Estrella Damm Daura | Damm S. A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Damm S. A.
Spain
estrelladamm.com

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!

Added by Rayek on 08-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,855
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
303
pDev:
16.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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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 Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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 StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

as gluten free beers go, I like this one, still has the flavor of barley, not sorghum or some other brutal sugar. however, as regular pale lagers go, this is pretty bad. its over the top sweet, and even with its very pale golden color, it drinks like a glass of molasses. way too much residual sweet here, it kills any subtle malt flavors and makes all the jovial carbonation for naught. almost tastes like a wheat malt base, light and floral a little. it is similar to the mother beer, the regular damm, which I liked quite a lot for what it is. this one lacks the cleanness in the finish that made the other one so great. the sweetness hangs around and the beer feels heavy as a result. still, for the gluten free folks out there I would recommend this, only because there are so few good options for you. omission pale ale still ranks as the best gluten free brew ive had, hands down. this does avoid the usual macro euro metallic malt vibe though, which is a great service to itself and its consumers!

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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 BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +10%
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 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!).

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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 superspak
4/5  rDev +24.6%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light yellow body with a white foam film.

Smell: A light sniff of cereal maltiness with a thin hint of floral, spicy hops.

Taste: A base of modest, malted barley with a dash of confectioners sugar. Moderate acidity. Hint of graininess. Mild hop character, bitterness. Drying, smooth, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Among the gluten-free beers it truly shines, as I've never enjoyed the use of repellent sorghum.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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