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

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BA SCORE
65
poor

1,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 239 | 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: Todd on 01-03-2001

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Photo of Dodt
1.66/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

wow thought i would give another one of the beers i picked up in the mix six a review, to be honest the next time i make a mix six i am checking beer advocate instead of doing it blind. the beer is pale yellow in color with no head , bready flavor , corny aroma . this is a beer i would not try again

Photo of hdf561
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a single bottle at the local Kroger but had seen it several times at local Italian eateries

Pale almost clear appearance.

Smells almost like nothing very bland average smell.

Very plain taste as well very light on the mouth and very smooth and drinkable.

This beer is almost neutral nothing overpowering nothing special it is very drinkable and I would drink it again and it will probably be my beer of choice the next time I hit up the local pizza joint. Give it a shot.

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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a 20 oz. pilsner glass

Appearance-Served a straw colored brew with a one finger pure white head. The head faded almost instantly to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of some malt and a light caramel smell. There is a light musty smell as well. Nothing too great.

Taste - The taste starts out of a bready nature mixed with a light caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some light grassy flavors come to the tongue. In the end the grassy flavors grow stronger and mix with some paper tastes to leave a rather odd (and not in a good way) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was below average to average in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is very average. About right for the style, but nothing special.

Overall –Ah…Nothing really too great. I would pass on this if I were you.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -4%
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.

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

330 mL bottle. Pours pale yellow with a chalk white head. Aroma is hay, grass, cardboard and a bit dusty. Flavour is soft malty, slight sweet and a subdued bitterness. Finish is soft bitter-sweet, tart banana flavoured. Well tasting despite the pale look and the aroma.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw color, almost no color. It looked like water as I poured it into a glass. A short lasting half finger of head.
Strong metallic and rice smell.
Not half bad taste. Mild for sure, but without the normal metallic taste for this style. A slight bitter note.
Fizzy texture and light body.
Nothing to see (or taste) here.

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poors with a small head and decent lacing. Pale see through gold color.

S: Smells like wet grain.

T: It was a lot like Michelob Ultra. Basically a watered down none offensive lager. Not bad, but not worth $4. Drop of malt with 2 drops of hops.

M: Good refreshing carbonation.

O: It's a watered down lager. Nothing else.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.28/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
3.56/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty bright gold clear liquid with a substantial white head.

Aroma is sweet and slightly grainy.

On first taste, I can pick up a lot of grainy notes and a little bit of hops. As the beer warms it unfortunately starts getting way too sweet.

Lingering sweetish aftertaste.

Decent medium mouthfeel.

Photo of Douberd
3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle of 330 ml, at home. Imported. Poured into a pilsner glass.
Golden yellow colour, very clear. Something less than two fingers of head, white in colour. Lots of activity in the glass, in the form of bubbles. Head finally stabilizes to half a finger, and stays at that height for a long time.
Aroma of malts and slighty of other adjunct grains, possibly corn (?).
Taste is great though. Sweet mostly from the malt, the hops on the weak side. I hadn't have a lager like that for almost a year now and my last holidays in Greece, and as I am raised with this kind of sweet beers, I find the taste very appealing.
Thin on the body, just one step maybe before someone can call it watery. Slighty dry on the palate. which gives it drinkability points.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one, too bad that it's price is so high here in the Netherlands.

Edit:according to the label it does have some corn, but other than a faint smell, it's not that obvious.

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.

Photo of viverlee
1.79/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Peroni Nastro Azzuro. Or simply “Peroni,” it’s the most accessible beer I’ve reviewed to date, a distinction fraught with largely well-deserved suspicion.

STYLE: Euro Pale Lager

ABV: 5.1%

LOOK: Translucent yellow, highly carbonated, wafer thin. I can, yeah, see my fingerprints on the other side of the glass. Great for a crime-scene detective, not so great for beer.

NOSE: Soulless bread, a man without a backbone. There’s a note, distinctly off-putting, that I can’t, and maybe won’t, pull.

MOUTH: Carrots, lemon, canned asparagus. That carbonation, it fades — quickly. Leaving only a mouthful of what can charitably be called beer.

BA Rating: 65

Hayward Abbey Rating: 61

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pale golden color tons of inviting activity with a firm head that is present for a few gulps. No lacing

S - Buttery malt and skunky euro hops. I am a big fan of both

T - Very mild with notes of fascination. The malt is has a smooth sweetness and the hop backing is dry. Slightly watery finish

M - A tad thin but very refreshing. The carbonation keeps the palate very clean, easily drinkable

O - Nothing inoffensive about this beer. Nothing too fancy either. One of the better macro epl's around and goes great with pizza or just on a hot summer day

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

Overall this is a nice, easy-drinking lager. Similar to most European lagers and surprisingly easy-drinking for its 5.1% abv. This beer is not very hoppy so it is not really bitter, it is a lot more crisp and clean. The experience was personally detracted because it came out extremely flat out of the bottle so I would like to try this one again and on a warmer day, a really hot day, this would be an outstanding beer to have with a barbecue and some chips. This beer is pretty solid throughout all the indicators and would be recommended on those hot summer days for some well-earned relaxation and as a thirst quencher.

This beer worsened a bit as a the drink went on and lost some of its fruity character, became a bit more bitter but the first few sips were really nice and on that alone I would personally recommend this as a nice entry level, popular lager.

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...

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.67/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slightly chilled in tall lager glass.

A: beautiful presentation, with streams of carb bubbles and a two-finger head
S: lager, yeast, a bit of the traditional Euro-lager smell
T: slightly cloying beer; flavorful slightly lemony lager, but mixed with bready, stale character; tends to worsen as the bottle warms up
M: decent

Not a good beer--pass

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

green bottle served in a lager glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that fizzled out with a constant rise of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - a slight hint of skunk but it was mainly sweet grain.

T - sweet and grainy tasting.

F - light bodied with a bubbly feel.

O - meh.

Photo of MDDMD
2.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-crystal clear light yellow color with minimal white head and no lacing

S-light malt , hints of sweetness

T-light malt character, not much hop presence, slight ly astringent with a faint metallic taste

F-light body with light carbonation, crisp feel

O-Light lager with little compelling flavor, body or balance,

Photo of tobelerone
2.71/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A clear light yellow beer with a fizzy white head that settles quickly. Minimal lacing. Kind of generic Euro lager aroma; grainy malt, slightly fruity, floral hops in the background. Flavor is pretty similar; very vaguely skunky, with a lightly sweet pale malt flavor and the hint of those floral hops underneath. Pretty nondescript but also fairly inoffensive. Totally unremarkable. Crisp and light bodied, with lively carbonation and a clean, dry finish. Decently refreshing, also fairly watery. Not the worst of the bunch but nothing special either. Pairs well served ice cold with pizza. No need to drink it any warmer as whatever nuances it possesses aren’t worth examining.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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 MortarPestle
2.29/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with a white head that leaves a single ring before disappearing. Fine carbonation.
Aroma: Unappetizing sulfur with grass, lemon and some malt.
Taste: Herbs, grain, lemon and pepper with a lingering metallic note.
Texture: Crisp and dry with some bitterness.
Drinkability: I thought I would try this with an Italian dinner, hoping it would be a nice match.
Notes: Served in a Pilsener Glass

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 kbnooshay
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't quite understand why this beer is scored so poor. Its not great, but its slightly above average for a euro lager. Many euro lagers suffer from skunk but I don't have that problem with peroni. Kinda bland and sweet, but not bad! Pours a very clear straw color with a few finger frothy bone white head. Light lacing. Arome is pretty damn clean with only that slightest smell of dirty europe. Slightly sweet. Taste is the same. Sweet grainy malt dominates. Light hops and a decent pepperiness gives this beer an edge over many euro lagers. Feel is okay but could maybe use a little more carbonation. Again i just don't see this as the disaster that most see it as. hmm.

Photo of TheHammer
2.31/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Started with a finger of head that did mange to leave a little lace, but didn't sustain itself very well. The body is a pale yellow with thin carbonation.

Smell: Skunky with an almost cabbage note and a touch of sweeter rye bread. It's not very appetizing and I'd say it's of average potency, which isn't a good thing in this case.

Taste: Starts with a touch of sweet malt with a touch of fruit that is spoiled by a overwhelming cabbage taste. As it progresses a touch a lemon tries it's best to clean that out and when it fails it turns to a note of grassy and clay like hops that barely manage to finish the job.

Mouthfeel: Leaves my mouth tasting like wet clay and clings as you'd expect it to. That aftertaste isn't very pronounced which is good, but as you drink it, it has too much of a seltzer quality.

Drinkability: Well, it could be worse, I mean I'd still drink it on a hot day if it was offered or the only thing available. It's a bit rough around the edges but it stays down well enough.

Final Thought: Italy is not well know for it's brewing, and I can see why. This one falls in the "bad import lager" category for me. I mean it's drinkable, and I guess if I was in Europe and wanted beer, yeah this would be ok, but really I think if this is the standard in Italy, you're better off sticking to Wine.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.