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
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
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.