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

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Ratings: 1268
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.46%

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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Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Il Mulino (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer starts out slightly skunky and then you can detect some of the proper beer smells - pale malts, adjunct grain malts, and grassy hops, though both are quite mild.

T: The beer tastes much like the smell (without the skunkiness). There is a lightly sweet corn adjunct malt flavor that is followed by moderate amounts of grassy hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is refreshing and sessionable. It is easy to drink and I could have a couple of these but there is nothing that really stands out about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 14:16:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of MortarPestle


2.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with a white head that leaves a single ring before disappearing. Fine carbonation.
Aroma: Unappetizing sulfur with grass, lemon and some malt.
Taste: Herbs, grain, lemon and pepper with a lingering metallic note.
Texture: Crisp and dry with some bitterness.
Drinkability: I thought I would try this with an Italian dinner, hoping it would be a nice match.
Notes: Served in a Pilsener Glass

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:47:54 | More by MortarPestle
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

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

I don't quite understand why this beer is scored so poor. Its not great, but its slightly above average for a euro lager. Many euro lagers suffer from skunk but I don't have that problem with peroni. Kinda bland and sweet, but not bad! Pours a very clear straw color with a few finger frothy bone white head. Light lacing. Arome is pretty damn clean with only that slightest smell of dirty europe. Slightly sweet. Taste is the same. Sweet grainy malt dominates. Light hops and a decent pepperiness gives this beer an edge over many euro lagers. Feel is okay but could maybe use a little more carbonation. Again i just don't see this as the disaster that most see it as. hmm.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 04:16:48 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Started with a finger of head that did mange to leave a little lace, but didn't sustain itself very well. The body is a pale yellow with thin carbonation.

Smell: Skunky with an almost cabbage note and a touch of sweeter rye bread. It's not very appetizing and I'd say it's of average potency, which isn't a good thing in this case.

Taste: Starts with a touch of sweet malt with a touch of fruit that is spoiled by a overwhelming cabbage taste. As it progresses a touch a lemon tries it's best to clean that out and when it fails it turns to a note of grassy and clay like hops that barely manage to finish the job.

Mouthfeel: Leaves my mouth tasting like wet clay and clings as you'd expect it to. That aftertaste isn't very pronounced which is good, but as you drink it, it has too much of a seltzer quality.

Drinkability: Well, it could be worse, I mean I'd still drink it on a hot day if it was offered or the only thing available. It's a bit rough around the edges but it stays down well enough.

Final Thought: Italy is not well know for it's brewing, and I can see why. This one falls in the "bad import lager" category for me. I mean it's drinkable, and I guess if I was in Europe and wanted beer, yeah this would be ok, but really I think if this is the standard in Italy, you're better off sticking to Wine.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 01:36:31 | More by TheHammer
Photo of Rifugium


1.05/5  rDev -62%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First had: ? (on tap at some restaurant)

They should call it "Peroni Nasty Ass-urro"! But seriously folks...

Clear, pale, straw-yellow body, with a wisp of fizzy white head. Aroma of grains, cabbagey skunk. About the same in the taste, vague beerish qualities of pale malts and light hops, skunk, sweet corn, grain husks. See, crappy adjunct lagers exist in all countries, not just the US. Light mouthfeel, thin, watery, unnecessary, undrinkable. Lots of good Italian craft beers are making their ways to the States lately...this isn't one of them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 08:31:09 | More by Rifugium
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a clear pale straw yellow color to it. It has a white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains, corn, breadiness, some grassiness and a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a corny/grainy taste to it with grassy hops, mild breadiness and a slight skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a light and slightly watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 19:26:21 | More by SebD
Photo of hopsgirl36

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

Apperance: two fingers of froth with a straw pale color and a little lace after it settles.

Smell: rye bread aroma with alight grassy smell.

Taste: slight hoppy bitterness more of a malty taste.

Mouthfeel: a medium maltyness of a bready taste. Not very heavy on the bitterness.

Overall: a great dinner beer better on draft.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:09:27 | More by hopsgirl36
Photo of RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served form 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear pale straw color, with about two fingers of white head that dissipates rather quickly, and leaves behind no lacing to speak of.

Smell: A nice malty breadiness, and some slight grassiness in the background. Also getting a slight fruityness.

Taste: Grassy taste upfront, with some slight biscuity flavors, that fades to slight lightstruck skunkiness in there, but finishes up with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Fairly decent pale lager, for what it is. I honestly enjoyed this a bit more than I was expecting. Served ice cold on a hot day, with lunch, it was quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 19:32:13 | More by RattleheadKV2
Photo of xnicknj


1.58/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle - thanks to someone for leaving this at my apartment (i think?)

Pours a clear piss-water yellow with a froth of white head. Retains for a bit, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Wow. Immediate skunkiness erupts from the beer into the nose, even at long distance. Funky and odd in all the wrong ways, with a few hints of grain and lemon peel.

Slight citrus hints up front with lemon. Grainy and biscuit malts with an really unpleasant funkiness. Borderline sour and metallic, which puts bulletholes throughout any sort of profile this beer might attempt to cultivate. Finishes bitter and dry, but not in a good way.

Lighter medium body. slightly higher carbonation, prickly and awfully lingering on the tongue. Holy crap this is BAD. An unmitigated trainwreck of poor flavors doused in skunk. I'd take a Bud Light over this ANY day.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:19:20 | More by xnicknj
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: clear yellow colored body with a small white head and some carbonation rising at a moderate pace

S: hops with some bread and wheat undertones

T: bitter but ends sweet

M: light and watery, extremely sessionable, no aftertaste or finish

O: euro pale lager - what can say, nothing bad, but nothing spectacular

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 19:27:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Hex


1.38/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Okay... Green bottle, (not a fan) but i happen to be at an Italian restaurant so, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" yes?
Pours a musky, golden yellow with a half finger head that dissipate rather quickly, (like you blink and its gone) leaving a soap suddy bubbliness around the top of the class.
Smells like some corn, a bit skunky, and a little grassy. Smell is faint, (humph! could be vodka)
Taste much like nothing. its very boring. If you can imagine a decent beer that you took everything interesting away from and left just enough something for it to still be considered a beer, thats this beer.
mouthfeel is the only thing about the beer that is almost worth giving it a second chance. its clean... that is all.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 07:14:06 | More by Hex
Photo of paulginva


2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pilsner glass, produced a white fizzy 1/2" head that dissipated quickly leaving virtually no head lacing. Carbonation was moderate in a clear pale yellow body.

AROMA: A light grainy corn scent with a light hint of indeterminate hops and a very light hint of skunk. Not bad but not very good either.

TASTE: Pretty much the same as the smell except that the skunk was a bit more prominent. Not exactly overwhelming.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light] body with a thin texture, moderate carbonation and virtually no body lacing. What there was dissipated quickly. The initial flavor is light sweetness with a very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a short time.

DRINKABILITY: Based on alcohol content, this beer was repeatable but I probably wouldn't opt to have another. Unfortunately, this was the only beer this particular Italian restaurant had available. I chose water for my second drink. It sort of reminded me of a Stella with the skunk added, and skunk isn't my favorite flavor. Overall, I'd call this a beer of very modest accomplishment. If you want a beverage Italians do well, stick to wine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 18:20:51 | More by paulginva
Photo of lwillitz


2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers of quickly-fading white head over a crystal-clear light straw yellow body; loaded with carbonation bubbles; looks like a light champagne

S - very strong bitter scent of grass and leaves

T - better than the nose; lightly-sweetened corn leading into a mouthful of spice and grass from the hops; dry finish with a touch of honey

M - light/medium body with high carbonation; better than it looks, but nothing special

O - It's not far off for the style, but also nothing special as a beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 04:05:52 | More by lwillitz
Photo of machalel


1.85/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Note that this review is for the Peroni Nastro that is brewed under licence in Australia.


Appearance: Yellow and clear, with a pale white head of about 1.5cm. Head disappears within a few seconds, but still manages wisps of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: A little bit of hops, a little bit of grass, a little bit of zest... but quite dull overall.

Taste: Move along, nothing to see here! Just some bitterness, very faint hints of malt, and that weird metallic 'tang' that a lot of macro beers have when brewed in Australia... A very generic flavour (and I use the word flavour loosely).

Mouthfeel: Very light in body, and high carbonation. Quite crisp, it's definitely a beer for the masses in style.

Drinkability: I could not finish the glass, it was a big disappointment. I have had the *real* Nastro that is brewed in Italy, and although I’m not a massive fan, it was beautiful in comparison. This felt like a slightly more well-rounded VB...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:44:35 | More by machalel
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

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

Poured a transparent yellow with a foamy white head. Had bubbles rising to the top.

Smelled of sweet malts.

Tastes sweet malty with a bitter after taste.

Well carbonated and refreshing.

Overall a not too bad larger, nothing out standing. A good refreshing hot weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 17:59:15 | More by Dave1999
Photo of FrankieW


4.28/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favourite light beers. When poured in the glass, it gives a creamy white head, however it does not last very long. The taste is like most other light lagers, without the bitter aftertaste. Is a great beer for a sunny day in London town. Please bring it to Lebanon!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 08:31:16 | More by FrankieW
Photo of stoutman


2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty with some hops. Taste is mildly malty with a very slight bitter hop finish and dry. Pours a golden pale clear with off white head. It has a nice aroma of hops and a slightly bitter flavor with no sweetness. It is a nice hop, that is used. I guess it's an OK pilsener. I'd rather think of this one as a thin, boring, almost tasteless beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:37:32 | More by stoutman
Photo of Treebs


3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at an Italian place. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear yellow lager color with a thin white head. The head recedes to a thin collar and sticks around for the whole time. The body is very livley with bubbles.

S: Typical light lager smell. Grassy hops, some pale malts and a faint citrus.

T: The taste is more pronounced than the nose. More grassy hops, touch of citrus and pale malt sweetness to round it out.

M: Clean and crisp with a light body. Nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: A solid Euro pale lager. Way better on tap than in the bottle. I would take this over BMC any day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 15:55:29 | More by Treebs
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

The label reads 'Birra Superiore', Italian for superior beer. Confident. I'm about to find out if it really is...

A: As I'd expect from a Euro Pale Lager, it's very yellow in color. Wheat colored head that doesn't hold for even a few seconds. I'm kinda bummed, but then, with this style, heads don't tend to hold up.

S: It certainly smells like a Euro Pale Lager; there's a bit of hops, a bit of grass, and a weak citrus signal. I'm not as confident as the maker is at this point.

T: Everything I smelled is there - hops, grass, lemon, grapefruit. It's in weak proportion, though, and it's a bit watery. I might say the brewery was bold with their claim, but the proof is in the pudding (or beer), and it doesn't hold up to tight scrutiny.

M: It's okay, almost good. It's light in body, but you'd expect that from this style. It's well-carbonated, which you'd also expect. It is a bit watery on the palate, which would be great if you were drinking water. Bland finish - kind of like Forrest Gump sitting on a bench.

O: For its style, it's alright. It doesn't knock one's socks off, but then again, it's a 5.1% ABV beer. You can have a few of these and be alright. On the bright side, they go very well with Doritos, but what doesn't? Until next time, everyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:39:03 | More by bogus564
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pilsner glass.

A - Beer poured a perfectly clear golden yellow color with a nice bubbly 1/5 finger head with nice retention and lacing.

S - Detectable pilsner grains and a hint of corn.

T/M - The beer starts crisp and somewhat grainy but transitions into a pleasant mixture of carbonation, pilsenr malts, with little hop character just as the style should be. Finishes refreshingly crisp and clean. Well carbonation and thin bodied somewhat dry.

D - Very easy to drink.

Overall, I liked Peroni and thought it was a perfect beer to choose for a couple to pair with the Italian food. I am not sure I would seek this beer out but it's a good representative of the style and to date my favorite from Italy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-31-2011 02:33:05

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:44:39 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Merkur


2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a Carraba's.

Beer pours a nice pale golden color with a slight amount of white foamy head.

Beer has a bit of a grassy, sour smell.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. A bit bready tasting, but not much here.

Refreshing amount of carbonation. Nice and light

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 01:55:12 | More by Merkur
Photo of kylehay2004


2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head with decent retention and lots of lacing on a clear golden body. Aromatics with a musty wheat aroma but not much else. Granny smith apple is noted throughout on a crisp wheat backbone. High carbonation and light body. Refreshing with a slightly bitter finish to it. Overall this one is actually good for what it is. I think it may be the green apple I am getting from it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 01:40:30 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ajanesz


2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale straw color. Good carbonation. 1 finger of white head and frothy lacing that dissapated quickly

Smell - Did not have a strong smell. Words I would use to describe: Grassy, sour, pungent.

Taste - The taste was very grainy and crisp with a sharp pugent bitterness. It was thin with just enough carbonation. The aftertaste had a slight skunky note.

Mouthfeel - Very little body. Fairly smooth and drinkable.

Overall - A crisp, clean, refreshing beer with a sour bite and slightly bitter flavor. A drinkable beer with a unique flavor profile in the Premium American Lager category (even though its a Euro beer).

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 16:23:20 | More by ajanesz
Photo of mfigueroa713

New York

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A good beer at a fair price. Refreshing and fairly smooth. Good for large parties to add a little variety to the mix. Nice carbonation but head will not last long. Easy to drink and seems to taste better if drinking on the shores of Italy. Which is actually the first time I had tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 12:05:08 | More by mfigueroa713
Photo of bnes09


2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light urine color. No head, no lacing.

Smell of rice and skunk.

Not much malt flavor, mostly rice. Hint of grassy hop and lots of skunk.

Light feel. Average carbonation. Slippery finish (as I would imagine ky jelly feels on the tongue.)

Not good. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:09:51 | More by bnes09
Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.