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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jmbranum
3.56/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty bright gold clear liquid with a substantial white head.

Aroma is sweet and slightly grainy.

On first taste, I can pick up a lot of grainy notes and a little bit of hops. As the beer warms it unfortunately starts getting way too sweet.

Lingering sweetish aftertaste.

Decent medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Douberd
3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle of 330 ml, at home. Imported. Poured into a pilsner glass.
Golden yellow colour, very clear. Something less than two fingers of head, white in colour. Lots of activity in the glass, in the form of bubbles. Head finally stabilizes to half a finger, and stays at that height for a long time.
Aroma of malts and slighty of other adjunct grains, possibly corn (?).
Taste is great though. Sweet mostly from the malt, the hops on the weak side. I hadn't have a lager like that for almost a year now and my last holidays in Greece, and as I am raised with this kind of sweet beers, I find the taste very appealing.
Thin on the body, just one step maybe before someone can call it watery. Slighty dry on the palate. which gives it drinkability points.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one, too bad that it's price is so high here in the Netherlands.

Edit:according to the label it does have some corn, but other than a faint smell, it's not that obvious.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml green bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. This is marketed over here as a premium beer that commands a relatively high price, though an Italian friend of mine tells me that it is considered pedestrian fare back home. The UK lager market is a fantasy beer league like no other.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear pale-straw colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of fluffy white foam that disappears after a minute or two. Aroma of light malt with mild sweetness, a hint of stewed hops and a faint solventy twang in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of stewed hops and a hint of solvent. Restrained yet harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, but watery. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

My Italian amico was right - this isn't up to much. A standard macro lager with little flavour and even less character. Probably passable on a hot day in Rome if served ice-cold. However, no need to go seek it out.

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Photo of viverlee
1.79/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Peroni Nastro Azzuro. Or simply “Peroni,” it’s the most accessible beer I’ve reviewed to date, a distinction fraught with largely well-deserved suspicion.

STYLE: Euro Pale Lager

ABV: 5.1%

LOOK: Translucent yellow, highly carbonated, wafer thin. I can, yeah, see my fingerprints on the other side of the glass. Great for a crime-scene detective, not so great for beer.

NOSE: Soulless bread, a man without a backbone. There’s a note, distinctly off-putting, that I can’t, and maybe won’t, pull.

MOUTH: Carrots, lemon, canned asparagus. That carbonation, it fades — quickly. Leaving only a mouthful of what can charitably be called beer.

BA Rating: 65

Hayward Abbey Rating: 61

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pale golden color tons of inviting activity with a firm head that is present for a few gulps. No lacing

S - Buttery malt and skunky euro hops. I am a big fan of both

T - Very mild with notes of fascination. The malt is has a smooth sweetness and the hop backing is dry. Slightly watery finish

M - A tad thin but very refreshing. The carbonation keeps the palate very clean, easily drinkable

O - Nothing inoffensive about this beer. Nothing too fancy either. One of the better macro epl's around and goes great with pizza or just on a hot summer day

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

Overall this is a nice, easy-drinking lager. Similar to most European lagers and surprisingly easy-drinking for its 5.1% abv. This beer is not very hoppy so it is not really bitter, it is a lot more crisp and clean. The experience was personally detracted because it came out extremely flat out of the bottle so I would like to try this one again and on a warmer day, a really hot day, this would be an outstanding beer to have with a barbecue and some chips. This beer is pretty solid throughout all the indicators and would be recommended on those hot summer days for some well-earned relaxation and as a thirst quencher.

This beer worsened a bit as a the drink went on and lost some of its fruity character, became a bit more bitter but the first few sips were really nice and on that alone I would personally recommend this as a nice entry level, popular lager.

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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 Arithmeticus
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slightly chilled in tall lager glass.

A: beautiful presentation, with streams of carb bubbles and a two-finger head
S: lager, yeast, a bit of the traditional Euro-lager smell
T: slightly cloying beer; flavorful slightly lemony lager, but mixed with bready, stale character; tends to worsen as the bottle warms up
M: decent

Not a good beer--pass

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

green bottle served in a lager glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that fizzled out with a constant rise of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - a slight hint of skunk but it was mainly sweet grain.

T - sweet and grainy tasting.

F - light bodied with a bubbly feel.

O - meh.

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Photo of MDDMD
2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-crystal clear light yellow color with minimal white head and no lacing

S-light malt , hints of sweetness

T-light malt character, not much hop presence, slight ly astringent with a faint metallic taste

F-light body with light carbonation, crisp feel

O-Light lager with little compelling flavor, body or balance,

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Photo of tobelerone
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A clear light yellow beer with a fizzy white head that settles quickly. Minimal lacing. Kind of generic Euro lager aroma; grainy malt, slightly fruity, floral hops in the background. Flavor is pretty similar; very vaguely skunky, with a lightly sweet pale malt flavor and the hint of those floral hops underneath. Pretty nondescript but also fairly inoffensive. Totally unremarkable. Crisp and light bodied, with lively carbonation and a clean, dry finish. Decently refreshing, also fairly watery. Not the worst of the bunch but nothing special either. Pairs well served ice cold with pizza. No need to drink it any warmer as whatever nuances it possesses aren’t worth examining.

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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 MortarPestle
2.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with a white head that leaves a single ring before disappearing. Fine carbonation.
Aroma: Unappetizing sulfur with grass, lemon and some malt.
Taste: Herbs, grain, lemon and pepper with a lingering metallic note.
Texture: Crisp and dry with some bitterness.
Drinkability: I thought I would try this with an Italian dinner, hoping it would be a nice match.
Notes: Served in a Pilsener Glass

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Light yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops and grassy and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of corn, rice, sugars, mild hops and grassy notes.

Overall: Not a beer I go out of my way for.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't quite understand why this beer is scored so poor. Its not great, but its slightly above average for a euro lager. Many euro lagers suffer from skunk but I don't have that problem with peroni. Kinda bland and sweet, but not bad! Pours a very clear straw color with a few finger frothy bone white head. Light lacing. Arome is pretty damn clean with only that slightest smell of dirty europe. Slightly sweet. Taste is the same. Sweet grainy malt dominates. Light hops and a decent pepperiness gives this beer an edge over many euro lagers. Feel is okay but could maybe use a little more carbonation. Again i just don't see this as the disaster that most see it as. hmm.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Started with a finger of head that did mange to leave a little lace, but didn't sustain itself very well. The body is a pale yellow with thin carbonation.

Smell: Skunky with an almost cabbage note and a touch of sweeter rye bread. It's not very appetizing and I'd say it's of average potency, which isn't a good thing in this case.

Taste: Starts with a touch of sweet malt with a touch of fruit that is spoiled by a overwhelming cabbage taste. As it progresses a touch a lemon tries it's best to clean that out and when it fails it turns to a note of grassy and clay like hops that barely manage to finish the job.

Mouthfeel: Leaves my mouth tasting like wet clay and clings as you'd expect it to. That aftertaste isn't very pronounced which is good, but as you drink it, it has too much of a seltzer quality.

Drinkability: Well, it could be worse, I mean I'd still drink it on a hot day if it was offered or the only thing available. It's a bit rough around the edges but it stays down well enough.

Final Thought: Italy is not well know for it's brewing, and I can see why. This one falls in the "bad import lager" category for me. I mean it's drinkable, and I guess if I was in Europe and wanted beer, yeah this would be ok, but really I think if this is the standard in Italy, you're better off sticking to Wine.

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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 SebD
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a clear pale straw yellow color to it. It has a white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains, corn, breadiness, some grassiness and a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a corny/grainy taste to it with grassy hops, mild breadiness and a slight skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a light and slightly watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of hopsgirl36
3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: two fingers of froth with a straw pale color and a little lace after it settles.

Smell: rye bread aroma with alight grassy smell.

Taste: slight hoppy bitterness more of a malty taste.

Mouthfeel: a medium maltyness of a bready taste. Not very heavy on the bitterness.

Overall: a great dinner beer better on draft.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served form 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear pale straw color, with about two fingers of white head that dissipates rather quickly, and leaves behind no lacing to speak of.

Smell: A nice malty breadiness, and some slight grassiness in the background. Also getting a slight fruityness.

Taste: Grassy taste upfront, with some slight biscuity flavors, that fades to slight lightstruck skunkiness in there, but finishes up with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Fairly decent pale lager, for what it is. I honestly enjoyed this a bit more than I was expecting. Served ice cold on a hot day, with lunch, it was quite refreshing.

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Photo of xnicknj
1.57/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle - thanks to someone for leaving this at my apartment (i think?)

Pours a clear piss-water yellow with a froth of white head. Retains for a bit, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Wow. Immediate skunkiness erupts from the beer into the nose, even at long distance. Funky and odd in all the wrong ways, with a few hints of grain and lemon peel.

Slight citrus hints up front with lemon. Grainy and biscuit malts with an really unpleasant funkiness. Borderline sour and metallic, which puts bulletholes throughout any sort of profile this beer might attempt to cultivate. Finishes bitter and dry, but not in a good way.

Lighter medium body. slightly higher carbonation, prickly and awfully lingering on the tongue. Holy crap this is BAD. An unmitigated trainwreck of poor flavors doused in skunk. I'd take a Bud Light over this ANY day.

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

Into a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: clear yellow colored body with a small white head and some carbonation rising at a moderate pace

S: hops with some bread and wheat undertones

T: bitter but ends sweet

M: light and watery, extremely sessionable, no aftertaste or finish

O: euro pale lager - what can say, nothing bad, but nothing spectacular

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Photo of Hex
1.41/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Okay... Green bottle, (not a fan) but i happen to be at an Italian restaurant so, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" yes?
Pours a musky, golden yellow with a half finger head that dissipate rather quickly, (like you blink and its gone) leaving a soap suddy bubbliness around the top of the class.
Smells like some corn, a bit skunky, and a little grassy. Smell is faint, (humph! could be vodka)
Taste much like nothing. its very boring. If you can imagine a decent beer that you took everything interesting away from and left just enough something for it to still be considered a beer, thats this beer.
mouthfeel is the only thing about the beer that is almost worth giving it a second chance. its clean... that is all.

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

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pilsner glass, produced a white fizzy 1/2" head that dissipated quickly leaving virtually no head lacing. Carbonation was moderate in a clear pale yellow body.

AROMA: A light grainy corn scent with a light hint of indeterminate hops and a very light hint of skunk. Not bad but not very good either.

TASTE: Pretty much the same as the smell except that the skunk was a bit more prominent. Not exactly overwhelming.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light] body with a thin texture, moderate carbonation and virtually no body lacing. What there was dissipated quickly. The initial flavor is light sweetness with a very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a short time.

DRINKABILITY: Based on alcohol content, this beer was repeatable but I probably wouldn't opt to have another. Unfortunately, this was the only beer this particular Italian restaurant had available. I chose water for my second drink. It sort of reminded me of a Stella with the skunk added, and skunk isn't my favorite flavor. Overall, I'd call this a beer of very modest accomplishment. If you want a beverage Italians do well, stick to wine.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.82/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers of quickly-fading white head over a crystal-clear light straw yellow body; loaded with carbonation bubbles; looks like a light champagne

S - very strong bitter scent of grass and leaves

T - better than the nose; lightly-sweetened corn leading into a mouthful of spice and grass from the hops; dry finish with a touch of honey

M - light/medium body with high carbonation; better than it looks, but nothing special

O - It's not far off for the style, but also nothing special as a beer in general.

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
2.77 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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