Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003)
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Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of pootz
2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of appenzeller
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of bob3701
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Photo of NODAK
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of phillipzayas
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of TAMU99
2/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of sedapuda
2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this in Barcelona. Afterall, it is the ONLY BEER AVAILABLE. Anywhere in the whole city. I was pretty disappointed to start noticing it in liquor stores here in New England.

Awful awful awful. Yellow in color, terrible smell, thin. Over-carbonated piss.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – very light yellow with nice lacing.

S – slightly bitter hop and general clean pale malt.

T – Tastes pretty d-, errr… it tastes pretty good. I clearly couldn't entirely resist the obvious. Somewhat non-descript pale lager, but in this case it comes across as a good thing.

M – Pale lager. Clean and refreshing.

D – I would definitely order this in a restaurant, but I wouldn't buy it at the store given a reasonable selection.

Photo of bensamra
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The very drinkable Pilsner Lager from Spain is by far easily one of the smoothest beers in the world, it's humble in appearance and smell, but it has a quite common ground taste which goes hand in hand with its smoothness. Definitely a bar's high end beer with happy hour price tag.

Photo of kikobcn
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is best sold beer in Barcelona. Very cheap (more than water trust me!).

Serving type: Glass Bottle

Appearance: quite good tipical straw color with little head

Smell: Really not a lot. like a normal "supermarket" beer

Taste: Tastes like some watered with a bitter aftertaste. quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad. light expecially when you drink in a freezed glass (as they use to serve here in spain in almast all "tapas" bars and some restaurants)

Drinkability: drinkable because light, expecially in hot summer

Overall, this is a pretty good but it's nothing really special . An alternative to other famous beers tipical from Barcelona,

Reviewed on: 07-12-2009 19:00

Photo of zoso493
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is THE beer to drink in Barcelona (unfortunately) and I'm pretty sure this gets consumed more than water in Catalunya. I had this a few times in Barcelona because a lot of restaurants only serve Estrella Damm and more often than not, it's cheaper than water.

Appearance: On tap, it pours a not-too-bad-looking pale straw color with a foamy one and a half finger head. Honestly, it's not too bad looking, and the head doesn't look so bad. But don't be fooled, it doesn't taste as good as it looks.

Smell: Really not a lot in the way of smell, just some faint grassy hops and some some sweet malts that seem almost artificial.

Taste: Tastes like some watered down grassy hops up front and finishes with an odd sweetness. In a can, the sweetness was a lot more pronounced, I thought, but on top its just a lightly hopped lager.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad. It's an adjunct lager, so what can you expect? Pretty light and carbonated, though I thought it could have been more so.

Drinkability: This beer I'm sure was designed with poundabillity in mind, but the sweetness at the end of it is kind of a turn off to the drinkability. Regardless, I got one of these in a 1 liter serving and it went down pretty smooth.

Overall, this is a pretty standard adjunct lager. It's nothing really special and I probably will never have it again, especially considering how expensive it is in the US (like $9 a sixer in NC). Decent alternative to other adjunct lagers, though.

Photo of Offa
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok lager, but not very good. It's a bit bland and with a notably, though not quite unpleasantely, fusel alcohol character. This, at least, makes it stand out a bit from others.

Bright gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and wisps, but no real lace.

Aroma is basic but firm grain, apple, light grassiness, like a fairly good basic US macro lager, not like a real Euro macro lager.

Taste is rather similar, light but somewhat firm, basic grain, hint of veg, light wisp of sharp, grassy bitterness at finish and lingering with warm fusel alcohol - my wife popinted out that it tastes like kerosene. In the end, it is rather like a weak, basic malt liquor.

Photo of onmyslide
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine got this as his first 6 pack for his 21st since he was going to Spain. Overall, alright beer but we figured not worth the 8 bucks he paid for it.

A: Very light. More like an American domestic light than anything. Just a little bit of head.

S: Again, very light. A bit too light for me.

T: OK taste. Quick little bite, but that's it.

M: Solid mouthfeel. Good balance of carbonation.

D: If anything, this beer is definitely drinkable, but only probably because it's so light.

Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.