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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Damm S. A. visit their website

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 generallee

New York

3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a bright golden yellow body with very good clarity and visible carbonation. The head is light and bubblely, bright white in color and fades quickly making only some spotty slick lace.

Smell: The aroma is very light with just a hint of light grassy/floral hops and grain.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The favor has a light grainy malt with mild but balanced grassy/floral hops and a slight citrus like acidity. It finishes cleanly and fairly dry. It has a light body with a light easy drinking texture and a somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is my first beer from Spain and it is on par with any American Light Lager Style beer that I have had. This is nice but I look forward to trying more complex for Spain.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 15:44:33 | More by generallee
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:29:12 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw with a slightly brittle foam head.

S - Nose is soft herbal lageryness with hints of lemon.

T - Flavour is quite dry, with coarse lemony hops. There's a touch of husky grain as well.

M - Light and fizzy but avoids wateriness.

D - Definitely a warm-weather summery brew. Flavours are boring but inoffensive and accomplishes the task of refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 18:49:03 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of drunkboxer1


2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow pour with a soapy head. Smelled of grain husks and some corn. Not horrible. Thin mouthfeel and a very dry finish. Pale malt dominates and theres is little to no bitterness. A decent , clean tasting lager but not one to pay for at import prices.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 20:51:07 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:21:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of LoungieMu


2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from cold bottle.

Head was a hefty two fingers thick but quickly dissipated, with big soapy bubbles. Color was clear, bright gold in color. Some lacing is present, but isn't persistent.

There's no distinctive aroma present to distinguish it over a generic macrobrewery lager. Thoroughly bland.

Taste was slightly deeper than expected, with a slight caramel inflection. Very malty, with almost no hops to counterbalance. There was a slight tang as well, vaguely metallic.

Mouthfeel is a little oily and it coats the tongue like a beer with more heft.

I wouldn't seek this beer out, but it's inoffensive enough to drink casually.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:49:58 | More by LoungieMu
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I think this is about as close as you can get to water and still call something beer. Utterly undistinguished in any way shape or form, but also completely inoffensive.

Probably perfect if your mission is to put away about a dozen of something while broiling your brains out on the beach. Would also be suitable for washing down a meal where you didn't want to interfere the flavours of the food.

Pale straw yellow. Just a thin film for a head, some spotty lace. Noseless, tasteless except for the merest hint of grain.

Saved only by its utter inoffensiveness. How's that for being damned with faint praise? Worth drinking in the above contexts only.

Serving type: can

06-04-2009 23:52:24 | More by TerryW
Photo of TubaManJack


3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ice cold 12oz bottle into my mug. Sometimes homemade Thai requires some quenching. 5 months away from Best By Date.

Appearance: An average head atop a golden body with fervent carbonation. Lacing and head retention can be found. I don't care if they "cheated" because that is the norm of the macro style.
Smell: A vegetable mash smell with corn and weak malt.
Taste: A mix of malt and corn stretching the taste across my mouth like stretch wrap. There is some substancial bitterness/sourness on the tail end. Its familiar and not as assaulting as with some of the others.
Mouthfeel: Slick and quenching with a solid style correct finish.
Drinkability: It worked as was one of the beer Adjunct Lagers I have had in a while. It quenched the Thai, mission accomplished.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 00:36:31 | More by TubaManJack
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Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Only recently have I seen this available in these parts, in a red can. Yellow liquid, I'd like to say yellow gold but that's a bit of a stretch. Clear and transparent, my rather hurried pour produced a tall foam-white head with soap suds lace that slid down the glass without much sticking. Light-bodied in the mouth, thin and lacking in taste, this mass produced lager had almost no smell, perhaps a corn syrup presence that was totally uninspiring. Taste was also rather flat, lemony, hint of bitter ... or did I imagine that? Aftertaste a touch sour. It was difficult to find much to say about this beer, nothing about it stood out except a rather tasteless earthiness that was annoying. If ever in Spain, I'll look for this on tap, surely it must be better than this.

Serving type: can

05-20-2009 01:48:36 | More by ThatWineGuy
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2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very yellow.... Straw like, less than a finger of head with little to no lacing.

S: I'm getting a tiny bit of grassy hops and a sour apple like aroma... not great....

T: Very Euro Lager... pretty bland with a hint of hop at the finish... Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, maybe a little watery. Nice carbonation. It has a little bit of a metallic feel.

D: Once I got pass the smell it was thirst quenching.... and went pretty well with my pizza... I would not drink of bunch of these but if offered I would not turn in down... Pretty average overall.

My first Spain beer... I wonder what else they have to offer ?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:54:09 | More by mralphabet
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-11-2009 21:42:30 | More by biegaman
Photo of Pegasus


3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium gold in color, with a moderate snow-white head, which retains well, the lacing coats the glass walls rather well, a modest amount of carbonation is present.

Aroma: Despite a brown glass bottle, the aroma is quite skunky, rather like Heineken, beneath that, there is a mild light caramel note, and moderate grassy hops.

Taste: Abundant pale malts and restrained herbal hops define the opening. As the taste progresses, the hop notes ascend, although they never overwhelm. The pale malt remains in the background, offering a solid, although restrained presence. The finish is dominated by a slight burst of herbal hops, which linger mildly, well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and rather soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of an unremarkable style. Doubtless it would be rather welcome on a searingly hot Texas summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:44:35 | More by Pegasus
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3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 27/4/9 under Artificial low light. Best before date 07/09. taken from notes. Poured into a damm tulip glass.

Appearance: Forms a one thinger white fizzy head that fades into patchy cap. Golden orangy in color. clear.

Aroma: First impression is malty with very light caramel notes and slight adjunct smell. The nose is of medium intensity. As its warms up, it gets a light floral hop perfume.

Taste: Malty, slight adjuncty. light caramel sweetness. slightly earthy hop-like character.

Palate: Medium high carbonation. Medium low to low bitterness. medium to medium low body. lingering sweetness from the malt.

Drinkability: While within a style that doesn't lend itself to grand complexity its still relatively rich compared to most other beers of this style. For that alone i think it deserves a decent score. It is also very cheap.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 18:43:13 | More by endovelico
Photo of yemenmocha


3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

POurs slightly hazy golden color with generous white head. Nose is disappointingly a little vegetal, with a suggestion of pears and an herbal quality. palate is somewhat creamy, crisp, and a pleasantly mild malt focus. Light overall, but that vegetal component comes through and is somewhat putrid.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 03:00:51 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The can I got must be the old school, traditional design. Nothing like the picture on BA.

It pours pale yellow, with a tiny flash in the pan head that managed to leave a few streaks of lace behind on the glass. Corn and vapid sweet malt mix with a bit of hop earthiness in the aroma. The taste is watery and uneventful. Some malt and crackers mix with a subdued bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. The finish is simple and on the sweet side.

Serving type: can

04-22-2009 03:08:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Wheelinb


2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a nice, deep color. Based on that I thought it was going to be heavy. It is surprisingly light with a very sweet taste to it. It almost tastes like something you might marinate a steak in. I bet it would be good for that but as a beer I would have to say it did not do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 14:11:33 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of Brad007


1.58/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt with a touch of bitterness in the nose.

Taste is very light and bitter upfront with the taste of corn and sweet malt. Harsh in the middle. Reminds me of Budweiser a bit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering corn, malt and bitterness. Again, quite harsh.

Average or even less than so. Probably not a bad thing on a hot afternoon but I'd never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 13:52:20 | More by Brad007
Photo of HardTarget


2.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A) Bright straw yellow glass with pure clarity. Holds a white head for a few moments then drops to a thin collar that laces the glass.

S) Buttered corn. I think that's dimethyl sulfate and diacetyl.

T) Pale grain water. Some mild sweetness and mild earthy, maybe noble hop that leaves it pretty balanced, but not a lot of flavor going on. Mild mineral finish.

M) Fizzy yellow water.

D) Meh, given a hot day and not a lot of choice, I'd be happy to see this in my hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 06:41:22 | More by HardTarget
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United Kingdom (England)

2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 19:38:30 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of GRPunk


2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- Very pale yellow body with extremely strong carbonation. It also had a 1 finger white head that retained itself quite well throughout the entire glass, and left some really nice, sticky rings.

S- Initially, I picked up a good, grainy/bready aroma. Further whiffs suggested some light, floral hopping.

T- There was definitely some nice grainy/bready flavor as suggested by the smell and some pleasant, light, fruity esters. However, it was also met with some of the vegetal flavors associated with adjunct brewing and a touch of alcohol bite.

M- It was quite over carbonated. Not a gusher, but when trying to get the flavor to spread about my mouth, it felt like the bubbles wanted to invade my sinus cavity. Outside of the carbonation problems, it was pretty clean with a dry finish.

D- It wasn't bad. I could see pairing this up with some tapas when you might want to drink more than 1 or 2. It just doesn't do anything to set itself apart from many of the other import lagers on the market. For the price, there are a good many German or Czech beers that I'd pick up before going back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 02:45:55 | More by GRPunk
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3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Estrella Damm (bottle)
A: crystal clear straw yellow color, with a pure white head on top. Moderate retention level with a good amount of splotchy lacing.

S: some hops in the nose, but it has that typical European lager aroma, which I find unappealing. Corn malts....not quite the nose I really wanted.

T: slightly sweet corn malt flavor, light hops, a hint of citrus but barely. It does taste better than the aroma.

M: a little dry, yet very clean and crisp. light bodied.

D: its drinkable, probably over a six pack for me. Very clean and crisp, but the body is too light for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 20:44:26 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of colts9016


2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light yellow carbonation, thin and a dense white head. No lacing
Nose: strong malted nose earthy yeasty corn.
Taste Slightly sweet malt hint of earth yeast and corn.
Finish: Almost Nill
Overall an Okay lager nothing special drinking simple...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 20:12:23 | More by colts9016
Photo of thierrynantes


2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (25cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : yellow gold color, with white foamy head.
Smell : grain aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : good bitterness, leaving strong flavors hopped.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style flippant lager (American adjunct lager ?).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 20:30:44 | More by thierrynantes
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3.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, unsure what to expect.... poured a crystal rich golden straw color with more amber than an average macro. A fairly fluffy head of eggshell color grew quickly and then fell fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing behind.

smelled like a clean macro lager, without too much of the funky corny and skunky notes. Crisp grains, a hint of green grass and a touch of herbal hops filled the aroma nicely. Clean euro lager aroma.

Taste of clean subtle malt and grain akin to unsalted crackers and puffed corn cakes. Some green hop zest definitely kicks in to open it up, and some grassy notes peek through as well. Nothing mind blowing, but it's fairly tasty.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with ample carbonation to keep everything moving smoothly. The hop zest gives an otherwise standard mouthfeel a smidgen of character.

Not bad at all. Clean and crisp, with some fair flavors for a macro lager. The freshness and green qualities that the hops and even malt bill provide makes it a pleasurable drink. Not necessarily one I would seek out, but definitely worth a shot, especially if exploring import lagers. This is definitely one to consider.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 18:31:04 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of Haybeerman


3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear golden yellow color. Poured a vigorous 2 finger fizzy head that dissipated immediately. Very thin and inconsistent lacing; none at all near the end. Decanted continuously.

S: Slightly sweet grains and corn). Cut grass and some light bitter.

T: Consistent with smell; sweet grains and corn, malt. Lightly bittering finish. Nothing offensive in this beer - in fairness, that's challenging for some.

M: Light body; actually quite thin. Heavy carbonation makes it clean, crisp and refreshing.

D: Easy to drink; easier without so much carbonation though. Again, nothing offensive...which can be tough.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 16:44:24 | More by Haybeerman
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.