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

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1,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 6
Gots: 85 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of stephendr


2.03/5  rDev -26.2%

Clear yellow appearance – medium white head , last kind of long - nose of skunk , rice , grass , hint of hopps and hay – taste of straw , corn , and light hopps – semi – sparkly body however, dry body – aftertaste slightly sweet, skunky , and bitter that lingers too long

10-31-2006 04:42:37 | More by stephendr
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +9.1%

330 ml green bottle, 5.1% alcohol.
The "Beer of the Week" at Bottlescrew Bill's. Nothing really special, they usually just hilight something different.
A very average macro lager. Looks and smells like every other beer in the category. Actually was expecting more euro-skunk due to the green bottle, but it wasn't too bad. Again, fairly bland taste, not bad but what was expected - just average is all I can say. Drinkability was good, there was enough hops and carbonation to help clear the palate of the greasy pub platter we were eating at the same time.
It was worth trying, not disappointed, but once was enough. Probably won't search out again.

10-23-2006 16:21:10 | More by BigBry
Photo of billybob


2.8/5  rDev +1.8%

pours a quarter inch head which fades right to nothing, no lacing at all. color is clear light yellow no carbonation very flat looking in appearance. smell is fresh but not much else going on there. taste has slight hop watered down and very little carbonation. mouthfeel light not much else. not impressed with this beer for an import and would not pay the higher price for it when there are better here that i can buy.

10-20-2006 03:43:12 | More by billybob
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2.68/5  rDev -2.5%

Italians get puzzled with this when They go abroad. IT wa snice to have it since it was too hot in Italy that day, at leats the day I had it. BUt a little expensive on my oppinion. The colour is just as a regular LAger, Golden with green spots. NOrmal foam but good. NICe aroma but a little grasping.

10-11-2006 16:15:57 | More by nekronos
Photo of Byeast


2.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured a clear, light yellow , with a small white head. The aroma is light and of pale malt , and a touch of hop. The taste is very clean but a little thin for my taste. Its very easy drinking just not very flavorful or different. Some mild grains and malt flavor , tinge of soapy hop , and very clean finish. Definatly a drinkable beer , just not very unique or flavorful.

09-29-2006 04:59:06 | More by Byeast
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3.4/5  rDev +23.6%

Tasted this last night at a franchise italian resatraunt, the two "local" beers were this and a Moretti.

Pours like a macro brew. Head dissapates quickly. Straw Colored.
Didn't smell much like anything but a macro.
At this point I was getting dissapointed that I had just ordered a macro...sigh.

This is no macro. Very smooth, crisp flavor. I really like how smooth this beer is. I could easily drink another one. It would be a great heat of the day beer.

I would drink this one again...and again...and again.

09-22-2006 15:28:44 | More by dreadfulbrian
Photo of TechMyst


1/5  rDev -63.6%

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: Michele's

Cost: $2.50

Head: none

Lace: none

Color: pale yellow

Aroma: tinny

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: curls the tongue

Taste: Ordered at an Italian Restaurant. Tastes like a stale Heiniken.

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

09-12-2006 06:49:34 | More by TechMyst
Photo of vancurly


2.65/5  rDev -3.6%

Pale yellow, straw. White frothy head, some bubbling in the glass. The head remains down the glass, leaving a reasonable lace.
Initial aroma I picked up upon opening was of hemp. In the glass, this morphs into a wild vegetation / lantana herbaciousness. Weedy.
Pale malty grain flavours, nothing remarkable. Some hop herbaciousness, lingers.
Light mouthfeel but the beer is flat. Finishes watery. Perhaps this is brewed stronger, and then diluted... kinda feels like that.
Might go well with food, but on its own I'd rather look elsewhere.

09-06-2006 03:04:28 | More by vancurly
Photo of scottoale


2.53/5  rDev -8%

From a green 12oz bottle, with a Best Before End 02/04/07 on the neck label, pours an almost clear (pale straw yellow) liquid with 1/2" white foam head. Heads gone, steady bubbles upwelling.

It could be me, but there is almost nothing to smell here. this is the weakest smelling beer I have ever come accross, seriously. It has a very faint grainy pale malt scent and that is it.

The flavor is of metallicaly tainted water with a mild straw (dry hay) note that is very bland. It doesn't taste bad...it just has no real taste. If there is any alcohol in this brew, it must have evaporated.

Watery thin mouthfeel with body that's as light as a beer could be...drinks like water.

Some great things come out of Italy...this unfortunately isn't one of them.

08-28-2006 09:08:38 | More by scottoale
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2.03/5  rDev -26.2%

Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out. Chunks of carbonation quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of yeasty cornbread batter with some pils malt, fresh cut lawn, and scattered straw.
Taste is of the same, non-complex aromas with a metalic, grassy taste.
Mouthfeel is grainy, grassy, and like bad medicine that I really don't want to swallow with an unbalanced bitterness that leads to a metallic funk that is just plain unapealling.

08-26-2006 23:18:57 | More by weeare138
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2.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours to a pale yellow color, with thin white heaed that dissipates quickly, and leaves little lacing. The aroma is mostly floral, and the flavor is predominantlyt floral hops. The palate is average and smooth. This is an okay beer, and might be even better if I were having it with an Italian meal instead of just taste-testing by itself.

08-23-2006 01:45:57 | More by kimcgolf
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North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -4.4%

Ate at macaroni grill and figured why not drink italian beer with italian food. So here it goes...

A very pale light lager poured into the frosted glass that was given to me by the waiter without my asking. Smell was little beyond lager yeast smell. Taste was an odd bitterness, not a good hop one, but an odd green apple flavor--not desireable. Mouthfeel was very light and drinkablity was not very good. I won't get this beer again, even if at an italian restaurant.

08-16-2006 01:21:01 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of akorsak


3/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

08-10-2006 19:22:48 | More by akorsak
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2.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Had one of these ice cold...and it still smelled skunky! I won't hold it against it though, I KNOW it was sitting in a lighted area for a loooong time. Appearance is High Life in color, a little less putrid looking. Head retention is alright, nothing special. The smell? Skunky, and malt domination, little hops. The taste is that of a cleaner Heineken, but no where never the flavor content of the stubby Dutch beer (not saying much!). Lots of carbonation leaves the mouthfeel light and soda-like. This is drinkable, just like any other average examples of a lager, but I would never buy it for its price. I really hope there is a better Italian beer out there, because for thier level of perfection, this is average as it gets.

08-08-2006 18:53:05 | More by MusicmanSD
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2.58/5  rDev -6.2%

This beer poured a clear straw color with a thick persistent head. The smell was hoppy and skunky. It tasted a little watery with perhaps a slight hint of spice and a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin with pronounced carbonation. This would be a drinkable beer served cold on a hot day.

08-06-2006 05:54:14 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of haz77


2.08/5  rDev -24.4%

A - Pours a pale straw with a foaming head, which falls quickly. Looks to have medium-high carbonation.

S - Light grassy hops, skunk, sulphur, a little citrus.

T - Burst of carbonation initially, with citrus coming through and a slight bitter finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - An easy to drink thirst-quencher.

07-31-2006 08:30:02 | More by haz77
Photo of eballard


2.55/5  rDev -7.3%

This beer pours a light golden color with a bubbly head that disappears almost instantly. There is a strong skunk smell at first that slowly disappears. The taste is bland at best and is as unimpressive as the look. The feel in your mouth is crisp and light. Over all it’s an easy drinking beer but it’s nothing special.

07-27-2006 22:21:05 | More by eballard
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2.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Mweeeh. It was okay. Pretty good frothy head on it and a pretty dark color for a macro lager, with a strong skunk aroma. Only has a slight skunked taste, though. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, it pretty much tasted like a Heineken to me. I didn't think it was very enjoyable...I rate my macro lagers mostly for drinkability. That is, the less offensive it is and the better I can just drink it with out having to taste it, the better. This one was just skunky enough that I didn't find it very enjoyable. Hoorah for green bottles.

07-24-2006 20:41:11 | More by andythejerk
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3.35/5  rDev +21.8%

Second tasting, coincidentally exactly 1 year after my first. I had forgotten all about this beer.

Pours a very pale yellow clear color with numerous bubbles, 1-finger white head that fades away at a moderate pace leaving minimal lacing. Smells of slightly sweet malt, definite citrus, yeast/wheat, and some distant hops. Looks and smells like a pale Euro. Taste is citrus up front and what I’d call “plain malt” or barley malt. Finishes on a malty note with some mild hops. Mouth is watery and lightly bubbly, pretty average. Drinkability is OK in an inoffensive but unremarkable way.

Overall: A typical Euro-lager (though classified as an American macro)

07-21-2006 23:19:49 | More by jettjon
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1.78/5  rDev -35.3%

Pale maize topped with a bright white head of frothy foam that is of acceptable quality (it looks worse as it melts). Thanks to furiously bursting bubbles, it deflated quickly to about two fingers, but has slowed down considerably and will give me a little something to look at while I drink. Almost no lace.

As is often the case with these green-bottled Euro lagers, the smell of skunk greeted my nose on crown cracking. The only suspense is in seeing how completely the nastiness fades. In this case, almost completely. Almost. The scent of musky noble hops is the sum total of the aroma and does not make me excited about my first sip.

This is not good beer. On first contact, there's a pale malty sweetness that promises something it has no hope of ever delivering. The flavor very quickly degenerates into a harsh, biting bitterness that tastes a little like weed killer or some other noxious chemical. It's drinkable, but pairing it with spicy food might cancel out some of its more anti-social tendencies. Solo, it's a bit of a chore to drink.

Surprisingly, the body/mouthfeel isn't horrible; at least not as horrible as the flavor. It's much closer to light than to medium and doesn't fade to wateriness on the finish. There's not a whole lot wrong with the carbonation either.

Nastro Azzurro means 'blue ribbon' in Italian. It's hard for me to believe that this beer ever won a blue ribbon in any competition, anytime, anywhere. Stick with America's own Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer that kicks this beer's ass to the moon and back.

07-20-2006 12:21:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.63/5  rDev +32%

Why would an Italian brewery make an American Macro Lager? Better yet, why are American breweries still making American Macro Lagers? Anyhow, the beer smells like a wet dog, but improves as the beer settles in the glass. Looks more German Lager-ish than American Macro, which encourages me. Flavors are pretty clean with a light citrus, apple flavor and spiced nicely with citrus / grassy hops. A bit fizzy in the mouth, but ultimately nicely weighted and moderatly rounded. Finishs very crisp, clean, and with a lemony / minty finish. A good one for the patio.

07-14-2006 17:14:17 | More by BEERchitect
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2.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Found this brew at my local supermarket (again), they have a lovely circulating beer selection.

The head was not impressive, and it looks more like the soap on top of the water you’re doing your dishes in.
Odour was a bit special. Every time I tried to discover the elements of the odour, different elements unearthed or changed importance. In general I think it contains soap, hop, cigarette ashes, green apples and raw eggs.
Colour is the same as other pilsners: golden. A lot of carbonation.
The taste is a bit oxidised. Rest are hops, caramel cookies, slight malt.
Aftertaste combines hop bitterness with multi grain cookies. And a bit sweet to the end.

This is a nice pilsner. It has a reasonable body and contains some warmth. But in comparison to Czech pilsners, it’s not bitter enough. Very light and very refreshing.

06-27-2006 11:56:53 | More by Bierschenker
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Russian Federation

3.58/5  rDev +30.2%

Tasted in Milano, Italy.

330 cl green bottle. Color pale yellow, big bubbly head dissipates quickly, level of carbonation higher than average.

Aroma spicy, complex. That's what I call 'perfumed beer'.

Start spritzy, malty, spicy. Taste bitter, hoppy. Body very slender, dry. Mouthfeel pleasant, light and cheerful (if we can apply the word to the mouthfeel). Finish hoppy, aftertaste long and bitter.

Very drinkable beer, especially on a hot Italian afternoon. Thumbs up for this one!

06-19-2006 14:22:47 | More by ernie
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Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -18.9%

A - Clear straw. Is this one ever pale, even for a macro. Wimpy head.

S - Big whiff of skunk on opening the bottle, clears up a bit a minute or so after pouring. Smells sweet and grainy. Raw hop aroma.

T - Hop bitterness without flavour. A little bit watery, and light on beer flavour.

M - Nothing special. Typical light macro feel.

D - Kinda sucky. One dimensional bitterness without much flavour is a big turnoff.

06-16-2006 02:58:29 | More by allergictomacros
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2.58/5  rDev -6.2%

(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.

06-15-2006 16:36:32 | More by rhoadsrage
Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.