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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

472 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Damm S. A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003)
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of xaoslaad
3/5  rDev +7.1%

xaoslaad, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +42.9%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that lasts longer than many other adjuncts, but only barely so.
S- Smell is clean grainyness. Fairly sweet. Not much to the nose but it's inoffensive at least.
T- Pretty sweet out of the gates. There is a slight apple like quality to it. Finish is more or less clean with some lingering sweetness.
M- Medium body for style. Low carbonation.
O- For an adjunct lager it's decently enjoyable and inoffensive. By adjunct standards, it's worth a try.

jsprain1, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

kojevergas, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden straw colored with minimal head when poured into goblet. Minimal lacing.
S: Not much nose. Perhaps a bit of malt and skunky aroma make it not too appealing.
T: A bit of skunk but not as much as smell hinted. Bit of malt, no bitterness to speak of.
M: Crisp and clean light bodied beer with very active carbonation.
O: Frankly disappointing. Not much flavor or nose to this. I will not buy again.

Paincane, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear straw color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of skunk (probably due to the green bottle), and a hint of malt. The taste is similar to the aroma with a little less skunk. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer is actually very nice. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer that I will not be drinking again.

KarlHungus, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow lager with a large pure white foamy head with fair retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt. Unfortunately, there is also on off-putting skunkines there as well. Taste is somewhat light with light malt with no distinctive notes of adjunct and some light dry hops presence. Body is a little heavier than I expected for a lager. Good carbonation. Except for the funky aroma, the beer was not as bad as the rating it has been getting. I will bet in a blind taste test, this beer would fair much better.

chickenflea, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of djura
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got it from Spain,bottle 0,25l

A-Nice foam,white,lasting for more then minute. Dark yellow color,low carbonation.
S- Grains, corn and some malt,wheat i think
T/M-Medium bitterness,low sweetness,low carbonation.Light body.
O-Again nothing special,but must say best lager from Spain i tried.

djura, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - very pale yellow with a nice sticky white head.

Smell - bready and sweet with a faint trace of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel - light bodied with stong carbonation, typical European pilsner feel.

Taste - Doesn't come off nearly as sweet as the aroma would suggest, but still a little sweeter than I would prefer. Starts with bread and maize; finishes with a refreshing floral, herbal hops flourish, but very little in the way of bitterness.

In all, this is a typical mass produced European pilsner. Better than some, but nothing notable. I can see how this would work in its place of origin - a light refresher in a very warm wine-drinking region. I am not one to chug beer, but this one would go down like water.

, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

DoubleJ, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Best before End 06/11, no info.

A - Pale straw yellow and crystal clear in color withfull-flowing carbonation. A three-finger stark white head caps the brew. Great retention and thick collars of lace will probably be the best part of this brew sadly.

S - Slightly skunky and topped by floral hops, this lager doesn't have much malt, or really, anything going on in the nose for that matter.

T - Bland pale malt and sweet corn with a hint of skunk doesn't take the sub-par flavor out of the realm of the aroma.

M - High carbonation and light body combine for a crisp feel and clean finish.

O - I'm sure this would be fairly refreshing on a hot day but I wouldn't pick up another bottle to find out. It's straight-up bland across the board.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Trizzle
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly carbonated, chill gazed straw yellow body. Decent head fades to a rim with some decent lace.

Nearly non existent nose of straw and non descrit malt hints.

Smooth sweet malt, little to no hopping. Not too bad. Easily chuggable.

I drink this often is Spain. Drinking it now in London takes me back so half a point extra on 'overall' for nostalgia and escapism.

Trizzle, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of bbb099
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a pilsner glass. Clear, pale golden color. Very bubbly with less than average looking white head. Not a lot of retention.

S - Grainy malts? Not much in terms of aroma.

T - Mild grainy flavors with minute amount of citrus. Metallic, medicinal-like taste present.

M - High amount of carbonation, light bodied.

O - I guess I should've expected as much seeing how this is as ubiquitous in Spain as Budweiser in the states. Easy to access but other beer options will likely taste better.

bbb099, May 27, 2011
Photo of RyanBelle
2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bitter and Ascorbic. Very off-flavors of corn and raw untoasted malt. Hop profile is exaggurated far too much in this beer, leaving it taste like a boozy copper penny. My first Spanish (Spain, not Mexico) beer and this one screams a bit too loud for it's own good. It just doesn't taste right and would not make it's way in a session under any circumstances, it's too boozy and off-flavored. Below average EPA.

RyanBelle, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - White rocky pancake batter head with good retention. Clear pale straw body with lots of visible carbonation.

Smell - Sweet with hints of cherry. Great for a lager.

Taste - Corn with an alcoholic finish. Clean aftertaste. Does not live up to the appearance and smell.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth clean finish. No off flavors.

Overall Drinkability - Good overall beer. Could use a little more complexity in the flavor. If only the taste matched the rest of the beer, it would be ace.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops, a skunkiness, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation - lots of larger size bubbles. I can taste breads/grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. It also has a lot of skunk/metallic flavour to it. (checked date, can isn't expired) I could also pick up on a slight amount of lemons. It finishes with a slightly bitter grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Yeah, it's drinkable.. but not memorable. The skunky/metallic taste seemed to die down as I made my way through the beer, so that helped. I wouldn't purchase this beer again.

spinrsx, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of JupiterJesus
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must admit, I had good feelings toward this beer after having it on draft in a London pub. Add in that I'm going to Spain in a week and I thought I'd check it out again.

This is not good beer. Sure, compared to a BMC it's spectacular. But for the price of an import 6-pack, you could easily pick up an awesome craft beer. I'll still finish off the 6-pack - it's beer, of course I'll drink it. But I won't enjoy it!

Poured into a Trumer Pilsner glass (Stange?). Beautiful color and a head that won't quit. Seriously, I gave up waiting for it to go down, and eventually just dug in. Lacing was impressive - it left a ring around the glass after every sip, with about 7 levels of lacing by the end. But...then I look into and find out they use some chemical to increase head retention. Major fail. Cheaters.

The body is a little thicker than the typical American lager, and tastes a bit sweet like honey and malt and something grainy I can't put my finger on. Definitely unique. Taste isn't completely terrible, just too sweet, and has virtually no bitterness or hop presence at all, either in the aroma or taste.

Of course it's drinkable. It's a euro lager. I could slam an entire 6-pack, except that the sweetness would start to get cloying after the first bottle or two.

On the plus side, the labels come off super-easy for using in my own homebrew.

Won't be buying again. Time to find out if there are any decent breweries in Madrid...

JupiterJesus, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went to a Cuban restuarant in Washington DC, Cuba Libre and ordered a beer. Why I got a Spanish beer from Barcelona? No idea.

You'd think it'd at least be good? No. It's basically a Budweiser/ Bud Light mix from Spain.

Light color. Smells like a pilsner, although claims to be a lager.

Taste is boring. Nothing that put me off. Just nothing to really get excited about. No hops.

Easy drinking is the best thing about it. I suppose it'd be refreshing on the beach in the summer. In DC in February? Not so much.

devinoconnor, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of thekanna
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, straw yellow with slow effervescence and a copious head.

S: Light notes of pepper and honey, with yeasts floating in the background.

T/M: Relatively light honey malts with a bitter, medicinal finish and strong effervescence. Very clean and crisp.

D: Refreshing and crisp, but nothing incredibly special. Still, I see how this would complement nicely dishes like paella.

thekanna, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, this isn't a mind-blowing-tasting lager. I feel what it lacks bumps it up into that exclusive (ever-expanding) echelon of cheap lager I will swill gladly.

It has to have the prettiest, tightest head I've ever laid eyes on - when it comes to this style. Pouring it into my Euro pint, the super silky compact foam rose high up the sides of the glass and fluffed up in the interior. Wet white cotton candy. Great retention. Registers in the mid-single digits on the SRM - in other words, pale straw gold, clean. Really, it's a looker.

From there, I'll admit the rest - smell, taste, feel - made me immediately think of Carlsberg's beers. Did they use their yeast strain here?

It's funny, this mostly smells like other lagers I've had from Spanish-speaking nations (Quilmes, Modelo, San Miguel come to mind). Aromas and flavors here matched closely with a surprising emphasis on (grainy) malt accented with an essence bordering on a lightly bubblegum-phenol and maybe some hops in the background. All mellow.

Big part of the enjoyment of this beer is the quite clean, mineral-rich feel to the water. Drinks like it's good for you or something. A little bit more wetness(?) may be desired as its soft, foamy mouthfeel and somewhat parching dryness obscures its medium body.

What Estrella Damm has is fine balance in flavor, a neat look, and much drinkability. What it DOESN'T have (what it lacks - and why I like it) is a (cooked) corn flavor that's unavoidable or overbearing. Sorry I only bought a single, honestly. I wanted another.

Bouleboubier, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: yellow, golden clear body, trace head, lots of bubbles.

S: grain, mild hops and hint of honey.

T: mostly grain + malt, slight sweet up front.

M: light/watery body, big carbonation.

D: typical bubbly euro lager, nothing special here. not awful, but not good.

BeerLover99, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Hint of what smells like Noble hops, malts, toffee, and honey.

T-Malt dominates with some Noble hops presence. Its crisp and refreshing.

M-Thin and carbonated.

D-Very drinkable due to its good flavor and low abv.

Overall, this beer reminded me of Super Bock. I really enjoyed drinking it. It tastes pretty good, it isn't offensive, and is easy to drink. This beer does not taste like an American Adjunct Lager, it tastes more like a Euro Pale Lager.

thegodfather2701, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a 500ml can, but it's only 4.6% alc/vol.

A- Well this looks better than your typical adjunct-ish lager, being very clear, but the coloring itself is more golden hued than I expected. The head is actually thick and frothy and retains quite well. There is lots of big bubbled carbonation that rises to the top of the brew. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass as well...not bad looking!

S- The overall aroma profile is very mild but sweet and yeasty from what I can pick up. There is little to no hop bitterness anywhere...just a very bland smelling beer.

T- More of the same here but better than the aroma lets on. The initial flavors are malty sweetness, but has a clean finish that makes me think there's more rice than grits and/or corn used. I don't taste any bitterness on the end so I'm thinking there isn't much used....maybe some extract.

M- Fuller bodied than I would have thought....I'd put it closer to medium than thin...the carbonation is actually not too bad, allowing the liquid to glide around on the palate without scrubbing it clean. Good for an adjunct lager I have to say!

D- This is good but not perfect...I find it gets a little cloying after several tastes but it's not an offensive tasting beer....just a little too much sticky sweetness. It's a beer that doesn't stick out, but I feel that it's better than the standard lagers available. Good when really really cold!

ChrisCage, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of beersensei305
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review

A- Clear straw yellow. Very cabonated, foams up big but dissaptes fast to have no head whatsoever

S- Strong scent, sweet, malty

T- Clean taste, sweet malts, grassy, surpisingly a yeasty afternote

M- watery and very light

D- not the tastest of beers, but one that can lead to very adventrous nights

beersensei305, Jan 25, 2011
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.