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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Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%
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 tottel
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of stcules
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yellow to greenish, quite pale. Average white foam. Lively carbonation.
In the smell, some malt and cerals. Quite trivial.
Trivial and bland in the taste too. Nothing that can characterize. Cereals, a light bitterness, no more.
Some light bitterness in the aftertaste, too.

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Photo of Johnct
2/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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 boilermakerbrew
2.09/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

From the first time you open this beer, the scent makes it apparent that this is the Italian Heineken. The classic, skunky, nose of the beer hits you first and is the dominant flavor of both the scent and the taste of the beer. Most surprisingly, the pour and lacing of this beer is fairly impressive, leaving a good amount of lace in the glass and looking a fairly deep golden in color. Still, this beer is not much more than a pale, fizzy lager that offers little in the way of hop or malt profile.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.18/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gregalobeer
2.18/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

When in Sardinia I drink this beer, and although I'm rarely in Sardinia I drink Ichnusa way too often.

My first Ichnusa was on a beach patio around 4 in the afternoon. I was told we were having a "biretta," an affectionate name for a mid-afternoon beer. At the time I though, "oh neat, it's a local Sardinian beer and everyone is drinking them; I'm having fun!" It was refreshing, citrusy, crisp, cold, whatever ... a perfect biretta.

Then I returned to Sardinia for the winter holidays. Today is Dec. 25th. We had Ichnusa for lunch, indoors, with leftover cavallo, spinach soufflé, fresh veggies. The beer was awful. With fewer distractions--tan beach-goers, beautiful sun and water, etc.--I discovered the soapy texture and the bitter aftertaste common of mass-produced American lagers. I kept sipping, searching for the citrusy sweetness you find in Mexican beers like Tecate. None to be found.

Recommendation: drink it cold, on the beach, from a bottle. Don't let it develop a head.

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Photo of greenmonstah
2.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in .5L bottle in Pinerolo IT

A - Standard macro lager appearance. Clear-yellow with a large sticky white head.

S - Normal macro lager smell. Nothing happening but some sweetness and a clean hay.

T - Like sweet sawdust and hay. There's a flavor of "chewing on a pencil" that I am not a fan of.

M - Light in body with a lingering sweetness.

O - Pretty standard for a macro lager. Fun to enjoy this while in Italy, where the people are very proud of what they produce. It tastes the same as all the other macros, which I suppose has to count for something.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hoppecatania
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.26/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Suds
2.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 BEER88
2.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.31/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of dolzan
2.38/5  rDev -0.4%
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 gianluca88
2.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
2.4/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Oidmoe
2.4/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GregaR
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hayley_86
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of msondel
2.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BradMacMullin
2.59/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Love having a local beer. Local people plying their trade making beer for themselves. Oh no...wait a minute. It's a MFn Heineken beer. Not like a Heineken, it is Heineken. Not sure why they waste the paper to label it as an Ichnuso. Italy is nice though. Get lost Heineken

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Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one 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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Ichnusa from Heineken Italia SpA
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