Monday, 4 August 2008

Review: Birra d'Oro

Birra d'Oro from Marks & Spencer
Rating: C-

This is the first of the dubious M&S "Beers of the World" that I'm giving a try. Since it's supposedly an Italian beer, I poured it into a Peroni half pint glass. According to the label, it is brewed in Piedmont and is "light, and freshing, ideally suited to Italian food." It also, according to the ingredients list, contains maize.

Appearance: Bright golden in color, quite clear, with very effervescent carbonation. Fluffy, white, two finger head with good retention. Leaves attractive lacing on the glass. Looks nice, at least.

Smell: Canned creamed corn is the dominant aroma, with some spicy hops underneath.

Taste: Matches the aroma, primarily sweet corn, but well-balanced by bitterness. Finish is sparkling mineral water. Lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a thirst quencher, but that's about it. Mediocre.

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