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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

435 Ratings
THE BROS
67
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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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Haybeerman

Colorado

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
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

Damn! A Spanish beer! Out of the bottle this one was a perfectly clear, pale straw gold. The cap was white and very short lived but there was some lacing. The aromas was classic macro lager, dry grains, a yeasty twang and some lager malt. The flavors were parallel but a little better, a variation on the tradition macro stuff, it had more of a tart, crisp flavors than Budweiser Et. Al. and it was much more clean too. In this regard it was very 'bright,' summery and sessionable if you like the style. This was aided by the light carbonation and light body. However it was by no means complex and not really worth finding unless you want to try a little Latin flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 13:23:53 | More by thekevlarkid
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barecelona is not known for it's beer but I really liked this beer. It was smooth, easy to drink and had a crisp refreshing tatse with little negative aftertaste. I drank it on my honeymmon alot there and when I came back to the states it was remarkably similar to what I had. Most Euro beers taste different to me here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 15:10:30 | More by CampusCrew
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drxandy

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a golden hazy shade, off white head fades to lacing

smells of spicy hop zest, nice light malts, corn/adjuncts

taste is sweet malts, corn/vegetable, hop bitter zesty finish, good carbonation, a nice zesty lager, corn takes away from the goodness but has a great finish and more flavor than most american macros ehe

mouthfeel is of good carbonation, hop spice - not bad overall and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 04:18:06 | More by drxandy
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TryThemAllOnce

California

3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gosh, folks have been harsh on this beer, but I found it to be pretty good for its category (I prefer hoppy ales generally).

The head was nice, stayed for the duration, those that found otherwise were pouring into an unclean glass I'm sure.... mine laced all the way down nicely.

It does have a slightly thick, soapy mouthfeel as another stated here, but nothing too detrimental.

I just returned from S.A., and having tried Brahma (Brasil) and Balboa(Panama), this one had way more flavor. I was surprised that one reviewer compared Estrella to Corona....(this was way better in my view).

I won't place this in my top tier, but certainly won't turn it down if offered by anyone :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 20:56:24 | More by TryThemAllOnce
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Natural510

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle dated 07/08, not sure if that is a made date or expiration date.

Pours a pale yellow with thick head & decent retention.
Not much scent other than a bit of grain.
Initial flavor is of light malts and overall sweetness. Then a buttery note comes in and a metallic finish overpowers the palate. It tastes as if it's brewed with a heavy amount of diacetyl, which is not a good thing.
A bit creamy, but not quite the crispness I was hoping from this lager.
Very disappointing; I'm glad I only purchased one bottle because with the metallic flavor the rest would be undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 02:40:54 | More by Natural510
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everetends

Alabama

2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle given to me at the Crimson Tiger to keep me from leaving when I wanted to. Poured into a standard pint.

A: Very golden yellow, clear, and lots of active carbonation. Poured a rather large two fingers of head, but had zero retention, so no lacing of course.

S: Smell is of corn and grains, malt and a touch hops, but there is also this intrusive smell of skunkiness. Not the greatest.

T: Taste is of sweet grains and corn, malt, no notion of hops. There is an earthiness to this beer but nothing amazing. Average taste at best with a minimal skunk and an actually inviting sweetness.

M: Thin, incredibly thin. Very watery. Watery than most if possible. This has zero stickiness to it at all. Zero aftertaste. It is clean and crisp, with heavy carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Its a macro, but I fear that there are better examples of the macro style out there. I was expecting more I guess. Nothing just sat up and me go "DAMM!". Ah well. I am not saying I will never drink it again, but I am not saying it is the most worthy of beers or macros.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 22:25:39 | More by everetends
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KeefD

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an extremely pale yellow color, which could be described as urine. Crystal clear with a decent, chunky head after a very sturdy pour. A nice amount of lacing is left on the glass as it goes down, which is the only impressive thing about this brew. Aroma of skunk. It comes in a brown bottle with a best before date of 03-09 so I doubt age or green bottle issues have anything to do with this. Funky-skunk flavor dominates, vegetal, slight hop bitterness. There's some crisp malt presence, but nothing exciting in the least. Just not very good. It's Like Heineken, only worse. Flavor becomes less skunky as it warms. Crisp and dry, average carbonation. I don't think I would purchase this one again for any reason. I was only intrigued by this single bottle because I'd never had a Spanish beer before.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 21:29:27 | More by KeefD
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

Came in a 500 ml red can, abv% listed as 4.6%. Pours out a clear golden hue, tall puffy white head that retains well and settles to thick chunks. Chunky patches of lacing.

Crisp grains on the nose, with a bit of veg.

The flavour plunges into a bit of a nose dive, metallic husky grains that dissolve into a tart/bitter finish of baby greens and cooked veggies. The aftertaste becomes bitter and sour, and somewhat spiteful. Not a very pleasant lasting impression.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick, a bit soapy.

I'll pass on this stuff next time, it doesn't sit well and my mouth tastes of weeds and ashfault now.

Serving type: can

08-23-2008 02:40:40 | More by IronDjinn
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kbnooshay

New York

2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden straw color with a small amount of carbonation. The white head stuck around for less than half a minute. The aroma is lightly sweet and mostly of grain and corn.
The flavor is more of the same. Light feel with some carbonation tingling. An overall boring corn beer that wouldn't be too awful consumed at the bar via ice cold bottle and an alcohol loosened mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:47:42 | More by kbnooshay
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avalon07

South Carolina

1.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass. Very little head was produced and it quickly dissipated. Had a dull, yellowish color and a clear texture.

S: Exceptionally skunky odor, with some hints of citrus. Not particularly pleasant.

T: There were hints of lemon, malt and hops, but mainly it was a thin, watery brew. Had very little personality, but that's par for the course with the style.

M: Below average amount of carbonation and a slick finish.

D: This isn't a particularly well made beer. That being said, is there a decent version of the American macro lager out there? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 13:35:32 | More by avalon07
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elniko

Texas

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

Poured into pint glass

A: Light amber, half finger of head that dissipated. Small lacing left.

S: Very grassy notes in the nose, I enjoyed the smell of this beer.

T & M: This has surprisingly high alcohol content for a lager but it is not apparent at all. I enjoyed the taste of this brew. It is a little thin and watery but has nice crispness. Malt is definitely apparent in the taste, no bitterness apparent. Mouthfeel refreshing.

D: Drinkable, I was mildly surprised by this beer and would not be opposed to having again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 02:49:55 | More by elniko
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kemoarps

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received in a 'beers of the world' boxset (Ironically while I was in the Netherlands, so for an 'international' set, it included Budwesier, but obvi not Heineken. but anyway...).
Felt kind of like a pretty standard major lager. that slightly dry taste and lingering afterfeel in the mouth are not much to my liking. if you are a fan of the style, maybe give it a try, but otherwise not really worth the investment, may as well drink a Miller, etc.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 22:56:40 | More by kemoarps
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zeff80

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 21:29:41 | More by zeff80
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barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is a very average beer, nothing really stands out as far as taste. It has a slightly sweet flavour with a small hint of malt. Color is very light yellow. It reminds me of Labatts Blue for some reason.

I would drink this again if I were offered one, but I would not buy it again.

Perhaps if it came from a bottle rather than a can it might have been better.

Serving type: can

07-09-2008 23:35:51 | More by barleysandwich
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dirtylou

Washington

3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

super common lager in barcelona...consumed a 32oz draft somewhere along las ramblas in barcelona on a steamy afternoon

appearance: big pale golden body, moderate beige cap and marginal retention

smell: corn, grain, and pale lager malts

taste: good enough to easily drink 32oz in a sitting and not regret the decision...nothing offensive, just a pale malt body through and through

mouthfeel: light, crisp, light vegetal sweetness

drinkability: oh, just fine

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 23:32:55 | More by dirtylou
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle purchased from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
Pours a medium-golden hue with no head-at-all and hardly any lacing...
Rich, corn and grain aroma replete with hints of citrus and lime...
Lemond and grains on the tongue, typical macro flavor but a bit more fuller than the average sample...
Good mouthfeel coupled with an easy level of drinkability...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 23:41:25 | More by dsa7783
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orcasteve

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a golden yellow, has a good white head, but not as much carobnation than i expect in a lager. the flavor is week, and lacking. a little hint of hops at the end was the only enjoyable thing about this beer, it was a little sour for my taste, my mom liked it though, altho she likes coors light the best so that should give you some idea

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 16:28:01 | More by orcasteve
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pinotboy007

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered in Las Tasca Spanish restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. Used to drink this on tap when stationed in Spain many years ago; it was enjoyable back then.

A - Ice cold into small, chilled pilsner glass. Looks sort of like Michelob; straight light burnt gold color. Tiny, soapy head; no lacing.

S - Some light malt and lightly burned toast.

T - Light, simple. No real spice (like I remember it was back in Zaragoza). OK for after cutting grass on a hot day.

M - Refreshing, clean, light.

D - I had one and that's all I needed. It's drinkable but nothing worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 17:53:26 | More by pinotboy007
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New offering @ Track side/8th Street here in Medicine Hat. Bright Red 500ml can.

A richer hue of Macro amber with a foamy head that shown good retention and decent lacing. Lot's of big carbonation bubble.

Aroma is a let down. Husky grain and a lot of veggies.

Quite metallic in taste with a sharp, almost astringent hop bite that lingers. Not as watery as I expected, but certainly not great either.

light to med in body which I expected being from a warm weather country. Fairly smooth, dare I say, creamy in mouthfeel.

@ $2.50 a can might be ok as a novelty in the summer BBQ cooler, nothing great though

Serving type: can

06-16-2008 00:20:30 | More by Shadman
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bark

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is straw yellow; the finger thick head is compact and white. Lots of fine lacing.

The smell is malty with notes of white bread. With hints of mild bitterness. Clean and uncomplicated.

The taste is stronger than expected: Clean notes of malt with flavours of white bread and a fresh mild bitterness. The aftertaste got some sour notes of lime and some sweet hints. Some wheatmeal in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, yet very fresh. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Clean, fresh, uncomplicated with some dry notes. Just what I want from a macrobrewed lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 18:26:00 | More by bark
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these on draft in Barcelona while on my latest euro vacation...

Standard lot of euro macro lagers, pale effervescent yellow with slight head that lingers. After reading a few reviews, this does not have the same impression now.

Smell is slight hops, but mainly grainy sweet malts.

Taste was of light grains and a slight malt and bitter light hops, semi refreshing after walking around the streets all day, but not what i consider an exceptionally tasty beer.

Mouthfeel was heavily carbonated keeping the bitter notes present, but again nothing to impressive. A little too much carbonation for me.

I'll give it a slight bump for drinkablity if only for it costing the same as a Coke in europe.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 01:43:22 | More by mvanaskie13
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Zorro

California

2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 02:02:55 | More by Zorro
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hustlesworth

Ohio

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

A- everything about this beer is pretty standard for pale euro lagers. in a coke & pepsi style taste test i might not be able to distinguish it from others like carlsberg, grolsch, heineken, etc. my distributor talked me into trying it at a beer & wine show yesterday simply because he knew i wouldn't like it. jerk (haha just kidding joe). clear golden in color with artificial head retention and some rising bubbles.

S- adjuncts used are pretty evident (corn & rice) at the show i learned a little too much about extra things they put in this beer that were verified when i read one of the bro's review. one of the guys working the show referred to it as cat piss, but i wouldn't go that far. slight noble hop grassiness over the pale malt and corn.

T- tastes just as it smells, bland and uninteresting. a little hop bite right in the middle, but mostly just normal plain lager taste.

MF & D- thin and medium carbonation, don't you dare let this one get warm.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:45:50 | More by hustlesworth
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janubio

Spain

2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml decorated plastic bottle, it pours an enormous head that leaves a good lace. Deep golden colour, it's always bubbling. Smells of hops, some grain and fruit, citrus. Standard taste of nothing, just a bit citrus and grain, maybe some sweetness but with a bitter finish. Refreshing? Yes. But nothing more to say in its favour.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 15:11:51 | More by janubio
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.