Gluten-Free Week: How to review?

Gluten-Free WeekHow does one review a gluten-free beer?

This might seem like an odd question; anyone who’s poked around my site for a little while knows that in my reviews, I favor the tasting-notes approach, and try to go for an overall impression of the beer.

The heart of any beer review comes down, essentially, to one thing: did I like it?

But with gluten-free beers, I think there’s another question to answer: would someone who has Celiac disease like it?

That’s a pretty loaded question, no doubt. How about: If they want to drink “beer”, would they be satisfied with it?

So for these gluten-free reviews, in addition to the “beer review”, I’ll venture an opinion on how well it hits the mark for “beer” from that perspective (and try not to sound arrogant while doing so).

3 Responses to Gluten-Free Week: How to review?

  1. Jeff Alworth says:

    So far, I have yet to encounter a decent gluten-free beer (and the worst was, ironically, Deschutes). So maybe you should look for ones that manage “decent.”

  2. Jon says:

    Check out the Green’s brands. The Endeavour (http://www.thebrewsite.com/2009/05/18/gluten-free-week-greens-endeavour.php) was quite decent–a bit different, but decent. I have another to try, too…

  3. Scott says:

    I’ve only had one myself – Redbridge made by A.B. To me it was OK, and people who drink it regularly seem to like it as well.