Gradisca | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 09-21-2008

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by jcbogantes:
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2.11/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: light yellowish, not turbid and I can't see any sediment on the bottom of the bottle. low carbonation.

S: slightly malty, and popcorn, no hop aroma at all

T: not very complex, just a little malty, no hops, perhaps a little corn flavors

M: light bodied

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of talbotjf99
3.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011, so it's a few months out of date. Picked up from Beeritz in Knaresborough a little while back - I really should pay more attention to bottle dates. ABV is stated as 5.2%. The label mentions that this ale is bottle conditioned.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale-golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. A faint aroma of light malt with a hint of earthy yeast and stewed hops. A mild whiff of sulphur/burnt matches in the background. Not much going on.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle, dry finish. Mild notes of dry yeast and a faint fruitiness. No real bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly. Slightly dry. A weak yeasty aftertaste.

OK - a run-of-the-mill blonde ale. Pretty characterless. It's similar to a lager, but with a somewhat fruitier yeast presence. Well made, but it doesn't have anything to hold your attention. Don't go rushing to seek it out.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.27/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color beer with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light skunk notes with some grainy notes. Taste is a mix of grainy notes with some skunk notes and a semi sweet finish. Body is full for style with medium carbonation. Not very interesting with some skunk notes.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. This bottle is named "Special Lager" and is 5.2 ABV, but the illustration is the same, so I suspect this is the "Gradisca" marketed to the U.S. Pours a pale slightly golden straw. Thin head crackles and disappears quickly leaving a few lost bubbles around the glass. Kind of sad, really. It looks like a glass of filtered apple juice. Aroma of faint bready malt with an odd boiled vegetable component. Flavor is better with light bready malt and neutral hops and a little bit of a hops kick on the finish. Somewhat redeemed by a pleasant lingering malt and light hop aftertaste. Light bodied and low carbonation. A step up from an adjunct lager, but not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of papat444
3.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 14/01/17.

Pours a lightly hazy gold body with pure white foam at about 2 fingers. Aroma of sulfur and flavor is grainy bitterness that grates since there is no real flavor to back it up.

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Photo of Kikuzzo
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Alexc11
3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I read good things are coming out of Italy. Craft brewers there don't carry the same purist baggage from great Northern European countries like Belgium and Germany so they take chances. I don't know if this one classifies as such but to me it's a safe, nice tasting light lager. Nice golden color with a generous lace. Smooth with very little bitterness. Chalk this one up to a great summer beer I enjoyed. I think I'm going to explore Italian beers a little more.

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Photo of vanderSchorpioen
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

A good beer from Italy. Really crafted lager beer. I was surprised, I thought it's gonna be a typical euro lager, but no!! This is a really good pale lager beer. And crafted beer! Looks like an american crafted lagers. Italians can do really good beers.

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Photo of Chemister
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle in Costa Rica of all places and have thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It came in a metal topped cork contraption and held the carbonation throughout. Definitely worth another visit.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of Matsroger
1/5  rDev -68.3%

Photo of woemad
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. This was purchased in honor of my parents, who had just visited Italy for the first time. There’s no obvious freshness date on the label or the bottle itself. The label on my bottle appears a little different. I suspect the one shown here is the Italian label, whereas mine is for the American market.

Poured a cloudy, light straw color with a sudsy, bone-white head. Said head dropped fairly quickly, leaving sparce, spotty lace on the sides of my glass.

A slightly earthy grain scent, with some soft floral hops and a hint of skunk aroma greeted the nose. Smells like many a Euro Lager.

The flavor was of equally unobtrusive malts and hops. Pepe le Peu may have made a fleeting appearance in the aroma, but is mercifully not present in the flavor.

Fairly light bodied, with a clean finish.

This is not a bad beer, but it’s not terribly interesting. It’s an average example of it’s style, no more and no less. While there’s essentially nothing wrong with it, there are beers out there that are more interesting and which cost less. I doubt I’ll need to try this again, but I might drink it if I were in Italy and wanted a beer.

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Photo of gshackles
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.87/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A light, wheaty beer, smelling strongly of hops with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Somewhat watery and very refreshing when cold.

I first had this beer from the bottle in the restaurant Zizzi (an Italian restaurant) It complements Italian food very well so I feel it has done it's job.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow and bit cloudy color forming a big bubbled soapy heaf. Good retention and lots of small spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet grains with a nice kick of honey. Flowery hops and bready Lager yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong sweet grains, honey, flowery hops. End is quite biscuity and bready with some light hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Bready and malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Quite honest Euro Lager, which is quite hard to find. My third Amarcord, a quite decent Italian small brewery

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this is the same beer, the label I have says "Special Lager", but the beer seems to be the same as the other reviews.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, similar to a wheat beer, with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly clean grains, with just a trace of hops. There was just a hint of skunkiness. On the tongue, the beer was mostly benign, with the foremost feature being the nice grains. The hops were gentle in the background. There was no skunk in the taste.

The body was typical, thin and with a clean finish. Drinkability was decent, I could have a couple of these on a warm afternoon. Overall, a decent, if not special beer. Give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%

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