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

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Gran Riserva Doppio MaltoGran Riserva Doppio Malto

Brewed by:
Birra Peroni Industriale S.p.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2011. I tried this beer previously while I was in Rome, and thought it had more substance than the average lager. Label mentions 6.6% ABV - rather strong.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Pours a deep golden amber with light carbonation and large bubbles. Fast pour results in a huge white head which reduces after a few minutes. Aroma of light malt with grainy notes and a hint of alcohol.

The predominant taste is grainy malt, with some bitterness on the palate. No hoppy notes to add balance, making it somewhat sweet. The alcohol is well hidden given the light flavour. The tongue tingles from the carbonation. A smooth mouthfeel with slight astringency; more substantial than most lagers.

Overall, a decent lager. Makes a good alternative to the usual offerings - worth trying if you encounter it.

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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 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 AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Peroni glass.

A: Clear, golden, and bubbly with a thick, creamy head. Cute glass.

S: Malts and a light skunky sharpness.

T: Very nice! Maltier than Peroni, slightly bitter hops persist about halfway through the aftertaste until sweet graininess takes over.

M: Malty, carbonated, and neutral.

D: Drinkable. I much prefer this to normal Peroni, but it's still only a middling beer. The 6.6% isn't particularly evident.

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Photo of charlieos
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very malty and carbonated. Does not strike me as hoppy. Very reminiscent of negro modelo, but heavier.

Tried this because it was different, and probably would not get again. There's a lack of hoppy brightness to cut through the malt so it sorta ends up too sweet then too metallic.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden in colour with a slight reddish tint. Pours with a good head and has lively carbonation.

S - Quite hoppy on the nose with some mild caramel malts coming through behind.

T - Sweet biscuity malts at the front, with a subtle nutty cashew flavour. The finish is clearly hops, providing a dry and very bitter sting.

M - Carbonation is extremely lively in the mouth. Dry towards the end.

D - I have to admit that I do like this beer. I think the malty flavours are well balanced with the bitter hops and it provides a very moreish beer.

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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 fullsweep
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at a bar in Southampton, thinking I was ordering a regular Peroni. I was much surprised upon the first taste. A very thick, pleasant sweet/smoky flavor that remained on the tongue and nourished as it went down. There's a certain thickness to it, as it sits on the palette, that's hard to describe. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Nickls
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Pretty light yellow gold color, with a ton of rising carbonation, and a pretty decent bubbly white head

S - Malty and grainy, with a lot of sweetness in the aroma

T - Lots of malt, but it was a little too sweet in that department. A little bit of hop bitterness in the end

M - Loads of bubbly carbonation, but with a decent malt chewiness

D - Certainly not difficult to drink, but nothing terribly interesting about it.

Overall, this reminded me of a lot of Euro lagers that I've had (see Stella) but it was a notch above most of them. Just OK, and definitely not bad with a slice of pizza. Otherwise, I wouldn't really seek out.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite a pale yellow colour - the stream coming from the bottle looked almost witbier colour, although when it settles in the glass it's certainly a lagery golden kind of colour. Good pillow of snowy head. Retains a bit of lacing but nothing special. Flat - the bubbles appear when first poured to form the good head but don't stick around for the encore.

Modestly foul nose - a touch of hops but a great deal of yeast. Sour yeast, as well. Certainly has an aroma to it which is worthy of respect for strength, but unworthy of respect in every other....respect. It's unappealing, really, and has no depth or complexity to it - it's just a strong example of a by-the-numbers, textbook lager smell.

There is a far more impressive character on the palate: a strong, rich malty character on the front, quite dark and mysterious with a fairly long entourage of hops following. That yeast I picked up on the nose disappears here, which at least distinguishes this from its snotty little cousin Nastro Azzurro. In fact, the more I drink this, the more I'm enjoying it. This is actually a very respectable drop, with a finely balanced palate. A good, healthy malt character, bitter somewhere in the middle but a fairly sweet, and full-bodied finish. The alc vol says it's 6.6, which is believable - this feels like a slightly heavier beer, although the drinkability factor is high.

You've surprised me, Peroni. I was fairly nonplussed after the look and the first smell, but the palate is actually quite skillfully skulpted, and the thick, uncarbonated mouthfeel is a very good complement to its full-bodied flavour. A very drinkable drop, I must say. Pleasant.

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Photo of Sage
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours lighter than you might expect (deceptive brown bottles!), and doesn't look particularly exciting, but it's clear. The smell is sweet, with honey aromas, but not much nose. The honey is again there strongly in the taste, which is pleasant and refreshing, but a mite watery for a true premium lager. the mouthfeel is smooth, not too carbonated, especially compared to the Nastro Azzuro. Nicely drinkable to start, but the sweetness starts to overwhelm toward the finish.

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Photo of beautifulday
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Formed a large, rocky head upon pouring, which soon dissipated to a solid lacing. Colour is a nice deep, appealing amber with crystal clear consistency, save for the vigorous carbonation. Much deeper amber than your standard lager, evidence of high malt content I presume.

s: Smell is potent, grassy, very herbal for a lager. The ethanol content is big for a lager and this phenolic punch is evident in the nose.

t: Again a strong grassy taste and big punch takes this beer away from its euro lager category and it perhaps resembles a winier more syrupy beer; a subdued (in hop) belgian ale for example.

m: sumptuous biscuity, malt finish. This beer definately contains ample malt, just as its label proclaims. Full in body for a lager and that suits this beer drinker fine.

d: The only drawback to drinkability with this is its relatively high ABV. Peroni's standard lager is just about average in every way, but the malt and high ABV in this really makes it special and drinkable without any displeasure.

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Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a nice dense rocky white head. Good persistent bubbling. Brilliant gold and haze-free

s: Slight medicinal note, but a strong malt & spicy hop aroma

t: Good malt, slight harshness & alcohol hint. Herbal hop aftertaste, and good bitterness

m: Good medium body, full palate-feel, with heat at the end.

d: Almost a winter warmer with it's body & warmth, if not for the colour. I'm drinking it in Sydney summer heat, and raising a sweat.
Could probably drink a few on a cold afternoon, but wouldn't have too many more now.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive looking label and bottle neck covering, brown 33cl bottle, best before July 2008, drank 1st Nov 2007.

Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, why? Because it claims to be a Birra Doppio Malto and is styled on this site as an European Pale Lager.

It could have been a Duvel if the white head had been twice the size, but it still looked good. A clear golden yellow with bubbles rising though the body up to the head, which refused to stay as large as it started out at.

Yet again an almost odourless lager, it gets my standard 3 score. Where has the double malts gone? Not into the aroma that's for sure.

This breweries normal beer must be insipid because their 'Gran Riserva' is nothing to shout about. There is some malt in there somewhere and the 6.6% alcohol can be found, but that is all. it is better than a bog standard Italian lager, but that isn't saying much is it?

The nothingness that met my tastebuds stayed in the mouthfeel.

The packageing is better than the product and the extra cost isn't worth the end result. Just above 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 Suds
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I expected to find another mediocre Euro-lager in this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is actually a very drinkable, flavorful, well-made, and engaging lager. It's not world-class by any means, but it's a solid and respectable beer.
It pours a typically yellow-golden color with a nice puffy white head. Aside from being a hair darker than other European lagers, this one is of typical appearance. The smell, however, is quite nice. There's a significant malt statement in the aroma, followed by a strong flowery hop smell. Malt plays the lead here, but it all fits together nicely. The taste is quite malty, with a bready, almost biscuity flavor. The beer is clean, with no notable fruit characteristics. Hop flavor continues in a lingering finish. Fairly full in body, and medium in carbonation, this is satisfying. There's a lot to like about this beer.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright clarity with a golden blonde color. Well-formed, medium, white head. Fair head retention (not much lacing though).
Aroma: moderate malty aroma with some herbal notes.
Taste: slightly sweet flavour with a bitter note that becomes stronger after a while.
Mouthfeel: smooth, fair carbonation, nice alcoholic strength, medium body.
Finish: bitter and long finish.

Overall: a nice pale lager, balanced with more personality than the average beer of the segment. I would not mind having it again. Best Italian beer I’ve tasted so far.

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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 seanyfo
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: in a peroni glass pours a golden haze, consistent 1 finger head with average lacing going down the glass, lively carbonation with lots of beading

S: sweet malts with a hoppy background, not much else really, no fruit notes.

T: can definitely get more malt from this one than other euro lagers, a nice dry hoppy finish thats not overly sweet. A lot less watery than others too.Well balanced

M: Lively carbonation with a firm body, no wateriness.

D: a Lot more character than other lagers, like a german pils with more sweet malt, quite refreshing on a summers day but wouldnt go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Quite sweet fruits (oranges, apples), quite nice biscuity maltiness, honey / candy sugar notes, some pine hints...

Taste – Biscuity / bready malts, woody notes, light spiced hop bitterness, creamy fruits (orange, grapefruit)..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy. Light / medium bodied. Quite drinkable...

Overall - An OK beer... worth a try....

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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 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 wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB date: May 06.
A: in a goblet it pours a golden hue, with an inch-thick white foamy beer head on top of a mildly-fizzy body… surprisingly the head retention is very good, leaving quite tight, white lacing around the glass.
S: sweetish lager malts, on top of a sugar-cane juice’s fresh fruit aroma + fig-flavoured candyish note and a slightly buttery note against a bready backbone—quite nice, even if a bit sugary-rich for my nose...
T: upfront is sweetish malty savour along with a simultaneously dryish texture, a bit herbal as well…the hop flavour is refreshing but quite mild, while the intensifying bitterness in the finish very well balances this lager’s slightly sugary-alcoholic mouthfeel.
M&D: the mouthfeel is very lively at first, gradually turning low as the gassy body softens, while the body is just about right, moderately rich, for its slightly sugary flavour. Overall quite malty and sugary, this is a premium lager worth trying at least once~~

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Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Respectable, clear, golden yellow body with a small, off-white head. Honeyed barley and grain aromas mix with vegetables and spicy hops on the nose. Sweetish cookie malt flavors up front with a dollop of cooked vegetables, followed by a splash of alcohol and some spicy, vegetal hops. Not bad. Beats any malt liquor I've had from the U.S. (so far) and goes well with pizza.

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