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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
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
284
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
28.88%
 
 
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Photo of buschbeer
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It is golden in color and clear. It is topped with four inches of fluffy white head.

S - The smell is sweet and faint with a slight metallic smell.

T - It starts out tasting a lot like a European pale lager. But I don't get that skunky or metallic taste. This beer is actually better than most Euro lagers I have tried. It has a clean finish.

M - Moderately thin but not watery

O - It 's actually not bad. I was expecting something horribly and am pleasantly surprised. That said, it is not a great beer. It is better than an adjunct lager so celiac disease sufferers can enjoy that.

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Photo of woemad
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.59. I purchased this because I hadn’t tried it before and I had never drank a beer from Spain. According to the label on the neck, this was best before July, 2014. For what it's worth, the label is slightly different than the one pictured here. There's a little bit of English-language boilerplate about this being a "Premium Quality Lager Beer" just below the name.

Poured a just-dark-of-golden color, with a little chill haze. There was a big, bone-white fluffy head that hung around for quite a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Ah, the smell of adjuncts. However, there’s no skunkiness, either.

Mildly grassy hops and cereal grains in the flavor. It has that generic flavor that millions the world over know as “beer flavor.” Not really much flavor to discern here, just a typical Euro lager.

Totally average mouthfeel for the style - a little watery but not to a point unusual for what kind of beer this is.

A well-made but ultimately not very interesting Euro lager. This compares favorably to some others in the style, but it’s nothing I would ever go out of my way for, or feel the need to try again.

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Photo of Premo88
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow, crystal clear, loads of bubbles rising in the column, decent 1/2-inch or so of white foam -- classic lager look. little to no lacing/sticking, so it's not perfect, but, man is this what beer should look like.

S: biscuits ... biscuity malt isn't super sweet -- just the dough, no sugar; hint of floral hops but only a hint; loads of grain, cereal ... rice ... a hint of corn but again, just a hint

T: solid. gluten-free doesn't mean tasteless ... follows the nose closely only it tastes sweeter than it smells; bread/biscuit malt, grain, little hop bite ... more like a hop taste, only here it tastes more spicy/earthy than floral

F: drinkable, carbonated, perhaps a bit light but doesn't come off watery

O: I could drink a lot of this ... the fact that it's "gluten-free" is its only bell or whistle -- it's just a good-tasting pale lager with a little malt, a little hops, nothing overdone. it tastes better at the start, then diminishes just a bit as you work down the glass, but the carbonation is holding up, and it's not turning me off.

not overly expensive considering the novelty of gluten free ... $5.99 for a 4-pack for me at local big liquour/beer/wine chain Spec's. that's under 13 cents/ounce, which puts it in range of most craft beers.

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Photo of devilben02
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium-pale straw yellow color, with a thick, foamy head. The aroma primarily features sweet, bready malts, with only a small contribution from a must European hop profile. The flavor is likewise sweet and grainy, with bready malts up front and a more earthy bitterness dominating the finish. There is a fine, sharp carbonation, but the beer feels a little heavy for the style. Overall, this is more flavorful than most Euro lagers, but it is still not something to go to often.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow forming a medium to small fluffy soapy and very bubbled white head. Minimum retention and some thin lacings formed and left in the glass. A very thin layer remain on the top forever

S: Very grainy. Strong notes of sweet pale malts. Extremely bready. Some flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet grains, mainly. Very crispy. Bready low fermentation-like yeasts. Mild hops bitterness. In overall, a dry and crispy taste

M: Smooth and light body. Medium to low carbonation. Grainy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Standard Euro Lager. I've bought this beer because I suspect that I'm intolerant to Gluten and, coincidentally, I'll be making blood exams this week to figure this out. Interesting enough, I'm feeling quite well after drinking this one. Not because it's a good beer but because I have the impression the the exams will confirm my suspicions. In this case, I feel happy that I can count with this sort of initiative.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.24/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear blonde to golden color with a thick rich slow settling head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.

The nose is peppery and spicy with a strong maltiness and hints of fruit like apples and white grapes.

The flavor is bold with a nicely if not a tad off balanced malt to hop taste. The hops definitely dominate. The malt is strong and fruity but the hops are stronger and dominate. this one is off balanced but it works well.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery for my personal taste. But does not take away for the overall in my opinion.

Overall this ins very drinkable and enjoyable lager. Much better than my expectations based on some other review. I would really like to drink this one again.

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Photo of Archimetez
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear, light in color

S: cheap lager smell, not very aromatic

T: not great, cheap lager taste, bitter back end. Cannot find date on bottle to figure out how old the bottle I tasted

M: clean crisp

O: meh....probably will not have again unless in spain, which I don't see happening in the near future

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of wac9
4.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is the best tasting gulten beer i have ever had taste more of a apa like a heny weinhard but i love it a good beer good beer color so if you neeed a gulten beer drink this and even if you dont drink this you wont be disappionted this beer makes me happy so enjoy

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Photo of Libationguy
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow with brilliant clarity. Bright white rocky 1-finger head with medium- retention. Light lacing in the glass.

Light grain, corn chips, saltine crackers and light toast. Earthy, milkweed and a little hop spice.

Biscuit, apple, light pear, melba toast.

Crisp, medium- bodied without being watery. Carbonation is in balance.

One of the better examples of gluten free beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -18.9%
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 -42.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +14.6%
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 +10.9%
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 +9.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +38.8%
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!

RJT

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -19.6%
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 +18.6%
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 -19.6%
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%
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%
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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Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
3.22 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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