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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

93 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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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 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 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 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 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 laituegonflable
3.21/5  rDev -3%
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 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 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 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 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 belgbeerdrinker
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: hazy gold color, fair head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, good carbonation
s: malty sweetness
t: definitely double malty taste, moderately sweet, quick hoppy finish
m: medium body, good carbonation, fairly smooth
d: not a bad malty beer, but i've had better from other italian brewers in this style

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 AlexLMS
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright clarity with a golden blonde color. Well-formed, medium, white head. Fair head retention (not much lacing though).
Aroma: moderate malty aroma with some herbal notes.
Taste: slightly sweet flavour with a bitter note that becomes stronger after a while.
Mouthfeel: smooth, fair carbonation, nice alcoholic strength, medium body.
Finish: bitter and long finish.

Overall: a nice pale lager, balanced with more personality than the average beer of the segment. I would not mind having it again. Best Italian beer I’ve tasted so far.

Photo of janubio
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a Delirium Tremens glass, deep golden colour, decent head with a lot of bubbles, no lace. Grain and herbalt smell, turning to a somewhat skunky and wet sawdust after a while. Strong and carbonated in the mouth, with a velvety character, but nothing impressive. Not a bad beer, but it has not much to offer.

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 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 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 stcules
2.41/5  rDev -27.2%
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 wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 CAMRAhardliner
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fancy looking bottle pours a rusty amber colored brew. The head is big bubbled and crackly and doesnt last long. The smell is of sweet malts and spicy alcohol, not much else. The taste is very strong on maltiness with a big hit of alcohol, too much in fact. Hops are negligable. Quite one dimensional. This beer reminded me of a malt liquor with trendy up market packaging. The strong solvent like alcohol flavors made for an annoying mouthfell. Treacly malts in the finish.

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 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 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 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!

Gran Riserva from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
77 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.