Estrella Damm Daura

Reviewed by on March 26, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Damm S. A.

  • Origin: Spain

  • Rated On: March 25, 2014

  • Best Before: Sept 2014

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Euro Pale Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Daura version of the Estrella Damm brand is quite similar in appearance to their regular lager offering. Made with barley malt (italicized on the label) and rice, with a gluten content below 3 PPM.

This 330ml bottle 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!).

Brady White

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