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 StevieW
3.6/5  rDev +30%
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 +6.5%
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 +20.2%
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 +20.9%
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 -44.8%
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 -9.7%
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 -1.4%
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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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imported Bottle. So what makes it an Italian beer? This and Moretti suggest a bit more hop bitterness in a light lager. I had this cold (that is, I was cold) at an outdoor mini-Italian fest in Chicago in October. Nice golden color under a thin but persistent head. I can taste the malt, balanced by an agreeable hop bitterness and yeast bite. Noticeably more body to it than you'd expect, and finishes well. Matches well with a hot Buona Beef sammich.

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Photo of Jarod
3.41/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle – Best Before End: 8/04

This beer poured crystal clear and was straw yellow colored. Great carbonation present. The head that was present was the consistency of a pillow, fluffy, full and white in color. The retention was very good and lasted till approx. ½ glass before falling to a light film and a semi-thick ring on the edges. There was lace present, spotty and seemed to be kind of watery. The aromas that came from the glass were light on the nose – light hops (floral), some citrus notes, and malt waves (both sweet and semi-caramel) all intertwined in the nose. The taste was semi-sweet on the tongue, tones of sweet malts, citrus, grains, floral hops and finished with a bread taste. The aftertaste was a mix of light hops and bread. Not overly lasting and slowly disappears after a few moments. Light-medium bodied. This was a fairly crisp, and clean, alittle on the sweeter side then crisp, but a drinkable beer. I was surprised on how refreshing it was. I would have liked the aromas and flavors to be slightly more pronounced but over-all not to bad. I believe this beer could go with any occasion and would be a good choice when out to dinner.

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Photo of bighops
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at a pretty nice Italian place with a shrimp scampi and great garlic bread - and it was my first Italian beer. Maybe it was the atmosphere or the butteriness of the food, but I enjoyed the beer with the meal. The aroma reminded me faintly of white grapes, almost wine-like. Even the color was a light yellow that looked decent in the glass, though the head was pretty weak. It started smooth and had a bit of a dry, hoppy bite at the end. Overall, not a bad beer, but I wasn't extremely impressed either.

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

This serving was 5.2% abv poured from a green bottle. It was a clear pale gold, small frothy head that dropped in a short amount of time, left small traces of lacing. Smell was not pleasant at all, it was a chemical skunkiness that made me think of assembly lines and industrial factories. Flavour possessed a crisp graininess, a bit of skunk, and finished very dry. I will pass on this one.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just finished one of these with my lunch at my favorite pizza place in the N. End. Rough day at work. Typical Euro-Lager appearance and aroma. Clear golden yellow, faint smell of sulfur, average head, dissipates quickly. Taste is clean with no strong flavors; mellow cereal and grain malts touch of spicy hops--thankfully no skunk. Much better than a Heineken or U.S. Macro Swill, but still pretty average at best. Great beer to wash down some pizza with on a lunch break.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at a little Italian Restaurant in Elmhurst, IL. Considering my other “choices” were Miller or Bud products, I was glad to have the opportunity to order it.

12 oz green bottle with freshness dating.

Beer poured a nice gold with a fair head and a slight bit of lacing.

Beer smelled a little bit skunky, but I could also pick up some floral hops and a little note of spice.

Taste was much better than expected. None of the skunk taste I feared. Nice use of hops to moderate the clear malt presence. Beer was slightly sweet, but the hops added a nice bite. Some spice notes (pepper?) also were present.

Beer had a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking Italian offering here. Went great with the Italian Beef & fried chicken I had. I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by how decent this beer was.

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Photo of clvand0
2.51/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had big expectations for this beer, but they were not fulfilled. Reminded me much of Heineken (skunky and watered down). Pours a yellow-amber color (straw) with a small head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little skunky and had some grains underneath. The flavor was much like the aroma. A little skunky with a hint of malts and grains and soem small hints of fruit. Nothing wonderful here. Not a bad drink, but not a very good one.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What's funny about this beer, is that the name is similar to a certain disease in the male sex. If you wanna find out more, look it up on google. I am going to refrain from further explaining it.

Had this one at the Olive Garden, you know, that awesome authentic Italian restraunt? NOT!!! It's ok, but I've eaten much better. Anyways, nothing special about the beer at all. I think it was like a "stronger" Corona. It had a hoppy smell, with a tinge of skunk. The taste was very similar. At the bottom though, there was a hint of a honey-like taste. I'm not going to go ape nuts over it and I doubt I will have it again.

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

(Just as an aside, why do all Italian bottled beers smell the same?)

Nastro, despite its name, is pleasant. It is one of the better mainstream Peroni products available in Canada. It's crisp, clean, not too hoppy, and comes in an attractive green bottle.

All in all, a pleasant beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My knee jerk reaction was to just knock this one as yet another lousy macro lager. But then it poured a nice gold color, and I was rather impressed. The smell is crisp and clean, almost minty in it's odd way. I also liked the little line next to the freshness date saying exactly where in Italy it came from, though I suspect most of the ones that make it to America are from the same brewery.

The taste is that of a pretty solid pale lager, perhaps a little on the sweet side. As a beer in general, it's not that great, but for it's style, there's just so many dreadfully foul brews in this catagory that whenever I find one that's drinkable, I'm thankful. I almost hate to admit it, but I kinda like this one. Drink up, buddies.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Peroni is one of the biggest selling beers in all of Italy, but the styling of this beer reminds me of Heineken and Beck's: lightly flavored, bland, and kind of skunky. I might choose this over the previously mentioned beers, but this is something that won't find its way into my fridge on a regular basis.

Peroni pours a light yellow straw color with an estimated 1 & 1/4 of foam head. The smell is the typical skunky smell of a Euro-lager, with some mild grain and fruity aromas underneath that. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, but with some crispness to it. The initial taste is somewhat sweet with some citric fruity flavors and grains making their presence known on the rest of the palette. The skunkiness really doesn't affect the flavor. There is a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Altogether, a pretty watery production. There is little aftertaste except for some light citric fruitiness and mild grains, and this finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

Tastewise, this is almost like a light beer. If the flavor that's there was a little stronger, this would be a pretty decent beer. Otherwise, this is a good hot-weather beer that is refreshing, but don't expect anything else out of this.

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

Had this with lunch at an Italian restaurant. Golden yellow, but with chill haze. Nice white foamy head. Refined grainy smell.

I thought it was pretty bland. Low carbonation, and a slightly sweet taste. I'm looking at my notes and have the word "hops?" written down.

Inoffensive, but pretty tasteless. pat

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Photo of Loki
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draft while in Venice.

Poured a golden color with a bubbly white head that faded quickly. Left decent lacing and had streams of carbonation.

Aromas of malt, corn, yeast, and well water.

The taste is much like every other run of the mill, macro lager and much like the nose. But a much better alternative than Kronengborg which seems to just as available in Italy.

Much better alternatives are out there, but this is a decent choice.

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Photo of freed
2.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having dinner a nice local joint, this seemed like the appropriate compliment. Sadly, they only had it in bottles.

Despite the green glass, its apparent the restaurant kept it boxed. It poured nicely with an absolutely flawless clarity. A quick transient head formed and disappeared, but the carbonation was active through the beer.

There was no smell. I was sitting on the balcony outdoors, so there may have been conflicting aromas, but I detected no smells. At all. The beer favored slightly better in taste. It was also transparant, though somewhat sweet. Bubble Gum was an overpowering taste, which isn't what I wanted, but after my wife pointed it out, it was hard to shake.

With little hop aroma or bitterness, I wasn't surprised that it hadn't skunked. It wasn't much different than a typical American Lager.

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

Tasted like a mass-produced beer, not that it shouldn't. I look at this beer an alternative to Beck's, Heinken etc. If you look at it as a beer made for the hot months, and meant to be cosumed whithout much thought while eating something that takes almost your full attention, then this beer is fine. Sort of thin looking lager with that European malt flavor, it really tastes like an average mass produced German beerr- just a little thinner. Not much else to say, but certainly is drinkable.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw golden blond with a medium head, lots of carbonation and ok lace. Had this on at a local restaurant. Its taste was pilsner like. Clean, crisp and not a lot of complexity, not that a lack of complexity is bad. Very mild malt and hop flavors, somewhat watery. I think this is a slightly below average beer, due to its wateryness, but it went great with the garlic breadstix and the seafood I had for my meal.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.65/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color gold with a nice tight white head. The head lasted quite some time and gave way to patchy lacing. The aroma was grassy with hints of grain and malt. The taste matches the aroma with a nice dry crisp finish. A refreshing beer to drink on a hot day. This is a larger that is above average.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought and drank this in Sorrento, Italy. Clear, straw golden with a thin white head, poor retention and minimal lacing with mild to moderate carbonation and a medium-light body. Aroma begins with pale malts, freshly cut grass, faint green apples and straw. Very similar to Steinlager with some mild fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light. Taste begins with light flavor hops, fades to mild pale malts and grassy hops, and a moderate sweetness. The finish is lightly dry with lightly spicy bittering hops that are well-balanced. Reminds me of Steinlager in many ways. Alcohol is very mild and clean and hardly noticeable. A decent pilsener.

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
2.77 out of 5 based on 1,946 ratings.
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