Allergic to wheat? List of wheat free lager and real ale

I’m really doing this for myself as a reference because I have a wheat allergy and a love of real ale – not always a good combination. I plan to contact the brewers to find out if their draft beer is made with the same recipe as their bottled beer. Could you safely assume that this would be the case?

Then if the pub is a well kept and maintained and I know the beer is good and possibly another caviat could be – a pub that has the CAMRA seal of approval, I can carefully plan which pubs I can go and order a pint in. This could be very good for the pub in question as we could end up being there some time if it’s safe for me. If the pub can cater for those with restricted eating requests even better! And I’m not talking ready salted crisps and a pickled onion.

Why am I doing this? Because I’m a fed up of going into pubs and sitting enviously in the corner with a pint of cider or over priced glass of wine while you lot drink pints of beer. Now I’m not dissing cider or wine, when I’m in Somerset cider is often the best drink in the pub if it’s locally brewed, but I just don’t like it as much as a pint of real ale.

I can’t risk drinking beer if I’m not sure it’s wheat free unless I want to face days of stomach cramps, agony and dinosaur farts that could easily clear the pub. I’m not joking – the effects are pretty swift. If you’re lucky I’ll be on the train home before the rot sets in, though not sure my fellow passengers would agree.

Wheat free bottled and canned beers – a list

This is just for bottled beers and cans so far because it is always listed whether they contain barley and/or wheat (there is always a risk of cross contamination with pipes when buying beer on tap).

  • Stella
  • Proper job
  • Adnams (all checked so far)
  • Timothy Taylor landlord
  • Marstons Indian Pale Ale
  • Marstons Owd Rodger
  • Rebellion Brewery (Marlow) – only use malted barley
  • St Austell brewery (Cornwall) – Tribute pale ale
  • Wadworth – Old Timer strong ale
  • Thwaites Nutty Black
  • Bishop’s Finger (Shepherd Neame)
  • Hobgoblin (Wychwood)

Chiltern Brewery Draught Beer

  • Beechwood Bitter
  • 300’s Old Ale
  • Nut Brown Mild

Chiltern Brewery Bottled Beers

  • John Hampden’s Ale
  • Lord Lieutenant’s Porter
  • Bodgers Barley Wine
  • Glad Tidings (available soon)
  • Black Chocolate Stout (coming out soon!)

nb: Some Chiltern Brewery beer does contain a small amount of wheat. If you have coeliac disease the list above do contain barley so may not be suitable for a gluten free diet.

This is very much a work in progress so please let me know of any others I should add.

And a word of warning to beer lovers with a wheat allergy – just because it’s gluten free doesn’t mean it’s wheat free – the gluten can be removed from the wheat and the wheat used in the brewing process. Probably only present in very small amounts but if you are very sensitive possibly worth treating with caution.

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Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She also won the Foods You Can People's choice Best FreeFrom blogger award 2014.


  1. Andy Blackwell says:

    Thanks for producing this list. How can I help add some more? Is it possible to link to CAMRA website?


    • If you have any more, please add them here as a comment and I can add them to the list, or email me on – I keep meaning to add to this list but never seem to find the time. It’s pub that frustrate me as they never know whether wheat is draft beers.

  2. Hi,
    Whilst on holiday in Crete 2016, I to was longing for a long cold lager to quench the usual thirst at the end of long day sunbathing. The hotel me and my wife was stopping in didn’t sell cider, and lemonade just doesn’t hit the spot. So one day, I completely ignored the fact I’m a coeliac, brought a pint of Amstel, then another. Had our usual evening meal and waited for the usual consequences…..then the surprise, absolutely none!!
    Just had to try again the next day, this time drank 5 pints, still no reaction. So whether my allergy is fairly small I don’t know, but I have tried at home and all is well drinking Amstel. I also believe Budd has no wheat, can’t wait to try.

    • WOW that is fab! It can be a bit like Russian Roulette. I had a bottle of some this weekend which was labelled with wheat and I did have very mild symptoms so will continue to avoid beer with wheat labelled, but many of the barley ones I am fine with. Keep drinking Ian 🙂

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