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

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Ratings: 1,622
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 145 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of smithza9
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good beer. It is a very light, golden brown color and has a very crisp taste. Not very much head. I had this in a true italian restaurant with homemade pasta and it was so good and refreshing. It has a very bubbly feel to it and is very carbonated. A good beer at a very good price.


Photo of miket163
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this lager on tap at Campisi's Pizza in a pint glass. Pale straw colour with bright white head (1/2"). Grassy and floral nose, very clean. The taste was grass and grain, with a dry hop bite, very crisp, with maybe a touch of lime zest.

Good for its style...excellent for washing down food.

Photo of VietPong
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The caps and appearance are a lot better than the actual beer. The taste is slightly flat and bitter, not exactly watered down but nothing distinguishable about it. Very carbonated from what i remember. Not my taste, but not an awful beer by any means.

Photo of Slatetank
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Buca di Beppo - Served chilled in a tumbler

A - A clear golden w/ thin white cap w/ tiny bead.

S - The smell has a light mineral quality with subtle hop odor and mild fruity/yeasty ester. The nose has a mild herbal tinge

M - The feel is decent w/ semi dry, highly carbonated, but a bit thin and seems a bit too yeast oriented in general w/ mild mineral notes

T - A fairly basic lager taste, mild tinges of yeast with subtle mineral and light herbal hop accent the malt has a subtle amount of sweetness and the flavor almost hints at grassy. The real issue is it seems to hold back- the beer is too crisp and light and flavor just drops out mid taste

D - a great beer for 100 degrees in the shade or scrubbin your palate after a greasy italian sausage, but generally too light to be considered drinkable for more than 1

Photo of spinrsx
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of 828beagle
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a pale yellow with a one finger head which fell to a slight film after a minute. Medium carbonation. An uneventful brew. Smells of sour grapes but not horrible. Slightly bitter taste but easy going down. A bit more kick than your average American domestic. I don't want to be overly critical but the only time I think I would ever consider having another one of these would be at an Italian restaurant with a heavy pasta meal. Otherwise it is too overpriced and you could find something of equal or better quality for 2 dollars cheaper per sixer.

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.

Photo of karait95
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Faded pale yellow color, almost no head, a white little one that disappears almost immediately.

S: A malty vague aroma.

T: Not bitter nor sweet at the beginning, lasting ending a little dry and bitter.

M: Not very pleasant due to the thin flavor and end bitterness.

Photo of Bravo4
1.98/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- It pours a bright yellow with a bout a finger of white head. Lots of bubbles. It looks like an American macro. Pretty dissapointing.

S- Also dissapointing. It has a weak grainy smell to it. Not much else. Typical weak Euro lager.

T- Another dissapointment. It has a weak grainy adjunct taste to it that reminds me of the BMC varieties. Also typical weak Euro lager.

M- It has the same moutfeel you would expect from a BMC light American macro. Like carbonated water.

D- I would say this is highly drinkable if all you are looking for is to get drunk. Otherwise it's a dissapointment in the flavor and aroma categories that makes me not want to drink this. It's just another fizzy yellow beer.

Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer drank from a green bottle (no one would give me a glass -- free beer casualty). Beer forms a head in the bottle with shaking and leaves no lacing on the interior of the bottle.

Beer has a grainy harsh aroma.

Beer is light in body and grainy. Its oddly bitter from a tannic astringency. Not horrible but its not a repeat. Just another light lager without a second thought to it.

Photo of Augustiner719
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass:

Pours a piss yellow, perfect clarity with a big foamy head that recedes to nothing withing seconds. really dissapointing. Smell is sorta like a munich helles lager with a hint of skunkyness. Taste is bland and off centered from what i would expect from this style. Its got a tiny hop bite to offset the lack of malt this has. These beers are becomming almost like a beer mix style where its carbonated water, booze and yellow coloring. Really no flavor here other than a wet sock, skunky taste. Mouthfeel is weird because its so carbonated , but there is no head and no bubbles playing around. really this is just thin. Drinkability is below average just because its not the best tasting beer in this style. Its ok, and when it warms it blows so really this isnt even a hot summer days beer to drink.

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

Served in 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Light in color;not much head

Smell: The scent is not impressive and smells a bit skunky. Doesn't smell bad or good.

Taste: You have to decide if you like a beer with a bit of a skunky taste and bitterness because this has both. But the bitterness becomes subdued after a few seconds and the skunky taste is..well..something you get used to. No major flavors jump out of this beer..maybe corn but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and refreshing. You could drink these all day. Watery feel but has some guts to it.

Drinkability: Again, refreshing, clean, good for your BBQs and also perfect for nights in the club.

Drink this between April and October if you live in the Northeast

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

250ml blind sample courtesy of mrmanning. Golden yellow in colour with orange hues and one finger of bone white froth. Strands of lacing decorate the tulip. Smell and taste are sweet grains, apple, mildly floral, grassy, biscuit, some corn, and a subtle, Saaz-like bitterness. I get the slightest trace of honey as well. Clean and refreshing mouthfeel, sharp spicy bite, pleasant bitter aftertaste. This was the surprise of the night, and I will reach for it in future when I'm looking for a session lager. An underrated beer IMHO.

Photo of treque
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It shows a very pale amber color, completely translucent, average foam made of medium size bubbles, white color on the head,
average disipasion,small bubble carbonation and it is constant, little retention and no residue

deep malt aroma

Deep bitterness in the drink, light-bodied, refreshing, with a ligth final
but extended with very acceptable bitterness

Photo of fullsweep
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL green, clear bottle. As this was served at a barn dance, it was NOT poured into a glass.

A: average green bottle (I have had this in a glass though, and it pours a very clear yellow with lots of bubbles and very little head).

S: slightly skunky scent, but otherwise an average Euro lager (or American adjunct for that matter)

T: although this is slightly more interesting than your average macro American adjunct, it still has that skunky macro-lager taste. Very similar to a bottle Grolsch or others in that category.

M: very carbonated and refreshing in terms of mouthfeel.

D: not something to seek out necessarily, but not completely unworthy either. Just okay.

Photo of rarbring
2.17/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A clear and very pale straw colored beer, a white head that settles quickly, leaving some lacing.

Smelling of some sweet biscuits andables. a faint metallic sourness. Boiled vegetables.

Rather little taste, boiled carrots, a short alkaloid bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a bit watery and un-complex.

A very modest beer, "birra superiore" must be over water.

Photo of bsp77
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass (all I had).

Appearance: Clear, light yellow gold without much head and no lacing.

Smell: Very light malts with hay, straw and barely perceptible apple.

Taste: Sweetish apple is a little more noticeable in the grainy malts, with a sharp hay-like taste. Spicy hops are minimal as it seems the hay taste is supposed to provide more of the counterbalance to the overly sweet taste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, not at all dry.

Drinkability: An okay Euro Lager that really needs more dryness or crispness to compete against the better ones.

Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 eduardolinhalis
2.17/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

0.33ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Well, the mass production Italian beers are really bad, not a surprise. Nastro Azzurro is not an exception, really bad stuff. Nothing compared with the recent Italian micros-breweries like Panil Birra Artigianale, Baladin, Birrificio Italiano and etc.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a big white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings
S: Smells like an America Adjunct Lager. Some malts and hops but the smell of corn is terrible
T: Bad as expected. Tastes like a America Adjunct Lager. Malts and corn, basically. The only advantage is reasonable the bitter end
M: Light body and medium to high carbonation
D: Low. Just avoid it, per favore!!!

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 12oz bottle at Napoli Flying Pizza on Highway 6 in Houston. poured into a chilled mug (although i did attempt to warm it up a bit)

Appearance: Very pale straw color with a smaller, quickly dissipating white head that doesn't leave lacing.

Smell: String grain smells with grassiness and slight floral notes.

Taste: Begins with a sweet grainy flavor, finishing with stringer grains and herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with strong carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Nothing to get excited about, but not too bad either. This beer is uninspiring and unoffensive. Goes well with Italian food, though.

Photo of TrippnFiasco
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color, quite a few bubbles. Snow-white head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing

S: Smells skunky with a hint of hops and an acidic citrus aroma that is very faint.

T: Very light flavor, actually getting some malt. It is mostly bready and skunky. Not really any hops coming through. Unimpressive.

M: Nice and crisp mouthfeel. Very light-bodied beer.

D: Very drinkable, mostly because of the nice crispness and feel, not so much from the taste.

Photo of DrJay
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peroni has a bright yellow body with lots of active carbonation bubbles. The head is fairly solid looking with some good retention. It looks like it should leave behind some good lacing but doesn't quite manage to.

The aroma is mostly a watered down, pale, sweet malt.

The flavor is probably a little bit better than the aroma. Just a hint of hops actually comes through. Then some pale, sweet, cracker-like malt. The finish has a slightly off taste, but nothing too unpleasant.

The body is extremely light and the carbonation is relatively high.

I have to say as fizzy yellow beers go (non-German styles anyway) I prefer the Euro Pale Lagers to the American Adjunct Lagers, and Peroni is no exception.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden yellow. Active champagne carbonation with a pretty sizeable amount of foam. I would rate this higher if it stayed more lively like this.

Smell: Crisp, clean, yeasty bread malt. A nice, neutral smell. Unfortunately I smell nothing here that really impresses me. Peroni just smells like good, clean beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very good, crisp mouthfeel. Dry carbonation and very refreshing to drink. Fresh malt and yeast taste with a citrus hop finish.

Drinkability: The clean taste overall makes this a good beer to drink. It does go well with bread and cheese.

Overall: An underrated European lager. A bit more expensive than Stella and Heineken based on what I know, but definitely worst the extra few cents. Then again, there are good American lagers as well.

Photo of berpwillie
1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a clear yellow golden color with large white head and spare lacing. lots of fizzy carbonation. light body and thin texture. lemon zesty hints, other then that not much else to it. did not enjoy at all. would never drink again. so far i've had three beers strsight from italy and i've hated everyone.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.