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

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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: 93 | Reviews: 55
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 fullsweep
4.5/5  rDev +36%
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!

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 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.

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 koolk
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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)

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 PartyBear
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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 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 JCBears
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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 flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colour with tinges of red throughout & is topped by a two-finger high head that is white & foamy in texture. Head retention is good.

A grain like aroma initially. This was followed up by some floral hops & a fair bit of malts after the drink had time to open up. You can also detect some sweet caramel & a little bread.

A sweet tasting beer than has some good floral hops & a malty taste to begin with. There is some caramel & a touch of fruit to go with the sugary sweetness.

Medium to full bodied which surprised me after the smell, and overall it is quite smooth with medium carbonation.

A very nice drink & something to be savoured, I would probably by this again if it was available closer to home but certainly worth a try. Very enjoyable.

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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 seanyfo
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: in a peroni glass pours a golden haze, consistent 1 finger head with average lacing going down the glass, lively carbonation with lots of beading

S: sweet malts with a hoppy background, not much else really, no fruit notes.

T: can definitely get more malt from this one than other euro lagers, a nice dry hoppy finish thats not overly sweet. A lot less watery than others too.Well balanced

M: Lively carbonation with a firm body, no wateriness.

D: a Lot more character than other lagers, like a german pils with more sweet malt, quite refreshing on a summers day but wouldnt go out of my way to find it.

Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Respectable, clear, golden yellow body with a small, off-white head. Honeyed barley and grain aromas mix with vegetables and spicy hops on the nose. Sweetish cookie malt flavors up front with a dollop of cooked vegetables, followed by a splash of alcohol and some spicy, vegetal hops. Not bad. Beats any malt liquor I've had from the U.S. (so far) and goes well with pizza.

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 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.

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 jsprain1
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden or light amber with a big two and a half finger white head. Lasts well and leaves just a touch of lacing.
S- Aroma is grainy, a touch of caramel, and just generic sweetness.
T- Very sweet all around. There is caramel, light toast, some biscuit. Just a touch of grassy or floral hops. Could have used just a touch of hops.
M- For a pale lager it's too thick from being undercarbonated.
O- It's an ok lager but it's like it's stuck between being a pale lager or something bigger.

Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a nice dense rocky white head. Good persistent bubbling. Brilliant gold and haze-free

s: Slight medicinal note, but a strong malt & spicy hop aroma

t: Good malt, slight harshness & alcohol hint. Herbal hop aftertaste, and good bitterness

m: Good medium body, full palate-feel, with heat at the end.

d: Almost a winter warmer with it's body & warmth, if not for the colour. I'm drinking it in Sydney summer heat, and raising a sweat.
Could probably drink a few on a cold afternoon, but wouldn't have too many more now.

Photo of Nickls
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Pretty light yellow gold color, with a ton of rising carbonation, and a pretty decent bubbly white head

S - Malty and grainy, with a lot of sweetness in the aroma

T - Lots of malt, but it was a little too sweet in that department. A little bit of hop bitterness in the end

M - Loads of bubbly carbonation, but with a decent malt chewiness

D - Certainly not difficult to drink, but nothing terribly interesting about it.

Overall, this reminded me of a lot of Euro lagers that I've had (see Stella) but it was a notch above most of them. Just OK, and definitely not bad with a slice of pizza. Otherwise, I wouldn't really seek out.

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 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

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