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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda - Castello Di Udine S.p.A.

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BA SCORE
69
poor

73 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Castello Di Udine S.p.A. visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 08-13-2002)
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Reviews by BeerManDan:
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BeerManDan

California

3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured was light yellow with medium amount of white foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of lighty rosted malts, with a hint of spice filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was a mild roated malts, mild hops and a hint of coriander in the flavor. Not bitter and a very pleasing balance of malts, hops and spices.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:44:25 | More by BeerManDan
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brewmine

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from memory, circa 2002 in the place of origin. It was a popular local beer in the far NW area of Italy, and I found it very good. Since then it changed ownership; the following (somewhat self-referential) paragraph is pasted off Wikipedia:
<Birra Moretti was an Italian brewing company, founded in Udine in 1859 by Luigi Moretti. In 1996 the company was acquired by Heineken International. The brewing plant in Udine was sold to the newly formed Birra Castello S.p.A.; Moretti is now a brand of Heineken>.
So what you are drinking now is not necessarily the same beer as back then, could be standard Heineken relabeled.
Assuming it stayed the same, it's a good light beer for summer days.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 02:06:25 | More by brewmine
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

05-24-2014 23:45:30 | More by Latarnik
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Brendan10

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.2%

03-01-2014 16:20:19 | More by Brendan10
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Leiting

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

01-17-2014 20:09:03 | More by Leiting
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

A new Italian beer came in, and, don't ya know it, I just had to try it. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, light flowers, and light cornbread. The lack of expected skunk is a pleasant touch. The taste brings in more of the same, the sweetness playing off the grassiness pretty nicely. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, not a bad Euro lager at all, really; nothing to write home about, but I wouldn't object to being given another.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:04:41 | More by TMoney2591
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

08-04-2013 18:13:22 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

03-20-2013 04:53:41 | More by MylesMac
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GaryFields

Indiana

3/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2013 01:52:35 | More by GaryFields
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rvajohn

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-09-2013 21:44:53 | More by rvajohn
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cliff1066

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-30-2012 22:26:48 | More by cliff1066
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jjamadorphd

Florida

3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really didn't have much hope for this beer - I mean, who woulda thought you would find a decent beer from Italy? But I was wrong, this brew was pretty good.

Out of the bottle the beer pours a beautifully clear, golden color. It shows up with no head whatsoever or even the smallest bits of lacing. This leads to making it difficult to test for smell, but it's there, and what is there is surprising. The smell has a distant sweetness to it that mixed good with the hops. Its mouthfeel was average - nothing really to mention, but the taste was definitely what was surprising. I had to have a second one to convince myself that it was pretty good.

Overall, its an average lager - but on its own it's a relatively good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:59:24 | More by jjamadorphd
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear light golden color with a fingers worth of head that settled to a small ring with little to no lacing to speak of. Pretty standard for a Euro Lager.

S: I'm getting some light malt sweetness with a very light floral hops and a old touch of pizza sauce (Loosing my mind)

T: I'm getting some sweetness right up front then a light hops to finish it out.... Not much inbetween. Also pretty Euro Lager like.

M: Here is where it got fun for me.... It is pretty medium bodied with a creamy and smooth feel. Finish is strangely little dry. Very interesting.

D: A very eady to drink Euro Lager that doesn't feel like a Euro Lager. Would be a prefect match for a nice Supreme Pizza. Worth looking for at your next Italian restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:17:15 | More by mralphabet
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

09-10-2012 01:19:47 | More by t0rin0
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Dragon17

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

08-14-2012 04:29:23 | More by Dragon17
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

07-30-2012 02:35:23 | More by JayKay412
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bh123

California

1.75/5  rDev -39.2%

07-23-2012 02:02:02 | More by bh123
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this treasure at the 99¢ Only Store.

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and sweet grape juice aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slight hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a somewhat flat mouthfeel with only a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with nothing too offensive but nothing great at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 05:26:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale golden with a thin white head. Minimal retention and no lacing.
S- The aroma is quite sweet with some slight adjuncty aroma. Otherwise fairly clean.
T- The taste is the same. It has pretty much the same flavor as many euro pale lagers. A bit adjuncty at first, fairly clean in the finish.
M- Very light body. Carbonation is decently smooth at least.
O- It's an ok pale lager, but there's nothing here that excites me too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:21:06 | More by jsprain1
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

04-01-2012 11:49:42 | More by TheBigBoy
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Douberd

Netherlands

3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one bought at Walmart, Mexico, and one of the few sold not in a six pack.
Pours a golden yellow colour with one finger head, quickly gone.
Aroma is of malts, some grass.
Taste is nothing extraordinary, but honest.
Average thickness on the body and average carbonation.
I hadn't noticed that it was Italian when I got it and I hadn't had my hopes high when I did, but after all it wasn't that bad,just an average Euro Lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 16:03:18 | More by Douberd
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Smells of metal and stale cabbage. A tiny bit of bready gran.

Flavor is cooked vegetables and creamed corn. Slightly metallic also. Some faint grassy hops are present but everything fades away to a watery mess rather quickly. Mouthfeel is slick but really watery.

Overall this was a really disappointing beer. Very watery and just tasted stale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 21:09:37 | More by rangerred
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jeffjeff1

California

3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked it up at Travis AFB yesterday.

Appearance- gold color, thin head that dissipated to nothing quickly

Smell- grainy malts

Taste- grainy malts, very slight flavor of hops

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was ok. Not the best or worst. I might drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:14:10 | More by jeffjeff1
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why is it that hotel bars offer not only terrible service but awful beer selection? Since this particular bar was attached to an Italian themed restaurant - well this was the alternative to bud and heinekin. This was a very average euro lager in every capacity. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:16:43 | More by IronLover
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khargro2

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

01-11-2012 20:18:10 | More by khargro2
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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda from Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
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