HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nose is bread sticks, tomato sauce and oregano. The pallet is watery with tomato and oregano
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 16oz ($2.25): Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma is basil, oregano, and pale lager. Taste is like drinking a lager after having taken a bite out of heavily spiced pizza a few seconds before, garlic powder included. Is this terrible? Not really. Is it good? No.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Novelty beers tend to be hit or miss with a lot of beer drinkers - people either love them or hate them. But sometimes thereís something that lands in the middle thatís just plain okay or good, Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer being a perfect example. Itís a beer thatís intended to be essentially pizza in beer form, and in that aspect I think it succeeds. However, the novelty wears off rather quickly making it enjoyable once, but I donít think I could drink this in large quantities or very often.
I received four 16oz bottles from a fan out of state (thanks, Lauren!). I shared them with four friends and we each poured into stemmed tulip glasses and goblets.
Appearance: Bright orange hue but with a cloudy body. Initially forms a one to two-finger, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and doesnít retain or lace the glass that much.
Smell: It definitely lives up the name as it has the exact same aroma as a lot of pizza-flavored products or what it might smell like standing outside a pizzeria. Plenty of oregano and basil with a hint of garlic and some tomato puree sauce.
Taste: I was rather anxious going into this beer, as Iíve had other spice/herb/vegetable brews that just overwhelmed me with their additives and didnít have much true beer quality to it. In the case of Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer itís not quite that intense. It drinks like an amber or pale ale with a strong pizza taste in the second half. The leafy green flavors of oregano and basil are noticeable, but contained up front, with a light malt flavor throughout the first half. As it transitions to the second half thereís even a subtle hop character with a bit of citrus or earthy/spicy flavor which is then followed by the garlic taste.
If these flavor descriptions sound odd or unappealing (or worse) to you, Iíd say words canít really do it justice. If ever there was a beer with a "je ne sais pas ce que" factor, this is it.
We paired the beer with cheese pizza from a local pizzeria and we were all pleasantly surprised at how well the food and beer complemented each other. I noticed the spice and herbal qualities in the beer seemed to fade away and the beer began to taste like a mild amber or pale ale. As the beer warmed the garlic character seemed to become more prominent, imparting a rustic, slightly dirty or earthy taste with some onion flavor on the finish. So while I enjoyed the beer right away, I think itíd be difficult to drink an entire bottle as a stand-alone beverage and itís definitely not something meant to session.
Drinkability: The taste of the beer is obviously going to determine the real drinkability factor for the individual drinker rather than the body. Though I found it to be quite drinkable as the spices were not overbearing and the core beer character was prominent. The mouthfeel is a little thin, on the flatter side, and finishes clean while cold. The 4.7% ABV is a rather irrelevant factor, but a beer like this youíd want a lighter weight out of anyway.
Bendrixian (862) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Cloudy yellow colour. One of the worst things iíve put in a beer glass. Pizza sauce aroma or canned american ravioli, oregeno/basil. gross. flavours are oregeno/basil and a bunch of stuff i donít want to taste in liquid carbonated format. gross and wrong.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy yellow with a small pale head. Aroma is pizza snacks, oregano, spicy tomato. Thin on the palate with a watery finish. Tastes like a macro lager that someone has dunked a slice of pizza into. Nasty.
Atheist_Peace (855) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy golden pour with no head. Smells like spaghetti sauce. Such a weird nose for beer. Less Italian on the palate, but mostly bland.
Hammy78 (660) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle picked up in Calgary at Crowfoot Wine and Liquors. Pours an almost golden colour with lots of sediment with a white head and some minor flecks of lace. Nose of spice, quite obviously oregano and a touch of garlic. Tastes like a Roma pizza. Interesting brew.
ben4321 (3355) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 16 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 1/22/13
Aroma: The nose is pretty much exactly what I should have been expecting, thereís a clear marinara sauce/tomato aroma, with some notes of oregano, garlic, pepper, and some bready malts
Appearance: It pours a a hazy golden-orange color with a small, fizzy white head and minimal lace
Flavor: The oregano comes out a bit more, but otherwise, it is basically the same as the nose
Palate: The body is light-medium, it is not at all watery, has a tingly feel, and a spicy finish
First off, Iím going to be way high on this one compared to the rest of Ratebeer Nation. Iím always up for a good gimmick, and this one was a good gimmick. Look, if you tell me Iím getting a pizza beer, thatís fine, but I better damn well get a pizza beer. Seriously, this is truly unique. Call me crazy, but I really like what they did here. I could see lots of interesting cooking uses for this one. As far as Pizza quality goes, itís no Benny Tudinoís, but Iíd rather drink this beer then eat Little Caesars any day of the week.
(Also, I finished the entire bottle without ever really feeling that regret you get from drinking more then a sampling of some of the other gimmick beers out there.)
jredmond (4597) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Clockwork, shared with Moreau, Swish & PJ. Pours a light amber body with light white head and some lacing. Aroma is unbeliveable - the pizza comes out perfectly in waves of garlic, oregano, tomatoes, and basil - much like the label suggests. Mouthfeel is light with notes of spice, fruity malts, basil, oregano and tomato. Incredibly unique beer, however drinkability in anything larger than 8oz is questionable.
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a beerandbeyond speciality beer tasting. Pours murky amber with thin head. Dominant oregano aroma with some garlic. A little watery taste thatís dominated by spices. Light body, pleasing aftertaste, a little hop in the end. Good as liquid pizza but thatís not what I would call beer.