humans) argue that the way the gluten breaks down doesn’t make it safe to consume.

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  21. Jeff says:

    I’ve only had 3 GF beers:

    Redbridge: It’s surprisingly crisp for being a Budweiser product, it’s refreshing unfortunately the alcohol content is so low it’s hard to get a buzz from it.

    OMission- Not bad either and like Redbridge, in the local grocery stores so it’s convenient.

    New Grist- Quite disgusting, has a horrible after taste.

    Also looking forward to Green’s and Estrella Damm for it’s high ABV, should be able to find it at Total Wine I hope.

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