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

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2.9/5
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91 Ratings
Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana BlondaCastello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
Italy
birracastello.it

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 08-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,033
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
91
pDev:
18.97%
Bros Score:
3.21
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of RockinRob925
1/5  rDev -65.5%

Photo of wedgie9
1.38/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with a very thin lace head. Nose of light malt and some sweetness. There are some light hops and malt, but nothing jumps out on the palate. Body is full for a "lighter" lager, with average carbonation and no finish to speak of.

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Photo of secondtooth
1.68/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmm. A thin, pallid appearance and major skunky odor are immediately apparent with this Italian lager. Not a good place to start. Taste is weak, watery, and, well, bland. There's little to grasp taste-wise. I know there are some good craft brews from Italy, but I've yet to encounter one, unfortunately! Awful stuff here.

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Photo of Suds
1.71/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here's a light, clear beer with a nice, puffy white head. There's a decent amount of clingy lace on the side of my glass. It's a light brew with a serious cereal grain and corn smell. It's really not very appealing. There's not much in the way of hops, but just a hint of ethanol. Not good. The taste is similar. With a bit of alcohol, the brew is pretty dry. It has a bitterness in the finish that's not quite pleasant. The adjuncts dominate the beer. Even among the sub-par beers in this market, this one is worse than most. The body is watery, but the off-flavors really set the tone for the brew. This is one of the few beers that I'd advise anyone to avoid.

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Photo of bh123
1.75/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.95/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Imported into the UK as 'Castello Premium' with Birra Friulana also on the front label.

Green 33cl bottle, poured into a Veltins Pilsner stemmed glass. Looks like a typical mass produced lager, golden, clear and with a pure white head on top.

Grass, hay and nothing beery in the aroma.

This is my first review this evening, I'm getting rid of a few oddments, I hope the others improve on this. A tasteless, featureless, nothingness of a beer.

Why do they export such dross to cold countries like the UK? If I was sweating my nuts off on an Italian beach surrounded by half naked females then I'd have enjoyed this. Trouble is, it's minus 7 outside and the wife is out.

This is one cheap lager and there is nothing 'premium' about it what so ever.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like any other Italian lager, perhaps a touch more hoppy. Still a bit sweetish and thin, and very easy to drink, nothing overly offensive, but nothing that great.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light golden colour, with a reasonably decent head of white foam. Bit filmy after a while, but it does leave some nice lager lacing after a while. Not bad.

Slight bread yeast on the nose, with a bit of dryness, but otherwise, very little at all. Maybe a slightly chemical acidity. That's all. It's weak and unimpressive.

Taste is also very weak, with almost nothing. Slight acidity and prickly carbonation, some bready grain character and a finish of dry acidity, like cheap and nasty champagne.

Very dry, very pale and very, very empty. It's verging very close to being deeply offensive. Worth avoiding.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clean yellow color, not light yellow like most US Mega lagers, white head that leaves soon. As I poured the beer the skunky aroma almost kept me from trying this beer. It has a bit, not much, more flavor than Mega-Swill lagers. About the middle of the glass the skunk aroma seemed, or I was getting desensitized to it, give way to a sort of grainy/grassy scent. Not my cup of tea, or beer for that matter. I don't know if the skunk was from travel and shelf life or is part of the regular components. If it is regularly smelly then I don't see me ever enjoying this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 07.2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a bubbly, thinning, white head. A typical lager thus far.

Smell: Sweet-scented, humble malted barley disparaged by displeasing, particularly strong scents of skunk and filthy, well-used coinage.

Taste: Light pale malts, lightly grainy and sweet. Light, spicy hop character and bitterness. Regrettably, you get a strong skunkiness and metallic twang forced upon you. It's pretty gross, and this well over eight months before the expiration date. Jesus, I'd hate to see how this stuff is past its prime. Finishes dry with the only tastes lasting this long being the bad ones.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Some pale lagers are simply guilty of being bland and forgettable. Oh, if only that were the case here! This one's ghastly and just plain awful.

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Photo of rangerred
2.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Smells of metal and stale cabbage. A tiny bit of bready gran.

Flavor is cooked vegetables and creamed corn. Slightly metallic also. Some faint grassy hops are present but everything fades away to a watery mess rather quickly. Mouthfeel is slick but really watery.

Overall this was a really disappointing beer. Very watery and just tasted stale.

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Photo of stephendr
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle- color of pale golden yellow , with a light white head - nose of oats , sweet , hay , malts , and brine – taste of yeasty , cereal , hay or dry straw and some mild hops - body light , medium carbonation and slightly creamy – aftertaste of yeast , and milky

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Photo of dmamiano
2.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours an extremely crystal clear, pale amber with a small white head and no lacing to speak of.
the nose has hints of skunkiness, cereal brains and noting no hops to speak of.
taste is some what sweet with some mild kunkiness.
fairly thin and unspectacular for sure

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Photo of jsprain1
2.47/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale golden with a thin white head. Minimal retention and no lacing.
S- The aroma is quite sweet with some slight adjuncty aroma. Otherwise fairly clean.
T- The taste is the same. It has pretty much the same flavor as many euro pale lagers. A bit adjuncty at first, fairly clean in the finish.
M- Very light body. Carbonation is decently smooth at least.
O- It's an ok pale lager, but there's nothing here that excites me too much.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rvajohn
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of neil2me
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of hoppecatania
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MilanoItaly
2.51/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice green 66cl bottle for this cheap beer (1€) .
Among the best for the foam laces left (contains wheat) it comes in a pale amber colour and static bubbles,bad impressive.

Despite of the alchool accents,it has a average drinkability.

Hop in a sooooft taste.

For that price,it's not wasted money.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Italian beer review... always heard of Peroni and Birra Moretti.. but this one popped up out of nowhere at my beer store. Pours a pale golden color, head quickly dissipates, no lacing to it... has the corny/adjunct sort of smell to it.. oh no another mass produced import. Taste.. just as I expected, unfortunately. Basically a clone of Becks/St Pauli Girl/insert generic European beer here. Nothing off putting about the beer but just tastes like all the others, I like some uniqueness here. Cool to try something from Italy, but absolutely nothing original here.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Contra
2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really noteworthy here. A very light wheat flavor, almost almost no hops present. This is different than what most people have reported, so perhaps it's just my bottle?

Fortunately, there is nothing negative in the flavor content, just not a whole lot of positive. Because of that, it's very easy going down. Better than the majority of macro-beers, but that's not saying much. Worth drinking, but I don't think I'd bother paying for it unless there weren't any other options.

The appearance is golden with mild carbination, and almost no head. The scent was reminiscint of grapes, with a somewhat sweet bouquet.

Overall, a decent beer worth trying if you happen to really like Euro-lagers and want to try all of them out there. Otherwise, I'd pass.

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Photo of Dragon17
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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