Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.

Not Rated.
Estrella Damm DauraEstrella Damm Daura

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

81 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 81
Hads: 246
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Damm S. A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rayek on 08-28-2010

Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!
View: Beers (23) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 81 | Hads: 246
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow, crystal clear, loads of bubbles rising in the column, decent 1/2-inch or so of white foam -- classic lager look. little to no lacing/sticking, so it's not perfect, but, man is this what beer should look like.

S: biscuits ... biscuity malt isn't super sweet -- just the dough, no sugar; hint of floral hops but only a hint; loads of grain, cereal ... rice ... a hint of corn but again, just a hint

T: solid. gluten-free doesn't mean tasteless ... follows the nose closely only it tastes sweeter than it smells; bread/biscuit malt, grain, little hop bite ... more like a hop taste, only here it tastes more spicy/earthy than floral

F: drinkable, carbonated, perhaps a bit light but doesn't come off watery

O: I could drink a lot of this ... the fact that it's "gluten-free" is its only bell or whistle -- it's just a good-tasting pale lager with a little malt, a little hops, nothing overdone. it tastes better at the start, then diminishes just a bit as you work down the glass, but the carbonation is holding up, and it's not turning me off.

not overly expensive considering the novelty of gluten free ... $5.99 for a 4-pack for me at local big liquour/beer/wine chain Spec's. that's under 13 cents/ounce, which puts it in range of most craft beers. (1,301 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mr_Grypes
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes. 5s all round. When a beer drinker gets diagnosed as gluten intolerant it's a rather large downer. Condemned to drink wine, spirits and cider for ever. This beer is a godsend. Love it. (188 characters)

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of csmartin6
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (714 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.77/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brilliant gold in color with a fingernail of eggshell white. Excellent clarity and light lacing. Heavy aroma of corn with a hint of skunkiness. The flavor is corn on the front of the palate and then a familiar well water edge from what I think is Danish lager yeast takes over. The mouth is thin and watery. (310 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Brilliant Straw, 2” bone white foam cap dissipates to a thick film
S: light grain, faint perfume and corn.
T: light corn sweetness, light grains with a bitter finish.
M: light, crisp, clean, smooth, dry, very fine soft carbonation
O: One of the better gluten free beers out there. (290 characters)

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of rawknrall
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Libationguy
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (384 characters)

Photo of Culture
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of John_Foley
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBrk
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (553 characters)

Photo of wildcatboy
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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!). (1,454 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (504 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (382 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (491 characters)

Photo of ordybill
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass,
Aroma- grassy with a rather strong alcohol aroma
Appearance- Straw yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Has a semi sweet grain flavor, not my cup of tea but not terrible
Palate- This is a light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. not terrible but there are better beers out there. (333 characters)

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of fr0wn3r
2.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jessejamesorez
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (838 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (819 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
76 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.