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

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 237 | FT: 0
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Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A. visit their website

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 jvajda
2.18/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at a fancy Italian restaraunt in the North End in Boston. My first experience with Italian beer made it clear why wine is the drink of choice in Italy.

Appearance: Looks like a crummy American macro. Translucent yellow with a minimal head.
Smell: Faintly detectable malt, pretty bland smell.
Taste: Light on hops, malt, and any realy flavor, this is a really watery, boring beer. I could easily confuse it with any number of American macros. Very dissapointing.
Mouthfeel: Watery and very lightly carbonated.
Drinkabilty: A fine session beer if you just want to drink a lot, but not a beer I can see drinking again.

Photo of Globetrotter
1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Green fairly long neck 33cl bottle with a yellow, gold and bluish green label featuring a coat of arms and a few prize medals. The only ingredient info is the banner across the top of the front label stating: "All natural ingredients." That doesn't say much. Best before 11/30/04, I opened it on 3/27/04 - still fairly fresh. Somehow, though, I don't think aging would help much.

Clear greenish gold under a slightly contoured snow white one finger head that fades very quickly to nothing but collar. The nose is nasty - rusty tin can and corn. The mouth is a bit heavy with sourness and fairly well carbonated. The taste is comprised of sour grapes, stale bread and rusted metal. The rusted metal wins the battle for the aftertaste. This reminds me of way too many bad macros. Perhaps the sink will enjoy it more than I have...

Photo of coasterfreak75
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was golden yellow with absolutely no head and nothing left on the glass. There seemed to be a total lack of smell, save a slight hint of fruit. The taste, I'm sorry, I have to rank behind Budweiser. There was, to me, a total lack of taste. It bordered on carbonated water. But on the same lines, it was refreshing and had good mouthfeel. I won't be stocking this one for lawnmowing season, or any other season for that matter.

Photo of cypressbob
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 330ml bottle

Pours with an unimpressive fizzy yellow, with a thin straw head, disappating quickly

Smell is typical of pale lagers, dry, heavily carbonated, malty

Taste is simple, some grassy hops, little bitterness, some adjunct dry bud like flavour on the finish

A fair macro lager, drinkable but not exactly pushing the tastebuds

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at Johnny Carino's Restaurant, poured in a frosted pint glass. (The server could not provide me with a room-temperature glass. For this reason, and the fact that he trash talked his previous employer, another restaurant, I left him only a 15% gratuity.)

It poured a rich gold -- in their soft incandescent lighting -- with no head to speak of and no lace. The aroma was hard to nail down but I eventually decided it was most reminiscent of chocolate and citrus. The taste was suprisingly hoppy for a lager, which immediately moved this brew up a notch, in my book. The finish was good -- dry and fairly 'edgy' -- which is why I rated it only 'average' in the drinkability for this beer style.

As soon as Johnny Carino's realizes that Chicken Picatta is supposed to have lemon in it, I'll visit them again. If and when I do, I'll sample this brew again. Overall, it was a decent beer.

Photo of watermelonman
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to an extremely light color and smelled similar to some of the cheap macro products, but the taste was nice. It's got a snappy flavor to it. The mouthfeel is similar, light and snappy. Not too shabby, and it goes down easily.

Nothing too special, but one can certainly do much worse.

Photo of resirob
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in the 12 oz. Green bottle at Olive Garden. When in Rome, right?

Pours pale golden with a short-lived active head. No lacing.

Weak earthy/grassy nose. Slight pale malt aroma at first, then a tease from the hops.

Crisp, clean beer. Malt base seems a bit subdued, but there is a nice hop note in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel with an easy, clean finish makes for a drinkable beer.

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

appearance: Golden straw, light almost non-excistent head

smell: malty with hints of hops and earth

taste: a little sharp sour taste as soon as it hits your tounge but it develops into a mouthfilling sweetnes.

mouthfeel: a little too fizy for my taste

drinkability: overall it can be done, pretty good beer, beeter than alot of the american Pale Lagers

Photo of BeerResearcher
2.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This light Lager from Rome pours a pale copper color with fizzy-bubbled white head.
The aroma is mostly of fresh cut hay with a faint smell of Euro hops.
The lightly roasted malt is dry and crisp with faint taste of wheat crackers.
The mildly applied hops have a light lemony bitterness and mild metallic bite. Lots of fizzy, seltzery carbonation. Would improve greatly if drank on the Isle of Corsica!

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

12 oz bottle at Mario's in Stuart, FL.
Golden color, a shade darker than you would expect. Fresh cut grass and snappy hop smell. Inviting. Fresh tasting lager flavors. Undertones of bready malt, hints of grass, and tasty bitter hopping in the finish. I don't know if it's saaz or what. Tastes like a very traditional European lager, without the nasty skunky smell. Light to moderate body, very crisp and refreshing finish. Paired nicely with a big bowl of Pasta Fagoli and Chicken Parmagiana. I would have it again here, but would go searching for it.

Photo of silks636
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. green bottle. Freshness date and batch # clearly stamped on label.

Straw colored with a fizzy white head that quickly vanished. Nose of faint malt, gentle sulphur, and grass. Very light malt and hop flavors begin sweet and finish with a dry grain and a timid hops bite. Refreshing and crisp, a great thirst quencher. Mouthfeel is light and thin. Very easy drinking. Good lager to pair with pasta or pizza, but not something I would drink on a regular basis

Photo of beernbbq
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing out of the ordinary here but this is a beer that goes nicely with pizza. Straw yellow color with a white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is very mild of pils type malt and faint hop aroma which I assume may be a Hallertau or Hallertau derived variety. Pale malt and hop flavors are easy on the tongue and goes down easy. Paired nicely with the straight tomato and mozzarella pie at Grimaldis, balances the brick oven crust.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle as depicted. Had a clear yellow color and a short-lived bright white head that dissolved down to a tiny ring. leaving no lace.
The smell was malt, grainy in the nose with slight corn syrup sweetness and just the lightest suggestion of hops. The taste was pretty sweet up front, loaded with a grainy pale malt and a slightly fruity flavor. Any suggestion of hops in the nose was wholly disabused in the taste, as there was none. The feel was light, with a zippy carbonation and clean finish.
I wouldn't have one of these as a sit-down beer of choice. As I waited for my seat at the restaurant, I ordered a SNPA, in fact. But, Peroni Lager did pair up pretty well with the pasta & white sauce dish I had for dinner.

Photo of diablo14
1.53/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

far out. as an import, this isnt too much better than the swill you can get on tap anywhere in australia. really bad beer this one.

looked weak in the glass with a piss poor head but loaded with fizz which wasnt a good thing. geez, i shoulda left it in the bottle. couldnt find any decent aromas if i tried, and the taste? well if you like skunky adjunct tasting beers youll love this one. i was going to hire a private detective to find the hops in this beer till i figured that it probably didnt have any in it. like so many bad aussie lagers, lets the fizz do the talking. disgraceful.

all i can really say in closing is considering this is italys flagship beer, no wonder they have a bad name when it comes to brewing. an absolute barry crocker.

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

Well, Ill try to put it in the simplest terms. Pours a lager like clear golden tone with a lager like white head that fades, a lager like malty and hoppy smell, with a lager like weakness, a lager like dry, malty taste with some bitterness right at the end that combines with the lager like carbonation. Cheers. This is a pale lager. And a mediocre one as well.

Photo of Reidrover
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the green 12 oz the label.
Just an average lager in appearance pale golden small white head..some lacing after head goes.
NOt much of an aroma at all..some faint grassiness..sweet.
The taste is pretty Ok for a Euro-lager..not as sweet as some..small hop bite .
Pretty average on the tongue..maybe a but over carbonated..semi-dry finish.
Drinkable but forgettable.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.56/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imported Bottle. So what makes it an Italian beer? This and Moretti suggest a bit more hop bitterness in a light lager. I had this cold (that is, I was cold) at an outdoor mini-Italian fest in Chicago in October. Nice golden color under a thin but persistent head. I can taste the malt, balanced by an agreeable hop bitterness and yeast bite. Noticeably more body to it than you'd expect, and finishes well. Matches well with a hot Buona Beef sammich.

Photo of Jarod
3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle – Best Before End: 8/04

This beer poured crystal clear and was straw yellow colored. Great carbonation present. The head that was present was the consistency of a pillow, fluffy, full and white in color. The retention was very good and lasted till approx. ½ glass before falling to a light film and a semi-thick ring on the edges. There was lace present, spotty and seemed to be kind of watery. The aromas that came from the glass were light on the nose – light hops (floral), some citrus notes, and malt waves (both sweet and semi-caramel) all intertwined in the nose. The taste was semi-sweet on the tongue, tones of sweet malts, citrus, grains, floral hops and finished with a bread taste. The aftertaste was a mix of light hops and bread. Not overly lasting and slowly disappears after a few moments. Light-medium bodied. This was a fairly crisp, and clean, alittle on the sweeter side then crisp, but a drinkable beer. I was surprised on how refreshing it was. I would have liked the aromas and flavors to be slightly more pronounced but over-all not to bad. I believe this beer could go with any occasion and would be a good choice when out to dinner.

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

I had this beer at a pretty nice Italian place with a shrimp scampi and great garlic bread - and it was my first Italian beer. Maybe it was the atmosphere or the butteriness of the food, but I enjoyed the beer with the meal. The aroma reminded me faintly of white grapes, almost wine-like. Even the color was a light yellow that looked decent in the glass, though the head was pretty weak. It started smooth and had a bit of a dry, hoppy bite at the end. Overall, not a bad beer, but I wasn't extremely impressed either.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This serving was 5.2% abv poured from a green bottle. It was a clear pale gold, small frothy head that dropped in a short amount of time, left small traces of lacing. Smell was not pleasant at all, it was a chemical skunkiness that made me think of assembly lines and industrial factories. Flavour possessed a crisp graininess, a bit of skunk, and finished very dry. I will pass on this one.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,734 ratings.