Against the Grain (Gluten-free) – Wold Top Brewery (UK)


Against the Grain (< 20ppm Gluten) – Wold Top Brewery, 4.5% ABV, 500ml, (Driffield, UK)

-My 2nd Wold Top beer, the 1st being their Marmalade Porter (B-) which I enjoyed.

on the front-right label:

“Naturally wheat free real ale. The Wold Top Brewery at our Mellor family farm is situated high on Yorkshire Wolds where gently sloping hills give way to the sea. High quality Real Ales are traditionally brewed using home and wold grown barley, and our own source of pure chalk filtered water to produce an award winning range of beers.

Ingredients: water, lager malt, maize, hops and yeast. Gluten content certified less at less than 20ppm”


  • Style: (lager malt, maize) Specialty Grain
  • Taste: Flat thin-body tangy sour sweet lager corny malt lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no even if you have celiac disease

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours clear apple juice yellow with a quickly dissipating small head, large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, varied speed singular streams.

Nose: yeasty, sweet liquid lager malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: citrusy tangy sourness, lacking CO2 mouthfeel, (lvl-6-sweetness), thin body-no depth, bitter hops, hints of corn, hints of puke

Finish: lingering bitter hops

Summary: This one loses carbonation fast and drinks quite thin compared to beers without a corn adjunct. At least the hops are there but nothing much else. Skip it.