Pietra (Amber)
Brasserie Pietra

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Vienna Lager
Ranked #192
Ranked #46,353
3.27 | pDev: 14.98%
Brasserie Pietra
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 atis
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all - an excellent head with good lacing afterwards. Colour is not very attractive, kind of dirty brown.

Not sure about aroma, it is strange - earthy like with some fruit. Taste is a wild mix, slightly malty, hints of toffee, some smoke - overall sweet with mild hops aftertaste. Could not understand where did these chestnuts go...did not feel them at all.

I would not say it is bad, better than average supermarket beers. Maybe I will drink it again, it is strange, but drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very intrigued by this beer when I came upon the bottle: "Chestnuts in beer? Hmmm...that could be good." Well, the beer pours an appealing color: burnt ambers, copper, and bronze, all of differing tones, capped with a simple (and shallow) white head. It's a decent looking beer. The aroma carries a little malt and sugar, but little else. The taste, is restrained, but there is a notable nut character. I expected the chestnut to stand out more (I was thinking of the sweet meat inside a roasted chestnut, but got chestnut flour). There's a touch of bitterness and rustic qualities that I assume come from the nuts, along with a bit of chestnut flavor that carries on throughout the beer. Medium body, but a nice flavor. The finish is bitter and firm. It could be a little more intense, certainly, but I applaud the effort and enjoyed having something interesting.

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Photo of rec
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading on the label that this was "Chestnut Beer" I thought I had a lot to look forward too... unfortunately that wasn't the case.

The body is a dirty bronze, and the head is a soapy white one that doesn't seem to develop during the pour or lace at all.

The smell is practically non-existant, if anything the only real thing I'm getting out of it is starch vegetables.

I don't know about chestnuts, but I gues if I stretch my imagination I could believe there's some light nuttiness to the taste, but it really would be a stretch.

It really tastes like a typical "beer", almost like a traditional cerveza in fact, but with a little extra sweetness. There's a bready aftertaste, with a little bitterness - none of which I feel particularly good about.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière ambrée de fermentation basse, robe caramel
Smell : bonne odeur de châtaignes
Taste and mouthfeel : corps charpenté, prolongé par une bonne amertume
Drinkability : bonne bière de la brasserie Pietra (Corse)

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 6/12/07 pours a two-finger white head that quickly goes to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medicinal nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty almost sweet, hints of alcohol, finish is clean and slightly drying. S.Fr. 3.60 ($2.93) for a 330ml bottle from Drinks of the World Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a light head that doesn't hold very long. some lace.
Some strong smell that to me is more walnuts than chesnuts, actually. Some spices too.
Anyway, after a while almost all the aroma is gone and the only smell is a vague spice one.
Taste is rough, with something that now, yes, reminds me vaguely of chesnuts, some bittersweet notes and fruits in the bottom. Dry finish. Again, after a while, everything is almost gone, leaving only some sulphur notes.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly more orange than amber with a sparse cloud of fine particulates. The two finger cap is rich ivory in color and creamy in consistency. It's also gracing the glass with sheer sheets of lace that look like icing. Pietra is the best looking chestnut ale that I've ever seen. And the only one.

I'm not thrilled with the nose. Given the addition of chestnut flour, was it too much to ask for the beer to actually smell like chestnuts? The dominant aroma is an earthy, somewhat vegetal scent whose origins I can only guess at. If the flavor profile doesn't have a lot more going for it, my first foray into Corsican beer might also be my last.

Unfortunately, Pietra tastes exactly like it smells. I guess that oddness must be the chestnut flour, since, as far as I know, there aren't any other unusual ingredients present. Just don't expect it to taste like chestnuts, that's all I can say. Lightly sweet, lightly toasted, lightly nutty malt (think Victory or Munich) is the centerpiece. More hops would have helped.

While the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, it does its job ably enough. A modest finishing slickness and a lower than usual bubble load are its distinguising characteristics.

I expected something unique, exotic even, when I learned about the use of chestnut flour in Pietra Biera Corsa. The sad truth is, it's just another lackluster Euro beer (that's an ale rather than a lager) that stands out from the crowd because it has a different off-flavor than most. Don't bother.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml brown bottle, 6.5% abv listed on the side. Poured into a pounder glass it forms a weak fizzy head that falls to an outer edge. Macro Lager type body that is shade closer to copper.

Doughy malts and an alcohol splash. The chestnut (earthy) tones are the best part of this beer. I think this is a good beer overall but I can't help but note that I dont think the mix of nuts and a lager mix well in this offering. Chestnut works well but I'd like to see the supporting cast beefed up a bit if not alot. As it warmed there is a distinct peppered element and the sweet grain bill jumps in to play as well.

Notes: Not a mix I took a liking to. The peppered addition gave this a life but in the end it felt kinda cheap and extract laden. For the price its a definite pass.

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Photo of roblowther
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish gold with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Smells of sour cherries. Tastes of caramel but without the sugar if you can say that of something that is burnt sugar. Also has a sight hop note to it that lingers into a slightly bitter aftertaste. No real complexity. Mouthfeel is watery with just a note of silkiness on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is good, as you could down several of these without noticing, really. Probably evidence why the French are known for their wine.

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Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having been searching for this beer for quite several months now, finally I tracked it down at the UTOBEER stall, Borough Market, S. London. BBE 06/08, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: bright tawny hue, with abundant streams of tiny fizz, and a off-white frothy beer head dissipating a bit too fast.
S: interesting mix of slightly lemony lager malts, lightly roasty, dried-grassy hops and, yes, a ground nuts like chewy nutty sweet texture~~ a sulphury and eggy note stays quietly in the background, not too much to spoil that pleasing fore-note. Overall, quite intriguing, if not a touch too timid for me.
T: weird, clashing and metallic mouthfeel upfront with a touch of fizz too much... fast proceeding to a malt-themed aftertaste, bready in texture and intertwined with a lightly bitter-sweet touch of, exactly "what it says on the tin", chestnuts! A mild touch of grassy hops' bitter edge lingers in the end as well, like chewy hays.
M&D: quite refreshing on the mouthfeel, and the initial clashing feel disappears quickly after the second sip (guess it's because my tongue has got used to it?!). The impression of a lager with a chestnutty character is not that bad after all, yet the overall performance for me is below average, for the body falls thin and the more pleasant flavour comes in at too late a stage. Still I don't regret that I've tried it. By the way, I suspect it goes well with roast chicken (just popping up in my mind)??...

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Photo of mdagnew
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle given to me by a friend from France...

Poured a coppery orange / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Quite noticable sweetcorn (quite sickly), boiled rice, only the slightest hint of chestnuts, very light toffee malts, hops just about noticable, fruity (oranges, apples, maybe some figs)...

Taste – Spicy sweetcorn, light hops, some toffee malts, nutty sweetness ... overall a bit too sickly sweet...

Feel - Quite smooth.. Light / Medium bodied...

Overall - A pretty poor beer....Not really worth a try...

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Photo of Sigmund
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, labeled Pietra Bière Ambrée, bought in France. My first Corsican beer. Amber colour, large head. Nutty aroma with toffee and undefined herbal notes. Flavour is moderately malty with not-too-good hops, the chestnuts shine through. Chestnut powder in beer, WTF? Some strange medicinal character and a bitter finish and aftertaste. Not my favourite this one.

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Photo of stcules
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber/brownish/chestnut color. Decent head, not very longstanding.
The smell is malty. Then the chestnuts are evident. But not too much, delicate and not invading.
In the taste it is more evident; chestnut, chestnut flour, and a light but definite smokiness, that characterized this beer. A good background maltiness.
Good balance, strucutured. Alcol unperceptible. Full round mouthfeel. Good.
In the aftertaste chestnut flour again, floury malt, quite standing.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The rocky yet fragile mountainous island of Corsica officially forms two Départements and one Region of France, since it was acquired from a bankrupt Genoa under the Treaty of Versailles in 1768. Apart from stunning scenery and some 200 beaches it doesn’t have much to survive on, except a preponderance of Chestnuts. So it is no surprise to see that this Corsican beer (I simply cannot bring myself it call it French) is made with Chestnut Flour (from ground chestnuts) as well as Hallertauer Hops, mixed malts, yeast and Corsican Eau.

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle that comes with an unmarked thumbed cork restrained with a silver colored wire cap and cork plate. The main label has a faded pale yellow background with the words “Pietra” emblazoned in white with gold highlights across a black center band. Listed as “Biera Corsa Amber Ambrée” yet rather annoyingly it lists this brew as “Product of France” at the bottom of the label, interestingly I did some research here, and the local variation of the label most certainly does not say this!!! so see it’s not French ;-) A variety of languages describe this as a Chestnut Beer with the strength listed in a tongue everyone understands, Alc. 6,5% by Vol. Bottle Neck has the ink-jet code ‘B3168LB300’. Some residue in the bottom of the bottle is visible.

Appearance: I like to think of this as a fused hazy dark Marmalade rather than the more boring amber shade so often used. Once the decent white foamy head rescinds it imparts the look of a carbonated West Country Scrumpy. Minimal lacing is sticky, the conditioning continues to fuel streamers throughout the drink.

Nose: Mild hints of freshly cracked Walnuts embrace pale malts amidst a light hoppiness. Some breaded dough and grainy whiff mingle at a distance on the horizon.

Taste: This really improved with time and temperature. The flavors really picked up towards the end, but at the beginning they tended to be a tad flaccid, so delicate that the cold seemed to depress them into nothing more than an average Amber. Yet with a few degrees under its belt it develops lots of warming nutty malts and a crushed grain feel. The chestnut flour accentuates the back end and mixes with a fresh bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet with a prodding gentle prickly hop character that fizzes and tingles, all this helps to punctuate the nutty chestnut pate feel.

Drinkability: An enjoyable offering that does little to offend, yet at times, especially straight from the fridge, it can feel, well, boring really. Once it warms though, like Corsica itself, it comes into its own but even so, it rarely does anything special.

Overall: A tad bland I guess if I am honest, but really not that bad at all considering its strength. No additives are used, and this is a rather unique beer that is worth picking up off the shelves at least once, if not just for the experience of getting to try a real Chestnut Beer. Oh, and drink this closer to cellar temperature to get the best from it would be my advise, even so, this is no shining star but more like a dull planet.

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Photo of tjd25
2.19/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Soft fluffly creamy head, quite dense and regular bubbles. The body is very slightly hazy and of an orange color. The smell is very weak, slightly malty at best. Quite bad. Like seltzer water, almost no smell.

The taste is malty, slightly caramelized and citric. I wouldn't have found the chestnut if I hadn't know this was a chestnut beer. Very disappointing. Plain and uninteresting. The hoppiness is disturbing and not well balanced. Highly carbonated. The mouthfeel is maybe very slightly floury; that would be the chestnut flour I guess. It is mostly watery and weak. As for drinkability, I had a hard time finishing my glass (did I even finish it?) and I'm glad this was my only bottle.

This beer is so annoying. A great commercial success, playing around with the local corsican identity, but quite a shame for the brewer. It's easy to write stuff on the label in corsican to make Corsicans proud and to look exotic for all the others; but it'd be more interesting to focus the efforts on the brewing process. I hope I won't have to drink that ever again.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl. bottle; served in Nastro Azzurro glass.
Golden color, OK head with decent lastability. Typically bottom-fermented aroma - neither very subtle nor especially inviting. The taste is balanced between malt and hops, but rather than seeming well-balanced, the beer comes across as simply not very interesting. Decent dry finish, though. I didn't detect any chestnut flavors. Soft mouthfeel and OK drinkability.

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Photo of diablo14
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

why is this classified as a pils when it clearly states on the label its a nut brown ale? id have newky brown over this any day, but pietra was still a nice tasty brew. alas it let the ABV take over a little in the end which has caused me to mark it down.

lovely deeper brown color than i expected, with a thin head typical of the style. good level of carbonation that went some way to compensating for the alcohol presence. firm nutty caramel nose, the taste was along the same lines but added a touch of spice to the equation. crisp and clean with a fair level of hops showing itself, but had too much alcohol bite on the back palate for my liking. i would suggest the flavor needs to be more robust if its going to be this strong. not disagreeable, but distracting nonetheless.

i wouldnt refuse one of these if offered, but there are several brown ales ive tasted that are ahead of it in my queue. if pietra slashed a percent off the ABV would be a much better beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured crystal clear amber with a wispy white head. Strong skunked aroma when intially poured. After that died down the aroma is sweet malt and perhaps honey with no skunky aroma present, which is very odd. The flavor is slightly sweet at first and crisp. Then the finish is dry with a slight alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is average.

Just noticed the notch on the 11.2 ounce bottle says it was bottled in December 2001. Still should not be skunked since it came in a closed cardboard package with three bottles. The beer is supposedly a chestnut beer, perhaps that has to do with the aroma when first opened. The beer has held it's own pretty well to be only 6% ABV, not highly hopped and good drinkability at 2 years of age. Sadly, it was purchased in a Raleigh store today.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pietra is a hand-crafted beer from the Island of Corsica brewed with a blend of selected malts, hops, chestnuts and without any chemical additives or preservatives. This unique blend gives it a personality with a strong and delicate taste, with a low bitterness.

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