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Estrella Damm Daura - Damm S. A.

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 256
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 30.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rayek on 08-28-2010

Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!
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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 256
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'.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nearly two fingers of head, white. Pale yellow body.

Corn, grass. The aroma is overall very light.

I get corn and sweet pale malt. Hops are grassy and light. Very little bitter.

Light bodied. Washes down easily. Leaves no coating or residue.

This is a simple beer, and honestly not in a style I'm a huge fan of.

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Photo of DeFaz
1.86/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

$7.99/four pack

This is one of the worst among those for which I have paid more than $2.00/beer. It has a terrible metallic taste that is also overly sweet. It tastes of adjunct, and aside from pouring with a large head and a nice bottle design, it is no better (and actually worse) than most macro beers I can get from a gas station. It has a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, save your money unless you're looking for an offense smelling lager that tastes like corn syrup and the bottle that it comes in.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gluten free...

A: Pours slightly pale golden with rather lots of small bubbles in the liquid. A medium tall white, airy and kind of uneven head sinks after a while, leaving decent lacings.

S: Mild smell, a bit "Adjuncty" with corn and perhaps rice. Nettles and fresh cut grass alongside with bitter hops. A bit citric.

T: Malty, eventhough there's no ordinary barley, a bit bready. Bitter hops. Some citric notes in the back. KInd of buttery.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is medium and oily, actually. Rich carbonation, but never offensive.

O: As a gluten free beer, way more body than I thought before. Nice bitter hops. But a buttery feel affects the rating, in a bad way.

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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 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 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 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 MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head with a decent lifespan. The body is a clear straw yellow color with fairly lively effervescence. It smells faintly of grass and not really much else. The taste is extremely light, a touch sweet, and has a very low hoppy finish but it persists. This is on par with BMC beers, you're just paying a little extra for the import from Spain.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
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 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 tone77
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is heavy with grains. Taste is a bit unusual, grains, wet hay, some bitterness, not very good. Feels light in the mouth and overall I did not care much for this beer.

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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 metter98
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.37/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this at Sevilla in San Diedo. Not much to write home about, but a nice clean simple lager. Should go well with our tapas and paella..

Fun night. Have to try

some other Spanish beers while I am here.

Still a cool refreshment on a really hot day

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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 Samp01
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a medium lasting white head with some light lacing visible. Aroma and Taste is fruity, grainsm grassy with some malted barley and light bitterness. Palate is a light crisp body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with some fruity, grainy and light grassy notes and light bitterness. Did not know this was gluten free until after I had it, but overall an ok, slightly crisp lager,.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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 tvv375ia
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-pale yellow with about a 2 finger head that fades quickly with a little lacing

S-sweet corn skunkiness is the dominant smell that comes across for me

T-not quite as sweet cornins as I thought that I would get judging by the smell

M-thin and watery

O-when I was pouring this it looked really thin and watery and while it was thin it was not as bad as I thought and the smell was a lot skunkier than the taste. So overall not bad if you need a quick thirst quencher

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 6 pack.

Best by June 2012.

It pours like any other Euro Pale Lager, a bright dark yellow and brings a good 2 finger head of foam. The lacing is good for the style.

There's a little bit of sweet and a little bit of bitter in the smell. I'm not getting any scent of corn so that's a plus.

For a gluten free beer, this tastes pretty good. It's more bitter than sweet; plain bitterness that I can't associate with the usual suspects like citrus or pine but it's not offensive in any way. The sweet part, obviously can come from malt but it comes across, to me at least, as a sort of honey like sweetness.

This is not something I'd grab by the 6er but for what it is, it's not too shabby. Best gluten free beer? I'll take their word for it as others I've tried were no ways near this good and I'm not about to make it my life's mission to find a better one..

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