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

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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-03-2001

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pale, clear, golden... lots of head & doesn't instantly disappear. Just a little lacing.

standard green-bottle smell

flavour's decent, but a bit shallow... average or better than average for the genre

feels pretty good and smooth... not much fizz

pretty drinkable... wouldn't be hard to put away a few of these!

Photo of AlphaZroom
2.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

smell is a weak malty lead with a smaller hop background, similiar to the other thousand average lagers that share the euro ale ancestory.

taste is flat, watery with a lemony lingering. bland, gentle.

mouthfull is initially high zingy carbonation on the tongue that dissipates rapidly, a mild frothy to creamy occurance, which not surprisingly leaves no gassy feel in the gut.

VERY easy beer to drink, its clean and friendly. you can down 5 or 6 or even 10 of these without a problem, mostly tastless with a slight dryness. very subtle aftertaste of a combo between washing up liquid and yeast.

the italian corona without the powerfull sweetness.

one of the most forgettable and non offensive beers that i have had. its like water

Photo of soulgrowl
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice big head atop this oddly glowing golden beer; too bad it doesn't really last long enough to admire it. The smell is of middling competence: no off aromas, just simple bready malts and a very weak breeze of noble hop pepper. Same goes for the flavor. Mild pale malt with an oddly sour tinge that doesn't gel well with the hops, which are fairly strong in their bitterness but weak in their flavor. Lingeringly sour-bitter in the bone-dry finish; very fizzy, even for the style, so a good palate cleanser. Not bad, really, but a far cry from what is being produced at some of Italy's small independent breweries.

Photo of brownbeer
3.14/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an exremely pale straw color with a thin, white head that's waving goodbye.

There's not too much going on in the nose; it's lightly skunky, but that fades quickly, lemon, grainy malt. A step up from the big three.

A light lemony note in the taste and it's not completely void of hops in the finish.

Overall, it's not all bad. Drinkable, refreshing, and a good everyday food beer.

Photo of cudmud
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Little head and medium lacing. Light, clear straw color. Overall, what you would expect to see for this style.

Smell: Short on hop and malt aroma.

Taste: Some sweet malty flavors. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for style.

Drinkability: I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of Traquairlover
2.64/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

33cl bottle poured into a pokal.

A = Light clear straw with small bright white head, limited retention settling into a ring of bubbles around edge of glass and small tracery of foam on perhaps 30% of the surface.

S = Bright clean smells of unripe sliced pears, fresh damp grains, very slight spicey notes.

T = Sadly, although I really liked the smell on this one, the taste does not measure up at all. Strong tastes of plastic or metal distract from fresh grains and slight bitterness of fresh flower petals. Furthermore, in the finish there is a strong very unpleasant bitter taste very similar to having bit down on a bad walnut that just won't go away.

M = Light body, actually pretty decent mouthcoating, light spritzy carbonation level.

D = I have to give this one low ranks for drinkability. One expects a light lager such as this to go down smoothly, and this one does have decent mouthfeel and light body, but there is a strong unpleasantness to the taste and a bitter lingering feeling as of having chewed on bitter, bad walnuts that makes each sip harder to take than the last. I finished the bottle, but was tempted to drainpour by the end and I certainly do not want another one.

Photo of SDbeerguy
2.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a chilled mug.

I had always wanted to try this because of my love of Italian FOOD, so I decided I'd finally pick up a bottle from the local beer shop.

Appearance - Pours a normal yellowish with a quickly disappearing head. Looks like apple juice

Smell - Like your everyday mass-produced European Import.

Taste - Isn't as bad as I was expecting. I wouldn't be able to pick it out of a lineup but it's not bad. Tastes like it smells. Generic lager but not very bitter. Slight hint of a corn flavor. Overall very average. Certainly not a top beer but it's better than many other imports such as Corona, Molson, Heineken, etc.

Mouthfeel - Goes down pretty smooth. No huge complaints from me.

Drinkability - Would I go out of my way to purchase it? Maybe. Would I turn it down? Nah.

Overall it is what it is. Italy's Corona. Italy's Molson. Italy's Heineken. You get it.

Photo of zoso493
3.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on tap at the Mitre in Edinburgh, as there was little else to drink.

Appearance: Poured a pale straw color into a tall Peroni pint-glass. Pretty typical for the style, though there was a notable absence of any head.

Smell: Some typical sweet malts with some pretty light, grassy hops in the smell. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: Some sweet malts up front with a pleasant bitter finish. Again, not a lot to the taste, but it's not unpleasant and pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and not as thin as others lagers of the style.

Drinkabililty: This is a pretty drinkable brew, as it's got a low ABV and not a whole lot of character. The only thing holding it back, though, is that lack of character and the price tag in the US. Around my neck of the woods, a sixer will cost you about $9, which will also buy six pretty nice craft beers.

Overall, this is not a bad example of the style. You can't expect it to be great, but for what it is, it's all right. You could easily have a couple of these in a less pretentious setting. Again, not a great, complex beer, but worthy of being had when not a lot is available.

Photo of MrAleman
1.56/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Peroni is one of those beers you get in many types of places. Nastro Azzuro comes in a green bottle as you may have guessed and taste wise it is pretty plain lager with no remarkable features. It is possible to drink a fair few but it gets less and less desirable with each bottle. In general i'd say Peroni is quite a poor lager choice and often over-priced.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.02/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. green bottle. The beer is a crystal clear golden color, no haze at all. The head is thin, frothy and white, no retention at all.

Smells like a Euro lager... straw, a little malt, no hop presence.

Taste is a lot like the smell, like a little bit better version of an American macro. So I guess the Euro macros are just a little better than the American counterparts.

High marks for drinkability. Whatever the Italian term for 'drinkability' is, I bet that's their marketing slogan.

Photo of raclark
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is my first ever experience with an Italian beer. Serving style is the typical green bottle for a euro-lager.

It has a very pale yellow color when poured into a glass with the head rapidly dissolving to nothing. Exceedingly bubbly.

There is a floral aroma with citrus notes.

It tastes somewhat unique but is not dissimilar to other beers of this style. Good mix of sweet to bitter with again, citrus.

My major gripe is the over-carbonation. Some might find this crisp and refreshing, but it was a little too much fizz for my liking. Not a bad brew but not highly recommended.

Photo of roddwolff
3.22/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, crystalline, i could see my face reflected in my pils glass, small foamy head and lots of bubbles;

S: Soft, malt with herbal notes, very carbonated;

T: Sweet malt with scents of mint, balanced with floral hops and very carbonated too;

M: Refreshing, crips and invigorating perhaps, bittersweet, light body and highly carbonated again;

D: Extremely carbonated beer but in no sense is offensive or makes difficult to take. Good italian beer.

Photo of jera1350
3.12/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, pale yellow with just a hint of a head.

Pale malt with some moderate hops. A little straw and grass.

Same as the nose. Hops are pretty spicy, almost peppery.

Thin feel with moderate carbonation.

Par for the course. Tastes mostly like a macro with a bit more hops to it. Nothing to make me try it again.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a smooth, easy going lager from Italy. It is a great summer refresher, much better than your average macro. Pours golden with a minimal head, albeit with a steady stream of bubbles rising upward. Smells a little skunked, although there is a strong herbal note that comes right through. The taste is clean and crisp, nothing much happening except a pleasant sweetness that lingers on. It is thin on the palate, just optimal fizz - quite right for easy drinking. Definitely worth your time.

Photo of NOOGIE
2.66/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Almost no foam, but lots of carbonation. Bright yellow color.

Smell: Skunk smell and corn, European all the way.

Taste: The taste has some of that skunky element to it, but it is crisp and it doesn't linger that long in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Not much to it, pretty dry which actually helps the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Average nothing to spectacular ab out this beer. I'll stick to an American.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Part of the "European Sampler" from SABMiller. A big push in marketing by SABMiller with this brand; many are reporting that this is their answer to Inbev's Stella Artois.

Very pale yellow color, strip-filtered clarity with a decent, white fluffy head. Peppery and lemony hop, mild cooked veggies (faint cabbage) and a faint husky grain in the nose. Smooth and crisp with a light body. Bitter herb, cooked veggies and a slight metallic tone to start. Bone-dry palate with a graininess that is borderline astringent. Peppery hop bitterness and more brash grain in the semi-puckering finish.

When in Rome ... uh, find some craft beer to drink. This Euro lager has gone from decent to almost undrinkable over the past several years. Our recommendation is to avoid this beer.

Photo of lester619
1.36/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this from my neighbor when I helped him carry a matress upstairs. I got screwed. I don't know how long it was in his fridge. Long enough to be the single skunkiest beer in the history of the world. Looks very pale yellow. Fizzy carbonation. No head. I can smell the skunk already. I don't mean to overstate it, but this really is the skunkiest beer I have ever come across. You can imagine what it tasted like. I know some people enjoy a little skunk, like Heineken, Becks, ect. I can't imagine that antything is intentionally this bad. So that means that it is from the light getting through the green bottles. So why use green bottles and not brown or cans? I don't know. I do know Ralph owes me another beer to make up for this.

Photo of phisig137
3.52/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very, very pale golden color, with a one finger head. Surprisingly good retention for the style, and a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, a la champagne.

S- Typical. Raw grain, yeasty, slightly skunked hops, etc. a bit more prominent aroma than many other euro lagers, but the same idea.

T- Clean, crisp, and thin. A hint of skunky hops all the way from front to back, and some residual corn sweetness on the finish. Touch of DMS, and a touch of skunk. Exactly what you'd expect from the style.

M- Thin, insipid, soda-like carbonation, and generally uninteresting. Just what you'd expect here.

D- If you enjoy the flavor, you can sling these all night long.

overall, I find this to be slightly better than the average Heineken, Stella, Grolsch, etc euro lager. It is still fairly boring, full of defects, skunked, etc, but out of the groups of euro lagers, this is one of the slightly more interesting ones. At least this one is a little more clean than the others.

Photo of rfabian
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it forms a few mm of white head that leaves little lacing. The color is clear yellow. The aroma is sweetly citrus with light hops. The taste is on the dry side with mild hops and malt. Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation. It's a very drinkable brew, one of the better lagers.

Photo of Scrapss
2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a case of 24 Peroni's in the green glass bottle. I usually won't touch green bottles, but the packaging seemed to be rather light resistant, so what the heck.

Appearance was what Michelob Ultra appears: pale, crystal clear pale yellow. I figured it probably wouldn't have the level of adjunct Mic Ultra and was awaiting the taste to pass full judgement.

Smell had lemongrass notes and is lightly hopped. The "skunkiness" is very light, and certainly nothing like a bottle of Mickey's Malt liquour left in a tree stump for 10 days during the summer.

Taste is not what I expected. I really thought it would taste like Mic Ultra...but it doesn't. It's a bit more complex for sure. Less adjunct flavor in this offering for sure.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly filling for a beer so light and sparkly. It almost disappears on the palate when swallowing small sips, very dry beer.

Quite drinkable beer, never seemed too heavy or light.

Even tho it comes up to a C-, I still like this beer, C- just reflects that there are other offerings that are better and some that are not.

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

L - Pours a bright gold with quite a bit of carbonation and a thin white head that floats on top.

S - The first smell you get is a sweet lemon, but you then start to pick up hints of hops.

T - The tastes I picked up where herby wheat flavours that where followed by a slight fruitiness,

M&D - Easy to drink with good levels of carbonation. A simple beer that goes down nicely.

Overall one of the better euro pale lagers. But is a bit pricey for what it is.

Photo of murbike
2.22/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had this brew out of a can on the plane to Italy.

At first, I didn't like the slightly skanky smell and taste. As someone said, though, it's a Euro beer, and I was able to tolerate it.

Very light and drinkable, at least when it's cold. It's got to be horrid when warm.

Not much else to say about it, except that it's drinkable.

While in Italy, had a couple of chances to try it on tap, and there's not much difference between the can and the tap.

Drinkable, not really impressive.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best before 03/12/10.

A - One of the lightest beers I've ever seen, it's as pale yellow straw as they come and totally clear bubbly with a fantastic white head. Three fingers rose up right away to lower slowly while leaving a solid collar of lacing.

S - Unmistakable Euro-Lager sulfery smell that makes it hard to determine whether it's skunked or not. It has an interesting smell regardless. Typical adjunct aroma though but with a bit more hops.

T - There isn't much to the flavor. The sulfur is still there but it's otherwise a dry and bland lager. It's different somehow but not in a great way.

M - Crisp, fizzy, and light-bodied, this beer finishes with a carbonation bite. It's also extremely dry.

D - A Euro Lager I probably wont ever have again but it's not God-awful. Just lacking in every regard. Nothing about it stands out. If it's skunked, it's not too bad for being skunked that's for sure.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminded me of a higher quality, cleaner version of Heineken. It is a drinkable clean lager that tastes fairly standard, with nothing against it and nothing exceptional about it. I would buy it again if it were cheap, but for a European import lager, there are better choices.

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

Served on-tap in a cylindrical 40cl glass with marking in Bologna, Italy.

A: Pale golden with foamy white, 1-finger head with average retention and spare lacing.

S: Grain and light lemon hops

T: Pretty forgettable with light grain and light spicy, lemon hops in the finish. Typical Euro pale lager.

M: On par with other in the style with light body, high carbonation and grainy aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink but not much else to suggest it -- except the setting of a beautfiul night at the Piazza Maggiore on a Saturday night with friends.

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