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Brewed by:
Damm S. A.
Spain
estrelladamm.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 06-21-2003

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Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
31.96%
 
 
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Photo of shigg85
4.04/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this at a Spanish restaurant in the Metropolitan building of the Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. I bought it for the simple fact that it was the darkest and most expensive beer they had bottles of. It was my first Spanish beer, so I had no idea what to expect. However, I was blown away by how tasty this brew was. It is a dark brew with a nice white head that retains its shape throughout its life. The smell overwhelmed me in a good way as I poured it into the glass. Very spicy and herbal in a way that obviously suits Spanish cuisine. The mouthfeel was a bit weak considering the appearance and the scent of the brew. However, I was overall pleased with this random selection. I get the impression that many other Spanish beers are not in this fashion, and looking at how others ranked this beer, I feel I am out of the popular consensus. Regardless, I loved this brew and I would recommend it if you see it around.

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Photo of Regenpak
3.84/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The joke goes that when on holiday in Spain only two lines are important, the first being: "Dos cerveza por favor", and the second: "Dos mas". So I discovered this brew while on holiday in Barcelona, and this particular bottle was broght to Amsterdam by friends.

The history of this beer seems to be that German brewers moved to Barcelona and then started to brew various styles. The Voll Damm (pron. "boy damm") is Deutsches Märzenbier. The brewers used a double dose of malt in the recipe ("se duplicó la cantidad de MALTA EN LA RECETA" as it says verbatim on the label) so hence the "Voll" (full).

My 25 cl bottle showed the BB date as 06/06, but since I kept it in the fridge it was still OK. It poured an amber color, almost no head (maybe because of said date) and just a few bubbles. The smell is strong and sweet, almost caramel. It has some bitterness but is very pleasant and drinks easy. The alcohol is noticable but not on the foreground. There's just a little carbonisation.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Voll-Damm pours with a deep burnished gold colour. The head has an almost off-white colour, moderate size, fair retention and is kind of creamy. Very clear appearance.
The aroma is very malty and presents some fruit notes. The taste is composed of sweet malts, some caramel hints and little hops. Kind of vinous.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a reasonable carbonation, fair alcoholic strength (despite its 7.2% ABV) and a full body.
The finish is sweet, only slightly bitter and quite lingering.

Overall: a great beer. Not oversweet as the majority of euro strong lagers in the market. Well-balanced and very tasteful. Top of the rate Spanish beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat oily in its structure. The first mouth looks just a little first before spicy be easy to drink. However, the finish awakens the senses and endures in the palace where they will mark traces of peanuts and bread and popcorn. Barley is also present and a great way as it is expressed by various peanut fumes. Corn is also there, either in the nose or in the body.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahhh...sipping it in a plaza cafe in palma whils writing an essay.

pours light brown with a small head and a bit of lacing and retention...carbonation is quite visible.

smell is very bready malts with a bit of nut character followed by a slight lager skunk - not bad at all though.

taste is sweet malts straight away followed by some hazelnuts and a clean bitter finish - the alcohol gives it a nice warming mouthfeel but isn't overpowering.

overall this is a very nice, drinkable marzen/amber lager - i'm somewhat skeptical of 7%+ european lagers unless they are german, but this one does a great job of maintaining the german feel while being spanish - almost as nice as the currywurst i had earlier today!

Estrella products are the best brews in spain without a doubt.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Barley, rice, maize and hops, brewed in Barcelona....

Beautiful copper colour, lots of head.

Warming aroma, quite unique.

Very unique and interesting flavor, chocolatey ending with the crispness of the rice. Lots of things happening on the tongue.

I like this, though it's a bit too heavy for drinking in the sun. Might try again in winter!

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Photo of seanyfo
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into what appears to be a spirit tumbler on a street cafe on the Rambla de Catalunya in Barcelona

A- Deep orange copper body with a 2 finger creamy head with moderate retention and good lacing. Excellent clarity

S- Toasted bready malts, munich malts, maybe a toffee note also.

T- Malt sweetness dominates the tongue, almost bock-like, this fades to a crisp lager finish, alcohol more apparent here although not hot.

M- Low to medium carbonation, full body, creamy.

T- Tasty enough albeit a bit sweet for a true marzen and also abv is too high, this more resembles a bock to me. Malt sweetness went well with the grilled beefburger in a roquefort cheese sauce i had with it.

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Photo of Radome
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Attractive beer. It is a deep golden color edging to copper or orange and it's very clear. The head is thick and fluffy at first, fading to a thin layer with nice lacing. Tiny bubbles.

S - The aromatics change for the better as the beer breathes and warms. Straight from the fridge it smells harsh and skunky like a mass-market "pilsner" lager you'd find anywhere in the world. Give it some time and its German heritage shows through. The skunkiness disappears, replaced by muted noble hops. The dominate aroma is malt--nutty, grainy, Munich malt. There is even some sweet alcohol presence in the nose.

T - The taste is more along the lines of the original aroma, unfortunately. Moderate hops bitterness that seems a little harsh and skunky. This fades in mid-palate and some malt shows through, but it is not as round and satisfying as good German examples. The bitterness returns in the end with a lemon twang, offset by a hit of alcohol.

M - Thin body, little noticeable carbonation, dry finish. A bit of alcohol bite.

O - This beer is drinkable, inexpensive, readily available and has a respectable alcohol content. Although not a great beer, it has become my standard to keep on hand in Spain because it is worlds better than other Spanish beers I’ve had. I'll keep looking, but so far this is the best local brew I've found.

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Photo of nekronos
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good, the taste is very malty, and very strong too. HAd it beofre the standar Estrella and was very dizzy, maybe it wa sbecause I was a little tired. The foam is not very big but it is quite exceptional. The aroma is very alcoholic but with character.

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Photo of Scoats
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the 2nd best beer I had while in Barcelona. The packaging says ¨doppel malta¨ and then something about the ëssense of beer¨, so I was originally afraid it was malta and not beer.

It also claims to be a marzen but pours too light IMO to be true to that style. It is however a very good beer. Malty, very tasty.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper gold and clear filtered with lots of champagne bubbles. Aside from the head, it looks like ginger ale. Topped with 3 fingers of off white head, lace like lacing left.

Malts, phenols, not much else. Some apple.

Malts, phenols, sweet sweet, a little apple.

Medium thin body, lots of carbonation.

Not bad for the style, just a bit sweet. Drank Jan 29th, 2016 in Chiang Mai with some Berlin Sausage curry.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Euro strong lager. Poured into lager glass.
Clean, caramel, moderate head retention, malty, honey, medium body and good carbonation, pretty delightful in common. Some characters of bock.

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Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes from tasting sheet: Lasting, creamy off-white head, good lacing, clear sparkling, amber/orange in color. Aroma : heavy grain, straw, average hops and yeast, hint of toffee, honey and vegetables. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, lively carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with the color of chestnut honey, with little or no head, and only a spotting of toad's eye bubbles rising from time to time. Eh.

Aroma is candied nuts, malt, cleanness. A decent replica of the classic marzen nose.

Taste is sweet at first, with loquat, starfruit, and a hint of apricot. This much fruitiness seems out of place. On the swallow, harsh bitterness sweeps in, leaving a somewhat chemical impression. Odd, to say the least.

Mouthfeel could use a bit more pop -- with the sticky sweetness that pervades much of the experience, it needs to be lighter and brisker to balance things out.

Overall, there are worse beers in Barca, but this isn't that far a step above. Drink cold, and in cool weather.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear bronze color, steady carbonation stream in the middle, medium head that dissipates, no lacing
s: as advertised -- doble malta, slightly sweet, spicy hints
t: some mildly sweet fruit tastes to go with the malts, finishes with a quick dose of bitter hops
m: lots of carbonation, light to medium body
d: a rather well-balanced beer which at times was reminiscent of other too-funky euro strong ales, but never to enough to be bad, smooth to drink

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted a couple of bottles of Voll-Damm doble malta "das originale marzenbier" in Barcelona in May 2006.

It poured a clear amber brew topped by a white head that remained throughout. Smelled only slightly malty, but detected nonetheless. It was the best of a mediocre bunch of Spanish beers sampled; tasted quite refreshing with a decent enough bite to it. Slightly bitter, ahcohol well disguised. Overall: not bad.

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Photo of batty
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light amber with one finger head, which takes a couple minutes to diminish into a light lace.

S: light toasty malts and alcohol

T: probably my favorite Damm beer. Medium-toasted malts, a touch of fruitiness balanced well with a light hoppy/alcohol finish and after. As with all Spanish beers I've had, nothing too complex.

M: pretty good - relatively thick but not heavy

D: I feel like I could keep going on these for awhile, but like most Spanish beers I've had, better with food.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first real beer in Catalunya after a horrible San Miguel from a dirty glass at the airport.

A: A beautiful copper/amber color with a 2 finger sized white head.

S: Very thin smell. Some hops and some sweet caramel tones. Some metallic note as well.

T: Floral hops, light roasted malts, citrus and some caramel. Slightly bitter and again a hint of metal.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body. Nice smooth finish though.

D: For a quad lover this is better than the average Spanish pilsener. Had this on many more occcasions. My main issue with this beer is that the taste is out of balance.

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Photo of EstebanH
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

You know how when you were a kid, walking down the street casually, and you walked by a dumpster or something with some leaky beer? You remember how you were not necessarily enticed by the fragrant aroma? Yeah, voll damm reminded me of that a bit. But with that alky content at seven-point-two out of one hundred, we got ourselves something worth fighting for. It costs less than an hour of marriage counseling, am I right folks?... Am I right?

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale brass with loose white froth that flees fast but rims.
Faint caramel popcorn with a bit of earthy, spice hops.
Thick honey on country loaf with a big grassy hit.
Papery finish and astringent linger. Medium, chewy, some burn.

Maize and rice in the ingredients; only 18% barley, which ain’t good. It does a passable job of throwing the shapes of a true marzen. But it is a bit cheap and flimsy on the linger – crunchy autumn leaves come to mind. There are far worse double malts.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair larger, a bit hefty and boozy, but short of any remarkable quality.

Presentation: 25 cl. brown bottle. Dark label design with gold, white, and red typography. Notes a double malt-marzen style, with a narrative in the back label outlining ingredients alongside perfunctory legal notes. Notes best by date (11/10), shows Alc. by Vol. (7,2%). Served in a tall conic glass.

A - Medium to deep amber color. Generous head, good retention, and fair lacing.

S - Skunky hint, followed by a single note of boozy maltness.

T - Taste is relatively similar adding a sweet note to the malt. Skunky note, with a long malt sense coated in alcohol, and back to a brief skunky note rescued by the sweetness.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation, and with a crisp, bitter finish.

D - Not an awful social drink and offer in the local context.

Notes: It´s not horrible, but it is also fairly avoidable. The thing is that having these offerings is quite welcome in a way since it adds diversity to the Spanish beer landscape. Now, it would be better if it were to add quality. But that is another story...

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Photo of evlu1441
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a nice centimeter of foamy head on top of a clear, medium-dark amber beer.

The aroma is quite strong and malty, with a hint of caramel in the background.

The flavour is slightly sweet. The alcohol comes through quite noticeably, and it has a kind of breakfast cereal aftertaste.

Overall, this is an okay offering if you're looking for a strong beer. I wouldn't seek it out back home though... It's probably pretty expensive.

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Photo of Andreji
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess Voll Damm's double malt gives it a flavour edge over the mediocre Estrella. in all fairness, it's not too bad.

The beer profiles as a munchen helles because of the slightly darker toned golden colour and the scarce head it boosts at first. the smell is clearly malty, and I guess that's what you expect when the beer is sold for being double-malt.

the taste was actually quite decent, a sweet strong euro lager type with a decent bitter ending. nothing too fancy I mussay, but still, on to be drunk a few times in beer-deprived south Spain.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a clear medium honey small head leaves quickly slight soapy lacing

s slight malt vert subtle smell

t medium malt bitter slight tinny finish but not bad claen in end

m medium body nice mouth good carb

d first spanish not tiring - a nice beer to get in 6 pack form when visiting Europe.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the 330 mL can into a pint glass.

Really good smell in this one with lots of bread and an apricoty fruit note somewhere in the middle there. Maybe a bit of caramel. Very malt heavy. Touch of butterscotch or just butter bread in there as well...

The beer tastes similar but with more of that buttery character. Very smooth, but perhaps a bit cloying. Bready and malty but perhaps not enough balance in there. Alcohol comes into play as the beer warms. Not fantastic but drinkable.

Overall pretty good. Not sure I would pick it up again because it's very unbalanced.

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