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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Photo of JackieKu
1.46/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is terrible. I was not even able to finish it. Adjuncts dominated the smells. It's also a bit costly around my place. The worst beer I have tried from Italy.

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Photo of Raime
2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle from a local gas station for $1.00 flat. How bad can it really be?

Look - Do I really need to describe this again? It's a euro lager and I'm sure this won't be much different than the others in any department
Pours cleat yellow with the typical frothy white head that disappears faster than a bum who just found out he is going to be a father.

Smell - A bit chemical with the usual notorious euro green bottle skunk.

Taste - Dextrin and grains with the mouth and turn to pretzel water.

Feel - A bit lifeless. Sits like carbonated water.

Overall - It's just another euro lager in a fancy colorful bottle.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.79/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. The best by date states it's still good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my pilsner glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear pale straw with about an inch of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malts, a bit of lemon zest, hints of cracked pepper, and a bit of skunk to boot. Some sweet corn coming through, as well.

T: Some sweetness and cracker malt at the front end. There's a turn to the tart side of things, as a bit of lemon zest builds in the middle, along with cracked pepper and a bit of stewed corn. The back end has a fleeting taste of sweet white wine and just a bit of hop twang at the close.

F: Light-bodied, with a good level of carbonation that brings out the crispness and zest. A bit tart, with a bit of graininess at the close.

O: The last time I had this beer was at a pizza joint my wife and I loved when we lived in Milwaukee over five years ago. It does go nicely with pizza and Italian food, but it's far from spectacular on its own. I've had worse Euro pale lagers, but I've definitely had better.

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Photo of MadCat
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours a pale, clear golden color with a light head.

Smell: Light sulfur nose with floral hops aroma and faint maltiness.

Taste: Thin malts, light hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: Not too impressed with it but not something I would turn down if offered

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.01/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Oh man, this was bad. Started out OK... three finger head, nice clear yellow, but when the head died down there was no lacing, no staying power.

Aroma was some lagery skunkiness and sweet grains, but not strong at all. Mild to the extreme.

Taste was bland and weak. Slightly bitter, but no hop flavor. Mostly skunky malt. Ick.

Mouthfeel was way too watery, No body at all.

Overall I will avoid this beer at all costs.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampling right now on 6/4/15 but had this before and when I was stationed in Italy from 1980 to 1982. Comes in a nice 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle with a "10/20/15" (Best By date) on the back label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head. Really not much lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of some grains for the most part with the typical 'skunky' smell from the green bottle. What's up with that? LOL! :) The taste if of some grains with a metallic mineral taste also close to the finish. Drinkable but that's all I can say for it. A bit rough. Guess this is the Italian version of "Budwesier'. Lighter-bodied with above average carbonation. Nothing special at all.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It is basically the Italian Budweiser, or Heineken, or Miller, or (Insert your go to macro lager here). Nothing bad or awful but nothing special either.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I probably wouldn't buy this brew for the house, but in my favorite Italian restaurant in Westmont IL, sitting at the bar with a pizza and listening to a guy cover Sinatra and other greats, Peroni is outstanding. Mildly skunky but overall a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of TommyK154
2.09/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoy some macro euro lagers, but this is not one of them. Always have a very skunky taste. It's fairly drinkable but not really enjoyable. Even for a macro, there are plenty of better euro lagers out there

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Photo of Gajo74
3.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow with little head. Grassy aroma and taste. Malt backbone and mild hop bite. Crisp and refreshing.
Not a terrible macro lager. I rate it higher than most people here. However, there are of course better choices out there.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale straw color. White foamy 2 finger head lasting around 3 minutes. Average legs with almost no visible activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of skunk, corn and citrus. Crisp and sharp taste on the bitter side.

Light body with low carbonation. Very short and faint bitter finish, ending with a light smoky skunky feel.

Overall : Poor craft being too watery and a little stale.

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Photo of DDiFran
2.82/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why do brewers keep putting beer in green bottles? I've never had a green bottle import that didn't taste at least a little skunky. Put that aside and this is an easy drinking, lawn mowing beer. Nothing great, but serves a purpose.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Your average euro lager, slight skunk and plenty of grain. Very beer-y beer. Average, but not bad. Have it on-tap and leave your snobbery at the door.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Super heavy carbonation is the key look to this ultra clear, pale yellow colored Euro lager. The head is pure white and doesn't produce much of anything other than some thin patchy foam. Surprisingly, the lacing is not half bad, with some sticky bubbly foam clinging to the does slowly find it's way back into the beer itself. Very typical cheaper looking lager.

S- Again, this is typical of the style. Skunky, but not nearly as bad as others of this style. There are hints of bread/yeast and some dried barley grain and/or grassy. While the aroma is much better than expected, there is still a hint of corn/rice adjunts. Minimal hop presence, which isn't unexpected and it smells very clean.

T- As the aroma suggested, this is very much a clean brew flavor wise. There is adjunct laden flavors of boiled corn and/or white rice. Lingering in the background are mild flavors of sweet malt and the aforementioned yeasty/bread qualities. Nothing in the hop department....good overall!

M/O- A perfect example of what a clean, crisp lager should be! Thin bodied and plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation make this a great session beer for a club meeting in the evening. It really can be enjoyed by everyone and has more flavor than standard BMC offerings, without the tang of typical Euro lagers. I've bought this before and I'll buy it again.....I like it for what it is and think it's an underrated beer!

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Photo of ssmack
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Bright clear light straw colour. Inch and a half of white head. Few streams of fast bubbles. Some lacing.

Mid grassy hop aroma. Hint of spice - cinnamom. A bit bready.

Very mild taste. I had to take a big gulp to get the mild grassy hops. Corn instead of barley.

Light feel. Watery.

Not really a bad beer but very weak. I would only drink this if it was free which it was. Coupon giveaway outside the LCBO.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.04/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tried one during a visit to a local Italian place with my dad and sister today. Served in the bottle with a frosted mug, which I poured the beer into a minute or two later.

Yellowish color, clear with lots of bubbles. Almost looked just slightly greenish, but that may have been a trick of the light. Smell was mostly just bready and a bit "beer-y," though I'm guessing the fact that I was in a restaurant at the time and food smells were all around made things harder to distinguish.

Taste... lightly bready, and a noticeable sorta leafy veggie-like flavor. I assume this is from the hops used, since it worked together with the breadiness pretty well and didn't seem out of place. Went well with my salad, cheese sticks, and stuffed shells (and even the bit of my sister's calamari that I tried), which is always a plus for something you drink at a restaurant.

Overall, I liked this pretty well and will probably order it at the local Italian places again in the future.

EDIT: First-impression review is above; I've modified my scores a bit since then after having this a few more times and finding that I don't like it quite as much now as I did then. Still definitely not a bad beer, and still one I'll order when eating out, just doesn't impress me quite as much now as it did initially.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard 330mL green bottle with a macro Euro label.

Appearance: pours out a clear, light-hued yellow body with a fairly thin white head that drops to a thin cap.

Aroma: quit a light aroma; just some cheap grains with some funk and metallic carbonation. Hooray.

Taste: light pale malts with again the cheap grains and the metallic carbonation. Not too bad, but still a bit cheap.

Aftertaste: a bit dry on the finish with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a standard macro full carbonation. Standard.

Overall: a fairly standard, cheap Euro macro lager, so I guess you get what you pay for. At $52 a case, there are definitely better beers for less.

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Photo of dcscientist
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's a reason Italy is known for wine and not beer. Peroni and Moretti are pretty similar, though I'm sure each has their supporters. When in Rome...drink wine.

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Photo of ordybill
3.06/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass as Provinos Restaurant in Douglasville, GA.
Aroma- Has a malt and hops aroma, not spectacular.
Appearance- Pours a traditional yellow lager color with a medium white head.
Taste- The beer had a hop and bread flavor, OK tasting.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with heavy carbonation.
Overall- A decent Italian beer, I have been critical of most but this is average and I will drink this again if offered.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.78/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like Peroni. In the bottle it's okay. On tap it really shines. Okay, it's a Euro lager, and it's not going to knock your socks off. But it gets the job done in a comfortable, enjoyable way. Drink it at an Italian restaurant, on tap with some chicken marsala, and you'll be good to go.

Keep in mind, this is the draught version:

Appearance: A rich, golden color, with a two-finger width head that dissipates quickly into a light bubbly lacing. Quite attractive in the glass.

Aroma: It doesn't smell like a lager, really. There is a definite grainy scent to it, but I also detect a distinct, but light hoppiness about it too.

Taste: A very European, gentle hoppiness. Grain, but a suggestive, malty aftertaste. It does not offend.

Mouth: No bitterness, especially after eating a few bites of food. It's a good mealtime beer.

Overall: The beer is not stellar, but it's really not bad. Drink it on tap and you will not regret it. I found myself liking it more and more as I sipped it. Like I said, it goes well with Italian food, but also with just about anything else. A good, solid European lager.

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Photo of Retroman40
3/5  rDev +8.3%

This is an extremely pale euro lager with a fleeting head and minimal lacing. The hops are sharp but don't overwhelm the very light malt background flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel and a clean finish.

This beer is quite similar to other euro lagers like Heineken and Stella Artois. If I was sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Rome it would be perfect. At my dinner table in KY it's still ok. If you are a euro lager fan this is worth a try.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev +24.2%

Eating some Farfale with cream sauce and chicken. Thought this would be a good pairing.

Appearance (3.75) : A nice three fingered head that quickly descends to a two fingered head. Body is transparent and straw colored. Lacing webs the glass.

Aroma (3.5) : Yeast, sour mash, hay, dusty grain. Breadsticks! It's more potent and the bouquet is louder than most any other lager I've nosed.

Taste (3.5) : Hops are almost immediate but not overpowering. Within the body there's some sour malt character that's grassy and hay-like as well. Hoppy dry finish.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, lightly creamy, dry finish.

Overall (3.44) : This is actually a decent beer. I like the flavor, and I've not had any lager that tasted like it before. It's grassy, hoppy, and grainy all at once. Slightly sour which detracts from drinkability. It's definitely not from the western hemisphere. Some good "Old World" flavor that pairs well with similar food.

I couldn't drink it every day, but it's interesting for a one-off.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $2.65 CDN.

Appearance - very pale golden straw color capped with a finger of white head and plenty of bubbles inside.

Smell - light grainy aroma not much else.

Taste - clean, filtered taste, light amount of graininess, a bit more bitter than others in the style. A bit bland though even for the style.

Mouthfeel- very clean and crisp, well carbonated and light body.

Overall - a passable lager, but has nothing that stands out from the pack. Drinkable but not my first choice... Or second... Or third if there's nothing else available.

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Photo of elosodelahabra
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Bland taste, skunky smell, fizzy with no return of flavor. It went down without even noticing it wasn't really soda water. Perhaps for a really hot day when I'm out of every other beer, and the water hose/dog dish is too far away to drink from?

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass.

Look: Clear pale straw yellow color. A white head settles to a foamy film leaving light spots of lacing.

Aroma: A combination of subtle metallic notes, faint grassiness, and super sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet and grainy up front before a more bitter finish and subtle metallic notes.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing.

Overall: I re-reviewed this and upgraded the score. Although nothing really stands out ingredient wise, it's not quite the skunk and cabbage bomb I remembered.

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