Estrella Damm | Damm S. A.

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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
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
683
Avg:
2.85
pDev:
21.05%
 
 
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Photo of BDTyre
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So so macro. Golden colour with a fluffy white head. Faint whiff of hops and skunk, slightly syrupy malt smell. Faint AL can scent.

Noticeable adjunct taste, slight hop zing. Bland and uninspired, but refreshing when served ice cold on a hot day. Not bad, but I've had better macro lagers.

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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 donteatpoop
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with medium white head.

The scent was very faint, I caught a vague wiff of hops.

The taste was, thankfully, a bit more fulfilling than the scent. A decent lagre, hops and barley and a little earthy taste.

Good balance in the mouth and a reasonable carboination level.

Certainly a drinkable beer, I don't know that I would necessarily seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn it down either. And it's definately a brew that you can put a few down in one session.

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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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Photo of hero27
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle
There is a "Best Before" pre-printed on the label, but no date is actually printed on this one..that's a pet-peeve of mine..if you're going to go to the trouble of putting it on your label, please follow-through by marking the date.

Anyways, on to the beer..
Clear straw-yellow. Solid head of white foam recedes to a tight layer of froth.
Aroma is pretty lackluster. A slight waft of corn & pale malt.
Some pale, slightly fruity cereal malts and vegetal hops make up the majority of the flavor. Some corn & light grain linger after each sip.
Pretty good mouthfeel for a pale lager. Body carries the little grainy malt flavor well and the carbonation is adequate.
While certainly not mindblowing (I'm not sure how many macro lagers would be in the first place), this is a decent representation of the style out of Spain.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked one of these up for a mized sixer at Hy-Vee in Lincoln (40&Old Cheney location). Picture does not match the bottle I have. Bottle is brown glass with red labeling, 330 ml (11.2 fl oz). Marking on neck of 0908, assume this is a best by date. Story of beer on back label.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass the beer is clear and golden in color. A big, fluffy, white head about an inch and a half forms. Has some good staying power before fading to a solid cover and leaving some good lace.

Smell: Well, the beer is listed as american macro lager, but it has a Euro lager skunk with some musty grainy adjuncty smell. Not overly inviting.

Taste: More Euro lager than american macro. But why get caught up in labeling this? It is not real good no matter what you call it. Musty grain, nothing hoppy, touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lively, this is well carbonated, just short of soda pop fuzzy.

Drinkability: Beer looks good, smells not so good, tastes not so good. But, it is easy to drink (low in flavor and alcohol). Just not sure why I would want another. A six pack is very expensive. Maybe if I am in Barcelona (not likely), so I would say it is likely I will not be having another.

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a thin head that becomes a patch.

The smell is of faint grain with a touch of smoked veggies and some husk.

The taste is of a typical American macro - geography not-withstanding. Some sweet grain, some cooked veggies (corn?) - A touch of non-descript hop balance - though it does remain sweetish, with a touch of salt - in the finish.

Light-bodied with some slickness.

Smooth enough to chug if that's what you're into. Nothng interesting, though could be worse. mediocre-ish in style.

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Photo of Suds
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a one litter bottle, this brew pours a light yellow and transparent color. The head is initially tall and puffy, and produces some nice lace. The foam doesn't last long, though. The aroma is all grain and grass. It's got some husk and moderately musty hop qualities as well. Very dry and effervescent, the beer, when combined with it's lightness, takes on a tonic-water characteristic. Almost zero sweetness. There is a hint of malt somewhere there, for a fleeting instant, in the mid-taste. The finish is dry and crisp. It's not a good beer, for sure, but it's moderately drinkable.

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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 malty
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is longneck-brown-med. sized red label.

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a tight bubbly white 1 1/2" head. Semi-sparse visible uprising carbonation. Thin rings of leveled lace.

Crisp, snappy lager yeast smell with a touch of sweetness. An oh-so-faint hint of solvent.

Whatever taste there is, its almost unnoticeable. A twangy sour metallic notes creeps up after the clean & crisp ultra light flavor of barley malt. Very unintrusive and almost unperceivable.

Mouthfeel very crisp, somewhat dry (which is a nice element) and quick ending finish. Light bodied and good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I'm almost done with mine, although isn’t unmemorable.

Overall a bland, almost tasteless macro lager. Its very refreshing and dry which I'm sure would pair well with many one-dimensional foods; hot dogs, chili cheese fries and even chicken noodle soup. Not bad, just unmemorable

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Photo of beerbrains
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I sat down to drink this with a plate of nachos tonight (yes I know nachos aren't Spanish and the beer is). I was expecting a typical euro-mac....and that's what I got.

Pale yellow with a crispy white head. Taste is clean and crisp and unexciting. It did not have the skunked flavor that many euro-macs possess. Oddly, a few minutes after finishing the beer I did received a puffed wheat aftertaste.

Even though it did a good job of cutting through the cheese and spice of the nachos it's not worth seeking out. However, if you're out having tapas and selections are limited this will suffice.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear, hay-yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles and two finger, rocky white head that actually sticks around for quite a while and leaves a sticky lace.

S:aromas of grassy hops dominate but not very strongly

T: grassiness with a metallic finish typical of Euro macro cans. Quite weak flavour and a dry finish with almost no aftertaste.

M: light and watery but good carbonation. Bit of an unfortunate metalic-sour finish...

D: would be good on a hot summer day with food, but otherwise a very average Euro macro lager - looks a lot better than it tastes. Quite drinkable, however, and I could put down a few of these quite easily. I'd try it again in Spain, but I won't be hunting for it around my neck of the woods.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoped for a clean euro lager but instead got a flavourless corona style lager. Not much to say but avoid since there are lots of decent canned pils on the shelves that have some personality. Put a lime in it to make it a beach beer. Maybe it tastes better in Spain.

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Photo of Gavage
2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a brilliant 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop during the tasting.

Smell: an awful medicinal smell comes from the glass. Some grassy tones are evident.

Taste: grassy, light malt base, hint of lemon zest, and very minimal bitterness. Dull and uneventful flavor wise for an American Macro style.

Mouthfeel: crisp and a bit dry. Light in body. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this one just doesn't fit the bill for any flavor. Not worth a try in my book.

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

Poured a clear yellow with a fluffy sudsy head that dropped to a film of bubbles fairly quickly. Aroma is grassy but clean and crisp. Taste is American-macro-esque right down to the funky unpleasant aftertaste.

A typical and utterly forgettable macro brew. Not worth the import price -- just buy Pabst if this is the kind of beer you want.

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Photo of whynot44
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden color with a moderate white head that disappeared quickly.

The aroma is grainy and grassy, but clean and fresh.

The taste is pretty mush typical mass market lager, mild malt, slightly sweet, hints of corn, with an herbal finish.

Easy enough to drink for a summer cooler or just general purposes. Nothing special, but nothing objectionable either.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beautiful golden color with some white head that is very fleeting and leaves just a tiny bit of lacing at the top of the glass. The smell and taste were pretty typical macro lager but avoids most of the potential disasters that cheaper macro lagers tend to have (skunkiness, over-sweetness, etc). This beer goes down easily but the drinkability is hampered by the price and the fact that i don't really want another. I am not even sure that I had one in the first place, it left absolutely no lasting impression. If you want to get drunk, buy something cheaper. If you want to enjoy a good beer, pick up a better beer for the same price. No reason to even try this one, really.

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Photo of BBM
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pale golden yellow into a pint glass. Slight head, no lacing. Aroma was grains, malt, corn. Typical pale lager fare.

The overall sweetness of this beer is what keeps it from being a disaster, but it can't quite pull it from mediocrity. There is low bitterness, no skunk flavor, and no awkward vegetable/corn oil taste. It's just a smooth drinking lager, not unlike the typical macro pale lagers you find all over Europe. Not the worst, not the best.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of creamy white head with big bubbles on top, fading away to an even thinner layer pretty quickly. It does leave it's mark on the glass al the way down though. Smells faintly of noble hops and a little yeasty. Tastes very clean and balanced. Just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness, and just enough bitterness to finish clean. There's a little bit of lager malt flavor there, but not much. No hop flavor that I could detect. Mouthfeel is a little heavy and a little tingly. Everything's a little with this beer. Overall, it's drinkable. It's a beer for people that don't like beer.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.65/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: very clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, medium-sized with an impaired retention.
Aroma: not entirely unpleasant. Malty with some skunky notes.
Taste: some sweet malts to begin with and in the end slightly bitter. Corn notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, high carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: the bitterness changes to a disagreeable astringency.

Overall: mass-market adjuncty macro lager. Not inspiring. Disappointing aftertaste.

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

330 ml bottle, 4.6% ABV export version. Courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norwegian grocery stores. I guess the 4.6% version should have a listing of its own, but they’re both just called "Estrella Damm", so - never mind. Pale golden colour, decent head. Moderate citrussy aroma. The flavour is slightly citrussy and quite refreshing, without any offensive sidenotes. Very moderate hops in the finish. A light refreshment for a day in the Spanish sun - no more, no less.

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Photo of nekronos
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First it was refreshing, I have had it later on can and on bottle. BUt being more precise, the taste is like a macro lager, nothing veyr special, but is not disgusting. Probably the best lager in all Spain, from a macro. For a hot day like thos ein Summer in Catalonya is very good in eveyr tapas BAr.

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Photo of Tang07
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty average, however it's about 95 in Madrid right now and it's tasting pretty good.

For the most part in Spain you order a beer and you get what ever they have on tap. The place I was at served this stuff.

It is a darkish yellow. Had a marginal head. It was good enough that I didn't get up and go somewhere else, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find more of it.

It smells like a decent lager. It tasted good enough and was drinkable enough to order two more.

Nothing special, but no need to kick it to the curb.

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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
2.85 out of 5 based on 683 ratings.
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