Estrella Damm Daura | Damm S. A.

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Estrella Damm DauraEstrella Damm Daura

Brewed by:
Damm S. A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gluten-free (less than 6 ppm), but made using barley malt!

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Photo of MinerBob
3.51/5  rDev +9%
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 +14.9%
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 -6.5%
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 +3.7%
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 +17.7%
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 mmmbeer89
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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 -0.6%
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 Squire123
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -1.2%
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 +10.2%
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 -6.8%
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 +8.7%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pale lager brewed for the Mediterranean palate. More of a thirst quencher than a sipper, it’s a decent lager and better than any North American mass market lager. Refreshing...

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pale on the pour, about like gasoline. Fine straw gold in the glass, with white, lower side of medium retention, foamy head. Very skunky smelling at first, but gives way to sweeter pale malt aroma. The mildest of lemon up front and throughout, grain in the middle, getting breadier, sweeter from the alcohol, and just barely bitter towards the finish. Higher side of light-bodied, plenty of fine, prickly carbonation. Bubbles up too much to call it crisp.

Threw an extra .25 points in to the overall category for being gluten free. I'm not strictly gluten intolerant, but it does have an effect on me, especially my complexion. Would probably drink even more beer were this not the case.

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Photo of kfh227
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

The best way to describe this is imperial Budweiser. That was my first impression. It tastes alot like Budweiser but the taste profile is stronger.

And to be frank, that is not a good thing. I'm glad I tried it but it is my first and last time trying it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

Look: Clear golden colored body. White head that recedes to a thick film. Bands of lacing.

Aroma: Slightly skunky, barley, grains.

Taste: Really sweet metallic taste up front. Malted barley, grains, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: Just tastes like another euro pale lager ... a little skunk for a brown bottle though ?

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Photo of janubio
2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Clear golden colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving some lace and ring. Aroma of malts, corn. Medium body, average carbonation. Tasted of corn, malt. Just another refreshing boring beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before end: 9/2015.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and frosted corn flake aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, grain, and sweetened corn flake flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that still tastes like a normal beer of this style even though it is gluten removed.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled this evening while enjoying the nice weather on the upper patio deck. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle and is good until: "10/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Red 7' billiard ball flute glass (I have the whole set of 15).

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head that finally settled down to a thin layer mostly around the edges after a good while. Some spotty sheets of lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is of some light grains and hops for the most part. Pretty much is said for the taste as well with a hint of sweet corn. Crisp with a dry finish. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation that is "Crafted to Remove Gluten". Overall, it was just OK.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Brilliant Straw, 2” bone white foam cap dissipates to a thick film
S: light grain, faint perfume and corn.
T: light corn sweetness, light grains with a bitter finish.
M: light, crisp, clean, smooth, dry, very fine soft carbonation
O: One of the better gluten free beers out there.

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Photo of ordybill
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass,
Aroma- grassy with a rather strong alcohol aroma
Appearance- Straw yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Has a semi sweet grain flavor, not my cup of tea but not terrible
Palate- This is a light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. not terrible but there are better beers out there.

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Photo of Mr_Grypes
5/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes. 5s all round. When a beer drinker gets diagnosed as gluten intolerant it's a rather large downer. Condemned to drink wine, spirits and cider for ever. This beer is a godsend. Love it.

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Photo of hipsfromhell
5/5  rDev +55.3%

Being a celiac in Indianapolis - this is the closest thing to beer as you're going to find. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and only recently discovering my gluten intolerance, this beer is a God-send!!! If you can drink normal beer, I can see how it'd be a 3, but here in Indy, it's a 5

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brilliant gold in color with a fingernail of eggshell white. Excellent clarity and light lacing. Heavy aroma of corn with a hint of skunkiness. The flavor is corn on the front of the palate and then a familiar well water edge from what I think is Danish lager yeast takes over. The mouth is thin and watery.

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Photo of Zach136
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear pale, solid head retention.

Aroma: Light, grainy with a touch of grass.

Flavor: Moderate grainy sweetness, not much else.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body, not quite crisp enough for my taste.

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