Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 253
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Rayek on 08-28-2010

Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!
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Photo of hipsfromhell
5/5  rDev +55.8%

Being a celiac in Indianapolis - this is the closest thing to beer as you're going to find. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and only recently discovering my gluten intolerance, this beer is a God-send!!! If you can drink normal beer, I can see how it'd be a 3, but here in Indy, it's a 5

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Photo of Mr_Grypes
5/5  rDev +55.8%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Estrella Damm Daura has a medium-to-thick, soapy, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance. There is not much lacing left on the glass, though. The aroma is of sweet, pale lager (malt, bread, sugar), and the flavor is the same, with maybe some sugary corn syrup and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Estrella Damm Daura finishes crisp, clean refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, I was quite surprised with how well they pulled this off. I think it’s excellent!


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Photo of wac9
4.38/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is the best tasting gulten beer i have ever had taste more of a apa like a heny weinhard but i love it a good beer good beer color so if you neeed a gulten beer drink this and even if you dont drink this you wont be disappionted this beer makes me happy so enjoy

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.24/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.82/5  rDev +19%
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 jessejamesorez
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden-yellow; very thick, frothy white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Typical lager, with grain foremost and hops supporting.

T: Medium-sweet malt. Not much complexity of flavors. The hops added a little bitterness and spice, actually a pretty good balance.

M: Crisp and dry (slightly astringent).

O: I'd never had a gluten-free beer, so I gave this one a try to find out how it stacked up. It wasn't outstanding, but it would be perfectly acceptable if I couldn't consume gluten. Actually, it was reminiscent of a slightly-sweet Stella Artois. I'll certainly recommend it to celiac-disease friends who like beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying one of my wife's beers, who has been gluten free for almost six months, and this is easily the most akin to a regular brew. Clear gold, with a thin white head and good lacing. Nice crisp pils malt, zippy carbonation and a surprisingly bold saaz finish. Clean and satisfying. Truthfully, I don't think I'd be able to tell the difference between this and a standard continental lager, tasting blindly. Very similar to Warsteiner, in my opinion. If I were gluten free and wishing for "real" beer flavor, this is hands down the most authentic, gluten free brew I can find for my wife, in one of the best beer towns in the US. We've tried just about everything available since she removed gluten from her diet and this is the best by far, in terms of an authentic beer taste. Now if only this magical, gluten removing process were applied to an IPA, Lambic, or another of her favorite styles. Until then, this will do just fine.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Zach136
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear pale, solid head retention.

Aroma: Light, grainy with a touch of grass.

Flavor: Moderate grainy sweetness, not much else.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body, not quite crisp enough for my taste.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.69/5  rDev +15%
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 woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was so elated when I saw this Damm beer in the big box o' beer that my local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped off that I thought to myself, "Hot Damm, I am anxious to try that beer, Damm it!"

The finger of rocky, fluffy, bone-white head looked like meringue atop the beer as it slowly fell like a souffle. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose was redolent with Saaz hops, not skunk as one previous reviewer misidentified it. It had a really nice grassiness to it without being ruined with adjuncts and believe me, I am able to spot the difference at this point! Mouthfeel was soft, lightly carbonated with a grassy, slightly metallic taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and definitely lager-like in its mild unobtrusiveness. I will not say that it was the best example of the style that I have ever tried, but its gluten-free status makes it highly recommendable to anyone that has that as a concern. It was decent, but it could be good under the right circumstances.

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Photo of Premo88
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden-yellow with a decent white head. Not much lacing or retention.

S: Sweet toasted grain in the nose.

T: A nice mixture of surprisingly full-tasting light malts, soft yeast, a bit of hops. Toasted biscuit, light cake, a bit of apricot.

M: A little thickness to the body, light carbonation.

O: Pretty good for a light lager.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of markbrauer
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking sorghum beers for the last 6 months (diagnosed with Celiac Disease) this stuff is gluten free heaven. It tastes like (is?) real beer. It's made with barley that has somehow been "de-glutenized".

I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviews but also put it to a more severe test. I believe that to call a beer good you must put a case in the fridge and see what you think after the last bottle. This way you sample it over time, in different moods, in different settings. The Daura does well. Not as good as the best Euro lagers but way better than any US macro. And it beats other GF products hands-down. Good from the first to the last drop, even when you drink numerous bottles in a session.

Now, if only someone would make a gluten free version of Two-Hearted and serve it on tap, or better yet, hand pulled.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear golden straw with a nice foamy head that dissipates to a ring while you drink it. There is a little half decent lacing.

The aroma is of some sweet malts, hay, hops and skunk. Pretty much like many lagers.

It tastes sweet pretty much throughout. Nice and light malts with some mild hops with a twinge of skunking. The finish is finally a little dry. It's balance tips in the favor of sweet, but that is OK with me.

Mouthfeel is a hair under middle of the road sweet, maybe a little watery with semi lively carbonation and a mild dry peppery feel at the end.

Overall, for a mild celiac, this is a dream beer in the lager realm. I'm going to have to say in that arena its in the high 3's.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +10%
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 gskitt
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at a paella party. Great choice and a gift from a neighbor. Pours a pale golden color with fluffy white head, decent lacing. Smell of anything dominant was not all apparent. Some grainy sweetness. Which shows up in the first taste. Sweeter, malitier and crisper than I expected. Not bad. Smooth mouthfeel make this an enjoyable lager. Went well with paella.

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Photo of DavidST
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, a date of 8/13 on the back. This pours a light golden color with a mid sized off white head. The smells are of light malts, light hops, a little adjuncts. The feel is medium. The taste is good enough light malts, some green bottle funk, okay.

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Photo of sommersb
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 02-11-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

I didn't realize this was a special gluten-free (or low gluten) beer until I read about it online. Interesting

Pours with a big, fizzy white head on a clear and golden beer. Lots of bubbles are in the glass. Head retention is good and I get a fair amount of lace sticking to my glass.

Aromas include hay and grassy notes, along with floral hops and a grainy, pale malt aspect. The crisp smells seem spot-on for a light lager.

The taste features a light malt sweetness, coupled with a low bittering from grassy and floral hops. Very pilsner-like

The feel is clean, light-bodied and bubbly with a slightly sweet finish. Aftertastes have lingering grassy hops.

Overall I'd say this is a good version of a light lager; not a bold or flashy beer, but does the job of a light thirst quencher.

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Photo of Luigi
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out straw yellow with a frothy two finger white head. The head retention is excellent, as it keeps a half finger head and sticks all over the glass through out the life of the beer. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rush to the top of the lager.

The aroma is pretty typical for a Euro Pale Lager. Light grassy hop mixed with a slightly sweet malt. Nothing bad but nothing that stands out either.

The taste is a bit more hopped than the average Euro Pale. Some mild hints of citrus, mixed with light malt sweetness. Even a small hint of honey, but very mild. Very clean finish.

Light and carbonated body and very easy to drink.

I gotta say I enjoyed this Euro Pale Lager because the hop character stood out more than other brands.

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Photo of aasher
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very light bodied and crystal clear bright polished gold in color with a one finger quickly dissipating white head. The nose consists of slightly sweet pale malts with a grainy side to it. It smells like a Dortmunder really. The flavors are light with a slightly sweet pale maltiness and a cereal-esque, clean dry finish. It's not too bad. It's like a lighter, easier to drink pale lager. It's really light and refreshing. Overall, this beer isn't too bad and at $8.99 a four pack not overpriced compared to other Euro lagers.

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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is touted as the "best Gluten-Free beer in the World," so I had to try it.

A: Pale gold with great clarity and mild carbonation. A small white cap quickly retreats to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: It smells like many an EPL, which is quite the achievement for a gluten-free beer. Unfortunately, the aroma isn't all that interesting. It brings along straw, plus a blip of lemon. That's pretty much it.

T: It doesn't taste like any gluten-fee beer I've had before either. Pretty much a straight up EPL, with flavors of straw and raw grain. Bitterness is light and well balanced, but doesn't bring much flavor.

M: The light body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: I'm impressed by this gluten-free offering's taste. I'm not sure how they pulled it off, but the website talks at length about the scientific research they did to remove the gluten from barley. I just wish that the brewers had picked a style to emulate that's more interesting than this. So color me mixed.

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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.