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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.52%
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 spycow
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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 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 BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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 lacqueredmouse
1.98/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale, but bright and deep golden colour. Head is fine-bubbled, but incredibly filmy. Even when opening the bottle, there was only a lackluster vzzt of carbonation, and although it's pretty steady in the glass there's not a lot of it. What's good about it is that it's very languid, which implies some body to the beer. Not bad.

Husky grain and a dollop of oxidised wine on the nose. Bit of old champagne cork, and some corn ethanol characters. Blech. Smell is almost akin to malt liquor, an atrocious waste in a mild pale lager that only weighs in slightly above average in the ABV department.

Taste is no better, and in fact is possibly worse, as the astringency of the malt liquor plus-sized alcohol wallop takes over much of the back palate. Minimal character otherwise, a light carbonic acidity on the front, an acetone spike in the centre. Yeesh. Grassy finish that's possibly the only enjoyable factor in the beer to date, and that's not a good sign.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, but the ethanol bite on it cuts through unpleasantly.

What a thoroughly horrible beer. Has such harshness and raw unpleasant bite, and minimal character on which to base its astringency. Their Grand Reserve? What a laugh. For a 6.6% beer, it's incredibly harsh. More than happy to sink pour this one.

Photo of wl0307
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB date: May 06.
A: in a goblet it pours a golden hue, with an inch-thick white foamy beer head on top of a mildly-fizzy body… surprisingly the head retention is very good, leaving quite tight, white lacing around the glass.
S: sweetish lager malts, on top of a sugar-cane juice’s fresh fruit aroma + fig-flavoured candyish note and a slightly buttery note against a bready backbone—quite nice, even if a bit sugary-rich for my nose...
T: upfront is sweetish malty savour along with a simultaneously dryish texture, a bit herbal as well…the hop flavour is refreshing but quite mild, while the intensifying bitterness in the finish very well balances this lager’s slightly sugary-alcoholic mouthfeel.
M&D: the mouthfeel is very lively at first, gradually turning low as the gassy body softens, while the body is just about right, moderately rich, for its slightly sugary flavour. Overall quite malty and sugary, this is a premium lager worth trying at least once~~

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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 atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -32%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of stcules
2.42/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden appearance, with no bubbles. Decent head, quite creamy and sticking. Very clean.
Definite malt in the smell. Hay. A point of stale.
At the taste it's somewhat light for a bock. Anyway, malty, but not too sweet.
Medium-light body, a little too light.
Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of tbeckett
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a liquor store in melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured medium golden and bright with a two finger white head. Mild carbonation coming up. Small rings of lace and a film of retnention.

S - Grainy, grassy hops, a little corny, sweet honey.

T - Yeast esters, orange, bubblegum, corniness, peach.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O/D - Elements of tastiness are there but the element of unpleasant grianiness came through too often. Alright but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite a pale yellow colour - the stream coming from the bottle looked almost witbier colour, although when it settles in the glass it's certainly a lagery golden kind of colour. Good pillow of snowy head. Retains a bit of lacing but nothing special. Flat - the bubbles appear when first poured to form the good head but don't stick around for the encore.

Modestly foul nose - a touch of hops but a great deal of yeast. Sour yeast, as well. Certainly has an aroma to it which is worthy of respect for strength, but unworthy of respect in every other....respect. It's unappealing, really, and has no depth or complexity to it - it's just a strong example of a by-the-numbers, textbook lager smell.

There is a far more impressive character on the palate: a strong, rich malty character on the front, quite dark and mysterious with a fairly long entourage of hops following. That yeast I picked up on the nose disappears here, which at least distinguishes this from its snotty little cousin Nastro Azzurro. In fact, the more I drink this, the more I'm enjoying it. This is actually a very respectable drop, with a finely balanced palate. A good, healthy malt character, bitter somewhere in the middle but a fairly sweet, and full-bodied finish. The alc vol says it's 6.6, which is believable - this feels like a slightly heavier beer, although the drinkability factor is high.

You've surprised me, Peroni. I was fairly nonplussed after the look and the first smell, but the palate is actually quite skillfully skulpted, and the thick, uncarbonated mouthfeel is a very good complement to its full-bodied flavour. A very drinkable drop, I must say. Pleasant.

Photo of woosterbill
2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. I bought this on a whim at a British supermarket, thinking that maybe the "doppio malto" on the label meant it was an Italianized Doppelbock or something. Oh, how wrong I was.

A: Clear, bright pale amber body under a finger of noisy, fizzy off-white head. Mediocre retention, no lace. Meh.

S: Muted cereal grains, some fusel alcohol, and that's about it. Maybe some apple. Weak sauce.

T: Perhaps a little better here, as at least it isn't boozy - at least at first. What it is, though, is heavy, unappealing, and boring. Oh, wait. Scratch that part about it not being too boozy. As it warms, it becomes horribly alcohol-forward, to the point where the booze really crowds out all the other grossness. What a bad beer.

M: Thick and sticky for a lager. Not good.

O: No. Just no.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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 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 Suds
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 Mitchster
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought and drank this one is Sorrento, Italy. Clear, light caramel to dark golden in color with a thin white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Aroma has lots of sweet pale malts with the slightest hint of straw, and no discernable hops with very distant esters. Although alcohol is not evident in the nose, it is clearly abundant in the taste. Mouthfeel is slick with a firm body despite it's modest look. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste begins with firm pale malts, a big wave of peppery alcohol, then some rubbery, earthy flavor hops. This is the first beer where I have been able to distinctly taste hop extract and it's quite noticeable in the finish...partly chemical in the side of the throat, an indistinct dead bitterness, and ruddy. The hop extract finish kills the otherwise decent start. Not very enjoyable.

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 jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mdagnew
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Globetrotter
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Gran Riserva from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.