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

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1,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 95 | 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 MaltyGoodness
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz. bottle - thanks to Ira for the sample

Pours a clear pale straw color with a thin white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a pretty standard Euro-lager aroma, mild hint of malt with a bit of herbal hops. This beer has a slight grapey/fruitiness to it.

Weak malt taste with a decent herbal hop flavor. Finishes rather bland with a dull aftertaste. Finish is not as clean or crisp as I expected.

Light body, decent carbonation.

A pretty uninspred beer overall, but makes for a decent lawnmower option. Definitely not worth the price.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
1.63/5  rDev -40.7%

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.

jdhilt, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.42/5  rDev -12%

I tried this at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto on June 25, 2007. This was poured by the waitress into a Unibroue glass. It poured very clear with little head. When held up against the light it was a very pale yellow. The aroma was weak with some floral hints. It was very harsh on the tongue with a fair bit of carbonation. The taste was very bitter which surprised me from a pale lager. Not a beer I will try again anytime soon.

cyrenaica, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Pours an uninspiring clear yellow, and there is not much head. Aroma is weak and malty. Flavor is malty and has some bitterness, but there is no depth - it tastes no different from a hundred other lagers that I have tried. At least it is not watery like some American macro-brews.

Cyberkedi, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Very pale, clear, bright gold with a head that fades within 20 seconds of pouring. It looks like apple juice now, with no hint of foam on top. Nose is extremely faint, a whiff of sweet grain and nothing else. Ultra-bland flavor, with light malt being the only discernable flavor. No detectable hops and low bitterness. Very clean, though, with a finish that fades instantly to nothingness.

allengarvin, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of russpowell
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%

Had this at old chicago, thought I'd try ssomething different,

Poured an efferevecent golden with 2 fingers of white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Floral hops, ceral & cornyness

T: Sweetness, ceral & flowery hops up front. As this warmed it turned into a cloying grainy mess. Finished sickening sweet & left several ozs in a glass

MF: Thin, with too little carbonation

If you drink this ice cold this could be passable, just don't let it get any warmer. I thought this was a little, not much better when I had it in Italy

russpowell, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

DoubleJ, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Yes another Lager, but this one has some flavor to it. Didn't have the skunk taste a Heiny has, Tasted like a corn adjuct to me, not much hops, as expected. Easy to drink, I will be in Italy in a couple of weeks and I suppose I will be drinking this stuff quite a bit, not sure what I can find better.

mnstorm99, May 25, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%

When in Rome... Or when in an Italian restaurant. Whether real or imagined, this beer seemed to go really well with my pizza and pasta. Light yellow color, soft head, "tiny bubbles" --looked like champagne in the glass. Subtle Euro "skunk" in the nose, but the light, smooth mouthfeel and crisp (in a fruity way) hops taste really balanced it out. Little malt to speak of, but enough for a satisfying drink with dinner. Unlike some other "macro" Euros with their metallic aftertastes or "in your face" hop bite, this one ended clean and slightly bitter. Surprisingly refreshing. Nothing I'd buy to keep on hand, but definitely something I'd do again when dining out Italian. Buona birra.

tugdriver7, May 23, 2007
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.65/5  rDev +32.7%

Nastro Azzurro pours an extremely pale transparent gold. The head was white and fluffy and retained somewhat and stuck pretty well to the glass.

The smell is pretty vibrant and sweet.

Nastro Azzurro taste is extremely sharp, with a big hop kick. It gives a really bitter taste. But overall that taste is good.

The mouthfeel gives a sharp tingle, because of the taste and the carbonation.

Overall Nastro Azzurro is a beer that is worth a try. It could be a good fit for someone's personal taste.

DrinkinBoy, May 22, 2007
Photo of harpo111
2/5  rDev -27.3%

OK beer...ordered at a resturant to try something had not tried before.
A: golden yellow..little head
s: some malts, carbonation...nothing special
t: average. carbonated a good bit..you could taste some malts and a little hops...ok...was kind of dry. reminded me of a macro larger...had more of an "imported" taste...from the hops i guess. almost like a watered down heiney..
m: carbonation...not much else
d: average
better than a bud...but nothing special....

harpo111, May 09, 2007
Photo of daburtman
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%

Bought this beer at a premiere as a single, i have seen it for awhile but never tried it.

The first thing i noticed was that 'skunky' smell right away, but that dimmer over time and the beer mellowed out. The taste was actually not horrible, but it was very bland, nothing extra ordinary. I would probably have again if i was thirsy on a hot day, but nothing that is really going to make any hardcore beer lovers go 'wow'.

daburtman, May 09, 2007
Photo of Suds
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%

I had this brew on tap at a cafe during a late afternoon walk around Milan. It's a light yellow colored liquid with a very slim head. The aroma is faint, with a slight whiff of hops and a bit of grass. Not much else to speak of in the smell. The taste is similar, a hint of grain and a touch of hops. There's also a slight sweetness. The consistency of the brew is watery, with modest carbonation. Frankly, it reminds me of an American lawnmower beer. It served to quench my thirst, but didn't excite the beer lover inside.

Suds, May 05, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
2.2/5  rDev -20%

12oz green bottle

Peroni Nastro Azzurro was a very pale yellow color with good clarity. It had a nice white head that stuck around a little while, leaving a little lace behind. The aroma was noble hops and little grain. The taste was not very pleasing, a little sweet grain upfront then it turns a little harsh with a dry finish. It was medium-light in body with medium carbontion. Drinkability was below average due to the flavor. This is not a beer that I will be trying again.

afinepilsner, May 04, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%

Pours a very light golden color, two finger head that quickly came down to a slight lace around the edge. Unfortunately, this beer was served to me a little warmer than I would usually prefer. Smell was quite weak, just a slight linger of floral hops coming off the glass. Not really happy with the taste, it just came off as bland a little bread-like. Left a dry, stale taste in my mouth. Overall, I found the beer fairly boring. For less money, there are plenty of other uninspiring beers like this one.

micahgoldfus, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of StarSAELS
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%

A lager is a lager, and that means there's little to be desired. By me, anyway.

Appearance was good; clear golden color... certainly looks refreshing.

It smelled like a beer. Imagine that! But I should elaborate: the floral hops give a hint that it's not your average zillion-bbl brew. Not much else going for it.

Taste was better than your average lager, particularly those mass-produced American ones. Light, crisp, and refreshing. The sub-5% ABV keeps it from being dry, leading to a nice, moist mouthfeel that sorta makes up for the otherwise thin feel.

I'd drink this over a few beers I can think of, but I'll get a six pack for $7 and not pay $4+ for it on-tap.

StarSAELS, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%

Appearance: bright clarity with a light golden color. The head is white, moderately low with a poor retention.

Aroma: exactly what you would expect from a macro lager. It is agreeable but kind of weak with a light hint of citrus.

Taste: there’s not much there. Very lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (ABV 5,1%), watery.

Finish: short and slightly astringent.

Overall: characterless and very common. I kind of doubt that I will have another one.

AlexLMS, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

Derek, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

A - Poured out a pale, clear yellow color with a white, two-finger head. Highly carbonated, too.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. Slight skunk aroma, too.

T - It tasted of corn and some mild maltiness.

M - It was very thin and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not so good. The flavors were pretty weak.

zeff80, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%

A- Golden yellow little no white lace / head

S- A slight skunky smell to it light hop odor

T- Tasted like your average Heineken, nothing to really stand out

M- Went down smooth, slight aftertaste the beer skunk after taste very thin

D- Not bad would have been better on a hot day, not one I would run out and get again but might have it if I were out for Italian.

monkeybeer, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of goschool
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%

I've tasted Peroni Lager before and it's a decent beverage. I ordered a Peroni at an Italian restaurant assuming I would be getting that, but instead I got Nastro Azzurro. Let's check it out.

Appearance: This one pours a light gold color with a small, wispy bright white head.

Smell: The aroma, what little aroma there is, has a bit of grains, pilsner malts, and a virtually undetectable hint of grassy hops.

Taste: Yippy, what a flavor profile! Only its minuscule hop flavor can make the malt presence seem noticeable. There's also a metallic flavor, which isn't great, but there's really nothing for it to negatively affect.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied and fizzy.

Drinkability: It's best suited for washing down food, although that's a very generous assessment. If you see Peroni Lager at a restaurant, give it a try, if it's Nastro Azzurro, order wine or water.

goschool, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
2.2/5  rDev -20%

This was $7,79 a six-pack on sale at Safeway here in Eureka, CA. This poured a very pale yellow with a moderate size white head. Medium lacing was left in the glass. There was an aroma of stale yeast in the nose, and a mouthfeel that was actually sharp on the tongue. Flavor was metallic at first and improved some as the beer warmed. Finish was distinctly bitter, but not a nice bitter. I did not particularly care for this brew.

rkuhnel, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

Had this last night.

Appearance - Poured a light golden color with a small white head, not much lace.

Smell - Oats and a skunk light smell, (skunk as beer not the animal).

Taste - Light, crisp,dry, not much hop taste, had a skunk taste, reminds me of a Heineken. They are the same
type of beer.

Mouthfeel - light bosy, some carbination, crisp.

Drinkability - I split this beer, and I only drank 3/4 of it. Didn't enjoy it.

auxiliary, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%

Italian beer? Hmmm. Well, they make a lot of very good wine. (And a lot of not-so-good wine too. . . )

Poured pale gold with a fluffy white head that dropped to a half-inch. Not much in the nose; smells like a macro. Tastes like a macro too, watery, with just a hint of bittering, and a very unapealing, soapy aftertaste.

It's a macro -- with an "imported" price-tag. If this is your kind of beer, well, there are plenty of American brews just like it -- and for a lot less money.

alexskovan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of bort11
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

12 oz green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Very little head and no lacing to speak of. Color is a pale watery yellow. Active carbonation streamers.
Smell at first is slightly skunky, but mellows no a bland cereal grain aroma. Taste is a very weak grain flavor.
Mouthfeel is watery and thin.
This is easy to drink just because water is easy to drink.

bort11, Feb 19, 2007
Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.