La Puténa | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 02-14-2004

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by SilentSabre:
Photo of SilentSabre
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely red bronze colour with smaller (off white) head than I was anticipating. Still looks intriguing.
Smell is lightly toasted malts, a mild fruity aroma (white grapes?), and a slight earthiness.
Taste was a bit maltier than I was expecting. Starts out sweet on the tongue and through the middle; turns pleasantly bitter toward the finish.
Mouthfeel, while smooth, flirts with being a bit bland. This could use a little more carbonation, for sure. However, being a swing-top style bottle, it's possible it could have leaked away.

For what it is, it's not bad, and again, this could be entirely different fresh. Not a huge, huge fan of swing-top offerings for that very reason. As it stands now, slightly better than average at best. Nevertheless, an interesting beer that I was happy to have the chance to review.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.27/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

While I was reviewing this beer, I had no idea it was supposed to be a Vienna lager! The one I had did not resemble that style in any way. I've had good Vienna lagers, and this was probably the worst, if that was indeed what it was intending to be. This is probably due to the freshness - I have no idea how long those Amarcords have been sitting on the shelf, but they are old and worthless now, anyway. Still, it was within the best before date by almost a year (02/2008).

Appearance: First of all, it's not red. It's more auburn/cloudy dark orange in colour, and that was under substantial lights. An unusual colour anyway. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass with no head whatsoever, even in a scored glass, and it eventually settled to a very thin film. Carbonation is also low, although the scattered lacing is attractive.

Smell: Rather sour. Is this bottle too old, or subject to unsatisfactory handling? My instinct is that it's not, and this is how it's supposed to smell... but I'm not impressed. Orange peel, fermented malt - not really my thing. Sort of a woody smell, about halfway to an Oud Bruin, but not nearly as complex, vinous or sour.

Taste: Watery with some taste on the back of the tongue that's difficult to define. Faint citrus, possibly tannins - rather sour and muted by the low carbonation. Overall - unimpressive and definitely not reminiscent of a Vienna lager!

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation leads to a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Doesn't make up for the rest of it though!

Drinkability: I doubt I'd drink another one like this if it were free, let alone for $9! This was an expensive gamble, and unfortunately I lost.

Notes: I will definitely try Amarcord next time I'm in Italy, to see if this was a bad bottle or if this intra-style monstrosity is actually how it's supposed to taste. I'll never buy one in Australia again though, that's for sure!

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Photo of benmiliron
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best italian craft beer is by Amarcord. Paid 2.45 euro for a flip top rubber stopper bottle.

Dark color, somewhat red but more dark brown orange color. Like liquid tobacco. Smell is ok, burnt molasses. Taste is good. Base malts balance well with sharp smoky malts, nothing too agressive. Mouthfeel is nice, good bubble, not foamy. Drinkability is good too based on the above, but never worth the price.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of joecast
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

nice looking 500ml swing top bottle (and not because of the topless female on the label). translated to "The Redhead" best before 02/08. 6.5%abv.

glug-glugs into the glass forming a half inch beige head. slightly darker color with hints of dull brown darkening up the red. little carbonation and a slightly cloudy hue.

aroma is mainly sweet malt with a little touch of floral hops. pretty uninteresting, as in it doesnt really differentiate itself from other amber colored lagers (or ales). some nuttiness comes through as it warms a bit but cant say its anything special.

pretty malty sweet and gets a bit cloying as it warms. too heavy. too filling. says double malt across the label and i guess they mean it.

pretty disappointing considering this was $10. dont think i'll go back for the dopplebock at $11. seems like they are aiming this as a crossover brand. hopefully they dont end up turning people away due to price considerations. but possibly this is a different animal fresh and on home soil.

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Photo of Cresant
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this one in a Spaten mug. No date but coded: 023 4757. what? A hard pour created a healthy head atop a dark amber body with a light haze. The head is an off-tan color.

The smell was of bread crust and stewed fruit.

The taste had a fruity tang. Bready and malty. This one reminded me more of a doppelbock than an amber ale. Easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was slippery and under carbonated.

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Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of vancurly
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a) Offwhite head, reddish pale amber, slight haze.
s) Specialty malt.... biscuity, Irish cream liqueur
f) Molasses, cherry tobacco, a late blackcurrant note
m) Lively, bubbly, but fairly light
d) Not bad; could use a little more hop profile for added interest

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: nice bottle with rubber stop. copper color, almost hazy with little carbonation and little head to speak of, little lacing
s: a flat, malty aroma
t: light carbonation near the end with a malty aftertaste, tastes more like a light belgian than anything else
m: light to medium body with low carbonation and a rather smooth drink
d: not a bad beer, though seemingly mis-classified as a vienna lager. i'd try another of these if they weren't so over-priced

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been keeping my eye open for one of the beers from this brewery to enter our market since I'm fascinated by the idea of a beer from the strange little country of San Marino. The idea is better than the reality, but this is not terrible stuff either. It's not a terrific example of a Vienna Lager, for instance there is an out of place slight grainy sourness, but its not too far off the mark. Pours a reddish brown with little head. The aroma is slightly sour and quite grainy, with a bit of breadiness on the finish. The taste has some of that slight sourness up front, but it smooths out and becomes nicely bready and slightly bitter on the finish. Fairly smooth and soft in the mouth with a slight crispness. Not bad, there is also a somewhat strange herbal bitterness that seems more like an aperitif flavoring rather than hops, but it helps balance the beer a bit. Interesting to try.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with no head. Nose is sugar, earthy grass, and that's about it. Flavor is decent. Leans towards the bitter side, but not so bitter that it bites the mouth. Just earthy. Feel has a decent liquid and a noticeable carbonation. Overall, okay. Nothing spectacular.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-copper body with good clarity. Thick and rich head of yellow-cream bubbles. Almost no bead in the body, so it looks rather still and uncarbonated. But overall, it looks pretty good.

Copper metallic on the nose, with some dark overtones. Some resiny hops and an acidic note which cuts through some of the other characters. Not bad, a reasonably pleasant aroma.

Sweet mix of light malts on the palate, with some good body. A sout copper character comes through and it finished quite try and refreshing. Not bad, but not huge. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, pretty slick.

Not a bad beer at all. Easy to drink, and pretty pleasant overall. It's not a beer that's going to knock your socks off, but it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a bountifull amount of bubbles, dark chestnut brown colour. Some transparent ruby shine when held to the light. The typical Amarcord musty yeast aroma. Stale and none too pleasent. Great flavour though a little overly dependent on the amber malt. A strong deal of caramel malt and little else. A little too discontenting. Slightly bland. One-dimensional, needs a little work but a great beer somewhere in there.

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Photo of drpimento
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh. Nothing to special about his except for the bottle and label. Poured with a small light colored head that mostly faded fast and no lace. Color is a kind of strange hazy brown. Aroma is malty, fruity, a little caramel, and a little mustiness. Flavor's about the same. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Short finish. Unremarkable.

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Photo of LuckyJohn
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of heinekenike
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fliptop bottle, a nice pop on opening.

Poured a murky, darkish brown with a full light brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipated.

Color was brown with very little carbonation, some reddish highlights when held to light.

Taste was smooth with toffee aroma and taste, a bit sweetish aftertaste.

Not sure what category this definitely belongs to, maybe Cousin of Vienna Lager. Close but very different.

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Photo of gleeky99
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a ruddy amber with a slight hint of haze and a creamy white head that doesn't stick around all that long.

S: Aromas of caramel, sweet cream, vanilla, and nougat are immediately detectable on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, vanilla, cream, nougat, almonds, and earthy, slightly peppery hops are quick to reveal themselves. The finish is sweet and mildly earthy with caramel and hop notes being most prevalent.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, but lacking in carbonation. Feels flabby and lethargic in the mouth. I found it difficult to finish the bottle.

O: I was under the impression that this was an ale and not a lager. That would explain the sweetness, which reminded me of some English strong ales. Regardless of what this beer should be classified as, it is not all that impressive. Solid at best, but somewhat uninspired.

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Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep garnet colored, with a slight haze. Firm and foamy cream head has good retention and leaves an incredible amount of lace.

S: Pepper, dark fruits and a hint of coriander.

T: Slightly sweet. Black cherry and grape flavors dominate. There is enough peppery bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Alcohol plays a small role too. The finish is slightly dry and somewhat tart.

M: Light and watery body feels a bit flat.

D: This beer became more complex too me as a drank it. I started out thinking it wasn't that great, but it had grown on me by the end of the glass.

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Photo of Jas45678
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stcules
2.56/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light mahogany red colour, with a beautiful beige, compact and creamy foam.
Smell of burned. Toasted-burned coffee, dark caramel.
At the taste it is on the same notes. Toasted hazelnut too. Maybe some weakness in the finish.
Too frizzy, not stable. It is a beer that can easily annoy.
Bitter aftertaste, toffee and burned again.
Medium-high body.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first from this country and of this style. Pours a fairly dark hued amber color with a big two finger foamy off white head that resists fading. A nice amount of lacing enjoyed with this one. The smell from the residue on the collar is grainy and a bit toasted and slightly smokey. From the glass, the aroma has a sharp and almost pungent character of the yeast. Well carbonated, the mouth feel is light and tangy. The taste is grainy and malty, with a slight aftertaste. A reasonable drinker...i wouldn't have thought it to have a 7.5% ABV. Good effort on the swing top packaging and the alluring label art.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hinged bottle from Belmont Party.

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate toasted malt and tart citrus aroma.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mellow sunset coral with a healthy infusion of orange and plenty of fine yeast. The beige colored cap looks good at all points along the way and is more than capable when it comes to glass coverage. Unfortunately, appearance has always been the highlight of Amarcord Birra Artigianale beer.

The aroma makes La Putena smell like a Euro red ale, although I'm aware that no such style exists. It's sweet and toasted-earthy malty, with a mustiness from the Saaz hops that calls to mind just about any Euro pale lager you'd care to name.

Speaking of style, the rear label calls this an amber ale and the brewery's website calls it both a 'double red ale' and a 'unique, intensely flavoured brown ale'. If there's one thing we know for sure, it's an ale. Beyond that, who knows?

I didn't figure that La Putena would be much different from Prima Donna, E Figoun and La Mi Dona in terms of quality. And I was right. These guys are great in terms of assigning names and creating attractive bottles and labels. When it comes to the actual brewing... not so good.

Brown ale probably comes closest to the mark, but it's a brown ale that lacks conviction. The malt is barely sufficient in terms of quantity, and provides a quasi-earthiness and a toasted bread quality that is nothing to write home about. Sweet and bitter cancel one another out. A dull grassiness makes a brief cameo on the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and isn't even close to being sufficiently carbonated. More bubbles might have helped; it's hard to say for sure.

In the final reckoning, La Putena (The Whore) is no better and no worse than the rest of the offerings from one of Italy's newest 'craft' breweries. Like its namesake, it looks good from a distance, but doesn't measure up under the bright lights. You pays your money ($6.99) and you takes your chances.

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La Puténa from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 26 ratings