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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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 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.

CrazyDavros, May 09, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Cozzatoad, Apr 19, 2011
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.

AEK, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of juju7
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

juju7, Feb 25, 2011
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Ochsenblut
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark cherry body with an off-white one and a half finger head

S- Malt notes of honey. Floral hops

T- Honey-like malt combined with a subtle overcooked vegetable taste...the smell translates almost directly. Tannin hops turn to a grainy, almost husky aftertaste.

M- Small carbonation bubbles lend itself to a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The malt body is substantial.

D- Considering the alcohol content and the relative mellowness of this brew, I would consider having more than one in a sitting. It's not anything to shout about, but Peroni Gran Riserva (also know as "red") delivers where many Euro lagers fail.

It's as inoffensive as it is simple.

Ochsenblut, Jan 30, 2011
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 02, 2010
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.

AgentMunky, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of charlieos
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

charlieos, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of PartyBear
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Quej
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Quej, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
4.53/5  rDev +36.9%
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 Nickls
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Nickls, Oct 23, 2008
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Sage
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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.

beautifulday, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of vancurly
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

vancurly, Nov 25, 2007
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 01, 2007
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

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 03, 2007
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.

Suds, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

AlexLMS, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of janubio
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

janubio, Mar 25, 2007
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.

seanyfo, Nov 10, 2006
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....

mdagnew, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
1.75/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

benmiliron, Apr 10, 2006
Gran Riserva from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.