best gluten free beers 2022
Welcome to the Drink in the Sights guide to the best gluten free beers 2022. Ever since one of my regular beer drinking friends found out he has celiac disease I've kept an eye out for gluten free beers, and found a fair few genuinely great ones. Sometimes research for these articles can be quite tiresome, other times I just get to drink beer and go was that good? It's painstaking work. Over the last couple of years I've bought a few gluten free beer selections, and found plenty to try in pubs across Europe so I think I've tried over 100 gluten free beers now and this list will keep updating as a find more to sample.
I should stress that when I talk about gluten free beers I'm talking about ones that contain less than 20 parts of gluten per million, which is what the law says counts as gluten free. I am aware that for some people with particularly severe celiac disease even 20 parts in a million can be dangerous so please be careful. Also please check the can/bottle before drinking. At the time of writing this article all the beers on it were certified gluten free, but manufacturing processes change, and therefore some may now contain gluten that didn't before. Please feel free to write to me if that's the case so I can remove them from this page. My email and Facebook details are at the top of the page. Please also check out my guides to the best dark beers and best light beers.
Best Gluten Free Beers
Audit Ale from Westerham Brewery pours incredibly well with a thick, just off white head, on top of a very nice red body. It's certainly a bit of a looker, and at 6.2% this isn't a beer to be taken too lightly as it certainly packs a punch, but not so much that you wont be able to manage a couple. The beers aroma is pretty intriguing with lots of dried fruit, raisin notes, almost like a really good port, and I do like a good port form time to time. Audit Ale from Westerham Brewery has a smooth medium bodied texture, which makes it pretty drinkable, while the taste is excellent. As with the aroma there's plenty of nice dried fruit notes that make the beer taste stronger than it actually is, but you'll get some other fruity hops notes too as well as a healthy dollop of malty goodness. Audit Ale from Westerham Brewery is certainly one of my favourite gluten free beers, and one of the most uniquely flavoured. It really is quite exceptional.
Bad Kitty clocks in at a respectable 5.5% alcohol and has a super sweet chocolate aroma, so that's a good start, you might get a little dark fruit and malts in there too, but really chocolate is the driving force. Given that this is meant to be a vanilla porter I'm not really sure where the vanilla is hiding. The body is medium to full and the feel is really nice and smooth just like a good porter should feel. I have to say Brass castle have created one of my favourite gluten free beers with Bad Kitty. The taste very much matches the smell, there's quite a lot of chocolate, and some nice creamy lactose, making it almost taste like a tiramisu without the coffee. Sure there's a small taste of vanilla lurking in there, but to me this feel much more like a really nice chocolate beer than a vanilla porter. This genuinely is a very tasty beer and if I was a celiac I think I'd always have a can or two hidden away for when I fancy a treat.
Bubble Trouble comes in a 440ml can, which is one of the coolest I've seen, and contains a very average 4.5% alcohol. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with a white head which lasts really well, it's a good looking beer. The aroma is just candy/chewing gum which is impressive as I've never smelt a beer like this. And even better the flavour matches. This really is a bubble gum beer. It's sweet, it's light, it's full of candy flavours, and if you like bubble gum you'll love this. Personally I can take or leave bubble gum, but I do appreciate it when a beer A does something different, and this certainly does, and B does what it says on the can, and this certainly does. Drinking Bubble Trouble from Boss Brewing was an entirely pleasant, and unique experience.
I'm not usually a huge fan of IPA's so I was a little unsure about this one to start with but anyway Goat's Leap pours a clear amber/red with a pretty healthy looking white head. Goat's Leap has a nice, inviting fruity hops and caramel aroma which immediately made me feel better about the beers style. The texture is just below medium bodied, making it quite a refreshing pint, while the taste is really nice. There's some floral, fruity notes with just a hint of caramel, and a really nice subtle bitter finish. I drank this pint on a not particularly warm October evening and really enjoyed it, but I think as a summer beer it'd be even better. I'd actually go as far as to say Goat's Leap is one of the most pleasant IPA's I've ever had. This is a 5.5% beer.
Grasshopper from Westerham Brewery is a Kentish red ale that clocks in at a very sessionable 3.8% alcohol. Like the other Westerham beers I've tried Grasshopper pours seriously well, I don't know what they do others breweries don't to get a proper head, but I like it. As promised the body is a dark red with a luscious just off white head. I really do like it when a beer looks the part. Grasshopper from Westerham Brewery has a fruity aroma with plenty of biscuit and caramel malt smells backing it up nicely. As with most ales of this type the texture is just above medium bodied, but the taste is much better than most red ales. This is a proper malt driven bitter where the sweet caramel tastes are offset by the roasted malts. This is how you're meant to do bitters. I know we live in a hop obsessed world at the moment, but a really good beer lets the malts balance them out, and that's exactly what happens with Grasshopper. Certainly one of the best gluten free beers.
Joe is a 4.5% oatmeal stout that pours pretty much as black as black can be with a rather small white head. I say head it's just lacing really. The beers aroma is very much roasted coffee beans, I thought there was a little bit of coconut in there too but my friends looked at me like I was going mad when I said that, so maybe not. The texture is a bit weird. It's meant to be an oatmeal stout so I was expecting something full bodied, almost stodgy, instead it's quite light, more like a black IPA, so that's just a bit odd. Fortunately it was a warm day so I was actually a little relieved it felt lighter than I was expecting. The taste very much matches the aroma, well except for the coconut which may well have just been in my head anyway. There's a really nice coffee taste, and I'm saying that as someone that doesn't like coffee so it must have been good.
I love a beer with a bit of a kick, and Lost Souls Imperial Chilli Chocolate Stout has a proper kick in more than one way. At 9.1% this isn't a beer to be messed with, and the chilli really does have a kick. The beer comes in a great 440ml can featuring the undead rising, and to be fair this beer is probably worth coming back from the dead for. The aroma is chilli, and the texture is that of a proper thick stout. You really should let this beer warm up a bit before drinking if you'd had it in the fridge, or better yet just don't put it in there in the first place. The delicious chocolate comes through first, but it's followed quickly by a strong, but manageable chilli taste. It won't set your mouth alight, but you certainly feel it, and it'll certainly wake you up. An excellent beer.
Magus from Durham Brewery contains a nice mild 3.8% alcohol which makes it a sensible choice if you're planning a fairly long session. The beer pours a really light, clear straw colour with a pretty impressive fluffy white head, it doesn't look bad to be fair, and that's coming from a dark beer lover. You'll get a pretty strong hoppy fruits aroma with a bit of citrus and some biscuit malt notes. Magus from Durham Brewery has an unsurprisingly light, crisp, and refreshing texture, making it a good summer barbecue choice, which is a shame as I had it in mid January. The taste wont surprise anyone in all honesty as it's a fairly standard pale ale, that said though if I was going to have a gluten free summer drinking session I'd certainly put Magus on the list. There's plenty of light citrus fruits notes, but just enough malts to keep them under control. Magus from Durham Brewery is a very good example of what a pale ale should taste like and is ideal for a session. One of the best gluten free beers.
Stag Stout clocks in at 4.2% and pours only slightly off black with a healthy white head which lasts really well. As with all nitro beers it's pretty thick and creamy, but not too full bodied, so that's certainly a good start. There's a nice roasted, smoky malts aroma, which is always pleasant in a beer. There really is a lot to like about Stag Stout, including the taste. There's a good level of roasted malts mixed with dark chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla all coming through nicely. In all honesty Stag Stout is an excellent pint, and the fact that it's something a bit new makes it even better.
Stud Blonde from Hambleton Brewery comes in a 500ml bottle and contains a pretty standard 4.3% alcohol. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a reasonable white head. I have to say at this point that this is one of the most bubbly beers I've seen that isn't a lager, but I'm not really sure if that's a good thing or not. Stud Blonde from Hambleton Brewery has a hoppy summer fruits aroma with some pineapple coming through just to mix things up a bit. The feel is light, but still very lively, almost like drinking a sparkling wine. The taste is nice though with the hoppy fruits coming through clearly. You'll also get a proper crisp feel, a bit of apple, and a healthy amount of malts to balance things out nicely. I'm not really much of a light beer drinker but Stud Blonde from Hambleton Brewery is just about good enough to convert anyone to the light side. It's crisp, it's sweet, it's refreshing, and it's quite moreish.
SYL comes in a pretty striking black 330ml can with a hefty 6.2% alcohol content which certainly puts it in the fun zone. One word of warning with the First Chop SYL, and pretty much all the First Chop beers, they are very lively when poured so be careful not to lose any. The taste does a pretty good job of matching the aroma, there's a really nice chocolate feel to the beer, and sure enough there's a whiff of smoke in there too. On top of this there's also a good malty flavour I wasn't really expecting, and while the texture is very much that of a light IPA the taste is more akin to a good porter, so if you like the porter taste, but find them a little too rich and filling for a session this may well be your ideal beer. Personally I've found very few beers that are too filling for my tastes, but I'm not everyone, and this probably comes from discovering Guinness at an early stage in my drinking life. SYL really does tick a lot of boxes for me, it's a genuinely good beer, with an excellent taste, and a percentage that packs a punch, my only real criticism is that it's just so lively at the start it could almost be a dark lager. Once it settles down though it's one of the best IPA's of any description I've had, and certainly one of the best gluten free beers.
Totty Pot from Cheddar Ales pours a gorgeous jet black with a pretty good light brown head. I don't think I've seen many gluten free beers this dark, and that bodes well for me as a stout and porter lover. The beer contains a distinctly average 4.5% alcohol so it's certainly not a big hitter, but above the session threshold for me. Totty Pot from Cheddar Ales has a dark fruits and roasted coffee beans aroma, with just a little chocolate coming through at the end. The texture is nice and full bodied, as a good porter should be, and the taste is everything you'd want. There's plenty of roasted coffee notes expertly mixed with chocolate, and just a hint of dark fruits. I really like a good porter and Totty Pot from Cheddar Ales is an excellent one, and certainly one of the top gluten free beers you can buy.
Trinitario is a 5% chocolate stout and just so you know it's named after cacao beans which again gives a glue as to what the beer is all about. Trinitario pours pretty much completely black with a small tan lacing head. You can smell the chocolate from the other side of the room it's that strong so if there is anything else in the aroma you can fully expect it to be drowned out. The beer is smooth and full bodied as a good stout should be and the taste is exactly as expected, it's like someone has melted a chocolate cake and added a bit of alcohol. If you don't like chocolate beers you won't enjoy this at all but I love them and this is one of the very best.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to the best gluten free beers 2022. I'll keep adding to this list as I find new ones to try so please pop back again for more gluten free beer options.