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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

472 Ratings
THE BROS
67
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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 Graham5161986
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear, hay-yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles and two finger, rocky white head that actually sticks around for quite a while and leaves a sticky lace.

S:aromas of grassy hops dominate but not very strongly

T: grassiness with a metallic finish typical of Euro macro cans. Quite weak flavour and a dry finish with almost no aftertaste.

M: light and watery but good carbonation. Bit of an unfortunate metalic-sour finish...

D: would be good on a hot summer day with food, but otherwise a very average Euro macro lager - looks a lot better than it tastes. Quite drinkable, however, and I could put down a few of these quite easily. I'd try it again in Spain, but I won't be hunting for it around my neck of the woods.

Graham5161986, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoped for a clean euro lager but instead got a flavourless corona style lager. Not much to say but avoid since there are lots of decent canned pils on the shelves that have some personality. Put a lime in it to make it a beach beer. Maybe it tastes better in Spain.

canucklehead, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Gavage
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a brilliant 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop during the tasting.

Smell: an awful medicinal smell comes from the glass. Some grassy tones are evident.

Taste: grassy, light malt base, hint of lemon zest, and very minimal bitterness. Dull and uneventful flavor wise for an American Macro style.

Mouthfeel: crisp and a bit dry. Light in body. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this one just doesn't fit the bill for any flavor. Not worth a try in my book.

Gavage, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance very fizzy and golden. Very thin lacey head.
Smells mainly of hops. Smells like a European lager.
Nice taste. Good balance of hops and malts, hides the usual skunky taste of European lagers. Ends dry with a thirst for another sip.
Nice and smooth. Very nice on the tongue.
Very drinkable. Smooth and dry. Great warm weather beer with taste.

BDIMike, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light and fruity.
Taste is crisp and refreshing. A nice fuity malt flavor is followed by a firm bitter dryness. A great combination.
Finishes with more strong dryness.
A nice refreshing beer that is a notch above the beers made in the usa.

tgbljb, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a clear yellow with a fluffy sudsy head that dropped to a film of bubbles fairly quickly. Aroma is grassy but clean and crisp. Taste is American-macro-esque right down to the funky unpleasant aftertaste.

A typical and utterly forgettable macro brew. Not worth the import price -- just buy Pabst if this is the kind of beer you want.

alexskovan, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of whynot44
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden color with a moderate white head that disappeared quickly.

The aroma is grainy and grassy, but clean and fresh.

The taste is pretty mush typical mass market lager, mild malt, slightly sweet, hints of corn, with an herbal finish.

Easy enough to drink for a summer cooler or just general purposes. Nothing special, but nothing objectionable either.

whynot44, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
2.1/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beautiful golden color with some white head that is very fleeting and leaves just a tiny bit of lacing at the top of the glass. The smell and taste were pretty typical macro lager but avoids most of the potential disasters that cheaper macro lagers tend to have (skunkiness, over-sweetness, etc). This beer goes down easily but the drinkability is hampered by the price and the fact that i don't really want another. I am not even sure that I had one in the first place, it left absolutely no lasting impression. If you want to get drunk, buy something cheaper. If you want to enjoy a good beer, pick up a better beer for the same price. No reason to even try this one, really.

wheelinshirt, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BBM
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pale golden yellow into a pint glass. Slight head, no lacing. Aroma was grains, malt, corn. Typical pale lager fare.

The overall sweetness of this beer is what keeps it from being a disaster, but it can't quite pull it from mediocrity. There is low bitterness, no skunk flavor, and no awkward vegetable/corn oil taste. It's just a smooth drinking lager, not unlike the typical macro pale lagers you find all over Europe. Not the worst, not the best.

BBM, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of creamy white head with big bubbles on top, fading away to an even thinner layer pretty quickly. It does leave it's mark on the glass al the way down though. Smells faintly of noble hops and a little yeasty. Tastes very clean and balanced. Just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness, and just enough bitterness to finish clean. There's a little bit of lager malt flavor there, but not much. No hop flavor that I could detect. Mouthfeel is a little heavy and a little tingly. Everything's a little with this beer. Overall, it's drinkable. It's a beer for people that don't like beer.

Kulrak, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.63/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: very clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, medium-sized with an impaired retention.
Aroma: not entirely unpleasant. Malty with some skunky notes.
Taste: some sweet malts to begin with and in the end slightly bitter. Corn notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, high carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: the bitterness changes to a disagreeable astringency.

Overall: mass-market adjuncty macro lager. Not inspiring. Disappointing aftertaste.

AlexLMS, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, 4.6% ABV export version. Courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norwegian grocery stores. I guess the 4.6% version should have a listing of its own, but they’re both just called "Estrella Damm", so - never mind. Pale golden colour, decent head. Moderate citrussy aroma. The flavour is slightly citrussy and quite refreshing, without any offensive sidenotes. Very moderate hops in the finish. A light refreshment for a day in the Spanish sun - no more, no less.

Sigmund, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of nekronos
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First it was refreshing, I have had it later on can and on bottle. BUt being more precise, the taste is like a macro lager, nothing veyr special, but is not disgusting. Probably the best lager in all Spain, from a macro. For a hot day like thos ein Summer in Catalonya is very good in eveyr tapas BAr.

nekronos, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Tang07
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty average, however it's about 95 in Madrid right now and it's tasting pretty good.

For the most part in Spain you order a beer and you get what ever they have on tap. The place I was at served this stuff.

It is a darkish yellow. Had a marginal head. It was good enough that I didn't get up and go somewhere else, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find more of it.

It smells like a decent lager. It tasted good enough and was drinkable enough to order two more.

Nothing special, but no need to kick it to the curb.

Tang07, May 29, 2006
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average overall representation of the Euro lager crowd. Golden straw color with sharp carbonation. Some malty and slightly corn-tinged sweetness up front, and then a bit of hops bite kicks in. Falters at the finish with some rough-around-the-edges huskyness pushing through. I understand that importation and distribution are increasing for this beer, with the suggestion that the "Damm" name gets people to give this a try on a novelty whim. Certainly better than a novelty, but not better than average.

Brent, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a couple weeks in Barcelona allow you to sample this caña repetitively at every establishment (they're not really into selection, the spanish).

I sampled it on-tap, bottle and can, and I reckon I'd do it more justice on tap, since it's the best profile.

But this beer is just average. sure, I drank it a million times, but I went there to get hammered. There is literally nothing to boast about this beer, it's just, well, a macro lager. south spain's macro lager, actually.

The other offerings from Damm were better. I give it credit as a thirst quencher (probably a summer in Barcelona can favour it accompanying a pincho in the Boquería), but you can do much better, even within Damm.

Andreji, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Finite
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Standard golden colour. Little to no carbonisation. Small head even when poured into a pilsner glass. Respectable lacing.

Smell: sugary grain with a saturated hop aroma

Taste/ Mouthfeel: sharp, watery. Corn/grain and overcooked hops with a lingering sweetness of unfermented sugars. Some nice sweetness as it subsides. Fairly boring mild aftertaste of some bitterness.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy to drink. Quite refreshing on a hot day with some Indian for lunch. It’s a macro, better than some swill.

Finite, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10/28/05 at Zach's Shack in the Marina del Sol resort outside Fuengirola, on the south coast of Spain. Came out a standard clear gold under a 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to film and collar, nevertheless managing to generate a few lace lines. I could not detect a scent at all, but that might reflect the surroundings at the time. The mouth was light and very prickly. The taste is remarkable in the lack of malt or grain of any kind. The opening hints at sour grape before moving straight to harsh metallic bitter. Espresso dryness establishes itself firmly and fades only very slowly in the aftertaste. A touch of sour remains, but this is mainly about dry and bitter.

Globetrotter, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of tesguino
1.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Past year I try this beer in its special edition of the forum of the cultures and its spectacular aluminum bottle with eclectic reasons; of entrance I am not very affection to the Catalan beers, but to be special edition this very well in general, low fermentation, little flavor, malt and hops excelling; floral and cereals are present in its taste; drink from the bottle, that keeps mantain it maintains frost; good for tapas and mexican food; 70% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.75 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. On the back label are the ingredients “Water, malt, yeast, rice, maize, hops & stabilizer e-405 which is a foam stabilizer. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Appearance: Tight foaming, good retention … does not matter because they cheated. Filtered clarity of a golden straw color.

Smell: Sugary malt cereal-mix with a strained hop aroma.

Taste: Typical Euro-lager over cooked hops and veggie like flavor from the rice and corn. Some maltiness with a lingering corn flavor, hops are vaguely bitter and add just enough.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as any pale lager could be, bitty and dry on the palate.

Notes: Euro-lagers are a dime a dozen … no they are not, this one was $1.75 a pop, certainly not worth it at all.

Jason, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of konabrewer
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brought home in luggage from Spain, this beer was poured into a Duvel glass.
Straw colored with a tall thick head that disappeared by the time I rinsed the can out.
Smell was inviting for me, liking the corn and all.
Taste was mellow with a biting carbonation
Felt nice throughout and enjoyed it quite alot.

Excellent Spanish offering

konabrewer, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of koolk
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thick head that lasts on a golden coloured clean brew. Medium carbonation.

Strange nose to begin with, as adjuncts (re. corn) come to the fore-front with hints of spicy malt and only a wiff of hops.

Taste is clean, dry and fullish. Flavours are a little bitey with a steel like flavour on top of the malt (of which, little present). Not the most overly pleasing palate, but did well with food, in particular Spanish tapas. Unless hot weather or with food I'd pass.

koolk, Dec 08, 2003
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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.