Estrella Damm | Damm S. A.

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Estrella DammEstrella Damm
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
698
Reviews:
234
Avg:
2.85
pDev:
20.7%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
153
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from LCBO. Another frequently marketed pale lager. I could not open he can with the little tab, A can opener worked, but had to suffer through the cheesy aroma first. Pale body with foamy off white head. Below average mouthfeel. There was a little malt in the taste, a tad of bitterness. It was not the worst yellow fizzy beer I have had, but not too drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light 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, grain, and a fruity aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's drinkable and not offensive.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess im not sure why this one has such low reviews, I thought it to be a far superior beer to the average euro lager. it pours beautiful and elegant into a tulip, with crystal clear golden hues and about an inch of white head that doesn't recede one bit. nice lacing left behind, and lazy carbonation haphazardly rising to the surface. the nose is a little dusty, some Czech or german pilsener malts for sure, and just a very common lager yeast. the taste is indeed bready akin to the pilsener style, but it has a lot less hops, and is instead balanced by a dryer malt complexion that finishes impossibly clean. it may get a little filling over time, but a few of these to me is a pretty solid session. excellent carbonation and a sturdy body for its color. I have no problem with this beer at all, a nice surprise from a champagne bar in Chicago.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet with grains and malts. The taste of those same things came through and had very little hop bitterness at all. The mouthfeel of this beer is light and is fairly easy to drink on a regular basis. Overall this brew isn't anything special, I don't even know if I'd buy it again or not. But I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can, 4.6% ABV. I wonder what 'Damm' means in Spanish? I'll have to look that one up.

This bear pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of billowy, rocky bone-white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving a complex web of spidery lace around the glass.

It smells of sour grass, apple cider, wet white bread, glutenous corn mash (but unfortunately no cornbread esters, I'm afraid), dusty yeast, and musty hops. The taste is kind of a blend between corn, rice cakes, and pithy wheat grain, and not all that sweet, with a bit of indistinct citric acidity, and mild dead grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is well below average for the style, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, with a certain skunky edge tugging at the palate. It finishes mostly dry, clean like a pressure-washed European sidewalk, and pretty nondescript - just, well, 'beer'-like.

For a corn and rice-riddled (it's right on the label, folks, albeit in rather small type) beer, this actually turns out all right, when keeping the style in mind. Nothing to brush past your mother for, but agreeable enough, if cold, and it's sweaty outside, and that's your prime brew-seeking directive at the moment.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a frosted Estrella Damm stein in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of little cream, average thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Appealing.

Sm: Clean barley. Some malt.

T: Malt and barley body with a lingering malty finish. Subpar and simple, but certainly refreshing.

Mf: Moderate thickness, but not too heavy. A bit syrupy. Too smooth. Wet and refreshing.

Dr: A lime ester is direly needed - or something to add to the complexity. It's too expensive (4 quid in Ibiza) for the quality. It refreshes, but doesn't satisfy.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow lager with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt withs some notes of crisp hops. Taste is somewhat light with light malt with no distinctive notes of adjunct and some light dry hops presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if I was more thirsty then usual but this did tasted not too bad.

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Photo of zeff80
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, white foamy head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. Not a very good nose.

T - It tasted fairly sweet and of corn/grains. It was also slightly bitter.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay lager. Not offensive in any way and easy drinking.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.67/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, grain, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt and adjunct sweetness followed by mildly bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. The hops presence hardly detectable and there isn't much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, light and goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, certainly not one of the better beers that I've had.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grain adjunct malts with lighter hints of rice and corn adjunct malts. There is also a moderate presence of grassy hops. Starts out sweet and finishes with some light bitterness.

T: The flavors of the adjunct malts are quite present (grain, rice, and corn) along with a very light hint of citrus. Also, there is a light bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: Light bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. The beer is not anything special but it was sessionable and seemed to go down quite well during the Euro game with my cornish pastie.

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Photo of mactrail
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost not foam in the pint shaker. Color is an amber-tinted yellow. Some spritz on the tongue but not enough carbonation to be very sudsy. Some flabby malt sensation with a little grainy taste. Hops seem virtually absent in aroma or flavor.

I think the word "forgettable" is the correct adjective. If only is was even a slightly crisp lager. No worse than many others in this category, I suppose. On tap at Social Tap overlooking the ballpark in downtown San Diego.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of dcmchew
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly bubbly, golden body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of cereal grains glazed with light corn syrup. Distant hint of grassy, spicy hops.

Taste: Sweet, light pale malts with, perhaps, a touch of grainy pils malt. Small child-sized handful of corn kernels. Touch of lemon. Spicy, grassy hops with an adequate amount of sharp, balancing bitterness. Faint hint of sulfur before the end. Finishes dry with a lingering grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.

Drinkability: Another basic, straight-up average lager, but from Barcelona, Spain and 0.8 less ounces, natch.

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Photo of smcolw
1.73/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A very nice golden color. Little head that dissipates to to nearly nothing. No lace.

A combination of malt and adjuncts for the smell. No notable hop aroma.

Way too much carbonation--in fact, that may be all that is giving this beer its bite. This is a very dry beer. The swallow is slightly sour and the aftertaste shows some small hop flavors. The body is very thin.

A clear miss, although I'd say it is better than most of the American macros.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Perfectly pellucid pale gold with pale sunshine colored trim. The bright white cap is much more attractive that just about anything atop a real American macro lager; that is, one brewed by BMC. It melts in attractive fashion and leaves quite a bit of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

The aroma is par for the style course, more or less, with a lower nastiness quotient than usual. The 'best by' date is still more than three months away, so that helps. It smells like the beer will be more bitter than sweet, with a modest amount of grassy hoppiness.

ED is a drinkable lager, but it certainly isn't something that I'll enjoy. There's a shade more sweetness than expected, yet it's almost ideally balanced by bitterness. The hop flavor is nothing to shout about, that's for Damm sure.

The fact that the brewery doesn't provide a list of ingredients isn't the least bit surprising. It seems that Americans are the only ones interested in providing (and seeking out) that sort of information. They do say this beer 'stands out for its creamy hops-flavoured frothy'. Okay then.

Malt is strictly pale/pils by the taste of things, and the hops have a different sort of vibe. They're grassy, but also modestly vegetal and oddly spicy. Warming isn't likely to improve anything. In fact, probably just the opposite.

The mouthfeel gets a below average score largely due to a lack of carbonation. Bubbles are present, but they aren't energetic enough to provide any lift whatsover. More carbonation *might* have increased the final two scores one notch.

When I pulled Estrella Damm from the fridge today, I thought it was my first beer from Spain. It turns out that the forgettable Estrella Galicia earned that honor back in 2006. This one is no more memorable and isn't recommended unless you're looking to add to the 'countries' number on your profile page.

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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
2.85 out of 5 based on 698 ratings.
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