Prima Donna | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 09-27-2007

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Monsteruss:
Photo of Monsteruss
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The foam was white in color, bubbley and lacey. The color was a golden yellow with a small hint of haziness with a viscous look of ingredients floating inside the glass. The smell was a good balance of wheat and hops with a highlight of fruitiness. The taste was average, a balance of wheat and hops/ a typical lager taste and feel. Other than that - nothing to be impressed by. Mouthfeel - light-bodied with a semi-dull heaviness. Drinkability - crisp, fresh an ok time.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a bright butter-gold with a 1 finger moderately lasting dull white frothy head. Upon closer inspection there was a faint amount of lightly speckled yeasty matter. Visible effervesce was medium strong composed of macro bubbles and was fairly steady through out the drink.

S: The nose had fresh grass, hints of leather, and dried orange peels. Thankfully the aroma did quickly die out getting weaker. After a few minutes all that remained was traces of cardboard. Yeah about as unimpressive as you can imagine.

T: The flavor had slightly bitter-sweet tangerines and orange soda. There was a fizziness accompanied by fresh green leafy hopping. Traces of sour apple and grape fruitiness with a buttery malting produces a mixed and odd combination. There was some detection of ripe fruitiness (honey dew, cantelope) as well. Quite an odd flavor, didn't know if I disliked it, or was just merely intrigued by the strangeness. Sickening sweet and fruity if that's what you like.

M: buttery slick, very light bodied with a soft carbonation factor. Leaves a short duration of sour lemon on the tongue for a finish.

D: Less then average drinkability, sickening sweet, not well blended flavor wise with a mushy fruitiness. A struggle to finish and little in the way of incentive to enjoy or finish. I managed ¾ consumption but just couldn't go the distance with this, hence the rating..

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with some greenish-white hues behind it all. Lots of prickle. Light white head that fades to some lacing and leaves a little bit behind stuck on the glass. Light grain nose with barely enough of it to really register any kind of sensation. Light grain and malt attack. A little bit of sweetness in the flavor with a thicker and heavier mouthfeel than most beers of this type and for a beer with this light of a body. Pretty clean finish considering the sweetness in the flavor. I would say its more authentic as an Italian beer than say a "birra moretti" but it still resembles most of the mass produced American lagers. You can get away with the blonde classification I suppose as it does set itself apart a little bit with color and some of the flavor notes. Drinkable but not memorable. Just okay.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i dont normally care for Italian beers. pours up a little murky straw color. not much head. aroma is of pale malts. the taste is pale malts, some bitterness, some wood. a litle bit of alcohol bite in the finish. medium to light bodied. not much carbo. this beer is decent compared to some other lighter lagers. but not my first grab off the shelves.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a hazy pale straw with a thick white foamy head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves a good amount of thick lacing behind. The nose has a large amount of soap, along with some cloves, wheat, and pepper. The taste also has a good amount of that soap, which kind of overpowers the orange peel, wheat, rice, and yeast. The body is on the lighter side, with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, the drinkability would be pretty high if it weren't for that pesky overbearing soap character, which, I gotta tell ya, really hurts this brew.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pale hazy straw colored with a hint of orange.... lots of sediment. Very little head that settles to nice ring with pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, orange peel, a little corn and a little clove.

T: Lots going on in the taste... Tart fruit flavors, hint of corn, a little graininess with a sweet flavor... Hard to catch the malt, but it ends with a slight bitter hops... very little.
Interesting EPL

M: A little on the light side, crisp yet clean and a little tart. Somewhat flat....

D: Low ABV, pretty summer brew. Not the best thing I've had but I would not turn it down.

My First Italian beer.... I'll give some others a shot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading the label, the name made me think the beer was certainly French, but Italian is close enough. The beer opens with a hazy straw appearance similar to unfiltered kellerbiers. The beer forms a froathy white head that lasted the session. Pungent, earthy, and spicy aromas of German / Czech hops (Saaz of sorts) reaches the nose first and could be mistaken as skunked. Soft pilsner malts rise, giving balance to the hop and yeast character. Bready, with acidic notes rise late in the nose and transfer cleanly to the flavors. Apples, pears, and peaches accompany the spicy notes in a Wit-like way. The malts give a much-needes sweetness and body to the beer with a light grain character. Again sharp, spicy hops give a lot of flavor- herbal, floral, and lightly perfumy throughout. The body is lightened by the acidic character, but the malts keep it firm and soft. Light astringency comes in late with the hop bitterness. A pretty delicate pilsner-type beer with a mild chardonay feel throughout.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a well balanced German hop aroma. It's nothing special, but it's solid. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean. It's light, but maintains a decent malt taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I've got to agree with Buckeyenation. Italy usually produces some so so beers, but this one is enjoyable.

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Photo of ATPete
1.89/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle

Oh Prima Donna suits this one quite well...

It pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color with a medium sized pure white head that screams with bubbles being driven by fast rising carbonation. There is a subtle nose of grain, not much else going on here. This beer has no character. A subtle malty backbone is basically the only thing happening while tasting. There's not any flavorful detectable bitterness, the malts have a dirty, grainy taste and there's a overhanging metallic funk... I really hope i got a bad bottle because wow, that was crappy.

Blergh! this beer gets even more terrible once it warms up slightly... there's about an inch left in the glass... I'm finished.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is of malts and grains.Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is malty with some grassy hops in the mix. This would go great with a nice dish of pasta soocu!

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of CorgiDad
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of bottle this beer from San Marino (found at Bootleggers in Maine?!) was a hazy gold color with some sediment and a good amount of rising carbonation. The one-finger of off-white head left consistent and very good lacing from bands to fishnets. The aroma was dry and grainy with some pilsner malt and what I think were Czech hops. The flavors were also dry. It started with pale malt, then some pilsner malt, lager malt and a good, leafy hops balance. As it warmed up the taste really improved, developing hints of sweetness and a crisp finish. At first the combination of flavors were so odd they could have been mistaken as skunked! The mouthfeel was good, the body and carbonation medium.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden color with a nice thick head. Smell is sweet and smells a lot like a adjunct lager. After the smell I was worried this would just a American Macro tasting lager, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's sweet with floral aspects and goes down pretty smooth, is kinda crisp, and has a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a good Euro Pale Lager. it would be top notch if it weren't for the smell, but don't let that stop you from trying this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright gold beneath a good-sized, French vanilla colored cap. The head's best feature is an upper surface chock full of large, sticky bubbles. Prima Donna looks darker and richer than most Euro pale lagers. Since the label describes the beer as a 'blonde lager', I thought EPL was an appropriate choice. I might change it to amber lager before I'm done.

The nose is typical of the EPL style in that it's dominated by grassy Euro hops. There's almost no olfactory contribution from pale malt and (surprise, surprise) there's no trace of nastiness. I couldn't find any information about PD, not even on the brewery's own website, so this must be a new beer and, therefore, a fresh bottle.

The downward slide continues. The flavor is certainly nothing to get excited about. First of all, the promise of the noble hoppy nose is nowhere to be found on the taste buds. Yeah, there's the suggestion of Saaz grassiness, but it's easily countered by a lackluster pale maltiness that doesn't have the fresh cereal grain flavor that saves most beer of this sort.

The beer is relatively clean and is without overt off-notes, but we're not talking a symphony for the mouth by any means. The mouthfeel gets the job done. It's light-medium in a general sense, and hangs on long enough to allow the flavor to linger. The bubbles are without fault.

Most Italian beer is on the... uh... avant garde side. In fact, I don't recall a beer from that country that follows the typical style guidelines. Unfortunately, Prima Donna is about as conventional as it gets. Plain Jane is more like it.

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Prima Donna from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 15 ratings