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 | website

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
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
90
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
23.63%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 90
Photo of ybnorml
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
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 jsolack
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Drinkability:
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 kwalters
3.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so non-descript and unoffensive (unnoticed?) to any of the senses it's difficult to review.

It pours a light golden straw color with a brilliant gleaming white head that lasts and lasts. The appearance and in particular, the head, are the best features of this brew. There just isn't a lot of flavor to write about. It goes down smooth and easy (like water) with nice carbonation. I'd take it over Peroni simply because it seems more exclusive (although it may not be).

A good import brew for the Bud/Miller crowd.

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Photo of mschofield
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, but shading towards amber, short white head, fell a little into a thick film, laced well.
Light aroma, malt, some hop, reminiscent of a real pilsner, sulfur from the green bottle. Lemon and floral.
Light taste and feel, crisp. Truly meant for a hot climate.
Doesn't stand on it's own as something I'd like to drink, could be better with food.

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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 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. ItÂ’s a tough import market out there and I wish this one some luck.

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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 WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Newly imported this beer stands as the cleanest tasting Italian lager I have yet to try. Appears crystal clear straw colored gold with a highly carbonated white head with nice full patches of lacing down my glass. Aroma is a grainy grassy sweetness with a decent amount of bitter hops in the scent. Taste is very clean crisp and refreshing a balanced bitter sweet grainy finish, this beer is a nice easy drinker not complex in any way but I could see how this would be a big seller in the Mediterranean climate. Mouthfeel is light body with mediocre carbonation, nothing extraordinary here. Drinkability is good in the sense of quantity and refreshing, just not the most appetizing quaffing beer, a no brainer don't think about it just enjoy beer.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -31.5%
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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