|Brewery:||Widmer Brother’s Brewing|
|Style:||American Pale Ale|
|Malts:||Pale, Carapils, Dark Munich, Caramel 10|
|Appearance:||Spun Honey With Sudsy White Foam|
|Aroma:||Light, Pleasant, Delicate Hops, Whispers of Caramel|
|Flavor:||Balanced with Malt up Front, Hops in the Back|
|Pairs With:||Shellfish, Pizza, Lamb Chops, Cheddar Cheese|
Gluten intolerance has become more and more of an issue in our society. In fact, it is likely that most people are intolerant at some level. Most go unrecognized as such because the symptoms are not severe enough to really be noticed. For a few years now the brewing community has worked to bring beer that is gluten free to those that do have severe reactions to gluten. In most cases it has been an effort to brew with gluten free grain, such as sorghum. In all but the rarest case the resulting beer leaves a lot to be desired.
My girlfriend doesn’t respond well to gluten and my own research has prompted me to keep my gluten intake to a minimum also, even though I can’t definitively point to symptoms. Obviously, for me, that minimum doesn’t include beer, but for her it does. So, I have had the opportunity to try quite a few gluten free beers. Most rate pretty low in all areas of enjoyment and leave much to be desired.
Widmer Brother’s brewing approached the problem differently. Instead of brewing beer with a gluten free grain, their Omission series (which includes a Lager, an IPA, and the Pale Ale I am reviewing) is brewed with regular malt. The difference comes at fermentation. When the beer goes to the fermenter an enzyme developed by DSM called Brewers Clarex™ goes in with it. This enzyme incidentally is also available to the homebrewer as Clarity Ferm from White Labs (I bought some, but have not had a chance to brew with it yet).