topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus, coriander, hay, and honey. Flavor is citrus, yeast, spice, and tart wheat. Finish is like chewing a piece of straw.
Frank (3204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was browsing though my statistics here and noticed I hadnít tried a beer from Spain ever, which surprised me given my penchant for trying every possible fizzy yellow import I could get my hands on. I figured at some point a Spanish pale lager would have found itís way into my hands at some point. Instead, I wound up finding this sharp looking bottle of Estrella, which is one of the simplest and coolest bottles I have come across in my many years of drinking beer. The beer itself strikes me as something of a cross between a saison or a witbier and a pilsener or pale lager. It has all the characteristics of the former but is so understated as to resemble the latter to some extent. The pour is a hazed yellow w/ a rather nice looking and long lasting head of tight white bubbles. Gentle fruits and lavender in the noes are followed by crisp, mildly acidic texture. There is only a mild sweetness to be balanced by a touch of bitterness in the finish. Depending on your mindset you might call this bland if you are so inclined but my feeling is that because the balance is just right and everything comes together quite well, delicate would be a better descriptor. I enjoyed this very much in the hot late May sun and could very much see how this could compliment an afternoon in Barcelona.
TimE (3628) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color. Honey, muscat, honey melon in the nose. Nice. Malty mouth, a bit sweet. Slightly phenolic. Low hops. Phenol and honey in the finish.
ClubGonzo (4450) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a dense, yet quickly disappearing head. Smell is champagne yeast and molasses with hints of coriander. Taste is very mild, with wheat and coriander as main elements. A bit to mild for me, this one needs a better punch in some direction - itís not really sweet nor dry, as well as being very low on hops and bitterness. This is the first Spanish beer I rate, so my expectations may have been lingering a bit in the background; particularly with the classy bottle and all. Unfortunately, Estrella Damm Inedit needs some more editing before I can give any kinda high rating. Having said that, this beer is very drinkable and will work for the summer season.
deyholla (7477) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale gold with a thin and quickly dissipated white head. Aroma has notes of citrus, coriander, tart berries and an awkward licorice presence. Flavor begins with a bit of licorice and finishes weakly with a light citrus and coriander note.
ghawener (1486) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 7, 2010
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: thanks to rcasta. Drank after tasting the #1 rated beer. Food Pairing: Manchego & Serrano.
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - MAY 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Desde mitamar hasta sibar en la casa de ramenend con el aleman y rsamayoa. Lo mejor de la dammm
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle in Whitehorse, Canada. Pours hazy yellow with massive, soapy head. Aroma of hops, hay and some citrus.
Taste was light and slightly bitter with a sour, drawn out finish.
Light carbonation and a thin body.
Overall pleasant, but not terribly memorable.
LinusStick (2920) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UGH! Awful beer! My expectations were low after seeing this being a Spanish brewer attempting a Belgian style beer, but this was lower than I thought. Aroma was actually decent. Nice orange, lemon zest and coriander with a hint of ginger. Pour was beautiful.A nice light murky gold with a little suspended yeast visible and a huge 4 finger white pillowy head. Taste was nothing like the aroma led to believe. Thick with spices hitting the top of the mouth briefly, then turning to a tasteless water for the aftertaste. No flavor is left in the mouth. I would think this watery aftertaste was scientifically impossible, but I learn something new every day. Decent carbonation. The presentation on this beer is beautiful. Nice shaped bottle with a little pamphlet tied to it. Guess you canít judge a book by itís cover.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (in NZ). A hazy gold with a foamy white head. A plain wheaty nose, with just a touch of sweetness. The flavours combine citrus with raw wheat and yeasty esters. The palate is quite dry. A solid Wit.