30 September 2017
San Miguel Gluten Free Beer (@DegustaboxUK) By @SpectreUK
Although I fortunately don't have Coeliac disease giving me an intolerance to gluten, I was intrigued to find out if this gluten free San Miguel lived up to the original, or in fact that it just tastes the same. I do like San Miguel and had a conversation with a guy on the train recently coming back from York who was going on and on about how much he liked his Spanish beer. I commented that if he checked on the back of the bottle he was drinking out of, he'd more than likely find that it had been brewed in Scotland. When he did, he almost fell off his seat, much to his wife's amusement and the couple that they were with. So, to this bottle…
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this gluten free San Miguel had in fact been produced in Spain. However, on opening it did smell slightly like regular San Miguel, but with something missing… Hmm… Could it be the wheat? I hear you say. Yes, replaced with maize. On pouring admittedly it looked just like a golden San Miguel and had plenty of jolly bubbly fizz to it. On taste the maize was apparent, with a slightly different initial taste than a beer made with wheat. However, it certainly tasted fine to me and the beer washed around my mouth pleasantly, with the slight sweetness from the malted barley and bitterness from the hops combined into the aftertaste. Having said that, if I saw both bottles on a shelf in the supermarket, I'd likely plumb for the regular San Miguel through personal taste and fortunately no need for necessity.