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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

88 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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Photo of shots647
4.88/5  rDev +47.9%
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.

shots647, May 09, 2012
Photo of fullsweep
4.53/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at a bar in Southampton, thinking I was ordering a regular Peroni. I was much surprised upon the first taste. A very thick, pleasant sweet/smoky flavor that remained on the tongue and nourished as it went down. There's a certain thickness to it, as it sits on the palette, that's hard to describe. Highly recommended!

fullsweep, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Michael_Wall
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Michael_Wall, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of AEK
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

AEK, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of beautifulday
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

beautifulday, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of mick_cooper
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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

mick_cooper, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +21.2%

DOCRW, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of thommo_nk
4/5  rDev +21.2%

thommo_nk, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden amber colour. Strong bubbly head with good carbonation that settles out quickly.

Strong nose! Deep malt and flowery hops with some good peppery spiciness, mostly anise.

Big flavours of deep carmel that is strong yet also creamy and smooth. Quite a long finsh that is slighty dry and rather pleasing with a good blend of strong malt, hops and heat from the alcohol.

This was rather nice drop that I would seek again. I liked the label and the slender brown bottle shape too! (not that this really matters)

koolk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Leiting
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Leiting, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of dingusrev
4/5  rDev +21.2%

dingusrev, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +21.2%

mnixon86, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

steverx8, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Rumlibeers
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Rumlibeers, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Booza
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Booza, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of djura
3.73/5  rDev +13%
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.

djura, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of PartyBear
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden in colour with a slight reddish tint. Pours with a good head and has lively carbonation.

S - Quite hoppy on the nose with some mild caramel malts coming through behind.

T - Sweet biscuity malts at the front, with a subtle nutty cashew flavour. The finish is clearly hops, providing a dry and very bitter sting.

M - Carbonation is extremely lively in the mouth. Dry towards the end.

D - I have to admit that I do like this beer. I think the malty flavours are well balanced with the bitter hops and it provides a very moreish beer.

PartyBear, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Jason, Jun 19, 2002
Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Peroni glass.

A: Clear, golden, and bubbly with a thick, creamy head. Cute glass.

S: Malts and a light skunky sharpness.

T: Very nice! Maltier than Peroni, slightly bitter hops persist about halfway through the aftertaste until sweet graininess takes over.

M: Malty, carbonated, and neutral.

D: Drinkable. I much prefer this to normal Peroni, but it's still only a middling beer. The 6.6% isn't particularly evident.

AgentMunky, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of JCBears
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Must say not a bad looking beer. Nice amber orange color. No real head to speak of.

smell: Sweet citrus fragrance not a bad smell. Really kind of inviting

taste: Real citrus taste almost like orange juice. Shocking but definitely not bad

mouthfeel: It was really a good feel stays around just long enough to be njoyed

overall: Not a bad one if you have to have beer in Italy have this one.

JCBears, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Globetrotter
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Globetrotter, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of Sage
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

Sage, Sep 12, 2008
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Gran Riserva from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
76 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.