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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

76 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 20.56%
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent amber-gold with one source of miniscule bubbles on the bottom center of the glass. The snow white head doesn't look half bad, reinforcing my notion that high-altitude pours result in good looking beer (in most cases). The cap is a big improvement on the vast majority of macro lagers and offers up more lace as well.

While it isn't a great nose, it's in the upper 50% for the style. Musty, slightly floral hops make up most of the aroma. I'm not sure what makes up the rest, I'm just glad it's nothing even remotely offensive.

The flavor profile lacks pizzaz. I know, I know, this style was built on a lack of pizzaz, but some versions do have a meager amount of it. Birra Italiana taste like lightly sugary sweet, untoasted pale malt and hops that have a one-dimensional, uninteresting flavor.

An impressive amount of lace in shredded sheets now decorates the majority of my nearly empty pint glass. The beer must be fairly drinkable since I've managed to down about eight ounces without even thinking about it. Actually, that might be the optimal way to approach it. The mouthfeel is light-medium and suits me just fine.

Castello Birra Italiana is forgettable beer, even while it's in the process of being consumed. What am I drinking again? Being the beer equivalent of Teflon isn't all bad since truly lousy beers are, unfortunately, all too unforgettable. This one is generic and stunningly average, but I've had much, much worse.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 07.2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a bubbly, thinning, white head. A typical lager thus far.

Smell: Sweet-scented, humble malted barley disparaged by displeasing, particularly strong scents of skunk and filthy, well-used coinage.

Taste: Light pale malts, lightly grainy and sweet. Light, spicy hop character and bitterness. Regrettably, you get a strong skunkiness and metallic twang forced upon you. It's pretty gross, and this well over eight months before the expiration date. Jesus, I'd hate to see how this stuff is past its prime. Finishes dry with the only tastes lasting this long being the bad ones.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Some pale lagers are simply guilty of being bland and forgettable. Oh, if only that were the case here! This one's ghastly and just plain awful.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head. Short lived and left no lace.

S - It smelled mildly of grains, caramel and floral notes.

T - Sweet grain flavor with some caramel taste. Very, very mild spice from the hops.

M - It was fairly crisp but seemed a little watery at times. A light bodied lager.

D - This is was it is. A light Euro Lager with very little flavor.

zeff80, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
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 BlackHaddock
1.88/5  rDev -34.5%
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 oriolesfan4
2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Italian beer review... always heard of Peroni and Birra Moretti.. but this one popped up out of nowhere at my beer store. Pours a pale golden color, head quickly dissipates, no lacing to it... has the corny/adjunct sort of smell to it.. oh no another mass produced import. Taste.. just as I expected, unfortunately. Basically a clone of Becks/St Pauli Girl/insert generic European beer here. Nothing off putting about the beer but just tastes like all the others, I like some uniqueness here. Cool to try something from Italy, but absolutely nothing original here.

oriolesfan4, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light golden colour, with a reasonably decent head of white foam. Bit filmy after a while, but it does leave some nice lager lacing after a while. Not bad.

Slight bread yeast on the nose, with a bit of dryness, but otherwise, very little at all. Maybe a slightly chemical acidity. That's all. It's weak and unimpressive.

Taste is also very weak, with almost nothing. Slight acidity and prickly carbonation, some bready grain character and a finish of dry acidity, like cheap and nasty champagne.

Very dry, very pale and very, very empty. It's verging very close to being deeply offensive. Worth avoiding.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
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 jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Skunky (what is it with green bottles??) but with a slight sweetness. Light carbonation and light bodied. Starts sweet, finishes clean but not much bite. Found at One Stop Oasis in Las Vegas, NV, $2.59 for a 330ml bottle.

jdhilt, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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 spinrsx
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Suds
1.7/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here's a light, clear beer with a nice, puffy white head. There's a decent amount of clingy lace on the side of my glass. It's a light brew with a serious cereal grain and corn smell. It's really not very appealing. There's not much in the way of hops, but just a hint of ethanol. Not good. The taste is similar. With a bit of alcohol, the brew is pretty dry. It has a bitterness in the finish that's not quite pleasant. The adjuncts dominate the beer. Even among the sub-par beers in this market, this one is worse than most. The body is watery, but the off-flavors really set the tone for the brew. This is one of the few beers that I'd advise anyone to avoid.

Suds, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of rarbring
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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 rastaman
2/5  rDev -30.3%
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
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

cliff1066, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of BretSikkink
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a brown bottle here, maybe it will help with the skunkiness. Head is not much to look at, fizzles quickly although the streamers keep up a mild lid for a minute. Golden yellow in color, quite clear. Nothing special.

Aroma is very clean, with malt and some grassy hop. The flavor is actually fairly forward on the hoppy bitter side, relative to the nose as well as the Euro lager competition. No major complaints.

Still very average, nothing special going on, but for a slightly hoppier lager that stays quite clean, it's not a bad choice.

BretSikkink, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +30%
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 Jayli
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1/22 Had at Walter's in Federal Hill.
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a highly carbonated, light golden/straw color. One finger of sticky, bright white head. Head retains nicely leaving chunks of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is slightly fruity, with grainy, bready notes.

T: Taste has a mild hop flavoring at the forefront that is quickly dominated by a bready, grainy flavoring. Nothing overly sticks out ..

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, crisp clean feel.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, not very tasty, mild kick, and ok representation of style. This is a typical Euro lager that really doesn't have anything that stands out.

Jayli, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle, best before 08.20.10. 9.99 for a case.

Pours a pale gold with a bright white head that quickly dissipates, an average looking euro pale.

No skunk in the nose despite the green bottle which is nice. It is a fresh bottle. The smell of the beer itself is rather thin though with some light pale malt scent.

The flavor is again malty with only a kiss of hops, it isn't bad for a euro pale, very light but with a hint of caramel and hops.

It is an easy drinker, less offensive than Peroni if you are looking for Italian light lager.

crossovert, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

jsprain1, Apr 14, 2012
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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda from Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
69 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.