Pietra (Amber)
Brasserie Pietra

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Style:
Lager - Vienna
Ranked #204
ABV:
6%
Score:
76
Ranked #48,943
Avg:
3.29 | pDev: 14.89%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
162
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Year-round
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Notes: Pietra, the chestnut beer
Beer of the land and nature

PIETRA is a specialty beer, of low fermentation.

Using traditional methods it is brewed from selected malts and chestnut flour.

The chestnuts used come from the most beautiful and highest chestnut grove in Europe, located in the Castagniccia, at an altitude of over 1,000 meters.

Every autumn the fruit is hand-picked, transported down the hill on donkeys and sorted by hand. This guarantees flour of a very high quality, from a totally natural environment.

Highly fermentable, chestnut flour has an excellent impact on the quality of the head and gives beer its beautiful coloring. Mixed into the malt during the mashing process, the chestnut flour is a prime ingredient and not just a flavoring.

This recipe, unique in the world, gives PIETRA its conflicting taste accentuating a lingering subtle bitterness.

Powerful and delicate, robust and smooth, Pietra has a 6% alcohol content. It displays a beautiful amber color, an intense chestnut head, dense and creamy, making the pleasure of tasting it all the more enjoyable.
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PJBScript from California

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, this isn't a 'real' review because I'm not yet up to speed on the terminology ... but ..... as far as Pietra is concerned, let me review from memory exactly one year ago. My wife and I rented a car and, camping, circumnavigated Corsica and criscrossed it twice last summer over two weeks. Beaches, mountain peaks, ancient villages everywhere, and Napoleon. I drank plenty of Pietra, and it's incredibly fresh out of the cans there. Draft, well, it's even better! It's hard not to love the island and the unique, proud people, and their beer is spectacular. I find it very hard to say that about the rest of the beer in mainland France. The chestnut in Pietra adds an excellent flavor overtone, and is far from overpowering, and blends in perfectly with the malt and hop flavors. The chestnut likely adds a bit of body to the beer, which is not a bad thing here. Carbonation, head are above average for an inexpensive beer. It's the flavor, for me, that did the job ..... have it with a couple of newfound Corsican friends overlooking the harbor in Bastia ... maybe take out French citizenship, move there, relax ....

Sep 17, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour one finger head leaves half finger white head remaining, nutty and caramel aroma. Taste is nuts and flour. A bitter flour taste makes this a sipper rather than a chugger and burned malts. Right level of alcohol. Pretty balanced and pleasant.

Jul 03, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with Shanex. 330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 7/2021. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden/amber, light orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of of streaming carbonation. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, roast, wood, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of brown sugar, brown bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, roast, wood, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness/roast, wood, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Fairly clean on lager flavors, not overly fruity/yeasty. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very good Vienna lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Nicely clean vienna malt showcase, and noble hop presence/balance. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Just wish it was a bit cleaner on the yeast.

Sep 16, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jul 05, 2019
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy amber with a thin white film of a head

S: nuts and a little tartness, some fruit, biscuit and a little alcohol

T: Mildly sweet nuts and brown sugar with a little tartness and a hint of fig. Hop bitterness is low.

F: medium plus body, medium low carbonation

O: An unusual but interesting and pleasant beer.

Jun 10, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

2.47/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Oct 19, 2018
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BierRunner from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Aug 09, 2018
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MoohMooh from France

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Feb 09, 2017
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Ant777uk from England

4.09/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

May 03, 2016
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Shanex from France

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Apr 17, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Nov 06, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Oct 10, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Oct 03, 2015
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Jan 11, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Typical toasted malt aroma and flavor for a Biere de Garde. Brewed with chestnuts but difficult to taste them, maybe smokelike aftertaste.s Good carbonation.

Sep 19, 2014
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Tartinery Nolita NYC - a must try restaurant.

A: Crystal clear light copper in color with light carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high off white head that faded fast, not much lace.
S: Not enough: light aromas of bread, caramel and toasted malts.
T: Follows the smell and adds malty sweetness. Hints of chestnuts and grass.
MF: Light- to medium-bodied.

Totally enjoyed as a pre-dinner session beer. Enjoyed two easily. Appetizing.

Apr 04, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Nov 01, 2013
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Mellonius from Brazil

2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Sep 12, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

3.16/5  rDev -4%
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.

Jun 14, 2013
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

May 27, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another 2 dollar grab at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Ah an old lager. Little to no head with a hazy amber body. Quite strange for an amber lager.

S - Good amount of caramel sweetness, lager yeasts, bread, and some more toffee sweetness.

T - Drinks with less sweetness than the nose preserves. Lager yeast in the finish with caramel and toffee malts toasty on the whole. Fruity yet dry it's not bad.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I would love to try this fresh with more carbonation. Despite the age it's still a tasty brew.

Jan 01, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Nov 24, 2012
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horshack7 from England

3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a amber colored beer with a white head that thins out quick.

Aroma: A light dryness inthe nose. Light malt, bits of citrus, touch of nuttiness.

Taste: Little bit of a crisp mouthfeel. Caramel malts, floury, light malt sweetness with a good touch breadiness.

Notes: Overall not too bad of beer a good crispness to it and somewhat balanced. Cheers.

Mar 10, 2012
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Jan 31, 2012
Pietra (Amber) from Brasserie Pietra
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 162 ratings