Name: Estrella Damm
Brewery: S.A. Damm
Country of Origin: Spain
City & State: Barcelona, Spain
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4%
First Brewed: 1876
Fruity nose has hints of grape and oranges, as well as a whisper of grainy malt. crisp start on the palate before honied by caramel, vanilla, and fresh floral notes. Clean, light finish.
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 I 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!
Estrella Damm – The bottle says: “Brewed in Barcelona since 1876, this premium quality beer embodies the vibrance, passion and tradition of the city it represents. Estrella Damm is The Beer of Barcelona.”
I will try to be as non-biased as I can on this review today, but I have to admit that I’ve had a bad day at work and really want to just chug this beer and don’t even care what it is. So there’s my disclaimer. It’s out of the way now. Whew.
Ok, so… the beer. Again, looks like another lager. It’s a golden honey color, pretty thin. There are a few bubbles floating to the top, not a lot. And right now (after it’s been sitting for a few minutes), there is pretty much no head left. As far as the smell, well, this could almost be the same beer that we tried yesterday. It also smells exactly like bread dough. Hmm. Let’s see what kind of taste we get.
You know what this reminds me of? A beer you would order in Europe. Most of the beers I have ordered over there have been lagers that just taste better than the domestic lagers over here. They are still pretty thin, but just have a lot more flavor. I can’t stand domestic beers in the US, as I’ve talked about before, but if I was looking for a chugging beer, I might pick a “domestic” beer from Europe instead. They just taste better. (And they taste even better for when you are drinking them IN Europe!)
This beer is light, smooth, and flavorful. While it’s not my favorite style and I usually like something a bit heavier or richer, I would definitely buy this again as a summer beer if I wanted to drink a few or if I just wanted something cold to chug. This could serve the purpose and be quite tasty too. I’ll keep it on the list to buy again.