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Coop Birra La Bionda Lager

Rating: 2.2

This one is another beer brewed exclusively for Italian Coop supermarkets by the Castello di Udine Spa in the north of Italy and is another I picked up when I was over in Venice in early August this year. I was attracted to the beer mainly because it was a new one for me but also because of how cheap the can was, particularly for Venice, although to be honest I didn’t hold out much hope for it being all that interesting an offering. I’m not usually a massive fan of supermarket brewed beers but the last Coop offering (Coop Birra Di Frumento) that I reviewed just prior to this one was quite an enjoyable beer so there was a part of me hoping this one wouldn’t be all bad.

Coop Birra La Bionda Lager

Appearance (2/5): Light straw in colour with quite a clear body and a thin, bubbly white head sitting on top of the beer but it’s quite a patchy one that barely covers the surface of the beer.
Aroma (5/10): Light hay and some corn kick things off here, there is some grain as well and touches of light sweetness. The nose is a very basic one that has some grassy hops and touches of skunk coming through but thankfully the later of the two is minimal. There wasn’t a whole lot to the smell really, it was just your average but not too offensive smelling, cheap pale lager.
Taste (4/10): Again this one is quite basic with the taste starting off with some corn, grain and very light malts before some skunk and various adjuncts show through. There was some of the hay from the nose making an appearance alongside some grassy flavours but beyond that there wasn’t much else to comment on I’m afraid.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied but not overly thin, this one had some faint bitterness coming through as well as a slight tang. It was fairly smooth to drink with touches of skunk throughout but other than being quite basic, it wasn’t all that bad.

Overall (10/20): This one was a fairly basic and cheap pale lager that didn’t really have much to it in the way of taste or smell other than some basic adjuncts, light corn, malts and some skunk. It certainly wasn’t as bad as I was expecting given the price of the can and the off-flavours were minimal but it did seem quite light and it’s not one that would warrant a second visit.

Brewed In: San Giorgio di Nogaro, Udine, Italy
Brewery: Castello di Udine Spa
First Brewed: circa. 2011
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Coop Supermarket (Venice)
Price: €0.72 (approx. £0.53)

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  1. October 9, 2015 at 12:06

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