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

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BA SCORE
65
poor

1,645 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,645
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 169 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 330ml bottle (5.1% ABV),best before March 2010, drank in May 2009. Poured into a 'Palm' tulip shaped glass.

The bulbus shape of the glass made the beer look mid-gold colour, a thinner glass would have shown a paler, lighter golden, brighter body. There was no head after 30 seconds, a very small white collar remained.

Very little aroma, gets my standard 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

No true flavours, a typical mass produced hot weather lager with no redeeming features to push it beyond the bland rows of other lagers/pilsners that fill the shelves in British supermarkets.

Watery and weak, nothing happening.

No character or individuality, refreshing on a hot day, but lacks class.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Il Mulino (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer starts out slightly skunky and then you can detect some of the proper beer smells - pale malts, adjunct grain malts, and grassy hops, though both are quite mild.

T: The beer tastes much like the smell (without the skunkiness). There is a lightly sweet corn adjunct malt flavor that is followed by moderate amounts of grassy hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is refreshing and sessionable. It is easy to drink and I could have a couple of these but there is nothing that really stands out about this beer.

Photo of woodychandler
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The bottle backlog continues to fall in the wake of my decision to eradicate bottles from at least my kitchen and perhaps from my inventory. I am awash in the daggum things and they are standing between me and The CANQuest (TM) and I will not abide it any longer. I purchased this one during my most recent visit to Subs 'n' Six Pax on Columbia Avenue.

From the bottle: "Tradizione e Naturalita dal 1846"; "Birra Superiore".

I popped the cap and began the aggro pour, creating both a pseudo-cascade and forming a brief finger of bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a pale lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant Saaz-like grassiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was odd, grassy, but with a light cheesiness like sharp cheddar. It was not prevalent, but it was noticeable all the same. Finish was light, spritzy, semi-dry, nice on a hot, humid day after some gardening, but there are much better iterations of the style out there.

Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of weeare138
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out. Chunks of carbonation quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of yeasty cornbread batter with some pils malt, fresh cut lawn, and scattered straw.
Taste is of the same, non-complex aromas with a metalic, grassy taste.
Mouthfeel is grainy, grassy, and like bad medicine that I really don't want to swallow with an unbalanced bitterness that leads to a metallic funk that is just plain unapealling.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden colour with a full bodied and firm head of creamy white. Lots of streaming carbonation. Good lacing. Looks cloudy in the frosted glass.

Stylistically, the frosted glass makes it look worse. Why would they even do that? Otherwise, it looks pretty good for what it is.

Nothing on the nose, or very little, anyway. Very thin with a little hint of grain. Without the green bottle treatment it doesn't even have the pleasant euro skunkiness. Thin, reedy and insipid.

Taste is clean with a slight bitterness, but a slight chemical twinge on the back giving an acetone finish. No structure to it. Prickly feel that fizzles towards the back. Eh.

Not great. I think it's probably better in bottle, where it's at least clean, bland and drinkable. This is rather tasteless and very forgettable.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-Tap in a Peroni glass, how fitting.

A- Peroni Nastro Azzurro has the typical Euro Pale Lager look with a very light yellow color with some white gold highlights. A thin 2cm white cap stayed throughout the drink leaving loose spider web lacing.

S- I got what I expected out of the smell, nothing much. European malts giving off some old bread, alot of grain and some weak hops rounding out the smell. Cant help to notice that a light skunked scent comes with the territory, although this is more like an indian reservation. Not a great scent, but certainly not the worst.

T- Alright, I know this is not a stand out beer, but I was not totally disgusted by it. If I had more than one pint though, that would probably change quickly. Lightly toasted malt with grain and some skunk. Some hops in the backend giving off a thumbnail of flavor and hardly noticable bitterness. The hops in this give off a apparent grassy taste. No more, no less!!

M- Peroni is a light bodied lager with big carbonation going for it, perhaps a bit to much, but if it was not there this beer would be dead in the water. Presently it's on life support, reminding me of many american macros. I expected more from an Italian brewery but I guess every country has a big enough brewery to quench the thrist of the simpletons

D- One pint was enough for me, in fact 3/4 of one is plenty come to think of it. Glad I tried it on tap because I can only assume that the bottled version is like watching a Paula Poundstone routine. I kid, I kid, no, actually, I think im dead on.

Photo of tempest
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, Peroni has a very light yellow color and tall head that immediately fades. The aroma has a slight creamy malt smell, but not much else. The flavor is low, but as it warms a bit, there's a pleasant apple flavor to be had with the slight lager tang. I guess once this warms a bit, it's not too bad, probably one of the better light Euro lagers I've had.

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of an Italian market run my family made yesterday, on to the beer:

Straw color in appearance with a decent head. A little skunk rises from the bottle, but then it clears for some hop, hay, and melon flavors. It's flavor is more of a spicy hop bitterness than a malt domination, almost like a pilsner. An echo of grape in the aftertaste. The feel is fizzy, but it drinks okay.

Why do a culture's lager beer match so well with its food? The beer itself was nothing great, but it helped clean up the mess of stuffed pasta and sausage.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peroni Beer

An italian euro pale. Appears straw yellow with no head to speak of really. Just a bit of lace.

Smells of the tettnang hop, sulfur, floral, even a tad skunkish which I would attribute to the hop.

Taste is bitter upfront with a cracker like malt character. The hops pull through more than anything, and impart a skunky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a crisp finish.

Overall, an average drinking euro lager, similar to a Heineken with a bolder hop character.

Photo of akorsak
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served at the Macaroni Grill in Annapolis, MD. The beer is cold.

A: The is a pale, pale, PALE beer. There isn't even much head to tell me that its not.

S: There is no smell here, no malts, nothing.

T: There is a light malty flavor, some weired adjunct flavors and not much else, which makes it a good rep of the style. There isn't a lot going on here.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly bland, but I found that that was good, as it did not detract from the meal.

D: The lack of taste makes it very drinkable, as nothing will happen to you. This is why Italy will always be a wine country.

Photo of Zorro
3.07/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nastro Azzurro means "Blue Tape."

Pours a clear golden yellow with a wispy white head. Carbonation level is low.

Smell is faint corn scent and a fairly stout whiff of noble hops. Quite clean smelling with a faint whiff of fruit and alcohol. Very mild amount of sulfur detectable.

Taste is slightly sweet and noticeably bitter after taste. Mild fruit corn and alcohol faintly tasteable. Hop level is quite stout for a European lager and is much more like a Pilsner. The dominant flavor here is the Saaltz Hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, very much like a Budweiser. Not much there.

Very drinkable brew. Not the best beer but it is far better than a Stella Artois. The maker didn't spare the hops in this and tastes like a lager with a Pilsner hopping schedule. If you are out eating Italian and there isn't a true Pilsner on the beer list this would be a good second choice.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a clear pale yellow body with a white head that is boiling away with large bubbles. There is a big carbonation of large bubbles.

S- The smell of pale malt and a sulfur nose has a chemical hop smell that doesn't have much depth or character other than bitterness.

T- The taste of a slight honey malt note finishes dry with a sulfur and bitterness from hop crispness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz bite in the finish.

D- It is very cut and dry, a splash of dry malt then some bitterness that taste like hops and that is it.

Photo of jdhilt
1.64/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From my notes 6/18/2007 Over the Atlantic Ocean at 36,000' on Alitalia Airline. Part of the meal includes beer/wine so I had to try a 330ml can of Nastro Azzurro. It is no different than on tap or in a bottle it is still the Budweiser of Italy plus since you only have a plastic cup there's not much nose and flavor is hoppy with plastic in the background and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Best by Aug 2008.

Photo of brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pure gold with carbonation bubbles and no head. Smell is primarily grains but with mild hops coming through as well. Taste is grainy but also nicely hopped. I detect small, fruity flavors possibly from the yeast (?). The mouthfeel was crisp and clean; well carbonated.

This is a decent beer. Not one I'd rush to get back to but it's one I would have if I'm somewhere without craft beer. It was actually quite refreshing on this day since it was 102 degrees out.

Photo of atrocity
1.25/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +45.5%

Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If Nastro Azzurro were any paler it would wash itself right out of existence. Colour is nearly unobservable; it has the soft, yellow-tinted of hue of lemonade (albeit with unhindered clarity). The beer's bubbling head turned out to be brittle as an eggshell: it's all but dissipated now except for a slender string that lingers around the perimeter of the glass.

The beer starts off in my good books for not smelling of cheap, industrial adjuncts but rather having the forwardly malty, lightly bready smell that is expected of a lager. But do note that I've still scored it less than mediocre; I wish to express that the grade it's earned does not denote that it's average but rather that it's merely tolerable and passable.

Tolerable and passable are two good words with reference to this beer. To leave it at that, however, is not being entirely fair. I personally require a little more malt, but Peroni is actually considerably more malty than most of its European mass-produced counterparts. And although corn is sparingly tasted, the flavour is by and large unadulterated.

With no perceivable bitterness, little detectable flavour and a texture with an uncanny resemblance to water, there is nothing holding this back from being a refreshing, easily quaffed and agreeable beverage... for most people. For my palate, however, it is bland and insipid and I can imagine few scenarios where I could honestly admit to enjoying it.

What makes many Italian wines so appealing is that if you look at them a little closer you can see the individual traces of labour and hardship, the triumphs and failures of the producer, the marks of love and artistry and the pride that is integrally sewn into the heritage and tradition of the Italian countryside and way of life.

There is simply no reason that beer should be removed from that context. (The staple of the Roman diet, after all, was barley.) Unlike a vintage Chianti or Montepulciano, Peroni tastes only of industry - hegemonic, calculative, efficiency-crazed economies of scale and manipulative marketing and crass commercialism. And that, really, is all it is.

Photo of sendbeer
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of plaid75
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger sudsy head. Not mucg retention or lacing.

The smell was rather grainy with hints of hop and malt sweetness.

The taste was well balanced, if not a bit on the sweet side. Finished dry though.

The mouthfeel was okay - very carbonated.

Overall a drinkable beer if ever in an Italian restaurant.

Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev +9.1%

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