More Italian beer! This one is another mass produced brew. Nastro Azzurro is made by Peroni, probably the most recognizable name in Italian beer apart from Moretti. Even though I didn't go in with very high hopes, I will always try the local beers because transportation of beer and the atmosphere in which you drink them will certainly change the flavor. This isn't just a blind assumption. Carlsberg is better in Denmark, Budweiser is better in St. Louis, and the goal is to find out if the Italian beers are better in Italy.
Background: We drank this just outside of the Duomo in Florence. It was accompanied by a focaccia with bufala mozzarella and salami. All in all, it was a delicious lunch. Don't worry, I didn't drink all of the carafe.
Nastro Azzurro is another European pale lager. It is 5.1% ABV, so it makes for a reasonable vacation lunchtime beer. It is crisp, with a hint of grainy sweetness. The hops barely show up, but it you are familiar with hops, you can pick up a subtle hop nose. The hops are almost completely missing from the taste. This was a perfect beer for quenching my thirst after a morning of walking all over Florence. I doubt you are going to be overwhelmed by the flavor, but it went down damn smooth at the time.
I would suggest that if you want to try this beer, get it on tap, rather than in a bottle. This is because Peroni uses green bottles, which allow in UV light, skunking the beer. With a beer that is this light in flavor, the skunk can be overwhelming and seriously hamper your drinking experience.
Glassware: Pilsner Glass, Mug
Synonym Beer: Kronenbourg 1664
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