Peroni Nastro Azzurro - Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
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Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-03-2001

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Photo of jtnord
4/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love it but I can see why others don't.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Super heavy carbonation is the key look to this ultra clear, pale yellow colored Euro lager. The head is pure white and doesn't produce much of anything other than some thin patchy foam. Surprisingly, the lacing is not half bad, with some sticky bubbly foam clinging to the does slowly find it's way back into the beer itself. Very typical cheaper looking lager.

S- Again, this is typical of the style. Skunky, but not nearly as bad as others of this style. There are hints of bread/yeast and some dried barley grain and/or grassy. While the aroma is much better than expected, there is still a hint of corn/rice adjunts. Minimal hop presence, which isn't unexpected and it smells very clean.

T- As the aroma suggested, this is very much a clean brew flavor wise. There is adjunct laden flavors of boiled corn and/or white rice. Lingering in the background are mild flavors of sweet malt and the aforementioned yeasty/bread qualities. Nothing in the hop department....good overall!

M/O- A perfect example of what a clean, crisp lager should be! Thin bodied and plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation make this a great session beer for a club meeting in the evening. It really can be enjoyed by everyone and has more flavor than standard BMC offerings, without the tang of typical Euro lagers. I've bought this before and I'll buy it again.....I like it for what it is and think it's an underrated beer!

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.21/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Italian beer is decent but not the best. Poured into my trusty pint glass and light color with little to no head. Taste isnt bad as long as its poured into pint glass. Nothing spectacular about the beer but it is better than the American Lagers.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like Peroni. In the bottle it's okay. On tap it really shines. Okay, it's a Euro lager, and it's not going to knock your socks off. But it gets the job done in a comfortable, enjoyable way. Drink it at an Italian restaurant, on tap with some chicken marsala, and you'll be good to go.

Keep in mind, this is the draught version:

Appearance: A rich, golden color, with a two-finger width head that dissipates quickly into a light bubbly lacing. Quite attractive in the glass.

Aroma: It doesn't smell like a lager, really. There is a definite grainy scent to it, but I also detect a distinct, but light hoppiness about it too.

Taste: A very European, gentle hoppiness. Grain, but a suggestive, malty aftertaste. It does not offend.

Mouth: No bitterness, especially after eating a few bites of food. It's a good mealtime beer.

Overall: The beer is not stellar, but it's really not bad. Drink it on tap and you will not regret it. I found myself liking it more and more as I sipped it. Like I said, it goes well with Italian food, but also with just about anything else. A good, solid European lager.

Photo of CraigShap
3.89/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic lager and somehow evokes its "italian" spirit through being dry and slightly choppy for the style. Best lawnmower beer out there.

Photo of RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a deep, rich yellow in color with some live carbonation and a big, full, white head.

Smell – One of the only decent good grain aromas that I’ve found. The grain smells as good as it looks. The nose is sweet and very pleasing.

Taste – The wheels started falling off this wagon at the taste. The sweetness, which I enjoyed in the nose, completely took over the beer. The grain just faded away and left me with a mouthfeel of overly sweetened tonic water.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied birra has some subtle carbonation and is mildly crisp.

Drinkability – This one starts off well enough but lost its structure and felt kind of strung out to me in the end.

Photo of brownbeer
3.14/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an exremely pale straw color with a thin, white head that's waving goodbye.

There's not too much going on in the nose; it's lightly skunky, but that fades quickly, lemon, grainy malt. A step up from the big three.

A light lemony note in the taste and it's not completely void of hops in the finish.

Overall, it's not all bad. Drinkable, refreshing, and a good everyday food beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this with dinner at the Olive Garden restaurants in Okemos, MI. Poured from the bottle into a chilled pint glass.

A: Seems much like an American macro. Similar colors, minimal white head that dissipates very quickly to a ring of bubbles before it disappears for good, no lacing to speak of.

S: Not much on the nose. Basically just smells like 'beer' with nothing particularly notable.

T: I'm being generous in this category because I enjoyed this beverage with dinner and it really cut through the heavy cream sauces that were served with the pasta and helped to make the whole meal more enjoyable. Standing on its own it would probably merit something just a shade lower as the flavors present were relatively week. There's something just a touch sweet at first that quickly fades to water as it finishes very quickly. There's a quick hop bite and **poof** it's all over. Practically no aftertaste or linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel was interesting as it seemed to be more than it is when it first hits the tongue, then it quickly gets water. Again, this may be biased because I had it with food, but it really worked for me at the dinner table. Would I purchase it for personal consumption at home? Probably not.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Part of the "European Sampler" from SABMiller. A big push in marketing by SABMiller with this brand; many are reporting that this is their answer to Inbev's Stella Artois.

Very pale yellow color, strip-filtered clarity with a decent, white fluffy head. Peppery and lemony hop, mild cooked veggies (faint cabbage) and a faint husky grain in the nose. Smooth and crisp with a light body. Bitter herb, cooked veggies and a slight metallic tone to start. Bone-dry palate with a graininess that is borderline astringent. Peppery hop bitterness and more brash grain in the semi-puckering finish.

When in Rome ... uh, find some craft beer to drink. This Euro lager has gone from decent to almost undrinkable over the past several years. Our recommendation is to avoid this beer.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 onz green bottle with freshness date in the back label

The appearance a very light pale straw color with with some bubbles as a head.

Nothing to write home about, very typical grains and some hops.

The taste is really nice , hops are clearly in there some maltiness,very easy to drink,just have to look for something to pair it.

Not the best euro pale lager,i have taste but still very good,maybe i would have some with some italian entree.

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. Best before end date and batch number stamped on the back.

Appearance: Perfectly pale, clear golden with a fine carbonation that creates a tiny bubbled white lace.

Smell: That unmistakable import Lager aroma ... light sulfur nose with a delicate floral hop aroma and faint malt sweetness.

Taste: Cold, crisp and refreshing from the very first sip. Body is light with a light dextrin-like malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. Hop flavour is comprised of floral hop flavours and a soft lemon bitterness that tickles the palate with a slight, combined, herbal twang. A mild grain dryness adds to the overall crispness of the beer. Finishes a bit dry with hop leftovers.

Notes: I can almost imagine myself sipping this from a long glass on some Italian beach. A very drinkable and agreeable Lager. Serve cold.

Oh ... and I'm not a big wine drinker, so I always order a beer with my meals. And, I figure if I'm going to eat Italian, I'll drink Italian. Peroni does the job everytime, although it's not something I'd keep in the fridge at home.

Photo of twi1609372
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

TYPICAL american "wannabe" of a real euro lager. Average appearence, a bit weak on smell. Light bodied, quite light bodied as a matter of fact.Better than anheiser world select, but still not as good as my champion beer for this type of flavor: BECK. Although they are different styles technicly, this beer is coppied of the style of euro lagers. This is a good beer overall, descent flavor for being light and easy to drink.

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quick spritzy white head that dissipates to almost nothing, pale straw and very clear.

Smell: Not much to the aroma, some faint graininess and that is about it.

Taste: Thin malt, a little light on the hops. Some dextrin sweetness within and lots of pale graininess. Spicy hop in the back with a drying grain effect as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice crispness, light to moderate body and thin throughout.

Drinkability & Notes: Italian macro brew, good to wash down some macaroni and gravy. On its own its just a plain Euro-lager.

Photo of merlin48
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle pours a clear, well carbonated, marigold body with two inches of bone white head. The head drops to a film within two minutes and leaves behind some insificant patch lace.
Aroma is not quite disgusting, but leaves lots to be desired. Strong aroma of adjunct grain(watered down corn), and a semi-sulfuric hops note. Vague hints of florals and herbs.
Mouthfeel is light medium, with average carbonation for style.
Taste is of an average, Euro macro lager. Corn juice and sulfuric(Euroskunk) hops play a major role in the taste. I don't really like the flavor of this one. There are some metallic notes that don't belong. On the plus side, it's crisp and refreshing..
Drinkable, and I'm sure this would pair well with an antipasto plate with Italian cheeses. Standing on its own, it's a vey mediocre Euro pale lager.

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow, medium head, medium carbonation

Smell: clean wheat, little malt

Taste: light wheat and malt-nothing overly complex

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, very refreshing

Drinkability: For the style this is very sessionable. It is somewhat more tasty than others in this category. I have had this before and never thought much of it, but could see myself drinking a six after cutting the grass.

Photo of mattster
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened 12oz bottle and poured into nonic glass.

Frothy head, died quickly, atop a straw to yellow brew.

Smell is somewhat skunky, even after allowing to breath - a little yeasty too. Taste is OK, but nothing spectacular. Maybe the Italian alternative to a big 3 domestic beer. Finish is ok with a little aftertaste.

Photo of SDbeerguy
2.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a chilled mug.

I had always wanted to try this because of my love of Italian FOOD, so I decided I'd finally pick up a bottle from the local beer shop.

Appearance - Pours a normal yellowish with a quickly disappearing head. Looks like apple juice

Smell - Like your everyday mass-produced European Import.

Taste - Isn't as bad as I was expecting. I wouldn't be able to pick it out of a lineup but it's not bad. Tastes like it smells. Generic lager but not very bitter. Slight hint of a corn flavor. Overall very average. Certainly not a top beer but it's better than many other imports such as Corona, Molson, Heineken, etc.

Mouthfeel - Goes down pretty smooth. No huge complaints from me.

Drinkability - Would I go out of my way to purchase it? Maybe. Would I turn it down? Nah.

Overall it is what it is. Italy's Corona. Italy's Molson. Italy's Heineken. You get it.

Photo of Byeast
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, light yellow , with a small white head. The aroma is light and of pale malt , and a touch of hop. The taste is very clean but a little thin for my taste. Its very easy drinking just not very flavorful or different. Some mild grains and malt flavor , tinge of soapy hop , and very clean finish. Definatly a drinkable beer , just not very unique or flavorful.

Photo of chadjulius
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was eating inauthentic Italian food, so I got what I assumed was inauthentic Italian beer. But who cares, the food was good and so was this beer.

Alas, Olive Garden decides to not serve beers an hour before closing time, so I only got to try the one.

It did have a different taste from other beers, almost unique - at least to the Olive Garden menu.

The smell wasn't to great, but the taste made up for it.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.46/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Light yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops and grassy and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of corn, rice, sugars, mild hops and grassy notes.

Overall: Not a beer I go out of my way for.

Photo of bsp77
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass (all I had).

Appearance: Clear, light yellow gold without much head and no lacing.

Smell: Very light malts with hay, straw and barely perceptible apple.

Taste: Sweetish apple is a little more noticeable in the grainy malts, with a sharp hay-like taste. Spicy hops are minimal as it seems the hay taste is supposed to provide more of the counterbalance to the overly sweet taste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, not at all dry.

Drinkability: An okay Euro Lager that really needs more dryness or crispness to compete against the better ones.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into a peroni glass.

Pours a very light straw color with a small white head - no lacing. Nose is bland, a bit hoppy ad tame.

Taste is equally as boring, my first comment "this tastes like nothing". Mouthfeel is light and watery, pretty meh.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fingernail thin layer of white foam rests on top. Pale golden colored. A bit of lager yeast/well water and saltine cracker aroma. Biscuity malt flavor and some very mild buttering hop flavor. Extremely light and perhaps a touch too thin and crisp on the palate.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12oz green bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. A few days over the best buy date, but not to worry.

Pours out a clear straw yellow color, similar to that of piss. Lots of streaming carbonation bubbles. Decent head off of the pour, fluffy white, fades to a thin soapy, fairly retentive layer.

Initially it smells quite skunky off of the pour, luckily this doesnt fades once the beer opens up in the glass. Not much aroma. Slightly chalky mineral lager yeast. Maybe a bit of very light, sweet malt.

Sweet cracker like light malt, mineral water lager yeast, a bit chalky.

A bitey, strong carbonation. A bit watery with a light body, maybe not as much as your average American adjunct, but very similar in a lot of ways. The mouthfeel does make very a thirst quenching, refreshing beer.

Not something I'd likely drink again, average at best.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml green bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. This is marketed over here as a premium beer that commands a relatively high price, though an Italian friend of mine tells me that it is considered pedestrian fare back home. The UK lager market is a fantasy beer league like no other.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear pale-straw colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of fluffy white foam that disappears after a minute or two. Aroma of light malt with mild sweetness, a hint of stewed hops and a faint solventy twang in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of stewed hops and a hint of solvent. Restrained yet harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, but watery. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

My Italian amico was right - this isn't up to much. A standard macro lager with little flavour and even less character. Probably passable on a hot day in Rome if served ice-cold. However, no need to go seek it out.

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