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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: 21.43%
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 kwjd
1.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear yellow with surprisingly nice white head. Smells metallic and like some grain, but very faint overall. Flavour is about as close to nothing as beer could be, but a little off tinge to it. Ok carbonation. Drinkability is not good as I do not want another one. Oh well, at least I tried a beer from Spain.

kwjd, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Estrella Damm....in a bottle....at Aldea in NYC.

Apperance-pale gold to light orange, medium sized head that sticks around. Loads of bubbles.

Smell-light hop aroma, mix of grass, lemon, residual adjunct grain. Alcohol mixed in.

Taste/Mouthfeel-initial sweetness mixed with grain, touch of alcohol, honey, rice, grass, finishes clean.

Drinkability-clean

Overall-not memorable, nothing wrong but not much there, that said it went ok on a hot day. Still, not much here to recommend it over anything else.

TheDeuce, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of philphilphil
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearence was amber with no head lasting more than a second.
Smell was the worst part, just weird like strange
Flavour is adjunct plus smell.
Mouthfeel is a little thin.
Drinkability is low, import price but an adjunct, only euro adjunct i know of, why can't they do a pale lager like most euros do.

philphilphil, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold color with a smaller than average foamy, bubbly head. Below average retention with just a faint ring of lace left.

S - A lot of grainy and cooked vegetable aroma. Pretty sweet malty aroma as well. Just a hint of grassy hops.

T - Similar to the nose with a lot of sweet grainy flavors, a touch of bready malt. A lot of cooked vegetable flavors. Just a touch of grassy hops and a bit of a bitter taste toward the finish.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp feel with a bit of a drying finish. Typical for the style.

D - Inoffensive and easy to drink beer that is refreshing on a hot day. Doesn't really inspire me to get another though.

Notes: Pretty much what I was expecting with a typical mass produced lager. Has a lot of the Euro Pale Lager cooked vegetable flavors. Something cold to drink on a hot day (maybe in Barcelona) but other than that, not really worth getting.

FreshHawk, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Syko
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Marfil's bar in Cala Bona, Mallorca. Served into a Estrella pint glass

A - Very nice clear straw colour with a nice bright white head. Decent head retention leads to patched lacing midway through the drink.

S - Not really a lot to report. Slight corn mixed with malts makes up the aroma.

T - Malts at the front, and then the hops kick in and run to the finish. Leaves a slight dry but crisp taste at the end. Slight bitter aftertaste, but it is tolerable.

M - Watery, but I didn't mind this considering it was a good 35 degrees outside.

D - It was my beer of choice for the two weeks I was out there. Could easily have 3-4 pints of this in one sitting

Overall, I think this is a very decent beer for a warm climate, and a class above other major Spanish beers available in Mallorca. However, I have the feeling if I was drinking this in the cold and dampness of England, I wouldn't particularly enjoy it.

Syko, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of DrJay
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold and crystal clear with a lot of fizzy carbonation. An inch and a half of white foam covered the beer, fine in texture at first but more rocky as the high carbonation supported the cap. Decent head retention, a bit of clumpy lacing. The foam started looking a bit strange after a while, looking really creamy on top and rocky underneath, which could be due to the stabilizer listed in the ingredients - it just didn't look right. Sweet grain and corn aroma, a bit fruity, mild grassy hops. The flavour was pretty basic, some sugary sweetness, cereal grains, with some cooked veggies and fruity hops in the background. Slightly mineral in the finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation, quite dry. Fairly mediocre and not something I'll go back to.

DrJay, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Level flavors, either in the nose or mouth, there are few flavors really appreciable. The body is too unpleasant, and finish a little dry and bitter, has a strange and bitter little interesting for the fans, certainly due to the label "glutenless" gives him a taste forgettable.

ThaCreep, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a random bar in Figueres.

Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger bright white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with solid amounts of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by earthy and somewhat grassy hops. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass although I'm not sure about another.

Overall I had this multiple times while in Barcelona but the tap version at this particular place was head and shoulders above the rest. Maybe it was the tap lines but it's certainly a different beast fresh. Worth a shot if you're near the source.

glid02, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

tempest, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle with what appears to be a best by stamp of 09/10. Pours a very clear, light gold color with a rapidly diminishing white foam. Neither retention nor lacing is in evidence.

Light grainy malts and corny adjuncts greet the nose with a light hint of floral hoppiness. Fresh, light and delicate lager nose. Not too much wrong with this one. Falls somewhere in between an adjunct lager and a decent pilsener.

Taste is very sweet and very carbonated. Did not see that one coming, very nearly like sugar-water. Cloying almost, which is strange for such a light bodied beer. I want something more crisp for a hot day, which I am sure Barcelona sees plenty of. Where is the bitterness on the finish? What minute amount does make it there is far too little and too late. I can dig on some AALs, but this is one of the worst ones I have had in a looong time. And at import prices...f*** that, gimmie a PBR over this anyday! Glad I only bought a single.

twiggamortis420, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of pootz
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Pours pale gold, filtered, pasteurized euro lager.

Weak nose, some grainyness wet paper tones

Decent hop bite in flavor but thin body and too fizzy.

Totally forgettable. I have to wonder why the government beer monopoly wastes precious limited cooler space on mundane foreign imports like this when it's hard to get the decent Micro beers from other Provinces imported.

pootz, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light gold, clear lager with a nice thin but tall head that dissipates quickly. Taste is light, crisp, minimal malts and hops but nicely balanced and finishes slightly bitter.

There's nothing special about this beer, but sometimes context matters. I can remember quaffing one or two of these in the Plaza at Granada or Toledo at midnight in the hot Spanish summer. Refreshing. Doesn't get much better than that.

appenzeller, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of seanyfo
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a street cafe on Rambla de Catalunya in Barcelona. 33cl offering into a tulip style glass.

A- Gold body with a rocky 2 finger head reducing quickly with minimal lacing. Excellent clarity

S- Faint hop bitterness, with a hint of grainy malt

T- Malt up front is dominant with a crisp hop bitterness coming through although this is short lived, coming to a thin finish. Malt is the more dominant flavour albeit only slightly

M- Moderate carbonation and medium body

D- Easily drinkable but hop crispness is not strong enough and just dies a bit in the finish. Fine for a hot climate but id prefer it to lean more to the hop crispness than the malt.

seanyfo, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this beer as a sampler and it was a pretty decent example of a european lager. Could see this being a nice enjoyable summer time brew, good amount of sweetness yet nicely check with a little bit hop bitterness. Like most euro lagers highly drinkable and not extremely complex. Non the less alot better beer then many of the other example out there on the market today of lagers. Worth a try its good not life changing but a respectable lager.

Stunner97, May 31, 2010
Photo of EPICAC
3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer with dinner at La Gloria De Montera in Madrid on our first night i Spain,

Estrella Damm pours a straw golden color, and is topped by a decent, fluffy, bright white head that fades slowly. The aroma is clean and mild though there are notes of adjunct "maltiness", and faint, grassy hop notes.

There's a clean, neutral maltiness upfront that moves into a slight sweetness in the center. Thankfully there's a bit of hop presence in the finish which really do wonders to make this palatable. The hops are slightly spicy with mild bitterness. This beer is light-bodied, with prickly carbonation, and a crispness that keep it from being watery.

This beer was crisp and had some hop presence, and it was probably the best Spanish beer that we had on the trip.

EPICAC, May 17, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second beer of the night at Toro, in the South End. Poured into a tall drink glass. Slightly orange tinted colored body. Smell reminded me of most Euro lagers with hints of corn. Flavor was decent. There was a bit more malt in this beer, which added to its flavor and mouthfeel. Again, it's not a great beer, but it pairs well with tapas and it's always more fun to match Spanish beer with Spanish food.

morebeergood, May 12, 2010
Photo of bob3701
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear pale straw color with not much of a white head with almost no lacing. Very grainy aroma with a slight hint of hops. A slightly crisp beer with a clean taste and very slight bitter finish. A good beer to suck down on a hot day but not much memorable about it.

bob3701, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"enjoyed" at several places throughout Barcelona.

Pours into a pint glass a pure yellow with a white head that settles quickly. The beer doesn't look bad, but the color is a little unnatural.

The nose is corny with a boozy sweet alcoholic whiff. A little bit of a spicy hop note in there as well.

The taste is not terribly appealing. Cooked corn and vegetables, alcohol, and carbonation. Slight bitterness. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Drinkability degrades significantly as the temperature of the beer rises.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Sammy
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Sammy, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant pale straw with a thin head. Fairly grainy aroma, maybe a bit of corn. Light bodied with some malt sweetness. Bit of a noble hop bite. Clean flavor profile. Would be very drinkable in the summer time. Above average light lager.

homebrewhawk, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first beer since I had a wisdom tooth pulled four days ago, my first beer in five days, and it's a wonderful spring day outside in Springfield,MO. Ah, it's good to be back in the game.

Estrella pours a yellow brick road goldenish color with a white head that falls quickly and leaves some lacing.

The aroma has a faint, slightly skunky hoppiness blended with corn. Pretty standard.

The taste is pretty typical "beer" flavors. Though it does start to taste a bit like apple juice it is better than others I won't mention, you know who they are. Not worth the price at all for a craft drinker. The taste is almost more powerful than it needs to be, which cuts down on the refreshment. Won't buy it again, not really glad I tried it. Oh, well.

brownbeer, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale golden yellow with quick fizzy white foam that vanishes quickly.

Smells like grains, light corn. Light clean taste with some body. Clean finish with a torch of hop sprinkled in. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Good drinkabilit, unspectacular but good. Tasty lager.

KTCamm, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of NODAK
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is of some corn and grains...somewhat sweet malts...pretty clean. Very light-colored beer.

Taste is more flavorful than I expected. A mild malt adjunct sweetness is present, as is some graininess (though pretty weak), but the bitterness is more pronounced than I thought it would be. The metallic hop backbone has a fair amount of staying power and sticks around for a little while after the swallow. There's also a bit of offputting odd tasting grain in the aftertaste. That's a turn off.

Pretty average stuff. More bold than most larges of this style but that isn't necessarily better.

NODAK, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of phillipzayas
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Very very light pale beer. Even adjunct beers should have a more intense color than this beer. it seems almost too pale. It was about as light as a Natural Light.

S - I actually was shocked by the smell. I had an aroma that seemed remarkably similar to a Stella Artois. Quite sweet. Much better than 90% of adjunct beers I have had.

T - The taste wasnt bad, but it wasnt good. It was just average. So so. Nothing really popped out about this beer. It was quite watery and just boring really. For this category of beer it is better than what you could typically expect.

M - oooh. fail on this one. The carbonation was more soda pop like then beer like. There was very little body on this beer and slid down the throat more like water than beer. The flavor was weakened at the end because of the low body. I know this is typical for adjuncts but it was still on the far low end of what is acceptable.

This is a beer for the masses. If you are having a party and want to make the impression that you are getting awesome imported beer for people then go with this one. But basically it is a cheap domestic in a fancy bottle.

I expected more from The Kingdom of Spain. I love Spanish food and wine. But this beer was a bit of a fail.

phillipzayas, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of TAMU99
2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well...not such a great beer. Pale, almost greenish color with a thin head and little to no lace. Smell is of alcohol and bacteria (maybe I got a bad batch). Taste is almost a sweet, barley-wine type taste with notes of alcohol. Not very drinkable. I may try this one again some other time. I'm not terribly excited to finish the 6-pack - it's kinda skunky.

TAMU99, Feb 08, 2010
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.