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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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.62/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 330ml bottle (5.1% ABV),best before March 2010, drank in May 2009. Poured into a 'Palm' tulip shaped glass.

The bulbus shape of the glass made the beer look mid-gold colour, a thinner glass would have shown a paler, lighter golden, brighter body. There was no head after 30 seconds, a very small white collar remained.

Very little aroma, gets my standard 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

No true flavours, a typical mass produced hot weather lager with no redeeming features to push it beyond the bland rows of other lagers/pilsners that fill the shelves in British supermarkets.

Watery and weak, nothing happening.

No character or individuality, refreshing on a hot day, but lacks class.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a bottle on Feb. 26, 2009 at an Olive Garden restaurant. It was too dark to see an expiration date or lot number. This poured a pale yellow with a puffy white head. The aroma had some malt and hop mixtures but overall it just smelled like a Euro-macro lager. The taste was more malted than anything else. I must say that despite the rather average overall session, it did have a slightly fresher quality about it that helped it eke out a slightly better grade from me.

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Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear with a slightly yellow hue. Pours a nice white head; no retention or lace.

S: Plenty of floral hop aroma.

T: Predominantly floral hops, with a little grainy sweetness. Bitterness is VERY mild. It's not unpleasant, there just isn't much flavour.

M: Surprisingly light for its strength, moderate carbonation, relatively smooth.

D: A little more bitterness would give it a crisp, refreshing quality.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours straw coloured with a even white head that lingers for quite some time, and afterwards there is a lot of head residues on the glass.

S: There is definitely floral hops and malt (possibly caramell), and a lot of fruit (green apples and citrus).

T: A refreshing beer that has a nice mix of floral as well as bitter hops, some sweetness to the malt and both fruity and floral notes.
The aftertaste is rather long with a nice bitterness.

M: Dry, medium bodied with some carbonic acid.

D: A nice lager that goes down smoothly (preferably in summer). This beer would taste rather nice with a pizza.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale gold body with a one-finger head that died quickly. Possessed a faint aroma of grains and earthiness. A light-bodied brew that went a little slick but had some hop bite as well as a grainy huskiness to it. Not much for taste but at least it went down smooth. Just a half-decent Euro lager that isn't worth getting again.

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Photo of weeare138
2.03/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out. Chunks of carbonation quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of yeasty cornbread batter with some pils malt, fresh cut lawn, and scattered straw.
Taste is of the same, non-complex aromas with a metalic, grassy taste.
Mouthfeel is grainy, grassy, and like bad medicine that I really don't want to swallow with an unbalanced bitterness that leads to a metallic funk that is just plain unapealling.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.64/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From my notes 6/18/2007 Over the Atlantic Ocean at 36,000' on Alitalia Airline. Part of the meal includes beer/wine so I had to try a 330ml can of Nastro Azzurro. It is no different than on tap or in a bottle it is still the Budweiser of Italy plus since you only have a plastic cup there's not much nose and flavor is hoppy with plastic in the background and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Best by Aug 2008.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden colour with a full bodied and firm head of creamy white. Lots of streaming carbonation. Good lacing. Looks cloudy in the frosted glass.

Stylistically, the frosted glass makes it look worse. Why would they even do that? Otherwise, it looks pretty good for what it is.

Nothing on the nose, or very little, anyway. Very thin with a little hint of grain. Without the green bottle treatment it doesn't even have the pleasant euro skunkiness. Thin, reedy and insipid.

Taste is clean with a slight bitterness, but a slight chemical twinge on the back giving an acetone finish. No structure to it. Prickly feel that fizzles towards the back. Eh.

Not great. I think it's probably better in bottle, where it's at least clean, bland and drinkable. This is rather tasteless and very forgettable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.24/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before July 10, 2012. The green bottles sitting on the shelf would cut that by a smidgeon, me thinks.

The colour of straw, a small 1/2" head of foam, decent lacing.

The smell is the usual for the style or for an American Adjunct Lager. Grain, corn, light ambiguous bitterness.

Grainy flavour with notes of corn, very light bitterness, I can see why it's a top seller in Italy for the similar reason that Bud Light is the top seller in the US. Light on the flavours and not offensive and easy drinking. Hardly an endorsement by moi but it stands to reason. Flavour doesn't seem to be a major priority of the average beer drinker. I hope saying that doesn't make me come across as a beer snob as that's not my intention...

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Photo of spinrsx
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - straw/pale yellow, clear, small white fizzy head that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell - barley/wheat, bready, floral notes.. grainy

Taste & Mouth - slightly metallic, dry taste, higher carbonation, kind of watery. You can taste the barley

D rink - an average beer in my books, reminds me of miller high life. Light and decent for the summer months.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a clear pale yellow body with a white head that is boiling away with large bubbles. There is a big carbonation of large bubbles.

S- The smell of pale malt and a sulfur nose has a chemical hop smell that doesn't have much depth or character other than bitterness.

T- The taste of a slight honey malt note finishes dry with a sulfur and bitterness from hop crispness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz bite in the finish.

D- It is very cut and dry, a splash of dry malt then some bitterness that taste like hops and that is it.

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Photo of akorsak
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served at the Macaroni Grill in Annapolis, MD. The beer is cold.

A: The is a pale, pale, PALE beer. There isn't even much head to tell me that its not.

S: There is no smell here, no malts, nothing.

T: There is a light malty flavor, some weired adjunct flavors and not much else, which makes it a good rep of the style. There isn't a lot going on here.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly bland, but I found that that was good, as it did not detract from the meal.

D: The lack of taste makes it very drinkable, as nothing will happen to you. This is why Italy will always be a wine country.

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Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice feb21 2010

A very light straw yellow with a thumbs width of fast falling head that leaves no lace

S lots of grassy hops, a little hay and maybe some lemon

T on par with the smell nothing offensive but nothing great either

M thin but crisp, pretty standard though

D no real problems with this one just another basic beer

try it just don't pay for it, may be better with a hot sun

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Photo of avalon07
2.28/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a totally clear consistency. Very little head and lacing.

S: Typically skunky aroma, with a little hops and citrus.

T: A thin, generally tasteless beer, with some hints of hops and lemon. Not very interesting.

M: Not much carbonation and a dry finish. Slightly flat.

D: This isn't a particularly good beer. It's not offensively bad, but it lacks any definitive flavor or personality.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow, medium head, medium carbonation

Smell: clean wheat, little malt

Taste: light wheat and malt-nothing overly complex

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, very refreshing

Drinkability: For the style this is very sessionable. It is somewhat more tasty than others in this category. I have had this before and never thought much of it, but could see myself drinking a six after cutting the grass.

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Photo of DrDemento456
1.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I guess I expected a shitty lager when I found this in the House of 1,000 beers mixed six section. Pour is as clear yellow as it gets without being a light beer. Another note on appearance is the weird notch's in the back of the bottle. I guess that's for opening a beer with another beer. Screams classy.

Head was just a mere half inch and I was surprised to see it not fizz into nothing. Smell is your typical corn, musk, and hop mix. Taste is equally the same maybe some cardboard and moldy hops yet it taste as refreshing as filtered water. Makes my stomach rumble a tad. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall these Euro lagers are all the same. Light like spring water. Heavy on corn and sunk hops. Little revisit value.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.24/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a spritzy, citrus one finger head. A golden, clear straw color with constant lace bubbling to the surface. There was nothing to smell but maybe some citrus-like hops & water. Tasted like watered down hops with a little straw left to sit in the brew kettle. The mouthfeel was very light which gave it a high drinkability rating.
Overall, a very thirst quenching beer. But nothing special since it tase like any other American macro, but comes with a higher price since it's from Italy.

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Photo of bark
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The liquid is clear pale yellow; the white foam sinks quickly down to a thin white lid.

The smell is malty and a bit dry with notes of hay, white bread and some almost unnoticeable aroma hops.

The taste is first very mild with some sweet malt, and then a sour bitterness emerges together with some alcohol and a grapefruit-like fruit-flavour. The aftertaste is easy-going with a somewhat sweet bread-like malty taste paired with a simple bitterness.

The carbonation is OK with some big bubbles, but it gets stale very quick.

I found this beer as another typical Mediterranean quencher: Not bad, but not exceptional in any way either.

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Photo of DrJay
2.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, light straw yellow. Soapy white bubbles capped the beer and quickly dissipated. Sharp aroma of spicy, sulfury, herbal hops, slightly vegetal, with a maltiness in the background. Low bitterness with herbal, sort of minty, hop flavour that turned lemony towards the end. Light malt and veggies, slightly metallic finish. Light bodied, average carbonation that felt a bit coarse, dry. It's light, mostly inoffensive, and easy to drink. I'm not fond of the hops, veggies, and metallic character though, so it's not something I'd go back to.

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Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale light-gold color with a one-finger head that lingers a bit into my pint glass.

Aroma is that of cooked corn and/or skunked hops. Not much else to detect. A bit sweet and that's all.

Taste is skunky with at least a nice hint of bready malt in the middle that makes it somewhat bearable. A bit of hop bitterness is present as well.

Mouthfeel is full of bready malt and only light skunkiness. Not as bad as one would think but still not too impressive.

It's alright. Easy to drink and has a bit more flavor than I expected. There's not much to expect from this style otherwise.

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Photo of cbutova
2.42/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured out of the green bottle and into a pint glass with a very pale gold colored body, ultra clear. Small white head with a foamy look builds up and fizzes out pretty quickly. Any white disappears leaving and no lace builds up on the glass.

S- Aroma has good strength but it isn't of stuff I necessarily like. It has that "Bud" adjunct feel with bread, grain and a light cracker malt sweetness. A bit of Euro spicy floral hops.

T- Crisp light flavor of adjuncts, cereal grains and yeast bread. Light fruit sweetness again that you get in many lower ABV lagers. Hops are present with grassy, floral and spicy notes. Overall crisp and watered down feel.

MF- Highly carbonated ultra thin body. Fizzy feel on the palate.

Not terrible when it comes down to it but it does feel watered down and fizzy to me, too much so. Not offensive like some of the popular American light lagers but not good.

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Photo of champ103
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a small head and little lace.
S: Not much here. Some faint hops and some spices.
T: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Very piny with a good hop character and a good amount of spice. A bit grainy, but nothing much to complain about.
M/D: Light a crisp in the mouth. Easy to puy back if in the mood.

This is a decent light beer, and pairs well with some great Italian food.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bravo's with an Italian dinner. This was not a good beer, it made no good impressions. It was crystal clear, yellow color, film of white bubbles. The smell was neutral, nothing at all. Maybe malt. The taste was nothing special either, just bland. Like carbonated water with a little malt flavor. I'll choose water next time.

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Photo of Suds
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this brew on tap at a cafe during a late afternoon walk around Milan. It's a light yellow colored liquid with a very slim head. The aroma is faint, with a slight whiff of hops and a bit of grass. Not much else to speak of in the smell. The taste is similar, a hint of grain and a touch of hops. There's also a slight sweetness. The consistency of the brew is watery, with modest carbonation. Frankly, it reminds me of an American lawnmower beer. It served to quench my thirst, but didn't excite the beer lover inside.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a 20 oz. pilsner glass

Appearance-Served a straw colored brew with a one finger pure white head. The head faded almost instantly to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of some malt and a light caramel smell. There is a light musty smell as well. Nothing too great.

Taste - The taste starts out of a bready nature mixed with a light caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some light grassy flavors come to the tongue. In the end the grassy flavors grow stronger and mix with some paper tastes to leave a rather odd (and not in a good way) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was below average to average in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is very average. About right for the style, but nothing special.

Overall –Ah…Nothing really too great. I would pass on this if I were you.

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
2.77 out of 5 based on 1,957 ratings.
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