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

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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

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 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 MilanoItaly
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice green 66cl bottle for this cheap beer (1€) .
Among the best for the foam laces left (contains wheat) it comes in a pale amber colour and static bubbles,bad impressive.

Despite of the alchool accents,it has a average drinkability.

Hop in a sooooft taste.

For that price,it's not wasted money.

MilanoItaly, Jan 22, 2009
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 jarmby1711
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

crystal clear, pale gold with little head or bead.
There is a vague honey quality to the smell but it is pretty understated.
Flavours arestoneruit just evident in amongst the maltiness.
it is quite oily in the mouth and hasa balanced bitter finish.
This is my first try at this style so I uncertain as to what it ideally should be like.
It feels good and has no sharp edges or surprises so is an enjoyable but not terribly exciting

jarmby1711, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of stephendr
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle- color of pale golden yellow , with a light white head - nose of oats , sweet , hay , malts , and brine – taste of yeasty , cereal , hay or dry straw and some mild hops - body light , medium carbonation and slightly creamy – aftertaste of yeast , and milky

stephendr, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +44.6%
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 Contra
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really noteworthy here. A very light wheat flavor, almost almost no hops present. This is different than what most people have reported, so perhaps it's just my bottle?

Fortunately, there is nothing negative in the flavor content, just not a whole lot of positive. Because of that, it's very easy going down. Better than the majority of macro-beers, but that's not saying much. Worth drinking, but I don't think I'd bother paying for it unless there weren't any other options.

The appearance is golden with mild carbination, and almost no head. The scent was reminiscint of grapes, with a somewhat sweet bouquet.

Overall, a decent beer worth trying if you happen to really like Euro-lagers and want to try all of them out there. Otherwise, I'd pass.

Contra, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
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 PBRstreetgang
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours true gold, with excellent clarity. Soapy one and a half finger head, poor retention, but leaves some sticky patches of lacing. Light-struck noble hops aroma, otherwise clean. First sip is toasted pilsener malt and a bit of ester. Mildy skunked saaz and/or hallertau aftertaste, but it is well balanced. Light body and medium, surprisingly smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Finish reveals slight corny sweetness and more ester- borders an diacetyl, but nothing really offensive; drinks okay.

PBRstreetgang, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Frozensoul327
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average Italian beer. Pours out to an attractive golden color with a small white head that calms to little more than a film of white bubbles over the beer. Lace is present, as are champagne like bubbles stemming from the bottom of the glass. Aroma stinks. I can't tell if this is what they were going for or if it's light struck (it is in a green bottle...). Flavor is mildly hoppy and hints of adjunct and malts are noted. Not bad, but i'm not impressed. Mouthfeel was compareable to water. Drinkability is average. Don't think i'll be back.

Frozensoul327, May 05, 2006
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 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 EPseja
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a handsome crystal clear gold color with orangey highlights. Half an inch of relatively flat, finely bubbled head rests on the surface, and diminishes to a thin mat after a few minutes. Decent lacing throughout the drink.

S - Light malts and sweetness with a cold metallic undertone. Easily discernible notes of honey.

T - Dry sweetness and the light honey from the smell are the first things I notice. In the middle comes a faint maltiness and alcohol. The finish is mostly tasteless apart from the slightly drying, understated hoppiness and alcohol warmth that follows. Aftertaste of yeasty bread.

M - Creamy and smooth with a completely tamed carbonation. Very nice!

D - Easy going and unassuming. The perfect beer to pair with a medium-bodied dish like Chicken Francese or Roncini.

Overall, I was expecting a lot less from this beer and was happy to be pleasantly surprised.

EPseja, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Jonny,

Pours a clean, straw yellow with a good thick head. Decent cling. The nose is your average Euro-lager blend of malt, hops, and skunk... a faint overripe fruit undertone lingers in the background. The overall *bleh* taste/mouthfeel is average at best, and would go better ice cold with food rather than as a session beer. I'm thinking spaghetti with clam sauce.... how about you?

yelterdow, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Skidz
3.95/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale straw and sits bright golden yellow in the glass with a decent white head, fading to faint skim, leaving some lacings around the glass.

Smells of aples, canned peaches and dried apricots. Crisp biscuity aroma seeps out, very nice malt character. Mild, dry grassy aroma in the background.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, some fruitiness. Hop bitterness builds up quickly, providing a solid backbone of dry, grassy flavors and well bittered at that. Lightly toasted oats and crisp crackery flavors give good balance.

Light, crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Not too thin, but very easy to handle. Definately well made and makes for easy drinking.

Skidz, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of vitesse
3.9/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in green 330 mL euro-style bottle.

this is definitely a good example of a pale euro-style lager. pours a bright gold color. good clarity. nice head retention for a light lager.
smells of mild hops and slight toasty malt.
plenty of carbonation in this one, which is good i think.
tastes of noble hops. very little hop bitterness. i bought a closed case of this beer, so there was no lighstruck "skunkiness" in the flavor profile. slight toastiness is very pleasant. very slightly astringent, but no metallicy off-flavors that hurt some other lagers. very clean and drinkable.
definitely one of the better euro-lagers out there....the case i bought tasted very fresh.

vitesse, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clean yellow color, not light yellow like most US Mega lagers, white head that leaves soon. As I poured the beer the skunky aroma almost kept me from trying this beer. It has a bit, not much, more flavor than Mega-Swill lagers. About the middle of the glass the skunk aroma seemed, or I was getting desensitized to it, give way to a sort of grainy/grassy scent. Not my cup of tea, or beer for that matter. I don't know if the skunk was from travel and shelf life or is part of the regular components. If it is regularly smelly then I don't see me ever enjoying this one.

ybnorml, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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 kwalters
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so non-descript and unoffensive (unnoticed?) to any of the senses it's difficult to review.

It pours a light golden straw color with a brilliant gleaming white head that lasts and lasts. The appearance and in particular, the head, are the best features of this brew. There just isn't a lot of flavor to write about. It goes down smooth and easy (like water) with nice carbonation. I'd take it over Peroni simply because it seems more exclusive (although it may not be).

A good import brew for the Bud/Miller crowd.

kwalters, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, but shading towards amber, short white head, fell a little into a thick film, laced well.
Light aroma, malt, some hop, reminiscent of a real pilsner, sulfur from the green bottle. Lemon and floral.
Light taste and feel, crisp. Truly meant for a hot climate.
Doesn't stand on it's own as something I'd like to drink, could be better with food.

mschofield, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly nice gold brick color with a better than average head and some scattered lace that holds on well. Not much on the nose-just the faintest hint of malt. Light, crisp and pleasant in the mouth-no funny after tastes, just clean beer flavor. Extremely limited in hop or malt character, yet simple in a fairly drinkable manner.This would be a nice lunch choice with a bowl of pasta, or a slice of cheese and sausage pizza. Worth a try if priced at the 5.99 range.

moulefrite, Nov 05, 2003
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 BeerResearcher
3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled "Birra Italiana", I had to locate Birra Castella's website to discover that this is their "blonde" birra. This is a nice blonde...unfortunately sold in skunk-inducing green bottles. Straw/Gold in color with a nice, long-lasting white head. A hop and hay aroma will soon give way to the inevitable skunkiness (I bought this shortly after its arrival at Luke's). The malt body is light and there's plenty of hoppy bitterness. Lightly sweet, somewhat grassy and very drinkable, this is a nice summer beer.

BeerResearcher, Jul 20, 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
Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda from Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
69 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.