Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 465 | Reviews: 205 | Display Reviews Only:
2.85/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-04-2009 02:45:55 | More by GRPunk
3.23/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
12-20-2008 20:44:26 | More by paulthebeerguru
2.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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...
12-12-2008 20:12:23 | More by colts9016
2.73/5 rDev -2.8%
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 ?).
11-28-2008 20:30:44 | More by thierrynantes
3.48/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
11-16-2008 18:31:04 | More by djeucalyptus
3.13/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
11-12-2008 16:44:24 | More by Haybeerman
3.13/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
10-17-2008 13:23:53 | More by thekevlarkid
3.38/5 rDev +20.3%
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.
10-15-2008 15:10:30 | More by CampusCrew
3.83/5 rDev +36.3%
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
10-07-2008 04:18:06 | More by drxandy
3.63/5 rDev +29.2%
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 :-)
10-04-2008 20:56:24 | More by TryThemAllOnce
2.23/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
09-12-2008 02:40:54 | More by Natural510
2.88/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
09-10-2008 22:25:39 | More by everetends
2.38/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
09-08-2008 21:29:27 | More by KeefD
2.25/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
08-23-2008 02:40:40 | More by IronDjinn
2.45/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
08-21-2008 01:47:42 | More by kbnooshay
1.8/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
07-26-2008 13:35:32 | More by avalon07
3.1/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-25-2008 02:49:55 | More by elniko
2.45/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
07-23-2008 22:56:40 | More by kemoarps
2.88/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
07-13-2008 21:29:41 | More by zeff80
British Columbia (Canada)
3.1/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-09-2008 23:35:51 | More by barleysandwich
3.35/5 rDev +19.2%
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
07-09-2008 23:32:55 | More by dirtylou
3.35/5 rDev +19.2%
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...
07-07-2008 23:41:25 | More by dsa7783
2.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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
06-30-2008 16:28:01 | More by orcasteve
2.63/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
06-20-2008 17:53:26 | More by pinotboy007
2.65/5 rDev -5.7%
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
06-16-2008 00:20:30 | More by Shadman
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.