Estrella Damm Inedit - Damm S. A.
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3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
This beer comes in a very exclusive-looking 75 cl brown bottle (champagne-stylee). Labeling is very discrete - which only makes the exclusiveness even more exclusive. There's only an Estrella (star).
A: The pour is murky dish-wash pale color with a compact large head that slowly dissipates into lacings galore. In short - it looks great (in the Witbier family)!!!
S: Surprisingly malty, but there's also some wheat. Citric notes as well as faint ripe bananas. Some yeast as well.
T: Wheat - sweet ripe bananas. And of course - coriander and citric notes, orange sezt. Honey.
M: Aftertaste is surprisingly long in this refreshing Witbier. Holds both sweet and faint bitter. Body is light and carbonation is smooth and rich.
D: Refreshing. Witbiers usually are, and this one is no exception. Really interesting that this one is brewed in Spain (I've only had rather boring lagers from Spain before).
05-07-2010 20:29:09 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.05/5 rDev -15.3%
Appearance: light pale gold, cloudy, thin white head.
Smell: very nice at first, but disipates quickly. Initial aroma is muscat grapes.
Taste: light malt and wheat, some coriander, and orange. I found it lacking in the flavor department, I needed more.
Mouthfeel: thin and slick.
Drinkability: refreshing on a hot day, but I would choose one of the many other witbiers first.
05-02-2010 21:51:29 | More by beersheppard
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
2.85/5 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
3.08/5 rDev -14.4%
Split with some friends and paired with many different types of sushi.
A- golden yellow almost perfectly clear. A bit of head but it quickly disappears.
S- very little nose. Just kind or crisp and clean. Maybe a spot of sparkling cider.
T- simple and clean. Wheat and a bit sweet and dry.
M- very effervescent really works well to clean the palate between bites.
D- its a rather tame beer but super drinkable. Pairs well with lots of stuff but I guess that's what they were going for. Easy drinking here.
03-30-2010 19:03:54 | More by oglmcdgl
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. A big, lively, foamy white head forms but begins to dissipate almost immediately. Body is a bright golden color with active carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is sweet, with heavy notes of vanilla and citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, banana, and clove all pop through. Palate is bright and airy up front, with a heavy lemon presence. A sweet vanilla flavor emerges mid-palate and builds all the way through the swallow, along with a good bit of banana flavor. Finish is heavy on the banana and also holds a touch of clove.
Body is light, bright, and airy, very refreshing and thirst-quenching. Although the flavor profile is a bit sweeter than I look for in a witbier, it's still quite pleasant, and the mouthfeel is lovely. A bit pricey, but a very enjoyable beer.
03-28-2010 06:08:44 | More by ElGordo
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
Courtesy Paul B, thanks amigo. Decent enough. Poured with a small off white head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a cloudy amber. Aroma is quite a mild spicey, citrus, yeast, and malt. Flavors the same only bolder. Body is a bit thin but good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly short. Could be a session for the right mood.
03-28-2010 00:40:32 | More by drpimento
4.43/5 rDev +23.1%
O.K. so I see this 750 ml bottle and wonder what is this. To my surprise I find a Spanish brew from Estrella Damm. A beer I've never had and while I was in Spain I drank Estrella Galicia and other beers from brewpubs.
I poured into a tall hefewiezen glass. The color was a hazy, golden straw color. Nice foamy head.
The smell was citrus. Very nice. Every sip was a fantastic aroma of lemon.
The taste was lemony and hints of banana at the finish. very refreshing and light. This is a great choice for the summer but I advise you to drink it rapidly because it loses some quality when the beer gets warm.
I think its a great beer, altough its pricey. This bottle cost 9.99.
03-21-2010 21:19:13 | More by sfsean28
3.18/5 rDev -11.7%
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a good head that holds for a while and leaves a lace. Smell is clean, some spices, coriander, citrus, all very faint, I can't appreciate the liquorice. Watery in the tongue, it tastes of spices, banana and flowers. I think is a try to make a wit beer adapted to the big market, with te results one can expect: nothing to do with the real thing, though is refreshing and drinkable.
03-15-2010 21:12:08 | More by janubio
4.6/5 rDev +27.8%
This beer pours very light and straw color with a small yet residing head.
The smells to this beer are extreme. Overwhelming and complex, I love it. Straight up orange and Jasmine. I get more Jasmine than anything in the smell, which entices me to taste.
Taste is extremely complex as well lots of floral/jasmine notes and the citrus is present.
This is a great beer NOW i have to try it with the food pairings it suggests.
03-13-2010 07:45:43 | More by Spineypanda
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Cool looking, up-scale bottle and packaging that I surmise is designed to sway the wine-favoring Spaniards to try this beer. It also says that it was specifically designed to pair with food, but doesn't mention what foods. On to the beer...
Hazy whitish-gold with orange highlights and adequate foamy, white head.
Nice spice blend in the aroma that follows to the palate along with lots of crackery wheat and drying, quenching tartness. Hops are pretty absent, which is in line with the style, and works well here as they let the beautiful spicing shine through.
Really a nice Wit. The spicing is just about perfect, noticeable, but not overwhelming, and the addition of licorice is a nice touch that sets this apart from most other Wits. Indeed, this would be a nice pairing with food, I'm thinking some mussels or other shellfish and/or a fresh leafy greens salad with vinaigrette. I'd take this over many American, and even a few Belgian versions of the style.
03-08-2010 14:37:58 | More by bump8628
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
4.5/5 rDev +25%
A_Pours a slightly hazy straw hue with a rocky fluffy head. The lace is terrific and clings to the glass very well.
S_The aroma is of straw, pure wheat with an underlying sweetness and a mild yeastiness.
T_Sweetness and wheat push up from the front followed by a nice dose of orange, coriander and other citrus flavoured spices. These are not overpowering and manage to make a subtle yet complex taste. There is also a nice underlying floral quality here that is reminiscent of some artisinal honeys.
M_Rich and creamy, very well done for the style.
D_This is a fantastic Wit and one I hope to encounter again. It hits all the right notes for the style without getting into the cloying zone that some manage to do. Well balanced and tasty. highly recommended.
02-19-2010 04:44:38 | More by sleazo
3.43/5 rDev -4.7%
50* snifter, bottle
A white head, light apricot color
S peach pit, yeast with a nice cleanliness to it
T smooth, nice acid and crispness at end. fairly simple
M light, fresh and almost green
D 750ml, no problem. session beer, makes me think hot day in summer.
02-17-2010 00:03:38 | More by cleverbeername
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
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
3.6/5 rDev 0%
Appearance - This is a nice light yellow in color with a hint of orange topped with a nice, light, fluffy white head.
Smell - The tight yeast and airy spices are rightly balanced at the nose. The coriander and orange in particular strike an impressive melody.
Taste - The yeast kind of falls apart a bit but the spices from the nose deliver nicely. I like that orange flavor in here which has a tinge of lemon to it.
Mouthfeel - This is not light-bodied but certainly not medium, either. The carbonation is very active and maybe even a tad too tingly.
Drinkability - This is good enough to savor if a bit clumsy.
01-17-2010 02:59:35 | More by RoyalT
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
It comes in an elegant bottle. There is a small booklet talking about the beer around the neck. I expected it to be fancy @ 9$ a bottle but it is Witbier, we will see how good of a witbier.
Pours darker than a normal witbier, but with the familiar giagantic foaming head. I like the darker color in comparison to most Hoegaarden-like Witbiers that are almost clear.
It smells more intense than a normal Wit, with orange and corriander being the obvious high points, but there is some other non orangey fruitiness too.
The taste is super fruity, tons of sugary orange in this one. There is also osme white peach in there too, it pairs nicely with food. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery but it finishes pretty dry.
This is an odd beer, it isn't that bad, it isn't worth the price but it isn't a bad beer at all. I wasn't expecting this high caliber brew for this brewery or this distinct of a brew.
01-06-2010 23:12:27 | More by crossovert
3.4/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours hazy yellow gold with a 1/4 inch foamy off white head; smells of wheat, orange peel, yeast, grass and lemon/citrus.
Tastes of wheat, orange/orange peel, yeast, lemon, hops, coriander and some very faint spices. Feels like a creamy lager, but smells and tastes like a Belgian wheat beer. Very light to zero carbonation and very crisp and refreshing; it has a nice light feel and goes down very smooth and easy.
Not the most flavorful beer as nothing really jumps out and takes the lead in the flavor department, but still was a very enjoyable beer (perhaps the light feel and drinkability). This brew could use some more spices, roasted malt or even some hops to intensify it and keep it true to being a beer designed to eat a meal with.
After drinking it, I understand why it was made to pair with food, especially fish dishes. I liked the promo booklet attached to the bottle to give some of the history in making this beer and would try it again with a meal. I wish it was a tad bit less expensive, as it was not worthy of the price paid for it.
01-06-2010 03:02:11 | More by CHickman
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
The colour is yellow-orange, the liquid is hazy. The compact finger thick head is off-white. Very little lacing.
The smell got some bitter-sour flavours; pineapples and a touch of wheat tartness make me think of Chinese sweet and sour sauce. Some exotic spicy flavours and citric lemon-orange notes. Fun flavours.
The taste is fruity: Orange squash, spicy coriander, some dry flavours of flour and dough. Lemon juice and spices... The aftertaste is mild with notes of fresh citric fruits, some bitterness and a sweet hint.
The carbonation is medium strong; the large bubbles are quite sharp. The liquid is light to medium.
A very interesting brew that probably will pair very well with a number of flavours and dishes, without being "too much".
12-25-2009 18:39:14 | More by bark
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a very hazy, cloudy tan color with a small, thick head. Excellent wit aroma, with a large amount of coriander, and a sharp scent of bitter oranges. The coriander isn't as strong in the taste, but it's present. The most obvious flavor is a sweet, acidic citrusness, with a yeasty hint of honey. Tart and refreshing. The body is odd: it's quite carbonated, yet it feels thin and watery. Otherwise, a well-crafted wit.
11-25-2009 20:24:21 | More by allengarvin
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
I will say that the pairing of brewer with restaurant is pretty cool especially with a place as famous and cutting edge as El Bulli. It makes sense that this beer is clean and crisp with a cross between lager and wit since it should complement the food not overpower it with huge flavours. As I drank a few glasses I really like the fresh flavour of some citrus and well balanced after taste. The much better than the standard Estrella and for the price it should be. I will buy this again as I think it very drinkable and food friendly
It should be noted that this beer retails for $5.86 Can at our government stores which is much less than the $10 US quoted in previous reviews
11-24-2009 19:54:31 | More by canucklehead
Estrella Damm Inedit from Damm S. A.
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