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Estrella Damm Daura | Damm S. A.

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Estrella Damm DauraEstrella Damm Daura
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Brewed by:
Damm S. A.
Spain | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Rayek on 08-28-2010

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 278
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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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Photo of Mr_Grypes
5/5  rDev +55.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of csmartin6
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.77/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of rawknrall
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Libationguy
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Culture
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of John_Foley
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBrk
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of wildcatboy
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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!).

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.59/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has some nice grains but also the bright vegetal/fruity character you mostly get in low alcohol beers. Taste starts grainy, slightly sweet, you definitely get the adjunct grains feel. A bit of alcohol too. Finish is balanced, you get some hops and bitterness and the aftertaste is dry. Body feels medium and well carbonated. Overall it's quite clean, without any major faults. Taking into account it's gluten free, I think it would be a good option for some people but for the regular drinker it's not something special.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fr0wn3r
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drink by date on bottle was 08/16, and I had it on 17 May 2016.

I've had several gluten free (GF) or reduced-gluten beers, and this one is a welcome addition to the lineup. It is a classic Euro lager that avoids the fate of many GF beers in having its taste twisted beyond recognition by whatever process is applied to remove gluten. It is fairly lightly flavored, but is nicely balanced. Color light gold, head white. Ample, active white head, and good carbonation. Nose a bit mild but was an honest promise of the light lager malt and hops to come. Flavor was a straightforward pale lager profile, refreshing and very drinkable. I would enjoy these aside from the GF aspect. Both hops and malt could be more potent... but that can be said for a lot of pale lagers. And sometimes that light profile is what people want.

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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.