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

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #441
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
66
Ranked #47,643
Avg:
2.8 | pDev: 22.5%
Reviews:
738
Ratings:
2,147
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Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
 
Italy
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Year-round
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SCORE
66
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Photo of defunksta
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color. A little darker than I expected. Still, an SRM of 7. A mild white head that fades quickly, but hangs for a decent amount of time (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of lemon and yeasty bread. Some grassiness that is masked by skunk. Nice fresh baked bready malt aromas. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Lots of lemon and bread yeast. A little grass that is masked by the skunk. Then some fresh, baked white-bread toasty malts. Like a fresh baked loaf is just out of the oven. Lots of bread flavor, but it's not too sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Clean and smooth. Light, but a little heavier tan I expected due to the large toasted bread profile. (3.75)

Overall: A fantastic lager. Much better than I expected based on previous ratins. I am impressed with the strong lemon, yeast, and bread flavors of this beer. Lots of fresh bread flavor without being heavy or too sweet. Very flavorful. It's more yeasty than other pale lagers. This is a Euro pale I would recommend. (Final Rating: 3.97)

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pale gold pour with thin white lacing. Grainy, grassy weight citrus on the nose and taste follows suit. Grainy malt base, and ends with a lingering bitter, grassy bite. Medium body with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Crisp and refreshing and easy to quaff.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle with a best by date of 2-20-20 (opened 7-24-19).
Clear, clean pale straw gold with ample visible carbonation. 1"+ white head on top and surprising retention. Settles in at a solid 1/8" cap. No lace.
Sweet, grainy malt and grassy hops. Slight hint of skunk that grows a little as the beer warms.
Mild sweet malt flavor and faint corn sweetness as well. The hops are grassy and do add some flavor here.
High carbonation, light body and mouthfeel. Surprising amount of hops that dries out what could have been a overly sweet beer.
Easy to drink, I'm higher than most ratings here...my sample seemed fresh. Could easily drink a few of these espeacially accompanied by food.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours straw gold and crystal clear with big bubbles. A nice foamy three-finger head and good retention. The best aspect of the brew. It is a nice looking beer.

Malts forward on the nose, both grainy and fruity-sweet. Hops are there too, mostly grassy, but with a hint of floral. A touch of skunk in the background.

The flavor follows the nose, but somewhat weaker. Citrus, grainy malts, and some adjunct corn sweetness too. Floral and grassy hops to balance the sweetness. It has a sour near skunky finish that increases in its presence as the brew warms.

The brew is light and crisp. Very refreshing in its effervescence.

This looks like a good beer and feels like a good beer on the tongue, with nice carbonation, but it doesn't smell or taste like much.

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Photo of Sandrat
1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a small can into a pint glass.
So the lower case p stands for pale and pale it is. (near colorless)
There is a bright white 2-finger head that is gone in 60 seconds. (laceless)
Very faint scent of dandelion also quick to disappear. (odorless)
The tiny bubbles were pretty while they lasted. (motionless)
Mouth feel was like a sparkling water that had gone flat. (tensionless)
Taste, well, just a little sweet no aftertaste like in a minute there is no evidence that you had a beer in your mouth. (tasteless)
If this 'beer' was ice cold and I was very thirsty I would drink it if there was not a tasty glass of water to be had.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Woot! Green bottle! Pours a light to medium golden amber with a big, three finger white head with great retention and lacing. Clear skunkiness during pouring. Aroma in the glass, light husky, grainy malt, skunk, a hint of lemon. Flavor is husky, grainy malt, slightly bready, grassy hops. Lingering skunky and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. There is a decent pale lager buried in this beer; both the malt and hops are above average in depth and the usual mellow, pleasant light lager notes. Sadly the skunkiness was too dominant. I usually score light lagers higher than many reviewers because they are brewed to be inoffensive and easy to drink, and often are, if somewhat boring to craft drinkers. Allowing a beer to travel so far in a green bottle just irks me, so this one gets a below average score. I'd bet this is a lot better fresh in Italy, but this one fresh off a truck here is a disappointment. Looks nice though.

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Photo of Caolanboyo
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pure muck , nothing but a fashion statement, like grey goose the price is unjustified. Shite pure fizzy shite makes u fart like fuck next morning. I'd recommend buying 6 500 ml bottles of Bavaria from Tesco for 6 quid. Smells like cannibais which is it's only positive

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Photo of jamesroses
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330ml can

Pours pale golden, head dissipates quickly. Poor carbonation.

Smells a bit floral and sweet.

Taste is sweet, more than it needs to be. Slightly hoppy finish and aftertaste. Light bodied.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid opening and solid all the way through. The end is just slightly more bitter, but still eminently solid. This one will probably go on my list of beers to pick up when I'm not in the middle of nowhere. 2010/06/08

There’s something about Peroni. Since the new and improved grocery store back home carried this, I had to pick up a six pack and taste it again, nearly 10 years later. It has a taste combining sweetness and bitterness in a mix like a girl with a great bottom—like two dogs fighting. The thought is antagonistic, but the result is special. The bitter side of the spectrum wins out, giving a hoppy taste that’s somehow different from other hoppy tastes. Not overpowering, so you could guzzle this, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Savor the taste, instead, which is interesting and repeatable throughout. 2018/05/27

Additional note: My later tastings have been from the aluminium extruded cylinder, and I'd say the glass vessel is preferable.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft in stemware at Pizzarino in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Crystal clear straw. Almost no head.

Aroma: Crisp. Grains, some cut grass.

Taste: Slightly floral with a nice malt backing. Hint of mint. Pretty tasty for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very light and easy.

Overall: Good companion for a good pizza. Enjoyable.

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Photo of drmeto
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a big, foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-skunk,lemon,lime,perfume,herbal
T:
-heavy corn sweetness,lemon,lime,grainy,buttery,herbs
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
A lighter Lager like this would benefit from a lesser corn and buttery taste.
Using green bottles in 2019 is also a travesty.
Below average in that style.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very light golden color with lots of streaming bubbles. Two fingers of white head that cracles and settles into the beer.

Nice light scent of some grains with a bit of sweetness. Beer from a 11.2 oz. can was not skunky. Actually smells quite pleasent.

Beer has a good taste with a bit of graininess and a touch of sweet. I do pick up some grassiness like some European beers. Very clean lager tastes coming forward with a faint hint of hops in the background.

Mouth feel is fairly light and finishes crisply.

Happy New Year to all my fellow Beer Advocates! My first review of 2019 was with Peroni. I have to say that I like this beer and find ito be a very nice Euro lager that can be a refreshing choice over other adjunct lagers when one goes out. I have heard that the beer can skunk a bit in the green bottles and opted for a six of those odd 11.2 oz. cans. The beer seemed fine with none of that funky skunk. Happy I tried this one!

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Photo of dueserdo
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First time on draft and I wanted more. So smooth and very drinkable. Surprising great taste for the low ABA of 5.4%. Normally for dinner, I have one, but this time I had two. If I had room, would have had three.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From notes 10/21/11: Pours a clear deep straw producing 1 inch of white, short-lived head that leaves little lace. Aroma is bready, light grain/cereal, lemon and grass.Taste is similar fronted by more bread and grain, floral, fruity and a hint of grass. As with many of the European lagers in a green bottles there is a light skunk evident in the background. A decent session brew, otherwise its goes well with hot, sweaty work.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer gives way to influence, you can definitely tell where IPAs and Lagers got some of their influences from. Which is what beer is all about. Different flavors and different flavor profiles. A little bit of sweet, skunky and some of that straight up lager taste.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised by the low rating here. This is an excellent European lager and if you think it isn't full of hops/flavour/something else you have no idea. It isn't meant to be. From both tap into 450 ml glass and from 330 ml bottle. A. Golden yellow, moderate carbonation with light frothy head fading quickly to lacing. S. Unsurprisingly, a little grain/malty sweetness. T. follows the nose, but fuller. Dry finish and very drinkable. F. Light, but not too fizzy. O. Good, drinkable and genuine beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.51/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with some a few streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer’s surface. Has a white head that’s initially about an inch thick when first poured. Head settles fairly quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Narley any lacing. Aromas of some biscuity malt sweetness with a bit of zest and mild hop bitterness. The taste is pretty much the same, with some biscuity malts with slight sweetness and also a bit of grainy zest that’s rounded out with with some fairly mild hop bitterness. Not a bad flavor profile at all overall, and certainly well balanced. It’s just that there’s not a strong enough of an overall flavor profile here for my preference. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink with a clean finish.

Eric

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Photo of craigbelly
2.94/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical euro lager fizzy straw colored pour. Taste mimics the nose. Clean and crisp, bread dough,malty. Touch of bitter and grasa. Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is high.

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Photo of superwho24
4.3/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Easy going down. Very light in color. Flavorful, slightly bitter, slightly sweet. Pairs well with a Mozzarella Cheese Roll with Prosciutto & Basil.

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Photo of Drew-Mullins
2.47/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I mean, it was definitely beer! That’s all I can say really. Nothing special but nothing too offensive. Wouldn’t mind it on a hot day but wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of pat61
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: brilliant gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/4" fleeting, frothy white cap

S: has a light grainy sweet smell, faint spicy hop aroma, a faint hint of skunk and a clean fermentation character

T: Grainy malt sweetness leads followed by low hop flavor, medium low hop bitterness, and a hint of apple

F: medium light body and the medium high carbonation

O: a mildly flavored international lager that is not outstanding but is drinkable

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Photo of Isoruku
2.62/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wanted to like this, but it's truly disappointing - a lager that tastes like stale, fermented runoff from a storm drain in Rome. It has none of the crisp, bright notes that you'd expect from a standard lager such as Heineken or even PBR. Instead, Peroni has a few discordant surprises up its sleeve, but none of them is pleasant. Not recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I had this in the US and it was meh, but in Italy it was much better
Tap at little restaurant, light fizzy head crystal clear
Nose lager malts, little straw, crisp clean lager, faint grassy hop, touch fruity, nice malty aroma
Taste similar, clean crisp lager, soft fruity, straw little bread dough, pretty malty, touch grassy hop late, hint minerality, crisp lager finish, more bread dough
Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb,crisp lager
Overall nice for a hot summer day, not the skunky mess I think we have in the states

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.07/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken 07/29/17:

Clear, straw gold. Smells like honey, grass, faint lemon. Delicate, fluffy white head of moderate retention. Weak lacing. Very minimal skunking if any, even with a green bottle. The palate reflects all this almost perfectly, although is slightly sweeter than I expected. Almost closer to a German Pilsener than a Euro Pale Lager. Very active carbonation, a soft effervescence, light bodied, velvety, plush, and smooth.

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Photo of Mick_Bynes
4.44/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite beer until I discovered Menabrea Original. It is a really amazing beer and it's surprisingly amazing for an almost light beer. It is absolutely awesome on tap. I've had it on tap a few times.

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