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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
poor

302 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 302
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 30.74%
Wants: 66
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-01-2013 13:11:03 | More by mendvicdog
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev +11.1%

11-22-2011 21:01:31 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)
The bottle says Sprecher in the glass

A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a big creamy beige head and is supported by a boiling carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The soft smell of tomato paste and dried herbs comes through in the smell with some slight salty cheese note as it warms. The smell is pretty clean but strong enough.

T- The big taste of pizza crust dominates the taste followed by a big tomato sauce flavor and a dry savory herb flavor at the finish. There is a dry mozzarella flavor in the background that comes through after a few sips.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that enhances the tomato paste flavor.

D- I have been staring at this beer in the fridge for a few days a little scared to open it. It was not as horrific as I though but it was still gross, and I like pizza. The crust flavors were authentic but I don't like that in a beer and the tomato was spot on but I don't think I could drink a tomato beer. Interesting idea that should have stopped at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 18:26:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-14-2014 13:08:38 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this on the menu last night at the Sharp Edge Creek House and thought that it might make a nice accompaniment to the personal pizza that I was going to have as a late snack. I was not intimidated by it as I had the style a few years ago at Walter Peyton's Roundhouse.

The pour created a finger of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a medium-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had tomato, basil, and oregano. It was nowhere near as pungent as at the Roundhouse. Mouthfeel was medium with the tomato and garlic achieving prevalence on the palate. I know that I going to get dunned for liking this and not Chelada, but this was semi-palatable while the latter was simply awful. NOT recommended for all and certainly NOT with dessert. Calling a spade a spade - it is a novelty beer. Chefs Tom and Athena of the "Original Seefurth Family" probably had it brewed as a lark. Oakle doakle! This was a far cry from a national brand brewing up some Bob-awful crap and foisting it off on an unsuspecting audience. Chelada = Blah! This = Drinkable, but not overly so. I drank it while eating a pizza. I repeat - this is NOT a dessert beer! One with my pizza was just right. Finish was strong with tomato, basil and oregano. Sorry, garlic, but you seemed to get lost in the mix, amazingly. This or the W. P. R. H. version? WPRH. This or wine? Wiine with pizza? Ooof. This or an American IPA with pizza? I have had too many Hop Devils with pizza to make that a question. Mais oui! This was simply a lark of a beer that rates "All 3s" in my book. I was glad that I tried it, but equally glad to be finished. Call me "Mr. C." Ha!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 15:15:50 | More by woodychandler
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is tomato and spice. Flavor is not pizza, it is doughy, some hops. I like pizza and beer but not together. Not worth $2.99 for a 16oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 22:05:36 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found at High Time in Costa Mesa, a rarity I was surprised to find.

A cloudy amber colored beer with a sparse white head.

Smells weird. Pizza dough and spices but not really like pizza. Fennel, tomato and oregano are the only ones I can identify.

Starts out just beer with a little fennel. You can taste oregano and tomato but it is really just a trace. Decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average.

There is something vaguely nauseating about this beer, probably why Italy doesn't brew beer with tomatoes or garlic in it. A novelty beer you will only want to taste once.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:52:57 | More by Zorro
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow to orange in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer and hints of ruby red when held up to the light . The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a small thin patch of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer does actually smell like a pizza - light to moderate aromas of roasted tomatos, garlic, oregano, and basil. As it warms the smell only improves and is more and more like pizza.

T: Like the smell, the beer delivers on the claim to taste like pizza - there is a light to moderate malt flavor up front followed by the pizza flavors - roasted tomatos, oregano, basil, and light hints of garlic.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I did not have high hopes for this beer but rather bought it because how could you say no to a single bottle - I did not expect to like it, enjoy it, and figured it would be a drain pour. I merely purchased it because it seemed gimmicky. This beer delivers exactly what it claimed to be - it smelled and tasted like pizza and was rather enjoyable. Easy enough to drink but not something you would want to have numerous of in a session. I would definite have another one of these at some point in the future - definitely unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:21:49 | More by dbrauneis
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2013 15:11:19 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Sprecher bottle into a pint glass, mama mia.

Pizza Beer has a golden orange glaze to itself with some faint white bubbles that die off rather quick, no lacing on the sides. There is some small bubbles rising up, so this is not all together dead. This sure as shit smells like a slice of pizza. It's all there with the basil and oregano showing off the most. Yep, just pizza in the scent, tomatoes as well. No real beer scents, just pizza. Well, this tastes like pizza, the spices used pop out real bold like with tomato pie flavor. Not hoppy, a bit of malt in the finish. Delivered as promised. Body is light and a bit watery, and the carbonation is very light. The aftertaste is tomato, but not long lingering. This is not something that I will go to at all, the flavor does not move me like that, but this beer lives up to its name, which scores points in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 07:05:33 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ive heard about this beer, brewed with pizza spices. A friend made me try it, my will was weak, I drank it.

Pours a hazy straw yellow from a 12 oz bottle. No lacing or head retention. Though it was hazy, there was no discouraging sediment which was a plus.

Aroma is simple. Beer. No hints of what lie beneath.

Flavor was kind of funny really. Light malt character, biscuity (doughy - if you will) and some oregano lending an herbal touch. Ground black pepper. Garlicy and slightly cheesey though no cheese was used to my knowledge. Bitter astringency causing one to reminisce about tomatos. Like a light oregano ale. Thats the most apt description since minus the oregeno, everything else was quite tame.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with the oregano spice lingering and coating the palate.

Drinkability rates about average. Ate it with pizza rolls and those added a dimension that made the beer more drinkable. Not terrible, as I said to my friends, but one is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 03:03:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2013 03:54:37 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

12-05-2012 08:56:04 | More by drewone
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

1.78/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

- ale brewed with oregano, basil, tomato, and garlic.

A: Dense orange with a feverish pitch of carbonation fills the vessel. The head is good, 2 finger solid, marshmellow structure, pearl white color with a sturdy show of retention. So far not bad.

S: Aroma of garlic and basil and tomato sauce (not sure if sauce is subliminal but sure is pronounced enough for me to think otherwise). Oregano and bread crust is dominant as well. There is a weird touch of pizza box lingering about. It smells like it should with a light to moderate level of awareness. Was it enticing? no. but what would you expect from this combination.

T: Flavor of sweet malt upfront, muted spicing, bread crust and basil come through. The nose was much more defined, a good thing or bad thing? I have to say with every approach just before you sip i would get a weird sensantion of warm pizza sauce, soggy cardboard, and throw up. The flavor and taste isnt nearly as bad as the approach, but from then on it comes off as damaged goods and is a big turn off. Warm pizza sauce and garlic hints upon warming.

M: Spritzy malty and saucy mouthful but in the end unimpressive. A bright spot of oranges upon the hold and swallow seems odd and misplaced, but somewhat of a welcome considering.

O: The beer started out interesting enough, sure i played along, an ok visual, an aroma of what was expected, though not necessarily enticing. In the end the flavor is what sends this over the cliff. Pizza and beer are fine individually, just not together. Overall a gag drink, that will no doubt make you gag in the end. A novelty sale only. Even dave's chilli creek was a bit more tolerabe then this one. Run, do not walk as far away as possible when you see this. A great gag gift for that snobbish beer drinker you dont like, how do you think i got a hold of this?

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:59:01 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Yup also poured into an INAO wine taster.. hey that's how I roll.

Slightly hazy, opaque, lots of microscopic carbonation rising with a dark yellowish orange body. Head is about two fingers, fairly creamy and some half decent staying power with no lacing. No chunks, or debris, not bad looking.

The nose is what it is. It's pizza. However, it's more of a frozen store bought dough, sort of like Olive Garden breadsticks. There is not much sense of real garlic, basil, or tomato on this, nothing fresh or spicy, it's just doughy like Pizza Hut crust or something.

Palate is quite watery, with a bitter dehydrated oregano like finish on the swallow. Surprisingly the pizza nose doesn't really translate into the taste. Light tomato and vegetative qualities but with none of the excellent spice angle. In fact it really doesn't taste like anything.

Overall this isn't horrid, but I can't feel like I would ever want to have this again, it tastes like watered down cheap pie in a glass. However, it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:14:58 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inflatablechair, buckeyeboy, ditimier, and I came together for a very interesting Saturday evening tasting... this is the only one that I really wanted to get down before the memory banks started to fade.... Ditmier brought this one so he and all of us could taste it... Eric.. I don't think it was a joke... and I'm glad it was the first bottle of the night..

Sprecher 16oz bottle... capped and the label looks like something you would see in a hoax movie.. "Meet the Spartans" .... I can see some gladiators sitting around eating pizza and sipping on this beer with a gratuitous shot that zooms into the label and pans off to some guy from Super Mario brothers standing atop a boiling kettle cramming pepperoni pizzas into the pot... That is what this beer tastes like... no kidding... seriously.

Only slightly hazy orange.. no real head..

The aroma is actually very much like a slice of pizza.. tomato.. oregano is pretty prevalent .. garlic just doesn't belong in beer... and really neither does some pretty fresh smelling basil.

The flavor is a "no shit" pizza palate in a liquid form... along with all the herbs, I swear there is a doughy elements ... but I could be easily imagining it.. the tomato and garlic are more in the front.. but if the oregano wasn't there, I would probably be lost ...

I honestly am thinking about adding this one to my wants and sharing it with some of my bro's buddy's... EDIT .. Not gonna say what Gino would say... I wanna be there.

Despite my above crappy review, this is an outstanding example of things that can be done with beer... Start with a Short's Bloody Beer in the morning... Dr. Dremo's Donut Stout for a sugary snack... and the Pizza Beer as a main course... Wow.. That is just nasty sounding... but I bet it's never been done in the history of human kind..

Thanks Eric.. I honestly never.... ever... seriously .. ever would have tried trading for this one... but I think it was actually pretty interesting... made better with some bites of salami.. :-) Thanks for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 07:52:39 | More by JohnGalt1
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange amber color with a minimal white head

smell: tomato, garlic,

taste: tomato, basil, garlic,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: reminds me sort of like a tomato soup flavor. not a terrible beer just different. Glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:44:41 | More by THECPJ
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HopHead84

California

1.13/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

5/21/2011

Thanks Terri! Poured into a tasting glass. It smells like an alien pizza sauce. Huge tomato and basil notes blend with oregano and garlic. The vegetal character is just horrendous. Awful smell. The flavor is just as bad, with a brutal blast of oregano and basil with a disgusting artificial tomato flavor. Epicly bad stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:19:59 | More by HopHead84
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It paired wonderfully with pizza. Unfortunately I was already eating the pizza, so I didn't get the full flavour first.

A: Clear-yellow with a thin white head, no retention or lace.

S: It smells like a good Italian tomato sauce with plenty of herbs.

T: Subtle herb flavours are well-rounded & the bready malt really does put pizza in mind. Modest bitterness, no fruity esters. It is exactly what it is, and much better than I had anticipated.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body with a dry finish.

D: Nice with a slice.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:28:43 | More by Derek
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dirtylou

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yeah, i bought the pizza beer...2 bottles even, because its certainly a dangerous weapon in the intrigue department

appearance: pours into a stolen guinness glass - thanks pauls club...pours a pale-orange body, light beige froth but not much activity

smell: distinct something...garlic, pungent tomato, tons of basil, oregano and other spices. funky!

taste: i've heard a lot of negative vibes about this beer which i immediately dismiss. this beer takes chances and is original as it gets - i commend that. the flavor profile contains things you would never imagine to see in a beer (garlic and onions) but with heavy hints of sun dried tomatoes, salt, dough, and cheese. absolutely worth a try - live a little

mouthfeel: a tad spicy, light bodied but filling

drinkability: unfortunately this in the standard 16oz sprecher bottle - 8oz would be ideal

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:48:05 | More by dirtylou
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Contract fr the Seefurth Family. Brewed with oregano, basil, tomato, and garlic. Interesting!!

The color looks like liquid pizza beer. Tomato mber mixed wth parmesan chee look. Very hazey and deep with no visible bubbles and no head. One of the most unique aromas I've ever smelled in a beer. The only time an aroma of cheese in a beer is ok. The combination of pizza spices just makes me think parmesan cheese. You can smell the spices very well with this beer. The first sip is up front herbal oregano and basil. The tomato and garlic hit the middle. Then all four meet at the end of the tongue to give a powedered parmesan pizza finish. Very vegetal and herbal palate. Just like liquid pizza,

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 06:15:09 | More by scruffwhor
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/4/12

A hazy golden orange with loads of sediment and bubbles with just a thin film for head and a few patches of lace

S it is what it claims, basil, oregano, garlic and tomato puree leave me fairly confused, not like anything I've ever encountered before. The more I smell it the more I want a pizza, not necessarily in my glass just in general

T a little bready and top of what I smell but its nowhere near as strong and I'm not sure if that's good or bad, well on second thought its pretty bad I think I preferred the pizza smell opposed to the beery pizza flavor

M thin and a little foamy with a herbal aftertaste, go figure

O really? pizza beer? I can't even think of what I could do with this one in the kitchen. That being said it didn't hit my drain but I think by the end I was drinking it out of curiosity

a food beer perhaps? I really can't think of what would inspire anyone to brew this, well pizza I suppose. A must try beer, travel, trade, kill, steal, whatever it takes everyone should try this one

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 22:51:09 | More by wordemupg
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

1.2/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

16 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint, not a "wine glass". 09324 on the neck.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick two-finger white head. Solid retention and heavy lace on the way down the glass.

S - I got a whiff of pizza sauce when I screwed the cap off but after pouring it into the pint the first whiff made me gag. In fact every subsequent whiff gives me the same reaction. The nose is a horrific blend of spices and rotten tomatoes with a potent garlic scent. Underlying malt and barley present though. It really makes me want to vomit.

T - I'm gonna prepare myself for this by bringing my garbage can over cause I'm still nauseated by the nose... Mild pale malts behind an absolutely intolerable, revolting flavor. The tomato tastes rancid and spices make it worse. The garlic, which I normally love, is absolutely disgusting here.

M - I took one more sip for the mouthfeel and honest-to-god almost threw up. It's medium-light bodied and moderately carbonated with a spicy finish.

D - Two sips and down the drain with this god-awful pint of barfbeer. This has to be THE worst beer I've ever had in my entire life. I've never found a beer to be so undrinkable it's made me a whiff away from puking. I have no idea where they get off saying "Beer so good it deserves a wine glass." and honestly, I'm even more appalled Sprecher would a) sell it in their gift shop and b) use their logo-embossed bottles for this when they only contract brew it (which is why I won't tarnish Sprecher with a review this terrible). I love pizza, It's one of my favorites, don't get me wrong, but this is just awful.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:04:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a cloudy orange gold with a 2+ finger head of foam.

The smell has some sweet and some spice going on. I get notes of oregano and basil big time with a side order of tomatoes. Interesting.

The taste has those smells in the taste but not as overpowering as I was fearing. Nice bitter taste near the finish with more spice there as well. For a beer labelled as a Pizza Beer, I think they did a good job capturing the essence of pizza.

Good medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Drinkability? 1 is definitely enough at one sitting but I'm somewhat surprised that I finished the bottle without a problem. Btw, head retention was very good and it had some decent lacing.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 22:41:04 | More by Bitterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.93/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange. Small white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Oregano! Whoa. I imagine tomato. Pale malt.

Taste - Tons of pale malt. The oregano kicks in. Not a lot else reminiscent of pizza. The name makes me think tomato, but I don't objectively think it's there.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Maybe medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - It isn't terrible. Just isn't good or worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:48:47 | More by Alieniloquium
Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer from Pizza Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.