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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.89/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Come to find out this brew I had was expired/Outdated

Estrella Damm brewed by Damm S. A. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This brew has alot of floating stuff in the bottom of the glass. The smell is rich and sweet with some grains. There is a lot of sweetness in the smell of this brew. The taste is different from most brews on the market. It really does not taste like beer. This is more fruity and non beer tasting. This brew is smooth but it different. This was not what I was expecting. Not a bad brew but not a good brew. I don't believe I would get this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 2.75 out of 5

Come to find out this brew I had was expired/Outdated

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the 9th door in Lodo, this was the only draft offering and I'd already ticked the bottles they had. Bright yellow, fizzy looking lager. Aroma was nothing to write home, typical lager grains and a hint of mineral. The flavor was not half bad, pretty standard fizzy lager, crisp refreshing, easy to drink, not sure why this gets such low reviews.

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1.96/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

500ml can. Lager glass. Sugar & cabbage as tap is removed. Bright straw color, filtered appearance. White forth creates a correct crown even though not very well attached. Sulfur, moldy & cardboard odors. Crispy & grainy upfront. Light to medium body. Medium moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Fizzy & spicy palate. Metalic hues, grainy malt flavor linger into a slight bitter finish touched by sweetish artificial notes.

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Photo of spoony
2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap into a pokal-style glass.

A-The beer is pale, light-golden in color and clear. A good bit of carbonation is visible and props up the short, white head for a while. A wisp or two of lace remains on the glass after the head fades. Pretty standard-looking adjunct lager.

S-The aroma is heavy on the cooked vegetables, corn in particular. There is a bit of graininess, but less of the metallic-tinny aroma that often overwhelms macro adjunct beers. Hops are mostly an afterthought.

T-The taste tracks the smell with cooked corn being the most prevalent flavor. There is also a bit of buttery taste. The finish dries out and ends with a puff of crispness. If I were to stretch, the finish has a pils-like quality to it.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft (when compared against other adjunct lagers) and the carbonation is active, but not overly fizzy. Crisp and pretty easy to drink.

O-This beer is not going to win any awards from me, but I don't think it compares poorly to other macro adjunct lagers. It packs a bit more flavor than say, Coors Light or Bud Light, etc., and it doesn't have the skunky rotten vegetable flavor that I get from big Mexican lagers like Corona. Of course, the real question is: Why drink this over a good pils or other craft lager?

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I have consume this beer in numerous places in the United States, Spain, Morocco, and El Salvador; fairly uniformly tasting in all these countries. Pours bright yellow, foamy/soapy head that dissipated rapidly, and average carbonation. the aroma disappeared rapidly after pouring, it had a watery taste. with hops, wheat, rice, and malty yeast mixed in there. No real edge and pretty light filling.

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Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Had this on draft on a warm evening. Nothing to write home about but refreshing and easy drinking. It is not poor just nothing special. Found it to be easily drinkable and would happily have a few.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500 ml can purchased from LCBO and served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color and very bubbly looking. 1 finger of white head with surprisingly decent retention time is poor. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Grassy, slight sweet. Also slight metallicness that is not-offputting. "beer" is the best way to describe this smell.

Taste - Clean and clear, slight metallicness and also slight breadiness and not much else. OK for adjuncts but not impressive.

Mouthfeel - Nothing weird or unpleasant and has moderately high carbonation. Not much esle other than a generic AAL or EPL feel.

Overall - One of the better AAL's I've had but that's not terribly inspiring and the tap selection would have to be really poor for me to order this on tap.

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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 SerialTicker
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't normally completely hate any AAL's, but this is one that I'd love to never have again. It smells of skunky hay, and tastes the same way. The worst thing about this beer though, is the aftertaste. I say this in a decent number of my reviews but it has an "off" bitterness. It's weird. It's unwelcome. It's gross. It's a metallic sort of bitterness that ruins an already pretty awful beer. Considering the 67 rating (which isn't bad by any means for an AAL), I'll have to just guess that this is a skunked bottle... it sure tastes and smells like one. Pass.

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Photo of rangerred
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a one finger white head. Some fairly large chungs of foam stick around on the head and the sides of the glass which is kind of surprising for the style.

Aroma of sweet corn and bread with some floral/grassy hops. Fairly typical for the style but this is a little richer.

Somewhat robust bread and corn to start out the flavor but then alcohol comes rushing in along with an overbearing sweetness. Some grassy hops but it is buried. Very light bitterness and a lingering sweetness that is hard to shake.

Overall, another poor Euro lager that is too sweet for its own good. There are many good examples of the style out there but this isn't one of them.

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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 soju6
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy ead that fades quickly.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, grassy and a musty.

T: Taste is of malt sweetness and some grain. No real bitterness and a slick finish.

F: Light body and smooth.

O: Lower rung on the Euro Lager ladder. Too sweet to enjoy.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw yellow, with a nice couple of fingers of white carbonation. Lace is thin and wispy.

Nose is adjunct grains. I get the requisite cream corn and rice notes. Unremarkable and pedestrian.

Taste is sweet and malty, with accents of cream corn and rice. Hops are there, but oh-so-lightly resigned to the background. The Bud Lite of Spain? Seems like it. Nothing more to see here.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at la Bocqueria in NYC

A - Pale yellow water, little bit of fiz and a little bit of lacing

S - a little skunky but mainly metallic

T - Butter sweet and Metallic nothing else to it

M - Could use a bit more carbonation to make it at least refreshing, kind of leaves too much sweetness in the mouth

O - It's what's in tapas bars so you have little other choice, but honestly, it's not that good

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I see this beer all the time, but I have never had it. Until I grabbed this to review, I didn't even know what Estrella Damm meant! Estrella means "star", but had no idea Damm came from the guy who started the entire operation. Cool story, and cool how they changed the name of the brewery to honor him. This is a VERY old recipe, and I am excited to try it. Not usually a fan of American Adjunct Lagers, but this one has a good brand and comes to us from Barcelona. Actually it comes to us from the Total Wine & More in Scottsdale, Arizona. But you get the idea.

This is our first beer from this brewing company, but there are several more on the list. Let's see how the Estrella Damm stacks up. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: The beer looks pretty boring in the glass. It is thin, and you can see right through it. Some bubbles are rushing to the top, but not much action. Very little to no lace is offered here. Before I stick my nose in the glass, know that I do not expect great things. I expect this to be slightly better than an American domestic product, but a tad bit sweet like I have come to expect from boring European lagers.

Nose: Smells like beer. It has a weak aroma, but what I am getting is grassy and smells like liquid bread. That is what beer is, anyway. Liquid bread! A deep second whiff gives me yeast and some more bread aromas. Expecting a lot of that from the flavor.

Flavor: The first impression is somewhat sweet. It hits your tongue and the sweetness sort of explodes across your palate. Then it drinks like any other American Adjunct Lager I have had, then finishes sweet leaving a linger aftertaste of yeast and bread. Considering my expectations here, I am VERY impressed with this offering. The sweetness sort of took me for a loop. Wasn't expecting that.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full, and flavorful ending with a smooth sweetness left on the tongue. There aren't a lot of bubbles, and it is a beer you could literally chug all day long. I bet this does well at futbol games in Europe and other foreign countries. This would be a good example of a domestic beer for countries like Spain, Italy, and France. I haven't been to Barcelona, but this will be the first beer I order when I step off the plane.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is nice, dry, and bittersweet. The sweetness you get from the flavor hangs on and it just continues to get dry as I swallow. I bet the aftertaste hangs around a good 5-7 minutes. VERY impressed with this offering. Fun learning what "estrella" means and neat knowing the man that started this was named Damm. Consider this beer a learning experience all around!

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle, 07/13 plus another code stamped on the neck label.

appears a pale straw color, with thin frothy white head. smells like sweet corn, not hops. taste is similar. clean mild grain flavor. slightly sweet. lingering aftertaste. thin body, fizzy higher carbonation.

overall - very similar to American made adjunct lagers.

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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 Fatehunter
2.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finger of foamy head. Clear, golden colored body.
Smell is grain and barnyard/wet hay.
The taste is mild bitterness, fizzy and short.
Crisp texture, too much carbonation though.
Not terribly offensive but the fizziness and boring flavor make this a one and done.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 06/11-L080214. Sampled on September 24, 2012.

It pours straw yellow with the slightest of chill haze and a thin white head that lingers to the end.

The aroma is grainy and malty with a sort of butterscotch element to it. No immediate hop character.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste begins malty and has this low to moderate bitterness on the backside but it leaves an odd aftertaste. Really nothing special here.

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

A: Pours a very pale straw. Good carbonation. Moderate white head that dissipates rapidly. Moderate to minimal retention.

S: Hop extract. Fruity sweetness. Cooked veggies/mild skunkiness.

T: Cereal sweetness that is borderline cloying. Adjuncts, extract and some serious processing. Bit of a metallic note. Not nearly bitter enough on the finish.

M: Pretty spot on. Good carbonation. Wish this sucker finished dryer.

O: About to the level of many of the other mass produced Euro Lagers. Unfortunately, it's a bit more expensive. Would probably be better in Barcelona, watching some poor bastard getting gored during the Bull Run.

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Photo of RickS95
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Budweiser only with a decent head. Very clear, pale straw color. Extremely clarified. Looks like piss in a glass. But I'm giving it a two because it's got a nice head. Bright white, foamy, good retention and a crusty lace as it dies.

Smells like an American macro. Corn, grainy esters, facsimile of some sort of Pilsner malt.

Vague fruitiness with some floral notes. Not awful, just not good. Same grainy flavor as the smell.

Pretty smooth for piss in a glass. Has some sweetness to it, a grainy bite. Sort of a hoppy bite in the finish, though even that's masked by all the adjunct crap added.

I feel for the Spanish. This would be a good beer if you were stranded in the desert, otherwise, don't bother.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a standard beer glass.

Appearance: Clear Yellowish color with heavy carbonation. Head was about two fingers and did not last long, except for a very thin layer on top that lasted almost the whole beer.

Smell: Almost nothing in the way of smell. Maybe some cereal type grains but faint.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Lighter bodied and smooth. Some sweet and bitter qualities about this beer. But it was a bit watered down, which I would expect from these types of beers. It had a dry and bitter after taste that I have noticed is common in a lot of the American Adjunct Lagers made in Spanish and Latino countries.

Overall: Not a horrible beer. I can honestly say I enjoyed it. Good beer for a hot summer day, and I drank the whole six pack. Not my immediate choice, but would have again.

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Photo of Brabander
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap in the early and late 2000's and in that time this beer was not very spectacular. My brother in law was in Spain a week ago and he bought a few beers for me. Thanks Gerard!

Poured this beer in one of my Dutch beerglasses. Nice golden pour with a big fluffy head and some nice carbonation. The start is good. Lacing, the head sticks in the glass.

Smell is a bit grassy. Taste is a bit too watery for me. No crispyness in this beer. It is a good lager but not more than that. No real bitterness or sweetness in this beer...

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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 frankiepop
3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty beer with a hint of sweetness. A good balance between a light sweet maltiness and dry hoppiness to quench a thirst for a meal. A light golden brown hue. Good clarity. Good medium carbonation for easy drinking. I think the beer really rather fitting of the Spanish culture and food. A very good compliment of the wonderful cuisin of the land. This is not a big splash, but I do not understand some of the lower marks some have thrown against this beer. I find Estrella to be of fine quality.

This beer goes well with a Euro Soccer match, dontcha think?

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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
2.85 out of 5 based on 665 ratings.
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