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Estrella Damm - Damm S. A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

525 Ratings
THE BROS
67
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | 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 mralphabet
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ?

Photo of biegaman
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of endovelico
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Wheelinb
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Brad007
1.58/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
2.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 330ml bottle of 4.6% imported Estrella, poured into a Veltins Pilsner glass twice.

Palest of pale yellows, a light golden colour. The large white head became a thinner cap with lacing as I drank down the beer.

A bit of yeast and hop aroma but nothing to write home about. A typical light lager smell.

Crisp and clean, refreshing at then a metalic aftertaste sneaks up on you, it clings to the throat and lingers longer than the intitial crispness.

I thought I remembered this beer as being one of the better lagers/pilsners when holidaying in Spain years ago. I must have got it wrong, or the others were terrible!

No overly impressed at all.

Photo of GRPunk
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of colts9016
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of thierrynantes
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 ?).

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TryThemAllOnce
3.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 :-)

Photo of Natural510
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of everetends
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of KeefD
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of kbnooshay
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
66 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.