Estrella Damm Inedit - Damm S. A.
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3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
Best by 1/2013.
Pours a murky light orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that is easy to drink.
11-13-2012 04:28:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Jared for the bottle.
Pours a light copper color with a good deal of haze. White head with decent retention. Nose is light spice, citrus, pear, and a bit of might caramel. Taste is a bit plain with lift orange and coriander. Pretty good feel but the body is a bit off. A pretty interesting concept and all around a pretty good beer.
11-09-2010 13:14:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of orange peels in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of orange peels along with notes of wheat and a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and refreshing. I would also consider it to be thirst-quenching—unlike most beers in this style—because it doesn’t have flavors of spices.
06-15-2012 01:26:53 | More by metter98
2.95/5 rDev -18.1%
Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with some white haze and a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of coriander and some orange peel notes is somewhat bland. Taste is also an average mix between some orange peel with notes of coriander and light wheat malt. Body is too thin for style with some good carbonation. Makes you wonder why El Bulli decided to get associated with this beer as this is really average overall.
08-12-2010 18:24:30 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Caught somewhere between a Witbier and a Saison, Damm Inedit has all the halmarks of a softly textured witbier but with the spicy dryness of a Saison. Medium flavored, elegantly balanced, and crisply refreshing; this proves to be a masterful beer.
The pour delivers a hazy straw/yellow color, just shy of golden. A dainty and creamy head forms on the beer, lacing and retaining reasonably well. A firm cloudy haze creates a mysterious glow through the beer and adds to the intrigue.
Soft and subtle aromas of soft wheat malts, pilsner sweetness, and a mix of orange peel, lemon zest, and white pepper carry on with moderate intensity. Herbal hops, corriander, and soft phenols give a hint toward both Witbiers and Saisons.
Flavors of Saisons show up first with a very Belgiany berry tartness, spicy (white pepper) flavor, and a fruity mix of lemons, apples, pears, and appricots. But soon after, the Witbier character shows curraco orange beer, corriander, and a softer wheat/pilsner malt blend- tasting much like sweet and light breads.
The body is quite nice- starting out with a creamy and airy wheaty texture. But as the carbonation trails off, the softer and elegant powdery textures come into play. This allows for a minty-dry and evaporative finish that includes a bit of watering and lightness.
Although the beer is billed as a Witbier, Estrella Damm Inedit has many of the halmarks of Hoegaarden but with a more characterful spiciness and dryness.
06-10-2010 04:29:59 | More by BEERchitect
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
A: no head really on a hazy straw body.
S: subtle spiciness and light malts but overall light on the nose. Corriander and yeast notes as well.
T: very watery. Almost like sweet lemon flavored water. Minimal malts and orange notes as well.
M: low carbonation and light bodied.
Overall: what the heck is this beer. It was so watery almost like spicey lemonade. It was fairly disappointing for the bottle and appearence. Good marketing.
05-11-2012 01:00:12 | More by kylehay2004
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.
S - It smelled of coriander, yeast and wheat.
T - Good spicy bite with strong yeastiness and coriander flavors. Nice wheat flavor with a touch of lemon.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a pretty good witbier. Better than other beers from Estrella.
08-09-2012 21:05:32 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
750ml bottle, another weird find in a small-town BC government liquor store, and easy to mistake for a wine offering, I reckon.
This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and a tad soapy eggshell white head, which leaves some random strands of mitochondrial lace around the glass as it gently falls away.
It smells of semi-sweet crackery pale grain, a touch of soft wheat, oily citrus, earthy honey, further tropical fruit notes, and weakly spicy coriander. The taste is much heavier on the malt - toasted barley and wheat in equal measure - muddled orchard fruit, apple and pear, mostly, some ethereal anise notes, and a decreasing spiciness - coriander, white pepper, and lemon zest.
The carbonation is moderate, just a fluttery frothiness milling about, the body a stoic medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a little chalky in its low-key creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, some leafy hops arriving on the scene to counter the grain and wheat sweetness, along with a lingering spiced fruitiness.
An agreeable enough witbier, to be sure, pretty well balanced, if a bit more prevalent on the sweet malt side, than any of the now faded fruity, spicy offset. The accompanying booklet cum marketing spiel indeed promises a fair lot more than is actually delivered, but that's to be expected - this is just a more or less simply rendered, and drinkable wit, with or without food.
08-15-2010 01:00:04 | More by biboergosum
4.25/5 rDev +18.1%
Pours a foggy yellow with a white head. Nose is airy. Flavor is very interesting. Nice and complex enough, but light enough that it keeps it food friendly (as it's intended to be.) Interesting aftertaste that's worth noting. Almost like a light honey thing. Floral and spice tones are evident. But the honey just hits on numerous fronts and I like it. Almost seems like there's a bit of vanilla there as well. Even and nowhere near overpowering citrus is there as well. Carbonation feels a bit unusual. It's almost like champagne in a way? Definitely not typical, but it's not outlandish. Liquid is slick and smooth. This is an exquisite beer. Portrays many characteristics you normally see in other beers but delivers it in a more refined way with layers of character.
11-02-2008 06:34:06 | More by RblWthACoz
3.6/5 rDev 0%
Pours a cloudy, straw yellow color with a small white head. Very hazy. The aroma is yeasty with a little bit of coriander but not too much else. Still, it smells nice. The flavor is not what I was expecting, as I didn't get any orange or coriander. I got a lot of peach flavor, which was nice, even if unexpected. The beer has a very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Not true to the style, but still a very refreshing beer.
11-23-2009 02:10:43 | More by Mora2000
3.78/5 rDev +5%
Pours clouded golden with a white head that lasts.
The smell is of orange/lemon with coriander.
The taste is grainy with lemon and orange. Coriander spicing is mild, and comes and goes. Sweet and sour with a spicy-ish, dry finish.
It has a crisp light body. Smooth and refreshing.
A nice wit... Easy enough to drink. A bit pricey at about 10 bucks a bottle, but certainly worth trying at least once!
02-25-2010 07:50:03 | More by jwc215
United Kingdom (England)
3.18/5 rDev -11.7%
Brown 75cl bottle brought back from Majorca last year by my daughter and husband. The third bottle in last nights 'random tasting evening'.
Posh package, complete with tagged neck label explaining the idea behind the beer, what to eat with it and how it should be served.
I poured it into three different Belgian beer glasses, allowing the sediment into the last one.
The first two glasses were clear, golden and lager looking, the third a murky milky yellow/white.
I know it is supposed to be a delicate brew, etc, etc, but it didn't produce much aroma from any of the glasses, the third one being the only one that actually had a real smell (yeasts and a slight floral hop hint).
The taste also left me somewhat wanting, light, too light really. The glass holding the sediment being the only one to have any depth or true beery flavours.
The mouthfeel was obviously completely different depending on the glass.
If I'd only had the third glass the scores would have been a lot higher, but the other two held a lot more of the bottle than the last (third).
I had some Coeur de Lion Pié D'angloys (a soft French Cheese) with the beer and it went very well. However the beer just lacked that something which makes it stand out from the crowd, pleasant but no world beater.
02-01-2011 19:41:28 | More by BlackHaddock
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
Appears a hazy, straw toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon, coriander, and some light notes of sugary grain.
Taste is of the aromas with tastes of freshly baked bread and a dusting of orange zest.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with zippy bits of carbonation tickling the palate.
02-14-2010 01:32:10 | More by weeare138
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
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaves some lace. Yeasty orange nose. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is orange with the yeast in background. Nice wit. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
12-06-2009 23:22:07 | More by jdhilt
2.85/5 rDev -20.8%
Out of a bottle and into a glass, have not had the pleasure of having this yet. Thx 4 the shot oglmcdgl.
A snazzy looking bottle, Estrella casts a golden glow with a hazy yellow punch. Not the cleanest looking brew, a little hard to see through. A nice pillow of white fluff stood above and retreated, leaving nothing. Smells mostly of pale malt and hay with some aroma hops. Getting some honey in the taste along with a very light sweet malt and apple skins. Some yeasty bread and the like. Feel is on the light side and tame in flavor although it's pretty well balanced, carb is on the low end. Very drinkable and approachable for many people, this is one that I would share with people that are not "big into beer". I hear this is the ultimate pairing beer when it comes to food, I prefer local 1 instead.
03-30-2010 23:22:45 | More by BARFLYB
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
An interesting bottle/label design. Seems to want to replace white wine in the dinner pairing category.
Pours a huge, fluffy white head. Cloudy pale yellow body with light green tints. Looks OK, but I've had others with this look and they didn't please me much.
However this one is a tad different. A soft malty nose, with light coriander and orange zest. Not strong. A bit weak, but pleasant.
Taste is light and fluffy. Definitely not a strong beer. Yet it maintains the coriander and orange flavors. Some lemon and barely toasted biscuit.
Would like to have a bit more in the feel. Very light, slight carbonation. Went well with a variety of soft cheeses and bread. Brought out the orange zest. Very easy drinking. Would go well with many meals methinks.
01-22-2010 21:15:08 | More by Mebuzzard
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Like at least a few of Ferran Adrià's creations this one is served under a blanket of bubbling foam, at least a good finger's worth of it. The beer beneath it, despite looking colourless coming out the bottle, has the tone of a good quality extra-virgin olive oil (and possibly the same extent of clarity despite being much more dazzling against the light).
Whether it's a positive or negative, the sign of a skilled brewer or skimpy brewer is somewhat subjective; what can be said with certainty, however, is that this ingredients list looks more impressive than it either smells or tastes. Despite the addition of coriander, orange peel and licorice nothing about the beer is overly zesty or distinctive.
That's not to say that it isn't without at least a little zest and distinctiveness - there is a touch of citrus on the finish and a light brush of coriander on the tongue - but it's not like I'm seeing orange groves or the street stalls of Marrakesh. Still, it's undeniably more flavourful than most of this (and other commercial) brewery's offerings.
This beer was designed to pair with food. I know this because they said so in all their promotional materials. I would have thought some of the world's proclaimed food and drink experts would know not to make such blanket, nonsensical claims. To their defense they specify a little: oily textures (cheese, fish) and bitter flavours (veggies).
Without having tried the suggestive pairings I can't comment on the accuracy of their assessments. What I will say is that the beer is more likely to compliment foods rather than vice-versa; this simply does not have enough character to be gratifying on its own (unless you're really thirsty). You'll find more depth in just about any stout or Belgian ale.
You put one of history's most innovative chefs and the sommeliers of the world's most famous restaurant in a room together and they came up with a witbier? I never ate at El Bulli but from my impressions this beer is no different - beyond the fancy presentation and considerable price tag there's nowhere near the amount of substance it is hyped up to have.
12-14-2010 07:00:49 | More by biegaman
Estrella Damm Inedit from Damm S. A.
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