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Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: Rayek on 08-28-2010)
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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -6.5%

zestar, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has balanced flavors of grainy malts (with hints of biscuits) and a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer, but it’s pretty good considering it is gluten-free. It definitely doesn’t taste like a watered-down adjunct lager macro.

metter98, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -6.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simple and clean, this standard Euro-style lager shows remarkable control over technique. But as most of these lagers go, the beer lacks any signature quality that differentiates it from any other.

Grainy-sweet aromas contain lots of sulfur scents along with a mild floral/flowery hop complex. Alcohol and waifer-like breads help to bring together the aromatics and disguise the sulfur notes.

Bright golden-straw in color, this clean looking lager carries a modest white head that retains and laces fairly well. A good look overall.

Fresh barley and cereal flavors give a cracker flavor to the malty character of the beer while floral hops give a mild earthy/spicy taste just before its transition to bitterness. Just bitter enough to offset the sweetness, the hops also mask the match stick-like sulfur flavor and somewhat minerally taste. The beer finishes with a bittering, minty hop flavor.

Light and crisp throughout, this beer never challenges with much initial creaminess or weight. Carbonation gives a scrubbing feel as the sulfur feel impeeds on the throat. Though bitterness is a bit harsh and the grain character is noticable, the beer never reaches astringent levels. Just bitey in the end.

A fine lager that is loosely based on authentic German Pilsners. Simplified and weakened in recipe, the beer can't compete with fuller flavored Lagers.

BEERchitect, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

ygtbsm94, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.5%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: thin head on a hazy straw body.

S: mild nose with mostly musty pale and toasted malts. honey and grain notes.

T: toasted malts with some subtle sweet caramel, corn and grains.

M: light carbonation and light body. crisp with semi dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable. A nice beer considering it is gluten free and actually pretty tasty.

kylehay2004, May 11, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light yellow body with a white foam film.

Smell: A light sniff of cereal maltiness with a thin hint of floral, spicy hops.

Taste: A base of modest, malted barley with a dash of confectioners sugar. Moderate acidity. Hint of graininess. Mild hop character, bitterness. Drying, smooth, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Among the gluten-free beers it truly shines, as I've never enjoyed the use of repellent sorghum.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 13, 2012
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!).

biboergosum, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -6.5%

zeff80, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

as gluten free beers go, I like this one, still has the flavor of barley, not sorghum or some other brutal sugar. however, as regular pale lagers go, this is pretty bad. its over the top sweet, and even with its very pale golden color, it drinks like a glass of molasses. way too much residual sweet here, it kills any subtle malt flavors and makes all the jovial carbonation for naught. almost tastes like a wheat malt base, light and floral a little. it is similar to the mother beer, the regular damm, which I liked quite a lot for what it is. this one lacks the cleanness in the finish that made the other one so great. the sweetness hangs around and the beer feels heavy as a result. still, for the gluten free folks out there I would recommend this, only because there are so few good options for you. omission pale ale still ranks as the best gluten free brew ive had, hands down. this does avoid the usual macro euro metallic malt vibe though, which is a great service to itself and its consumers!

StonedTrippin, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure that this beer smells like a skunk's ass. Which is one of this things that you will never smell in your life (God, I hope so), but somehow, you just know that's exactly what it would be like. The flavor, however, is quite nice. Especially considering that this is a gluten-free beer. My experience with these types of beers in the past have mostly been abysmal. But this is a good drinker. The girl at Whole Foods talked this one up pretty high, and I have to say that she was absolutely right. This is the best gluten-free beer I have had to date.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

33cl Bottle (part of a four pack): BBD Sep 2013. Poured into a 'Veltins' badged tulip on a sunny Shropshire Sunday during July 2013.

Usual lager/pilsner look and feel: golden and bright with a thin white covering of tight bubbles.

Semi-sweet malt nose with hints of floral hops as the beer warmed in the glass.

The taste was also semi-sweet malty, with a hop dryness towards the end of each sip. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it either.

OK, an average lager/pilsner with no ill effects by being 'gluten free'.

BlackHaddock, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +14%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

wrightst, May 04, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and light yellow in color, with a half inch of white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is subtle, but offers some light scents of malt and pilsner. Very light in body. Smooth feel and goes down easy. Lacking complexity, but easy to throw back a pint or two. Just a slight sweetness, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Overall, a good choice if you are seeking a gluten free beer.

Huhzubendah, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet grassy nose. Flavor is sweet grass with hops in background. Not a bad gluten free. $2.35 for a 330ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by May 2011.

jdhilt, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Mebuzzard, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.05/5  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.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A strong explosive effervesce is dense,and quick to move through the pale orange body that displayed a high rate of visibility. The head was bread white, frothy, with a solid height of 1 finger. Retention was good, as well the stickage on the glass that left a spongy band.

S: Sweet toasted cereal grains, think rice krispies, with a touch of lemon and butterscotch ever so faint.

T: The flavor was sweet overall, buttered and toasted cereal grains, lemon with a touch of orange flower, honey and sweet floral mentions. Honestly not bad of a start, but has a starchy finish with some mention of warming flower hops.

M: Light mouthful, a bit of a watery-syrupy feel, the carbonation is quick to die out, after a strong start hurting the crisp factor ending up with a lazy mouthful.

O: With exception of the mouthful, an average euro-pale when compared within style. Mediocre drinkability, an overall average experience and what you would expect.

beerthulhu, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured bright, clean, clear yellow color with about a half-inch of bright white head that had very good retention and lacing. The beer was very carbonated and produced a steady stream of bubbles throughout the glass.

The aroma was mostly grains, with some very gentle hops floating around in the background. There was just a bit of a sweet touch to the scent as well. The flavors followed along about as expected, nice grainy malts, very gentle hops, and a touch of yeast. Not a bad tasting brew at all.

The body was fairly typical for the style, light-medium, clean, and with a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, you could easily drink these all day or all night. Overall, a nice little beer. It won't get a permanent spot in my fridge, but I can see grabbing a bottle sometimes when I'm in the mood for a crisp, light brew. Worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, May 15, 2012
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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.