Drink Review: Gluten Free Tennents Lager

Tennents gluten free Lager

Gluten-free Tennents

Two years ago Tennent’s Gluten Free 1885 lager was produced for the Italian market. Following positive feedback, the beer has been re-branded and launched in the UK as Gluten Free Tennents lager for those who are intolerant, coeliac, or anyone who simply chose a gluten-free lifestyle.

The Bottle

Tennents gluten free Lager

The white T and gluten free written in large letters means you can’t possibly mistake it for the usual red T of Tennents!

The Beer

Poured from a 300ml bottle, the beer is a clear pale yellow, almost straw colour with a large foamy head.

Tennents gluten free Lager The aroma was malt, grass, lemon and rather sweet with a slight metallic pilsner smell.

Tennents gluten free Lager

Sweet tasting with some lemon bitterness, ending with a pils-like taste so it actually tasted quite similar to Tennents (handy!).

Tennents gluten free Lager

It perhaps tastes like something’s missing (mmm sweet delicious gluten) so it probably won’t win any awards…well, actually, it already has! The Italian version picked up Bronze in the Speciality category at the International Beer Challenge last year and received a Gold medal from Tastings.com in 2014.

This is a pretty good attempt at a gluten-free beer and ensures that anyone avoiding or intolerant to gluten won’t miss out on any fun at nights out and parties etc.

The beer is available from Tesco in packs of 4 and in bars and restaurants across Scotland now.

ABV – 5%

Style: Euro lager

Disclaimer: we were sent some beer to review.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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