Pietra (Amber)
Brasserie Pietra

Pietra (Amber)Pietra (Amber)
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Style:
Vienna Lager
Ranked #190
ABV:
6%
Score:
76
Ranked #46,445
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 14.98%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
158
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Brasserie Pietra
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  25
SCORE
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Pietra (Amber)Pietra (Amber)
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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 158
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -1.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.7%
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 +4.6%
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 -21.1%
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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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer brewed with chestnut flour. Pours a 2" off-white head which lasts a reasonable time. Body is hazy amber almost apricot in hue. Taste and smell are both fairly standard lager, which surprised me considering the special addition ingredient. I would say it's richer than average with a medium weight body and I think that's where the chestnuts contributed. So just slightly better than BMC beers.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pietra Amber....on tap at DBGB Kitchen and Bar.

Appearance-an orange brown color off the bat, a two finger head rises and sits beautifully in the tulip glass.

Smell-mix of strong hop with a very bready malt nose, the smell lingers around, very potent and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, bready and filling, full flavored, actually more malty than I expected but there is nice balance. Finishes with a small bit of hops leaving bits of malt and alcohol on the tongue.

Drinkability-very balanced and no issues.

Overall-a nice Vienna, a little maltier and less spicy than I'm used to in this style but it's well done and seems like a great sessioner, nice flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a watery iced tea brown color with a small dense cream colored head. The aroma is of a doughy malt, some raisins and honey. Didn't really expect these aromas if a fairly light brew. Taste is similar to the aroma. Doughy malt, hints of raisins, honey sweetness. I don't think I pick up much of the chestnut flavor that the label states. The feel is light almost watery with spritzy carbonation; sweet overall on the palate. A rather ho-hum brew, quite a musty/earthiness to it but also quite watery. I guess it drinks fairly easy.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.12/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle (BB end:2011) brought from Corsica where the brewery is located. According to the label it's a chestnut-based beer.
Pours clear, light amber body with fleeting white head. The nose is chestnut, dried apple slices and grassy hops. In contrary to the aroma I can't get any chestnut flavor out of this. The taste is caramel malt and grassy hops with bitter finish. Light bodied. Nothing memorable.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from notes taken in 2009.
The color is a nice amber/gold color with a fast-fading white head. Some trailing and webby lacing clings the glass.
Smells of grain husk and hint of damp basement mix with a mild floral hop and caramel candy.
Sweet honey taste and caramel malt are tempered a bit by the slightly citrus hop bite.
A little back-of-the-throat hop edginess gives a sprightly tingle going down. This is a refreshing brew, despite the well-hidden the 6% abv.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first drank this beer when I was in France. When I saw it at a local liquor store I couldn't help myself but to taste it again.

A : Dark golden color, with a half inch of head with medium retention and small lacing.

S : Hidden hops, the aroma probably comes from the chestnut the beer is made of.

M : Almost no bitterness and the taste stays long after the sip.

D : I would buy again of this beer. The chestnut makes it a very different beer of what we are used to.

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Photo of dolzan
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this while in Corsica.

I'm not sure it's a dark lager, but there is something different with this beer. It boasts that it has the taste of chestnuts, but I'd have to be hard pressed to guess this solely from tasting it. Though it has some sort of interesting earthy flavour, and I kind of like it.

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Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle.

It pours into my tulip a clear amber color, the head is fluffy and white, but leaves no lacing as it dissipates.

The smell is mild and bready, not too much to it.

The taste is definitely intriguing. There is a nutty smokiness to it that almost is reminiscent of a bacon flavor. I don't know why it is labeled as a Vienna lager here, the label states ale.

It is an interesting one, worth a try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with little head. Smells yeasty, sweet, nutty, and with an herbal pungency. The taste is also quite pungent. Nutty, almost metallic and medicinal, but not completely over the top. It's drinkable without being something I'd go back to over and over again. A bit ripe in the mouth. This is for sure an interesting beer, but a bit out of balance.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
6.0% ABV
I tried this beer on March 27, 2009 after pourchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent reddish gold with a 1" thick white head which quickly dissipated. The aroma was sour grainy malt, and some floral notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt, some toffee hints, and a bitter finish.

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Photo of pootz
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

pours a shimmering amber-rust color with a 2 finger frothy cap that lasted and laced well.

Luscious Muenchener malts in the aroma mingle with some woody-nutty tones and wisp of herbal hops...very pleasant.

The flavor is just a more intense, complex version of the aroma... rich bready-sweet Munich malts complimented with nutty tones and balanced with some great German noble herbal-woody hopping...clean drying finish.

This one skirts the Vienna lager genre but the color is not right, just the same it is a sturdy flavorful Munchen-style lager that can compete with any commercial Munich amber.

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Photo of CharlieC
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite amber, more like deep gold with slight haze.

Smell is very inviting in a biere de garde kind of way. A touch of farmhouse, a touch of smooth malt. Also slight greenish hops. Now I know this beer was brewed with chestnuts and you can certainly pick that up in the nose (not sure if I would get that blind.) Definitely a bready/nutty thing though. Overall a superb aroma.

Taste is very pleasant and balanced, although some astringency in the finish takes away from what I think otherwise is a very nice beer.

I thought this would be interesting, but I'm surprised at how good it is, especially the aroma. Also it's great that the chestnut shows through but blends with the other flavors well.

Also, this beer is obviously in the wrong category.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, with a thin, white head that fades gradually.
Smell is spiced malts, with a hint of ginger. Euro yeast aroma as well.
Taste is more spiced malts with a hint of sourness. Malts carry, becoming slightly bready, taking on a shade of toastiness near the finish. Little hint of brown sugar at the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp, with a bit of a watery finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. By the taste I'd expect it to come in a green bottle. Still nothing too detracting in any aspect of this one, and it drinks easily enough.

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Photo of Monsteruss
2.06/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When poured into glass, the foam was almost white in color with a somwhat yellow haze and smooth. The color was a beautiful amber. The smell was woody, wheat and earthy with a small hint of flowers. Taste had a large overtone of earth (almost dirt), small hints of wheat and flowers and a small citrus undertone. The earthy tone was very overpowering. Mouthfeel - lightbodied. Drinkability - After tasting the earthy/dirt tones of the beer, it stops with an almost nasty taste. No wonder it was on sale. One of the worst sessions I've had.

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Photo of niklas0770
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is light brown/orange, like maple syrup and the two finger head fades at a steady pace to form a thick lacing.

The smell is very malty with some chestnut and a hint of alcohol. I'd say semi-sweet with the sourness of raw chestnut.

The taste is malty and dry and the sourness of the raw chestnut is more dominant in the taste than in the smell. It ends with some sweetness and a dry feeling.

This beer is very refreshing due to it's dryness a light body.

A hot summer day and a six-pack of Pietra would be a nice combo if you want to try something slightly different.

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Photo of seand
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head full of thin bubbles. A layer does retain somewhat, which leaves some lacing.

S: Mainly a light skunkiness, also a light sweetness. Would probably be better fresh.

T: The flavor is quite light up front, finishing slightly sweet and slightly hoppy. Not much flavor overall.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body. Finishes very dry.

D: Not bad, but also doesn't leave you wanting more.

Overall, a highly mediocre beer. I wouldn't seek it out, but it's also not totally unpleasant.

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Photo of ludachris
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honeyed amber with one and a half fingers of soapy white head. Decent retention and minimal lace.

Grassy hops, dough, sweet sugary malt, caramel, and biscuit are what compose the nose.

Grassy hops with a bit of a funky edge to them seem to be the main focus in the taste with the sugary malts and caramel still there but less pronounced. Dough-like malt comes in the end with the grassy hops still lingering.

Mouthfeel is light and a tad creamy. Decent balance, and goes down easy.

Overall, a decent brew but one that fails to exceed the average, from the appearance down to its drinkability. A good pick if macros are the only other option, but that would be the only way I could see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a big head this is a pleasant nutty marzen. Very drinkable and well finished the beer shows the chestnut flavour as it warms up and opens up. A bigger mouthfeel and more complex flavour than expected from a corsican beer . Worth trying

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Pietra (Amber) from Brasserie Pietra
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 158 ratings