Estrella Damm | Damm S. A.

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Estrella DammEstrella Damm

Brewed by:
Damm S. A.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 683
Photo of innobae
4.55/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i dont like ale.
i love lager beer. it is my best larger beer.
smell is good also last taste is very good.
i think this beer likes the stella artois.
but it is more sparkling and variety smell.

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Photo of RayG
4.51/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just tried a couple of fresh pints in Barcelona, where it is brewed. Very good, light, just the right amount of flavor. Based on other reviews it may not age/transport well to the US but in Barcelona don't hesitate to try it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Estrella Damm has a very thick, white head and a clear, straw appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and ample lacing. The aroma is of sweet, bready malt and clean water, and the taste is of lightly-toasted cracker, sugar, water, and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Estrella Damm finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. This beer is a clear winner.


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Photo of chefelf
4.15/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure exactly how to characterize this beer. I'm surprised to find it with such low grades as I rather enjoyed it. It was different than lagers I've tried in the past. Perhaps it is a testament to my lack of knowledge on the subject and this is typical of Spanish beers.

I've had the gluten free version in the past and I found this one to be much better (not surprising).

I only bought a couple of bottles to test but I would surely buy this beer again. Right up my alley.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.05/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - White rocky pancake batter head with good retention. Clear pale straw body with lots of visible carbonation.

Smell - Sweet with hints of cherry. Great for a lager.

Taste - Corn with an alcoholic finish. Clean aftertaste. Does not live up to the appearance and smell.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth clean finish. No off flavors.

Overall Drinkability - Good overall beer. Could use a little more complexity in the flavor. If only the taste matched the rest of the beer, it would be ace.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, this isn't a mind-blowing-tasting lager. I feel what it lacks bumps it up into that exclusive (ever-expanding) echelon of cheap lager I will swill gladly.

It has to have the prettiest, tightest head I've ever laid eyes on - when it comes to this style. Pouring it into my Euro pint, the super silky compact foam rose high up the sides of the glass and fluffed up in the interior. Wet white cotton candy. Great retention. Registers in the mid-single digits on the SRM - in other words, pale straw gold, clean. Really, it's a looker.

From there, I'll admit the rest - smell, taste, feel - made me immediately think of Carlsberg's beers. Did they use their yeast strain here?

It's funny, this mostly smells like other lagers I've had from Spanish-speaking nations (Quilmes, Modelo, San Miguel come to mind). Aromas and flavors here matched closely with a surprising emphasis on (grainy) malt accented with an essence bordering on a lightly bubblegum-phenol and maybe some hops in the background. All mellow.

Big part of the enjoyment of this beer is the quite clean, mineral-rich feel to the water. Drinks like it's good for you or something. A little bit more wetness(?) may be desired as its soft, foamy mouthfeel and somewhat parching dryness obscures its medium body.

What Estrella Damm has is fine balance in flavor, a neat look, and much drinkability. What it DOESN'T have (what it lacks - and why I like it) is a (cooked) corn flavor that's unavoidable or overbearing. Sorry I only bought a single, honestly. I wanted another.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330cl bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" frothy white head that drops rapidly with scant lacing. Color is clear light gold with a small amount of particles in suspension. Moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: mild but pleasant aroma of white bread, a bit of fruity and floral hops.
Mouthfeel: light and fairly crisp with a dry finish.
Flavor: lightly toasted barley malt, some ripe fruit, and floral hops.
Overall: enjoyable and easy drinking. No obvious flaws.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.95/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance very fizzy and golden. Very thin lacey head.
Smells mainly of hops. Smells like a European lager.
Nice taste. Good balance of hops and malts, hides the usual skunky taste of European lagers. Ends dry with a thirst for another sip.
Nice and smooth. Very nice on the tongue.
Very drinkable. Smooth and dry. Great warm weather beer with taste.

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Photo of jburris64
3.94/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, light straw color thin head that remained until the end.
I get the fruity back note. It is smooth and crisp reminiscent of an American light beer.
Nice, but not my go to beer.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for an import but doesn't want a heavy beer

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Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is straw yellow; the finger thick head is compact and white. Lots of fine lacing.

The smell is malty with notes of white bread. With hints of mild bitterness. Clean and uncomplicated.

The taste is stronger than expected: Clean notes of malt with flavours of white bread and a fresh mild bitterness. The aftertaste got some sour notes of lime and some sweet hints. Some wheatmeal in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, yet very fresh. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Clean, fresh, uncomplicated with some dry notes. Just what I want from a macrobrewed lager.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light and fruity.
Taste is crisp and refreshing. A nice fuity malt flavor is followed by a firm bitter dryness. A great combination.
Finishes with more strong dryness.
A nice refreshing beer that is a notch above the beers made in the usa.

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Photo of drxandy
3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a golden hazy shade, off white head fades to lacing

smells of spicy hop zest, nice light malts, corn/adjuncts

taste is sweet malts, corn/vegetable, hop bitter zesty finish, good carbonation, a nice zesty lager, corn takes away from the goodness but has a great finish and more flavor than most american macros ehe

mouthfeel is of good carbonation, hop spice - not bad overall and easy to drink

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Photo of wattoclone
3.79/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Amada in Philly. Nice flavor for a standard lager. This is what American lagers should taste like. Smooth and refreshing with a sweet orange note in the finish. Goes well with Tapas or any food. Overall very impressed with this Spanish lager.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.79/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Hint of what smells like Noble hops, malts, toffee, and honey.

T-Malt dominates with some Noble hops presence. Its crisp and refreshing.

M-Thin and carbonated.

D-Very drinkable due to its good flavor and low abv.

Overall, this beer reminded me of Super Bock. I really enjoyed drinking it. It tastes pretty good, it isn't offensive, and is easy to drink. This beer does not taste like an American Adjunct Lager, it tastes more like a Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

So I'm a beer guy and went to Portugal and Spain. Was on a structured trip, so didn't get to get to anywhere with very good beer. But I got to sample the BMC of their countries . . .

I kinda liked this one. I mean, it was a simple fizzy yellow beer, but I had worse on the trip.

Aroma (3.5): Smells decent enough for the style.
Appearance (4): Nice golden color. Just like a lager should be.
Taste (4): You get a little malt and more hop taste than you'd think. It may have just been bitter, and I was craving hops and took it that way.
Palate (3.5): No real complaints, nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.71/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a fairly standard euro lager, with straw colour and little head. Scent is barely present, though what is there brings up faint barley. Taste is very pleasant, bringing up an indescribable berry taste almost. Very crisp finish, with some of the fruitiness sticking around after. This is a very enjoyable lager, I don't think it deserves the rating it gets here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice golden with a solid white head, good retention, great for the style. Limited lace.

S: Grainy husks, hint of corn, adjuncts galore.

T: The beer gives a straight up malt flavour with a hint of corn on the palate, no DMS off flavours. Nice hop attack which was suprising, but very enjoyable and well done, grassy noble hop character.

M: Medium-bodied for the style, little overly fizzy, but a nice feel, clean and crisp.

D: Certainly one of the best adjunct lagers out there. I was certainly suprised by this effort, and would defintely drink it again if I wanted a Euro style lager.

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Photo of Raime
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another ultra clean though flavorful enough adjunct for those nights when you want a palate washer.

No long review, but rating purely to style, this one is up there with the greats

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Photo of biorens
3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good beer with a thick head. Golden and clear.
Not much smell but a good taste. It starts with a medium-hard bitter flavor that is just equilibrated at final by the malt with a little fruity acid.
Good post-final with a sweet bitterness. Refreshing and nice tasty.

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Photo of fabiansoliz
3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on my first visit to Barcelona and didn't realize it was their local beer until I tried to find it in the States. At first taste it wasn't a winner but after the second round I realized this was going to be a favorite. This beer is impossible to find back home but there is a bar in Venice beach near the pier that has it available, and I always make sure to have a round when I am in town.

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Photo of batty
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

one of the classic on-top spanish beers, very common at any of their outdoor festivals, being sold on the street and in bars. one of the few macros i actually enjoy.

appearance is a very light, clear fizzy yellow. typical macro lager, but a high improvement on most in that the white head is relatively thick, dense, and sticks around quite well, at least with the on-top version.

smell is typical, a bit of sweet malt and hint of alcohol, not much else.

taste is why i think this is really an improvement over your typical macro lager - the beginning touch of sweet malt is well balanced with a relatively substantial hop presence. not just a hop extract end bitterness, but i can taste a bit of real hop flavor as well. reminds me much more of a pilsner than an american macro, in all honesty.

mouthfeel is typical, just a bit better than very thin. drink is high, pretty refreshing but with more flavor than your typical macro lager yields a pretty reasonable brew for a hot day or celebration.

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Photo of TryThemAllOnce
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gosh, folks have been harsh on this beer, but I found it to be pretty good for its category (I prefer hoppy ales generally).

The head was nice, stayed for the duration, those that found otherwise were pouring into an unclean glass I'm sure.... mine laced all the way down nicely.

It does have a slightly thick, soapy mouthfeel as another stated here, but nothing too detrimental.

I just returned from S.A., and having tried Brahma (Brasil) and Balboa(Panama), this one had way more flavor. I was surprised that one reviewer compared Estrella to Corona....(this was way better in my view).

I won't place this in my top tier, but certainly won't turn it down if offered by anyone :-)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head - nothing special, but not off-putting. Aroma is richly malty and has a strong fruity component to it. Flavor is mainly malty and has traces of apple and cherry and is rather sweet. Texture is very smooth and somewhat thick, fizzy and lively. Not great, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of glid02
3.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a random bar in Figueres.

Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger bright white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with solid amounts of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by earthy and somewhat grassy hops. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass although I'm not sure about another.

Overall I had this multiple times while in Barcelona but the tap version at this particular place was head and shoulders above the rest. Maybe it was the tap lines but it's certainly a different beast fresh. Worth a shot if you're near the source.

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Photo of generallee
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a bright golden yellow body with very good clarity and visible carbonation. The head is light and bubblely, bright white in color and fades quickly making only some spotty slick lace.

Smell: The aroma is very light with just a hint of light grassy/floral hops and grain.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The favor has a light grainy malt with mild but balanced grassy/floral hops and a slight citrus like acidity. It finishes cleanly and fairly dry. It has a light body with a light easy drinking texture and a somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is my first beer from Spain and it is on par with any American Light Lager Style beer that I have had. This is nice but I look forward to trying more complex for Spain.

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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
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