Birrificio Italiano

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Birrificio Italiano
European Pale Lager
Ranked #2
Ranked #9,700
4.03 | pDev: 11.17%
Oct 01, 2023
Jan 02, 2003
The mother of Italian-style Pilseners, whispering stories of barley fields and hop gardens. A timeless classic, the reinvention of a traditional style, the Birrificio Italiano way. It may seem the most “normal” among our beers, but it is exactly the one to leave the most decisive and long-lasting of marks.

Produced by infusion with Caramunich- and Pilsner-type barley malts, brewed with a popular German bottom-fermenting yeast. German bittering and aromatic hops used both in warm and cold hopping (dry hopping). It is coarsely filtered to remove some of the yeast. Intense yellow-golden in color, it sports an abundant, fine, thick and persistently lacing white head. Initial citrus and grassy hop aroma with hints of fresh yeast are immediately followed by flavors of honey and cereal coming from the malts; crowned by floral hints of chamomile and dandelion.
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful golden color, slightly unfiltered body, with a creamy white head that provides a significant amount of lacing. Grassy hops are forward on the nose, with some citrus for good measure, with grainy malt notes as well.

The grassy hop flavors are forward and delicious, perfectly complemented by a bright citrus flavor and a cereal malt flavor for balance. This is absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, making for an exceptionally drinkable Italian pilsner that I could drink by the gallon.
Oct 01, 2023
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Sep 04, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by jakecattleco from California

Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Aug 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours hazy kinda dull golden. Not a lot in the sense of aroma. Flavors is a bit muted compared to some of its stateside Italian Pils counterparts. This is a beer that has hit for me in the past, but just not the case this time.
Jul 23, 2023
Rated: 2.82 by stephenlee93 from England

Jul 09, 2023
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Excellent combination of light, biscuity, honey malt and lemon zesty, grassy German hops. On tap it poured golden color with ample white lacing and foam. Crisp and clean, this was better than I was expecting.
Jun 23, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz bottle purchased from the fridge as a single for $6.99 plus tax. No bottled on date code that I can see. My local store received this pretty recently, so I think that it is relatively fresh.

Look: It's a clear medium golden color, with lots of very small floaties suspended within so it has a hazy appearance. There was two fingers of a fluffy, somewhat rocky white head that dissipated to a thin layer and with a thicker ring around the rim of the glass and left behind lots of meringue-like lacing. There was quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle (it's unfiltered), and the appearance became very hazy after swirling and adding the remnants.

Smell: Very nice aromas. It has strong aromas of earthy, Noble hops along with more subtle fresh, floral characteristics. There is also a very doughy, crackery malt backbone on the nose along with some toasted grain cereal notes. After adding the sediment, the aroma reminds me of a Saison, as I am getting very yeasty, peppery notes.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. I think that it is one of the more flavorful and easy-to-drink beers in this ABV range that I have had in some time. It's super crisp and dry. Up front, it's a bit fruity (white grape, pear, melon) and I get that clean Pilsener malt flavor. The finish is quite bitter with nice notes of grapefruit peel and melon rind along with the classic earthy Noble hop character.

Feel: The mouthfeel is really nice. It's not thin and not heavy, it's just right. Medium minus to medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall: This is an excellent Italian Pilsener, as it should be. After all it's the original Italian Pilsener, from which all other Italian Pilseners draw their inspiration.
Jun 21, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

May 29, 2023
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz undated bottle poured into a teku glass at fridge temp 5.2% ABV. The beer pours opaque medium amber with sticky light khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves big patches of lacing. The aroma is mild with pale malt and orchard fruit, grass and flowers. The taste is semisweet pale malt with notes of honey, pear and grass before a moderately bitter, earthy finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Cleanly lagered. Overall, very good.
May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by donspublic from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
poured from bottle into tulip, good 1+ finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Bright golden in the glass, slight chill haze. Cracker on the nose, along with floral, grassy notes and slight lemon zest on the nose. Taste follows the nose, clean grain in the front, slight sweetness floral, grassy hops, and a tad bit of citrus. Finish is a good crisp bitterness with a dry finish. Residual bitterness lingers in a good way. Very nice beer, but with so many locals doing this style now I have had a few that can hang with it for way less $$
May 15, 2023
Rated: 4.55 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Apr 30, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by Plonk from Alabama

Apr 23, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle from Brewers Haven. Rich golden pour, lively carbonation, lasting thick fluffy head. Grainy, malty aroma, biscuity. Taste is creamy bready malts with a nice crisp bite that lingers on the palate. Really remarkable on all levels
Apr 05, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
this is absolutely, unequivocally, and without debate in my mind, the quintessential italian pils, a style that seems more common in the northwest than in italy itself from what i can gather, but this is what brewers should be striving for, its so obviously a pils, but its also so distinctive from both german and czech examples of the style, this really blew me away, cool little bottle too, a fun one to share with friends, and a killer accompaniment to spicy chili! its so refined, but also so instantly old worldy to me, the perfect balance of grain, yeast, and hops, and so distinctive to itself, there is nothing quite like this. at least a full shade deeper in color than many, not immaculately clear, but super frothy headed, creamy and high rising and lasting, and with epic levels of carbonation. the hops are immediately evident in nose and taste here, this is not just a bitter noble hop finish, its a floral, herbal, delicate but robust, expressive hop complexion that runs the entire length of this beer, from key lime zest to green tea, from wet lawn to honeydew, its crazy for a traditional type style to be this dynamic, could be saaz but probably not on its own, shockingly fresh too, and really with very little bitterness. i taste the hops more and more each sip, and this is so uniquely hoppy in for a pils, i love it, even find myself kind of instantly addicted to it. the grain seems decocted, continental, and very full spectrum, off dry and with deep organic cereal vibes, even granola. the yeast is real fresh, slightly bready, familiar, german to me with the grain, minerals come out with it, and it seems patiently conditioned overall, but maybe isnt quite as crisp as other types of pils, it trades flavor for quickness, and in this instance its a brilliant choice. it drinks lighter and somewhat less malty than it looks, effervescent and excited the whole way. its wildly fresh and compelling, but also recognizable as a pils still. this is iconic for a reason, truly a masterful beer, often copied but never completely successfully. i cant wait to drink this again!

edit: when ice cold and fresh, i could rip long neck bottles right from the bottle all day long, this is such a treat every time, not over hopped like the american takes on italian pils, trendy in nerdy circles for a reason, this is glorious, and a great companion to spicy food as well!
Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on draft 3/7/23 @ the Beer Temple.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

Nice bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Fresh flowers, lemon & artisan soap notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Fresh flowers, lemon peel & artisan soap flavors.

A bit too dry for me, but ultimately enjoyable.
Mar 09, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap. A bit of history on this one, apparently was the first Italian pils as we know them. Neat! Cloudy yellow pour with two fingers of white foam and plenty of lacing in bands. Grassy old world hops pop in the nose with honeyed malt, big grains, cracker, and lemon zest. Taste is much the same, maybe some more cracker, less grain. Feel is well hopped, crisp, full yet moves toward airy and dry. Delicious not only the first italian pils but one of the better ones!
Feb 23, 2023
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Reviewed by cambabeer from New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sometimes a beer is overhyped, but this one lived up to it. Just a beautiful beer, one I could drink all day.

Yellow gold body with just a hint of cloudiness but mostly see through. Fluffy white head with amazing lacing all down the glass. Cracker and old world hop on the nose, and a bit of honey. Taste is bread, ground up grass and citrus rind, and a bit of spice. Medium to thick (for the style) mouthfeel. And a mouth coating finish that makes you want to keep drinking.

This beer is complex enough to sit and sip, it’s also simple enough to want to drink a 6 pack. This is good beer
Feb 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(11.2 oz bottle, no date/code; purchased single off shelf at Roger WIlco Pennsauken... poured into my 9 oz Genesee taster)

L: clear, pale-gold liquid with some slight suspended speckled sediment... puts up a lot of foam, beautifully dense and silky, receding gracefully, leaving thick, frosty lacing; a beaut!

S: definitely bready, with a bold earthy, wildflowery, hop overtone; smells like a German pils, just a touch more dynamic in malt character perhaps... excellent potency

T: not expecting that pop of lemongrass, orange pith; grassy-bitter... almost has the hop character (with malt to back it) of some tripels or Belgian golden strongs, hmm... the malt provides a deeply bready, lightly-biscuity foundation for the layers of spicy-herbal, citrus-blossom-y hops... superb depth and breadth, just lacking a little edge

F: tiny ting to the teeth, dusty drenching of powdery resins; too slugworthy... could use a bit more cut snap in the finish, but I understand time and tussle could have loosened up any structure and contrast the body and botanicals had built

O: it would take some patience to get used to the sediment, but the flavors help me forget any apparent visual flaws... I'd seen there was a recent import of this to the U.S.; this happened to be the first bottles I'd encountered and I snatched one up... I'd certainly get more (2091)
Feb 18, 2023
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 183 ratings