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

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 91
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 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 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 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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Photo of BlackHaddock
1.95/5  rDev -33.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.16/5  rDev -26%
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 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 oriolesfan4
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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 MilanoItaly
2.51/5  rDev -14%
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 Suds
1.71/5  rDev -41.4%
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 jarmby1711
2.99/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

crystal clear, pale gold with little head or bead.
There is a vague honey quality to the smell but it is pretty understated.
Flavours arestoneruit just evident in amongst the maltiness.
it is quite oily in the mouth and hasa balanced bitter finish.
This is my first try at this style so I uncertain as to what it ideally should be like.
It feels good and has no sharp edges or surprises so is an enjoyable but not terribly exciting

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Photo of stephendr
2.33/5  rDev -20.2%
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 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 Contra
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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 pmcadamis
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't expecting much from this one as the only other Italian beer I've tried is Peroni, and I thought that it was pretty nasty. I was pleasantly suprized however by this light bodied brew.

I had this with a home-made pizza that my girlfriend and I made together in the tiny kitchen of my hole-in-the-wall apartment. I normally wouldn't really be drawn to a beer like this, but I got it in a variety ten pack mixer from World Market and I figured what the hell. Pizza is pseudo-Italian, this beer is authentically Italian. Makes sense.

This one is light on the scent side, and visually unappealing, but pretty tasty nonetheless. There were more malt flavors than I would have expected. It's pretty sweet, clean, carbonated, refreshing, and basic. Goes well with food, but probably too bland to drink just by itself. Has a "transparent" quality that doesn't add or detract from the meal; it's just...there.

Nothing special, but I would have it again if I saw it at an Italian restaurant. Could be quite sessionable, but I would choose a more interesting beer for that purpose. Also a very good beer to share with non-BA's as it is very unintimidating and shares lots of qualities with American macros, but is of a much higher quality.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours true gold, with excellent clarity. Soapy one and a half finger head, poor retention, but leaves some sticky patches of lacing. Light-struck noble hops aroma, otherwise clean. First sip is toasted pilsener malt and a bit of ester. Mildy skunked saaz and/or hallertau aftertaste, but it is well balanced. Light body and medium, surprisingly smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Finish reveals slight corny sweetness and more ester- borders an diacetyl, but nothing really offensive; drinks okay.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold like some straw Rummpelstilskin was weaving. Surprisingly sticky white head. Ok lacing. Small carbonation. Steady light streams. Smells like light malts with a touch of floral hops, and a pinch of skunk perfume. Sugary sweet with very little flavor. Light bodied with a slight carbnonation/hop bite in the finish. Moderately drinkable.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average Italian beer. Pours out to an attractive golden color with a small white head that calms to little more than a film of white bubbles over the beer. Lace is present, as are champagne like bubbles stemming from the bottom of the glass. Aroma stinks. I can't tell if this is what they were going for or if it's light struck (it is in a green bottle...). Flavor is mildly hoppy and hints of adjunct and malts are noted. Not bad, but i'm not impressed. Mouthfeel was compareable to water. Drinkability is average. Don't think i'll be back.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent amber-gold with one source of miniscule bubbles on the bottom center of the glass. The snow white head doesn't look half bad, reinforcing my notion that high-altitude pours result in good looking beer (in most cases). The cap is a big improvement on the vast majority of macro lagers and offers up more lace as well.

While it isn't a great nose, it's in the upper 50% for the style. Musty, slightly floral hops make up most of the aroma. I'm not sure what makes up the rest, I'm just glad it's nothing even remotely offensive.

The flavor profile lacks pizzaz. I know, I know, this style was built on a lack of pizzaz, but some versions do have a meager amount of it. Birra Italiana taste like lightly sugary sweet, untoasted pale malt and hops that have a one-dimensional, uninteresting flavor.

An impressive amount of lace in shredded sheets now decorates the majority of my nearly empty pint glass. The beer must be fairly drinkable since I've managed to down about eight ounces without even thinking about it. Actually, that might be the optimal way to approach it. The mouthfeel is light-medium and suits me just fine.

Castello Birra Italiana is forgettable beer, even while it's in the process of being consumed. What am I drinking again? Being the beer equivalent of Teflon isn't all bad since truly lousy beers are, unfortunately, all too unforgettable. This one is generic and stunningly average, but I've had much, much worse.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Skunky (what is it with green bottles??) but with a slight sweetness. Light carbonation and light bodied. Starts sweet, finishes clean but not much bite. Found at One Stop Oasis in Las Vegas, NV, $2.59 for a 330ml bottle.

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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 yelterdow
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Jonny,

Pours a clean, straw yellow with a good thick head. Decent cling. The nose is your average Euro-lager blend of malt, hops, and skunk... a faint overripe fruit undertone lingers in the background. The overall *bleh* taste/mouthfeel is average at best, and would go better ice cold with food rather than as a session beer. I'm thinking spaghetti with clam sauce.... how about you?

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