Ichnusa | Heineken Italia SpA

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Heineken Italia SpA

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-07-2004

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by kscaldef:
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3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wet and fizzy. Not much else to say.

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Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Always manage to pick up random Italian beers in Sydney. Came across this, and brought it round to motelpogos place. I think everyone was in agreement that it sucked. Extremely pale, and void of flavour, no nasty flavours, just really boring. Ricey and bland. Snoooze.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

33 cl. brown glass bottle, best by O8-2016 and sampled on 29 November 2015

Appearance: Clear, dull golden body with a brass cast. Short head of bright white. Average retention, better than average lacing.

Aroma: Dull malt and cardboard. Not skunked. Dull background hops appear herbal and grassy.

Flavor: Straightforward grainy and straw-like malt threaded through with mild herbal and grassy hops - yet it's superbly balanced because there's not that much going on on either side. A restrained bitterness is all that's needed to bring it to a dry finish with lingering wet cardboard and spent herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body and smooth with a moderate carbonaion level.

Overall: A fairly face-less and generic Euro-lager that's somewhat flawed.

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Photo of GregaR
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow with a large, fading white head.
Nose shows hay, spicy hops and very little else.
Very similar flavours, but with lots of sweetness behind the hay.
Carbonation is way too high, annoyingly so.
Nothing interesting about this one, but not terrible either.

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Photo of dolzan
2.38/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the most common beer in Sardinia.

Sardinia is mostly known for wines, so not much was expected from this beer, and, guess what: it did not deliver much. It was pretty drinkable though, if served cold - so nothing that stands out in particular, extremely pale and pretty much void of flavour.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.18/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, drank on a warm sunny afternoon in May 09.

Poured into a Corsendonk badged stemmed tulip glass.

Light, pale golden body, thin white collar, no head, no lacing.

No smell, gets my standard score of 3 for lager/pils without any aroma.

Crisp, dry and refreshing, a true sunshine beer.

Nothing to the beer really, a lightwieght lager that could have been produced by any of the big brewers, didn't know Heineken brewed it until I tried to find where to review it on beerfly, not suprised though.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of safaricook
3.36/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of msondel
2.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of iftcoach
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of gianluca88
2.39/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of charapaus
2.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RevCraig
3.12/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.26/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ichnusa has the typical lager appearance - clear golden color with about two fingers of white head with medium retention.
There is a very gentle malty and grainy aroma, but it is very faint.
The taste is similarly light, slightly watery with sweet beginning and a weak hoppy finish. Only slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
Drinkable? Yes. Enjoyable? Also. Special? Not really.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Suds
2.3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Here is an extremely pale, light yellow beer. The head is a bit soapy, and very thin. Lots of dense bubbles rise quickly from the bottom of the glass. The most remarkable thing about the beer's appearance is it's lightness and intense transparency. It almost 'looks' watery. The aroma is of cereal grains. Little hop smell, and malt is very restrained. It smells a bit like rice. The taste is a little more substantial than the appearance or aroma let-on. It's a bit sweet, and there's some husky qualities. Still, this is not a pleasant beer. It's a bit metallic and the husk quality can get a little harsh. A bitterness breaks out in the mid-taste, but the beer is devoid of hop character. Watery and very light body...high carbonation. This is sub-par, even for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of crissxhou_96
2.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tottel
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of stoutman
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one in Naples,Italy, Bottles everywhere in Sardinia, pours clear pale yellow with decent rising carbonation and a thin head. A classic light, grassy hop lager. Very pale yellow, soapy white head with a fair lacing. Straw and hay nose with some light lager malts, corn, and cardboard. Hoppiness is there,leading to a bitter finish, but like most italian macro beers, it’s unbalanced and harsh. Watery body.

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Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I reckon this drop's been getting a bad wrap from other reviewers...

I've had it at a few times at one of Sydney's finest restaurants - Pilu at Freshwater.

Poured (by the waitress) as a bright gold colour, sparkly, and with white head. No complaints yet.

The nose struck me as generic malt-sweet Euro. Or maybe more specifically, malt-sweet Italian. Not off-putting, and lended itself well to the sharpness of olives, herb breads & balsamic starters.

Flavour reflects the aroma... but carrying an interesting fruit intensity. It wasn't until one of my fellow diners started talking (coincidentally) about quince paste that it clicked. Strange but true, believe me.

With the malt profile, was a touch cloying, but nothing a Sardinian white wine couldn't washaway shortly after.

Went well with the food. Wouldn't drink on its own, but overall not too bad.

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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear deep golden colour, with an initial soda-pop head of white foam that dissipates as quickly. Carbonation is big-bubbled, and for some reason sticks to the edges of the glass. No lacing. Really, it looks appalling. Really, really terrible.

Light grain and corn sweetness on the nose, without a lot of anything else. Hint of carbonic acid, with a bit of faint grassy hops. Organic and slightly rank, but not that bad. Could be worse.

Taste is thin and grainy, with a light sweetness on the back that gives a faint hint of artificial vanilla flavour. Faint carbonic acid on the back, with a vaguely harsh bitterness. Feel is thin but crisp with weird acidity.

It's certainly not a very good beer. This is a true thing. But it's also not horrible or offensive; just a pretty generic Euro Pale lager.

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Ichnusa from Heineken Italia SpA
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