Pietra
Brasserie Pietra

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Style:
European Dark Lager
Ranked #108
ABV:
6%
Score:
75
Ranked #46,246
Avg:
3.24 | pDev: 15.74%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
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Photo of mishi_d
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber color with white head, malty aroma with herbal notes, taste ol malts, herbs, chesnut and hopps, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, light to medium body.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle from Franprix, Paris (€2.60):
Slightly basic but pleasant, this one was an interesting beer with a sticky-sweet opening that almost seemed overdone but mellowed slightly further on. There was some nice biscuit malts and earthy flavours too with a hint of alcohol further on as well, surprisingly.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.47/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza con cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. En su aroma se puede percibir la malta, el caramelo y la castaña. Algo pesada al paladar y con un final amargo.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty copper color with light lacing in the pour with a pleasant nose. Very malty with hints of chestnut. Basic lager mouth feel with a reasonable finish.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clean dark amber, with a one finger head that leaves slight lacing.

Smells of chestnut, caramel malts. Slight touch of herbal hops.

Taste is somewhat on the sweet side, with a hint of pepper. Chestnut is less present than in the smell, but still there. Kinda earthy as well. Some fruity hops. It gets nicely nutty as it warms.

Body is light and smooth, mild, prickly carbonation.

Pretty nice -- I'm usually not very fond of lagers, but this one is pretty interesting and well-balanced.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.09/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, from shop in Paris.

Nice head level, deep reddish amber colour.

Contains chesnut flour, apparently.

Aroma is nice, sophisticated, different, yet still quite subtle and balanced.

Taste is also quite unique. Lots of different elements. Definitely can taste the chesnut, which works really well. Crisp initially, then the complex hoppy chesnuttiness slowly takes over.

I will give it a good score because it's unique and different. And very well balanced. And the different taste elements really give it identity. Personally I prefer stronger beers, though as a complex light and crisp offering, this is great.

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Photo of Shanex
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm giving this one a good rating, it's French (Corsican actually!) And for a Euro lager pretty damn good. I'd rather have this than Heineken or Kronenbourg, this beer deserve more recognition. On a side note: do visit the beautiful island that is Corsica, cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma exposes the chestnut ingredients, color is also dark golden, and lots of sticky lacework on the glass. Flavor has elements of toffee and caramel, but also is dry and mildly bitter. Nice beer and definitely different.

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Photo of FLima
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Giving a second try.
Amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Nice sweet aroma of biscuit malt, maybe nuts, lots of honey and mild grassy hops.
Flavor with notes of grassy hops, minerals, honey, a bit of toasted malts and finishing with chestnuts. Dry and bitter aftertaste with herbal and chestnut predominating.
Light body with good carbonation.
It does not bring the traditional nutty malt sweetness that for some reason we expect before popping up the bottle, probably given it is much more common. It shows chestnut flavors that are rather bitter and earthy than sweet. Interesting beer in that sense, though it is somewhat subtle, don’t expect any big flavors.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

THE Corsican beer. Not that bad for an Euro Dark lager with its chestnuts notes. Some sweetness but also a certain hop presence. Quite refreshing on tap or from a bottle in hot Corsican summer

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Photo of Brabander
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer which i bought in a supermarket when i was in the south of France couple months ago. Light ambercolor and decent carbo. Not a spectacular beer but drinkable.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and part of a big order from beers of Europe to celebrate my 40th birthday
Amber body with white head. Aroma is malty with some grains. Taste is malty caramel some chestnut maybe. Aftertaste is nice balanced. Nice lager.

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Photo of Mellonius
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear light brown and looks beautiful. Thin, evanescent head. Not much going on in terms of smell; just bland nutty notes. The mouthfeel is light, almost watery, with a fair amount of carbonation. Tastes nutty, with some floral and fruity notes and some acidity. Not really bad, but not to be missed. A good refreshing brew to be enjoyed well chilled. Sessionable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/05/13 notes in Nice, France, at a local restaurant. 330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

a - Pours a brown-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, and light herbal notes. Not strong in any of them; pretty forgetable.

t - Tastes of light caramel malts, sweet fruit, earthy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Not strong in any of the flavors, and not a ton going on, though not offensive or bad at all. Easy to drink, but better beers to find in France.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pietra Biera Corsa
25.4 fl. oz. bottle, corked and caged, no apparent freshness dating.

Brasserie Pietra is a French brewery on the isle of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. Corsica is known for its production of chestnuts, and the beer is brewed with chestnut flour. Not surprisingly, the clear amber-colored beer actually tastes of chestnuts. It's balanced, fluctuating between a sweet maltiness and a drying bitterness that may be in part due to the chestnuts themselves. The body is medium with a dextrinous edge and a median carbonation. At 6.0 % alcohol by volume it's strong, but not overly so, and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Probably best served well-chilled to begin with, it's a unique and interesting beer that's well worth trying.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Alla Spina, Philly, PA

My first (I think) Corsican beer! This was actually not bad at all for a lager, and glancing over many negative reviews, I'm guessing this beer was much more pleasant on tap than in a bottle that was sitting on the shelf for God knows how long.

Clearish mahogany pour into a teku glass, a 1/4" cap of sea foam on top that sank to a ringlet leaving dots of lacing behind. Caramel malts on the nose, wood and nutshells. Had a nutty taste somewhat reminiscent of a nut brown ale, but nothing really distinctively "chestnut" about it, caramel malt sweetness, mild leafy hops, and a bit of earth and cardboard. There was nothing amazing going on here, but I still quite enjoyed this one, and these days, for me to enjoy a lager is saying a lot. Light-medium body, smooth, clean, basic, easily drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.26/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy brownish-orange hue with a thin head that never really forms and is soon gone. There is a sea of bubbles popping to the surface.

S- The soft woody malt aroma finishes with a band-aid quality but is otherwise very clean.

T- The soft brown malt hint fades into a big chlorophenolic band-aid finish with some plastic tastes that linger.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- I couldn't make it through the glass and the plastic band-aid flavor sticks in my mouth even after I'm finished. I couldn't really detect any other flavors hiding out in there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pietra Amber

Appearance: Burgandy/dirty copper colored brew with a chill haze and a white collar of head.

Smell: Malty and nutty aromas.

Taste: Somewhat nutty, twang of hops and a small caramel note. Earthy nutty flavor from the chestnut flour. Alittle lemony tart flavor that may be imparted by the hops. Small herbal note. Unoffensive, albiet a bit odd mix of flavors. A lager that feels like an ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth chalky, starchy, feel. Finishes clean.

Overall: Interesting enough, glad I got the oppurtunity to try. Has a unique flavor profile, yet is approachable to the average consumer. Decent drinking brew.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Pours a transparent dark orange under a one-finger white head that completely disappears in the span of 5 seconds. No carbonation is visible and the beer looks stiff

S- Light aroma of dark malts (without roastiness or any kind of undernotes), with a hint of some kind of nut-like feel from the adding of chestnut flour

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. Light dark malts with maybe a hint of barley. Creamy on the palate with neat but delicate notes of nut chocolate

M- Very light in both body and carbonation. Fits it's delicate chestnut character but the beer feels really flat, expecially on the tongue

O- Nicely drinkable and decently refreshing. An easy, simple beer, but with a bit of a distinct character. Enjoyable

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a nice orange golden color with a medium white head. Small retention and not much lacings left

S: Caramel malts, a bit of chestnut and flowery hops

T: A slightly sweet upfront. Basically caramel malts and "milky" chestnut. Quite light and watery followed by a modest bitter end

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Mild bitter end

O: ... well, considering that's a French Beer, we can say that It's not that bad...

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Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells largely of dark, malty sugars--though lightly so--which bring in caramel and brown sugar notes. Lightly toasted grains are also present in the nose, along with a hint of something earthy and nutty, which I'm assuming comes from the chestnuts.

On the tongue, the brew comes across as dark, earthy and nutty, with malts mixed in. The primary flavor seems to come from the chestnuts, and for me resembles what would happen if a few drops of essence of Brazil nuts were added to a lager. (I say "seems" here because I've never had chestnuts, and I'm assuming the dark nuttiness I'm tasting comes from them.) This chestnut flavor lasts throughout the entire mouthful, and actually comes on stronger in the aftertaste. Aside from the chestnuts, there are lovely toasted grain flavors here, bringing in light apricot flavors as well as toasted wheat, and just a hint of hops in the background.

Overall, I think this a nice beer that would have been decent without the chestnuts, but their addition does bring a nice earthiness to the mixture that works quite well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in Belfort, France. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired here in Belfort.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and good retention, though the ABV isn't horribly high. Colour is gold.

Sm: Cream and malt lacing. Not a good aroma, but thankfully only moderate in strength.

T: Badly handled malt alongside slight cream and some surprisingly biscuity barley. It's better than expected. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but the biscuity slight roast finish it resolves to starting with the climax is quite nice. It's well built and balanced, if a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body in a general sense. The thickness is about right.

Dr: She drinks easy, helped by the low ABV. The quality is good for an amber (I trust the brewer's definition of style over beeradvocate's). I'm glad they didn't overcaramelize the malt; that flavour wouldn't suit the beer. Give her a spin. The price is fair by French standards, though I got her in a supermarket.

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Photo of fostachild
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cl. bottle

pours a dark golden yellow color, with a good amount of head that doesn't last long. mostly malt, maybe a bit of a floral aroma in the smell. taste was also very malty, better than your typical lager but still kind of average. decent carbonation and overall was an okay beer.

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Photo of Klym
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was in France at a restaurant that of course had hardly any other options. Review from notes.

Appearance was a dark orange, like a couple of drops of grenadine in your typical lager. Smell was pretty normal but more aromatic and less flimsy than many of its counterparts, typical malty scents with a little bit of fruit. Taste was surprisingly thick, with some deeper fruit flavor like dried strawberries and juicy citrus-- this is all on a relative basis though, don't expect a smoothie when you drink this. Body was pretty average and light-medium, with some strange randomness in the carbonation.

Overall, while I have a hard time enjoying lagers much any more, this one really did much better by me than most. If you're staring at a menu full of coors and buds and this one happens to be on there, go for it.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, breads/grains, chestnuts?

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a bit of a roasted/smokiness. There is also a flavour that I couldn't put my finger on, but after reading some reviews on this site I guess it's chestnuts. It definitely has a distinct flavour.. not sure that's a good thing though. The beer finishes with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - The beers taste seemed to improve as it got warmer, but I still wasn't really a big fan. There was just something about the taste that I really didn't enjoy.

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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 127 ratings