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

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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 Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks crushinator, ultimately your folks for the Italian version. Pours a pale yellow lager, with some malt and cheesy aroma. A lot of air bubbles head, that recede quickly. Easy drinking, kind of watery mouthfeel. Smooth in its pale yellow lagery way.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head with decent retention and lots of lacing on a clear golden body. Aromatics with a musty wheat aroma but not much else. Granny smith apple is noted throughout on a crisp wheat backbone. High carbonation and light body. Refreshing with a slightly bitter finish to it. Overall this one is actually good for what it is. I think it may be the green apple I am getting from it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Maria's Italian Deli in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random small spots of lacing line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain and a light fruit aroma. Taste is the same as the smell with a light fruity flavor coming through on the finish. This beer has good carbonation with a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it washed down the pizza I had very well. Not something I would buy on its own though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't totally see the appeal here, this is moderately better than the standard BMC stuff, but the price does not match the quality, and to be honest, the beer is pedestrian regardless of its price. pours a generic clear fizzy gold, with just an inch of rapidly fading white head. I usually guzzle these from the bottle though. an abundance of pilsner malts cascades the nose, with the adjunct malt sweetness and metallic aromas as well, bittering hops only. the taste matches, malt forward, not a totally corn beer, but far closer than craft offerings. mouthfeel is the best feature here, this one really goes down easy, is only a little filling in great quantity, and actually refreshes pretty well when its cold. the lightness and clean characteristics are appreciated, but the flavors just aren't bold enough to hold my attention. if this was cheaper, I could see it having a role to play in the greater beer world, but it prices itself out of that range, and doesn't back it up with taste, my biggest complaint. I drank a lot of this in Australia, always "borrowing" from my neighbors outside fridge, but revisiting it just has not had the same level of satisfaction for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Skunky as skunky gets... Thus brew is not pleasing on the nose at all. I odered this once and never again. I didn't mind that it was on the same basis as most lagers. I still wanted to try it. Through the whole thing I had that aroma attacking my nose and it made it hard to enjoy. I had to drink it asap just to order something different.

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Photo of metter98
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of skunk in the nose along with notes of grassy hops and hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has notes of adjunct malts such as corn along with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of grassy hops linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, a bit watery and a little clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a couple of good qualities such as its appearance and mouthfeel (considering its style), but the skunkiness in the aroma and taste render it to be an average pale lager.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why would an Italian brewery make an American Macro Lager? Better yet, why are American breweries still making American Macro Lagers? Anyhow, the beer smells like a wet dog, but improves as the beer settles in the glass. Looks more German Lager-ish than American Macro, which encourages me. Flavors are pretty clean with a light citrus, apple flavor and spiced nicely with citrus / grassy hops. A bit fizzy in the mouth, but ultimately nicely weighted and moderatly rounded. Finishs very crisp, clean, and with a lemony / minty finish. A good one for the patio.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.02/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $1.69.

The only reason I got it was to try a beer from Italy.. and that's al they have going for it. Italians should stick to wine.. as this is just a bland/boring euro lager. It's crisp and refreshing, but totally lacking on taste/appearance and smell. I would have this again if given to me but I wouldn't buy it in a store in a hundred years.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, at an Indian restaurant for my gf's sister's birthday - this may be the best beer they have available here.

This beer pours a clear, bright, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly white head, which leaves some speckled arrays of soap film lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of faint pale malt, a touch of corn cereal, some middling overripe lemon, and musty, skunky herbal hops. The taste doesn't quite suffer the same off the reservation stank as does the nose - I get more of the semi-sweet, corn-fed graininess, an echo of flat, indistinct citrus and stewing apples, and more weedy and musty, rather than overtly skunky, plain Jane noble hops.

The carbonation is certainly active and probing, but to no real invasive degree, the body on the lee side of medium weight, a tad cloying, and work-a-day smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess turning a mite bit sour, and the touched hops slowing moving in forlorn circles.

Overall, a likely prototypical example of when the green-bottle, light-strike fairy visits - an unpleasantly off-seeming, edgy Euro-lager. If you see this as the 'best' option at an Italian, or any other restaurant for that matter, make sure that it's the canned version, or just ask for the wine list.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

660ml bottle served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in Rome, Italy, at me friend's gaff. Reviewed live.

First off, the green colour glass makes me suspect. No self-respecting brewer allows such factors as the bottle glass to affect quality. Presentation is poor.

A: 1.5 finger head of slight soft cream, nice thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear yellow that appears a bit undercarbonated. Transparent.

Sm: Clean barley is all me broken nose picks up. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean barley foundation is a bit empty but supports the few notes that are present atop it, including slight cream and light malt. Some orange or lemon peel would be very welcome in this beer. It's simplistic garbage meant for drinking with food at a table. It has no real flavour in itself. I suppose it's refreshing on a summer day, but so are other better Italian beers. It balances the few flavours it possesses.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet, too light. Classic fallacy. Also, there's a bit of stale cream towards the finish that dries artificially. Doesn't complement the style.

Dr: You could quaff it down at frat parties, sure. But if you want a flavourful beer look elsewhere. Even if you want an Italian beer that pairs well with food, look elsewhere. There is only one place this beer belongs: the shelf. That said, it's very affordable for the quantity. Maybe it'd be good as a cooking beer for frying sausages if there's no stale beer leftover from a party before.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.28/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with almost no retention and no lacing. Aroma is quite bland with almost no characteristics. Taste is also very bland and thin with loads of watery notes. Body is light with spritzy carbonation. I haven’t had such a thin and bland beer in a long time.

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Photo of zeff80
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a pale, clear yellow color with a white, two-finger head. Highly carbonated, too.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. Slight skunk aroma, too.

T - It tasted of corn and some mild maltiness.

M - It was very thin and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not so good. The flavors were pretty weak.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-darkened straw yellow color with plenty of visible carbonation and somewhat of a white head. Good lacing going down. The nose is actually slightly hoppy with a strong grain character. The taste is all grain although no corn, which is always a nice touch. Light feel with crisp carbonation. Not too bad, though not that good either.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name Nastro Azzurro sounds pretty exciting in Italian, but in English it translates to the rather boring "blue ribbon".

It pours a crystal clear straw gold body beneath a full head of frothy bright-white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some initial wide rings of lace about the glass.

The aroma delivers clean, sweetish, straight-forward malt and a touch of spicy hops.

In the mouth it's gently crisp, with a medium body and fiine-bubbled, standard carbonation.

The flavor offers a clean, lightly sweet and grainy malt that's well threaded-through with spicy and very lightly herbal hops. It's very nicely balanced with both the malt and hops appearing on their own, at start and finish respectively, but also as one perfectly intertwined combination across the middle. A bold bitterness runs through it, and it finishes dry with lingering spicy hops throughout the mouth. Very nice!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 11/15/07 at Volcano Grill in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts & a touch of hops.

T: The taste has the typical adjunct sweetness, light malt breadiness and a very mild hops presence, not much more than that and certainly nothing makes this beer stand out in a crowd. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily enough, not filling at all, this is yet another Euro Pale Lager that just doesn’t do anything for me. If I’m going to drink a beer that tastes like a macro, then I might as well just drink a macro and not pay the “imported” price for it.

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

Light, light color and body. After a few gulps the hops seem to slink out into the open. Definitely not an American macro brew. The interesting skunky hop aroma pops out when you open the cap, then fades. Has a slight but pleasant fruity hop nose. No malt to speak of, but has the right amount of carbonation and none of the metallic flavors that mar many light lagers.

It's hard to get real affectionate about this stuff, but the kiss of hops and clean flavors should buy it some slight respect.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.05/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First had: ? (on tap at some restaurant)

They should call it "Peroni Nasty Ass-urro"! But seriously folks...

Clear, pale, straw-yellow body, with a wisp of fizzy white head. Aroma of grains, cabbagey skunk. About the same in the taste, vague beerish qualities of pale malts and light hops, skunk, sweet corn, grain husks. See, crappy adjunct lagers exist in all countries, not just the US. Light mouthfeel, thin, watery, unnecessary, undrinkable. Lots of good Italian craft beers are making their ways to the States lately...this isn't one of them.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.28/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best Before End: 04/13/10.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, lightly-hued yellow body with a wispy layering of white head.

Smell: Meager, insipid grainy malts with evident notes of skunk and gun metal.

Taste: Particularly light pale maltiness impaired with metallic, skunky, husky hints. Faint hop bitterness. Dry, fairly crisp finish. I couldn't get to a glass of water fast enough.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's faulty and unenjoyable, as so many of these lagers often are. More nasty than nastro.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Il Mulino (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer starts out slightly skunky and then you can detect some of the proper beer smells - pale malts, adjunct grain malts, and grassy hops, though both are quite mild.

T: The beer tastes much like the smell (without the skunkiness). There is a lightly sweet corn adjunct malt flavor that is followed by moderate amounts of grassy hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is refreshing and sessionable. It is easy to drink and I could have a couple of these but there is nothing that really stands out about this beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.81/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale maize topped with a bright white head of frothy foam that is of acceptable quality (it looks worse as it melts). Thanks to furiously bursting bubbles, it deflated quickly to about two fingers, but has slowed down considerably and will give me a little something to look at while I drink. Almost no lace.

As is often the case with these green-bottled Euro lagers, the smell of skunk greeted my nose on crown cracking. The only suspense is in seeing how completely the nastiness fades. In this case, almost completely. Almost. The scent of musky noble hops is the sum total of the aroma and does not make me excited about my first sip.

This is not good beer. On first contact, there's a pale malty sweetness that promises something it has no hope of ever delivering. The flavor very quickly degenerates into a harsh, biting bitterness that tastes a little like weed killer or some other noxious chemical. It's drinkable, but pairing it with spicy food might cancel out some of its more anti-social tendencies. Solo, it's a bit of a chore to drink.

Surprisingly, the body/mouthfeel isn't horrible; at least not as horrible as the flavor. It's much closer to light than to medium and doesn't fade to wateriness on the finish. There's not a whole lot wrong with the carbonation either.

Nastro Azzurro means 'blue ribbon' in Italian. It's hard for me to believe that this beer ever won a blue ribbon in any competition, anytime, anywhere. Stick with America's own Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer that kicks this beer's ass to the moon and back.

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Photo of russpowell
2.21/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at old chicago, thought I'd try ssomething different,

Poured an efferevecent golden with 2 fingers of white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Floral hops, ceral & cornyness

T: Sweetness, ceral & flowery hops up front. As this warmed it turned into a cloying grainy mess. Finished sickening sweet & left several ozs in a glass

MF: Thin, with too little carbonation

If you drink this ice cold this could be passable, just don't let it get any warmer. I thought this was a little, not much better when I had it in Italy

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the palest yellow I have ever seen, almost clear, with huge seltzer like fizzy head. Smell was your classic light malt, macro smell, nothing great at all. Taste was about the same, really wasn't any. Almost thought I was drinking sprite. I would not have this again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Buca di Beppo - Served chilled in a tumbler

A - A clear golden w/ thin white cap w/ tiny bead.

S - The smell has a light mineral quality with subtle hop odor and mild fruity/yeasty ester. The nose has a mild herbal tinge

M - The feel is decent w/ semi dry, highly carbonated, but a bit thin and seems a bit too yeast oriented in general w/ mild mineral notes

T - A fairly basic lager taste, mild tinges of yeast with subtle mineral and light herbal hop accent the malt has a subtle amount of sweetness and the flavor almost hints at grassy. The real issue is it seems to hold back- the beer is too crisp and light and flavor just drops out mid taste

D - a great beer for 100 degrees in the shade or scrubbin your palate after a greasy italian sausage, but generally too light to be considered drinkable for more than 1

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Photo of smcolw
1.6/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The price was right--this beer was free.

Clear, very pale yellow, no head, no lace. Neutral grassy, light malt smell. Extremely dry, hopless flavor with very high carbonation. This beer is nearly flavorless.

Given that I had this beer in Rome where it should be fresh and considering that it was the end of a busy day and I was thirsty, Nastro Azzurro had every opportunity to score much better.

On second thought, the price might be too high.

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quick spritzy white head that dissipates to almost nothing, pale straw and very clear.

Smell: Not much to the aroma, some faint graininess and that is about it.

Taste: Thin malt, a little light on the hops. Some dextrin sweetness within and lots of pale graininess. Spicy hop in the back with a drying grain effect as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice crispness, light to moderate body and thin throughout.

Drinkability & Notes: Italian macro brew, good to wash down some macaroni and gravy. On its own its just a plain Euro-lager.

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