Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A “Birra Peroni Cruda”
50 cl brown glass bottle marked “Da consumarsi preferibilimente entro la fine / stabilize to: 06/20 PADOVA L9 254 2 20” and sampled on 26/11/2019
€1,30 @ PAM, Piazza degli Ottaviani, Firenze, IT
Notes via stream of consciousness: Birra Peroni Cruda, I believe, is simply the standard Birra Peroni “non pastorizzata” (unpasteurized) and possibly unfiltered although it’s really quite clear. I highly doubt that it’s unfiltered, and I wonder why it’s having not been pasteurized makes any difference as current standards of operation do nothing to harm the beer. In fact I’ve tasted beers side by side that were pasteurized and unpasteurized from the same batch and found the pasteurized beer to taste better, but OK, as we say here in Italia, va bene.
It’s poured a crystal clear straw gold body beneath a short head of bright white that’s dropped quite readily. Next to no lacing is left behind, and that certainly hurts it on appearance.
Wow, that’s a little weird, even in a brown bottle this seems a little skunked. Of course I don’t know how it was treated prior to purchase, but it was from a grocery store not some side street mom & pop, and the date is fresh. Weird. Beyond that it smells of grainy malt with a little bit of herbal and grassy hops. It’s not a bad aroma by any means, and it’s fairly full, but it’s not that exciting.
The flavor follows the aroma, sans the light skunkiness, and it’s nicely balanced between malt and hop. A median bitterness balances it and it finishes dry with some grassy and spicy hops lingering for a moment. It’s a good beer to pair with a simple meal as there’s enough to it that it can stand up to something like the acidity of tomatoes, and yet it’s not so full that it would overwhelm even a mild fish or egg dish.
In the mouth it’s medium bodied and gently crisp. I’d almost like to see it a bit crisper but it is smoother and more drinkable as it is.
Overall I put this above most of the mainstream, big-hitter golden lagers from around the globe, but not by much.