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.
Italy | website

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 brewdlyhooked13
2.46/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - light golden yellow, one finger of creamy, bubbly white froth, holds at a thin covering.

Aroma - initial skunkiness has me wincing but fades after a minute. Nothing beyond that, odorless.

Taste - it's okay. Kind of a bland start, some faint hops show up around the aftertaste. Somewhat sweet, dry finish. Not a bad brew, better than the smell indicated anyway.

Mouthfeel - a little lighter and crisper than the Moretti, pretty refreshing.

Drinkability - my skunk-averseness prevents me from actively pursuing this beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a deep, rich yellow in color with some live carbonation and a big, full, white head.

Smell – One of the only decent good grain aromas that I’ve found. The grain smells as good as it looks. The nose is sweet and very pleasing.

Taste – The wheels started falling off this wagon at the taste. The sweetness, which I enjoyed in the nose, completely took over the beer. The grain just faded away and left me with a mouthfeel of overly sweetened tonic water.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied birra has some subtle carbonation and is mildly crisp.

Drinkability – This one starts off well enough but lost its structure and felt kind of strung out to me in the end.

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Photo of EvilFlyingCow
3.42/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This particular lager has a smell which is slightly skunky though not overwhelming. It is similar in its aroma to that of the Dutch beers Grolsch and Heineken, although the taste is far from identical. The easy drinking quality of this particular brew makes it similar to Pilsner Urquell, but even smoother. Not on my to-do list, but definitely preferred over Budweiser or Miller any day.

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Photo of oggg
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My bottle was in green glass.

The beer pours a deep yellow color, and is nice and clear. I couldn't get a head to form. The aroma is lacking. The beer is nice and fizzy. The start is all carbonation and thin beer. Perhaps a bit of bitterness under the fizz, but very short lived. No hop flavor. Towards the end there's a decent mellow maltiness.

Not exciting, but there's surprising malt.

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Photo of tjd25
3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is foamy but a bit irregular on an almost transparent golden color body. The smell I found hard to describe but pleasing, enjoyably grassy maybe. The taste is ok, quite refreshing, better than many other european lagers. Malty but not annoyingly grainy, round with some caramel and some sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth, a bit salted and dry, but not overly. Ok.

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Photo of necoadam
2.13/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured out a gold color with some decent amount of carbonation in there. Smell was a little buttery, also some skunkiness to it as well. Some very light grain to it but that was about it. Taste wasn't all too good either. Malts and grains hit the palate very lightly. Some buttery aftertaste kicked in as well which made this beer feel a little heavy to drink. This would probably beat out a Bud or Corona, well everything beats an Corona, but not worth buying a six pack of this stuff.

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Photo of granger10
3.39/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this today at Uccello's while watching the Euro Championship Finals. The pour left something to be desired. It had a pale light color with a fizzy head that dissipated very quickly. Carbonation seemed low for a lager. The smell was definitely on the sweet side with pale malts being noticeable. The taste however seemed more hoppy upfront. There was a definite grassy hoppiness the dominated my palate with sweet malts coming in underneath. The finish was slightly sweet and decently crisp. This beer was quite thick in body but not too smooth. It seemed like a Czech Pils to me in many ways. All in all, I liked it.

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Photo of Puddleglum
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It goes without saying that the Italians are wine-drinkers and this beer proves it. Nevertheless I did partake of this beer frequently as it is absolutely ubiquitous in Rome and is often the only and/or best choice. The head is fizzy and quickly dissipated to nothing. There was a straw, dried grain flavor throughout with no real detectable hops and very little malty quality. It smells much the same way it tastes. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is this beers saving grace. I would certainly choose this beer over a budweiser or anything of that ilk.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.14/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is different..
Once you get past the initial skunky aroma this brew is actually pretty good.
Arrived a medium golden hue with a full finger head and lively carbonation.
The head was quickly replaced by ring, cling and thin island lace.
The body is medium.
The taste has a nice balance with the edge going to the malts.
Only linger here is the (tail end of the) skunk...

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Photo of jvajda
2.18/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at a fancy Italian restaraunt in the North End in Boston. My first experience with Italian beer made it clear why wine is the drink of choice in Italy.

Appearance: Looks like a crummy American macro. Translucent yellow with a minimal head.
Smell: Faintly detectable malt, pretty bland smell.
Taste: Light on hops, malt, and any realy flavor, this is a really watery, boring beer. I could easily confuse it with any number of American macros. Very dissapointing.
Mouthfeel: Watery and very lightly carbonated.
Drinkabilty: A fine session beer if you just want to drink a lot, but not a beer I can see drinking again.

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Photo of Globetrotter
1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Green fairly long neck 33cl bottle with a yellow, gold and bluish green label featuring a coat of arms and a few prize medals. The only ingredient info is the banner across the top of the front label stating: "All natural ingredients." That doesn't say much. Best before 11/30/04, I opened it on 3/27/04 - still fairly fresh. Somehow, though, I don't think aging would help much.

Clear greenish gold under a slightly contoured snow white one finger head that fades very quickly to nothing but collar. The nose is nasty - rusty tin can and corn. The mouth is a bit heavy with sourness and fairly well carbonated. The taste is comprised of sour grapes, stale bread and rusted metal. The rusted metal wins the battle for the aftertaste. This reminds me of way too many bad macros. Perhaps the sink will enjoy it more than I have...

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was golden yellow with absolutely no head and nothing left on the glass. There seemed to be a total lack of smell, save a slight hint of fruit. The taste, I'm sorry, I have to rank behind Budweiser. There was, to me, a total lack of taste. It bordered on carbonated water. But on the same lines, it was refreshing and had good mouthfeel. I won't be stocking this one for lawnmowing season, or any other season for that matter.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 330ml bottle

Pours with an unimpressive fizzy yellow, with a thin straw head, disappating quickly

Smell is typical of pale lagers, dry, heavily carbonated, malty

Taste is simple, some grassy hops, little bitterness, some adjunct dry bud like flavour on the finish

A fair macro lager, drinkable but not exactly pushing the tastebuds

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at Johnny Carino's Restaurant, poured in a frosted pint glass. (The server could not provide me with a room-temperature glass. For this reason, and the fact that he trash talked his previous employer, another restaurant, I left him only a 15% gratuity.)

It poured a rich gold -- in their soft incandescent lighting -- with no head to speak of and no lace. The aroma was hard to nail down but I eventually decided it was most reminiscent of chocolate and citrus. The taste was suprisingly hoppy for a lager, which immediately moved this brew up a notch, in my book. The finish was good -- dry and fairly 'edgy' -- which is why I rated it only 'average' in the drinkability for this beer style.

As soon as Johnny Carino's realizes that Chicken Picatta is supposed to have lemon in it, I'll visit them again. If and when I do, I'll sample this brew again. Overall, it was a decent beer.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to an extremely light color and smelled similar to some of the cheap macro products, but the taste was nice. It's got a snappy flavor to it. The mouthfeel is similar, light and snappy. Not too shabby, and it goes down easily.

Nothing too special, but one can certainly do much worse.

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Photo of resirob
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in the 12 oz. Green bottle at Olive Garden. When in Rome, right?

Pours pale golden with a short-lived active head. No lacing.

Weak earthy/grassy nose. Slight pale malt aroma at first, then a tease from the hops.

Crisp, clean beer. Malt base seems a bit subdued, but there is a nice hop note in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel with an easy, clean finish makes for a drinkable beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: Golden straw, light almost non-excistent head

smell: malty with hints of hops and earth

taste: a little sharp sour taste as soon as it hits your tounge but it develops into a mouthfilling sweetnes.

mouthfeel: a little too fizy for my taste

drinkability: overall it can be done, pretty good beer, beeter than alot of the american Pale Lagers

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This light Lager from Rome pours a pale copper color with fizzy-bubbled white head.
The aroma is mostly of fresh cut hay with a faint smell of Euro hops.
The lightly roasted malt is dry and crisp with faint taste of wheat crackers.
The mildly applied hops have a light lemony bitterness and mild metallic bite. Lots of fizzy, seltzery carbonation. Would improve greatly if drank on the Isle of Corsica!

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Photo of StevieW
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at Mario's in Stuart, FL.
Golden color, a shade darker than you would expect. Fresh cut grass and snappy hop smell. Inviting. Fresh tasting lager flavors. Undertones of bready malt, hints of grass, and tasty bitter hopping in the finish. I don't know if it's saaz or what. Tastes like a very traditional European lager, without the nasty skunky smell. Light to moderate body, very crisp and refreshing finish. Paired nicely with a big bowl of Pasta Fagoli and Chicken Parmagiana. I would have it again here, but would go searching for it.

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Photo of silks636
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. green bottle. Freshness date and batch # clearly stamped on label.

Straw colored with a fizzy white head that quickly vanished. Nose of faint malt, gentle sulphur, and grass. Very light malt and hop flavors begin sweet and finish with a dry grain and a timid hops bite. Refreshing and crisp, a great thirst quencher. Mouthfeel is light and thin. Very easy drinking. Good lager to pair with pasta or pizza, but not something I would drink on a regular basis

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Photo of beernbbq
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing out of the ordinary here but this is a beer that goes nicely with pizza. Straw yellow color with a white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is very mild of pils type malt and faint hop aroma which I assume may be a Hallertau or Hallertau derived variety. Pale malt and hop flavors are easy on the tongue and goes down easy. Paired nicely with the straight tomato and mozzarella pie at Grimaldis, balances the brick oven crust.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle as depicted. Had a clear yellow color and a short-lived bright white head that dissolved down to a tiny ring. leaving no lace.
The smell was malt, grainy in the nose with slight corn syrup sweetness and just the lightest suggestion of hops. The taste was pretty sweet up front, loaded with a grainy pale malt and a slightly fruity flavor. Any suggestion of hops in the nose was wholly disabused in the taste, as there was none. The feel was light, with a zippy carbonation and clean finish.
I wouldn't have one of these as a sit-down beer of choice. As I waited for my seat at the restaurant, I ordered a SNPA, in fact. But, Peroni Lager did pair up pretty well with the pasta & white sauce dish I had for dinner.

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Photo of diablo14
1.53/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

far out. as an import, this isnt too much better than the swill you can get on tap anywhere in australia. really bad beer this one.

looked weak in the glass with a piss poor head but loaded with fizz which wasnt a good thing. geez, i shoulda left it in the bottle. couldnt find any decent aromas if i tried, and the taste? well if you like skunky adjunct tasting beers youll love this one. i was going to hire a private detective to find the hops in this beer till i figured that it probably didnt have any in it. like so many bad aussie lagers, lets the fizz do the talking. disgraceful.

all i can really say in closing is considering this is italys flagship beer, no wonder they have a bad name when it comes to brewing. an absolute barry crocker.

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Photo of Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, Ill try to put it in the simplest terms. Pours a lager like clear golden tone with a lager like white head that fades, a lager like malty and hoppy smell, with a lager like weakness, a lager like dry, malty taste with some bitterness right at the end that combines with the lager like carbonation. Cheers. This is a pale lager. And a mediocre one as well.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the green 12 oz the label.
Just an average lager in appearance pale golden small white head..some lacing after head goes.
NOt much of an aroma at all..some faint grassiness..sweet.
The taste is pretty Ok for a Euro-lager..not as sweet as some..small hop bite .
Pretty average on the tongue..maybe a but over carbonated..semi-dry finish.
Drinkable but forgettable.

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