Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.
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2.08/5 rDev -26%
Can from LCBO. Another frequently marketed pale lager. I could not open he can with the little tab, A can opener worked, but had to suffer through the cheesy aroma first. Pale body with foamy off white head. Below average mouthfeel. There was a little malt in the taste, a tad of bitterness. It was not the worst yellow fizzy beer I have had, but not too drinkable.
03-28-2010 02:24:18 | More by Sammy
3.08/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a fruity aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's drinkable and not offensive.
12-02-2012 06:56:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.68/5 rDev -4.6%
Perfectly pellucid pale gold with pale sunshine colored trim. The bright white cap is much more attractive that just about anything atop a real American macro lager; that is, one brewed by BMC. It melts in attractive fashion and leaves quite a bit of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.
The aroma is par for the style course, more or less, with a lower nastiness quotient than usual. The 'best by' date is still more than three months away, so that helps. It smells like the beer will be more bitter than sweet, with a modest amount of grassy hoppiness.
ED is a drinkable lager, but it certainly isn't something that I'll enjoy. There's a shade more sweetness than expected, yet it's almost ideally balanced by bitterness. The hop flavor is nothing to shout about, that's for Damm sure.
The fact that the brewery doesn't provide a list of ingredients isn't the least bit surprising. It seems that Americans are the only ones interested in providing (and seeking out) that sort of information. They do say this beer 'stands out for its creamy hops-flavoured frothy'. Okay then.
Malt is strictly pale/pils by the taste of things, and the hops have a different sort of vibe. They're grassy, but also modestly vegetal and oddly spicy. Warming isn't likely to improve anything. In fact, probably just the opposite.
The mouthfeel gets a below average score largely due to a lack of carbonation. Bubbles are present, but they aren't energetic enough to provide any lift whatsover. More carbonation *might* have increased the final two scores one notch.
When I pulled Estrella Damm from the fridge today, I thought it was my first beer from Spain. It turns out that the forgettable Estrella Galicia earned that honor back in 2006. This one is no more memorable and isn't recommended unless you're looking to add to the 'countries' number on your profile page.
04-11-2008 12:36:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
3/5 rDev +6.8%
Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow lager with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt withs some notes of crisp hops. Taste is somewhat light with light malt with no distinctive notes of adjunct and some light dry hops presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if I was more thirsty then usual but this did tasted not too bad.
06-27-2009 02:29:12 | More by Phyl21ca
2.8/5 rDev -0.4%
11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly bubbly, golden body with a sudsy, white head.
Smell: Sweet-scented nose of cereal grains glazed with light corn syrup. Distant hint of grassy, spicy hops.
Taste: Sweet, light pale malts with, perhaps, a touch of grainy pils malt. Small child-sized handful of corn kernels. Touch of lemon. Spicy, grassy hops with an adequate amount of sharp, balancing bitterness. Faint hint of sulfur before the end. Finishes dry with a lingering grassiness.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.
Drinkability: Another basic, straight-up average lager, but from Barcelona, Spain and 0.8 less ounces, natch.
06-19-2009 02:21:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.23/5 rDev +14.9%
This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet with grains and malts. The taste of those same things came through and had very little hop bitterness at all. The mouthfeel of this beer is light and is fairly easy to drink on a regular basis. Overall this brew isn't anything special, I don't even know if I'd buy it again or not. But I am glad I tried it.
12-01-2011 02:59:01 | More by Knapp85
2.88/5 rDev +2.5%
A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, white foamy head that left no lace.
S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. Not a very good nose.
T - It tasted fairly sweet and of corn/grains. It was also slightly bitter.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.
D - This is an okay lager. Not offensive in any way and easy drinking.
07-13-2008 21:29:41 | More by zeff80
3.03/5 rDev +7.8%
500ml can, 4.6% ABV. I wonder what 'Damm' means in Spanish? I'll have to look that one up.
This bear pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of billowy, rocky bone-white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving a complex web of spidery lace around the glass.
It smells of sour grass, apple cider, wet white bread, glutenous corn mash (but unfortunately no cornbread esters, I'm afraid), dusty yeast, and musty hops. The taste is kind of a blend between corn, rice cakes, and pithy wheat grain, and not all that sweet, with a bit of indistinct citric acidity, and mild dead grassy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is well below average for the style, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, with a certain skunky edge tugging at the palate. It finishes mostly dry, clean like a pressure-washed European sidewalk, and pretty nondescript - just, well, 'beer'-like.
For a corn and rice-riddled (it's right on the label, folks, albeit in rather small type) beer, this actually turns out all right, when keeping the style in mind. Nothing to brush past your mother for, but agreeable enough, if cold, and it's sweaty outside, and that's your prime brew-seeking directive at the moment.
12-11-2010 01:05:41 | More by biboergosum
1.65/5 rDev -41.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of adjuncts, grain, light malts and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a light malt and adjunct sweetness followed by mildly bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. The hops presence hardly detectable and there isn't much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Not very flavorful, light and goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, certainly not one of the better beers that I've had.
01-19-2011 02:55:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.25/5 rDev +15.7%
Never had any brews from Spain. This one was being busted out straight from the case, only a buck and some change. Euro lager so far appears a pale golden hue with bright white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has cereal notes mild grain/adjuncts. Nothing offensive, clean slight citrusy edge. Flavor has a nice riding sweetness, alot of lemon notes actually in there. Finishes grassy with a kiss of hops. Overall refreshing great flagship mass produced lager from Espana. Estrella equals star but what is Damm? Mouthfeel is clean easy drinking sturdy carbonation, not over done. Of course it's light bodied pale lager, but it's done right here, not bad extremely fresh example I'm sure helps out a bit. Still no fireworks just extremely safe thirst quenching industrial lager.
01-14-2011 06:22:46 | More by WVbeergeek
2.85/5 rDev +1.4%
$1.75 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. On the back label are the ingredients Water, malt, yeast, rice, maize, hops & stabilizer e-405 which is a foam stabilizer. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Appearance: Tight foaming, good retention does not matter because they cheated. Filtered clarity of a golden straw color.
Smell: Sugary malt cereal-mix with a strained hop aroma.
Taste: Typical Euro-lager over cooked hops and veggie like flavor from the rice and corn. Some maltiness with a lingering corn flavor, hops are vaguely bitter and add just enough.
Mouthfeel: Smooth as any pale lager could be, bitty and dry on the palate.
Notes: Euro-lagers are a dime a dozen no they are not, this one was $1.75 a pop, certainly not worth it at all.
04-27-2004 02:55:55 | More by Jason
3.38/5 rDev +20.3%
I guess im not sure why this one has such low reviews, I thought it to be a far superior beer to the average euro lager. it pours beautiful and elegant into a tulip, with crystal clear golden hues and about an inch of white head that doesn't recede one bit. nice lacing left behind, and lazy carbonation haphazardly rising to the surface. the nose is a little dusty, some Czech or german pilsener malts for sure, and just a very common lager yeast. the taste is indeed bready akin to the pilsener style, but it has a lot less hops, and is instead balanced by a dryer malt complexion that finishes impossibly clean. it may get a little filling over time, but a few of these to me is a pretty solid session. excellent carbonation and a sturdy body for its color. I have no problem with this beer at all, a nice surprise from a champagne bar in Chicago.
07-08-2013 21:27:26 | More by StonedTrippin
3.25/5 rDev +15.7%
Pours light golden with a thin head that becomes a patch.
The smell is of faint grain with a touch of smoked veggies and some husk.
The taste is of a typical American macro - geography not-withstanding. Some sweet grain, some cooked veggies (corn?) - A touch of non-descript hop balance - though it does remain sweetish, with a touch of salt - in the finish.
Light-bodied with some slickness.
Smooth enough to chug if that's what you're into. Nothng interesting, though could be worse. mediocre-ish in style.
02-14-2008 01:06:18 | More by jwc215
1.7/5 rDev -39.5%
A very nice golden color. Little head that dissipates to to nearly nothing. No lace.
A combination of malt and adjuncts for the smell. No notable hop aroma.
Way too much carbonation--in fact, that may be all that is giving this beer its bite. This is a very dry beer. The swallow is slightly sour and the aftertaste shows some small hop flavors. The body is very thin.
A clear miss, although I'd say it is better than most of the American macros.
01-27-2008 21:50:29 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev +33.5%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a nice golden with a solid white head, good retention, great for the style. Limited lace.
S: Grainy husks, hint of corn, adjuncts galore.
T: The beer gives a straight up malt flavour with a hint of corn on the palate, no DMS off flavours. Nice hop attack which was suprising, but very enjoyable and well done, grassy noble hop character.
M: Medium-bodied for the style, little overly fizzy, but a nice feel, clean and crisp.
D: Certainly one of the best adjunct lagers out there. I was certainly suprised by this effort, and would defintely drink it again if I wanted a Euro style lager.
10-06-2009 17:46:54 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
2.25/5 rDev -19.9%
Brown 330ml bottle of 4.6% imported Estrella, poured into a Veltins Pilsner glass twice.
Palest of pale yellows, a light golden colour. The large white head became a thinner cap with lacing as I drank down the beer.
A bit of yeast and hop aroma but nothing to write home about. A typical light lager smell.
Crisp and clean, refreshing at then a metalic aftertaste sneaks up on you, it clings to the throat and lingers longer than the intitial crispness.
I thought I remembered this beer as being one of the better lagers/pilsners when holidaying in Spain years ago. I must have got it wrong, or the others were terrible!
No overly impressed at all.
01-30-2009 19:38:30 | More by BlackHaddock
2.83/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a brilliant 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop during the tasting.
Smell: an awful medicinal smell comes from the glass. Some grassy tones are evident.
Taste: grassy, light malt base, hint of lemon zest, and very minimal bitterness. Dull and uneventful flavor wise for an American Macro style.
Mouthfeel: crisp and a bit dry. Light in body. Clean aftertaste.
Drinkability: this one just doesn't fit the bill for any flavor. Not worth a try in my book.
12-24-2007 18:24:02 | More by Gavage
2.15/5 rDev -23.5%
Served on draught into a frosted Estrella Damm stein in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger head of little cream, average thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Appealing.
Sm: Clean barley. Some malt.
T: Malt and barley body with a lingering malty finish. Subpar and simple, but certainly refreshing.
Mf: Moderate thickness, but not too heavy. A bit syrupy. Too smooth. Wet and refreshing.
Dr: A lime ester is direly needed - or something to add to the complexity. It's too expensive (4 quid in Ibiza) for the quality. It refreshes, but doesn't satisfy.
09-25-2011 04:28:50 | More by kojevergas
3.13/5 rDev +11.4%
I hade a .5 liter can brought back from Spain. It poured a clear gold in my 20-oz glass and left a bit of lacing. Th aroma has it's good point and back. There's a sharp, unpleasant boiled vegetable note, but also a nice bread and brown sugar character. The flavor is a little better with bread crust and a fruity lager notes backed by a lightly spicy hop finish. This beer actually tastes fairly decent, but there is an odd vodka note in background. Still, on a sweaty summer day, I'd enjoy a pint.
07-16-2010 23:13:25 | More by tempest
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.