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 Gusler
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer evacuates the 355ml green bottle a light gold color with the head modest in size, bright white in color and the texture frothy, the resultant lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is standard malt; fresh and crisp, start is lightly sweet, the grain profile adequate and the top cadaverous. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste, cannot say it does a lot for me.

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Photo of mynie
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at a Fancy Olive Garden.

Pours a dark gold with a large, white head that doesn't stick around all that long. Nice for a lager.

Smells of deep grain and malt. A little spicy with a little citrus.

Tastes more like a good Czech pilsner than a Euro Pale. Little hints of citrus, lots of bitter grain. Weeds and bread. Nice and light.

This would make a very good session beer and if you're at an Italian place where this is your only choice aside from the American macros then it's a good buy.

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

Pours a pale straw color with some white head that didn't stick around. Smell was grainy and a tad skunky. Somewhat crispy but bland taste with some sweetness thrown in. Mouthfeel is thin at best, not much in the way of finish. Easy to drink as a typical euro-lager such as Grolsch or Heineken. Nothing special but I would take it over an American light beer when dining at an Italian restaurant.

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

On the menu at an Italian eatery I recently dined at. I thought I would have the lager, but this was on the menu and I had never had it, so I gave it a try.

Appearance was very familiar, like a typical American macro., very very light and full of carbonation. Slightly skunky smell, if you had poured a Heineken and played a shell game with it, I would have had a difficult time discerning the two. It wasn't horrible tasting in fact it was quite neutral and light, not much of hint of hops or malt for that matter. Mouthfeel was very thin, like a light lager beer usually is. As for drinkability, it went down easy without much aftertaste, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

I would have it again, but I wouldn't seek it out and order it over much of anything else. A decent enough alternative if your at an Italian restaurant and want to pass on native macros. and try something different.

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Photo of hefevice
2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Run of the mill macro lager. Pours clear light urine yellow with very little head. Slight sulphurous aroma over very light malt - not much there at all. Nothing particularly offensive in the taste (nothing outstanding either), reasonably clean, and crisp with a very light feel. Only good things about this are that it goes down without a fight (as long as it's cold) and it contains alcohol.

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Photo of Zorro
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nastro Azzurro means "Blue Tape."

Pours a clear golden yellow with a wispy white head. Carbonation level is low.

Smell is faint corn scent and a fairly stout whiff of noble hops. Quite clean smelling with a faint whiff of fruit and alcohol. Very mild amount of sulfur detectable.

Taste is slightly sweet and noticeably bitter after taste. Mild fruit corn and alcohol faintly tasteable. Hop level is quite stout for a European lager and is much more like a Pilsner. The dominant flavor here is the Saaltz Hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, very much like a Budweiser. Not much there.

Very drinkable brew. Not the best beer but it is far better than a Stella Artois. The maker didn't spare the hops in this and tastes like a lager with a Pilsner hopping schedule. If you are out eating Italian and there isn't a true Pilsner on the beer list this would be a good second choice.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is much like its Italian cousin "Birre Mortelli," in that it is heavy on the wheat flavor, although this one has a much more water-based taste. They were clearly made to give texture to the Italian flat-plane pizza that has an overabundance of tomato sauce. There is very little after taste with this beer, as the water overpowers any other taste it might have. Its taste goes well with anything that has a lot of flavor and requires you to cleanse your palate after each bite.

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

Bottle is green- not as pictured here or other Peroni photos.
This is the Peroni I most often see.

Dated 02 06
(Apparently they give themselves a long shelf life to move this stuff).

A thin edge of white head, irregular sized bubbles and a flat gold color make this Italian import look macroesque!

The aroma is elusive and then a bit grainy. A mild hop bite reminds me of the PBR of my youth (which was actually snappier than today's version).

What little body there is just disappears at the finish.

One of these with pizza or pasta is okay- it's just not the beverage that made Italy famous.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.47/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as pale, plain, lagers go, this is not all that bad. It poured a very clear yellow color with a small bubbly head that falls to nothing. The nose was sweet, honeylike, slightly grainey, but lacking a lot of the lager character that I dislike. The flavor was a nice sweet, with a touch of grain, but a mild hop finish that I don't usually find in lager beers. Nice. The feel was moderate, a lot more than other light colored lagers I've been exposed to. Overall, this was a nice addition to a meal. Not filling, but very refreshing.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This adjunct lager poured a light gold color. The head is foamy and shortlived and leaves a little bit of lace. The aroma is sweet with equal parts malt and vegetable smells. The aroma is almost devoid of hops. The taste is very vegetal with lots of corn DMS flavors and just a little bit of husky malt. Hops are also nearly nonexistent in the taste. The mouthfeel is frenetically carbonated though still mundane. This is a beer I wont seek out again. Ive had bad results with Italian beers (one exception: pioneer pale ale from Roma brewery - excellent stuff).

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Photo of Naerhu
1.97/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow fizzy beer with frighteningly white tiny head. Score for appearance downgraded 0.5 points for falsely claiming to be a premium beer on the label.
Non-discript grain aroma, no, not aroma, smell. No hops apparent.
No malt flavor to speak of, definately no hops. Fizzy yellow pre-urine.
Thin mouthfeel. This beer, if I may call it beer, is to be avoided for its stunning blandness. I was very happy that I was able to pass the bottle on to my father-in-law and have to pour it down the drain.

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Photo of Tang07
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not very exciting.

I poured it into a pint glass, starting with the standard technique, then I started to get a bit more agressive with it when I noticed that no head was forming. I ended up practically dumping the beer into the glass.

So, not much head to speak of. The little bit arond the edge did somehow lace the glass as I drank it.

The beer is a standard yellow euro-lager color. Very clear.

The smell is nothing exciting. Malt, with a hint of green bottle euro-skunk.

The taste is nothing special either. It is light on the flavor and not much of a hop finish.

The mouthfeel and drinkablity is very average as well.

I don't think that I'll buy more of this.

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Photo of walleye
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

from the bottle. poured a nice golden color with a meduim sized head that didn't last. aroma light malts some sweetness. flavor malts some sweetness to it a hint of bitterness with a hint of skunk. went ok with my Italian dinner I am glad it was a speial for $2.00

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Photo of steinlifter
2.6/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured an unimpressive pale golden, no head or retention to speak of, smell was grainy and sweet, typical euro-lager taste, slight hops, slight malt, and very unimpressive, watery mouthfeel, I guess this is their equivalent of a Budweiser, nothing to seek out!

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

The beer poured a clear straw gold. It had a basic sour malt aroma. The taste was also of sour malt with a banana finish. It was light and dry, yet slightly oily. This is a solid decent beer that stacks up well with other macros. It reminded me of Ballantine's.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.66/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When in Rome, eh? I decided to have an Italian beer with a nice Italian meal. I settled on Peroni over Moretti.

The Peroni poured straw yellow with a tiny white head. The beer looks fizzy and has very active carbonation. The aroma is nearly non-existent...faint grain but none of the sweetness I would want in a lager.

The taste is very thin, bordering on watery. There is a subtle sweetness however, there is also a definite graininess that is not pleasant at all.

This is nothing more than a mediocre beer. I can imagine it would be fine as a thirst quencher but nothing more.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +7.6%
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 +23.5%
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 -20.6%
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 +25.3%
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 -23.1%
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 +22.4%
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 -3.2%
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 +13.4%
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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Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
2.77 out of 5 based on 1,971 ratings.
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