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!

Added by Rayek on 08-28-2010

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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of williahd
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ant777uk
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Head stays up well.

Malty aroma. Ok...

Crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced...perfect for hot day.

Gluten-reduced, not actually free..

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Photo of cudos22
3.34/5  rDev +4%
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 MJ64
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GlennWB
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok similar to a pilsner but nothing special

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Photo of Griphon
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of OldSwampy
3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Giangio
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
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 AD17
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -0.3%
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 -5.3%
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 TheBen5
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 TAMU99
2.29/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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 fortyfield
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 kkmiller76
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Estrella Damm Daura from Damm S. A.
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 307 ratings