Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

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

674 Reviews
Read the review
For Trade:
Peroni Nastro AzzurroPeroni Nastro Azzurro

Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
Italy | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-03-2001

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 674 | Ratings: 1,879
Photo of Ald
2.61/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In the bottle this beer is fantastic and far superior to most beer. This seems to just be in ireland where draught beer is muck and after only a few there is a hangover the next day. Does anyone else find this or is if just me? Can they put what they like in beer in Ireland and not in other countries? I never get this when I am abroad!

 337 characters

Photo of kaplunk02
2.64/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very clear and pale golden with a short white head.

S: Skunky and grainy.

T: Much like the smell but also a bit biscuity.

M: A bit watery with a bit of carbonation.

O: Not a favorite of mine but given what it is, its certainly drinkable.

 284 characters

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.21/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Italian beer is decent but not the best. Poured into my trusty pint glass and light color with little to no head. Taste isnt bad as long as its poured into pint glass. Nothing spectacular about the beer but it is better than the American Lagers.

 250 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.62/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried on tap at a Calgary pizza joint, served in an authentic tall Peroni glass. The subject of a recent advertising campaign here in Alberta (and likely elsewhere in North America). Looks like a standard mass-produced Euro pale lager, maybe just a hair darker, a straw lemon yellow with a fearsome degree of carbonation. Smells of sweet doughy malt, baker's yeast, a hint of dry grassy hop (extract most likely). Initially quite sweet to my palate and thick for the style but manages to finish dry. Inky oxidized malts, white bread, cloying sweet yeast and hints of floral vanilla and honey buttress some faint hay-like hop notes and a plastic aftertaste. Almost evokes Stella Artois in terms of having some yeasty character but nowhere near that good. One to tick off the list but glad I did not purchase in quantity and probably would not sample again.

 855 characters

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.62/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok beer. Surprised that is wasn't skunked (green bottle import). pale straw color. thin head that will be gone before you can get the first sip to your mouth. Basically taste like an AAL with a bit more character…maybe. Not as good as I thought it would be, The only justice in this beer would be if somewhere in Rome a guy is sipping a High Life and that he spent 11 bucks for a sixer of and is wondering why we bother exporting a very mediocre product.

 456 characters

Photo of PorterPro125
1.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

Picked this beer up randomly while going through the European beer section at my local liquor store.

Poured into a tall Coors Light glass.

A- Poured a deep, yellow colour with a head that disappeared so swiftly that it was hard to note!

S- Skunky and lots of grain. I don't believe there is any other way to describe the smell! Quite displeasing at the least...

T- Unfortunately the taste is not much better than the smell. Quite skunky and full of grainy, bread notes. Nothing else in the bouquet worth noting..

M- The only way to describe the mouthfeel would have to be water-like. Little to no carbonation in this brew.

O- Peroni Nastro Azzuro is absolutely nothing special. I hate to say it but this brew was definitely not worth my time or money. Perhaps I got a bad batch but I'm afraid I will not find out if there is such thing as a good batch. Under good conscience I can not recommend this brew to my beer brothers! Spend your money on something else!

 996 characters

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
1.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The adverts present this as a beer for beautiful people. Fashionistas and glamourous types adorn their glossy magazine ads and give this the reputation of a classy beer. In pubs it comes from an ostentatious silver pump with grand adornments making you feel you're buying a premium drink.

Sadly, it smells of not much. Maybe a bit grainy and lagery.

The appearance is poor because the head does not last and you're left with something that looks like a glass of apple juice.

The taste is not pleasant. It tastes cheap and artificial. As if someone had poured generic "beer" flavouring into a glass of sparkling water. It's a chore to finish this and you feel it isn't doing you much good. There's a slight bitterness and grainy flavour from the maize adjunct. No sign of any herbal hops or enjoyable malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is not particularly bad but the taste is so insipid and even slightly offensive that the mouthfeel doesn't seem to matter.

Overal,l a really poor lager that could probably put many people off beer altogether and lager in particular if this was their typical experience of the drink.

My mark out of one hundred would be 49.

 1,159 characters

Photo of JCBears
1.16/5  rDev -58%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

appearance: pale yellow not very proficient bubbles kind of bland

smell: skunky smell, grainy and not very appealing

taste: skunky in taste as well, bland and flat not good at all vinegar

mouthfeel: taste stays too long, it is not something I want in my mouth

overall: you are not missing anything if you don't have this beer

 336 characters

Photo of FLima
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with a fluffy head with low to medium retention.
Aroma of sweet malt and herbal hops.
Likewise, taste of sweet malt with grassy hops. A more distant hint of adjuncts, not harming the experience. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
Not a bad adjunct lager, they likely haven't added too much corn. I found that this Italian version superior to the one in Colombia.

 427 characters

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Peroni pilsner glass. Pours a clear golden with a rich half finger head that sticks and leaves a good amount of lacing. Had aromas of grass and grain. Taste is sweet with light bitterness. Very light and easy to drink, and you can easily knock back a few of these.

Overall: Basic, but not offensive.

 312 characters

Photo of Flounder57
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and sweet pale malts with some mild grassy hops. Nothing extraordinary and traditional skunky aroma found in most green bottled Euro lagers.

Taste: Yup, same as what I smelled with a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, chewy, refreshing, medium carbonation, and medium bodied

Overall: Not sure which euro lager stands out from the rest of them, but this one is similar with others.

 632 characters

Photo of Franziskaner
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fingernail thin layer of white foam rests on top. Pale golden colored. A bit of lager yeast/well water and saltine cracker aroma. Biscuity malt flavor and some very mild buttering hop flavor. Extremely light and perhaps a touch too thin and crisp on the palate.

 261 characters

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.31/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Sometimes you come across a good Italian beer and sometime you find something that's not quite up to par...this one just didn't tingle the toes.

The beer does look great out-of-the-bottle, but that's pretty much it. It was mostly a "spilled beer in the air" scent with a hoppy flavor and nothing else. Too much carbonation for my liking and I gave it some sympathy points due to its coloring. I think I've had Peroni offerings before, but this one isn't one of their top-shelf models.

 485 characters

Photo of Georgefox
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems to be a popular choice for lager drinkers that want something a bit more upmarket than the standard drinks, but not too adventurous.

Bought a pack of 4 330ml bottles, poured into a half pint Stella glass.

The smell is very indistinct and indeed does not linger, having dissapeared in about half a second upon smelling.

The taste and appearence is standard Euro lager.

When I visited Italy this was one of only a few beers widely available and as such I built up a bit of a taste for it. In bottle form however, there is nothing distinct about it.

Still, it's not bad as per se. Easily drinkable, but will not become one of my choice lagers.

 657 characters

Photo of SanWrencho
4/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant, well-balanced lager with a nice light maltiness and tangy hoppiness that balances the malt and makes for a very refeshing drink. If you like the pale lager style you should try it despite the negative ratings. It is heads and shoulders above the Buds and Millers of the world.

 301 characters

Photo of jerrytodd
3.8/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer geeks be damned I think this is a very fine euro pils.

Appearance is a bit light but certainly well made with very good head/lacing

Smell is a uniquely sweet pils grain, lovely

Taste is about as nice a summer sessionable beer as I can think of

Mouthfeel a tad thin, but within spec

Overall an enjoyable beer I've been drinking for years

 347 characters

Photo of ale1
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found this at the local grocer and not having tried or knowing it's source decided to try it

poured into a pint glass , good carbonation, 3" head that goes away quickly
served cold around 48° taste of slight hops , rice malt not tasting the barley malt though, this is a bright-beer pilsner style similar to a presidente beer, with a light straw color. finish/mouthfeel not unpleasant, no aftertaste from some afterthoughts in the brewing ..a hot summer day beer after you cut the grass .. a little pricey for what you get , i realise that this is an IN BEV product like becks and a few others this tastes better than the USA Beck's of similar style.

sooo try it not bad, i might bump the rate up to around 3.5 on my review .. .besides it's got a groovy looking bottle you can put up on the shelf with the other one's you've tried

 835 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't totally see the appeal here, this is moderately better than the standard BMC stuff, but the price does not match the quality, and to be honest, the beer is pedestrian regardless of its price. pours a generic clear fizzy gold, with just an inch of rapidly fading white head. I usually guzzle these from the bottle though. an abundance of pilsner malts cascades the nose, with the adjunct malt sweetness and metallic aromas as well, bittering hops only. the taste matches, malt forward, not a totally corn beer, but far closer than craft offerings. mouthfeel is the best feature here, this one really goes down easy, is only a little filling in great quantity, and actually refreshes pretty well when its cold. the lightness and clean characteristics are appreciated, but the flavors just aren't bold enough to hold my attention. if this was cheaper, I could see it having a role to play in the greater beer world, but it prices itself out of that range, and doesn't back it up with taste, my biggest complaint. I drank a lot of this in Australia, always "borrowing" from my neighbors outside fridge, but revisiting it just has not had the same level of satisfaction for me.

 1,180 characters

Photo of dogfishandi
2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12oz green bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. A few days over the best buy date, but not to worry.

Pours out a clear straw yellow color, similar to that of piss. Lots of streaming carbonation bubbles. Decent head off of the pour, fluffy white, fades to a thin soapy, fairly retentive layer.

Initially it smells quite skunky off of the pour, luckily this doesnt fades once the beer opens up in the glass. Not much aroma. Slightly chalky mineral lager yeast. Maybe a bit of very light, sweet malt.

Sweet cracker like light malt, mineral water lager yeast, a bit chalky.

A bitey, strong carbonation. A bit watery with a light body, maybe not as much as your average American adjunct, but very similar in a lot of ways. The mouthfeel does make very a thirst quenching, refreshing beer.

Not something I'd likely drink again, average at best.

 856 characters

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

For me this is nostalgia. Remembering days in Italy drinking with friends on rooftops, I am not overwhelmed, but not underwhelmed either. It is as previously stated from other reviews, average at best. Fortunately, after brewing my own and being introduced to a number of awesome brews, I cannot go back to these types of flavorless standards. Yet I can respect that they serve a role and function in the beer world, and for me it is nostalgia. So thank you Peroni.

 465 characters

Photo of Beric
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Green bottle poured into footed pilsener
Served: 22 June 2013

Appearance: Magnificently clear, and golden color. Looks like the color of a field of wheat ready for harvesting. Good carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Unfortunately, there is no head to speak of. This beer would look incredible for the style if it had, and was able to maintain, a sizable head.

Smell: Like most green bottle beer, there's a little hint of that 'skunk' smell right after you crack it, but nothing overpowering or off-putting. I let it sit a minute or two to air itself out and then the smell really freshened up. Smelled like some sweet bread with just a hint of aroma hops if you smelled really deep.

Taste: Like your average Euro Pale. Crisp, clean, and uncomplicated. No really assertive tastes, but no off tastes either. Just a kiss of hop bitterness on the back end makes this one really nice and drinkable for the style. I would say this is one of the better representations of the style.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation really compliments the overall feel of this one. It is not a heavy beer (but not super thin either), but without the good carbonation, this one would feel flat and unimpressive.

Overall: This is one of the better Euro Pales I have had, and is not something to shy away from within that style. That being said, overall, this beer is pretty boring, and is not something I would find the need to to have again. Compared to the other Euro Pale I recently reviewed (Stella Artois), this one is below that one in most categories.

 1,559 characters

Photo of dar482
3.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this in a bottle.

The flavor was surprisingly decent. It has an big malt for a Euro lager. It has some off adjunct touches, but it's pretty decent.

The mouthfeel and finish are good. The mouthfeel has this malty roundness compared to other poor European lager options. Not that lagers are the issue, but some just aren't on par.

 336 characters

Photo of JesseMurdock
1.62/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

lousy beer. the only difference between this and a budweiser is the italian name and the lack of corn sweetness (which is a good thing). perfect beer if you hate beer but want to be seen drinking something seemingly tasteful. ugly urine yellow color, zero lacing or retention, over carbonated, no lasting head, faint malty sweetness with no bitterness or aromas other than grain. this beer is a poor imitation of heinekin or stella.

 432 characters

Photo of hoodoyoubelongto
2.99/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I enjoyed this beer but it was not fantastic by any means. Slightly sweet taste and but pretty decent finish. I liked the smell, not sure if this would be better on on draft or what. I don't think it would necessarily be improved or what. Solid gold color. Not remarkable but reminds me of a trip to Rome. A good alternative to wine if you are at an Italian restaurant.

 369 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Best before date of 01/11/13

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright pale yellow with a white, finger width head. Fair retention. Consistent bubbles provide a nice halo on the surface along the edge of the glass.

Smell - Somewhat skunky. Hints of grain and sweetness. Not much else.

Taste - Almost flavorless. Ghostly traces of grain, sweetness and grassy bitterness. It's so light I can barely discern any prominent character.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp, with a smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Inoffensive, if only because there's very little here to begin with. Best before date is close to 2 and a half months past, so this is a candidate for re-review.

 668 characters

Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.