Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda | Castello Di Udine S.p.A.

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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana BlondaCastello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda

Brewed by:
Castello Di Udine S.p.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WVbeergeek on 08-13-2002

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.12/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque copper hue, with a bubbly white carbonated head. Musty and stinky floral Euro-ish hops, smells like 99% of all Euro lagers, plain and boring. Off the cuff is the noble hops—welcome, they are nicely introduced; what a pleasant surprise! The hops give way to some earthy graininess. Medium bodied, with a very clean palate. Some lemon peel and peppery notes towards the finish. Nothing fancy here, pretty easy to quaff a few of these!

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Photo of Skidz
3.95/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale straw and sits bright golden yellow in the glass with a decent white head, fading to faint skim, leaving some lacings around the glass.

Smells of aples, canned peaches and dried apricots. Crisp biscuity aroma seeps out, very nice malt character. Mild, dry grassy aroma in the background.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, some fruitiness. Hop bitterness builds up quickly, providing a solid backbone of dry, grassy flavors and well bittered at that. Lightly toasted oats and crisp crackery flavors give good balance.

Light, crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Not too thin, but very easy to handle. Definately well made and makes for easy drinking.

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Photo of vitesse
3.86/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in green 330 mL euro-style bottle.

this is definitely a good example of a pale euro-style lager. pours a bright gold color. good clarity. nice head retention for a light lager.
smells of mild hops and slight toasty malt.
plenty of carbonation in this one, which is good i think.
tastes of noble hops. very little hop bitterness. i bought a closed case of this beer, so there was no lighstruck "skunkiness" in the flavor profile. slight toastiness is very pleasant. very slightly astringent, but no metallicy off-flavors that hurt some other lagers. very clean and drinkable.
definitely one of the better euro-lagers out there....the case i bought tasted very fresh.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.72/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up the usual golden straw colour one would expect with a nice, sudsy, snow white head. For what it is, it doesn't look bad.
Smell is nice in that aside from mild skunk, which wasn't as assertive as I feared, by the way, I actually got a little bit of lemon in this and found it very pleasant.
Taste, too, was quite refreshing, all things considered. Oh sure, it had the typical mild bitterness accompanied by (slight) skunk one would expect with a 'green bottle Euro-import', but compared to other similar beers, I really liked this one.
Mouthfeel is very light (of course) with medium, on the cusp of high carbonation. Very refreshing and a nice alternative to other better known 'green bottle Euro beers'. I rather enjoyed this one, given the style and toward whom this type of beer is marketed. I'll seek it out again as hotter weather approaches.

**Note** My label looks different from the one in the photo. Mine is a blue and white shield on a green field with "Castello" and "Birra Italiano" in a bright red field with two sheaves of wheat at the bottom.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Castello has a medium, white head and a clear yellow-straw appearance. Carbonation is moderate. A strong bready smell is the chief aroma (also a skunkiness, which quickly dissipates, thankfully) and the major characteristic of this beer. Taste is likewise very bread oriented with only a kiss of hops. Mouth-feel is light, and Castello finishes refreshing. I really liked this and found it different.


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Photo of EPseja
3.68/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a handsome crystal clear gold color with orangey highlights. Half an inch of relatively flat, finely bubbled head rests on the surface, and diminishes to a thin mat after a few minutes. Decent lacing throughout the drink.

S - Light malts and sweetness with a cold metallic undertone. Easily discernible notes of honey.

T - Dry sweetness and the light honey from the smell are the first things I notice. In the middle comes a faint maltiness and alcohol. The finish is mostly tasteless apart from the slightly drying, understated hoppiness and alcohol warmth that follows. Aftertaste of yeasty bread.

M - Creamy and smooth with a completely tamed carbonation. Very nice!

D - Easy going and unassuming. The perfect beer to pair with a medium-bodied dish like Chicken Francese or Roncini.

Overall, I was expecting a lot less from this beer and was happy to be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured was light yellow with medium amount of white foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of lighty rosted malts, with a hint of spice filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was a mild roated malts, mild hops and a hint of coriander in the flavor. Not bitter and a very pleasing balance of malts, hops and spices.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled "Birra Italiana", I had to locate Birra Castella's website to discover that this is their "blonde" birra. This is a nice blonde...unfortunately sold in skunk-inducing green bottles. Straw/Gold in color with a nice, long-lasting white head. A hop and hay aroma will soon give way to the inevitable skunkiness (I bought this shortly after its arrival at Luke's). The malt body is light and there's plenty of hoppy bitterness. Lightly sweet, somewhat grassy and very drinkable, this is a nice summer beer.

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Photo of brewmine
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from memory, circa 2002 in the place of origin. It was a popular local beer in the far NW area of Italy, and I found it very good. Since then it changed ownership; the following (somewhat self-referential) paragraph is pasted off Wikipedia:
<Birra Moretti was an Italian brewing company, founded in Udine in 1859 by Luigi Moretti. In 1996 the company was acquired by Heineken International. The brewing plant in Udine was sold to the newly formed Birra Castello S.p.A.; Moretti is now a brand of Heineken>.
So what you are drinking now is not necessarily the same beer as back then, could be standard Heineken relabeled.
Assuming it stayed the same, it's a good light beer for summer days.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay! I buy a beer before I check the BA and it has a D+ rating, oh joy I hope everyone else is wrong about this one.

Green glass bottle, hope it isn't skunked.

Gold colored beer with small temporary white colored head.

Smell is not skunked; they should ban green glass for beer. Strong grain scent with a little toast on the grain. Wheat bran and grass with some caramel scent.

Starts out a little sweet and grainy. Tastes like the smell Toasted grain with a little grass and a slight bitter finish. Doesn't taste bad at all it's better than Heineken anyway.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is much better than I feared. Pretty easy to drink, just make sure you get your beer from a place that knows how to store beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.42/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw colored with a thin filmy head of white bubbles. Untoasted grain, hay and herbal hop notes in the aroma. Mildly sweet and bready with faint earthy hops to balance. Light bodied and effervescent. Meh, another Euro Lager that probably doesn't need to be imported as it tastes about the same as all the others.

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Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle, best before 08.20.10. 9.99 for a case.

Pours a pale gold with a bright white head that quickly dissipates, an average looking euro pale.

No skunk in the nose despite the green bottle which is nice. It is a fresh bottle. The smell of the beer itself is rather thin though with some light pale malt scent.

The flavor is again malty with only a kiss of hops, it isn't bad for a euro pale, very light but with a hint of caramel and hops.

It is an easy drinker, less offensive than Peroni if you are looking for Italian light lager.

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Photo of jsolack
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light head and golden yellow color. Head has little lace.

Slight skunk with sweet grains. Overall a nice smell but a little bland.

Light grass and sweet grain dominate the flavor. Finish is mild and sweet. Overall a pleasant taste.

A little flat in the mouth with little carbonation. Feels slightly watery in the mouth.

A very drinkable beer... mild and tastey. Would be easy to drink a few but could use a bit more kick to be a great beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really didn't have much hope for this beer - I mean, who woulda thought you would find a decent beer from Italy? But I was wrong, this brew was pretty good.

Out of the bottle the beer pours a beautifully clear, golden color. It shows up with no head whatsoever or even the smallest bits of lacing. This leads to making it difficult to test for smell, but it's there, and what is there is surprising. The smell has a distant sweetness to it that mixed good with the hops. Its mouthfeel was average - nothing really to mention, but the taste was definitely what was surprising. I had to have a second one to convince myself that it was pretty good.

Overall, its an average lager - but on its own it's a relatively good beer.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly nice gold brick color with a better than average head and some scattered lace that holds on well. Not much on the nose-just the faintest hint of malt. Light, crisp and pleasant in the mouth-no funny after tastes, just clean beer flavor. Extremely limited in hop or malt character, yet simple in a fairly drinkable manner.This would be a nice lunch choice with a bowl of pasta, or a slice of cheese and sausage pizza. Worth a try if priced at the 5.99 range.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty and sweet. Taste is sweet, malts, grains, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of JBogan
3.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A green bottle yields a bright golden liquid topped by a small white head which turns almost immediately into a thin film. Nary any lacing left behind.

Smells a somewhat pleasing mixture of grass along with some definite floral notes. One of the very few beers I've ever had from a green bottle with no skunkiness involved in the scent.

Tasted of malt and grains, with a small hop bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Medium bodied and smooth going down, a very nice combination on this hot summer afternoon.

This beer came as a 3 pack for less than $4 so I figured it was worth a try but probably not something I'd ever want again. I underestimated this brew. It made for an excellent refreshing session beer and a nice choice to have when looking for a lager. I will have it again.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.27/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden glass color, foamy head looks like soap on the surface, with a finger in thickness; Smell: Floral noble hops and sweet malt; Taste: Smoked malt, sweet grains with a backdrop of floral hops; Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly dry, medium bitterness and between light-medium body; Drinkability: Acceptable italian beer, much like all the euro pale lagers.

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Photo of dstc
3.22/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Head falls to about nothing. Thin lace.

Rather clean smell but there are some nice malts there.

Clean grain taste with a mild sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Rather thin and a bit fizzy in the mouth.

Easy drinking and did a fine job off washing down a pizza.

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: The golden straw colour shimmers in the light, a surprisingly good head yields a sticky carnage of lace in its wake.

Smell: Light aroma of malt, faint fruitiness and floral hop.

Taste: The weak graininess does not go astringent, nice use of a noble hop. Solid crispness within a light body and the hop bitterness seems to clean house when the palate goes dry.

Notes: A run of the mill Italian lager, I prefer Peroni. It’s a tough import market out there and I wish this one some luck.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

A new Italian beer came in, and, don't ya know it, I just had to try it. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, light flowers, and light cornbread. The lack of expected skunk is a pleasant touch. The taste brings in more of the same, the sweetness playing off the grassiness pretty nicely. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, not a bad Euro lager at all, really; nothing to write home about, but I wouldn't object to being given another.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked it up at Travis AFB yesterday.

Appearance- gold color, thin head that dissipated to nothing quickly

Smell- grainy malts

Taste- grainy malts, very slight flavor of hops

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was ok. Not the best or worst. I might drink it again.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear light golden color with a fingers worth of head that settled to a small ring with little to no lacing to speak of. Pretty standard for a Euro Lager.

S: I'm getting some light malt sweetness with a very light floral hops and a old touch of pizza sauce (Loosing my mind)

T: I'm getting some sweetness right up front then a light hops to finish it out.... Not much inbetween. Also pretty Euro Lager like.

M: Here is where it got fun for me.... It is pretty medium bodied with a creamy and smooth feel. Finish is strangely little dry. Very interesting.

D: A very eady to drink Euro Lager that doesn't feel like a Euro Lager. Would be a prefect match for a nice Supreme Pizza. Worth looking for at your next Italian restaurant.

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Photo of Jayli
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1/22 Had at Walter's in Federal Hill.
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a highly carbonated, light golden/straw color. One finger of sticky, bright white head. Head retains nicely leaving chunks of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is slightly fruity, with grainy, bready notes.

T: Taste has a mild hop flavoring at the forefront that is quickly dominated by a bready, grainy flavoring. Nothing overly sticks out ..

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, crisp clean feel.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, not very tasty, mild kick, and ok representation of style. This is a typical Euro lager that really doesn't have anything that stands out.

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Photo of ATPete
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz green bottle, sold in a 3pk.

Pours a crystal clear fizzy yellow color with a small snow white head. A bitter skunky aroma beams from the bottleneck once the top is popped, grainy with a large cheap grassy hop character and a looming metallic funkiness. Ice cold, id give this ago over a H***n.

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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda from Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
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