Estrella Damm | Damm S. A.

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Estrella DammEstrella Damm

Brewed by:
Damm S. A.

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-08-2003

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Photo of Shadman
2.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New offering @ Track side/8th Street here in Medicine Hat. Bright Red 500ml can.

A richer hue of Macro amber with a foamy head that shown good retention and decent lacing. Lot's of big carbonation bubble.

Aroma is a let down. Husky grain and a lot of veggies.

Quite metallic in taste with a sharp, almost astringent hop bite that lingers. Not as watery as I expected, but certainly not great either.

light to med in body which I expected being from a warm weather country. Fairly smooth, dare I say, creamy in mouthfeel.

@ $2.50 a can might be ok as a novelty in the summer BBQ cooler, nothing great though

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Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +37.1%
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 mvanaskie13
3.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these on draft in Barcelona while on my latest euro vacation...

Standard lot of euro macro lagers, pale effervescent yellow with slight head that lingers. After reading a few reviews, this does not have the same impression now.

Smell is slight hops, but mainly grainy sweet malts.

Taste was of light grains and a slight malt and bitter light hops, semi refreshing after walking around the streets all day, but not what i consider an exceptionally tasty beer.

Mouthfeel was heavily carbonated keeping the bitter notes present, but again nothing to impressive. A little too much carbonation for me.

I'll give it a slight bump for drinkablity if only for it costing the same as a Coke in europe.

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Photo of Zorro
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a white colored head, pretty standard looks.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a mild grain and cooked veggie odor.

Taste starts out neutral to a little sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mildly fruity.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Yet another "Bud" from another land. Pretty much the Budweiser of Spain and about as flavorful. Not worth more than one try.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- everything about this beer is pretty standard for pale euro lagers. in a coke & pepsi style taste test i might not be able to distinguish it from others like carlsberg, grolsch, heineken, etc. my distributor talked me into trying it at a beer & wine show yesterday simply because he knew i wouldn't like it. jerk (haha just kidding joe). clear golden in color with artificial head retention and some rising bubbles.

S- adjuncts used are pretty evident (corn & rice) at the show i learned a little too much about extra things they put in this beer that were verified when i read one of the bro's review. one of the guys working the show referred to it as cat piss, but i wouldn't go that far. slight noble hop grassiness over the pale malt and corn.

T- tastes just as it smells, bland and uninteresting. a little hop bite right in the middle, but mostly just normal plain lager taste.

MF & D- thin and medium carbonation, don't you dare let this one get warm.

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Photo of janubio
2.84/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml decorated plastic bottle, it pours an enormous head that leaves a good lace. Deep golden colour, it's always bubbling. Smells of hops, some grain and fruit, citrus. Standard taste of nothing, just a bit citrus and grain, maybe some sweetness but with a bitter finish. Refreshing? Yes. But nothing more to say in its favour.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: straw copper w/ small fluffy white head and even minimal lace!

s: sweet hay w/ some caramel malts

t: raw grain w/ some caramel malts

m: on the smoother side for a macro with a syrupy clinginess and lighter carb than say bud or coors

d: ok with some spicier foods like mexican or curry but that is about it

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Photo of Wasatch
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, skunky, with some caramel. The taste is malty/slight hops, and some caramel. Light body. Not drinkable, my first from this brewery.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +28.3%
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 +11%
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 -4.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -9.2%
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 +14.8%
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 -18.7%
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 -38.9%
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 +5.7%
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 -13.4%
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 -1.4%
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 -14.1%
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 -1.4%
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 +39.6%
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 +36%
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%
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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Estrella Damm from Damm S. A.
Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 741 ratings