Monday, November 8, 2010

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Serving Type: 12 oz. green glass bottle, poured into a pilsner glass
Peroni is perhaps the most well-known Italian beer and it has been making large gains in the American market since the brewer was acquired by SABMiller. 
The light-medium straw body pours with a medium sized white head made of frothy foam. The retention is alright, but there’s no lacing from Peroni. The malts and noble hops produce a pungent nose with a bit of dryness.
The front is very grainy with crisp carbonation and some mild bittering. The noble hops are definitely for aromatics, rather than bittering (similar to Moretti). Unfortunately, the flavor here seems to hit a brick wall. It disappears about halfway though a sip and you’re left with nothing.
Final Verdict: C+
Note on pricing: This beer is a bit expensive in the United States. Not unexpectedly its priced similarly to other ‘premium import lagers,’ which are often (in my opinion) overpriced for their overall quality. And finally, an anecdote, I once unwittingly paid $14 for a 12 oz. bottle of Peroni at a bar in Bermuda. Unreal. 

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