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Peroni Nastro Azzurro | Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

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Peroni Nastro AzzurroPeroni Nastro Azzurro

Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-03-2001

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Reviews: 681 | Ratings: 1,925
Photo of NastyNorseman
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This yellow brew smells like rubbing alcohol meets beer. Too medicinal for my taste and lacking anything bold to set it apart. Typical macro brew for the masses. The head is gone in no time despite its amount of carbonation. Taste and smell are the same. Not to be drank on its own, but to have with a meal. Drinks like water, bitter/skunky finish.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.87/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear straw colored with a medium amount of carbonation, There was little to no head and what little there was disappeared rather quickly. No real hop or malt aromas but there is this weird smell sorta alcohol sorta like a medicine that I cannot describe. The taste is super simple not much to it. It starts off with a dry feel and that slight chemical taste and ends with hints of malts/wheat flavors.

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Photo of Bito24
4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tough to top the last review, but here we go. Tastes like a skunk's culu which happens to be a pretty good when your drinking beer. Beats most of the macros out there. Being a grandson of four Sicilian grandparents, this brew makes me think of the old country, especially with a big dish of rigatoni! Grumpy drinkers can just fagetaboutit!

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Photo of Guppy314
2.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle bought at Trader Joe's, pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. First impression is that Peroni is going head-to-head with Stella Artois. Tastes are equally split between malt, hops, and corn. While, there's some carbonation, the mouth-feel is really pretty watery. I won't be buying a second.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: clear yellow. Sparse head on the pour that pretty much disappears.
Smell: a mild skunk on top of a I guess a generic beer, grainy, slightly sweet way.
Taste: like the nose. Not bad for a unrepentant beer lover though not a standout.

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Photo of MusaJames
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours well and looks great in a glass. The smell is a very basic malt and hops with more emphasis on the former rather than the latter. Drinking this beer can be enjoyable but you will begin to notice it is a one dimensional beer. Beer like these are pretty much available everywhere.

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Photo of undermatt
3.97/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, refreshing example of a macro lager. Love drinking this beer when served on tap from a tall, ice-cold Peroni glass. Nice creamy white head with fair retention.

Is this beer a work of art that'll knock your socks off? Probably not. But it is a pleasure to drink when served cold and worthy of a good review when you compare it to other macro lagers.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Light gold color with an off-white head. Initial impression is thin and watery. Mostly tasteless, but has a slighly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.45/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured mine into a beer mug.
Pours a lighter golden color, foam head that dissipates quick.

Smells of a watery euro pale lager.

Teastes of a mild euro pale lager, not strong at all, watered down.

Feels light, but nice and refreshing.

Overall, I opened this after a day of hard work and it's refreshing. But nothing special.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Green bottle pour into glass, best by date "05/06/16". Straw yellow, or yellow with a brown tone. White head that was moderately durable. Strong hops aroma, flowery, sort of waxy, with perhaps also a bit of crackers. And yes, somewhat skunky. Taste starts quite mild and grows a bit, but not too much. Hoppy tartness over a weak malt that fades before it makes much of a statement. The astringency is not unpleasant, but there's not a great depth. Like the nose, if you search for it there's a bit of a cracker flavor to it. Mouthfeel a little zingy then bubbly or sudsy before fading. Leaves a not entirely desirable hoppy aftertaste.

I remember drinking a few of these on hot summer days in Rome. They made good summer quenchers, but there are certainly more solidly put together beers of this type available. With the green bottles... it's hard to get one that tastes fresh, I guess.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold , clear with a creamy white head that had good retention. No lacing. Nose is malty with a soft and very light floral int he background. Cool hop herbal, faint sulfur. No diacetyl, light dms. Excellent nose. This has that weedy scent that I associate with some eeuro lagers. taste is breaddy. Mouthfeel is lovely with soft big bubbles to accent malty flavors rather than small biting ones. taste follows the nose and hops show a firm bitterness toward the finish that lasts and malt lingers golden int he aftertaste. I really liked this one. Crisp adn easy to drink.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From Hipercor Huelva. In Teku glass. Ordering the beer cellar. Good industrial lager. Nothing out of place. Nothing extraordinary either. Helps fighting the thirst without disgust

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold (3) pour with white head; cap quickly disappeared; good lace and excellent clarity. Corn syrup nose. Corny, bready, grainy, semi sweet malt. Super light mouthfeel; moderate plus carbonation. DMS linger...I've had worse...

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Martini Columbus. 20 oz Pilsner glass.

A: moderate burnished gold, one finger white head faded to nothing. Ample carbonation, with minimal lacing (though it had some).

S: light bready malt, lager yeast and a soapy floral hop. Very much the green bottle beer smell, but not skunked, just a very floral euro hop. Some faint citrus.

T: dry arrival turns maltier than expected, surprisingly not sweet. Mid palate the floral hops come to bear and then turn to a moderate bittering. Very clean, but with a little lingering floral taste floating in the back of my throat.

M: quite carbonated, and thicker than expected; mid to light bodied.

O: a decent Euro lager. I first had this on a long Alitalia flight and was really impressed. It is still a great summertime mass produced lager, but I tend to prefer something with a little more oomph. If in an Italian restaurant, I have no qualms ordering this.

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Photo of rapayn01
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was really surprised that this was the best beer on offer at a party in the UK. The country has some fine real ales, but this lager is weak flavored and unimpressive.

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Photo of Myotus
2.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (best before 20Apr15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with 2 finger's of dense, white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 2 and a half minutes. Straw yellow in color with a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: There are hints of bready malts and some strange chemical (the closest thing that comes to mind is a neutral-scented floor cleaner). Other than that, it sort of smells like water.
TASTE: Mild chemical (once again, neutral-scented floor cleaner) flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle floral hop and bready malt flavors. That is all. Disgustingly simple.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: Did I just drink some household cleaner? On the positive side, I didn't get any skunk flavors nor aromas that others report.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
4.08/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great summer beer from Italy. It's got that skunky, dope smell that most people complain about, but I honestly couldn't care less. It's got that intense carbonation and silkiness that comes with a good euro lager with the added cooling effect if you drink it on a hot sunny day. Is it a craft beer? Not by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great summer beer for a half decent price and it beats the shit out of Corona or any other of the import or domestic beers one might favor for the summer season. I rate it higher than most of the others on here. Maybe I'm a bit biased about it, but honestly, if you were to want to try a beer and checked Beer Advocate first, you would probably end up not buying anything. Reviewers on here shamefully rip apart macro and domestic beers because they aren't, 'up to snuff.'

Peroni is a well rounded, good tasting imported lager with a fair price tag. Enjoy on a hot day with your friends.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not a good beer. However I'd still drink it over most macros because it is not sugary sweet. However, it's not really anything. Actually, as I continued to drink it the beer got worse. It's terrible.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
2.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wildly unimpressive beer, with slinky odour and taste. Beyond that the taste has some bland malty tones, and a rough finish. This is certainly a beer I will not be buying in the future.

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Photo of JackieKu
1.46/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is terrible. I was not even able to finish it. Adjuncts dominated the smells. It's also a bit costly around my place. The worst beer I have tried from Italy.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle from a local gas station for $1.00 flat. How bad can it really be?

Look - Do I really need to describe this again? It's a euro lager and I'm sure this won't be much different than the others in any department
Pours cleat yellow with the typical frothy white head that disappears faster than a bum who just found out he is going to be a father.

Smell - A bit chemical with the usual notorious euro green bottle skunk.

Taste - Dextrin and grains with the mouth and turn to pretzel water.

Feel - A bit lifeless. Sits like carbonated water.

Overall - It's just another euro lager in a fancy colorful bottle.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.79/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. The best by date states it's still good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my pilsner glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear pale straw with about an inch of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malts, a bit of lemon zest, hints of cracked pepper, and a bit of skunk to boot. Some sweet corn coming through, as well.

T: Some sweetness and cracker malt at the front end. There's a turn to the tart side of things, as a bit of lemon zest builds in the middle, along with cracked pepper and a bit of stewed corn. The back end has a fleeting taste of sweet white wine and just a bit of hop twang at the close.

F: Light-bodied, with a good level of carbonation that brings out the crispness and zest. A bit tart, with a bit of graininess at the close.

O: The last time I had this beer was at a pizza joint my wife and I loved when we lived in Milwaukee over five years ago. It does go nicely with pizza and Italian food, but it's far from spectacular on its own. I've had worse Euro pale lagers, but I've definitely had better.

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Photo of MadCat
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours a pale, clear golden color with a light head.

Smell: Light sulfur nose with floral hops aroma and faint maltiness.

Taste: Thin malts, light hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: Not too impressed with it but not something I would turn down if offered

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.01/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Oh man, this was bad. Started out OK... three finger head, nice clear yellow, but when the head died down there was no lacing, no staying power.

Aroma was some lagery skunkiness and sweet grains, but not strong at all. Mild to the extreme.

Taste was bland and weak. Slightly bitter, but no hop flavor. Mostly skunky malt. Ick.

Mouthfeel was way too watery, No body at all.

Overall I will avoid this beer at all costs.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampling right now on 6/4/15 but had this before and when I was stationed in Italy from 1980 to 1982. Comes in a nice 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle with a "10/20/15" (Best By date) on the back label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head. Really not much lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of some grains for the most part with the typical 'skunky' smell from the green bottle. What's up with that? LOL! :) The taste if of some grains with a metallic mineral taste also close to the finish. Drinkable but that's all I can say for it. A bit rough. Guess this is the Italian version of "Budwesier'. Lighter-bodied with above average carbonation. Nothing special at all.

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