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

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1,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of akorsak


3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 19:22:48 | More by akorsak
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev 0%

06-13-2013 15:52:49 | More by InspectorBob
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 16:36:32 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 14:16:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3/5  rDev +9.1%

09-05-2012 23:57:40 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.63/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2007 02:02:30 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:01:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 04:18:51 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BARFLYB


2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 07:23:27 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ejimhof


2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-26-2012 01:14:11 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 04:12:53 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

06-14-2010 17:46:38 | More by biegaman
Photo of brandoman63


2.75/5  rDev 0%

11-30-2011 15:18:52 | More by brandoman63
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +45.5%

12-02-2011 05:31:13 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 20:56:12 | More by plaid75
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New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-12-2014 18:41:52 | More by LXIXME
Photo of DrJay


2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 17:39:14 | More by DrJay
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 00:14:52 | More by tdm168
Photo of sendbeer


1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

12-09-2012 19:29:59 | More by sendbeer
Photo of glid02


3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 01:29:39 | More by glid02
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 00:29:12 | More by Derek
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 23:57:38 | More by Gusler
Photo of Tone


2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight metallic, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, metallic, and a hint of dry hops. Overall, a rather average epl, that is most likely better before imported.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 00:59:24 | More by Tone
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3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 19:50:53 | More by Brad007
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 13:21:14 | More by liamt07
Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
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