Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
2.9/5 rDev -10.2%
Light amber colour in appearance with good clarity & a foamy white head that is initially about a finger & a half tall before gradually reducing to a thin, soapy lacing after a few sips.
Grainy smelling with a little bit of corn in there to begin with. Overall the aroma is quite subdued and hard to detect initially. There is a little bit of skunk but mainly it is sweet smelling & faint hops.
The bulk of the flavour comes from a mix of bread, corn & sweet adjuncts. It is quite well balanced though.
Light bodied & smooth most of the way through until it becomes a little chewy right at the end. There is also some decent carbonation.
An average, macro pale lager that is better than a lot of its competitors without really being excellent. It is smooth & goes down easily.
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10-23-2011 20:25:27 | More by flyingpig
3.78/5 rDev +17%
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.
10-12-2011 04:59:13 | More by UnionMade
3.38/5 rDev +4.6%
330ml single from "Lifesource",Salem. $2.15 Typical bright yellow lager..with reasonable bubbly white head. Light aromas..mostly hay like,slightl earthy. Taste is again average..not too sweet though which is a blessing, some honey tones and a drying bitterness at the end. OK. Nice on the palate..good carbonation..dry finish. Overall a nice enough lager and if i had the medical need this onen would suit me fine.
10-01-2011 19:14:33 | More by Reidrover
3.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Paid $2.15 for single at Life Source Natural Foods in Salem, OR. My first gluten-free beer.
A-Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a one finger bright white foamy head that recedes into a modest lacing.
S-Grainy and grass with slight lemony hops.
T-Toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness. Satisfactory.
M-Smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.
O-Very easy drinking, just not anything to get real excited about, which has more to do with the style than this particular beer. Huge plus is that this is real beer that is gluten free, evidently from de-glutenizing the barley during the brewing process. I am currently on a gluten free diet and if I need to avoid gluten in the future, I would prefer to drink this before wine.
09-30-2011 01:13:02 | More by velosuds
3.15/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours clear gold color with a 1 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left good foamy lacing clinging to the side.
Smells very sweet, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, corn, light yeast, grains and light citrus hops; overall nose is very sweet and fruity.
Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, molasses, corn, light yeast, toasted grains, and light citrus hops. The taste was very sweet and odd because there were no fruity hints at all. A very average tasting beer.
Mouthfeel is creamy and light, with low carbonation, a medium body and good drinkability.
I was curious about a Spanish gluten free beer and it was pretty good. This was the best tasting gluten free beer that I’ve ever tried. I’ve had a few gluten free beers because a friend needs to drink them, and this one is clearly the best and scores extra points to help those with this dilemma.
09-24-2011 03:58:42 | More by CHickman
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
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
2.73/5 rDev -15.5%
A- Pours a bright yellow color w/ a two finger white head. Good carbonation and lacing. This beer is very clear and easy to see through.
S- Malt, light hops, and a stinky, grassy, musky smell that is a real turnoff. I'm really hoping the taste is quite a bit better than this.
T- OK... Much better than the nose. The stinky smell doesn't show up in the taste at all. Malt, hops, and grain, and burned toast is what comes to the front. Fairly smooth, balanced, and not offensive.
M- Fairly smooth, w/ a tiny hop bite. Decent body for the style. Burned toast aftertaste.
O- Overall, it's decent- but that's about it. I don't think I'll try this one again, but glad I tried it.
07-30-2011 00:31:42 | More by jayhawk73
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
2.73/5 rDev -15.5%
A-Pours a very clear golden color with a finger of white head.
S-Smells of pear and light, crackery malt with some herbal hops.
T-Follows the nose with pear upfront and some light, bready malts with a clean, bitter finish.
M-Pretty decently carbonated with a light body and prickly feel.
D-Very light and easy drinking beer, but not all that complex, which is all too typical of the style.
06-25-2011 03:52:06 | More by samie85
2.73/5 rDev -15.5%
Pours a very clear very light golden yellow. One-finger white head that recedes quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing. Good carbonation.
Smell is crisp and clean, mostly pale malts and noble hops. I get a bit of sweetness and a hint of banana. Smells a lot like a typical adjunct lager.
Tastes a lot like a typical adjunt lager, too. Most of the flavor is straightforward grainy pale malts with grassy vegetabley hops. Not a whole lot of malt character, less sweetness than the smell would suggest. Only a touch of bitterness that comes in late. Finish is quick and clean, with very little lingering flavor.
Mouthfeel is light and watery, almost no cling at all. Flavor is gone from the mouth rather quickly, and there's little left to remind me it was beer in my mouth. Carbonation is high, burning brightly throughout.
An average pale lager. Which is to say, a beer that I'm fine drinking, but doesn't really impress me in any way. It has the pale malt and noble hop character I expect, but nothing to distinguish itself in a positive or negative sense.
06-08-2011 03:16:48 | More by zeledonia
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
3.23/5 rDev 0%
Appearance - A clear straw/golden color. Bright white, soapy head. Retention was ok as was the lacing. Several bubbles rising from the bottom. Some patchy lacing was left behind.
Smell - Clean and fresh smelling. Hints of wheat and grain. Nothing too complex. Rather straight forward.
Taste - A dry grain that was fresh and clean and crisp. Some bready and biscuit flavors that seem to be only the slightest bit toasty. Balanced very well.
Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/light mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp, dry, thirst quenching and very refreshing. Leaves only a little bit behind on the palate.
Drinkability - A true refresher and thirst quencher. Made for warmer climates for sure. It was pretty good. Easy to drink and could be enjoyed by most anyone. Nice little change of pace for me. It's nice to have one of these easy going, no frills beer on occasion.
04-10-2011 13:27:24 | More by Shrews629
3.25/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
03-02-2011 12:30:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
02-06-2011 03:21:06 | More by gskitt
3.13/5 rDev -3.1%
A: Clear Gold, nice foamy white head that stays around, decent lacing
S: Not that big of an aroma but still sweet malts and grassy
T: Tastes really like the Damm, a little mellow though. a heavier malt and grssy notes. but still sweet
M: medium bodied still a little watery...
D: just a heavier version of the Damm
01-25-2011 01:18:23 | More by beersensei305
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
3.08/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
11-23-2010 23:22:50 | More by jdhilt
3/5 rDev -7.1%
11.2 oz bottle. I will try anything once and now is this beer's time. Apparently it is gluten free.
The smell is grainy, not much else, very basic euro pale lager.
The flavor tastes a lost like your standard lager. It has a bit more hoppiness than I am used to for Spanish lagers, but that is about the only remarkable thing about it.
It is very good for gluten free beer, and it s an average Euro Pale Lager.
10-31-2010 03:47:24 | More by crossovert
3.65/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-21-2010 15:00:48 | More by markbrauer
3.13/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-09-2010 02:42:24 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
08-28-2010 02:56:44 | More by Rayek
Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
75 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.