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Drinking beer creates chest pain

by P.A.
(New Jersey)

Drinking beer creates chest pain. WARNING: remove beer from glass before consuming

Drinking beer creates chest pain. WARNING: remove beer from glass before consuming

Drinking beer creates chest pain

Four years ago I had to stop drinking beer, because after just 1/4 to 1/2 a beer I would have a considerable pain under the bottom of my sternum.

My guess is, it is a gas build-up and/or an allergic reaction.

When I lived in Prague and drank fresh tap beer regularly, I had no issues. But when I moved to London and than home to the USA I slowly, over 1-2 years, started to get this pain in my chest.

I tried all types of beer, drank beer with lemon, warm and cold, etc. but nothing worked.

When I went back to Prague for a wedding I drank 4-5 beers with no issues at all. So I assume that the issue is the way beer is pasteurized in the US and UK.

Today, I only need to take 1-2 sips to know if I will have a reaction. 95 per cent of the time I have a reaction. My mouth tastes funny, the back of my throat itches/tingles and in 10 minutes or so I have a pain in my chest.

Interesting to note, I can drink and eat almost anything else except drink beer.

Any thoughts of what I can do to drink beer without moving back to Prague?

The Beer Doctor says:

Hi, first of all I must say it's an unusual reaction that has been happening to you. I think the pain which you experience at the epigastrium (bottom of your sternum) could be a result of chronic acidity or chronic pancreatitis, which you have developed over the years.

The reason for this is not completely clear, as I do not know your diet habits and your lifestyle, but drinking different kinds of beer has definitely contributed towards you developing chronic acidity.

To come to a conclusion that you might actually be suffering from an allergic reaction, there must be some additional reactions, like itching or redness of the skin or some other anaphylactic reaction. Since you have not experienced them yet, my bet would be you might be suffering from chronic gastritis.

Now the type of beer one gets from most European countries is brewed using a different method to that of USA and UK. Pasteurization is one aspect that might be the reason for your reaction; however, there are other things that might be equally important.

For example: it could be different styles of beer, like the ale or lager or hybrid beer. It could also be the type of yeast used to ferment the beer, or it might depend on the type of serving. Many metal kegs will be pasteurized with carbon dioxide and some with nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

With all these factors, it is hard to decide what might be the exact reason, but after some research I have noticed that in Prague, most bars serve cask conditioned ales which are unpasteurized beers (they are termed as real ale).

My guess is maybe you are accustomed for drinking real ale and you changed to hybrid beer or other styles of beer, which started causing you mild gastritis or acute episodes of pancreatitis which developed to a chronic pancreatitis.

In order to prevent these effects when you drink beer, I would suggest you to try real ale, or unpasteurized beer. Try drinking them at room temperature and not chilled. Hopefully this might do the trick.

If your symptoms persist, then it is better if you underwent some tests in order to rule out pancreatitis. I would not suggest any drug in order to counteract these effects, as it might worsen any other condition you might have.

Let me know how the real ale or unpasteurized beer works out for you.

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Apr 11, 2015
So glad I found this thanks guys!
by: Colton

After months of research, this has been the best help ever! FYI Gluten-free Omission IPA went down smooth with no chest pains so for an IPA lover like myself this ain't so bad!

Otherwise Corona and dos xx are my go to's. Thanks again!

Mar 28, 2015
Same here, need more info
by: Leah

Really glad to see I'm not the only one having this problem. I'm 21, started drinking beer at maybe 12-13 years old. I've always had that pain, at one point it became too much and I lost my taste for beer so I avoided it for a couple of years.

I've been trying to drink again, but it just hurts so damn much, I can barely breathe. Really takes the enjoyment out of the whole thing :(

Jan 16, 2015
by: Thecav

Identical to swright comments. Tightening in chest, lots of phlegm buildup in mouth. Miserable. Seems to be "Belgian" style beers = Chimay, Franziskaner, Blue Moon, Shock Top, Hoegarten, others.

So I stayed away from "cloudy" beers. Was surprised when I had the same reaction to Guinness Blonde American Lager so not sure what's next. Relieved to see this page but was hoping for more answers.

Jan 04, 2015
Mystery somewhat solved
by: Anonymous

I've spent hours on my computer doing research, trying to figure out what the culprit was behind this. Whenever I take one sip of certain types of white wine or most beer I start to have a reaction. My throat swells and itches and I get chest pain with burps and excessive saliva.

I used to have the exact same reaction from canned tuna when I was little and I figured there had to be a correlation between the two. I've come to the conclusion that it is a type of histamine intolerance. The histamine increases stomach acid dramatically which in turn causes severe GERD symptoms.

Now I have no reaction at all to any red wine even though it is high in histamine so I'm assuming there are other factors that come in to play on what foods/drinks will affect your reaction but I believe histamine is still behind it.

Dec 29, 2014
Have any of you tried red bridge beer?
by: Anonymous

I have the same problems as all of you here...I used to be able to drink a case of the cheapest beer available in one sitting. But at about 38... I found that I could not drink any beer without developing pain within a few seconds. I can drink any other alcohol (switched to red wine/ vodka) and pretty much wrote off beer.

I can also eat any food I problems. I had two endoscopy procedures and all that did was get me on nexium which fully erased any erosion acid reflux was causing. But still no beer...until I tried red bridge, gluten free beer. I can drink six packs of this stuff and no problems. I am NOT gluten intolerant...I live off of pasta/pizza/ why this beer works is beyond me..its made by bud, and is easy to find.

Anyone. Else try gluten free beer? I think the reason why some of you can drink corona is because although not gluten free, it's naturally low gluten. Comments?

Dec 14, 2014
Not alone...
by: Anonymous

Noticed this problem a couple of years ago with IPA's and some red wines (sulfites?). Literally one sip now and I know if I can finish a beer or glass of wine. Deep chest pains to the point I generally stop talking waiting for relief. Also prodigious (there's a word) amounts of thick saliva.

If I stop after one sip symptoms typically are mild and go away quickly. If I paid $7 for the glass of beer and push on, not good. Ruins meal and evening. Come on, no docs drink beer or wine without same symptoms? I stick with ales and lagers (Stella) with no problem. Hoppy IPA's are the worst.

Dec 10, 2014
what types of beer
by: swright

So, I, too have this pain. But, until the other day it was limited to Belgian style beers....although I had a craft IPA the other day and got the same pain.

What's the similarity in Balegian Style beers (Hoegarden is the worst culprit) and possibly a local IPA?

This sux.

Aug 17, 2014
Same same same!
by: Dave C

Can't believe it's taken me so long to find this thread!...

So many familiar symptoms for me. Although seems different factors for different people. I cannot drink Budweiser. Or...

- excessive saliva coming up into the throat.

- burping up froth / beer head!

- periodic chest pain, radiating round the left into my back, every minute or so, lasting 10-15 seconds, then passing until the next one.

- worse when on an empty stomach.

- used to happen regularly when I ate rice, also has happened once or twice when eating crisps (on an empty stomach), drinking cider, nuts, red wine.

It all sounds grain/wheat related... I've considered gluten free, but it doesn't affect me much at all to seriously consider it.

All other beers are usually fine, just Budweiser!

Rice is the one I need to watch!

Hope we find success. I reckon that less medical intervention, more diet modification, trial removing foods etc.

Good luck everyone.

Jul 23, 2014
India Red Ale
by: Dusty

Same pain as described in this thread is happening to me now after consuming only 4oz of india red ale from bsb brewery in denver colorado.

How long does this pain typically last? Any meds like benedryl help?

I have noticed when drinking other beers I get a stuffy nose. This beer did not do that, just chest pain.

I also had a reaction to a rice ale that was more respiratory. Extreme wheezing and shortness of breath.

I think it might be time to pull the plug on drinking .....

Jul 09, 2014
Hiatal Hernia
by: rocket science

I have had the same issue when trying certain types of beer. My conclusion is that the carbonation is causing a Hiatal Hernia.

Some beers are more carbonated than others, such as wheat beer. A hiatal hernia causes chest pain or upper abdominal pain when the stomach becomes trapped above the diaphragm through the narrow esophageal hiatus. I'm not a doctor and this is my theory.

Jun 13, 2014
Non alcoholic beer
by: Anonymous

Glad to see that I am not alone in this world having the same problem. I tried all kinds of beer at different temps but the problem keeps coming after one single sip.

Finally I tried the non-alcoholic one and nothing happened. I like the taste of beer so this was my getaway!!

May 26, 2014
Same here!
by: Anonymous

I have exactly the samething. It just happened last night. Any alcohol is OK, but beer. One more thing, just to see if it happens to you all as well. Same kind of pain with avocados. I used to be able to eat them. Not anymore. Horrible pain in my chest, ( not my stomach).

May 07, 2014
by: Anonymous

I was able to drink beer my entire life, until one night i had the hiccups the entire night. Then after that i was able to drink a few (2) beers before my chest hurt. Now, even a sip makes my lips hurt and also my chest to feel like someone is standing on it. I am also allergic to milk (casein), but don't know if that has anything to do with it. I also have trouble swallowing food, where sometimes food gets stuck and makes me gag to get it up. Any ideas on where to start to look for the symptoms and possible treatment. Would love to start drinking beer again.

May 01, 2014
Chest pain
by: Anonymous

We are not alone in this. It's not age it's how our bodies digest different foods and drinks we consume . I had a upper GI series done when I was in my late 20s the Doctor said it was acid reflux ....another name for heart burn! I could not believe the pain you get from the acid, yes plain acid you can't sit lay down you can't breathe then your nerves make it worse. I am a healthy female 51 years young but back then I had to find out what foods and what type of liquids were causing this acid. I love and still do drink margaritas but with no salt and limes and I still drink beer but now for some reason I can't drink corona any more or any beer I wake up the next morning with my chest hurting! Ok you guys this is what works for me and might work for you, if you feel like the pain is coming on drink distilled water with a couple of caps of Apple cider vinegar give it 5 to 8 minutes man it knocks it right out! Do research on Apple cider vinegar it will be your new friend and I promise you the benefits are remarkable! Also take note what you eat or drink so you can find out what makes that acid tick , because in the long run the acid will corrode the esophagus which will lead to certain cancers and my friends you do not want to deal with that! I hope you guys do your research and you start feeling better's all about change you can still drink or eat what you want I've learned in moderation it's all good!

Apr 07, 2014
I have the same problems
by: Anonymous

I used to be able to drink any kind of beer or wine with no issues. Its come to the point where I won't touch wine and just a sip of beer will bring on the symptoms of itchy throat, extreme fullness in my stomach, horrible chest pressure and excessive saliva production. The symptoms last for 1-1.5 hours. During which I am unable to eat anything due the fact I feel full and I feel like I might choke on my food from all the pressure in my chest. I end up drinking a great deal of water to keep the "air bubble down" otherwise it feels like an "air bubble" is stuck in my esophagus- the pressure if from within not like someone is sitting on my chest. I am able to drink pacifico and corona with no issues, same with any hard alcohol.
This is not heart burn. I have had it and this feels nothing like it. I have had an endoscopy and had no issues in my stomach. I believe its some time of allergic reaction especially considering the first symptom I experience is an itchy throat and an excess in saliva.

Dec 02, 2013
Unfiltered beer
by: Anonymous

Yes! The saliva! Combined with the difficulty swallowing its like I've gone rabid. The common thread seems to be unfiltered beers, but that's not a particularly scientific study.

Dec 02, 2013
So this is eosinophilic esophagitis?
by: Ty

Good comments. Glad to see I'm not so unusual. Drank a lot of beer over my life, now in early 40s and just started having throat problems this last year. I don't get itching that some report, just a severe tightening of my esophogus sometimes to the point where I can't burp, and then I even start getting hiccups. It really hurts. Worst problems are with Belgian beers and champagne so don't even drink those anymore. But tonight, I had a micro-brew IPA and couldn't drink more than a few sips. That was a few hours ago and my throat is still feeling tight. As someone below commented, I have better luck if I've got food in my stomach. Also, acids - like a margarita or lemonade - beforehand do seem to exacerbate the problem. You'd think from what I just wrote that my discomfort must be acid reflux, but no number of tums or antacids seem to help once I get a reaction.

Nov 03, 2013
Heat pain, back pain , salivating
by: Anonymous

I finally decided to google "beer gives me chest pains" and this was the second site listed. The first was a doctor telling the sufferer that the situation was very rare. Then I stumble on this sure and it doesn't seem to be so rare after all. It amazes me how similar the descriptions are... Drank beer for years with no problem... Sometimes it hits me , sometimes it doesn't... I can usually tell after just a few sips when it's going to happen ... Chest feels like it's expanding and wants to explode... Pain extends to my back... Trouble swallowing... Profuse saliva...

It seems like a doctor somewhere could shed some light on this.
In glad I found these posts to know it's not just me. Thanks for your insights.

Sep 12, 2013
Here, too!
by: Anonymous

I've had the exact problems. Sometimes I can drink beers all day, and sometimes I have just one sip of a draft and I start hurting. I've started reading labels, etc., but they aren't any help as they are extremely vague. Glad to know I'm not crazy, but also sad to see no one has successfully identified the problem.

Sep 09, 2013
I am not alone!
by: Anonymous

I have the very same thing! I can have ONE SIP of beer, and heartburn sets in shortly after. The pain shoots through my back and jaw, and the intensity comes and goes for around one hour. Nothing helps get rid of the heartburn! I just have to wait it out. I drank beer all the time, and this started in my mid-twenties. I found that eating eggs does the same thing. I thought it was all in my head, since it only takes one sip!

May 24, 2013
Almost identical issue
by: Gamberro

Had this the first time when I was drinking my fav local microbrew from Wilkes Barre, the highly affordable Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner (from the bottle, for those of you who say to switch to bottles). Snuck outside on Christmas from the dry house I was spending it at to have me my one Christmas beer, chugged it down and noticed some difficulty drinking it for some reason... then spent the next several hours in painful convulsions similar to what I have been told a heart attack feels like (deep, deep pain in chest, sometimes extending to an arm). Also, same thing with the mucus in the mouth and throat and way excessive saliva production. Sometimes I will drink just one or two beers and then vomit huge amounts of this clear stuff mixed with a bit of bile, not a fun thing to happen at the club which it has happened a few times now.
This has happened with Lionshead, Molson, Blue Moon, PBS, and many others, but HASN'T happened with Becks, Becks Sapphire, MGD, and various German import/microbrew beer snob beers I drink with my beer snob buddy (Springbok, Weihenstafen beers etc.).
I would love to find out what the issue is, hope it's not related to a serious medical condition, and btw as many have mentioned I often have the same issue with white wine since that same day, though not to quite the same extreme, just some modest discomfort.

May 21, 2013


May 04, 2013
Beer and dairy
by: Anonymous

I have similar issues, I used to think that it was just dairy but started to realize that I only have the pain if I am drinking beer and then have milk or ice cream within a few hours after. The pain is intense, it builds up until it feels like you can't take it anymore and then goes away for like a minute then builds up and goes away again. This will go on for HOURS sometimes. I don't get the pain if I just drink beer or if I just have dairy only seems to be the combination that gets me. It is AWFUL, giving up beer is obviously not an option..... Nor is giving up ice cream or milk, I just have to avoid having them within 8-10 hours of each other. It's crazy, everyone things I'm nuts when I tell them about it!!! Makes me feel more sane knowing that others have similar issues. Does anyone else's chest pain (under the sternum) build up to almost unbearable intensity and the go away like mine does?

Apr 23, 2013
More than just beer
by: Jay

I have the same problem - mostly with domestic beer but I can drink others usually with no problem. I've found a number of other thigs that can cause the same symptoms too now. Certain Chinese chicken salads and rot this moment I'm having major pains from just two slices of apples from my sons happy meal from McDonald's. these get me all the time but I keep eating them thinking it won't bother me. I've found that the less that's in my stomach then e better the chances are it will hit and hit hard.

Mar 12, 2013
Could be Bile Reflux, Gastritis, Pancreatitis, Ulcer, etc...GO SEE A DOCTOR
by: Anonymous

Get an endoscopy...I had the same beer and my whole side was on fire and my chest hurt (like I was having a heart attack). I had acid reflux before, but this was worse. This all started the day after I was binge drinking in Vegas. I actually cut back and stopped drinking (my body was obviously telling me something)...randomly a few months later I had fluttering in my chest. I went to the hospital, they said I didn't have a heart attack. I had to go to a cardiologist to rule out a heart condition first, but I was getting severe pain in the middle of my chest, so I went to my gastroenterologist as I have had GERD in the past. I finally got an endoscopy and my doc saw bile in my stomach and inflammation. Turns out I have gastritis and there was also bile reflux as well. Point is that you may not have any of these conditions I have. It could be your pancreas, your stomach, an allergy (as many others have stated), but your best bet is to see a doctor to find out the root cause. You can adjust your lifestyle accordingly. You may find that the cause is something that if left untreated could turn into cancer. Better safe than sorry. Yes, doctor bills are expensive, but what is your life worth?

Feb 05, 2013
Chest Pain after Beer
by: Ed

I get chest pains after drinking certain types of beers as well. I Got worried that I was having a heart attack or a lung collapse since I'm a smoker. I rarely get them but when I do they always freak me out. Today I decided to google it for the first time and I'm glad I came across this site.

Jan 31, 2013
chest and jaw pain
by: Anonymous

Whenever I drink bud, coors, keystone or any of the major brands, the pain starts around my heart and then my jaw hurts as well. It lingers for hours and will keep me from sleeping. I find drinking lots of water helps. When I drink German beer like lowenbrau original, I never get the pain though.

Jan 06, 2013
Same problem
by: Bob

So glad I found this page. I have had to give up any craft or microbrews. I can safely drink some standard mass-produced beer like Bud or Molsons (most of the time). Does anyone else have any trouble swallowing as well? Has anyone seen a doctor regarding this?

Dec 02, 2012
by: Answer!

I think I've just figured it out!!!!! I also suffer. Just started in my late 20's with beer and white wine.

Oct 11, 2012
it happens to me too
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I found this page and that I am not the only one who has this pain, I drink all kinds of beer most of it is from a can my pain is in center or rite side of my chest and goes through to my back it will make you want to sit or lay down it just hurts so bad you cant do anything I find if you can start burping it will help when this first happn to me I thought it was gallbladder but the Dr. said no I have had this for about 10 years last night I had 2 tall beers and the pain lasted longer then it ever has in fact I feel like the pain can start again any time and it has been 20 hrs since I drank any beer
I dont think I will drink anymore beer at all I hope we find out what this is I dont have any insurance so I cant go in to find out the first bunch of test for gallbladder cost me a lot of money.

Oct 07, 2012
Seriously, Thank God I found this page!
by: BudLightNoMore


I thought I was going crazy! I have always been a beer drinker (I'm 36 now) and over the past 2 years, with no rhyme or reason I would (and do) get these most awful severe chest pains after drinking beer. 95% of the time about 2am after drinking 8-12 beers and going to sleep around 11pm. I thought I was having a stupid heart-attack, which didn't make any sense because I get EKG's for work, and I'm healthy and active (run, bike, etc every other day).

My favorite "I'm gonna drink a bunch while watching sports or something" beer is Bud Light, and I can put'em down with no trouble. But the pain, which sometimes happens, sometimes doesn't is so damn severe, that I will stop drinking for months. Seriously, for those of you who get it the same, it's enough to bring me to my knees and start thinking about an ambulance ride.

One ting I wanted to put out there and get everyone's opinion. I have hypertriglyceridemia (yea, say THAT with a mouth full of beer). It's basically just a hereditary thing where my triglycerides are ridiculous high, even though my cholesterol is perfectly normal. I take drugs to keep it in the normal range but if I were to let it go, I would be in danger of "acute pancreatits) which apparently is very bad and can kill you. So, after reading this page, I started looking further into it and I am wondering if they are inter-ralated at all? Anybody else have that? If you haven't checked, you might want to, because it can kill you with NO symptoms. Bad mamby-jamby.

I am going to restrict my beer intake to non-pasteruized beer and see what happens. The pain is definitely habit altering. I have never gotten it with wine or hard liquor but I do stay away from those for the most part. I might have a glass or 2 of wine on occasion.

I did go to the doctor for this after the 2nd time and he said it was "heartburn", I didn't really like that answer because I've had heartburn all my life, this is WAY different. But I do take a Zantac everyday just in case. Also, he gave me "Anti-Spazmodics" to use if the pain comes, but I've never really had to use them because I've curbed my beer drinking so drastically.

Thank you so much for posting the info on this site, it has made me feel alot better and not so crazy.

Sep 20, 2012
medical reason?

This has been happening to me as well and I have been trying to figure out why this is happening with no success. It happens most frequently with beer, I first noticed it with wheat beer but now it happens with all types. The pain is severe chest pain/ pressure and occurs with only a few sips. It also happens with wine but never with liquor. Does anyone have a medical explanation for this? Please help

Sep 05, 2012
allergic reaction?
by: luke

Has anyone had any luck seeing a doctor for this? i used to be able to drink any beers I wanted for years, then suddenly I developed this same problem as everyone else here. I first experienced this chest pain/tightness and thick saliva while drinking a bud light wheat. It ended with me forcing myself to vomit, and drank tons of water for relief. I first thought it was that particular beer. Then it started happening with all beer my home-brews, craft beers, light beers. On rare occasions, I'll be able to drink beer and i WONT have the reaction. I'm not sure if its the beer, or if it could be something in my diet that causes a reaction from the beer. I'm in my mid 20's, healthy lifestyle and healthy diet. I'm curious if anyone had had any luck seeing a professional for answers.

Aug 28, 2012
Coor's Light
by: Tommy

I just turned 30 and this is happening to me! The pain is so discomforting that I don’t even attempt to drink beer, its just not worth it. After a sip I can tell within 5 min if I am going to have a reaction. Just last night, a sip of Corona hit me with extreme chest pain and thick saliva build up in the throat. The pain lasts for about an hour, I find its best to spit out as much saliva as possible when this happens, try not to swallow it, it just makes it worse. I will stand outside and just spit for an hour and cringe every min or so when the chest pain hits. The chest pain comes and last for about 10 second intervals. The chest pain comes about every min. The whole reaction lasts about an hour but once I get over it I am exhausted and completely out of party mode, no more drinking for me. I am not sure why this is happening but my brother has the exact same thing, my dad does not. By brother thinks it is beer made with rice products, I am not sure that is accurate tho. I think it is a gluten allergy of some sort. I have also heard it’s a reaction if you are a frequent user of aspirin, which I am. Last week I was chugging Coronas with no problems, last night I drank a gulp of Corona and experience the problem…WTF? I have found that Coor’s Light is the only beer that does not give me this reaction. So if I am at a bar it’s a safe bet to just drink a Coor’s Light. I can drink all the hard liquor I wish, no reaction.

However to add to this, I get the same exact same reactions when I eat cucumbers, honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, avocado, raw carrots and certain types of salad dressings. So it’s not just beer but an ingredient found in all these items, I believe it to be some sort of seed. I will continue my research cause this shat is uncomfortable.

Aug 10, 2012
Same trouble :(
by: Montreaux

Hello All.

Recently, I have been getting the same problem.

I normal drink a can or two a day of beer/malt liquors. Typically, I have been able to drink whatever I want, whenever I want.. But just a few days ago, I drank my typical 2 cans, ate a little
and went to bed.. Around 5am. I woke up with a gnawing chest pain that was too uncomfortable for me
to get back to sleep. I also had a little 'twinge pain' or funnybone feeling pain in my left arm.

Being too uncomfortable, I decided to go downstairs and drink a cup of milk.

The pain continued for a couple hours.. I did notice that after climbing the stairs to get back to bed, the pain didnt get any worse, so I was kinda relieved that it wasn't a heart attack. I did worry that, that might be a possibility though.

In any case. It happens all the time now.. Call it a life change that simply happens when we get older (I'm 48) or some other anomaly, but it's pretty reliable that if I drink a can 24oz of my favorite beer (St Ides, Steel Reserve, Olde English 800, etc), it's gonna come to haunt me about 4 hours later.. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading! :)

'Max' Michael Smart

Jul 10, 2012
Mexican Beer
by: WI Drinking ur State under since...

This posting is great...glad I was able to find it. Bought a 24 oz. can of Corona after work today, after reading through the post. Everything went down easily. Usually, when I sip beer, it feels like I fill up and have chest pains were I can't even eat or even drink water for hours. More research to follow.

Jul 04, 2012
it's not an allergy right?
by: sadmarcos

This is the first time that I've heard of others who suffer the same chest pains as I do. I love beer and love to try different beers. But I know that if I drink it, I will suffer the same pain / esophagus swelling described here by others. It started when I was about 35. I have become accustomed to tell my friends that I have a sphincter problem (esophageal sphincter). Wine has the same effect but I don't really like it anyway. I haven't tried Corona lately but I will and include my comments.

Apr 10, 2012
Corona as well
by: JM

I have the same issues as "Corona". Weird. I have recently noticed that I can drink Dos XX as well and have switched to that, but draft bothers me sometimes. Any ideas on what makes Mexican beer different?

Mar 25, 2012
Wheat allergy
by: Beer Boss

Belgium Beers are usually wheat beers and unfiltered. You may be allergic to fermented Wheat

Mar 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

I get bad leg cramp a few hrs after drinking Belgium beer and only Belgium beer. Any idea what ingredient could be the culprit?

Mar 22, 2012
REPLY TO Drink only corona
by: Anonymous

JCL - have the same exact symptoms - and it started in my 30s as well.

What makes Corona different?

Does wine do the same thing? It does for me.

Mar 01, 2012
drink only corona
by: Anonymous

I can only drink corona beer....any other beer casues my throat to swell and heartburn like symptoms. I have no other allergies and can eat all other foods just not beer, except corona.

This started when I was about 35, before that I could drink anything and even brewed my own beer. I travel extensively around the world and I try beer everywhere I go asia, europe...and in 20 years have found no other beer I can drink and never heard a good explanation for this.

You could line up 100 beers and one corona and I could tell instantly which one was the corona.

There is something very unique about how corona is made ..I wish I knew what it was.


Jul 13, 2011
Drinking beer creates chest pain
by: Anonymous

I've noticed that the emptier your stomach is before you start drinking, the higher the chance of getting the chest pain. This had this happened with Sminoff Ice, wine coolers, generic beer and once with just Shasta soda. There never seems to be a problem with regular red wine, or white zinfandel. As soon as you feel symptoms usually within consuming 10% or more, STOP drinking and take some Tums/Gasx or other anti gas chewable and made me feel better within a half hour. I don't have insurance so I don't know what is causing this. Good luck

Jun 09, 2011
by: James

I've been trying to work out what this problem was. This page seems to be helping. I always get this reaction with strong belgian beers, mexican beers seems ok, I also get it with some white wines, spirits etc are fine.

I wouldnt call it a pain more a muscle spasm which feels like my chest is expanding it lasts about 30 mins depending on how much I have consumed. My spit also gets thicker and I seem to produce alot of it. Sometimes I get mouth itches but its mainly about the chest pressure. I'm looking into it, its either wheat or barley or yeast......going for some tests, will put my results here.

Doctors been useless with this for years, I've had it for about 15 years now. I don't really drink beer now, only ones I know I can but I'm mostly on spirits if I'm out.

May 06, 2011
Same symptoms
by: Andy

My symptoms are exactly the same and my eyelids started itching insanely bad and sweeling up on the edges. It ended quick when I threw up the Amberbock

Aug 20, 2010
Exact same symptoms
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same symptoms except no itchy throat. I have pain under my sternum and directly behind in my back between my shoulder blades!

Aug 09, 2010
Beer Can's Bad?
by: Anonymous

I drink ofthen and lot's of types of beers and the only time I get chest pain is when I drink beer thats from a can. Budlight in a bottle is fine, I can't touch the canned stuff.

Aug 09, 2010
Belgium Beer
by: Anonymous

Love Belgium Beer but my chest hurts the next day.

Anyone else or thought?

May 24, 2010
Drinking beer and chest pain
by: Peter

So I have had this chest pain problem for a number of years and I have found a solution, at least that works for me, ginger beer. If I mix 80% beer and 20% ginger beer I don't get chest pains anymore. I think the ginger beer is neatralizing whatever is that creates the sharp chest pain and funny back of my throat sensation. I hope this works for others. Good luck.

May 23, 2010
Bad Symptoms from Beer
by: Michael Ramczyk

I have also had a problem when I drink Beer. I use to be able to drink beer as often as I wanted, but then one day............after just a couple of sips my throat starts to burn and hurt ...............I feel like I am almost gagging. My Chest hurts and Stomach hurts all the way into my Back........... Saliva comes up out of my throat and I am spitting up this nasty mucus. I doubt I could even get a whole beer down.

Over the years I tried a couple of sips here and there to see if it had gone away....nope. I was able to take down an MGD I think twice and that was it, after that...same problems.

I have been able to drink certain alcohols without much a problem, Boones are ok for me, hard liquor and others, but I think even they make my chest feel funny and make my head feel wierd, and not in a good way. I have not had the same throat reaction though, thank god.

But on the other hand, I was able to drink almost as much Redbridge GF Beer as I want, have not tried Bards yet, but it is pretty good, ok for those who cannot drink beer.

Apr 25, 2010
Beer Attack
by: Anonymous

I've had this same problem with certain brands of beer.
It's not your imagination.

Dec 25, 2009
Chest pain
by: tommy

Been having this same problem for few years now, sometimes i can drink 10 beers with no problem and in the otherhand, sometimes when i drink 1 beer i get extremely bad chest pain , which goes all the way to my back , sometimes also my left ear hurts.

When i drink strong alcohols like vodka or whiskey i dont have the reaction.

Cider is the worst, i have learned i shouldnt drink it at all.

Eating healthy and having exercise seem's to prevent this a little.

Really glad to hear im not alone tho.

ty all..

Nov 23, 2009
wheat allergy
by: Anonymous

sounds like a wheat allergy. there are actually 3 kinds, one is the kind is used to make beer. you make ONLY be allergic to this kind- so you can eat pasta and bread without a problem. Try a gluten free beer and see what happens :)

Sep 24, 2009
Exact Symptoms
by: Anonymous

This is the first time I have heard of someone having the exact same reaction to beer that I have. The only beer I am able to drink is mexican beer (Pacifico, Corona). I have actually had the reaction go further recently when I drank a whet beer. This time it included flushing of my face, itchy palms and feeling over heated. Any advice?

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