I didn't miss much when I went gluten-free. I felt so good, I couldn't wait to rid gluten from my life forever. There was one little thing, though, that I couldn't get from the gluten-free lifestyle, and that was beer. Way back in 2005 when I swore off gluten for good, the GF beer selection at the grocery store didn't have much to offer. Eventually there was Redbridge, which filled a function. But something was missing.
Before I went gluten-free, I loved a good stout. Why stouts? I think it was the roasted barley flavor that got me. So rich and creamy, that barley malt just spoke to me in a way the hoppy ales never did. I was just starting to get over this loss of barley malt flavor, just starting to forget what it even tasted like after five years, when Daura came onto the scene.
I tried it, and suddenly I remembered what barley malt tasted like. This award-winning lager is so clean. It's nothing like a stout, really. It's refreshing. But it reminded me of a stout or a porter because it has a beautiful barley malt flavor.
It's not complex. It's not remarkable among other glutenous lagers. It is, however, distinct among gluten-free beers in that it tastes right. It tastes like barley because it's made from barley. The gluten is extracted afterward to give it a low enough gluten content to be acceptable for most celiacs.
It's beautiful. If I'm looking for hops, I'll go elsewhere. But if I'm looking for a beautiful barley malt flavor, I'll get an Estrella Damm Daura every time.