Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

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

674 Reviews
Read the review
For Trade:
Peroni Nastro AzzurroPeroni Nastro Azzurro

Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
Italy | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-03-2001

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 674 | Ratings: 1,878
Photo of weeare138
2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

 461 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

 809 characters

Photo of jdhilt
1.64/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

 408 characters

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

A: Crystal clear with a slightly yellow hue. Pours a nice white head; no retention or lace.

S: Plenty of floral hop aroma.

T: Predominantly floral hops, with a little grainy sweetness. Bitterness is VERY mild. It's not unpleasant, there just isn't much flavour.

M: Surprisingly light for its strength, moderate carbonation, relatively smooth.

D: A little more bitterness would give it a crisp, refreshing quality.

 425 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

 596 characters

Photo of akorsak
2.98/5  rDev +8%
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.

 619 characters

Photo of stevoj
2.96/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sardinian supermarket.Pours a pale golden color color with foamy head. Hops provide a nice bite to this lager, accentuating the malt. Not great, but pretty good.

 173 characters

Photo of puboflyons
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a bottle on Feb. 26, 2009 at an Olive Garden restaurant. It was too dark to see an expiration date or lot number. This poured a pale yellow with a puffy white head. The aroma had some malt and hop mixtures but overall it just smelled like a Euro-macro lager. The taste was more malted than anything else. I must say that despite the rather average overall session, it did have a slightly fresher quality about it that helped it eke out a slightly better grade from me.

 481 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
2.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before July 10, 2012. The green bottles sitting on the shelf would cut that by a smidgeon, me thinks.

The colour of straw, a small 1/2" head of foam, decent lacing.

The smell is the usual for the style or for an American Adjunct Lager. Grain, corn, light ambiguous bitterness.

Grainy flavour with notes of corn, very light bitterness, I can see why it's a top seller in Italy for the similar reason that Bud Light is the top seller in the US. Light on the flavours and not offensive and easy drinking. Hardly an endorsement by moi but it stands to reason. Flavour doesn't seem to be a major priority of the average beer drinker. I hope saying that doesn't make me come across as a beer snob as that's not my intention...

 729 characters

Photo of clayrock81
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale gold body with a one-finger head that died quickly. Possessed a faint aroma of grains and earthiness. A light-bodied brew that went a little slick but had some hop bite as well as a grainy huskiness to it. Not much for taste but at least it went down smooth. Just a half-decent Euro lager that isn't worth getting again.

 334 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice feb21 2010

A very light straw yellow with a thumbs width of fast falling head that leaves no lace

S lots of grassy hops, a little hay and maybe some lemon

T on par with the smell nothing offensive but nothing great either

M thin but crisp, pretty standard though

D no real problems with this one just another basic beer

try it just don't pay for it, may be better with a hot sun

 428 characters

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

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - straw/pale yellow, clear, small white fizzy head that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell - barley/wheat, bready, floral notes.. grainy

Taste & Mouth - slightly metallic, dry taste, higher carbonation, kind of watery. You can taste the barley

D rink - an average beer in my books, reminds me of miller high life. Light and decent for the summer months.

 411 characters

Photo of dar482
3.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this in a bottle.

The flavor was surprisingly decent. It has an big malt for a Euro lager. It has some off adjunct touches, but it's pretty decent.

The mouthfeel and finish are good. The mouthfeel has this malty roundness compared to other poor European lager options. Not that lagers are the issue, but some just aren't on par.

 336 characters

Photo of DrJay
2.59/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, light straw yellow. Soapy white bubbles capped the beer and quickly dissipated. Sharp aroma of spicy, sulfury, herbal hops, slightly vegetal, with a maltiness in the background. Low bitterness with herbal, sort of minty, hop flavour that turned lemony towards the end. Light malt and veggies, slightly metallic finish. Light bodied, average carbonation that felt a bit coarse, dry. It's light, mostly inoffensive, and easy to drink. I'm not fond of the hops, veggies, and metallic character though, so it's not something I'd go back to.

 551 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a spritzy, citrus one finger head. A golden, clear straw color with constant lace bubbling to the surface. There was nothing to smell but maybe some citrus-like hops & water. Tasted like watered down hops with a little straw left to sit in the brew kettle. The mouthfeel was very light which gave it a high drinkability rating.
Overall, a very thirst quenching beer. But nothing special since it tase like any other American macro, but comes with a higher price since it's from Italy.

 493 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
1.98/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I guess I expected a shitty lager when I found this in the House of 1,000 beers mixed six section. Pour is as clear yellow as it gets without being a light beer. Another note on appearance is the weird notch's in the back of the bottle. I guess that's for opening a beer with another beer. Screams classy.

Head was just a mere half inch and I was surprised to see it not fizz into nothing. Smell is your typical corn, musk, and hop mix. Taste is equally the same maybe some cardboard and moldy hops yet it taste as refreshing as filtered water. Makes my stomach rumble a tad. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall these Euro lagers are all the same. Light like spring water. Heavy on corn and sunk hops. Little revisit value.

 727 characters

Photo of bark
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The liquid is clear pale yellow; the white foam sinks quickly down to a thin white lid.

The smell is malty and a bit dry with notes of hay, white bread and some almost unnoticeable aroma hops.

The taste is first very mild with some sweet malt, and then a sour bitterness emerges together with some alcohol and a grapefruit-like fruit-flavour. The aftertaste is easy-going with a somewhat sweet bread-like malty taste paired with a simple bitterness.

The carbonation is OK with some big bubbles, but it gets stale very quick.

I found this beer as another typical Mediterranean quencher: Not bad, but not exceptional in any way either.

 648 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale light-gold color with a one-finger head that lingers a bit into my pint glass.

Aroma is that of cooked corn and/or skunked hops. Not much else to detect. A bit sweet and that's all.

Taste is skunky with at least a nice hint of bready malt in the middle that makes it somewhat bearable. A bit of hop bitterness is present as well.

Mouthfeel is full of bready malt and only light skunkiness. Not as bad as one would think but still not too impressive.

It's alright. Easy to drink and has a bit more flavor than I expected. There's not much to expect from this style otherwise.

 592 characters

Photo of avalon07
2.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a totally clear consistency. Very little head and lacing.

S: Typically skunky aroma, with a little hops and citrus.

T: A thin, generally tasteless beer, with some hints of hops and lemon. Not very interesting.

M: Not much carbonation and a dry finish. Slightly flat.

D: This isn't a particularly good beer. It's not offensively bad, but it lacks any definitive flavor or personality.

 460 characters

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

Had on tap at Bravo's with an Italian dinner. This was not a good beer, it made no good impressions. It was crystal clear, yellow color, film of white bubbles. The smell was neutral, nothing at all. Maybe malt. The taste was nothing special either, just bland. Like carbonated water with a little malt flavor. I'll choose water next time.

 338 characters

Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a random bar in Sorrento.

Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with mild amounts of adjunct sweetness and even lighter amounts of earthy hop aromas. As the beer warms the hop aromas intensify a bit but never outdo the malt and adjunct.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pilsner malt and sweet adjunct flavors up front are joined midway through the sip by slight grassy and earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is another beer that I was not a fan of state-side but that is infinitely more palatable close to the source. I shudder to think what those outside of the U.S. think about our BMC products. Anyways, this isn't a bad beer but it's not worth seeking out either.

 1,037 characters

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.

 412 characters

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer evacuates the 355ml green bottle a light gold color with the head modest in size, bright white in color and the texture frothy, the resultant lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is standard malt; fresh and crisp, start is lightly sweet, the grain profile adequate and the top cadaverous. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste, cannot say it does a lot for me.

 423 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.29/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best before 03/12/10.

A - One of the lightest beers I've ever seen, it's as pale yellow straw as they come and totally clear bubbly with a fantastic white head. Three fingers rose up right away to lower slowly while leaving a solid collar of lacing.

S - Unmistakable Euro-Lager sulfery smell that makes it hard to determine whether it's skunked or not. It has an interesting smell regardless. Typical adjunct aroma though but with a bit more hops.

T - There isn't much to the flavor. The sulfur is still there but it's otherwise a dry and bland lager. It's different somehow but not in a great way.

M - Crisp, fizzy, and light-bodied, this beer finishes with a carbonation bite. It's also extremely dry.

D - A Euro Lager I probably wont ever have again but it's not God-awful. Just lacking in every regard. Nothing about it stands out. If it's skunked, it's not too bad for being skunked that's for sure.

 951 characters

Photo of champ103
3.52/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a small head and little lace.
S: Not much here. Some faint hops and some spices.
T: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Very piny with a good hop character and a good amount of spice. A bit grainy, but nothing much to complain about.
M/D: Light a crisp in the mouth. Easy to puy back if in the mood.

This is a decent light beer, and pairs well with some great Italian food.

 400 characters

Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.