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Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer - Pizza Beer Company

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Mamma Mia! Pizza BeerMamma Mia! Pizza Beer

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BA SCORE
64
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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 30.37%
Wants: 67
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pizza Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the website: Pizza Beer is a debris free product. The Margarita pizza is put into the mash & steeped like a tea bag. A whole wheat crust made with water, flour & yeast is topped with tomato, oregano, basil & garlic. The essence of the pizza spices is washed off with hot water and filtered into a brewpot, where it is boiled for a long, long time. During the process, we add hops & spices in a cheesecloth type bag & filter the cooled liquid into a fermentation vessel. (big glass 6 gallon water jug). After a week or two, the beer is good to go. Keg it or bottle it.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 02-22-2008)
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2/5  rDev -25.9%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt and the pizza spices like oregano, basil, and garlic. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that isn't as bad as I was expecting but definitely a novelty item in the beer world.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -25.9%

djrn2, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color with some amber hues and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of oregano in the nose, although not quite as strong as when you smell a jar of oregano from the spice cabinet.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is much more intense and also has some hints of basil and tomatoes.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer, especially if you like oregano. It's worth a try given its uniqueness and because the brewer pulled off a successful beer using these ingredients. It's also not that difficult to drink.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy apricot with a slight reddish blush. Up top sits a thick slice of foam that is yellowed ivory in color and looks decent enough. It shrinks without fanfare and leaves the glass untouched. So far, there's nothing distinctive or different, but that's to be expected where appearance is concerned.

I'm not sure why I should be surprised, but Pizza Beer actually does smell like pizza. Not in an artificial way, but in a 'real deal' way. Kudos to the brewers for that, no matter what it tastes like. As far as the herbs and spices, the stronger ones (garlic and oregano) are the ones that are appreciated for certain.

Wonder of wonders, Mama Mia! tastes like pizza too! Strength of flavor is right on the nose, which was vitally important. Any weaker and why bother? Okay, so a little weaker might make it more drinkable. Any stronger and it would be too overpowering (especially with regard to the garlic). As is, this single bottle will be more than enough. What an odd and interesting concoction.

The difficulty is choosing a flavor score comes from attempting to weigh the brewers' success in creating a pizza-flavored beer with the worthiness of such an undertaking. Regarding the first, Chef Tom and Chef Athena get very high marks. Regarding the second... not so high. Like any number of other beers, this one is more interesting than good. In the end, I'll bump the taste score one notch for exactness of flavor recreation.

On a good note, Pizza Beer tastes like both pizza *and* beer. It's difficult to appreciate the specifics of the base beer since the garlic (especially) tends to overwhelm every one of the other ingredients. I like the amount of hop bitterness, since a sweet beer with this flavor profile would probably be all kinds of nasty. The tomato isn't really noticeable, but it does provide a hint of acidity.

The body/mouthfeel is more than passable and less than stellar. It's closer to light than medium (a good thing) and has a low-moderate amount of sharp carbonation that seems to work well in the grand scheme of things.

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer is one of the most unique offerings that I have ever had. Cutting back on the garlic is the only change that I'd make if given the opportunity. Even though it borders on gimmicky, the brewers have done a remarkable job of recreating the flavor of pizza in a glass of beer. Thanks to murrayswine for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought partly as a gimmic and partly for the curriosity factor. Since I have pizza about eight days a week, this beer will make quite the nice pairing with a traditional Brooklyn style Pepperoni and mushroom slice of pie.

The beer opens with a standard Pilsner appearance. Straw to golden in color, ample carbonation that forms an initial head but the fizzy nature of the foam dissipates rather quickly with no lacing.

The aroma may be the bigger surprise. First, the strong pilsne malts take hold with a nice part-malt / part-grain profile. But next come the spices of oregano, basil, and tomatoes. Although the spices are strong, the malt aromas provides the steadfast aromas for the beer.

The beer's flavor also takes the shape of good Pilsners with the same malt-grain combination found in the nose. The spices make waves at mid palate but may come across in a more bitter fashion that flavor. Acidic tomatoes might also provide more to the aroma and mouthfeel than flavor. Ultimately favoring pilsner taste, but with spicy decoration and flair.

The texture of the beer may favor the grain portion of the pilsner malts over the maltiness. Assisited by the acidity of the tomatoes and the bitterness of the spices, the textures could use much more creaminess and richness to compensate. Hop bitterness weaves into and out of the spices and sometimes give a complex bitterness; but sometimes causes astringency and bitey-ness.

Of course the beer is quite a gimmic, but the beer is not a bust as a quality beverage. The average beer makes for great conversation, challenges the senses, and gives you another opportunity to say, "just when you thought you've seen it all...". The beer's first sip accompanies the pizza well, but after a few bites, the beer's flavors and nuances get washed out.

BEERchitect, Apr 10, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Texasfan549, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

kjkinsey, May 15, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pale golden in color with almost no head but rather plentiful carbonation.

S: I was shocked that the nose was actually full of oregano, garlic, basil, and tomato sauce. I thought for a moment that this beer might actually be good.

T: The flavor is definitely pizza-y, but not necessarily in a good way. The basil and oregano flavors are indeed powerful along with some tomato and garlic. It doesn't really go with the watery, thin base beer, however.

M: Thin and watery with very plentiful carbonation. To be honest, this might be a little better without such a fizzy feel.

D: Drinking this beer was comparable to eating a stale hot pocket.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No head really on a gold and burnt orange body with no lacing really. Both the aroma and the flavor are light overall. For the aroma, you mostly get mozzarella, pale malts and pepperoni. Flavor is more herbal with the oregano coming through more, also your typical pizza flavors. This beer could be a lot worse. Each flavor is understated and actually far better, although not good, than I imagined. We had a big beer tasting tonight and saved this for last, it could have been the first we had. Not at all a palate recker. light in body and light to medium carbonation.

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Created by Tom and Athena Seefurth of Campton Township, Illinois in his lifelong pursuit to combine two of the world's great loves, pizza and beer. Some say it's the best pizza beer around. Feh! If I had a dollar for every time I've heard this... Oh, but I'll give it a chance, as I'm a real sucker for unique beer it seems.

Hm. Not to brag, but, it's a Pizza Parade, babies! Hands down, no question, it is pizza-y. That was the aim of Mister and Missus Seefurth and they achieved it. The nose is slathered in spicy, chunky, robust tomato sauce primarily, with just a slight bready background note. This, of course, carries over into the taste. Along the way, other flavors begin to develop -- some sweetish dough here, some chiffonade basil there. Even a pinch of red pepper spiciness. Oh, and packed with fresh garlic. Ah, the power of garlic. As with any pie, it's more of the same till the end, though the spices still had legs and carried on well past the finish. As you drink it down, the various flavors really start to come together as it slowly bakes in your gut, all of it settling vaguely under the definition of "pizza", at least in terms of flavor and aroma. No complaints here. However, as with Short's Bloody Beer, I just can't see myself calling on this beer every day. Not bad at all, though. Easily the best pizza beer on the market.

ChainGangGuy, May 15, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to millerbuffoon for pulling this one out as a joke and then actually opening it for us to try. The beer poured out as a typical yellow color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer honestly smells a lot like pizza, or at least pepperoni. The taste of the beer is surprising, not in a good or bad way but just interesting. There is actually elements of tomato, basil, oregano, garlic and crust in this beer. It tastes pretty freakin' close to a pizza. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and carbonated well. Overall this is a novelty, but it does taste and smell like it's intended too. I wouldn't drink the beer again unless I had too but it was fun to try.

Knapp85, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I've been wondering about this beer ever since being repulsed by the sound of it years ago. Time to take it down, once and for all. It pours a lightly hazy orange-amber topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises peppery cantaloupe, light basil, cilantro, dark greens, and lemon zest. It's not very pizza-like, but it's also not all that great-smelling, either. The taste is where the pizza comes in: notes of watered-down tomato juice, basil, plenty of garlic, light biscuit, black pepper, coriander, and a hint of what seems like it could be Swiss cheese. Most of this hits in the front, but then fades away into a sort of spicy melon flavor, complete with rind-y bitterness. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this beer could have been horrific. Instead, it comes across as muddled, watery, thin, and generally uninspired, despite the cooky idea.

TMoney2591, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Ok, long awaited review. Brought this to a beer tasting once, but never attempted drinking a whole bottle.

16 oz. bottle, random numbers on the neck, "9262" julian date on the bottom, leading me to believe this may be an August 2009 bottling.

Poured into a wine glass, it appears hazy orange at first, but turns a murky brown dishwater shade as the yeast/gunk is added. It has about a finger of white foam that lasts for a little bit with minor lacing.

Aroma seems a little muted from what I remember awhile back. Faint garlic and oregano. As it warms the tomato barely peeks out. Doesn't really scream "pizza" to me, more of a free association if anything.

Taking a big sip and swirling it around gets very little in the way of anything. Muddled salty dough and oregano blending with a very dull base beer. Vague dry herb in the aftertaste. Watery, bland, just terrible. Some light astringency, or is that tomato acidity? Eh, not something I want to contemplate for long.

Back to the drawing board on this one. Try Shorts Bloody Beer for a more successful example of a "culinary beer".

emerge077, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of largadeer
1.1/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle generously shared by nickd717. Thanks Nick, I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time.

Clear and golden in the glass, the color of a lightly browned pizza crust. The head crackles away quickly, like pouring soda into a glass. Looks surprisingly like a normal beer, until...

The aroma is a stomach-churning combination of garlic, oregano, basil, marinara sauce and putrefaction. When ice-cold it smells like a pizza that's been sitting out on the kitchen counter for a few days, but warmer temperatures and vigorous swirling reveal the vomit-inducing stench of decay and pale malt. This might be the worst thing I've ever smelled in my life, and I would give this a negative 5 in aroma if I could. Given that I can only give it a 1, I'm going to have to dock other scores.

The taste, while still utterly horrific, isn't quite on the same nausea-inducing level as the aroma. It tastes largely like pizza crust and herbs that have been soaking in a stale, sun-kissed bottle of Miller High Life. The body is watery and thin and there's a surprising buttery diacetyl presence that, when combined with the strong garlic flavor, makes me think of garlic bitter. As delicious as that sounds, it has no place in beer.

In summary, this is surely one of the worst beverages I've ever tasted. In that sense, it totally lived up to my expectations, possibly even surpassed them. I feel bad for anyone that actually spent money on this beer, though.

largadeer, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz bottle. Sorry, I'm not sullying any wine glass of mine with this potential gag-bomb of a beer, thrice passed over in recent trips south of the 49th.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves very little of note in terms of lace around the glass as things sulk away.

It smells of oregano, garlic, and tomato - pizza, as duly promised, all beer considerations aside. The taste is surprisingly an agreeable dance between pizza and lager - bready (from which source, it is a mystery) malt, and standard pie spice - the proclaimed oregano, garlic, and weak tomato sauce. Any superfluous hops just get doused in the hard to hate pasta goodness (I know!) that is somehow evoked here.

The carbonation is average, just a few bubbles here and there, with a middling pasta-influencing weight, and weirdly agreeable smoothness. It finishes pizza-friendly, for sure, and a bit less on the standard basic malted lager side of things.

Not the hot mess I had anticipated, and a damned sight better as a lead-in to the sexy local indie pizza option that just rang the buzzer for all my Saturday night gustatory needs...coming!

biboergosum, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

JAHMUR, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head if foam on a lightly hazy, golden body. An aroma of, well... pizza. Crust, oregano, tomatoes, everything, and it is actually not unpleasant. The flavor is a more subdued version of the same thing with bready crust notes and subtle tomato and herbal notes. Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish. Shockingly not bad, the aroma is strange, but not really unpleasant, the flavor is just mild and a bit bland. I expected something horrible and what I got was a bit odd, but decent.

nickfl, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have not so secretly been wanting to try this beer for a really long time. It is not normal and I think a good descriptor of this beer is that its interesting but not good. Its always hard to write these reviews, on one hand, I am conflicted. Did they make a beer that is flavored like a pizza? Yes, yes they did. Did they present it in a format that successfully launches a beer that is drinkable and pleasant? No, no they did not. I will thoroughly describe the beer and rate it based on my personal enjoyment.

Beer poured from the bottle into a pint glass (they say use a wine glass but give me a break). Beer is dark yellow / reddish in color and this one is hazy. A thin white head forms and there is a lot of carbonation that props it up. The carbonation is of large bubbles but there is not lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a homerun as far as a pizza beer is concerned. Every time I take a sniff, it smells more like pizza. At first its the basils, then the oregano, the oregano dominates for the while but then I pick up on some tomoato sweetness. Pizza smelling beer? Success, congratulations.

The first taste is the worst. I was scared to take it, the oregano and the basil are there the most. I was expecting some sulfur from the garlic but it just wasn't there. The beer was a little sweet from the tomatoes, they are well represented in a muted way. I've had other beers that use basil, a Bison beer and Black Thai, but this is just odd. It really tastes like pizza sause. Its kind of incredible.

There is an unfortunate pizza aftertaste that really subtracts from the experience. Beer has medium to low body and lots of carbonation in the mouth, giving it the illusion of more body than it really has.

I didn't love it, I won't have it again, I don't regret it, I respect it. It tasted like pizza. Nicely done. Time to cross it off my list.

drabmuh, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -25.9%

oline73, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

mendvicdog, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up 2 weeks ago and having tonight with a piece of pizza. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks a bit weird.

s - Smells of oregano, basil, spices, bread, and light earthy notes. Just a basil and oregano bomb; not enjoyable at all.

t - Tastes of oregano, basil, bready malts, spice, yeast. Taste is better than the nose was; not quite as strong so not quite as weird or offensive, but still not good.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit over-carbonated.

o - Overall not a very good beer at all; even eating it with pizza did not improve it. Just a ton of basil and oregano all over the place, which is not what I like in a beer. Wouldn't recommend checking out.

mdfb79, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazed golden with a thin white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of oregano, basil, garlic, tomato - interesting smell like pizza sauce - strong on the herbs.

The taste is strong on the oregano and basil. Too much so. Garlic is also noticeable. I see where they were going with this, so I'll give a bit more credit than I actually liked. It lacks much of a doughy taste that I think would have enhanced it and kept the seasonings more balanced.

An interesting novelty beer.

jwc215, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. bottle from Hi-Times,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a fizzy white head with good retention.

S: Oregano, tomatoes, basil, pizza crust. Smells like a pizza for sure.

T: Tomato and garlic with a background of pils type malt and wheat. Not a bad flavour, very unique.

M: Thin and fizzy, light lager feel. Soft carbonation.

D: An interesting experiment, it is what it says it is - it tastes and smells like pizza. Hard to put a drinkability score as it's so strange, but definitely worth a pick up just for the experience.

Halcyondays, May 15, 2010
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Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer from Pizza Beer Company
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