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

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BA SCORE
65
poor

1,575 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 1,575
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A. visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Ratings: 1,575 | Reviews: 646 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks crushinator, ultimately your folks for the Italian version. Pours a pale yellow lager, with some malt and cheesy aroma. A lot of air bubbles head, that recede quickly. Easy drinking, kind of watery mouthfeel. Smooth in its pale yellow lagery way.

Sammy, May 25, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

spycow, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Maria's Italian Deli in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random small spots of lacing line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain and a light fruit aroma. Taste is the same as the smell with a light fruity flavor coming through on the finish. This beer has good carbonation with a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it washed down the pizza I had very well. Not something I would buy on its own though.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +8.7%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-darkened straw yellow color with plenty of visible carbonation and somewhat of a white head. Good lacing going down. The nose is actually slightly hoppy with a strong grain character. The taste is all grain although no corn, which is always a nice touch. Light feel with crisp carbonation. Not too bad, though not that good either.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -27.5%

Texasfan549, May 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
2.74/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of skunk in the nose along with notes of grassy hops and hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has notes of adjunct malts such as corn along with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of grassy hops linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, a bit watery and a little clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a couple of good qualities such as its appearance and mouthfeel (considering its style), but the skunkiness in the aroma and taste render it to be an average pale lager.

metter98, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why would an Italian brewery make an American Macro Lager? Better yet, why are American breweries still making American Macro Lagers? Anyhow, the beer smells like a wet dog, but improves as the beer settles in the glass. Looks more German Lager-ish than American Macro, which encourages me. Flavors are pretty clean with a light citrus, apple flavor and spiced nicely with citrus / grassy hops. A bit fizzy in the mouth, but ultimately nicely weighted and moderatly rounded. Finishs very crisp, clean, and with a lemony / minty finish. A good one for the patio.

BEERchitect, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.25/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with almost no retention and no lacing. Aroma is quite bland with almost no characteristics. Taste is also very bland and thin with loads of watery notes. Body is light with spritzy carbonation. I haven’t had such a thin and bland beer in a long time.

Phyl21ca, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale maize topped with a bright white head of frothy foam that is of acceptable quality (it looks worse as it melts). Thanks to furiously bursting bubbles, it deflated quickly to about two fingers, but has slowed down considerably and will give me a little something to look at while I drink. Almost no lace.

As is often the case with these green-bottled Euro lagers, the smell of skunk greeted my nose on crown cracking. The only suspense is in seeing how completely the nastiness fades. In this case, almost completely. Almost. The scent of musky noble hops is the sum total of the aroma and does not make me excited about my first sip.

This is not good beer. On first contact, there's a pale malty sweetness that promises something it has no hope of ever delivering. The flavor very quickly degenerates into a harsh, biting bitterness that tastes a little like weed killer or some other noxious chemical. It's drinkable, but pairing it with spicy food might cancel out some of its more anti-social tendencies. Solo, it's a bit of a chore to drink.

Surprisingly, the body/mouthfeel isn't horrible; at least not as horrible as the flavor. It's much closer to light than to medium and doesn't fade to wateriness on the finish. There's not a whole lot wrong with the carbonation either.

Nastro Azzurro means 'blue ribbon' in Italian. It's hard for me to believe that this beer ever won a blue ribbon in any competition, anytime, anywhere. Stick with America's own Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer that kicks this beer's ass to the moon and back.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head with decent retention and lots of lacing on a clear golden body. Aromatics with a musty wheat aroma but not much else. Granny smith apple is noted throughout on a crisp wheat backbone. High carbonation and light body. Refreshing with a slightly bitter finish to it. Overall this one is actually good for what it is. I think it may be the green apple I am getting from it.

kylehay2004, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the palest yellow I have ever seen, almost clear, with huge seltzer like fizzy head. Smell was your classic light malt, macro smell, nothing great at all. Taste was about the same, really wasn't any. Almost thought I was drinking sprite. I would not have this again.

mikesgroove, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Corn, corn, and corn, and some more corn. Very sweet with a bit of an apple juice thing to it. There is some toasted grain in there as well. Not a very complicated aroma...

T: Sweet corn and sugar with a bit of a grass flavor. Some toasted grain and a touch of bitterness. It's pretty bland to begin with but starts to go downhill quickly as it warms up.

M: The body is light with a high level of carbonation.

D: If you drink it quick, this could be alright, but even still, I'm fine without having this again.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Skunky as skunky gets... Thus brew is not pleasing on the nose at all. I odered this once and never again. I didn't mind that it was on the same basis as most lagers. I still wanted to try it. Through the whole thing I had that aroma attacking my nose and it made it hard to enjoy. I had to drink it asap just to order something different.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best Before End: 04/13/10.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, lightly-hued yellow body with a wispy layering of white head.

Smell: Meager, insipid grainy malts with evident notes of skunk and gun metal.

Taste: Particularly light pale maltiness impaired with metallic, skunky, husky hints. Faint hop bitterness. Dry, fairly crisp finish. I couldn't get to a glass of water fast enough.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's faulty and unenjoyable, as so many of these lagers often are. More nasty than nastro.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +8.7%

SocalKicks, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing like an unsettling documentary on nuclear weapons paired with a classic Peroni, amiright? This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, light flowers, and dry grass. Hey, it's not skunked! The taste brings in more of the same, though now the corn is in charge, and the wheat is decidedly funkier. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a fairly inoffensive beer, but one that just doesn't taste all that great to me.

TMoney2591, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -27.5%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, at an Indian restaurant for my gf's sister's birthday - this may be the best beer they have available here.

This beer pours a clear, bright, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly white head, which leaves some speckled arrays of soap film lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of faint pale malt, a touch of corn cereal, some middling overripe lemon, and musty, skunky herbal hops. The taste doesn't quite suffer the same off the reservation stank as does the nose - I get more of the semi-sweet, corn-fed graininess, an echo of flat, indistinct citrus and stewing apples, and more weedy and musty, rather than overtly skunky, plain Jane noble hops.

The carbonation is certainly active and probing, but to no real invasive degree, the body on the lee side of medium weight, a tad cloying, and work-a-day smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess turning a mite bit sour, and the touched hops slowing moving in forlorn circles.

Overall, a likely prototypical example of when the green-bottle, light-strike fairy visits - an unpleasantly off-seeming, edgy Euro-lager. If you see this as the 'best' option at an Italian, or any other restaurant for that matter, make sure that it's the canned version, or just ask for the wine list.

biboergosum, Apr 25, 2010
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Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
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