Daura Märzen | Damm S. A.

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Daura MärzenDaura Märzen

Brewed by:
Damm S. A.

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Latarnik on 08-28-2015

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by lmaduells:
Photo of lmaduells
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beers of this brand are usually a scam, especially their best known beer: estrella damm. I bought this by curiosity. I was surprised favorably. It does not look like a Damm beer, it smells of beer and on the palate you taste that you're having a beer! It's not a wonder, but it's beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Damm S.A. "Daura Märzen"
12 oz., "BEST BEFORE END: 05/16"

I first had this beer from a tall can outside a bodega on the Rambla de Mercedes in Barcelona. My Spanish isn't bad, but the label was written in Catalan which is a quite different, and I had no idea that it was a reduced gluten beer. I didn't think it was great, but neither did I find it odd.

It's a clear, deep amber in color with a frothy white head that drops to become creamy. Both the head retention and lacing are just slightly better than average.

Its malty and hoppy aroma is enticing, displaying golden caramel and spicy and floral hops.

The flavor follows, opening up the malt to include a distinct graininess, a slight nuttiness, and a very mild toastiness. There's some fruitiness to it, which is interesting, combining apple and banana. The hops are even more floral than the nose suggests, and it's slightly herbal as well. A firm bitterness balances it, as does a spritz of alcohol. It finishes drying as the sweet malt erodes from the palate, leaving spiciness and herbal hops behind.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and mildly dextrinous.

As far as gluten free beers go, I've already admitted I was unaware of that upon first tasting. Beyond that, it's not a great beer, or Märzen specifically, but it's not bad. It's a little sweeter than I'd like, and the fruitiness is unusual, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is metallic and dry hay.
The taste is initially nicely bitter, then a moderate sweetness develops in the middle to finish it out. A bit sweet overall.
The texture is lighter but a little sticky.
It doesn't taste bad, but it's not something I'll drink again.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.29/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks great in glass, good head level...

Aroma is complex with lots of elements.

Taste is ok, however I have no understanding of the brown or double beer, as to why it is liked. It seems that all Spanish breweries prefer to create this, as opposed to an IPA, Tripel or porter. Not good for cold, hot, or with food, just heavy and with no interesting flavors...

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready, some light metallic notes. Taste is bready, grains, light alcohol is present, an unusual metallic tanginess at the finish. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, for gluten free, not bad, as a marzen, below average.

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Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber with one finger of white head that drops quickly to about a quarter inch of creamy nitro like head. Lots of fine bubble lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is toasted bread malts and some herbal spicy hops.
Taste is rich sweet toasted malt with some spicy herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finish is dry and semi sweet.
Overall a tasty beer that I enjoyed. Just watch out for the 7.2%abv. The alcohol is not obvious in the taste but you do get a warming sensation in the chest as you get toward the finish.
Best before date is 05/16.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden, or even copper color with a moderate foam head, which sits thin. Some lacing on the glass.

Smells soft, like wet leaves in autumn. Floral.

Tastes slightly bitter with a roasted malt flavor. But mellow, hint of watery.

Feels complex, some mild carbonation, but smooth, with a thickness to it.

overall, interesting taste and feel to it.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Mid-amber in colour. Thin head.
Light aroma of toffee.
Mild sweet malt in taste. Caramelised sugar present.
Medium body and feel. Somewhat boozy.
I guess this could be a life saver if I was gluten intolerent.

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Photo of Foley67
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: The beer is a light copper color, fairly clear with slowly rising bubbles. A white head recedes ago a patch of film with light lacing and a bubbly collar around the edges.

Aroma: Faint banana peel mustiness and spicy hops are balanced, there's a faint hint of skunking on the back end.

Taste: A very spicy beginning that leads into a very dry body. Sweetness is very subdued from the spicy hops. The finish is spicy and dry. The ABV is pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, dry.

Overall: The 7.2% ABV makes this less drinkable than most, and the hops dominate the malt in the taste.

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Photo of jtaylord
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Things are progressing nicely with regard to my ongoing and systematic eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody and the results are noticeable, but it becomes incumbent upon me to drink and review new beers as they become available. I refer to this as "chipping", since it is just odds & sods without any overarching theme, such as brewery and/or style.

From the bottle: "Crafted to Remove Gluten [-] Product fermented from grains gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten."; "Originally Marzen style beer, thanks to the large amount of malt that gave the beer its full body and taste, was able to withstand the high summer temperatures so as to be consumed for several months. [undersigned] (Brewer?)".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. Once decanted into an awaiting glass, an in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetish, bready, malty quality, very much like Märzen. Mouthfeel was medium, The taste was sweet, bready, malty and very pleasant. I like these reverse-engineered gluten-free beers since they do not include sorghum which gives most G/F beers a really sharp sourness. Instead, by using standard grains, the taste remains much more traditional. Finish was sweet, very sweet even for an Oktoberfest/Märzen. Phew. I think that one of these is enough for my hophead self. YMMV.

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Photo of Griphon
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color and nearly clear. Moderate head but it lasts throughout the tasting. It leaves a couple of rings for lace with some large spots in between.

There's a fine softness to the nose. A bit grainy in the initial impression. Second notes lean to the lightly toasted malts (probably some decent Crystal).

The taste starts out okay but I quickly get some sweet caramel and, oddly, alcohol warmth. There is enough hop to provide decent balance, perhaps even more than a typical Märzen. Thick body with a modest amount of carbonation. The overall effect seems to be a bit off--too much of too many things: alcohol, hop and malt sugars.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, Euro yeast, hint of hop, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, pale malt, hint of hops, slight Euro yeast, and a hint of wheat. Overall, decent appearance and aroma, with a good body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (7.2%) and it has a date code (05/17) so I assume that is best by May of 2017. Beer is a transparent light brown. It looks like light maple syrup color. If forms a short head with lots of large chunky bubbles.

S: [2.75] Prominent nose with corn, caramel, a bit of a rust scent, maybe some kind of vegetable odor too that seems to get more noticable as it warms.

T: [3.25] Not like the nose. It has a nice toffee and caramel flavor from the malts. Slight graham cracker flavor too.

M: [3.50] Medium body and carbonation. Nothing stands out here.

O: [3.25] I'll start with the bad. The vegetable scent is not good. I am not sure what it is but it is a turn off and distracts from the flavor. The flavor itself is decent. A good amount of different tones from the malts. The moughtfeel is just so-so and that actually kind of captures the beer as a whole.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 7/2016. Pours fairly clear orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, apricot, apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity and bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. A bit too fruity, but not bad. Flavors of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some light yeasty/fruity notes in the taste. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is a very good marzen style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This was a bit too fruity in the nose; but it was much cleaner, and very true to style in the flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of depechemode1983
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out pale amber in color. The head is thin and off-white that's gone in no time at all. Lacing is minimal and splotchy.

The nose has plenty of caramel. You also get plenty of grains and a honey note. Bitterness is almost none existent.

Lots of caramel sweetness. There is honey wheat bread, Maybe a slight molasses character. But mostly caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation seems a bit high on it but I dig it. It feels crisp. At 7.2 abv its very easy to drink.

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Daura Märzen from Damm S. A.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 46 ratings