Gran Riserva - Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

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BA SCORE
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92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A. visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by beautifulday:
Photo of beautifulday
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Formed a large, rocky head upon pouring, which soon dissipated to a solid lacing. Colour is a nice deep, appealing amber with crystal clear consistency, save for the vigorous carbonation. Much deeper amber than your standard lager, evidence of high malt content I presume.

s: Smell is potent, grassy, very herbal for a lager. The ethanol content is big for a lager and this phenolic punch is evident in the nose.

t: Again a strong grassy taste and big punch takes this beer away from its euro lager category and it perhaps resembles a winier more syrupy beer; a subdued (in hop) belgian ale for example.

m: sumptuous biscuity, malt finish. This beer definately contains ample malt, just as its label proclaims. Full in body for a lager and that suits this beer drinker fine.

d: The only drawback to drinkability with this is its relatively high ABV. Peroni's standard lager is just about average in every way, but the malt and high ABV in this really makes it special and drinkable without any displeasure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender Euro style bottle with a blurb about the beer on the front label and a “best before end” date on the back label.

Appearance: Big bubble meringue-like head that subsides to a rocky lace, bight light golden hue.

Smell: Sweet grainy aroma with a bready back ground and a light floral hop in the nose.

Taste: Moderate body with a slickness to the mouth feel, sweetness bursts from the grain with a fresh cut hay flavour. Very clean palate with a bite of hop bitterness, as soon as the bitterness peaks a handful of grain flavour hits the taste buds hard. Slight herbal hop and more grain in the finish.

Notes: This tastes like slightly bigger Peroni Lager, a quality Euro lager that I would not mind having around here and there. Went well with the pepperoni / sun dried tomato spiked turkey burgers I grilled.

Photo of charlieos
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very malty and carbonated. Does not strike me as hoppy. Very reminiscent of negro modelo, but heavier.

Tried this because it was different, and probably would not get again. There's a lack of hoppy brightness to cut through the malt so it sorta ends up too sweet then too metallic.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2011. I tried this beer previously while I was in Rome, and thought it had more substance than the average lager. Label mentions 6.6% ABV - rather strong.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Pours a deep golden amber with light carbonation and large bubbles. Fast pour results in a huge white head which reduces after a few minutes. Aroma of light malt with grainy notes and a hint of alcohol.

The predominant taste is grainy malt, with some bitterness on the palate. No hoppy notes to add balance, making it somewhat sweet. The alcohol is well hidden given the light flavour. The tongue tingles from the carbonation. A smooth mouthfeel with slight astringency; more substantial than most lagers.

Overall, a decent lager. Makes a good alternative to the usual offerings - worth trying if you encounter it.

Photo of rastaman
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I would imagine it would be good with Italian, has a doughy sort of pizza base flavour in there, malty rather than hoppy, tends to be a bit sticky and stale on its own though, must have with food.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber body is capped by a creamy head of white foam that slowly subsides into a thin collar leaving behind little lace. The nose expresses a sweetish, bready & grainy malt that's accented by a gentle, floral hop character. The body is medium; and its very fine, median carbonation helps to awaken the tastebuds with a crispness across the palate. The grainy malt returns in the flavor - a little more grassy and toasty than sweetly bready, and it's floral hoppiness remains intact and becomes more apparent towards the finish. It's backed by a firm bitterness that lets the malt take center stage but anchors it quite securely. It finishes clean and dry with some light, lingering malt. Quite enjoyable, and an excellent choice with a hearty meal!

Photo of mick_cooper
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Doppio Malto. Very charming, well balanced. Sweet but not sickly. Good clean taste despite strength. Very drinkable.

Photo of benmiliron
1.77/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Paid 2.50 euro for a 3-pack of bottles. Perfectly transparent. Almost eerily transparent. Amber-orange color. No foam or head to speak of, but it did make a group of larger bubbles on the surface - kind of like pee in a toilet! Not much smell to speak of. Taste is - holy crap - this stuff is loaded with sugar. Like raw sugar, or maple syrup. Not much beer to speak of - there is a hint of citrus, maybe orange blossom. Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Good bubble, not too foamy. A bit sticky.

Regular Peroni might actually be better than this.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, golden syrup, cardboard and grainy malt.
Flavours include less caramel and golden syrup with the cardboard and some vegetal notes standing out instead. The alcohol is also quite noticeable.
Body is a little light on, carbonation could be higher.

Photo of AEK
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A crystal clear pale amber coloured beer with a white bubbly head that shrank fairly quickly down to a thin foam.

S. Floral, grassy, biscuit malt aromas dominate. Some faint citrus nuances too.

T. Slight toffee, biscuity malt character and a not too bitter finish to end with.

M. Medium bodied

D. A clean, easy drinking lager. Doesn't feel like a 6.6% abv beer.

Photo of Sage
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours lighter than you might expect (deceptive brown bottles!), and doesn't look particularly exciting, but it's clear. The smell is sweet, with honey aromas, but not much nose. The honey is again there strongly in the taste, which is pleasant and refreshing, but a mite watery for a true premium lager. the mouthfeel is smooth, not too carbonated, especially compared to the Nastro Azzuro. Nicely drinkable to start, but the sweetness starts to overwhelm toward the finish.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive looking label and bottle neck covering, brown 33cl bottle, best before July 2008, drank 1st Nov 2007.

Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, why? Because it claims to be a Birra Doppio Malto and is styled on this site as an European Pale Lager.

It could have been a Duvel if the white head had been twice the size, but it still looked good. A clear golden yellow with bubbles rising though the body up to the head, which refused to stay as large as it started out at.

Yet again an almost odourless lager, it gets my standard 3 score. Where has the double malts gone? Not into the aroma that's for sure.

This breweries normal beer must be insipid because their 'Gran Riserva' is nothing to shout about. There is some malt in there somewhere and the 6.6% alcohol can be found, but that is all. it is better than a bog standard Italian lager, but that isn't saying much is it?

The nothingness that met my tastebuds stayed in the mouthfeel.

The packageing is better than the product and the extra cost isn't worth the end result. Just above average.

Photo of cwguy5
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in Edinburgh, Scotland at an Italian restaurant. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Tasted on 10/16/10. Reviewed from notes.

A - very thick foamy white head; clear yellow in color
S - light aromas of yeast and bread
T - slightly tart, crispy hops with some faded tasting pale malts
M - medium carbonation with slightly hoppy bittering finish
D - not super well rounded; uninteresting hops bill with little malt; drinkable none the less

Photo of joecast
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

fancy looking dark bottle with best before date printed on back. oops, six months out. i should really start looking for that before i buy.
sweet malty/flowery aroma. not much head to speak of. great looking golden color.
good, firm maltiness, but a bit too sweet. needs some bitterness to balance it out.
not sure if the extra six months affected the taste that much, but i wasnt really happy with it. i could deal with the lack of bitterness, but it was just too sweet tasting.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice elegant package - brown tapered neck 33 cl bottle with an interestingly shaped black and gold label featuring a portrait of (I'm guessing here) Mr. Peroni, flanked by etchings of (another guess) the brewery. Below the name are three lines of cursive writing in Italian that (one more guess, really) describe Giovanni Peroni's dream of making a classic double-malt beer. And here we have it. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 9/30/04, I opened it on 4/11/04.

Pours a clear pale amber under a one finger off white head that settles quickly, leaving a little bit of lace at first. The nose is quite full of sweet malt - very pleasant. The mouth is light and prickly - yawn. There is caramel malt sweetness here, with a mild hoppy bite featuring hints of espresso and/or toffee. There's a lemony sour in here somewhere, too. The aftertaste is sweet - the caramel wins out over all else. Not bad.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a glass, golden colored with a loose white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: heavy on malt, slight mineral water, sweet, grain

T: sweet grain flavors, malt, little hops, finish is clean

M: light to medium, high carbonation

O: Not a bad representation of the style, Grain forward

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Gold to amber. Very lively head that disappears very quickly, leaving no lacing at all. Carbonation is visible

S- Pretty much the classic bready malt character, with maybe a faint hop freshness. Some alcoholic notes can be detected and don't seem to fit with the rest of the aroma

T- Again, very malty with a biscuit character. You actually wouldn't expect the malts to feel so strong in a 6.6%ABV beer. The malty character is nicely matched by hop bitterness on the palate, where the beer feels fresh, thanks to high carbonation. There is also a faint lemon aftertaste

M- Quite a big body for the ABV. The carbonation has the beer feeling fresh but it gets too aggressive on the palate

O- An easy and fresh drink, but not just your ordinary lager. This is still a beer that lacks complexity and gets kinda boring after a while

Photo of Quej
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A light orange colour with lots of fluffy white head and tons of carbonation.
S - Fruity smell, quite sweet and malty.
T - Strongly malty and lots of boozy sting even when cold. Tastes strongly of metal.
M - Medium bodied and overcarbonated.
D - Not good.

Photo of mdagnew
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Quite sweet fruits (oranges, apples), quite nice biscuity maltiness, honey / candy sugar notes, some pine hints...

Taste – Biscuity / bready malts, woody notes, light spiced hop bitterness, creamy fruits (orange, grapefruit)..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy. Light / medium bodied. Quite drinkable...

Overall - An OK beer... worth a try....

Photo of juju7
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Give credit where it's due, this beer looks amazing. Rich gold body with a tight collar of foam that laced nice and thick and was still half a centimetre at the end of the glass. But it goes downhill from there. Sweet malt and a hint of honey. Alcoholic sweet with apparent bitterness but no real hints of why this beer needs to be this ABV. Slightly more interesting than the regular Peroni in the same way a Big Mac is slightly more intereting than a McCheeseburger.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I pour this sample into my glass and it pours lighter than I expected. The color is clear yellow with light orange tints. Bright white head foams up easily and fades fairly fast.
The aroma is mildly malty sweet mixed with light fruity hop characters.
First sip reveals, a light body and average carbonation. Flavor is light and fruity up front while the beer finishes malty sweet and slightly sugary.
This beer is very easy to drink and has less body than I was hoping for. It is good but nothing to rave about!

Photo of jdhilt
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in Italy and I had high expectations for this one since it was labeled as a doppio malto but it lacks the strong malty flavor I was looking for. The La Rossa Birra Doppiomalto is much better. The ABV is 6.6%.

Photo of shots647
4.85/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One taste and this became my favorite beer. I am going out to look for some now. I doubt if I can purchase it around here. I tried it in Europe. This was so much better than the Nastro Azzurro in bottles. I brew my own bee,r as I cannot find anything that is close in taste to two kinds that I make. In short, I give this beer my official "Yummy" rating.

Photo of djura
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it from Italy,bottle 0,33

a-Dark yellow color,like orange,low carbonation,with big dirty white head,lasting few minutes.
s-Some fruits,malty aroma.
t/m-Excellent for this style,medium sweetness,medium bitterness,very nice to drink.

o-Representative strong lager.

Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I expected to find another mediocre Euro-lager in this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is actually a very drinkable, flavorful, well-made, and engaging lager. It's not world-class by any means, but it's a solid and respectable beer.
It pours a typically yellow-golden color with a nice puffy white head. Aside from being a hair darker than other European lagers, this one is of typical appearance. The smell, however, is quite nice. There's a significant malt statement in the aroma, followed by a strong flowery hop smell. Malt plays the lead here, but it all fits together nicely. The taste is quite malty, with a bready, almost biscuity flavor. The beer is clean, with no notable fruit characteristics. Hop flavor continues in a lingering finish. Fairly full in body, and medium in carbonation, this is satisfying. There's a lot to like about this beer.

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Gran Riserva from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
77 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.