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: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by onedogtwodog:
Photo of onedogtwodog
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Meh... It's the beer equivalent of having to listen to Giada de Laurentis way over pronounce Italian words...

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Photo of jtnord
4.25/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love it but I can see why others don't.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Super heavy carbonation is the key look to this ultra clear, pale yellow colored Euro lager. The head is pure white and doesn't produce much of anything other than some thin patchy foam. Surprisingly, the lacing is not half bad, with some sticky bubbly foam clinging to the does slowly find it's way back into the beer itself. Very typical cheaper looking lager.

S- Again, this is typical of the style. Skunky, but not nearly as bad as others of this style. There are hints of bread/yeast and some dried barley grain and/or grassy. While the aroma is much better than expected, there is still a hint of corn/rice adjunts. Minimal hop presence, which isn't unexpected and it smells very clean.

T- As the aroma suggested, this is very much a clean brew flavor wise. There is adjunct laden flavors of boiled corn and/or white rice. Lingering in the background are mild flavors of sweet malt and the aforementioned yeasty/bread qualities. Nothing in the hop department....good overall!

M/O- A perfect example of what a clean, crisp lager should be! Thin bodied and plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation make this a great session beer for a club meeting in the evening. It really can be enjoyed by everyone and has more flavor than standard BMC offerings, without the tang of typical Euro lagers. I've bought this before and I'll buy it again.....I like it for what it is and think it's an underrated beer!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.21/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Italian beer is decent but not the best. Poured into my trusty pint glass and light color with little to no head. Taste isnt bad as long as its poured into pint glass. Nothing spectacular about the beer but it is better than the American Lagers.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.78/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like Peroni. In the bottle it's okay. On tap it really shines. Okay, it's a Euro lager, and it's not going to knock your socks off. But it gets the job done in a comfortable, enjoyable way. Drink it at an Italian restaurant, on tap with some chicken marsala, and you'll be good to go.

Keep in mind, this is the draught version:

Appearance: A rich, golden color, with a two-finger width head that dissipates quickly into a light bubbly lacing. Quite attractive in the glass.

Aroma: It doesn't smell like a lager, really. There is a definite grainy scent to it, but I also detect a distinct, but light hoppiness about it too.

Taste: A very European, gentle hoppiness. Grain, but a suggestive, malty aftertaste. It does not offend.

Mouth: No bitterness, especially after eating a few bites of food. It's a good mealtime beer.

Overall: The beer is not stellar, but it's really not bad. Drink it on tap and you will not regret it. I found myself liking it more and more as I sipped it. Like I said, it goes well with Italian food, but also with just about anything else. A good, solid European lager.

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Photo of CraigShap
3.89/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic lager and somehow evokes its "italian" spirit through being dry and slightly choppy for the style. Best lawnmower beer out there.

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Photo of Rowlaw
4.61/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic example of a Euro Pale Lager. I don't know what the other ratings think is wrong. It's a nice crisp lager perfect for sipping on a sidewalk cafe in Rome. Maybe I like it so much because that's where I'm drinking it. It makes me happy.

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Photo of superwho24
4.3/5  rDev +54.1%
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 RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a deep, rich yellow in color with some live carbonation and a big, full, white head.

Smell – One of the only decent good grain aromas that I’ve found. The grain smells as good as it looks. The nose is sweet and very pleasing.

Taste – The wheels started falling off this wagon at the taste. The sweetness, which I enjoyed in the nose, completely took over the beer. The grain just faded away and left me with a mouthfeel of overly sweetened tonic water.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied birra has some subtle carbonation and is mildly crisp.

Drinkability – This one starts off well enough but lost its structure and felt kind of strung out to me in the end.

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Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of brownbeer
3.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an exremely pale straw color with a thin, white head that's waving goodbye.

There's not too much going on in the nose; it's lightly skunky, but that fades quickly, lemon, grainy malt. A step up from the big three.

A light lemony note in the taste and it's not completely void of hops in the finish.

Overall, it's not all bad. Drinkable, refreshing, and a good everyday food beer.

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1/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this with dinner at the Olive Garden restaurants in Okemos, MI. Poured from the bottle into a chilled pint glass.

A: Seems much like an American macro. Similar colors, minimal white head that dissipates very quickly to a ring of bubbles before it disappears for good, no lacing to speak of.

S: Not much on the nose. Basically just smells like 'beer' with nothing particularly notable.

T: I'm being generous in this category because I enjoyed this beverage with dinner and it really cut through the heavy cream sauces that were served with the pasta and helped to make the whole meal more enjoyable. Standing on its own it would probably merit something just a shade lower as the flavors present were relatively week. There's something just a touch sweet at first that quickly fades to water as it finishes very quickly. There's a quick hop bite and **poof** it's all over. Practically no aftertaste or linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel was interesting as it seemed to be more than it is when it first hits the tongue, then it quickly gets water. Again, this may be biased because I had it with food, but it really worked for me at the dinner table. Would I purchase it for personal consumption at home? Probably not.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.09/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Part of the "European Sampler" from SABMiller. A big push in marketing by SABMiller with this brand; many are reporting that this is their answer to Inbev's Stella Artois.

Very pale yellow color, strip-filtered clarity with a decent, white fluffy head. Peppery and lemony hop, mild cooked veggies (faint cabbage) and a faint husky grain in the nose. Smooth and crisp with a light body. Bitter herb, cooked veggies and a slight metallic tone to start. Bone-dry palate with a graininess that is borderline astringent. Peppery hop bitterness and more brash grain in the semi-puckering finish.

When in Rome ... uh, find some craft beer to drink. This Euro lager has gone from decent to almost undrinkable over the past several years. Our recommendation is to avoid this beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of MikeC144
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +52.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Satyr179
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of DeanBB
2.49/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.84/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 onz green bottle with freshness date in the back label

The appearance a very light pale straw color with with some bubbles as a head.

Nothing to write home about, very typical grains and some hops.

The taste is really nice , hops are clearly in there some maltiness,very easy to drink,just have to look for something to pair it.

Not the best euro pale lager,i have taste but still very good,maybe i would have some with some italian entree.

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Photo of BK2084
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. Best before end date and batch number stamped on the back.

Appearance: Perfectly pale, clear golden with a fine carbonation that creates a tiny bubbled white lace.

Smell: That unmistakable import Lager aroma ... light sulfur nose with a delicate floral hop aroma and faint malt sweetness.

Taste: Cold, crisp and refreshing from the very first sip. Body is light with a light dextrin-like malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. Hop flavour is comprised of floral hop flavours and a soft lemon bitterness that tickles the palate with a slight, combined, herbal twang. A mild grain dryness adds to the overall crispness of the beer. Finishes a bit dry with hop leftovers.

Notes: I can almost imagine myself sipping this from a long glass on some Italian beach. A very drinkable and agreeable Lager. Serve cold.

Oh ... and I'm not a big wine drinker, so I always order a beer with my meals. And, I figure if I'm going to eat Italian, I'll drink Italian. Peroni does the job everytime, although it's not something I'd keep in the fridge at home.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

TYPICAL american "wannabe" of a real euro lager. Average appearence, a bit weak on smell. Light bodied, quite light bodied as a matter of fact.Better than anheiser world select, but still not as good as my champion beer for this type of flavor: BECK. Although they are different styles technicly, this beer is coppied of the style of euro lagers. This is a good beer overall, descent flavor for being light and easy to drink.

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