Estrella Damm Inedit - Damm S. A.
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2/5 rDev -44.4%
A decidedly average brew in every way. Looks fine, but I really don't care what my beer looks like. Not much in the nose. Mouthfeel a bit fizzy, like seltzer. Flavor was wan, expected much what with all the spices. Very, very light. No body whatsoever.
I wouldn't complain if someone handed me a cold glass on a hot summer day, but I wouldn't be terribly excited either. Certainly won't pay for it again.
05-06-2009 20:14:45 | More by sanhedrin
2.1/5 rDev -41.7%
I have tried Estrella Damm while on vacation in the beer's native Barcelona, Spain and also while living in the U.S. and Panama.
This Catalonian Pilsner starts out refreshing enough with a slightly sweeter malt taste than most pilsners, but the aftertaste is atrocious and rates perhaps one of my least favorite European beers.
If you are walking La Rambla on a hot summer day, sure it is a fine thirst quencher, but I wouldn't stock the fridge with a six-pack.
If in Spain, you are better off asking the bartender for a Alhambra, Mahou, or play it safe with a reputable Belgian Stella Artois.
03-16-2014 00:17:52 | More by OsoPerezoso
District of Columbia
2.25/5 rDev -37.5%
An expensive disappointment.
Smell, taste, mouth feel, all were weak and disappointing.
Overall there was sourness that reminded me of spoiled wine, and nothing clean or refreshing, like I'd expect from a whitbier.
Of course the bottle is nice, but who cares.
11-16-2011 16:48:43 | More by Bugsey
District of Columbia
2.3/5 rDev -36.1%
A trite marketing ploy. Macro European larger meets a lazy wheat brew with the pretentious coating of a star gourmet... I wasn't expecting much, but this is truly a shame for the effort.
Presentation: 500 cl. bottle. Simple design presentation with a label neck showing main branding and name, front small star sticker, and small back narrative noting main characteristics and intent of the brew explaining how it is ideal to go along with the the best of meals, and with perfunctory legal notes. Shows Alc. by Vol.(4,8%) and a semi legible best by date on the neck (06/10). A pretentious 16 page mini-booklet hangs on a cord from the neck, and shows off a small narrative about intent, uniqueness, main ingredients, extraordinary creative team, tasting and serving notes, and aging recommendations.
A - Hazy yellow pour with a generous head, fair retention, and poor lacing. A strange leftover last throughout on the surface even though one has abandoned the brew hours ago.
S - Faint aroma. Skunky Eurolarger nose coated with faint wheat notes, including a tad of spices.
T - Taste does follow the nose, unfortunately this is not a compliment this time since there is little to unveil. A standard cheap skunky larger taste does drive the experience coated with a faint wheat character, a weak spice mix, and a somewhat trite and sad attempt to reach out to better brews.
M - Very thin and light mouthfeel with plenty of quick carbonation. Bitter and wheaty sour finish on a very light side.
D - Even if one gets over the disappointing pretense of the brew this is rather boring and painful to have at this price and bottling sizes. It should not be such a killer but under these circumstances, with 500 cl or 750 cl bottles and these prices, next to other local market brews the drinkability is really poor unless one is bloated by the marketing pretense.
Notes: What an interesting marketing ploy. Expectations from a star gourmet pairing with a macro brewer to produce a better beer would seem to deserve an opportunity. At least a somewhat mediocre brew but one that would have helped to raise the average offering would have been rather welcome... But this? Pretense without the substance, and all that marketing and elitism can accomplish... Well, that is unfortunately a better sense of what this is all about. So much for Adria doing beer.
12-23-2009 00:19:59 | More by Daniellobo
2.35/5 rDev -34.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. The bottle was reminiscent of a wine bottle. Had a booklet hung around the neck talking about the beer and how it's designed to go with food. Was a hazy lemon yellow color with slight carb streams. It had a large white head that settled into a thin foam. Great lacing.
The aroma was typical wit with coriander and lemon in the lead. Was kinda subdued and had to swirl to get it going. The taste was lacking - almost not there. Not sure where the coriander went but this was basically lemon water. Wits are one of my favorite and most reviewed styles so it's not a style issue it's a flavor issue. Really not much there at all. Mouthfeel was light and extremely watery. Lacking in carbonation.
Overall, not a good beer. Weak in aroma and completely void in taste with watery mouthfeel. A mess. Don't recommend. I think I paid $10 for it so even more of a disappointment. Rotation - avail in TX but one and done for sure.
12-11-2009 02:27:22 | More by TexIndy
2.38/5 rDev -33.9%
Pours a cloudy whitish-yellow color with a one-finger head into my goblet.
Aroma is full of citrus and coriander in the nose. A bit harsh, likely due to the alcohol. Citrus is definitely present.
Taste is a bit sweet and full of citrus notes upfront. Seems like it has faded or something.
Mouthfeel is a bit weird. Doesn't quite match the beer as it's just way too light and watery. There's not much, if any flavor left in the mouth from this.
Average at best. Hardly drinkable as well. Too watery. Avoid.
03-17-2009 18:38:44 | More by Brad007
2.4/5 rDev -33.3%
Special release bottle split with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a very clear and very lagery looking golden hue, with a filmy but fine head of white foam. Steady streaking lacing of white, but this just adds to the appearance of a lager. Body has some heft to it, which is pleasant, and leaves some good static carbonation.
Nose is grainy and soft, with a little adjunct sweetness, and a slight Belgian-style whiff of baked beans. Not a lot of fragrant buoyancy, and no spice or acidity like I expect from a witbier, so it's definitely off stylistically. Just seems rather mediocre to me.
Taste is similar, or worse. Very bland lagery grain character through the most part, imparting a floury bread-yeast note to finish. Very light bodied, despite the appearance of heft, and there's not much depth to it at all.
No, not a lot going for this. It really doesn't manage to struggle above its genesis as a pale euro lager. While it's probably cleaner and a little more interesting than most, calling this a witbier is a genuine stretch.
02-22-2011 08:03:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.45/5 rDev -31.9%
Appearance: It pours out light yellow and fizzy with a beautiful, foamy, 2-inch head.
Smell: sweet, faintly of citrus, honey
Flavor: citrus aftertaste, simple to a fault. I was expecting something much more in line with the the intensity of the smell. A chemical quality comes out at the base of this beer, especially when given time to sit, as those initial flavors that exist fade quickly.
Over all, I am extremely let down. With all the good things that I'd heard here and the huge price tag, I was expecting something much better. I will not purchase this again.
05-02-2010 14:26:47 | More by SylviaFaye
2.55/5 rDev -29.2%
Pours a pale gold colour, slightly cloudy but allowing some light through. Head is off-white, modest when poured and sinks to a thin cloud of foam with some trails of lace around the edges. Pretty nice.
Smells quite tart and funky with an almost acrid intensity. Lots of vinegar on that with a large salty character and a slight sweaty-sock funk as well. Some bready grain hiding at the back, plus a higher note of cinnamon and star anise; these are the only pleasant aroma in an otherwise rank - if intriguing - bouquet.
Taste doesn't have a whole heap going on. Watery assault with hints of weak citrus and some forced carbonation flavour, just drops off for a bland and tasteless mid-palate. The only real flavour of which to sepak comes on the finish and it's still bland, just sticky adjunct grain, cornbread and yeast. Not enough to be cloying, but it's very uninteresting.
Fair body but then where's the flavour, if the body is decent? Not enough body to cover the carbonation sizzle and leaves very dry. Not a big fan.
An inoffensive drop, but a big wow on the boring factor. Fuck you I'm being oxymoronic. Your mother's an oxymoron.
03-09-2011 10:14:20 | More by laituegonflable
2.58/5 rDev -28.3%
poured into a wine glass as recommended on the tag, a golden yellow with a small white bubbly head, and some lacing.
smell was faint, some fruit, and some spice.
taste of weak fruit, grain, coriander, and some other spices, as the tag said it was better with food, but still lacking something.
04-16-2009 23:32:40 | More by froghop
2.6/5 rDev -27.8%
500ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pours pale golden in color. Foggy, honey appearance. White, close, creamy crown. Fairly good retention. Citric, subtle coriander, spiced –clove- aromas. Some spiced & wheat hues. Sweet malty upfront, low bitterness. Fizzy sensation, lager-like watery texture. Ligth body, medium to high carbonation. Smooth citric finish. I´ve expected much more from this since marketing campaign. Pronounced vanilla & spices as long as orange/tangerine notes are missed. Refreshing & drinkable as a lemonade.
07-04-2012 20:34:24 | More by GONZALOYANNA
2.68/5 rDev -25.6%
This beer has a little booklet attached that says it was brewed specifically to go with food. Also says it is brewed with coriander, orange peel, and licoroice. Use of both barley and wheat along with bottle conditioning alludes to a Belgian style of some sort or other. Seems to be dated 07/09, so should be fresh. Hazy, lemonade-like yellow color, like a witbier. Big, puffy, white head -- velvety and natural. Unusual, bright, slightly citrus-peely (but not sour) nose. Also some sweetish, vanilla tones, and just a hint of toasting. A tad of white pepper like dryness. Light, fizzy mouth feel - quite champagne-like. Not much flavor. Rather offish, actually, with dull cardboardy notes. I cannot detect any of the advertised spices. Label does not indicate % alcohol, but I'd guess around 4-5%. Great nose, good body, poor flavor. This beer seems as though it has been poorly handled and has been damaged. And I dropped $10.50 for this sucker at Whole Foods! I'll have to try it again from another supplier.
12-21-2008 05:36:09 | More by Beerman3000
2.78/5 rDev -22.8%
Nice bottle, nice creamy head on the pour, golden colour - all the good stuff. Witbier character coming through, but everything is good until the aftertaste. Macro lager follow through, probably brought on by a dodgy fermentation, or oversparging, or any of the other techniques employed by the big boys.
10-07-2012 08:54:59 | More by foles
2.78/5 rDev -22.8%
A-Pours a white,yellowish brown color. Head hangs for a bit and leaves some lace.
S-Light smell of yeast, coriander, wheat.
T- Taste leave a lot of be desired. Flavor is less developed than many other witbiers out there. Citrus and malt up front that leaves a taste of cloves and malt.
M-Light carbonation. Very enjoyable creaminess that lingers.
D-Nothing spectacular here. You could spend less and get more out of your beer.
03-04-2011 21:47:27 | More by twelvepack
Estrella Damm Inedit from Damm S. A.
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