Family Pale Lager Style Continental Lager
Country Italy ABV 5.1%
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml bottle
Characteristics Bitter, refreshing
Overview “Nastro Azzurro” is Italian for “blue ribbon,” and this lager is the premium product of Italy’s largest brewery, though the regular Peroni Lager sells more beer in Italy. In 2005 Peroni became part of the SABMiller empire.
Flavors and aromas Peroni is built like a warm-climate German pilsner, from the noble hops, light cooked-corn malt, and, yes, slight skunkiness of the nose, to the palate, which starts out with light-bodied malt and bitterness that starts crisp and grows increasingly focused. Here, however, the light body is hard-pressed to take the edge off the hops, and there’s a harshness that can register as astringent or metallic.
The back label says that it is the “No. 1 premium Italian beer” that has “an intensely crisp and refreshing taste with an unmistakable touch of Italian style.” I’m not sure what the “unmistakable style” was, but the rest of the quote was dead on. This beer went amazingly well with the pastas I had on both occasions. There is great carbonation to lift away medium-heavy sauces and cleans the palate for the next bite. It is very clear almost to the point of being mesmerizing. The aroma is of a classic lager/pilsner. Light malts, slight hints of sulfur from the yeast, and a mild spicy hop presence. The mouthfeel is similar to Pilsner Urquell and the finish is dry.
Forget ordering wine with my Italian dishes, I’m going straight for the where to buy Peroni. It was the perfect way to round out my meal and the last sip was the perfect exit.