Food & Nutrition

5 gluten free lagers that taste great

Published by Finn Hayden

Regular readers will know that we write a lot about gluten free products, and this is because we love proving that following a gluten free diet doesn't mean that you have to stop enjoying yourself. Whether it be tasty gluten free crisps or delicious gluten free biscuits, hopefully we've helped to prove that there are plenty of options out there.

Another product which we're very passionate about is beer - lager, to be specific. We've previously shown that there are lots of gluten free beers to choose from, but because lager is a bit more specialist, there is less choice when it comes to gluten free lager. Having said that, there is still some excellent gluten free lager out there, and we thought it would be useful to round up the best that you can buy. Let's get into it:

Bellfield Brewery Three Rivers Pils lager

All of the beer sold by Bellfield Brewery is gluten free, but in terms of a gluten free lager from this brand, we think the Three River Pils is the best of the range. Made using a blend of Motueka and Wai-iti hops from New Zealand, this lager has a lovely bitterness to it, and at 4.2% alcohol it's a very session-able lager. This lager is certified gluten-free and so is the rest of the Bellfield Brewery range. If you're in Edinburgh then you should visit the Bellfield taproom, it's a great venue. Learn more and buy it here -

Bellfield 3 rivers pilsner lager

Daura Damm Gluten Free

The Daura lager by Damm is apparently the gluten free beer with the most awards in the world, so it's clear that it has a lot of fans. If you look at the Damm website, you'll see that the first awards were given in 2010 and the lager is still winning awards in 2023. The team at Damm worked with the gluten department of the Spanish National Research Council to create this great lager, which has the gluten removed via enzymatic hydrolysation and protein precipitation. Damm guarantees that the gluten content of each batch of Daura is lower than 3ppm. The end result is a lager with a lovely golden colour and a fresh taste. We're big fans of this lager, learn more and buy it here -

Daura Damm Gluten Free

Arbor Ales gluten free helles lager

This Helles lager from Arbor Ales is a refreshing and delicious gluten free lager - made using Mittelfruh hops, it has quite a floral taste and was definitely the most flavoursome gluten free lager we tried for this guide. The Arbor Ales range features a number of gluten free lagers, but this was definitely the best we tried. Learn more and buy it here -

Arbor helles lager

Stella Artois gluten free

Of all the mass market gluten free lager that we tried for this guide, we definitely think that Stella Artois came out on top. This tasted exactly the same to us as a normal Stella Artois, and we were really impressed by the crisp flavour. This lager is Coeliac UK certified and is made using the same European Saaz hops that the normal Stella Artois lager is made from. Learn more and buy it here -

Stella Artois gluten free

Peroni gluten free

Peroni is definitely not a craft lager, but it does still retain a certain degree of class and the taste of a Peroni is unmistakable. We definitely find that the Peroni gluten free lager has the same classiness that the normal Peroni lager has. The reason for this is probably because the team at Perioni use exactly the same ingredient to make this lager as they do for the normal lager, including barley. The only difference is that a special enzyme is added to remove the gluten. We're big fans of it, learn more and buy it here -

Peroni gluten free

San Miguel

San Miguel is another popular lager which people may not realise you can buy a gluten free version of, and it's actually really nice. Similar to the standard San Miguel, this gluten free version of the lager has a subtle bitter aftertaste and is very refreshing, especially when served ice cold. And at 5.4% alcohol, this is actually one of the strongest gluten free lagers that we could find. Learn more and buy it here -

San Miguel gluten free

Hopefully this guide helps you to find a great-tasting gluten free lager. Let us know if you've tried any of these lagers or if you have any other recommendations for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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