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Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer - Pizza Beer Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 30.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 11 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

jsisko01, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

rhhjr, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy medium wheat gold body. White head with low retention and lace.

S - Well, I don't know what I was expecting, but this actually pretty much smells like an uncooked pizza. Tomato, basil, huge oregano note, garlic, and salt.

T - Bready malt, strong oregano center, lightly acidic tomato backend. The herbs linger through the backend.

M - Light, relatively crisp body. Nice carbonation.

O - Not particularly appetizing, but the nose is on point for pizza.

vfgccp, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Was at the Bocktown in Robinson and went specifically to try this beer. Also to find Choklat but as expected they were sold out at the moment.

appearance - heard for some reason that this beer has a bright orange color but poured a medium yellow. A finger and a half head so those who say it has none may have gotten an old bottle.

smell - Really expected more dough smell but the tomato really comes out at first whiff. Also smell some parmesan cheese which was pretty cool and different.

taste - Very average beer with tomato flavoring. If you concentrate you can actually taste the basil but every sip held on to its flavor without falling flat.

mouthfeel - As you really taste and as it warms a bit I can taste the parmesan. I was really hoping for a bread taste but I really couldn't find it.

Overall I would recommend this beer to others (Kind of did when I went to a six pack shop shortly after) but I really couldn't see myself drinking more than one. Definitely a must try for people who need a brake for the typical beer.

DrDemento456, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a golden yellow with a half finger head and a little lacing that stuck to the glass.

S: I couldn't believe that I could actually be able to get a scent of a pizza in a beer. I was getting tomato and pepperoni and hints of the basil in the nose.

T: damn...the flavor is that of a calzone pizza with chunks of the tomatos, garlic and basil. It tasted pretty weird but I like beers that are unorthodox and bring creativity to the table.

M: light to meduim body with good carbonation that slices up the pizza.

D: I was blown away by how they could manage to flavor a beer with a pizza,very intresting. I think I was the only one that enjoyed this brew in the beer tasting that we had.

Gobzilla, May 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +34.9%
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 Fartknocker
3.63/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle with code number.

A- color is a clear amber with a thin head.
S- a lagerish aroma with fainter ones of the oregano and basil
T- simialr to a lighter lager, with weaker accompanied oregano, basil and garlic flavors.
M- rather light with the carbonation.
D- not a bad beer, but not something I would drink more than a few of.

Fartknocker, May 26, 2009
Photo of tkdchampxi
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque orange sunset that is lighter at the bottom of the glass and darkens as the chalice glass widens. Thin, small bubbles in the quickly dissolving head.

S: smells like hops mixed with oregano and rosemary. Aroma really reminds me of good marinara. Really smells like pizza, which works as I drink it with my pizza. Smell is very complimentary to the food.

T: tastes like a nice thinner lager. Better than a light beer, with some subtle hop and yeast flavors. Bready, with real Italian spice flavors. Not the best beer to drink by itself, but in this moment, it is a delicious light beer that compliments and washes down the slice of broccoli, garlic, white pizza it is paired with.

M: mouthfeel of a thin lager - a bit nicer than a light beer, but the beer needs some more viscosity.

O: better than other reviewers would have made me believe. Not a great beer on its own, but certainly not bad. Paired with pizza? Quite wonderful without being distracting.

tkdchampxi, Jan 12, 2014
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.

facundoCNB, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev +32.3%
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 CoolJosh
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks trey for sharing this novelty purchase with me. I have no idea what to expect with this one.

My buddy described the look as attractive, and I'd have to agree. The body is a semi hazy pale orange with pink tones. I had no head (inside joke that plays off of a few recurring themes). Not stunning, but exceeded expectations thus far.

WOW. This smells exactly like a freshly baked pizza. Tons of tomato, parmesan, oregano, and lots of garlic. They were really spot on with the smell of this one, I really could just sit here and smell this beer all night.

The taste is a little weird as it doesn't match the profoundness of the smell. The components that stick out the most are garlic and tomato, with the malts providing a little bit sweetness. Oregano is present. This beer really doesn't taste bad, if anything like a traditional lager with spices. I could easily drink another one of these, especially while scarfing down a slice of pie.

CoolJosh, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
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
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
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 ali1987
3.51/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on a golden orange body.

S: This beer smells very much like pizza. Oregano, tomato, pepperoni and garlic are very heavy in the aroma.

T: Flavor is not as pizzaish as the aroma. Tastes include frozen pizza crust, tomato sauce, and garlic.

M: Dry finish, medium carbonation.

O: This beer is much better than I thought it would be, especially after reading the reviews. It's drinkable, especially for those who like pizza! :)

ali1987, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

DrewZ926, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

BGsWo22, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Zach136, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a single 16oz bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2012. Pours a cloudy copper orange color with slight head, but diminishes fast. Has a mild scent of oregano, basil, tomato, and garlic. Mmm, it'll remind you of a pizzeria! Taste is mild with tomato paste and garlic being the most noticeable ingredients. Really lives up to its name on the bottle. A slightly better than average beer with a really unique taste. *As a side note, Chef Tom is a really cool and nice guy who makes a lot of different pizza based products that are delicious.

Lemke10, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of tapman
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoo-boy!

Looks like a pale ale. Yellow/orange wth adequate carbonation (healthy though quickly dissapearing) head of white foam. Lacing is adequate.

Smells is in this order: oregano, tomato, basil, garlic, pale malts, and earthy hops. I think that I can kind of taste the crust as I detect a doughy, though not unpleasant, taste.

In the taste the actual "beer flavor" is thin. Malts are super pale, while the hops are barely noticeable, though with a metallic twinge. The pizza flavor is better than the beer! The oregano and garlic tomatoes fill the palate and is savory and sweet. More interesting and complex than satisfying.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky in the finish. Too savory to be refreshing.

I could have seen this as more of an amber ale than a pale. Maybe some more hops to balance the pizza, though maybe the Seefurth family tried that and it didn't work. There is nothing to compare this one to, so if other pizza beers appear I will re-review.

tapman, Apr 01, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

kjkinsey, May 15, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delivers exactly what it promises on the label. Smells and tastes like pizza. But is that a good thing? It seems to have been brewed on contract at Sprecher.

Poured out a standard amber color with a flash head and no real lacing, sparkly carbonation...smells -exactly- like a pizza. Tomato, oregano, yeasty dough and spices....all of it. Unfortunately the garlic and oregano dominate the flavor somewhat, to the point that the tomato rushes back in an slaps me in the face suddenly towards the finish. The dough-malt maintains a surprisingly constant frame throughout upon which everything else rests. Medium body, high end of medium carbonation.

The garlic /oregano being too loud is pretty much my only problem with this brew. It tastes like pizza beer, what they set out to do. But still, I wouldn't drink it every day, it remains a novelty beer in my eyes.

WastingFreetime, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glad to have bumped into this one after reading about it a few years back.

A: pours a slightly hazy yellow with a large white head that quickly dissipates.

S: aroma of oregano, pizza dough, cheese (yes cheese!) and of course pizza

T: Well, I had heard that this beer tasted like pizza, and it does in fact taste like.... Pizza. The herbs are refreshingly delicious and better than those that are on some pizzas that I have had. This is a light lager that really comes off well with the pizza spices and whether the cheese flavors are imaginary or transferred through my association with these spices, I am really digging this beer. I probably could not have three of these, but one has done well for me.

M: light body with medium carbonation

O: a nice beer that would be tough to replicate. In addition, I could not imagine drinking 5 gallons of sub par pizza beer so hats off to the original brewers on this one!

alpinebryant, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

WDJersey, Oct 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Dactrius, May 23, 2013
Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer from Pizza Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.