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

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1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 107 | 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 MrHurmateeowish
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle as part of a European beer sampler. Very clear very light yellow with virtually no head. Slight grainy malt in the aroma, but not much else. Tastes slightly sweet with slight hints of hops and dms, but otherwise rather clean. Watery mouthfeel with less carbonation than expected, but enough. An easy drinker for sure. Not really offensive in any way, but nothing to write home about either. I wouldn't turn it down if offered it, but I wouldn't seek it out either...

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

champ103, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of stagman
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light, pale gold with lots of carbonation and a fine layer of bubbles. Almost looks like champagne.

Smells like an import alright - light skunky aroma with a bit of earthy hops and light malty sweetness.

Tastes like a mix between Bud and Heineken. The body is really light and has almost no backbone. It's definitely got a smooth feel to it, but the hops are barely there. There's nothing special about Peroni. The extra cost for this is going to shipping costs, not flavor.

stagman, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Shadman
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found as a single so if it is lousy @ least I'm not out $14.00.

Average looking macro yellow, thicker head than most macros. All in all...average.

Green bottle has reared his skunky head again as I got a wiff the second I popped off the cap. Floral hop and a slightly musty, grainy malt were faint, but present. Skunk aroma seems to have died down a great deal.

Taste is not so good. Hops,( or something, maybe suphuric acid?) bite, HARD, at least three times before settling on a slow, steady burn on the tongue. Some sweet notes in there, but very few. A light bodies beer, should be worse in the mouthfeel dept. given the caustic taste.

Boy. Oh-for-two with the beer from Italy. Try the wine would be my advice so far.

Shadman, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of kdog630
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the lightest colored beers I've poured. Straw colored with a generous head and fine lacing. Aroma was better than the macro American lagers but nothing to really write home about. The same with the taste. More flavor than AB products, but not as much as some craft lagers around. The mouthfeel was better than average but I was left with more of an acidic aftertaste than I wanted.

This was part of a European sampler pack Mrs. Kdog picked up, otherwise it wouldn't have been on my list. I don't think I'd go out of my way to get another. Maybe with my meal at an Italian restaurant in the summer...

kdog630, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of morimech
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 04/18/08

Pours a very pale straw color with an almost nonexistant head that disappeared very quickly. Appears very flat with no bubbles at all.

The smell of grassy hops, noble variety I assume. That sums up the aroma.

No surprises in the taste department. Maybe a little weaker and thin compared to other macro lagers from Europe. The lack of carbonation doesn't help with this beer and it is very light. I guess it would be a nice change from a Bud on a hot day.

morimech, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard white head over a very pale golden lager. Body a lighter medium, carbonation on the high side of the medium range. Pretty standard aromas and flavors...pale malts and a grassy noble hop type presence. Slightly sulfuric with a nice dose of hop spice. Somewhat watery on the nose, and to a lesser extent on the tongue.

blackie, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 11/15/07 at Volcano Grill in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts & a touch of hops.

T: The taste has the typical adjunct sweetness, light malt breadiness and a very mild hops presence, not much more than that and certainly nothing makes this beer stand out in a crowd. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily enough, not filling at all, this is yet another Euro Pale Lager that just doesn’t do anything for me. If I’m going to drink a beer that tastes like a macro, then I might as well just drink a macro and not pay the “imported” price for it.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of budgood1
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the green bottle an extremely pale straw, lighter than most pale lagers. fizzy head dies down to a thin lace. some euro skunk, a bit of mustiness and some sweet maltiness invade the nose. taste is a bit of spice, some graininess and malt. a bit of hop bite and an unmistakable dry finish make this a unique offering. mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing while the body is best described as light and lighter. again, finishes dry as a bone with a drinkability that could be rated higher on a hot day.

unique and worth the try, but in the grand world of beer, even lagers, this is a thud. maybe some brewery fresh samplings would wash down some garlic laden pepperoni pizza quite well. but i doubt i'll ever have that chance.

budgood1, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok being Italian...I may be a little bias to this beer...also as an Italian, I am completely aware that beer is not really the most hailed of beverages at the boot. With that being said...I must say that this isnt really a bad beer. It looks and smells like any other lager out there...but it tastes a bit like champagne...yes i said champagne. Nice beer and goes well with just about any meal. The only con is the price. Six usually go for about $8-$9. For that price you mind as well get something you will enjoy a bit more. However, a great alternative to wine when dining at just about any fine Italian eatery or pizzeria in the tri-state area.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright yellow and transparent. Head was thin and non-lingering.

S- Smell of grass and tad of skunkiness like the guy before me said.

T- Taste is mild and refreshing kinda. Still, the skunk taste is there too which is not good.

M- Very light and no malt.

D- Drinkable beer for the fact it is light on the stomach. Not bad for an occasional sipper.

MMAJYK, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from the Yard House in Newport Beach

Pour was a golden light brown color with a lot of carbonation and a white head of 1/4 inch height

Smell was mainly yeast, reminded of the smell of a homebrew shop, but skunky at the same time

Taste was very crisp like Stella Artois most comparably, nice on a hot day and went down very smooth

Could drink a lot of these but taste gets old after a while, one dimensional and gets badly sweeter as it warms up a little

Floydster, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

tempest, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a green bottle,light piss yellow with a 2 finger white foamy head that lingers around and very mild lacing.Smell the skunk upon first whiff than grains,musty corn and hay,taste is about the same with some bitterness and sweetness at the very end finishing off dry.Mouth is watery thin and little carbonation.This is nothing great and overpriced,for this price i can find some decent Canadian macro and enjoy a lot more.

GrimmReaper, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had one bottle as part of a mixed six pack.

Appearance: Poured from the green bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is light gold, clear, with a 1 inch white head that thinned quickly. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: There is some euro lager skunk. I noticed this is classed as an American Macro lager, so to be to style that should not be present, I guess. There is also some semi sweet malt.

Taste: A little malty sweet, nothing bitter, pretty close to american macro I guess,

Mouthfeel: Thin, a bit watery. Light bodied with a rather light carbonation.

Drinkability: I started to review this as a pale euro lager, but then I noticed it is in the style of American macro. Whatever, it does not really matter much as this beer is below average and way over priced. I put one bottle in a mixed six pack to try. I would not pay the $9-10 for a six pack for this.

BigRedN, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
3.83/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peroni Nastro Azzuro is the "Peroni" that we drink here in America. There is about three different Peronis to choose from on this site that I think are all the same so I went with this one. Peroni pours nicely with very little aroma. I am not a Pale Euro guy, but this beer has less of a skunk taste than others, which I like. It has a good mouthfeel and very drinkable. I guess it's a good reason they just started shipping in 12 packs!

BDIMike, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Kiwano
2.1/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -Light almost clear yellow.

Smell- Smells like a generic beer with a bit of sharpness to it.

Taste- A bit of a skunk-like or sour taste at first that then opens up becoming a bit more smooth. I like the aftertaste more than the initial bite.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thin - not much body here.

Drinkability- A little too generic and reminding me of college days.

Kiwano, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a very pale yellow / hay and perfectly see through. Fizzy white head, bubbled quickly away like a soft drink. Some ongoing carbonation of the large bubble variety. Smell is skunky, old socks, yeasty baguette - about right for the style. Similar in taste - sharp, lemony and bitter but the hops aren't really there, flat in that regard. Bitter dry mouthfeel with some refreshment value.

This is a straightforward and not overly complicated beer. On a hot day in Italy, you can't go wrong drinking this; then again, on a hot day in Italy, your hard pressed to find anything else in the land where wine is king. This beer has a certain quaffable quality, like a certain other green bottle, despite shortcomings. I had to laugh at DoubleJ's observation that this was great to wash down a mess of stuffed pasta and sausage ... but that's a good way to sum it up.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of baos
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Looks like a macro. Rather light.

S: Skunky and a bit hoppy.

T: Kinda like Grolsch's retarded cousin from Kentucky. But i like this beer its nice and refreshing and its a lot better that American macros, in my opinion anyways.

M: Watery but there is a bit of body there.

D: I have this beer when I eat at Italian places and I don't wanna do vino, which seems more and more these days. I just have to say BEER IS BETTER! Not a bad beer. Refreshing and there is a bit of flavor there.

baos, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler (for some reason). Pale fizzy yellow. Prickly carbonation. Smell is of corn and musky hops. Slight skunk taste. The told me not to try it, but I wanted to try an "Italian beer". Better off drinking Bud Light, at least it doesn't smell like crap.

I guess it's your typical pale euro lager. Nothing special.

Rudgers73, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so I had this on tap at a local restaraunt, and for a euro pale, it wasn't too bad.
Appearance was pretty lame, very clear and pale, no head or lacing.
Smell was not much doing either, but usually with this style thats a good thing.
Taste was like a bit fuller Bud-light, minus the corn taste and skunk to finish.
Mouthfeel was weak.
Pretty drinkable.

supercolter, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured barely a half finger of white head that disappeared immediately. Looks highly carbonated, golden-yellow and clear.

Smell - 2.0
Not a lot of strength here, a general "beery" smell, some sourness and a vague skunkiness. A light grainy aroma, but nothing too appetising.

Taste - 2.0
This was very refreshing upfront, but after the initial pleasantness, the remaining flavours are very poor. A little grain, some metallic flavour, dry and slightly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is on the high side, but not excessive. Feels relatively light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 2.5
I could not see myself drinking more than one of these, unless there was nothing else on offer. Boring.

OVERALL - 2.35
This is not a good beer. I drank this with a ploughmans lunch, and apart from being mildly refreshing, it did nothing to enhance the experience. If you want a dry, flavourless beer, there are plenty of cheaper local products. Stay away!


Appearance - 3.0
Smell - 2.5
Taste - 2.5
Mouthfeel - 3.0
Drinkability - 3.5
OVERALL - 2.75
A beer that I thought I may have been too harsh on with my first review. Second sampling proves this is correct, I would rate Peroni in the same league as Heineken. Not a good beer, but not a particularly bad one either.

LittleCreature, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 onz green bottle with freshness date in the back label

The appearance a very light pale straw color with with some bubbles as a head.

Nothing to write home about, very typical grains and some hops.

The taste is really nice , hops are clearly in there some maltiness,very easy to drink,just have to look for something to pair it.

Not the best euro pale lager,i have taste but still very good,maybe i would have some with some italian entree.

BeerDreadz, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright, light gold with a thin and lightly soapy, clean, white head. The smell reaches the nose quickly with clean, dry grassy grains. This is repeated in the taste but with a lighter version. The lightness of the mouthfeel gives a wet finish with light carbonation. This beer is not the greatest stand-alone, but it would make a great, light compliment to heavy meals as it is refreshing and very easy-drinking.

Neehan, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of biggmike
1.7/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smell of skunk with little head that didnt last. This was my first and probably my last Italian beer. If this is the number 1 beer in Italy, I understand their affinity for wine. Poured a very uninspiring light yellow color reminiscent of urine. Underhopped, weak finish. Heinous.

biggmike, Jul 31, 2007
Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.