Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
330ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow forming a medium to small fluffy soapy and very bubbled white head. Minimum retention and some thin lacings formed and left in the glass. A very thin layer remain on the top forever
S: Very grainy. Strong notes of sweet pale malts. Extremely bready. Some flowery hops
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet grains, mainly. Very crispy. Bready low fermentation-like yeasts. Mild hops bitterness. In overall, a dry and crispy taste
M: Smooth and light body. Medium to low carbonation. Grainy aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Standard Euro Lager. I've bought this beer because I suspect that I'm intolerant to Gluten and, coincidentally, I'll be making blood exams this week to figure this out. Interesting enough, I'm feeling quite well after drinking this one. Not because it's a good beer but because I have the impression the the exams will confirm my suspicions. In this case, I feel happy that I can count with this sort of initiative.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 15:44:04 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.24/5 rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a clear blonde to golden color with a thick rich slow settling head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.
The nose is peppery and spicy with a strong maltiness and hints of fruit like apples and white grapes.
The flavor is bold with a nicely if not a tad off balanced malt to hop taste. The hops definitely dominate. The malt is strong and fruity but the hops are stronger and dominate. this one is off balanced but it works well.
The mouthfeel is a tad watery for my personal taste. But does not take away for the overall in my opinion.
Overall this ins very drinkable and enjoyable lager. Much better than my expectations based on some other review. I would really like to drink this one again.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2013 23:57:52 | More by AtrumAnimus
Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.