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Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
75
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154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!

(Beer added by: Rayek on 08-28-2010)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden sunshine yellow with Champagnesque carbonation hurrying up to an attractive head of bone colored foam that develops a lumpy-bumpy surface as it descends. Torn sheets of sudsy lace look nice as well.

The aroma takes a minor nosedive. Musky-grassy hops and an untoasted graininess are par for the style course, unfortunately. It's highly unlikely that things will be substantially different on the palate.

Estrella Damm Daura has been awarded (multiple times) as 'the world's best gluten-free beer'. Whereas other gluten-free offerings use sorghum, this one uses barley malt that has been stripped of gluten proteins. That's all well and good, but how does it taste?

Let's go with decent. It's actually pretty inoffensive, since there isn't a ton of flavor. When it comes to most Euro pale lagers, that's more positive than negative. There's actually a pretty substantial cereal grain-like malt backbone. We don't need no stinkin' gluten proteins... unless we're baking bread.

More hop flavor and bitterness would perk this baby right up. As is, it's nicely balanced and would be easy to drink in large quantities as a result (if that's your thing). Tough call on the taste score, but that certain something that would allow the next highest number to be chosen just isn't there.

The mouthfeel is impressive, all things considered. It's amazingly smooth and creamy, with nothing but silky smooth edges in sight. Whatever else the brewers did with this brew, they nailed the body/mouthfeel for Damm sure.

Daura is one of the two best gluten-free beers that I've ever had (can't remember the name of the other one). It's decent and drinkable for those of us with healthy bowels, but is a godsend for beer lovers with celiac disease.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 12:30:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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330mL bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.59. I purchased this because I hadn’t tried it before and I had never drank a beer from Spain. According to the label on the neck, this was best before July, 2014. For what it's worth, the label is slightly different than the one pictured here. There's a little bit of English-language boilerplate about this being a "Premium Quality Lager Beer" just below the name.

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Ah, the smell of adjuncts. However, there’s no skunkiness, either.

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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.