About Italian Beer

About Italian Beer
While beer is still far behind wine in terms of popularity in Italy, things are slowly changing. For years, beer in Italy meant good, if unexciting products from large breweries; that is still the case at most pizzerie or large restaurants throughout the country.

However, high quality microbrews have been making quite an impact over the past decade. Menabrea, a high quality lager from Piedmont, is served in many of the finest hotels and restaurants in Italy and is now exported to more than twenty countries. Buoyed by that success, dozens of microbrew pubs have opened in various areas throughout Italy; most are in the north, but you can now find one on the island of Sardinia as well.

These artisan brewers craft all type of beers, from lagers to amber ales to Belgian-style dubbels. These brews work pair well with the tremendous array of local foods in Italy, so that combined with a trend of younger Italians slowly moving away from wine and toward other beverages, should provide a healthy future for beer - from large and small breweries - throughout the country.

Top Picks for Italy

Collesi Rossa Belgian-Style Amber Ale
94 points
Brilliant red oak color. Complex, peppery, toasty, fruity, interesting aromas of caramel chew, dried orange peel, toasted walnut, and tamarind with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy cola syrup, blackberry reduction, sweet wheat bread crust, and orange blossom finish. Malty and spicy, this Belgian amber is great on its own or with your favorite sweet and spicy dessert.
Birra Moretti La Rossa Doppelbock
92 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Roasted aromas of roasted nuts, cocoa-dusted dried fruits, and salted rye cracker with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long roasted carrot and parsnip, chocolate fudge cake, and hint of lemon pepper finish. A very tasty and appetizing bock that is sure to please.
Peroni Gran Riserva Doppio Malto
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of egg sandwich, dried stone fruits, roasted nuts and grains, and peach blossoms with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, long finish with accents of mixed lettuces and greens, lemon pepper, and buttered raisin rye bread finish. A zesty, flavorful bock with nice depth, balance and warm.
Peroni Gran Riserva Rossa
91 points
Clear copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of honeyed toast, butter roasted nuts, and rose hips with a supple, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of frisee, pepper, dried citrus, and clay and wax finish. A rock solid, dry earthy Vienna lager that will cover a lot of bases.
Collesi Bionda IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Fruity, herbal, grassy aromas of seeded rye, clementine pith, toasted wheat, and orange oil with a soft, fizzy, fruity medium body and a graceful, momentary dried grass, eucalyptus oil, star anise, and honeyed green tea finish. A Belgian beer for hop heads who are ready to branch out.
Peroni Gran Riserva Puro Malto
89 points
Clear gold color. Funky aromas and flavors of succotash, creamed spinach with buttered croutons, and canned asparagus with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that shows notes of roasted corn cakes and yams, salted nuts, frisee, and wet grain finish. A savory, earthy quaffer.
Tenute Collesi Triplo Malto Belgian-Style Specialty Ale
89 points
Brilliant hazy gold color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of herb muffin, delicate spiced nuts, and dried flowers and bananas with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of delicate pepper and mint, radicchio, and caramelized spiced apples and pears finish. A very inviting and satisfying Belgian ale with rich malt and spicy hop notes.
Tenute Collesi Bionda Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of stone fruit chutney, tropical blossoms, banana creme brulee, and bit of honey with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with touches of honeyed lettuces and nuts and dried fruit finish. A bright, chewy Belgian blonde that satisfies with every sip.
Collesi Blanche Belgian-Style White Beer
87 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Herbal, spicy aromas of fresh chives, powdered ginger, and salad greens with a soft, bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short mandarin and lime puree, soda crackers, coriander and black pepper crostini, and lavender finish. An easy-drinking witbier for sunny days and session drinking.
Semedorato Lager
87 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Alliaceous aromas of herb corn muffin, onion marmalade on garlic bagel chip, citrus candle, and gum with a supple, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy plantain, saltine peppered nuts, arugula, and cappuccino gelato finish. A well balanced and refreshing lager.