Estrella Damm Daura
Damm S. A.

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European Pale Lager
Ranked #72
Ranked #47,709
3.19 | pDev: 16.3%
Damm S. A.
Estrella Damm DauraEstrella Damm Daura
Notes: Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!
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Photo of Buck89
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: fairly clear golden color with a medium white head that clung to the glass.
Aroma: not much here. Some fairly sweet bready malt and faint floral notes.
Taste: bready and somewhat muddled. Like those Hawaiian sweet rolls. Mild floral hop bitterness.
Feel: medium bodied and fairly dry on the finish.
Overall: an average pale lager.

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Photo of Nass
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pour is golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation. The taste is a little different from your average Euro Pale Lager. The barley sweetness is not as pronounced & the cooked vegetable notes is weaker than usual for this style. The beer is more bitter than I expected it to be. In addition to, I agree with the dry bitter ending which was previously mentioned by another fellow beer reviewer. Well hey, at least there is a best by date on the back of the label. I have to admit that i'm struggling a little bit with finishing this beer bottle. The sweetness in this beer reminds me of those artificial Splenda coffee & tea sweetener packets that you commonly see in diners & donut shops. There is a date on the back of the label so I know the beer is not too old. All in alI, I guess I like my beer with gluten because there is certainly something lacking in this beer. On the bright side of things this was my first gluten free beer so I guess that it can get worst in this category. Cheers! C

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Damm S. A. "Estrella Damm Daura"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE END 09/19 L130501"
$2 @ Wegmans, North Wales, PA

Note: "Crafted to remove gluten"
Look: Clear golden body beneath a short head of white foam that fades steadily but leaves some nice lacing behind. Plenty of fine bubbles can be seen steadily rising within the glass.
Smell: Sweet grainy malt backed by subtle herbal hops.
Taste: As the aroma suggests, it's a sweetish beer upfront but it manages to balance itself in the end through a median bitterness and a healthy dose of spicy and herbal hops. It has a richer malt than most Euro lagers.
Feel: Medium in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level.
Overall: A fairly unique European lager but nothing to write home about.

Review# 6,706

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml 2018 bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours with a good white head over a clear light amber colored body.
Nice, hop dominated aroma.
Mildly bitter, clean flavor.
Overall: certainly good for a gluten free lager.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: very little aroma; what's there is grass;

T: bland; a little sweet up front; perhaps a touch of lemon; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: boring, but not bad; for a gluten reduced beer, it's drinkable;

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Photo of beergoot
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal-clear, bright gold body; mild carbonation; head is white, thin but with clinging foam. Sweet grain aroma; some fruity esters. Cracker flavor with a strongly developing bitterness. Medium body; sharp and biting on the palate; primarily dry overall.

A drinkable if unremarkable lager.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out light to medium gold in color. The head is white with minimal retention. Lacing is low and splotchy.
Lots of grains in the nose. Its also somewhat floral. Finishes grassy.
Taste is a bit sweet up from from the malts. Again picking a nice grainy taste. In the end you get a slight lingering bitterness.
The mouthfeellight, soft, with uplifting carbonation. This seems like it would pair well with bbq.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Frankly, the best of the GF beers that my wife has foisted on me.

Pours a nice clean look with a deep yellow color and an OK head that recedes fairly quickly. Nose is not impressive, but it’s drinkable on a hot day

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bright dark straw color with low activity and faint floating detritus. Thick foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of sweet grains dominant corn, vegetal, minerals, light lemon, floral and herbal hops. Soft slick oily medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Light strength finish, barley cereal feel with rice adjuncts, a bit salty and leafy. Good freshness. Overly accessible but this Damn time it was drinkable compared to the regular one. More balanced and bearable. Overall average quality craft.

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Photo of OzmanBey
1.93/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I bought this because so many people I know were telling me how great this beer was, so I picked one up, and to tell you the truth the hype failed to match the quality. The taste is very plain, not much going on, the way it feels in the mouth is akin to water, plain water. Overall it was disappointing.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 12/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grass, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this an excellent pale lager. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the fairly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the ABV. Great level of noble hop presence for a Euro lager, with plenty of clean bready pils malt flavors. This had absolutely no adjuncts at all from what I could tell. A really enjoyable offering, one of the best Euro pale lagers I've had.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light gold back with little head. No lacing. Simple but clean and bright aroma of malt, lemon, tangerine, pine, bananas, yogurt. Palate of malt, wheat bread, cedar bark, lemon, lime, not tart grapefruit, with a stale bread finish. Pros very easy drinking, some complexity, pairs well. Cons some stale bread, corn bread notes. 85/100.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with almost no head. Unremarkable smell very little is discernable in the taste I added a lime and it helped a lot. It's smooth and easy to swallow. Typical cerveza.

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Photo of singletary
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a pale yellow with a thin head and the smell is of a sweet corn and some malt. The taste is sweetness of the corn and light malt. The saving grace is how smooth the taste is and how easy it goes down. This is early the most drinkable beer I have had. Mouthful is a little watery but still good. Overall. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 330 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 06/17. Sampled October 29, 2016.

It pours a bright golden yellow tone with a long lasting white foamy head. Great clarity.

The aroma has a mixture of toasted pale malts, bread, corn, and grass.

Light body.

It is gluten-free so this beer has little character in the taste beyond a breaded malt note, low to no sweetness, but a slightly dry bitter ending.

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Photo of cudos22
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

First let me say this was the best tasting GF beer I've tried. Only its not GF as as stated. I was diagnosed 5 years ago with Celiac, was a mess, weight loss. Biopsy conformed a Marsh 3B, very bad small bowel damage.

I went GF and had a another biopsy 6 mos later which showed an almost completely healed bowel. It was then I went in search of a GF beer and found Daura. I was surprised that it actually tasted like beer. It is after all made with Barley (protein) removed according to estrella damm brewers and listed as below 3ppm (Canada) in the US they cannot label it as GF.
Fast forward a year. I had been drinking Estrella Daura and been very strict with my GF diet. I contacted my Gastro doc for another biopsy to evaluate my small bowel to see If I was completely healed now. To my surprise the biopsy showed "partial healing" in fact this biopsy was poorer than the one i had 6 mos after going GF drinking no beer at all.

I researched everything and came to the conclusion it was the Daura, I had seem independent tests done on many GF and non GF beers testing the Gluten levels and Daura came in at over 20ppm!!

I tried contacting Estrella, emails no reply, try the phone for get it. I then contacted my Gastro doc and she suggested I go off the Daura for 6 mos and re do the biopsy so I agreed.

I had my biopsy after 6 mos free from the Estrella Duara. My small bowel biopsy was "normal"!!! as in no indication of any damage. Daura is NOT gluten free!!!! The fact that they won't respond to me, the fact that independent testing has revealed over 20ppm, and the fact that the U S of A won't allow Daura to label itself GF in the U.S speaks volumes. I believe the label say Gluten reduced??? in the U.S.
Daura is NOT gluten free!!!!

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drink by date on bottle was 08/16, and I had it on 17 May 2016.

I've had several gluten free (GF) or reduced-gluten beers, and this one is a welcome addition to the lineup. It is a classic Euro lager that avoids the fate of many GF beers in having its taste twisted beyond recognition by whatever process is applied to remove gluten. It is fairly lightly flavored, but is nicely balanced. Color light gold, head white. Ample, active white head, and good carbonation. Nose a bit mild but was an honest promise of the light lager malt and hops to come. Flavor was a straightforward pale lager profile, refreshing and very drinkable. I would enjoy these aside from the GF aspect. Both hops and malt could be more potent... but that can be said for a lot of pale lagers. And sometimes that light profile is what people want.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I tried doing some research on Damm's website to ferret out if this is the same beer. (I couldn't find the English button, so I was reading in Spanish is for several minutes and this is such a lifestyle site that I got bored.) So I'm surmising they re-launched this beer's advertising saying that it is "crafted to remove gluten". (This is 5.4% as is the label of my bottle.)
Is this the same beer I had in 2012 while in Spain? Hard to remember !! So, hard to be 100% sure. But, let's go with that Damm may have removed some gluten, but that they do so more for that specialized market.

To me, Daura is an average Euro pale lager. I like the maltiness and the balance of just enough hops. But, the mouth is thin. (I don't know if that is the gluten removal.) But, I do know that I don't need to have Daura again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

There's a little bit of sweetness to it but it's also bland at the same time, so it gets boring quickly. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't pay $8.99 for a 4-pack again.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into lager glass.
Gluten-free beer.
Pours clear golden with thick off-white head, nice retention.
Smell - cereals, dusty, hay, typical for gluten-free beers.
Taste - grainy, poor in its gluten-free character.
Medium body, medium to soft carbonation.

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Photo of Squire
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased during one of those 'oh, I haven't tried this' moments. I don't regret the decision, pleasant stuff, but all in all just another Euro pale lager that's clean, crisp, mildly malty/hoppy in a happy go lucky way just waiting for the party to start.

Good enough to drink but not repurchase at import prices.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle purchased as a single at the LCBO; best before Nov 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours clear-golden yellow in hue, spawning roughly one finger of loose, soapy white head that is in a hurry to be somewhere else. A bubbly collar of thin foam remains, in addition to some very scant lace. Light sulfur/skunkage on the nose, along with notes of pale malt, cereal grain sweetness and grassy hay. Normally I'd say there's nothing to get excited about so far, but for a GF beer this smells remarkably... well, normal.

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle - it tastes like a regular Euro lager, too. Grainy pale malts and cereal grain sweetness make up the bulk of the flavour profile, with minor notes of apple skin and hay. Finishes rather dry, without much of an aftertaste. Not significantly better (or worse) than this brewery's standard 4.6% export lager. Light in body, with moderately prickly carbonation levels and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

Final Grade: 3.18, a C+. If I had been handed a glass of Estrella Damm Daura and given no other information about it, I don't think I'd ever come to the conclusion that it was gluten free. In fact, I'd probably guess that it was a Polish lager, since it vaguely reminds me of stuff like Tyskie and Warka. Daura has none of the weird, gross vegetal off-flavours that you'll find in GF beers brewed with sorghum or other non-barley/wheat grains. That being said, I can't be too effusive - because taken purely as a pale lager, it's mediocre. But it's quite drinkable, and in the world of GF beer that is (sadly) more than enough to put it ahead of the pack. Highly recommended for celiacs.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle from Lanzarote. Pours a light golden colour with medium carbonation and a small white head. Aromas of malt, citrus, bread & herbs. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, herbs, bread & grain leading to a medium sweet malt bitter finish. Overall a fairly decent beer, and the best gluten free one I've tried.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has some nice grains but also the bright vegetal/fruity character you mostly get in low alcohol beers. Taste starts grainy, slightly sweet, you definitely get the adjunct grains feel. A bit of alcohol too. Finish is balanced, you get some hops and bitterness and the aftertaste is dry. Body feels medium and well carbonated. Overall it's quite clean, without any major faults. Taking into account it's gluten free, I think it would be a good option for some people but for the regular drinker it's not something special.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Liquor Collection $3.75 12 oz bottle
Golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Smooth crisp taste
Overall a refreshing beer to drink, but not worth the high price.

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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 321 ratings