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Monday, April 23, 2012

Gluten-Free Beer: Omission Lager

Posted by Chris Onstad on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Widmer's Omission Project aims to cash in on the gluten-free bandwagon with a lager and a pale ale. Here's our panel's impression of the lager, which, at under 20ppm of gluten, won't slow you down or fill you up or agitate what might be celiac.

This beer ain't got glutens.

It is impossible not to notice that the beer lacks some of the body provided by gluten, but given the feat of making a gluten-free beer, it is an "omission" easily overlooked. The lager has a good, yeasty scent, a quiet, simple flavor profile, and a little grapefruit-like citrus at the end of it. If you're after a gluten-free beer that is session-style, this is a far superior alternative to the usual tallboy filler. It has the quiet echoes of a helles, but, understandably, without the fresh, bready sweetness. You would not be out of place drinking this in a Polo shirt, near a clean pool.

We'll be taste testing Omission's gluten-free pale ale later today... join us!

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