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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
67
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217 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 217
Hads: 592
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 11
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Spain

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003

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Photo of Sammy
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (365 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (519 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (850 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (423 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (402 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,861 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (392 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (724 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.67/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (700 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.75 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

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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. (895 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (602 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (792 characters)

Photo of smcolw
1.73/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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. (450 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (512 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grain adjunct malts with lighter hints of rice and corn adjunct malts. There is also a moderate presence of grassy hops. Starts out sweet and finishes with some light bitterness.

T: The flavors of the adjunct malts are quite present (grain, rice, and corn) along with a very light hint of citrus. Also, there is a light bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: Light bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. The beer is not anything special but it was sessionable and seemed to go down quite well during the Euro game with my cornish pastie. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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. (528 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (616 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (653 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I just wrote a review for an Argentine beer and thought of calling its homeland the land of empenadas. Turns out the origin of empenadas is Spain, not Argentina as I once thought. Then I was inspired....Spain....lucky for me, I have a Spanish beer to drink! Or is it a Catalan beer? My brother was the inspiration for the purchase of the beer, as it was one of the beers he liked when he was abroad in Europe last year. Too many stories, not enough beer, on to it:

Looking good. The clean as a whistle body with a dazzling array of bubbles and polished pale gold provide a treat to the eyes. Head formation is an inch thick, sooapy-creamy in texture, and putting up some healthy lace. Reality hits hard in the nose, however. Photo-chemicals dominate, light corn, a little pale sweetness. It's funny how all these Euro lager types can look so good but smell uninspired.

Nope, still too chemically. The base flavor of sweet corn and grab bag pale malt would provide a decent taste score if it didn't have a strong chemically aftertaste and buzzy carbonation that reminds me of times that I used to curl my tongue around phone jacks as a young child (was that a run-on sentence?). At least it still looks attractive.

The elmblem of Estrella Damm is in the shape of a stop sign. Perhaps it's a hint of what to do should you pick up a bottle. (1,342 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (498 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a white colored head, pretty standard looks.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a mild grain and cooked veggie odor.

Taste starts out neutral to a little sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mildly fruity.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Yet another "Bud" from another land. Pretty much the Budweiser of Spain and about as flavorful. Not worth more than one try. (380 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Estrella Damm's likeness to yellow tinted soda water is not helped by the fact that it possesses no head what so ever. There is a failure to even outline the beer. Befitting to its name, legions of bubbles are splattered about like the stars of some far away constellation. Too bad it isn't nearly as pretty as anything found in the Hubble gallery.

The aroma is saturated in the all-too familiar stench of corn and adjuncts. Despite the abundant presence of additives, nowhere is any of the beer's four natural ingredients (malt, hops, water, yeast) to be found. I don't know what is worse: big breweries that brew beer that smell like this or the people who think beer naturally smells this way.

The taste of corn and adjuncts is a little more restrained than was expected but there is still no sign of bready-sweet malts or hops of any kind. A little texture would be nice, whether bitter or sweet, grassy or bready. The flavour isn't overly offensive but it certainly doesn't differentiate the beer from anything else on the macro market and is sure to disappoint anyone looking to try a uniquely Spanish beer.

The brewers of Estrella Damm clearly didn't shoot for the stars, they wanted to stay grounded in mediocrity and the market of tasteless, featureless swill. What's the point of loading a beer up with preservatives to keep it around longer, or to make a beer cheaper so as to make more of it, or to ensure each can tastes the same as the next, if the result is a crappy, forgettable beer?

Spain, both at the national and regional levels, is full of rich distinctive cuisines and gastronomic traditions. So why don't they brew good beer to go with them? Sure, Spaniards could point out climate, history and the cultural and economic importance of wine. But I'd point out to them Italy's emerging micro scene and show that creative, artisan beers can succeed (if not flourish) in such a culture. (1,913 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap throughout Barcelona.

Poured a pale to medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and a balancing herbal and grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced and consisted of light malts and a decent grassy hop. A touch sweeter than San Miguel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall an ideal beer for the thirsty traveler. Easy to drink to say the least. (483 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, skunky, with some caramel. The taste is malty/slight hops, and some caramel. Light body. Not drinkable, my first from this brewery. (306 characters)

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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
67 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.