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Damm Lemon 
Posted: 5 July 2015  Beer Republic 2.0 
Damm Lemon from Spain This Damm Lemon, Damm insists on their web site, is an 'authentic' Mediterranean shandy.  Damm says their version is 6 parts Estrella Damm mixed with 4 parts Mediterranean lemons and a slight touch of lime.  This is more like a sweet artificial lemon mixed in with a beer, making the results taste cheap.  If you're a shandy lover, Damm Lemon might be muy excellente for you, but this territory ain't the Shandy Republic.                
Avg price/liter: USD 4.80   ABV %: 3.2  Type: Lager   
       


Sociedad AnĂ³nima Damm (S.A. Damm or just Damm) is a Barcelona-based brewery, brewing Spanish beers since 1876.  Maybe I sampled a Damm when I was in Spain way back in 1989.  Or maybe I didn't. Anything that happened that long ago is almost the same as it never happening.           

Damm is named after August Kuentzmann Damm, a not very Spanish name considering he was from France.  August was fleeing the Franco-Prussian War with his wife.  In Barcelona, he established a brewery with his cousin/teacher Jospeh producing beers adapted to the Mediterranean climate or so the mythology goes.        

Damm has been hyping the Mediterranean angle ever since.  This Damm Lemon, Damm insists on their web site, is an 'authentic' Mediterranean shandy, a shandy being a beer mixed with lemonade or a soft drink or some kind of a juice.  Authentic has a lot of room for interpretation here, as the British call carbonated lemon soda lemonade whereas Americans refer to lemonade as lemon juice with sugar.         

Damm says their version is 6 parts Estrella Damm mixed with 4 parts Mediterranean lemons and a slight touch of lime.  No mention of lemonade here.  Now here's the catch.  You can't mix fresh lemon or lime juice into a beer, store it in a bottle, and let it sit for Lord knows how long until a buyer pops open the bottle cap.  The beer would spoil.      

I am sure you have had fresh lemon or lime juice in your beer. The common practice when serving a Mexican beer is to insert a lime wedge into the bottle's neck.  Damm Lemon tastes nothing like that. This is more like a sweet artificial lemon mixed in with a a beer, making the results taste cheap.             

A beer with lemon in it isn't automatically a shandy. Take a sip of Mikkeller's Kiin Kiin. I opened up the bottle expecting some kind of lemony beer, not a shandy. The beer ain't called Damm Shandy, is it? What I got was an alcoholic Sprite.       

If you're a shandy lover, Damm Lemon might be muy excellente for you, but this territory ain't the Shandy Republic.  Damm Lemon can get the $@*$) out of here.                 

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