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

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Added by Todd on 01-03-2001

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Reviews: 689 | Ratings: 1,959
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 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 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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