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

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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
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
59
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
18.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of GaryFields
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rvajohn
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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 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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bh123
1.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this treasure at the 99ยข Only Store.

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and sweet grape juice aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slight hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a somewhat flat mouthfeel with only a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with nothing too offensive but nothing great at all.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.47/5  rDev -15.4%
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 TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Douberd
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one bought at Walmart, Mexico, and one of the few sold not in a six pack.
Pours a golden yellow colour with one finger head, quickly gone.
Aroma is of malts, some grass.
Taste is nothing extraordinary, but honest.
Average thickness on the body and average carbonation.
I hadn't noticed that it was Italian when I got it and I hadn't had my hopes high when I did, but after all it wasn't that bad,just an average Euro Lager.

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Photo of rangerred
2.32/5  rDev -20.5%
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 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 IronLover
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why is it that hotel bars offer not only terrible service but awful beer selection? Since this particular bar was attached to an Italian themed restaurant - well this was the alternative to bud and heinekin. This was a very average euro lager in every capacity. Enough said.

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Photo of khargro2
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of RockinRob925
1/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of dmamiano
2.44/5  rDev -16.4%
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 BretSikkink
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a brown bottle here, maybe it will help with the skunkiness. Head is not much to look at, fizzles quickly although the streamers keep up a mild lid for a minute. Golden yellow in color, quite clear. Nothing special.

Aroma is very clean, with malt and some grassy hop. The flavor is actually fairly forward on the hoppy bitter side, relative to the nose as well as the Euro lager competition. No major complaints.

Still very average, nothing special going on, but for a slightly hoppier lager that stays quite clean, it's not a bad choice.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 11.20.11. Pours a very clear yellow hue with a white head that is a bit more dense than your typical euro lager/adjunct lager.

Nose is grainy and grassy with a honey-like sweetness. Pretty standard fare for the style.

Taste follows suit closely with the most unique part of this beer being the honey-butter sweetness and creamier mouthfeel than most. It has a pretty fresh flavor and is low on the carbonation for a lager. Hops are light, but some faint grassiness is detectable. Meh, another Italian lager...Id probably order this before a Peroni but after a Moretti.

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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 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 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 zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head. Short lived and left no lace.

S - It smelled mildly of grains, caramel and floral notes.

T - Sweet grain flavor with some caramel taste. Very, very mild spice from the hops.

M - It was fairly crisp but seemed a little watery at times. A light bodied lager.

D - This is was it is. A light Euro Lager with very little flavor.

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Castello Birra Italiana / Friulana Blonda from Castello Di Udine S.p.A.
2.92 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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