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Estrella Damm Inedit - Damm S. A.

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82
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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Damm S. A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philipquarles on 09-07-2009)
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Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brewers bill this as a beer designed specifically to go with food, and I see where they are coming from. This is not a beer you sit and sip by itself (an anti-session beer?). It does have a white wine-like character to it.

Pours cloudy golden with a huge fluffy head. Malty, wheaty aroma, slight citrus and spice. Nice lacing. The flavor is sour wheaty, astringint, with a hint of spice, apricot and citrus. The mouthfeel is thin with a little sourness in the back. White wine like. Light. As it warms, apple notes become quite pronounced.

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of aforbes10
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from one of the Sacramento BevMo!s. Interesting bottle with an odd, dubious-claim-filled tag ('the first beer brewed to be paired with food"). $9.99. Pours with a massive white head...just all foam at first. With a more careful pour, a yellowish to light brown body is revealed. slightly cloudy. Smells vaguely of citrus and tangy wheat. Flavor is very clean and interesting. Mild tangy wheat with oranges and some yeastiness. Mild and dry. Not quite medium bodied, but not noticeably thin either. drinks quite well despite the pretentious bottle...still, not quite worth the price tag.

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle brought by a visiting friend, interesting find. Classy packaging, obviously trying to reach out to a wine market - as the little booklet hung from the neck attests to. Chill in an ice bucket after service?!

Pours a thick, hazy blended juice, a couple fingers of head on top quickly recede but leave some sticky lacing on the glass.

Nose reveals some nice citrus, perhaps slightly muted, coriander, pear, biscuity malt.

Taste follow suit, a pretty hefty malt base for a wit, coriander, lemon, orange, pear, apple, perhaps a hint of white grapes. Quite a smooth, hefty, creamy feeling body due to low carbonation. Pretty simple but not a bad representation of the style.

I would have loved to give it a go with the pairing recommendation of a citrus-based fish dish - could be quite nice. As is, an easy drinker that won't wow a seasoned craft beer drinker.

Photo of colts9016
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Heineken Mug at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is persistent. The head is white and foamy, and the head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium gold color with light copper hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly cloudy, probably due to yeast.

Nose: A good amount of sweetness followed by a toasted grain note. Other notes in the beer is orange, honey, hint of grass, yeast, mild perfume, mild herbal, and a mild pepper note.

Taste: A moderate grain note with a medium sweetness. The grain is toasty with a hint of grass. Other flavors in the beer is honey, orange, yeast, medium herbal, mild perfume, and mild peppery note. No diacetyls.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, with a medium finish. This beer is really good. It fits the Witbier profile really well. Very well made, the flavors blend fairly well, and it is very easy to drink. Sad I only have one bottle of this beer. This beer is near perfection.

Photo of impending
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

B

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed dull yellow gold, minor egg shell froth, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweet of spiced honey and overly ripe pear, heavy.

The taste too is sweet yeasty wheaty. Zero bitter, supplanted by a nice crispness.
Coriander is present magnitudes more than in the scent. Light bodied slick mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of ATPete
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml

Pours a mostly transparent pale yellow color with slight haze and a medium sized pure white head. Tons of sweet banana in the nose. Soft characteristics in both aroma and flavor, bubblegum, ginger, lemon skin, toasty wheat is pretty subtle, fruity yeast. Good body, could use a touch more carbonation IMO. I like the idea of a "food beer" i think it should be a little more neutral however, the banana /bubblegum flavor is almost overpowering and boarding on artificial.

Photo of Sigmund
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 4.8%. Pale straw colour, slightly hazy, huge to moderate white head. Moderate wheaty and citrussy aroma, with notes of coriander and orange peel, also a hint of liquorice (when you know it should be there). The flavour is moderately citrussy, with moderate notes of coriander. The liquorice is barely discernible in the flavour. Light bodied, not very sweet, with minimal hops. "Empty" finish, but an otherwise nice and refreshing beer.

Photo of kushlash23
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Reaper16
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pulled out from the fridge with much gusto last night at the Thanksgiving table. The fact that the great Ferran Adrià had a hand in this beer -- a collaboration between Estrella and the late, great El Bulli -- caused a group of food nerds to nerd out just from reading the tag. Is the beer worthy of the association with one of the world's all-time great restaurants?

750mL bottle served into a pilsner glass

Pours a soft gamboge color, like a warm & nutty wheat beer. Not fully translucent; there's enough of a haze to tell you that this has a sizable wheat component in the malt bill. Around one finger of soft white head forms and sticks around for the whole drink.

If you're expecting a bouquet that wows you then you're going to be disappointed in that respect. This is a subtle nose, to say the least. Which isn't to say that it is without one; there's plenty going on. It's just all going on very, very quietly. A Hefeweizen-like yeast character is noticeable, giving the nose a banana and white flowers character. A bit of honeysuckle. Nutty wheat (not zippy or lemony wheat like in American wheat beers) rounds everything out. Light, light spicing as the beer warms up a bit.

The flavor of this beer is similarly unassertive. Coriander and citrus peel -- the typical witbier flavors -- are here. As is a trace of licorice and floral yeast flavors. The malt flavors are very soft. This beer is clearly meant to pair with light dishes. I mean, the marketing says as much but when you taste it you realize that they really mean it. I'm not scoring this as a stand-alone beer as much as I'm scoring it towards their stated goal of being a very food-versatile beer.

It's soft beer in terms of mouthfeel. The carbonation is pretty active, but it is never sharp of prickly. It's more cloud-like. Overall, this is an above-average witbier only because of its unique flavors for the style. This is not a beer to drink by itself, though. It's too seemingly under-flavored for that. Instead, drink this as the brewers and El Bulli collaborators intended it: as a true compliment to light foods that wine has trouble with. This beer is going to be fantastically complimentary with fish, with light & oily salads, with artichoke, asparagus, etc. It's very versatile with light dishes.

Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Per bottle's instructions, poured and consumed from white wine glasses.

Better when consumed around 55F degrees or even warmer, to find the full nose and flavors.

A= slightly cloudy light yellow, modest head and rimming fading quickly.

S= champagne at first, then yeast, light pear, apple; nice floral fruity nose and a hint of coriander growing more evident as it warms.

T= lightly sweet, light fruits, slight sour apple and tartness.

M= slightly sweet, slightly dry, some mild tartness.

D= more of a novelty try for me, interesting but I probably won't buy it again. Worth the try if you're into Witbier variations, but at a very high price if you do find it. Honestly, I'd rather put my money into Witte or Allagash, both of which are much less expensive and also better.

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nose is sour Belgian funky with a champagne-like fruitiness over a well-attenuated sharpness. Smells good.

Pours a translucent tangerine yellow with moderate head and fairly quick dissipation... kind of like champagne... is this a trend? At least it's supposed to be served in white wine glasses, not flutes. Looks solidly good.

Such carbonation! A solid pillar of grape-like fruit sits in front, wrapped in apple, pear, and some citrus fruit... tangelo maybe. Mild sourness, funkiness, and spicy coolness. Notes of shampoo (the professional non-scented kind) own the pre-finish (must be the liquorice). Slight dryness in finish.

I should have known that a beer with an arrogant advertisement-dogtag wouldn't live up to its smug claims. How does Damm know this is the first beer specifically created to accompany food? There are numerous beers that can be paired with the utmost respect to the 'best cuisine', which must be high-talk for good food.

Maybe Damm is just joking; maybe this beer and all of its audacity is just a joke...

Avoid.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The crimped cap on this skinny necked bottle slipped off with ease. What was inside was a dark golden color with a few centimeters of white foam. The aroma is wheat, malt, yeast and vinegar. The sourness of this combination is bit out of character.

The mouthfeel of this thing is a little thick and chewy, beyond what I would have expected for wheat laced beer. Pale malt leads to sourness in the center. A lager-like sweetness pulls it out of the center toward a spicy end.

Overall this is a bit of an odd duck. Not necessarily bad, I will gladly drink the entire bottle, but a little off for a Witbier.

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Shadman
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found at a COOP liquor store @ the reasonable price of $8.50/per.

Has a wit look. Cloudy, pale straw colour. Decent head and lacing.

Light, but classic wit aroma. Hints of pear, citrus(orange) and that classic dash of coriander spice.

Taste follows nose almost to a tee. Has it's watery bland moments, but all the classic elements are there.

As mentioned, it does come across slightly watery, perhaps due to carbonation that doesn't hold up.

Decent Wit. Certainly drinkable and would be one to introduce this style to a neo-phyte

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of atis
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Barcelona. I normally do not drink Estrella, but had to try this, it cost unusually high 2.40 Eur therefore my expectations were rather high.

Pours light hazy pale golden with foamy white head with good retention, leaves excellent patchy Belgian lace. Aroma is spicy citrusy malt with mild yeast and weak perfumy hops.

Taste is spicy and orange and lemon malt, some wheat with dry finish, but I expected flavour to be more pronounced. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall, I have always been convinced that most of Estrella's creations are bad. But if only all of their beers could be this good....

Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle stamped 07/11 L190216 poured to tulip glass. The beer pours a golden yellow with a small 1 finger white cap with little retention and little lacing. The aroma is faint but provides a floral light citrus fruitiness flavor. Heavy wheat influence here. Just like the nose the flavor is wheat heavy, too much so, in my opinion. The crisp fruity sweetness is very much subdued. Lighter bodied and decently carbonated. Overall, not much going on here. The little booklet suggests the beer is made to be paired with food. I paired mine with a baked chicken. The beer did nothing for the food nor me. Not sure it's worth close to the asking price. Not bad, not great.

Estrella Damm Inedit from Damm S. A.
82 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.