Gran Riserva Rossa
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

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Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #121
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
76
Ranked #48,274
Avg:
3.23 | pDev: 13.93%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
41
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elnachooo from Spain

2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

De color rojizo, con una fina espuma de retención media. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y frutas. En boca es ligeramente dulce.
Dentro la línea "Gran Riserva" de Peroni, ésta es la mejor.

May 02, 2021
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Pablcol from Spain

2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle which was gifted from a friend. Best before date by 09/20.

Served in a small pint glass at around 6ºC. When poured it developed a thick, 1-1.5cm white collar above the liquid, which disappeared almost immediately.

With a dark orange, light brown, almost honey colour, it's one of the best looking beers when poured I have seen in a while.

At nose, it has a malty first smell with some alcoholic undertones, as expected from a lager.

Taste has nothing to do with look or even smell: with a slight caramel first impression that quickly leaves, it has almost no other flavor attached to it. Alcoholic and with some (somewhat unpleasant) bitterness at the end.

As it was gift, I drank it all, but I wouldn't recommend getting this one for anyone. A passing grade, only because the good looks and because it was the first italian beer I got.

Jul 06, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm in Rome, so I doing like the Romans and drinking this beer. Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is of malts, caramel, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Feb 19, 2020
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jazzandrea from Italy

2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Si tratta di una birra lager in stile Vienna. che si presenta di colore ambrato, rosso rubino, miele scuro, con un cappello di schiuma non troppo persistente e a grana fine.
Aroma di malto, caramello, liquirizia: è una birra abbastanza aromatica per essere industriale.
Il gusto non è all'altezza dell'aroma, anche se predomina il caramello, con delle lievi note di ciliegia; emerge poi l'alcool e l'amaro, con un retrogusto leggermente metallico.
Si tratta di una birra mediamente carbonata e frizzante.

It is a lager beer in Vienna style, with an amber and cruby colour (almost dark honey), which shows a head of foam not too persistent and small grain.
Aroma of malt, caramel, liquorice: it is a quite aromatic beer (considering that it is an industrial one).
Taste is not at the same level of the aroma, even if caramel prevails, with light traces of cherry; alcohol and bitter arise at a second stage, with a slightly metallic aftertaste.
It is a carbonated (on average) and sparkling beer.

Jun 09, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L. Perfectly clear chestnut brown. Some fat bubbles rising into a caramel head that clears quickly to lacing.
S. Barley/grains, otherwise nothing stands out to me
T. Toasty, them somewhat bitter/sour, and slowly through a long dry finish. The bitter/sour middle was something of a surprise but after a few swigs I'm getting a bit more used to it.
M. Hoppier than I was expecting from an Italian beer. Quite fresh/refreshing as it's well hopped and isn't 'rich' as such.
O. After a few mouthfulls and whilst studying the lable I started thinking 'Peroni, I hadn't noticed that when I bought it...hmmm'. Then I'd flashbacks to decades earlier drinking a dreadful Italian beer called Peroni Nastro Azzuro; I wonder if it's the same brewery. 'PNA' was the kind of thing you'd find offered in every Italian restuarant during the 80s, at a premium price, and you'd do your best to avoid having to buy it as it was so dismal. Perhaps this is an example of another country's mega-brewer trying to newly dominate demand in the premium/'craft' scene? Interesting to try, but I don't get the bitter/sharp middle part of the flavour so won't be buying it again. Several beers I've bought in London recently seem to come with 'The Story' of the beer on the lable, and it's usually mostly just piffling nonsense. This is one time when there is no bio for the beer, and I would be interested to hear what the brewers had in mind. ps. It seems a very elegent bottle to have to throw away after just one use...

Aug 12, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in Italy
Light fizzy head fades quickly, clear iced tea tan colour
Nose bready doughy biscuit malt, toasted grain, stale bread as grains, herbal hop, weird corn like extract adjunct thing, no lager notes
Taste mild sweet, cereal grains, stale bread and stale cereal grains, toasted grain, sweet candy malt syrup and more corn like adjunct unfermentables, candy sugar and mild fruity notes, some bitter herbal hops, sticky finish, no lager really
Mouth is med bod but sticky and mild syrupy, decent carb
Overall mess of a beer, not good, glad it was only a few Euros

Jun 26, 2018
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Spike from England

3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, glassy, russet colour with a thick, creamy, off-white head.
S: Light, clean, malt nose. No off notes.
T: Basic, semi-sweet malt with moderate bitterness & a short finish.
F: Light body, moderate carbonation, some stickiness.
O: Looks fabulous but is pretty generic overall. The malt is too sweet and lacks richness and depth. Bitterness becomes harsh over time. Disappointing.

Jun 01, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

2.69/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap. Pours dark amber with white head. Aroma is fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of caramel malt and hint of hops. Finish is very short. Drinkable brew.

May 30, 2017
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stcules from Italy

2.87/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beautiful bright red color, off-white foam, ok.
Malt and biscuit in the smell, the right amount of caramel. No hop, but decent.
Malty taste, a touch of caramel, quite clean.
Average body, biscuit.
Decent.

Jan 29, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Peroni Rossa Gran Reserva
50 cl. brown glass bottle, best by 09/16
2,06€ @ COOP, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 40, Roma, 00186

Appearance: Clear deep copper with a reddish cast and darkish orange highlights beneath a short head of white foam that drops all too readily and leaves only limited lacing behind.

Aroma: Distinctly malty with soft grain, light caramel and toffee, toast, and a very mild note of fruitiness.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests, backed by a smear of grassy and very subtly floral hops, and perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness. lt finishes mainly dry with some residual malt and lingering grassy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and crisp with a fine-bubbled median to standard carbonation.

Overall: If you were to try to make a beer resemble a red wine in some way, this might be it. It has a balance to it that kind of fits. It's nothing special looking at it from an American point of view, but coming from the Italian side (until recently) it would have been a true specialty. It has a great malt component, it's superbly balanced, and it's got enough character overall to keep it interesting.

Nov 29, 2015
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

50cl champagne-shaped brown bottle purchased from the local supermarket in Sorrento.

Pours a very clear amber-red colour, quite light and very fluid in the glass. Head forms frothily at first, but settles out to a loose ring of off-white. Carbonation is coarse, but effervescent. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is a little dusty but with a malty grain basis at least. Slight German-malt characters, a little herbaceous and vegetative, and an underlying roasty character. It's all very light, but it's decent enough.

Taste is similar. Pleasant, but subdued malt characters, undermined by a slightly lacklustre body and a thinness from a zealous yeast. Aftertaste has a slightly metallic or mineral quality to it, but it's a minor issue really. It's still lacking a great deal of complexity and oomph, but it's still fairly solid stuff.

Feel is a bit weak, as I said. It only weighs in at 5.2% ABV, so it's not stylistically a problem, but a bit more weight overall would have helped the beer a lot.

Overall: it's okay, or slightly better than okay. Decent, I'd say. Compared to some of the other Peroni offerings, it's clearly a step above, but that still puts it in the generic middle-ground of the beer pantheon.

Apr 05, 2014
Gran Riserva Rossa from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 41 ratings