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

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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana BlondaCastello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda

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BA SCORE
69
poor

78 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.49%
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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Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: The golden straw colour shimmers in the light, a surprisingly good head yields a sticky carnage of lace in its wake.

Smell: Light aroma of malt, faint fruitiness and floral hop.

Taste: The weak graininess does not go astringent, nice use of a noble hop. Solid crispness within a light body and the hop bitterness seems to clean house when the palate goes dry.

Notes: A run of the mill Italian lager, I prefer Peroni. It’s a tough import market out there and I wish this one some luck.

Jason, Aug 05, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold like some straw Rummpelstilskin was weaving. Surprisingly sticky white head. Ok lacing. Small carbonation. Steady light streams. Smells like light malts with a touch of floral hops, and a pinch of skunk perfume. Sugary sweet with very little flavor. Light bodied with a slight carbnonation/hop bite in the finish. Moderately drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of jsolack
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Light head and golden yellow color. Head has little lace.

Smell:
Slight skunk with sweet grains. Overall a nice smell but a little bland.

Taste:
Light grass and sweet grain dominate the flavor. Finish is mild and sweet. Overall a pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel:
A little flat in the mouth with little carbonation. Feels slightly watery in the mouth.

Drinkability:
A very drinkable beer... mild and tastey. Would be easy to drink a few but could use a bit more kick to be a great beer.

jsolack, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Newly imported this beer stands as the cleanest tasting Italian lager I have yet to try. Appears crystal clear straw colored gold with a highly carbonated white head with nice full patches of lacing down my glass. Aroma is a grainy grassy sweetness with a decent amount of bitter hops in the scent. Taste is very clean crisp and refreshing a balanced bitter sweet grainy finish, this beer is a nice easy drinker not complex in any way but I could see how this would be a big seller in the Mediterranean climate. Mouthfeel is light body with mediocre carbonation, nothing extraordinary here. Drinkability is good in the sense of quantity and refreshing, just not the most appetizing quaffing beer, a no brainer don't think about it just enjoy beer.

WVbeergeek, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like any other Italian lager, perhaps a touch more hoppy. Still a bit sweetish and thin, and very easy to drink, nothing overly offensive, but nothing that great.

rastaman, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of pmcadamis
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't expecting much from this one as the only other Italian beer I've tried is Peroni, and I thought that it was pretty nasty. I was pleasantly suprized however by this light bodied brew.

I had this with a home-made pizza that my girlfriend and I made together in the tiny kitchen of my hole-in-the-wall apartment. I normally wouldn't really be drawn to a beer like this, but I got it in a variety ten pack mixer from World Market and I figured what the hell. Pizza is pseudo-Italian, this beer is authentically Italian. Makes sense.

This one is light on the scent side, and visually unappealing, but pretty tasty nonetheless. There were more malt flavors than I would have expected. It's pretty sweet, clean, carbonated, refreshing, and basic. Goes well with food, but probably too bland to drink just by itself. Has a "transparent" quality that doesn't add or detract from the meal; it's just...there.

Nothing special, but I would have it again if I saw it at an Italian restaurant. Could be quite sessionable, but I would choose a more interesting beer for that purpose. Also a very good beer to share with non-BA's as it is very unintimidating and shares lots of qualities with American macros, but is of a much higher quality.

pmcadamis, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of secondtooth
1.68/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmm. A thin, pallid appearance and major skunky odor are immediately apparent with this Italian lager. Not a good place to start. Taste is weak, watery, and, well, bland. There's little to grasp taste-wise. I know there are some good craft brews from Italy, but I've yet to encounter one, unfortunately! Awful stuff here.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

cliff1066, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Dragon17
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Dragon17, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque copper hue, with a bubbly white carbonated head. Musty and stinky floral Euro-ish hops, smells like 99% of all Euro lagers, plain and boring. Off the cuff is the noble hops—welcome, they are nicely introduced; what a pleasant surprise! The hops give way to some earthy graininess. Medium bodied, with a very clean palate. Some lemon peel and peppery notes towards the finish. Nothing fancy here, pretty easy to quaff a few of these!

GeoffRizzo, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of rvajohn
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

rvajohn, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

jeffjeff1, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Castello has a medium, white head and a clear yellow-straw appearance. Carbonation is moderate. A strong bready smell is the chief aroma (also a skunkiness, which quickly dissipates, thankfully) and the major characteristic of this beer. Taste is likewise very bread oriented with only a kiss of hops. Mouth-feel is light, and Castello finishes refreshing. I really liked this and found it different.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
1.88/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Imported into the UK as 'Castello Premium' with Birra Friulana also on the front label.

Green 33cl bottle, poured into a Veltins Pilsner stemmed glass. Looks like a typical mass produced lager, golden, clear and with a pure white head on top.

Grass, hay and nothing beery in the aroma.

This is my first review this evening, I'm getting rid of a few oddments, I hope the others improve on this. A tasteless, featureless, nothingness of a beer.

Why do they export such dross to cold countries like the UK? If I was sweating my nuts off on an Italian beach surrounded by half naked females then I'd have enjoyed this. Trouble is, it's minus 7 outside and the wife is out.

This is one cheap lager and there is nothing 'premium' about it what so ever.

BlackHaddock, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 11.20.11. Pours a very clear yellow hue with a white head that is a bit more dense than your typical euro lager/adjunct lager.

Nose is grainy and grassy with a honey-like sweetness. Pretty standard fare for the style.

Taste follows suit closely with the most unique part of this beer being the honey-butter sweetness and creamier mouthfeel than most. It has a pretty fresh flavor and is low on the carbonation for a lager. Hops are light, but some faint grassiness is detectable. Meh, another Italian lager...Id probably order this before a Peroni but after a Moretti.

twiggamortis420, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of biggred1
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw colored with a thin filmy head of white bubbles. Untoasted grain, hay and herbal hop notes in the aroma. Mildly sweet and bready with faint earthy hops to balance. Light bodied and effervescent. Meh, another Euro Lager that probably doesn't need to be imported as it tastes about the same as all the others.

biggred1, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of dstc
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Head falls to about nothing. Thin lace.

Rather clean smell but there are some nice malts there.

Clean grain taste with a mild sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Rather thin and a bit fizzy in the mouth.

Easy drinking and did a fine job off washing down a pizza.

dstc, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
1.35/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with a very thin lace head. Nose of light malt and some sweetness. There are some light hops and malt, but nothing jumps out on the palate. Body is full for a "lighter" lager, with average carbonation and no finish to speak of.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

jjamadorphd, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay! I buy a beer before I check the BA and it has a D+ rating, oh joy I hope everyone else is wrong about this one.

Green glass bottle, hope it isn't skunked.

Gold colored beer with small temporary white colored head.

Smell is not skunked; they should ban green glass for beer. Strong grain scent with a little toast on the grain. Wheat bran and grass with some caramel scent.

Starts out a little sweet and grainy. Tastes like the smell Toasted grain with a little grass and a slight bitter finish. Doesn't taste bad at all it's better than Heineken anyway.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is much better than I feared. Pretty easy to drink, just make sure you get your beer from a place that knows how to store beer.

Zorro, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden yellow colour with a small fizzy white head. There really isn't much carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass and the head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - pilsner skunk, breads/grains, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has a fair amount of carbonation, which is strange considering its appearance. It has the typical euro-beer flavour, slight skunkiness, breads/grains, and a grassiness. The beer finishes with a sweet corn syrup sweetness and slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Just another average euro-beer. Not something I'd turn away if offered, but not something I'd seek out again.

spinrsx, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden glass color, foamy head looks like soap on the surface, with a finger in thickness; Smell: Floral noble hops and sweet malt; Taste: Smoked malt, sweet grains with a backdrop of floral hops; Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly dry, medium bitterness and between light-medium body; Drinkability: Acceptable italian beer, much like all the euro pale lagers.

roddwolff, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Douberd
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.

Douberd, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear straw colored beer, a white rather small head with no lacing.

A bit sweet biscuit aroma, with some lemon nuances and a short bitter-almond presence.

The tast is upfront sweet, white bread, some acidity - lime and rhubarb, a dry bitterness,

Medium high carbonation, a clean feeling, refreshing and finishing a bit dry.

An average euro pale lager, not at all bad on a warm day,

rarbring, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of brewmine
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.

brewmine, Jul 03, 2014
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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda from Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
69 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.