January 2, 2005
Italy) - Arriving in Italy, I was a bit suspect about
the beer prospects. Having less-than-exciting encounters
with brews that rim the Mediterranean Ocean, the light
lager that is Peroni
Nastro Azzurro brought with it little hope.
green bottle that Nastro Azzurro arrives in showcases
a beer so light in color that one could read the newspaper
through it. Upon opening, the brew belches forth the
skunky smell of lager made from turd. Just putrid, like
a water treatment plant or an algae basin.
all hopes of a pleasant beer experience are erased,
replaced with the unpleasant memories of Native
Lager and/or Estrella
Galacia. It seems that Nastro Azzurro translates
into "Nasty Ass Beer."
Azzurro pours like water and has the head to match.
While examining the light, golden color, I watched as
a few desperate bubbles raced their way to the top in
hopes of escape. No lacing, webbing, or resonance of
any kind were left behind as this brew was hopelessly
to describe the taste: There is none. But unlike the
1664, there is nothing redeemingly drinkable about
this lack of character. In fact, the AFTERtaste of bad
lager does its best to warn you to not take another
sip. This reviewer, however, is committed to the task,
and downed his share in order to deliver this review.
4.7% ABV, Nastro Azzurro is rather pedestrian in the
punch department. One would have to drink a whole bunch
of these in order to get buzzed, and it's hard to imagine
someone with that kind of fortitude. I had 3, and I
can't say I felt anything special.
not giving up on Italian beer as of yet, but the fact
is Peroni Nastro Azzurro is not a great representative
for a country with such a reputation for great cuisine.
Perhaps Nastro Azzurro is better closer to the brewery,
or perhaps it wouldn't spoil if they packaged it in
something darker to help protect it from the light.
As we sampled it, it ranked among the worst beers we
have had, and we won't be subjecting ourselves to this
kind of torture anytime soon. The advice here is that
you shouldn't either.
For more information on
Nastro Azzurro, visit their website