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Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer | Pizza Beer Company

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Mamma Mia! Pizza BeerMamma Mia! Pizza Beer

Brewed by:
Pizza Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the website: Pizza Beer is a debris free product. The Margarita pizza is put into the mash & steeped like a tea bag. A whole wheat crust made with water, flour & yeast is topped with tomato, oregano, basil & garlic. The essence of the pizza spices is washed off with hot water and filtered into a brewpot, where it is boiled for a long, long time. During the process, we add hops & spices in a cheesecloth type bag & filter the cooled liquid into a fermentation vessel. (big glass 6 gallon water jug). After a week or two, the beer is good to go. Keg it or bottle it.

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Photo of KAP1356
1.99/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Saw bottles (a lot actually) at the Sharp Edge in Crafton and decided to split it 3 ways with 2 friends. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a hazy, pale gold color. Some red hues when held to the light. No real head to speak of.

S - Well. I guess it smells like pizza? There's Italian spices and some tomato for sure. But the vegetal aspect mixed with a seemingly acidic aroma doesn't make it the most appealing scent.

T - You can taste the wheat, tomato and oregano for sure. But they're not really tastes I want in a beer. There's a buttery aspect of it that doesn't really help the vegetal flavors that I am not liking all that much.

M - Light bodied and relatively smooth. This was probably the "best" aspect of the beer.

O - Well, I had to try it and I did. But I will never go back to it again. I guess I was expecting something different. Although what else could you expect from a beer called "pizza beer?"

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Photo of tpd975
2.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a golden hue with a nice foamy head. No lace.

S: Holy shit it smells like pizza, don't think that is necessarily a good thing though. Tomato paste with strong glaric. Hints of oregano as well.

T: Good thing it tastes better than it smells. The aroma is somewhat offputting but the taste better than I expected even though my expectations were nothing. malty flavors with hints of pizza herbs. Very light tomato and a touch of garlic. More beer than pizza which is a good thing.

M: Medium to thin in body, so so carbonation.

D: This is one I had wanted to try for novelty sake. I expected nothing and it is just above that. Not one you would drink more than one of and to be honest I would rather share. It would be best pared with an italian meal. If their goal was to create a drinkable pizza beer I would say they did it. Now the next problem will be finding people who are in the market for pizza beer...I'm not!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dukedevil0
2.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: looks like a hefeweizen with a lighter yellow unfiltered color, little white colored head that reduces to nothing more than a rim.

S: Smells just like tomato pizza sauce. If this were an actual pizza I'd be drooling.

T: tastes like keystone light with a slice of pizza soaked in it... Aka Not good!

M: thin and almost soda like

D: zilch, I drain poured after three painful sips.

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Photo of mynie
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a solid red with a white head. Nothing impressive, but nothing offputting about it, either.

Smells strongly of generic pizza seasoningss. Like, if you buy the stuff at the grocery store that's just labeled "Pizza Seasoning." Taragon, maybe. I think. Some light nodes of basil and oregano, too. Nothing beerish, but still not horribly unpleasant.

Tastes a little disturbing. You ever see that movie _The Polar Express?_ It's not very good. Anyhow, as you might know it was one of the first cellshaded movies. They shot it with live actors and then they animated over the actors, giving the movie a really weird, creepy feel. For some reason they dubbed over the voices. This one character was a little kid, and as it was actual film of an actual kid that had just had animation laid on top of it, the kid looked really realistic. But, like I said, his voice was overdubbed, it was high-pitched and nerdy and cartoonish. The voice was from some popular voiceactor who I've heard dozens of times before on different TV shows (he was Dexter's nemesis on "Dexter's Lab"). When that voice was used on cartoons it worked just fine. But when it was used in the Polar Express, when this ridiculous fake imitation of a child was coming out of the mouth of an actual child, the result was nothing short of terrifying. And that's pretty much how this beer is.

It's not helped out by a weak, thin body, either. Nor by the Italiano dyspepsia it gives you.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)
The bottle says Sprecher in the glass

A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a big creamy beige head and is supported by a boiling carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The soft smell of tomato paste and dried herbs comes through in the smell with some slight salty cheese note as it warms. The smell is pretty clean but strong enough.

T- The big taste of pizza crust dominates the taste followed by a big tomato sauce flavor and a dry savory herb flavor at the finish. There is a dry mozzarella flavor in the background that comes through after a few sips.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that enhances the tomato paste flavor.

D- I have been staring at this beer in the fridge for a few days a little scared to open it. It was not as horrific as I though but it was still gross, and I like pizza. The crust flavors were authentic but I don't like that in a beer and the tomato was spot on but I don't think I could drink a tomato beer. Interesting idea that should have stopped at that.

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Photo of tsauce2
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

P: 16 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is golden yellow with a slightly red tinge. Lots of sediment floating around. Translucent. Heavy carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Smells like pizza. Oregano, pizza dough, mozzarella cheeze, tomato sauce, garlic, and herbs.

T: Light herbs, garlic, pizza dough, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheeze. It's like I'm taking a bite of pizza, chewing it up, taking a big chug of lite, flavorless beer, and then swallowing the whole thing. Watery taste. Aftertaste is of pizza.

M: Light body. Herbs and other ingredients give a mf akin to food. Overall, beer is very watery.

O: Not the worst beer I have ever had, but very close. Maybe this was a cool idea to whomever thought this up, but the execution of this idea is lacking to say the least. The one good thing about this beer is that it does smell like pizza, and that's kinda cool. Otherwise, not good. The beer is not appealing to look at, the taste is like watered down pizza, and beer should not taste like mozzarella cheeze and tomato sauce. The mouthfeel was of a BMC beer. Please do not make any more of this beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.11/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Mostly golden and a bit brown. No carbonation. Some particles floating around as well.

Smell: I actually love the smell of this. Lots of oregano and tomatoes, and the beer itself gives a nice yeasty pizza dough aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Definitely pizza. In honestly, it's not that bad at first. Pizza Beer goes too far with the tomato. Beer on its own is quite acidic, but the tomato gives this an unbearable sourness and acidic aftertaste. As far as the feel, it's fairly watery and uninspiring.

Drinkability: The sourness makes this hard to swallow.

Overall: A nice try at a novelty beer, but it misses the mark. I would definitely use this when making pizza dough in lieu of water.

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Photo of emerge077
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Ok, long awaited review. Brought this to a beer tasting once, but never attempted drinking a whole bottle.

16 oz. bottle, random numbers on the neck, "9262" julian date on the bottom, leading me to believe this may be an August 2009 bottling.

Poured into a wine glass, it appears hazy orange at first, but turns a murky brown dishwater shade as the yeast/gunk is added. It has about a finger of white foam that lasts for a little bit with minor lacing.

Aroma seems a little muted from what I remember awhile back. Faint garlic and oregano. As it warms the tomato barely peeks out. Doesn't really scream "pizza" to me, more of a free association if anything.

Taking a big sip and swirling it around gets very little in the way of anything. Muddled salty dough and oregano blending with a very dull base beer. Vague dry herb in the aftertaste. Watery, bland, just terrible. Some light astringency, or is that tomato acidity? Eh, not something I want to contemplate for long.

Back to the drawing board on this one. Try Shorts Bloody Beer for a more successful example of a "culinary beer".

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Photo of therica
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

NO WAY! "Pizza Beer is a debris free product" they claim. Ours had plentiful chunks of tomato and tomato skin floating and settling at the bottom along with a cloudy appearance akin to an unfiltered wheat beer.

Saw this on the beer list at Sharp Edge in Crafton PA and had to try it. I can't consider this to be any more than a novelty beer, it would be difficult to imagine that anyone actually would seek this out and drink it on a regular basis.

I generally rate beers on whether they succeed in their style category, rather than on my own subjective likes or dislikes. But this beer fails on all accounts, in my evaluation.

A= hazy pale straw with bits of red tomato flakes floating around and gradually settling. Hardly any head.

T= pure wretched stomach acid! And some hints of Italian spices. Calling it "beer" is a stretch of the imagination because it doesn't have any of the traits or qualities of even a crappy macro. After it settles for a while, the acidic effect seems to diminish but it still takes some searching to find the Italian spices.

M= like chewing on a dirty gym sock, I suppose.

D= this stuff reminds me of the time I was out somewhere having pizza and cheap macro beer which I'd half-finished, and was full of pizza so I shoved the last bit of the slice into the plastic beer cup. Then I decided a few minutes later that I wanted one last gulp of beer, and it had some fairly noriceable pizza flavor, not bad. Actually, that was much much better than this intentionally-brewed "pizza beer."

SUGGESTION-- if you're curious what this beer tastes like, do your own thing like I did, and shove some pizza into a half-full glass of beer and let it sit for a few minutes, then take a few gulps. It'll most likely be better than this beer. Plus, you have the advantage of choosing your own decent beer, and your own favorite style of pizza. I'd avoid the anchovies ;-)

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Photo of deereless
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Interesting looking beer, lots of champagne-like head, loads of bubbles lining the interior walls of the glass, medium copper, looks slightly anemic - 3.00, S: Geez, I'm struggling with this juxtaposition of beer and pizza, it truly smells like pizza, lots of oregano and even tomato paste, it's hard to pick out any elements of beer which push the rating scale down as far as a beer goes - 2.50, T: What little beer that comes through on the palate is macro and unappetizing, pizza flavors are very apparent, basil and oregano with the tomato sauce, maybe the slightest hint of hops - 2.00, M: Thin and lackluster body, even a touch oily - 2.00, D: I must be honest that I had very low expectations for this beer and the reality seemed to hold true, it's a gimmick that merits a taste and that's as far as it goes, I will not drink this beer again - 2.00

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Photo of Kanebanger
2.24/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - When poured into a glass it was a dark amber with what appeared to be little peices of spices or something floating around in it.

S - Very heavy oregano type smell with a slight hint of tomatos.

T - Oregano type flavor is very overwhelming and overtakes any of the other "pizza" flavors

M - Supprisingly thin.

D - Only got about halfway through and couldn't stomach any more.

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Photo of travduke
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden orange, 2 finger white foamy head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Tomato sauce. All the spices are there. Amazing but disgusting at the same time.

Taste: Yup, pure pizza sauce. Overpowering oregano and basil. I can't believe how much it really does taste like pizza.

Drinkability: Disgusting taste, amazing concept and style. I hope I never have to drink this again though.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is tomato and spice. Flavor is not pizza, it is doughy, some hops. I like pizza and beer but not together. Not worth $2.99 for a 16oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

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Photo of botham
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pint bottle poured into a flute, as suggested by the label on the bottle. pours a semi hazy golden amber color with a half finger of off white head that remains for less than a minute.light lacings.

aroma is a mix of garlic, herb like spices, but not oregano or basil in particular, and a bit of tomato. a faint floral character is present as well, but little else.

taste is of oregano and tomato, with a bit of garlic. the distant floral character is still present, with an aftertaste of stale bread and residual grain. not impressive.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a light bite from CO2 and an odd garlic like mouthfeel in the aftertaste that is not tasty.

drinkablility is not too good. this is a unique mixture of flavors, which does not work well in a beer. the flavor says something like pizza, but even that is somewhat of a stretch.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What am I getting myself into?

Pours hazy orange/red with a decent creamy white head.

Oregano bomb on the nose. Some bready malt peaks through with a little garlic, but oregano dominates.

More balanced in the flavor than aroma. Tastes like eating a cheesy breadstick with marinara. Oregano is once again strong, but garlic and bready malts stand out more with a weird tomato sweetness.

Medium body and a bit high on carbonation.

So they made what they set out to make. Congratulations? Really does taste like drinking a pizza albeit a pizza that was liberally dosed with oregano. I'm glad I got to try it for the novelty factor, but who in their right mind would willingly want one of these, much less drink anywhere close to a full bottle.

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Photo of shivtim
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to try this one, and rate it. Sprecher sure does make (and/or contract) some interesting brews that don't always pan out properly.
Looks like hazy clear apple juice. Thin white head. Pretty average. The nose is either a 5 or a 1, so I'll give it a 3. It really does smell like pizza sauce, which is quite disturbing. Old tomatoes, garlic, oregano, some basil... it's all there, and it's all quite odd. No hint of the crust and cheese though. Just canned pizza paste/sauce. So weird. Taste is lacking much of what was in the nose (which is probably a good thing). Mostly watery tomato beer, metallic, thin, with perhaps a slight white pepper taste. Not appealing. Too weird to drink much of it.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.46/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've read lots of negative comments on the boards about this beer. When I saw it sold by the bottle, I had to snag one.

I poured this into a goblet because it was close enough to a wine glass. Not sure how that would make a difference. The coloring is a yellowish/brown.

Off the top I get the basil and a particularly strong amount of funk. The tomato is a little strange, though.

The flavor is like fermented pizza sauce. I get the oregano, tomato, and basil in excess.

This beer should never have been made. I'm not surprised.

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Photo of Scutt
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cant expect much going into a pizza flavored beer, but it did the job. i could go into detail about the under notes of it but lets be honest, your question is "did it taste like pizza?" Pizza? no. Pizza sause? yea! but watered down sause and the flavor is one that should not be in the consistancy of such a smooth liquid and it throws you off your game. wouldn't buy it again but glad i tried it!.

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Photo of Zorro
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found at High Time in Costa Mesa, a rarity I was surprised to find.

A cloudy amber colored beer with a sparse white head.

Smells weird. Pizza dough and spices but not really like pizza. Fennel, tomato and oregano are the only ones I can identify.

Starts out just beer with a little fennel. You can taste oregano and tomato but it is really just a trace. Decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average.

There is something vaguely nauseating about this beer, probably why Italy doesn't brew beer with tomatoes or garlic in it. A novelty beer you will only want to taste once.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This Isnt very good.

A - cloudy amber no head.

S - diacetyl. That's it. Oh well.

T - mild spice, basil and tomato. But really, it's a bland buttery flavor.

M - fairly smooth, medium body. Alright...

D - well I dint really like it, but I'll finish a four ounce pour.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.49/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up 2 weeks ago and having tonight with a piece of pizza. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks a bit weird.

s - Smells of oregano, basil, spices, bread, and light earthy notes. Just a basil and oregano bomb; not enjoyable at all.

t - Tastes of oregano, basil, bready malts, spice, yeast. Taste is better than the nose was; not quite as strong so not quite as weird or offensive, but still not good.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit over-carbonated.

o - Overall not a very good beer at all; even eating it with pizza did not improve it. Just a ton of basil and oregano all over the place, which is not what I like in a beer. Wouldn't recommend checking out.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, basil, tomato, and garlic. It kind of smells like pizza sauce. In the taste, garlic, basil, and well, it kind of reminds me of drinking spaghetti sauce. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry tomato and basil aftertaste. Big flavors, but odd. I like pizza, I like beer, but this was not right.

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Photo of Stoneman78
2.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased at Sam's in Clybourn . . .

Appearance is a murky, cloudy orange hue, minimal white head with no lacing

Smell is pizza-related spices, mostly oregano and garlic, some flowery hops and biscuit malts

Taste is mostly subtle flavors, pale bread malts with grassy hop tones and those pizza spices, finishes dry

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, thinned out and watery texture, poor inadequate carbonation

Drinkability is low, this beer tastes like an unbalanced pale ale with sprinkles of italian/pizza spices, I would consider this to be a primarily novelty beer, I could see no reason to try this again nor would I recommend to any serious beer drinker, this may serve as a caution against replicating non-relevant food flavors in beer. . . maybe this would be complimentary with pizza but I couldn't vouch for that

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Photo of wordemupg
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/4/12

A hazy golden orange with loads of sediment and bubbles with just a thin film for head and a few patches of lace

S it is what it claims, basil, oregano, garlic and tomato puree leave me fairly confused, not like anything I've ever encountered before. The more I smell it the more I want a pizza, not necessarily in my glass just in general

T a little bready and top of what I smell but its nowhere near as strong and I'm not sure if that's good or bad, well on second thought its pretty bad I think I preferred the pizza smell opposed to the beery pizza flavor

M thin and a little foamy with a herbal aftertaste, go figure

O really? pizza beer? I can't even think of what I could do with this one in the kitchen. That being said it didn't hit my drain but I think by the end I was drinking it out of curiosity

a food beer perhaps? I really can't think of what would inspire anyone to brew this, well pizza I suppose. A must try beer, travel, trade, kill, steal, whatever it takes everyone should try this one

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours murky gold with an orange hue. Plenty of small particulates in suspension, and a smidge of an off-white head. Retention is moderate, and within ten minutes theres barely a trace left.

Aromatics are lightly spicy and pretty bland. A hint of mint-like oregano and lemon zest. Light cloves follow through.

Light bodied and thin carbonation. Watery and flatish.

The pallet is mainly lemony and lightly spicy.
There's no Oregano, basil, tomato, or garlic coming through at all.
Basically tasting like a thin, watery wheat beer with a hint of mint.

Finishes quickly and without much flavor.

If this beer had any of the "pizza character" at one point, it must have been a long time ago. Of course there is no bottle date and no way to tell how old it is. I picked it up at a Bunny's in Chicago a couple of months ago.

I would probably enjoy a beer with oregano, basil, tomato, and garlic, but this one had none of those characteristics. I guess the joke was on me.

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Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer from Pizza Beer Company
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