Birra Morena Standard | Tarricone S.p.A.

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Birra Morena StandardBirra Morena Standard

Brewed by:
Tarricone S.p.A.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by 99bottles on 07-04-2005

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by 99bottles:
Photo of 99bottles
2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'll admit, I bought this for the ridiculous label.

Appearance: This beer has a light golden yellow body, with moderate to high levels of carbonation and a foamy head of white that actually shows decent retention.

Smell: Not much going on. Thin and sweet grain; perhaps rice. Some fruit sweetness however unclear and faint.

Taste: This is amongst the most dilute beers I've ever had. The taste is of sweet rice, or some other adjunct malt and generic hops. No bitterness or spiciness, but rather a sweet floral note in the finish. Some strange fermented tastes of fruit: apple or cherry. Much like the note one gets when leaving something in the sun too long. But, really...refreshing as all get out.

Mouthfeel: Uh...thin. Sort of watery, but cohesive enough with good carbonation and the slightest slickness from the malt.

Drinkability: It's 3.5%, so it's obviously one that can be had in mass quantities. It's not amazingly tasty, but it is refreshing. I could see it's unassuming character as something positive. Lawnmower beer from Italy, sans the nasty vegetable taste of other Euro lagers. Cheap too, at less than 50 cents for a 66 cL bottle.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This came in a curious looking 3-pack format, they always seem to travel in packs of at least 3. The rest is all about the packaging as well. 330 ml seaweed green bottles with gold foil on the neck and cap, and a sultry Italian vixen gazing wantingly up at you from the label. It's the first time I ever had a beer label making eyes at me before (well, at least BEFORE I've had anything to drink). Oh great, now the impression I'm getting is that she'll hold her breath 'til she's blue until I just drink the damn beer. Oh the manipulation...

The label states that this stuff is 5.2% abv. Pours out a decent looking lager. A big creamy white head that eventually falls to a thickish foamy cap. It also leaves some impressive lacing. Below is a clear bright golden body that's well carbonated. Definitely what I seek in the appearance of a lager.

Seems that it's all about the looks with this beer thus far, as it is in so much of life. The perfume it releases across the nose is mildly skunked, accompanied by sour grains, and the sour adjunct aroma of...yup, you got it, some rice. When I do break through that initial barrier I do come across some sweet malt, and almost a sweet corn essence as well, although the flavour shall divulge in the actual adjunct of choice shortly.

A soft initial kiss divulges a beer who is putting on a bit of an act. A sincere malt flavour profile up front along with what I make out as toasted corn, but then from the mid-point on it takes a tip towards becoming more thin and sour (rice!), all the way to an even more thin and sour aftertaste. What was so alluring becomes pretense, the facade is shattered. I try to shake the sour aftertaste of those kisses, but they continue to linger.

The mouthfeel follows the same pattern as the flavour. Full and voluptuous at first, but then starts to thin and become more watery towards the finish. In the end there's not much to hold on to.

Well then, I'm glad she provided the drink, rather than me having to buy her one as well (in the end I have to pay anyways....). My assessment is that she's all looks, trying to put on a face that attempts to cover up her lack of substance. And once you begin to realize this she begins to lose interest, and her eyes start wandering in the search of another mark to try and seduce instead. Adequate company if there's nothing else more savoury to be found in the bar, but in the end best left at the bar as well. You don't really want to bring this one home with you...

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Photo of BigBry
2.63/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml single brown/green bottle, 5.2% alcohol. Gold foil wrapped top. Slightly different label than pictured, but the girl is the same. No date code or other info.
Pours a clear yellowy gold color, with a short white head. Foam shrinks to a thin ring, then disappears, leaving little or no lacing.
Not great smell to this one, slightly grainy and a bit sour. Flavor meets all basic pale euro lager expectations. A bit thin and sour, could be any typical euro macro - nothing to make it stand out or be memorable.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.35/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--Came in a smaller green bottle. Bought as a single.
--Poured a light golden straw in color, some lacing and average retention.
--Smell was nothing spectacular, pretty average with mild sweetness.

This was a surprisingly refreshing beer to me. I have had others that are better in this style but I would drink this one again. Thx.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer has a half finger of head that's gone within 30 seconds.
The beer pours pale, clear, and yellow.

It smells like many green-bottled beers... a little skunky, but not bad.

It has a bit of a fresh / clean / bitter beer flavour, but after the bubbles go, the first (and biggest) thing you taste is... cardboard... or something woody / papery. I completely agree with the previous reviewer.

A little bitter, and mostly watery and crisp. A bit too fizzy.

Drinkable... just. You can finish the bottle, but I doubt you'll like it very much.

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Photo of stcules
1.24/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale, very pale yellow to greenish. But very clean. An average white head.
At the smell, clear, wet cardboard, wit just a hint of hop, but really in the background.
Almost null taste. Water with a note of cardboard. Wow!
It seems to drink water.
Absolutely useless beer, beside the label. Taht is very ridicolous.

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Birra Morena Standard from Tarricone S.p.A.
2.41 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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