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Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.

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75
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!

(Beer added by: Rayek on 08-28-2010)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 12:30:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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gskitt

New York

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:21:06 | More by gskitt
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beersensei305

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live

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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:18:23 | More by beersensei305
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +9%
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 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!).

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:55:50 | More by biboergosum
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 23:22:50 | More by jdhilt
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crossovert

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:47:24 | More by crossovert
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markbrauer

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 15:00:48 | More by markbrauer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:42:24 | More by BEERchitect
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Rayek

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:56:44 | More by Rayek
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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
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