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

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1,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,376
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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 DrJay


2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, light straw yellow. Soapy white bubbles capped the beer and quickly dissipated. Sharp aroma of spicy, sulfury, herbal hops, slightly vegetal, with a maltiness in the background. Low bitterness with herbal, sort of minty, hop flavour that turned lemony towards the end. Light malt and veggies, slightly metallic finish. Light bodied, average carbonation that felt a bit coarse, dry. It's light, mostly inoffensive, and easy to drink. I'm not fond of the hops, veggies, and metallic character though, so it's not something I'd go back to.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 17:39:14 | More by DrJay
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peroni has a bright yellow body with lots of active carbonation bubbles. The head is fairly solid looking with some good retention. It looks like it should leave behind some good lacing but doesn't quite manage to.

The aroma is mostly a watered down, pale, sweet malt.

The flavor is probably a little bit better than the aroma. Just a hint of hops actually comes through. Then some pale, sweet, cracker-like malt. The finish has a slightly off taste, but nothing too unpleasant.

The body is extremely light and the carbonation is relatively high.

I have to say as fizzy yellow beers go (non-German styles anyway) I prefer the Euro Pale Lagers to the American Adjunct Lagers, and Peroni is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 12:39:16 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.78/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden yellow. Active champagne carbonation with a pretty sizeable amount of foam. I would rate this higher if it stayed more lively like this.

Smell: Crisp, clean, yeasty bread malt. A nice, neutral smell. Unfortunately I smell nothing here that really impresses me. Peroni just smells like good, clean beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very good, crisp mouthfeel. Dry carbonation and very refreshing to drink. Fresh malt and yeast taste with a citrus hop finish.

Drinkability: The clean taste overall makes this a good beer to drink. It does go well with bread and cheese.

Overall: An underrated European lager. A bit more expensive than Stella and Heineken based on what I know, but definitely worst the extra few cents. Then again, there are good American lagers as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 04:02:29 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of berpwillie


1.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a clear yellow golden color with large white head and spare lacing. lots of fizzy carbonation. light body and thin texture. lemon zesty hints, other then that not much else to it. did not enjoy at all. would never drink again. so far i've had three beers strsight from italy and i've hated everyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 16:53:35 | More by berpwillie
Photo of jwinship83


2.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

small bottle (11.2oz or 12oz) served at a restaurant into a pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very pale and very clear straw colored body with a small white head on it. the head fades fast and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the unfortunate presence of boring cereal grains and metallic odor. thats about it. very simple, and not in a good way.

T- the taste is as boring as the smell. light cereal like grains with a definite metallic twang. a small amount of earthy hops at the end.

M- light bodied and over carbonated.

D- first and only time having this one, i hope.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 15:50:40 | More by jwinship83
Photo of MikeBrandman


3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on notes.

A - Pours from a bottle into a fluted glass. Good three fingers of head over a straw yellow, transparent body. Slight haze. Very little visible carbonation. Overall a very appealing looking lager.

S - Ugh, that funky smell you get from a lot of German lagers. Slight grain and grass. No alcohol smell.

T - Nothing special. Slight bitterness countered by grainy, cereal sweetness. No fruit taste or alcohol taste. Very dry and leaves a slight aftertaste.

MF - Light, crisp, and clean. Somehow not as refreshing as it looks.

D - You could drink a lot of these, but I wouldn't want to. The taste isn't all that stellar and the mouthfeel is a bit sticky at times.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 14:02:36 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of gromis


3.63/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from a friend who got a whole bunch of different stuff mixed in a case and gave me what he didn't want.

This pours a nice golden amber color. Not a whole lot of head to speak of.

Has a nice crisp clean smell to it. That's what comes to mind when I smell it...

Has a good malt taste.

I would definitely drink this again if offered; it's a good, well rounded beer, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 01:26:07 | More by gromis
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, at an Indian restaurant for my gf's sister's birthday - this may be the best beer they have available here.

This beer pours a clear, bright, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly white head, which leaves some speckled arrays of soap film lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of faint pale malt, a touch of corn cereal, some middling overripe lemon, and musty, skunky herbal hops. The taste doesn't quite suffer the same off the reservation stank as does the nose - I get more of the semi-sweet, corn-fed graininess, an echo of flat, indistinct citrus and stewing apples, and more weedy and musty, rather than overtly skunky, plain Jane noble hops.

The carbonation is certainly active and probing, but to no real invasive degree, the body on the lee side of medium weight, a tad cloying, and work-a-day smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess turning a mite bit sour, and the touched hops slowing moving in forlorn circles.

Overall, a likely prototypical example of when the green-bottle, light-strike fairy visits - an unpleasantly off-seeming, edgy Euro-lager. If you see this as the 'best' option at an Italian, or any other restaurant for that matter, make sure that it's the canned version, or just ask for the wine list.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 05:31:20 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Bigfatbino


3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Looks like any other mass produced beer in a green bottle. Pale yellow. Pours to a nice head that lingers slightly, leaving very little lacing in the glass.

S: Very slight "green bottle skunk", but so little that it really isn't offensive at all. A little raw alcohol aroma, but in the aroma there is more substance behind it than there is in the "other" green bottle beers.

T: You definitely know there is some skunky sweetness. Malty, and the adjuncts do come out in it. Tastes basically like the imported European love child of Buttweiper and Hiney-ken.

M: Thicker on the palate than I expected. Bubbles do leave a nice tingle. But that's about it really.

D: Impress your "tap the rockies", "tastes great, less filling", and "real men of genius" friends with this new one. They'll think you're a real aficionado when you tell them you spent 10 bucks on this stuff. And they'll like it too because it tastes like what they think good beer is. Overall, I'd have one at lunch or casual dining, if someone else was paying.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 04:28:32 | More by Bigfatbino
Photo of Bfarr


1.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Clear golden lager with very thin, fine white head. A crisp lager aroma instantly forgettable. Taste is only a poor hop bitterness although I thought there might have been a slight apple taste though I couldn't quite find it again. It wasn't completely unpleasant until swallowing. High carbonation puts this on par with a pale lager. A dry bitter finish makes this neither refreshing or very pairable with the food I was eating. but hey, at least it was only $8 for a huge glass (sarcastic). I guess I can't say it was completely awful because I did finish it only that I don't want another one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 20:47:28 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Slygato


3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance- Has a light yellow tint to it has some carbonation other than that the beer is pretty clear

Smell- Has a malt smell to it with a slight fruity smell to it

Taste- Tastes the hops in the beer not a bad taste similar to Heineken but with a slighlty fruity aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Nothing to complain about has a light body goes down smooth

Drinkability- Would drink again just a normal lager beer like Heineken

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 19:54:09 | More by Slygato
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Astonishingly clear pale golden yellow with very little foam.

Grainy light smell. Not much happening.

Clean taste, light hop throughout, watery finish. Very little going on.

Average carbonation.

Don't overthink this, just a clean light lager. Drink. Repeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:07:12 | More by KTCamm
Photo of TheMadJack


3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Solid, bright, clear straw yellow. Thin, airy, foamy head rises up and settles with some staying power, leaving spotty lacing.

S: Fresh baked crackers and coffee ground malts backing a distinct skunkiness to the hops, similar to the skunk found in Heineken or Grolsch. The beer would get higher marks here for the character of the malts if the skunkiness wasn't quite so overpowering.

T: Slightly sweet and bready, with hints of lemon and very slight bitterness which lingers on the finish. The finish also includes a hint of a crackery note, like an unsalted saltine.

M: Quite watery, with vague carbonation and a slight stickiness to the finish.

D: Low alcohol, mild flavors, light feel, easy on the stomach and the tastebuds. Goes well with most foods, not in a complimentary way, but in that it stays out of the way. In short, good drinkability, but why pay the import price for this when there's probably a domestic that has the same qualities?

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 21:50:01 | More by TheMadJack
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3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a run of the mill euro lager. nothing special, nothing off.

body is light. very light actually.

taste/smell is of grain, wheat, hop oil, and sligh grassy undertones. a little metallicness is present with a slightly skunky after tase.

it's good for downing a few over some pizza, or your favorite italian dish. But do note that there are better options. if you are craving a beer and your only other choices are BMC products, this will be the better pick for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 15:09:38 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a 2 inch cloudy white head; smells of malt and yeast, with the malt odor dominating, but still very faint overall.

Tastes like a typical lager: malty, with grass, light yeast, light hops and some faint citrus or lemon. Very thin and watery feel with a light champagne-like carbonation; it's very crisp and finishes dry. The malt finish borders on skunky, but the beer is very light and enjoyable.

Not exciting as far as taste goes, but very drinkable and easy to put down. Could drink these all night, and I have done so when out at an Italian restaurants. This beer goes nice with Italian food, or maybe that's just my perception since I've had it so often over the years at a lot of Italian restaurants. Mixing with the Italian food might also be elevating the score.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:02:46 | More by CHickman
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New York

2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured 12 ounce bottle in tulip
A: crystal clear yellow, two finger head, looked good, then down the tube form there.

S: well its skunked

T: skunk, water, metallic, there are some fruity notes on the positive side

M: light not that great. not refreshing there is a lingering skunk.

D: I would careless if i ever had one of these again in life.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:08:10 | More by fastsrt
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had this beer at some goodbye party for a friend!!! It poured a pee yellow with some fizzy, fast disolving head. The smell and taste was like if a skunk sprayed and pissed on a bale of hay. I was not impressed with the mouthfeel, it was too watery to my liking, and this is unthinkable-undrinkable. It turns out that my local EPL (River Horse Lager) is FAR more drinkable than all the EPLs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 22:46:22 | More by tjd112
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice feb21 2010

A very light straw yellow with a thumbs width of fast falling head that leaves no lace

S lots of grassy hops, a little hay and maybe some lemon

T on par with the smell nothing offensive but nothing great either

M thin but crisp, pretty standard though

D no real problems with this one just another basic beer

try it just don't pay for it, may be better with a hot sun

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:03:28 | More by wordemupg
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2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap into a pilsner glass:

A - Straw yellow, decent head with moderate retention.

S - Very mild scents of malts & mild hops.

T - Weak in taste all around. Very mild hoppiness with a weak malt backbone. Can taste the alcohol as well.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Not impressed, I wont be ordering this again

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 20:28:16 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
Photo of Tone


2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight metallic, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, metallic, and a hint of dry hops. Overall, a rather average epl, that is most likely better before imported.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 00:59:24 | More by Tone
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is light yellow with a small whitish head. Good carbonation. No lace.

S: Some cereal-type grains. Hint of florally hops. Slightly skunky.

T: About what you'd expect: Some light, fruity malt. Watered-down grassy hop bitterness at the finish. Still, the lingering aftertaste is more fruity-sweet (is there corn used here?) than bitter. A touch of skunkiness.

M: Watery and thin.

D: OK -- again, for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 23:02:06 | More by Kendo
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best Before End: 04/13/10.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, lightly-hued yellow body with a wispy layering of white head.

Smell: Meager, insipid grainy malts with evident notes of skunk and gun metal.

Taste: Particularly light pale maltiness impaired with metallic, skunky, husky hints. Faint hop bitterness. Dry, fairly crisp finish. I couldn't get to a glass of water fast enough.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's faulty and unenjoyable, as so many of these lagers often are. More nasty than nastro.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 19:57:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:48:28 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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United Kingdom (England)

2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:00:04 | More by AlphaZroom
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United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 18:58:34 | More by soulgrowl
Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
65 out of 100 based on 1,376 ratings.