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

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Peroni Nastro AzzurroPeroni Nastro Azzurro

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Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Left over from the in-laws
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received March 12, 2017
Consumed: March 14, 2017
Reviewed as: Euro Pale Lager
Misc.: Bottled on July 9, 2016

Can’t believe I’ve never had one of these beers. The Gellar’s left them at a recent birthday for my daughter and I hadn’t reviewed it yet, so I went after it. Not expecting much at all. Would be surprised with something over a 3.00.

Poured a light yellow clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average watery lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled skunk, fresh cut grass, corn cereal, earthy musty basement notes, some herbal vegetables, hay and brown bread. I shouldn’t have liked this, but it actually had me wanting to try it. It had those pilsner notes that I love. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste was not quite as good as the smell. Definitely tasting more macro than the smell. Better than the generic American Adjunct Lager though. Got skunky herbal, wet grass, musty basement, spoiled red apples, corn, hay and bready notes. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.00)

Not as bad as I thought it would be. I could definitely slam some of these down in a night. I probably undervalued this one. (Overall - 3.00)

3.08 | 71 | C+

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Photo of mjurney
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw gold, super clear. Highly carbonated. Frothy head.

Sweet grain, grassy, slight herbal, crisp, clean.

Sweet grain, grassy, a little biscuit. Hop bitterness is low, herbal-spicy. Clean-dry finish. Very light bodied, crisp, refreshing, carbonation bite, highly drinkable.

Not bad for a typical European lager.

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Photo of acmurphy696
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This isn't a bad beer, but there's something slightly off-putting about its taste. It's smell isn't very good but it looks okay with it's clear, pale yellow appearance. There's not really much substance on the tongue, so I can't really get behind this beer overall.

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Photo of kevin3046
2.65/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold color. Thin white head completely and quickly dissipated. Slight smell of sulpher. Malty up front with mild hops coming through. Thin and watery with high carbonation. Ordered this at Olive Garden. I'm not going out of my way to get this again, but you could do far worse.

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Photo of BigGold
3.16/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had quite a long time ago, but not again until recently at The Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, CT, on draft into a large pilsner glass. My memory did not flatter this beer, but there may be no better location to present Peroni at its "best."

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Photo of Taybeh
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

At an Italian pizzaria, with some pretty good pie, served into a chilled brewery glass. This isn't bad for what it is...some decent bready/yeasty notes on the nose along with some corn, nothing much going on with hops, but very clean, and this carries through into the taste. Carbonation is quite high, and the body is in the middling range.

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Photo of awjess
2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in Rome. I figured it was a common beer fed to tourist but was on tap so what the heck. Came in giant glass. Nice golden color. A little watery. Light feeling which was appreciated on a warm day. Overall a decent beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.32/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very smooth and easy to drink. A little sweet and biscuity. Not the greatest beer in the world but for the style it is a solid beer that goes well with food.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Uniformly solid beer, like Heinenken if it were drinkable. The nose is fairly skunky but what follows in the taste and feel is a mellow, cracker-taste that makes the beer uniquely grainy and delicious.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have to give Italians credit this beer is very smooth. It's golden texture feels like Stella but nonetheless better. It's nothing special as far as craft, but it's a beer that is in that lager category more like a pilsner than a Sam Adams lager but it's not going to get kudos for artistry like hoppy ales would have. It's a must try and does go well with tiramisu and much better than commercial beers like Budweiser. But does taste delicious right out of the bottle and will quench your thirst on a warm day.

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Photo of JonCorbett
2.57/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm going to preface this with I should only review "craft" beer. In part because mainstream commercial beers are aimed at profit, market share, and consumption - not at the art. But that said, this is probably a mainstay in Italy, but here is in North America it is an import so I will give my temporary attention, much the same way I perceive Sapporo from Japan. It's an import and therefore different and so deserves a few words.

Appearance: Stereotypical color, head, retention, and visual effect that you would see in a light American brew. It's almost artificially clear in an overfiltered pale gold yellow, showing it's ability to drift bubbles to the surface, and develop the traditional patio-side TV commercial staged head of white frothiness. I even went so far as to slightly over-pour just to see how it cascades down outside the glass. Does it really have the same predefined, plastic, manufactured appeal as our American/Local counterparts? Yes. yes it does.

Aromas: I always hated the smell of "standard beer", and this one does an excellent job of reinforcing that sentiment with the added bonus that beyond the hot urine there is at least a slight apple vinegar that gives it some character - like a Star Trek "Red Shirt", only in this case you can't wait for it to die off so you can get on with the program.

Taste: Like pounds of raw oyster mushrooms were strained through some distilled water. There is very little if any other flavour profile, and what is there is antiseptically earthy with a slight wheaty touch.

Palate: Despite a continuous stream of fine carbonation bubbles, the body still feels flat. Bordering on middleweight - it has a muted thinning and tin-like atmosphere on the palate, like that mushroom water was poured from an unlined tin can.

Overall: Great if you are looking for pure imbibe-ment, and can't find anything else to drink. From a North American standard it's sub par, from a Canadian standard it is an insult to what we consider a your basic
5% (I'd gladly take an ounce of Blue or Molson over one full bottle of this, and I can barely stand those commoners either).

Pairing: Not necessary. I'm not going to even try.

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Photo of mattroc000
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

For a pale lager, it is the best I've had so far (10-14-16). It has the crisp and clean taste of a pale ale, but a better flavor than a pale ale which is also less offensive and overwhelming - almost like the taste of a brown ale.

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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 bbtkd
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Found on a Disney cruise, one of the few craft offerings. Nose was a bit malty. Taste also was a bit malty but mostly watered down. Mouthfeel was thin, and a bit over-carbonated. Overall not very good.

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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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