Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer - Pizza Beer Company

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 30.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of beerthulhu
1.78/5  rDev -33.8%
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?

Photo of Scutt
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cant expect much going into a pizza flavored beer, but it did the job. i could go into detail about the under notes of it but lets be honest, your question is "did it taste like pizza?" Pizza? no. Pizza sause? yea! but watered down sause and the flavor is one that should not be in the consistancy of such a smooth liquid and it throws you off your game. wouldn't buy it again but glad i tried it!.

Photo of PopnLoads
1/5  rDev -62.8%

Photo of coz
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kenm2118
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

Photo of seeswo
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

Photo of rfgetz
2.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Expecting a murky reddish tinted brew, surprised to find a mostly clear dark gold liquid. Scent was mild and had notes or oregano and light vegetable. Taste lead with oregano again, but tomato sauce pokes through, a lightly salty note, mild bread, other faint notes of spice. Lighter side of medium, bubbly. Bought due to the novelty and was quite frankly afraid of what the outcome would be... overall i enjoyed it for what it was, but wouldn't need to drink again.

Photo of jnardone235
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What am I getting myself into?

Pours hazy orange/red with a decent creamy white head.

Oregano bomb on the nose. Some bready malt peaks through with a little garlic, but oregano dominates.

More balanced in the flavor than aroma. Tastes like eating a cheesy breadstick with marinara. Oregano is once again strong, but garlic and bready malts stand out more with a weird tomato sweetness.

Medium body and a bit high on carbonation.

So they made what they set out to make. Congratulations? Really does taste like drinking a pizza albeit a pizza that was liberally dosed with oregano. I'm glad I got to try it for the novelty factor, but who in their right mind would willingly want one of these, much less drink anywhere close to a full bottle.

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of drewone
1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Gww1864
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev +49.8%
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.

Photo of marshmeli
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of livingtodie
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

Photo of leansean88
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mdfb79
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orange pour with a finger of head.
basil, oregano, bread... smells like a garlic tomato sauce.
light tasting malt profile with bready overtones.. taste of herbs (oregano/basil) and tomato sauce.
medium body with high carbonation, honestly a little chewy with all the damn pizza flavors haha
not a bad one-off.. honestly tastes like something DFH would've made, actually it's like a light version of saison du buff.

Photo of tectactoe
2.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow-straw color, lots of clarity and a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass. White colored head that settles down quickly and leaves no apparent lacing. Nose is full of oregano and basil - it doesn't smell like a "pizza", rather it smells like "pizza sauce". The spices hint at tomato (probably from the basil) a bit, so it really smells like a fresh can of pizza sauce. It definitely smells "good" (considering I like the way pizza sauce smells), but I'm not sure if I like the idea of drinking pizza sauce. The taste is kind of a weird infusion of a crisp adjunct lager and a can of Prego or Ragu. The basil and oregano aren't too overpowering necessarily, but the rest of the beer doesn't offer much in terms of flavor, so they definitely stand out. Some very, very light hops and yeast-like malts are present throughout, but as I said, don't balance quite like they should. Thin body with a hefty helping of carbonation.

You know, when you buy "pizza beer", you have to think of how high your expectations really are for this thing. Probably not very high. With that notion, the beer isn't undrinkable, and it's a great novelty - it really is reminiscent of "pizza" in terms of the most recognizable portion of the pie, the sauce. I wouldn't sit down and throw back more than one of these, however. Actually, now that I've had it once, I'll probably never buy it again. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "awful".... but, highly unnecessary.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.48/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy pale straw blonde, no head.

S - Definitely the aromas of a pizza. Yeasty dough, mild basil, sweet tomato paste. If you didn't know this was a pizza beer, you may just take the nose as a spiced beer, nothing specific.

T - Well the flavor messages some with the nose. However, they are both pretty mild. The nose wasn't overwhelming and the floor follows suit. The only thing is, this beer does in fact have some of the pizza flavors present. The dough yeast, oregano and basil are detected. Now it can be taken once again as just a mildly herbal beer, but when you know what's inside, it's a little easier to detect. This is by no means a very flavorful or exciting beer. It's quite light and watered down. My opinion is only that I respect when special beers actually present their special flavors.

M - Light body, effervescent, drinkable. Nothing special going on here.

O - My neighbor have me this bottle and of course it looked interesting. I approached it very open mindedly. As stated, I respect when a special beer presents its special characteristics in the nose, mouth, etc. It was a bit of a stretch and I wasn't blown away, but I would recommend this to others as a novelty.

Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, so I'm always game to try a gimmick beer. This one is a little stranger than usual...beer made with pizza. The beer itself is a hazy, slightly dark yellow color. No real head after a few seconds. The smell, though, is what fascinated me. It really smells like a pizza. Pizza spice (basil and oregano), pizza crust, and tomato (I'm not sure about the cheese). The pizza is backed by a very slight malt scent, but it mostly smells like a pie. I expected a beer brewed with pizza spice, but this one really surprised me. The flavor has some pizza spice to it, but otherwise is similar to an american all-malt lager beer. Hops are very restrained, and the beer is balanced slightly to the dry side. Finish is quick and the beer is very light in body. This one is very much worth a try, just for the unique flavor.

Photo of Chugs13
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer from Pizza Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.