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Gran Riserva Doppio Malto | Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
Italy | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
114
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 114
Photo of benmiliron
1.77/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Paid 2.50 euro for a 3-pack of bottles. Perfectly transparent. Almost eerily transparent. Amber-orange color. No foam or head to speak of, but it did make a group of larger bubbles on the surface - kind of like pee in a toilet! Not much smell to speak of. Taste is - holy crap - this stuff is loaded with sugar. Like raw sugar, or maple syrup. Not much beer to speak of - there is a hint of citrus, maybe orange blossom. Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Good bubble, not too foamy. A bit sticky.

Regular Peroni might actually be better than this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.99/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale, but bright and deep golden colour. Head is fine-bubbled, but incredibly filmy. Even when opening the bottle, there was only a lackluster vzzt of carbonation, and although it's pretty steady in the glass there's not a lot of it. What's good about it is that it's very languid, which implies some body to the beer. Not bad.

Husky grain and a dollop of oxidised wine on the nose. Bit of old champagne cork, and some corn ethanol characters. Blech. Smell is almost akin to malt liquor, an atrocious waste in a mild pale lager that only weighs in slightly above average in the ABV department.

Taste is no better, and in fact is possibly worse, as the astringency of the malt liquor plus-sized alcohol wallop takes over much of the back palate. Minimal character otherwise, a light carbonic acidity on the front, an acetone spike in the centre. Yeesh. Grassy finish that's possibly the only enjoyable factor in the beer to date, and that's not a good sign.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, but the ethanol bite on it cuts through unpleasantly.

What a thoroughly horrible beer. Has such harshness and raw unpleasant bite, and minimal character on which to base its astringency. Their Grand Reserve? What a laugh. For a 6.6% beer, it's incredibly harsh. More than happy to sink pour this one.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.18/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. I bought this on a whim at a British supermarket, thinking that maybe the "doppio malto" on the label meant it was an Italianized Doppelbock or something. Oh, how wrong I was.

A: Clear, bright pale amber body under a finger of noisy, fizzy off-white head. Mediocre retention, no lace. Meh.

S: Muted cereal grains, some fusel alcohol, and that's about it. Maybe some apple. Weak sauce.

T: Perhaps a little better here, as at least it isn't boozy - at least at first. What it is, though, is heavy, unappealing, and boring. Oh, wait. Scratch that part about it not being too boozy. As it warms, it becomes horribly alcohol-forward, to the point where the booze really crowds out all the other grossness. What a bad beer.

M: Thick and sticky for a lager. Not good.

O: No. Just no.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled and drank with pizza
It's a golden yellow crisp clean clear body but the wispy white head just won't stay
It smells of armpits
Slight malty taste and alcohol
It goes okay I guess with za

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Photo of josanguapo
2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 5x08. A bit in the sweet side. If this is their "grand reserve", I dont want to know their "normal" beer

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Photo of joecast
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

fancy looking dark bottle with best before date printed on back. oops, six months out. i should really start looking for that before i buy.
sweet malty/flowery aroma. not much head to speak of. great looking golden color.
good, firm maltiness, but a bit too sweet. needs some bitterness to balance it out.
not sure if the extra six months affected the taste that much, but i wasnt really happy with it. i could deal with the lack of bitterness, but it was just too sweet tasting.

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Photo of rastaman
2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I would imagine it would be good with Italian, has a doughy sort of pizza base flavour in there, malty rather than hoppy, tends to be a bit sticky and stale on its own though, must have with food.

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Photo of stcules
2.41/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden appearance, with no bubbles. Decent head, quite creamy and sticking. Very clean.
Definite malt in the smell. Hay. A point of stale.
At the taste it's somewhat light for a bock. Anyway, malty, but not too sweet.
Medium-light body, a little too light.
Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of stevoj
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark golden color with one finger head. Very active carbonation. Taste is sour and has some wine character. Aftertaste hints at the higher alcohol content. I’ll take a German bock over this anytime...

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Photo of Mitchster
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought and drank this one is Sorrento, Italy. Clear, light caramel to dark golden in color with a thin white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Aroma has lots of sweet pale malts with the slightest hint of straw, and no discernable hops with very distant esters. Although alcohol is not evident in the nose, it is clearly abundant in the taste. Mouthfeel is slick with a firm body despite it's modest look. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste begins with firm pale malts, a big wave of peppery alcohol, then some rubbery, earthy flavor hops. This is the first beer where I have been able to distinctly taste hop extract and it's quite noticeable in the finish...partly chemical in the side of the throat, an indistinct dead bitterness, and ruddy. The hop extract finish kills the otherwise decent start. Not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Quej
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A light orange colour with lots of fluffy white head and tons of carbonation.
S - Fruity smell, quite sweet and malty.
T - Strongly malty and lots of boozy sting even when cold. Tastes strongly of metal.
M - Medium bodied and overcarbonated.
D - Not good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, golden syrup, cardboard and grainy malt.
Flavours include less caramel and golden syrup with the cardboard and some vegetal notes standing out instead. The alcohol is also quite noticeable.
Body is a little light on, carbonation could be higher.

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Photo of janubio
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a Delirium Tremens glass, deep golden colour, decent head with a lot of bubbles, no lace. Grain and herbalt smell, turning to a somewhat skunky and wet sawdust after a while. Strong and carbonated in the mouth, with a velvety character, but nothing impressive. Not a bad beer, but it has not much to offer.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malty lightly boozy nose. Lots of tiny ubiquitous bubbles but virtually no head. Malty oil body which starts with a slight fizzy burliness but ends up sticky and boozy.
Some sweetness too.
Not god awful but still a bit of a bottom heavy sloppy mess. Surely the first ever Italian attempt at a malt liquor. Can't see how they could describe this as anything else.

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Photo of shambeano
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear pale gold with about 1cm of bubbly head that quickly subsides to nothing. not horrible, but a bit meh.

S- Malty upfront, a whole bunch of sweetness, adjuncty, a touch of hay. nothing really going on as far as hops go. a bit meh.

T- Again a lot of sweetness to begin with, a touch of straw and a fair bit adjuncty. a slight bitterness rounds things out. tastes nicer than it smells, relatively crisp and clean, the alcohol was well hidden, but still really basic.

M- light bodied, and pretty refreshing, some nice carbonation. not too bad, relatively easy drinking.

O- not too bad, but not great. I like it better than the other peroni beers, but still pretty average.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: hazy gold color, fair head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, good carbonation
s: malty sweetness
t: definitely double malty taste, moderately sweet, quick hoppy finish
m: medium body, good carbonation, fairly smooth
d: not a bad malty beer, but i've had better from other italian brewers in this style

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fancy looking bottle pours a rusty amber colored brew. The head is big bubbled and crackly and doesnt last long. The smell is of sweet malts and spicy alcohol, not much else. The taste is very strong on maltiness with a big hit of alcohol, too much in fact. Hops are negligable. Quite one dimensional. This beer reminded me of a malt liquor with trendy up market packaging. The strong solvent like alcohol flavors made for an annoying mouthfell. Treacly malts in the finish.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I pour this sample into my glass and it pours lighter than I expected. The color is clear yellow with light orange tints. Bright white head foams up easily and fades fairly fast.
The aroma is mildly malty sweet mixed with light fruity hop characters.
First sip reveals, a light body and average carbonation. Flavor is light and fruity up front while the beer finishes malty sweet and slightly sugary.
This beer is very easy to drink and has less body than I was hoping for. It is good but nothing to rave about!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in Italy and I had high expectations for this one since it was labeled as a doppio malto but it lacks the strong malty flavor I was looking for. The La Rossa Birra Doppiomalto is much better. The ABV is 6.6%.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark cherry body with an off-white one and a half finger head

S- Malt notes of honey. Floral hops

T- Honey-like malt combined with a subtle overcooked vegetable taste...the smell translates almost directly. Tannin hops turn to a grainy, almost husky aftertaste.

M- Small carbonation bubbles lend itself to a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The malt body is substantial.

D- Considering the alcohol content and the relative mellowness of this brew, I would consider having more than one in a sitting. It's not anything to shout about, but Peroni Gran Riserva (also know as "red") delivers where many Euro lagers fail.

It's as inoffensive as it is simple.

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Photo of juju7
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Give credit where it's due, this beer looks amazing. Rich gold body with a tight collar of foam that laced nice and thick and was still half a centimetre at the end of the glass. But it goes downhill from there. Sweet malt and a hint of honey. Alcoholic sweet with apparent bitterness but no real hints of why this beer needs to be this ABV. Slightly more interesting than the regular Peroni in the same way a Big Mac is slightly more intereting than a McCheeseburger.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a regular glass. I've had this beer when travelling to my sister's house @ Autogrill - Milan area.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber color forming a modest white head. Small retentation and almost no lacings

S: Sweet caramel in the nose. Candy sugar, malt and bit citrus hops

T: Follows the nose: Sweet upfront, caramel, caramel malts, candy sugar, citrus hops. Mild bitter end. Metallic sensation. In overall, a sweet beer

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweet mouth sensation and a mild bitter aftertaste

O: No big deal. As expected from a Italian macro. I would not classify it as a Pale Lager, maybe a Strong Euro Lager but reminds a Bock or a Heller Bock too. But definitely too strong and sweet to a Pale Lager

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Photo of tbeckett
3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a liquor store in melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured medium golden and bright with a two finger white head. Mild carbonation coming up. Small rings of lace and a film of retnention.

S - Grainy, grassy hops, a little corny, sweet honey.

T - Yeast esters, orange, bubblegum, corniness, peach.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O/D - Elements of tastiness are there but the element of unpleasant grianiness came through too often. Alright but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a glass, golden colored with a loose white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: heavy on malt, slight mineral water, sweet, grain

T: sweet grain flavors, malt, little hops, finish is clean

M: light to medium, high carbonation

O: Not a bad representation of the style, Grain forward

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Photo of JMD
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper color with tints of orange and golden yellow. Small rocky head that lingers for a bit.

S: Light aroma, slightly sweet. Some floral and fruity hops are present as well. Grainy husk notes in the background.

T: Light flavor. Mild sweetness upfront with hints of candied apples and fruit. Lightly toasted grains and bisquits leads to a light hop bitterness as it finishes. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Although this is far better than the regular Peroni, its still just average. There are some nice aspects of this beer, but all in all, it falls a bit flat.

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Gran Riserva Doppio Malto from Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.
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