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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003

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Photo of thekanna
3.34/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +45%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.8/5  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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.79/5  rDev +36.3%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of beersensei305
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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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

Photo of Bitterbill
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of chefelf
4.15/5  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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.67/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
2.14/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
2.83/5  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.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.99/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Swedes21
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of kwjd
1.87/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.53/5  rDev -9%
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.


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.

Photo of philphilphil
2.49/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Syko
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of DrJay
2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.