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

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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-03-2001

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

Just finished one of these with my lunch at my favorite pizza place in the N. End. Rough day at work. Typical Euro-Lager appearance and aroma. Clear golden yellow, faint smell of sulfur, average head, dissipates quickly. Taste is clean with no strong flavors; mellow cereal and grain malts touch of spicy hops--thankfully no skunk. Much better than a Heineken or U.S. Macro Swill, but still pretty average at best. Great beer to wash down some pizza with on a lunch break.

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

I had this one at a little Italian Restaurant in Elmhurst, IL. Considering my other “choices” were Miller or Bud products, I was glad to have the opportunity to order it.

12 oz green bottle with freshness dating.

Beer poured a nice gold with a fair head and a slight bit of lacing.

Beer smelled a little bit skunky, but I could also pick up some floral hops and a little note of spice.

Taste was much better than expected. None of the skunk taste I feared. Nice use of hops to moderate the clear malt presence. Beer was slightly sweet, but the hops added a nice bite. Some spice notes (pepper?) also were present.

Beer had a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking Italian offering here. Went great with the Italian Beef & fried chicken I had. I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by how decent this beer was.

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Photo of clvand0
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had big expectations for this beer, but they were not fulfilled. Reminded me much of Heineken (skunky and watered down). Pours a yellow-amber color (straw) with a small head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little skunky and had some grains underneath. The flavor was much like the aroma. A little skunky with a hint of malts and grains and soem small hints of fruit. Nothing wonderful here. Not a bad drink, but not a very good one.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What's funny about this beer, is that the name is similar to a certain disease in the male sex. If you wanna find out more, look it up on google. I am going to refrain from further explaining it.

Had this one at the Olive Garden, you know, that awesome authentic Italian restraunt? NOT!!! It's ok, but I've eaten much better. Anyways, nothing special about the beer at all. I think it was like a "stronger" Corona. It had a hoppy smell, with a tinge of skunk. The taste was very similar. At the bottom though, there was a hint of a honey-like taste. I'm not going to go ape nuts over it and I doubt I will have it again.

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Photo of bmacaskill
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Just as an aside, why do all Italian bottled beers smell the same?)

Nastro, despite its name, is pleasant. It is one of the better mainstream Peroni products available in Canada. It's crisp, clean, not too hoppy, and comes in an attractive green bottle.

All in all, a pleasant beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My knee jerk reaction was to just knock this one as yet another lousy macro lager. But then it poured a nice gold color, and I was rather impressed. The smell is crisp and clean, almost minty in it's odd way. I also liked the little line next to the freshness date saying exactly where in Italy it came from, though I suspect most of the ones that make it to America are from the same brewery.

The taste is that of a pretty solid pale lager, perhaps a little on the sweet side. As a beer in general, it's not that great, but for it's style, there's just so many dreadfully foul brews in this catagory that whenever I find one that's drinkable, I'm thankful. I almost hate to admit it, but I kinda like this one. Drink up, buddies.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.43/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Peroni is one of the biggest selling beers in all of Italy, but the styling of this beer reminds me of Heineken and Beck's: lightly flavored, bland, and kind of skunky. I might choose this over the previously mentioned beers, but this is something that won't find its way into my fridge on a regular basis.

Peroni pours a light yellow straw color with an estimated 1 & 1/4 of foam head. The smell is the typical skunky smell of a Euro-lager, with some mild grain and fruity aromas underneath that. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, but with some crispness to it. The initial taste is somewhat sweet with some citric fruity flavors and grains making their presence known on the rest of the palette. The skunkiness really doesn't affect the flavor. There is a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Altogether, a pretty watery production. There is little aftertaste except for some light citric fruitiness and mild grains, and this finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

Tastewise, this is almost like a light beer. If the flavor that's there was a little stronger, this would be a pretty decent beer. Otherwise, this is a good hot-weather beer that is refreshing, but don't expect anything else out of this.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this with lunch at an Italian restaurant. Golden yellow, but with chill haze. Nice white foamy head. Refined grainy smell.

I thought it was pretty bland. Low carbonation, and a slightly sweet taste. I'm looking at my notes and have the word "hops?" written down.

Inoffensive, but pretty tasteless. pat

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Photo of Loki
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draft while in Venice.

Poured a golden color with a bubbly white head that faded quickly. Left decent lacing and had streams of carbonation.

Aromas of malt, corn, yeast, and well water.

The taste is much like every other run of the mill, macro lager and much like the nose. But a much better alternative than Kronengborg which seems to just as available in Italy.

Much better alternatives are out there, but this is a decent choice.

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Photo of freed
2.39/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having dinner a nice local joint, this seemed like the appropriate compliment. Sadly, they only had it in bottles.

Despite the green glass, its apparent the restaurant kept it boxed. It poured nicely with an absolutely flawless clarity. A quick transient head formed and disappeared, but the carbonation was active through the beer.

There was no smell. I was sitting on the balcony outdoors, so there may have been conflicting aromas, but I detected no smells. At all. The beer favored slightly better in taste. It was also transparant, though somewhat sweet. Bubble Gum was an overpowering taste, which isn't what I wanted, but after my wife pointed it out, it was hard to shake.

With little hop aroma or bitterness, I wasn't surprised that it hadn't skunked. It wasn't much different than a typical American Lager.

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

Tasted like a mass-produced beer, not that it shouldn't. I look at this beer an alternative to Beck's, Heinken etc. If you look at it as a beer made for the hot months, and meant to be cosumed whithout much thought while eating something that takes almost your full attention, then this beer is fine. Sort of thin looking lager with that European malt flavor, it really tastes like an average mass produced German beerr- just a little thinner. Not much else to say, but certainly is drinkable.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw golden blond with a medium head, lots of carbonation and ok lace. Had this on at a local restaurant. Its taste was pilsner like. Clean, crisp and not a lot of complexity, not that a lack of complexity is bad. Very mild malt and hop flavors, somewhat watery. I think this is a slightly below average beer, due to its wateryness, but it went great with the garlic breadstix and the seafood I had for my meal.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color gold with a nice tight white head. The head lasted quite some time and gave way to patchy lacing. The aroma was grassy with hints of grain and malt. The taste matches the aroma with a nice dry crisp finish. A refreshing beer to drink on a hot day. This is a larger that is above average.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought and drank this in Sorrento, Italy. Clear, straw golden with a thin white head, poor retention and minimal lacing with mild to moderate carbonation and a medium-light body. Aroma begins with pale malts, freshly cut grass, faint green apples and straw. Very similar to Steinlager with some mild fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light. Taste begins with light flavor hops, fades to mild pale malts and grassy hops, and a moderate sweetness. The finish is lightly dry with lightly spicy bittering hops that are well-balanced. Reminds me of Steinlager in many ways. Alcohol is very mild and clean and hardly noticeable. A decent pilsener.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear medium yellow with a fluffy white head that was about a finger high, has some divets and left small clingy lacing. Smell is faint of sweet malt and grain and a bit of floral hop. Taste is clean and lightly sweet of malt with a bit of drying crisp hop thats very subtle. Nice over all light and sweet body with a easy smoothness thats pretty drinkable with a slightly crispy dryness in the finish which can help settle any garlicy pizza.

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

A very good pizza / pasta brew. It pours clear pale gold with a white head that settles to a thin film. Lace is fair with mild carbonation. The aroma is not overpowering but of mild malt & grain. The taste is crisp, clean & refreshing. The body is not to heavy and thats a-good. Leave the heavy to the dish of pasta or pitz, chase the hot pepper with the peroni! I like to stock this at home for such times. munga!

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Photo of ipogios
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite impressive brew by the Italians. Tried this in an Italian restaurant with my carbonara. I must admitt it was an excellent choice. VERY refreshing and drinkable. Enjoying your pasta with this beer is surely a great combination Slightly better than the standard European lagers

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

New to the B.C. liquor stores, this Italian lager joins a host of
Euro-lagers on the shelves. This beer is no better or worse
than Becks , Topvar, Tuborg etc. The nose is skunky with not much
of a midbody which makes it a warm summer beer at best. It
might be improved by putting in a 500ml can to stop the aging
found in light coloured bottles.

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

It poured a golden brown color with very little head which was completely gone after about a minute. The carbonation was basically non existant also. No bubbles what so ever. The smell is one of the few good things bout this beer. It is quite strong and is like what a real lager should be. At first taste it seemed pretty good, but after that it tasted much like water, almost worse than Bud and Miller. With the lack of carbonation, mouthfeel is mediocre too. With all that said, I don't think this a very good beer at all. It says it's the No. 1 beer in Italy, but since Bud makes that claim here in the US, one can see a lot of similarities between the two.

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Photo of aaronh
2.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a moderate white head atop a medium golden body. The head quickly fades to a layer of thin foam. The aroma is a grassy herbal note with just a hint of malt and a slight background of pepper. The taste if fairly straightforward, with just a note of sweetness and a slight hint of bitterness on the finish. A metallic note dominates the aftertatse. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh, with the carbonation attacking the roof of my mouth through the rather thin body of the beer. As such, the harsh mouthfeel coupled with the weak aroma and uninspiring flavor hurt the drinkability. This is close to the Budweiser of Italy, I'm sure.

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Photo of LarryKemp
1.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it was because of the green bottle. Or maybe it was because of the way it was stored. This beer had a off smell and taste. It was oxidized I think. The beer was very clear and a bright yellow. The carbonation clung to the side of the glass. My wife said it looked more like gingerale than beer because it was so carbonated. The head was generous and white. Everything was going well until I raised the glass to my mouth. The aroma was poor and the flavor that followed matched the smell. I might try another at another restuarant to see if I might change my mind.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light gold yellow when poured.Fair amount of lace in the glass.Excellent carbonation resulting in bubbles rising up my glass.A very crisp and refreshing lightly malted and hopped italian lager.Very basic and not very complex.Not very filling when eating a rich italian meal.I would never buy this other than dinning out at the Olive garden.Taste isnt much..kinda skunky on the finish.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Due to my Italian descent, I have always been pretty fond of this beer. It like many other European lagers contains that simplicity of flavor that is smooth and refreshing. The golden color complements the frothy white head so well. The mild sulfur aroma along with faint malts and hops are balanced with the smooth, crisp taste of the lager. Very refreshing and the reason that Italy is known for their wine, and not beer. Why do these companies like stella artois, heineken, and grolsch along with peroni continue with the green bottles. I would like to taste this same beer fresh from the brewery.

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Photo of Lupe
2.16/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale straw color with a decent white head that quickly dissappears and leaves little lace. Fairly clean aroma with some grain and skunk. Light in body and fizzy on the tounge, this brew is overly carbonated, like a soda. Starts with a grainy malt sweetness with some cirtus hop flavor coming through, along with a slightly skunky character. Finishes crisp with some spicy hops, dry, and a lasting bitterness. Needs less carbonation and skunk, and more flavor.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing very exceptional about this beer. A lager in taste in and in texture. I enjoy it at Italian restraunts but I prefer the Moretti. This is a bit hoppy but the hop balance has a bit to be desired. There is a harshness to the hops that takes away from how good this beer could be. This one is good with food but not a stand alone beer.

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.