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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

509 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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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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
Photo of Bitterbill
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack cost me $8.49, looks like the best by date is 08/11.

A hazy straw yellow colour, small head of foam but decent retention.

The smell is grainy, light on the corn, good nose of citrus lemon.

It tastes sweetish, lots of grainy notes making it kind of musky, some corn, some lemon citrus near and through the finish.

Good body for the style and the carbonation isn't overly done.

This is a pretty drinkable example of the style but so are a lot of others.

Bitterbill, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of chefelf
4.18/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure exactly how to characterize this beer. I'm surprised to find it with such low grades as I rather enjoyed it. It was different than lagers I've tried in the past. Perhaps it is a testament to my lack of knowledge on the subject and this is typical of Spanish beers.

I've had the gluten free version in the past and I found this one to be much better (not surprising).

I only bought a couple of bottles to test but I would surely buy this beer again. Right up my alley.

chefelf, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.65/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Monsteruss
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The foam was white in color, bubbly and dissapated quickly. The color was a crisp clear gold. The smell was a overall nice balance of hops and wheat with hints of lemon and malted barley. The taste was exactly the same as the aroma, a Spanish version of an American pilsner. Mouthfeel - light bodied and crisp. Drinkability - Ok. If you like the basic American pilsners and lagers you'll like this. Ok session.

Monsteruss, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very sweet lager. This is my first Estrella product, as it is generally hard to find in the US. Anyways, it pours a beautiful amber color, light carbonation, minimal hoppiness, medium head, and leaves a slight tinge on the palette after each swig. THis beer is relatively decent and it somewhat exceeded my expectations.

ronniebruner, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Straw colored with a slight haze possibly due to very small particulates. Short lived head. Grassy aroma with corn notes. Strong carbonation up front. Some of the hops show up in the beginning, but all quickly fades to nothing. Beer flavored carbonated water. Thin mouthfeel.

LittleDon, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of big bubbled head which recedes relatively quick leaving some fine lacing throughout.

S - Very mild on the nose with grassy hops, sweet corn and a touch of apple juice.

T - Again, sweet corn and grassy hops a bit of wheat and a touch of lemon. Typical Euro style lager flavours, but a tad on the sweeter side than most.

M - Nice carbonation on the body and goes down smooth, but it finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - This is an easily sessionable lager boasting the typical Euro stle flavours. It's nothing special, but it's by no means terrible. In fact, I prefer this to most other mass produced Euro imports that we get.

andrenaline, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is pale yellow, head is very foamy. Smell is very faint but picked up some sweetness.

Has a light, clean taste, picked up a hint of malt. Aftertaste is probably the most complex. It is bitter and vegetable like, picked up a taste of corn.

Overall this is an unbalanced, mediocre beer. Comes off as light but hits you with a strange aftertaste. Would only recommend if you want to try a Spanish beer.

CrazyMike, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this with dinner at a Tapas restaurant in Southampton. The end of a long day brought a tall cold clear and crisp beer that I enjoyed.

It came in a tall pint glass, chilled with not much head, didn't leave a lot of lacing along the glass.

Smell was sweet, but not overly so. Taste was minimal, but with a good mouthfeel, and complimented the black pepper steak I was eating very well.

Closer to many "American" beers that most of the things I have had in Europe, so a welcome change. Good with a meal, but I don't think it would provide much of an experience if enjoyed on its own.

SmokinSmyth, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells highly sweet, like most macro lagers. Not impressed...

Taste: Surprisingly complex for a mass-produced lager. Has a sweet maltiness backed by a good deal of toastiness. Even has a touch of hoppy bitterness to it. Nothing fantastic but still surprisingly good for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, like most lagers.

Drinkability: A surprisingly good Euro lager. While I don't think that this beer is worth the high import prices you'll pay for it, it is definitely one of the better macro lagers out there. I certainly wouldn't mind having it again.

wahhmaster, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - a very light pouring beer, first appearance is very refreshing! Solid white head that disappears pretty quick. Minimal lacing and the head turns to the island appearance! Carbonation is present, however dies down fairly quick.

Smell - light smelling beer, almost no hops present.

Taste - clean tasting beer, i would say refreshing. Slight taste of liquor at the end, but very much not present.

Mouthfeel - smooth moutfeel, not a lot of carbonation. after taste is a little more present.

Drinkability - I would not lean twds this beer again in the future, it offers a limited amount of taste. Only thing is its a light and refreshing based beer.

Swedes21, Oct 02, 2010
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.