Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.
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Reviews by Libationguy:
3.7/5 rDev +14.6%
Straw yellow with brilliant clarity. Bright white rocky 1-finger head with medium- retention. Light lacing in the glass.
Light grain, corn chips, saltine crackers and light toast. Earthy, milkweed and a little hop spice.
Biscuit, apple, light pear, melba toast.
Crisp, medium- bodied without being watery. Carbonation is in balance.
One of the better examples of gluten free beer.
08-17-2013 06:36:14 | More by Libationguy
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3.48/5 rDev +7.7%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.
Appearance: Clear, pale gold with foamy white head and light bubbly lacing.
Smell: Grainy, peppery and slightly skunky. Yep, smells like a Euro Lager. There is some nice apple as well.
Taste: Apple and straw are prominent. Lots of pepper on the finish, with a mild bitterness.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, surprisingly dry and crisp finish.
Overall: Can't tell that this had the gluten removed at all, as it tastes like a Euro Lager should, and a better than average Euro Lager at that. However, this is not my favorite style. This makes me wonder if the gluten could be removed from other beers (say an IPA) and still retain its flavor.
09-10-2011 01:10:50 | More by bsp77
3.1/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a bit above the glass gives this beer a big white head above a clear straw golden colored beer.
Light banana, cloves, spices, and lemons blend very well together in light aroma on this light bodied beer.
A very light taste consisting mostly of light malts with some of the cloves and banana coming through.
A very light dry aftertaste without much or any tastes lingering around.
I kinda like this because the aroma is not exactly what you get with the taste, quite surprised and like that, although the taste was to light for my palate.
08-10-2012 21:56:51 | More by LXIXME
3.53/5 rDev +9.3%
330ml bottle, one quite similar in appearance to the regular Estrella Damm. Made with barley malt (italicized on the label) and rice, with a gluten content below 3 PPM.
This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of foamy, frothy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent wall of craggy forest lace around the glass as it quickly settles.
It smells of sweet bready grain, with ethereal dry honey notes, a further plain rice huskiness, a bit of peppery yeast, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste re-ups the semi-sweet grainy, bready malt, rather more barley than adjunct in nature, followed by dried apples, earthy yeast, and some mildly spicy grassy and floral hops.
The carbonation is on the low side, just a playful frothiness throughout, the body just on the light side of medium weight, perhaps a tad cloying, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready grain still doing its thing amongst the waning earthy, weedy hops.
Estrella Damm Daura is by far the best of the admittedly few low or gluten-free beers that I've yet tried. And the kicker is, it tastes better than a good lot of the regular adjunct-laden continental lagers out there too. I guess I'm ok with the Frankenbeer approach, where they make a beer with barley, but then strafe it with enzymes or something to remove the gluten - as opposed to heavily compromising, and going all the way with sorghum, or millet, or rice (Heya Budweiser!).
01-15-2011 23:55:50 | More by biboergosum
3.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Left over 12oz bottle from my wife's 6-pack poured into a pint glass
Pours in typical lager fashion, dirty brown with little head and obvious carbonation. Nothing really offered in the nose, not sure what that smell is but all euro lagers have it. Taste is a little more than I expected from a gluten free beer; I assume because it's not sorghum based, and therefore not overbearingly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly refreshing. Not a beer I'd search out, but not bad for gluten free.
07-19-2011 11:48:39 | More by tdm168
2.6/5 rDev -19.5%
This "premium" Spanish lager pours a clean, clear, and attractive golden, with a fine 2-finger white head. Lace is attractive fence-row-style, too.
Nose is malty and adjunct. I get corn. Not good.
Tastes overly sweet and adjunct, too. To me, this is little better than the major lagers out there. Didn't know it was gluten-free, but I can't get past the generic taste. No, thanks.
10-24-2012 18:25:36 | More by secondtooth
3.83/5 rDev +18.6%
Pint glass. Light straw color with a finger of head. Fair amount of bubbles visible. Looks nice.
Smells of honey, little spice and slight metallic. It smells better than most other beers in this style.
Pretty tasty too. Honey, mild bitter hops with some dryness to them, a malty sweetness to close it out. It has the slightest metallic taste in the background.
Crisp and light body with moderate carbonation.
Surprise to me. I'm enjoying this beer. By far the best Euro pale lager I've had.
10-01-2012 20:32:22 | More by Fatehunter
3.83/5 rDev +18.6%
Preface: I have a gluten allergy/intolerance (delayed skin reaction,) but thankfully not celiac. I have drank [many bottles of] many of the best-rated, highly-coveted beers of the world (my personal favorites: Trappistes Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12.) I have also had several different gluten free beers. I don't drink North American domestics. I'm not a novice lol.
For a gluten free beer, Estrella Damm Daura is good. It's my favorite of all the gluten free beers I have tried. While it is a basic, generic style lager, it actually tastes like beer (as opposed to many gluten free beers made with rice, most having a rice wine-ish aftertaste.) For a beer aficionado who has no problems with gluten, this beer is going to be mediocre. For a person who has no other choice, it's good.
Pros: Tastes like beer.
Cons: Simple; Expensive.
09-11-2012 05:51:29 | More by jessejamesorez
2.98/5 rDev -7.7%
I was curious to try this beer because it is an entry into the gluten free market I was not familiar with. Possibly the first beer from Spain I have ever tried. 330ml bottle into a regular pint glass.
A: Really normal looking light lager. Very little head with no lacing. Nice stream of small bubbles is present.
S: Almost no nose at all, just a touch of euro skunk lager.
T: A bite more taste then expected. No weird sweet sorghum flavor since this beer is made with barley malt with most of the gluten removed. This beer has a slight aftertaste, but nothing offensive.
M: A more substanial mouthfeel then one might expect from an otherwise basic beer. Easy to drink.
O: For what it is I thought it was drinkable. If I was going the gluten free route this would be my beer. Seems like a regular euro lager to me.
05-16-2011 04:21:29 | More by inthebeeraisle
3.35/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours to a creamy head and pale gold-straw color. Brilliant clarity. Aroma is spicy noble hops and slight sweet grain. Flavor is a bit strange, with a syrupy sweetness offset with a nice blend of tasty European hops. Mouthfeel is light with good CO2 but slightly sticky (why?) Overall, This beer is a decent example of the style with some quirks to distinguish it among its peers.
09-24-2011 00:17:10 | More by EagleTalon
2.53/5 rDev -21.7%
Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is heavy with grains. Taste is a bit unusual, grains, wet hay, some bitterness, not very good. Feels light in the mouth and overall I did not care much for this beer.
09-16-2012 11:32:21 | More by tone77
2.5/5 rDev -22.6%
Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a medium lasting white head with some light lacing visible. Aroma and Taste is fruity, grainsm grassy with some malted barley and light bitterness. Palate is a light crisp body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with some fruity, grainy and light grassy notes and light bitterness. Did not know this was gluten free until after I had it, but overall an ok, slightly crisp lager,.
05-23-2012 19:59:35 | More by Samp01
Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.