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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

491 Ratings
THE BROS
67
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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 dbalsock
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Big rocky white head with a clear and golden body. Not a surprise really, but the head is pretty impressive and stays awhile.

Smell: The first hint of smell is of putrid garbage... but then the beer gives of a light malt aroma.

Taste: Like the first smell, the first taste is just garbage with tons of off flavors, but adjust to provide a thin, crisp, honeyish light malt taste which is somewhat pleasant.

Mouthfeel: bitter, but not necessary hop bitterness... maybe stray protein bitterness (is that possible?). It's still refreshing and crisp, but does not go down all that smoothly.

DA: A step up from mahou, but not more than that. I'm still on the lookout for a good adjunct lager.

dbalsock, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a clear, light yellow-gold. A compact one-finger head sticks around and leaves a couple light rings of thin lacing.
The aroma's a little sweeter than I'd expect. Otherwise a light aroma of malt and hops.
The taste is the typical rice and corn of the American Adjunct, but there's actually a decent malt backing and hops bitterness for a bit of an even balance. The bitterness lingers, adding a leafy tang.
The body is light with moderate carbonation and some smoothness in the mouthfeel.
This is obviously nothing special, but I would put this just slightly above the typical adjunct because it seems that at least someone understands the concept of beer being made with hops.

Brenden, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of KenOnBass
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Not much of a head and almost transparently gold. Lacing does stick to the side of the glass. The bottle looks kind of cool, so good packaging but that's the only positive of the appearance.

S: Full and a little sweet. Average lager smell.

T: Bitter taste but a full beer. This light looking Spanish beer actually has some cajones. The problem is the dry, bitter and terrible aftertaste really hurts the beer.

M: Full and balanced.

D: Not a bad beer, would have again. Better and heavier than other light Spanish beers I've tried.

KenOnBass, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
1.53/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can from the LCBO- Pours sparkling gold, a frothy white cap. Nose is quite grainy, of vegetables, mostly asparagus. Wet paper. This is fucking rank. Tastes not as bad as the nose, but still pretty stale. Creamed corn, a full platter of wet paper. This tastes quite stale. The finish is quick, with a touch of grassy hops, but this is really not at all good.

mrmanning, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of burnstar
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a smallish head but some nice lacing. Aroma is pretty typical- very faint light malt and some grassy herbal hops. Taste is malty with some toastiness. Herbal hops and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Actually pretty balanced and good. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Easily drinkable. Pretty good for the style.

burnstar, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Soozy
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is the Budweiser of Barcelona.

Exactly what you'd expect of an American lager, crisp, some malt, adjunct flavors present, low bitterness, perfect for kicking back about a dozen. The only thing that surprised me about this beer is that it had a greater floral hop presence than most American lagers. I picked some up in the smell and a bit in the taste as well. I wouldn't try seeking this one out, but if you come across it, or happen to be in Barcelona, why not?

Soozy, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Adjunct lager corn and vegetables. But also a floral hop aroma I wasn't expecting.

Appearance - Clear yellow with a decent sized white head and an OK amount of carbonation.

Taste - Interesting not as straight forward as I expected. A definite grainy flavor a lot of pilsner quality. Not too bad really.

Notes - Very drinkable and seemed to be a step up from the usual lager.

jwhawkins81, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a bright golden yellow body with very good clarity and visible carbonation. The head is light and bubblely, bright white in color and fades quickly making only some spotty slick lace.

Smell: The aroma is very light with just a hint of light grassy/floral hops and grain.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The favor has a light grainy malt with mild but balanced grassy/floral hops and a slight citrus like acidity. It finishes cleanly and fairly dry. It has a light body with a light easy drinking texture and a somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is my first beer from Spain and it is on par with any American Light Lager Style beer that I have had. This is nice but I look forward to trying more complex for Spain.

generallee, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow lager with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt withs some notes of crisp hops. Taste is somewhat light with light malt with no distinctive notes of adjunct and some light dry hops presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if I was more thirsty then usual but this did tasted not too bad.

Phyl21ca, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw with a slightly brittle foam head.

S - Nose is soft herbal lageryness with hints of lemon.

T - Flavour is quite dry, with coarse lemony hops. There's a touch of husky grain as well.

M - Light and fizzy but avoids wateriness.

D - Definitely a warm-weather summery brew. Flavours are boring but inoffensive and accomplishes the task of refreshing.

allergictomacros, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow pour with a soapy head. Smelled of grain husks and some corn. Not horrible. Thin mouthfeel and a very dry finish. Pale malt dominates and theres is little to no bitterness. A decent , clean tasting lager but not one to pay for at import prices.

drunkboxer1, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly bubbly, golden body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of cereal grains glazed with light corn syrup. Distant hint of grassy, spicy hops.

Taste: Sweet, light pale malts with, perhaps, a touch of grainy pils malt. Small child-sized handful of corn kernels. Touch of lemon. Spicy, grassy hops with an adequate amount of sharp, balancing bitterness. Faint hint of sulfur before the end. Finishes dry with a lingering grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.

Drinkability: Another basic, straight-up average lager, but from Barcelona, Spain and 0.8 less ounces, natch.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of LoungieMu
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from cold bottle.

Head was a hefty two fingers thick but quickly dissipated, with big soapy bubbles. Color was clear, bright gold in color. Some lacing is present, but isn't persistent.

There's no distinctive aroma present to distinguish it over a generic macrobrewery lager. Thoroughly bland.

Taste was slightly deeper than expected, with a slight caramel inflection. Very malty, with almost no hops to counterbalance. There was a slight tang as well, vaguely metallic.

Mouthfeel is a little oily and it coats the tongue like a beer with more heft.

I wouldn't seek this beer out, but it's inoffensive enough to drink casually.

LoungieMu, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of TerryW
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I think this is about as close as you can get to water and still call something beer. Utterly undistinguished in any way shape or form, but also completely inoffensive.

Probably perfect if your mission is to put away about a dozen of something while broiling your brains out on the beach. Would also be suitable for washing down a meal where you didn't want to interfere the flavours of the food.

Pale straw yellow. Just a thin film for a head, some spotty lace. Noseless, tasteless except for the merest hint of grain.

Saved only by its utter inoffensiveness. How's that for being damned with faint praise? Worth drinking in the above contexts only.

TerryW, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ice cold 12oz bottle into my mug. Sometimes homemade Thai requires some quenching. 5 months away from Best By Date.

Appearance: An average head atop a golden body with fervent carbonation. Lacing and head retention can be found. I don't care if they "cheated" because that is the norm of the macro style.
Smell: A vegetable mash smell with corn and weak malt.
Taste: A mix of malt and corn stretching the taste across my mouth like stretch wrap. There is some substancial bitterness/sourness on the tail end. Its familiar and not as assaulting as with some of the others.
Mouthfeel: Slick and quenching with a solid style correct finish.
Drinkability: It worked as was one of the beer Adjunct Lagers I have had in a while. It quenched the Thai, mission accomplished.

TubaManJack, May 29, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Only recently have I seen this available in these parts, in a red can. Yellow liquid, I'd like to say yellow gold but that's a bit of a stretch. Clear and transparent, my rather hurried pour produced a tall foam-white head with soap suds lace that slid down the glass without much sticking. Light-bodied in the mouth, thin and lacking in taste, this mass produced lager had almost no smell, perhaps a corn syrup presence that was totally uninspiring. Taste was also rather flat, lemony, hint of bitter ... or did I imagine that? Aftertaste a touch sour. It was difficult to find much to say about this beer, nothing about it stood out except a rather tasteless earthiness that was annoying. If ever in Spain, I'll look for this on tap, surely it must be better than this.

ThatWineGuy, May 20, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very yellow.... Straw like, less than a finger of head with little to no lacing.

S: I'm getting a tiny bit of grassy hops and a sour apple like aroma... not great....

T: Very Euro Lager... pretty bland with a hint of hop at the finish... Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, maybe a little watery. Nice carbonation. It has a little bit of a metallic feel.

D: Once I got pass the smell it was thirst quenching.... and went pretty well with my pizza... I would not drink of bunch of these but if offered I would not turn in down... Pretty average overall.

My first Spain beer... I wonder what else they have to offer ?

mralphabet, May 18, 2009
Photo of biegaman
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Estrella Damm's likeness to yellow tinted soda water is not helped by the fact that it possesses no head what so ever. There is a failure to even outline the beer. Befitting to its name, legions of bubbles are splattered about like the stars of some far away constellation. Too bad it isn't nearly as pretty as anything found in the Hubble gallery.

The aroma is saturated in the all-too familiar stench of corn and adjuncts. Despite the abundant presence of additives, nowhere is any of the beer's four natural ingredients (malt, hops, water, yeast) to be found. I don't know what is worse: big breweries that brew beer that smell like this or the people who think beer naturally smells this way.

The taste of corn and adjuncts is a little more restrained than was expected but there is still no sign of bready-sweet malts or hops of any kind. A little texture would be nice, whether bitter or sweet, grassy or bready. The flavour isn't overly offensive but it certainly doesn't differentiate the beer from anything else on the macro market and is sure to disappoint anyone looking to try a uniquely Spanish beer.

The brewers of Estrella Damm clearly didn't shoot for the stars, they wanted to stay grounded in mediocrity and the market of tasteless, featureless swill. What's the point of loading a beer up with preservatives to keep it around longer, or to make a beer cheaper so as to make more of it, or to ensure each can tastes the same as the next, if the result is a crappy, forgettable beer?

Spain, both at the national and regional levels, is full of rich distinctive cuisines and gastronomic traditions. So why don't they brew good beer to go with them? Sure, Spaniards could point out climate, history and the cultural and economic importance of wine. But I'd point out to them Italy's emerging micro scene and show that creative, artisan beers can succeed (if not flourish) in such a culture.

biegaman, May 11, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium gold in color, with a moderate snow-white head, which retains well, the lacing coats the glass walls rather well, a modest amount of carbonation is present.

Aroma: Despite a brown glass bottle, the aroma is quite skunky, rather like Heineken, beneath that, there is a mild light caramel note, and moderate grassy hops.

Taste: Abundant pale malts and restrained herbal hops define the opening. As the taste progresses, the hop notes ascend, although they never overwhelm. The pale malt remains in the background, offering a solid, although restrained presence. The finish is dominated by a slight burst of herbal hops, which linger mildly, well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and rather soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of an unremarkable style. Doubtless it would be rather welcome on a searingly hot Texas summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, May 03, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 27/4/9 under Artificial low light. Best before date 07/09. taken from notes. Poured into a damm tulip glass.

Appearance: Forms a one thinger white fizzy head that fades into patchy cap. Golden orangy in color. clear.

Aroma: First impression is malty with very light caramel notes and slight adjunct smell. The nose is of medium intensity. As its warms up, it gets a light floral hop perfume.

Taste: Malty, slight adjuncty. light caramel sweetness. slightly earthy hop-like character.

Palate: Medium high carbonation. Medium low to low bitterness. medium to medium low body. lingering sweetness from the malt.

Drinkability: While within a style that doesn't lend itself to grand complexity its still relatively rich compared to most other beers of this style. For that alone i think it deserves a decent score. It is also very cheap.

endovelico, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

POurs slightly hazy golden color with generous white head. Nose is disappointingly a little vegetal, with a suggestion of pears and an herbal quality. palate is somewhat creamy, crisp, and a pleasantly mild malt focus. Light overall, but that vegetal component comes through and is somewhat putrid.

yemenmocha, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The can I got must be the old school, traditional design. Nothing like the picture on BA.

It pours pale yellow, with a tiny flash in the pan head that managed to leave a few streaks of lace behind on the glass. Corn and vapid sweet malt mix with a bit of hop earthiness in the aroma. The taste is watery and uneventful. Some malt and crackers mix with a subdued bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. The finish is simple and on the sweet side.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a nice, deep color. Based on that I thought it was going to be heavy. It is surprisingly light with a very sweet taste to it. It almost tastes like something you might marinate a steak in. I bet it would be good for that but as a beer I would have to say it did not do it for me.

Wheelinb, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Brad007
1.58/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt with a touch of bitterness in the nose.

Taste is very light and bitter upfront with the taste of corn and sweet malt. Harsh in the middle. Reminds me of Budweiser a bit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering corn, malt and bitterness. Again, quite harsh.

Average or even less than so. Probably not a bad thing on a hot afternoon but I'd never buy it again.

Brad007, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A) Bright straw yellow glass with pure clarity. Holds a white head for a few moments then drops to a thin collar that laces the glass.

S) Buttered corn. I think that's dimethyl sulfate and diacetyl.

T) Pale grain water. Some mild sweetness and mild earthy, maybe noble hop that leaves it pretty balanced, but not a lot of flavor going on. Mild mineral finish.

M) Fizzy yellow water.

D) Meh, given a hot day and not a lot of choice, I'd be happy to see this in my hand.

HardTarget, Feb 20, 2009
Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.