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Brewed by Pietra
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Furiani, Corsica, France

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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pietra is a handcrafted beer from the island of Corsica. Itís brewed with a blend of selected malts and chestnut flour. Chestnuts are a traditional fruits in Corsica, handpicked in the Castagniccia mountain. This unique blend in the world gives Pietra an exceptional personality.
Note: Alc. from 6.5% to 6% at a point.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2009
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Bottle: pours a shimmering amber-orange color with a 2 finger frothy cap that lasted and laced well. Luscious Muenchener malts in the aroma mingle with some woody-nutty tones and wisp of herbal hops...very pleasant. The flavor is just a more intense, complex version of the aroma... rich bready-sweet Munich malts complimented with nutty tones and balanced with some great German noble herbal-woody hopping...clean drying finish. This one skirts the Vienna lager genre but the color is not right, just the same it is a sturdy flavorful Munchen-style lager that can compete with any commercial Munich amber.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
robinvboyer (4063) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2009
nose is grassy with dull hops, and wet paper. FLavor is pungent, and smacks of wet paper, and cardboard. There is an odd bitterness that isnít very pleasant. Letís just call this what it is.....a bad lager they tried to gussy up with advertising CHESTNUT flour!?!?! why in the world would that be appealing or used in making a beer? PASS!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle from the LCBO- Deep transparent amber with a fizzy and short lived white fizz. Nose is floral hops, bread crust, some spices, a bit woody. Tastes of spicy floral hops, caramel malts, some semi sweet fruit, vanilla and wood. Nice carbonation was lively throughout. Bitter and sharp finish. Pretty good stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 4, 2009
Pours a golden honey colour with a small white head. The aroma is mainly sour, but if you stick your nose way in the glass you can pick up some strange dry notes of flour. The flavour starts with a quick note of malt sweetness, which leaves to be replaced with a dry sourness, and ends on a strange dry flavour which im guessing has something to do with the chessnuts. Why they put chessnuts in here I have no idea, and how they can call this a vienna is beyond me. But still, could be worse, still drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
2009-03-01. Amber copper body with a fairly small head. Aroma of dry malt, mild nutty character may be the power of suggestion or really be there. Light touches of caramel. Flavour is likewise, malt character is on the dry side overshadowing mild sweet caramel malt touches and nutty notes similar to those of the aroma. Average palate. Okay. Celebrating a 3rd birthday, perhaps it makes sense that it scores a 3. Bottle shared by Tuqueboy from the LCBO.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
330ml bottle from the LCBOís spring seasonal release. Pours a pale amber colour with a small white head. The aroma is not at all what I expected, very skunky, and really thatís it. Absolutely no redeeming qualities to speak of here. The flavour is only mildly better, with some sweet caramalts (very mild though), stickyness, a touch of alcohol and some bizarre off flavour in the aftertaste that I can only assume must be the advertised chestnuts. Why the HELL chestnuts would be seen as either necessary or of any value here is a mystery probably not worth looking into. Not awful or a drainpour, but calling this a Vienna is really stretching credibility way too far. After a while I started to notice a sublte hint of white wine. It added nothing positive to the beer, but I just felt like mentioning it anyways. Not as boozy as you might expect, which I guess is a plus. At least itís drinkable and I didnít pick up on any corn which is something Iím usually quite sensitive to. Ultimately, this beer just begs the question, wtf? And not even in an intellectual, introspective, íwhy do I existí way, more in a íwhy the hell do they brew thisí kind of way. Maybe instead of boasting about the completely irrelevant chestnuts you used in making this stuff you could look into how the f*** you managed to skunk up an amber beer, with no hops apparent, and packaged in a brown bottle. That would be beneficial.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
joe19612 (2490) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a small head. The aroma is sweet, malty and hoppy. The taste is all malt flavour and some bitterness., the finish has a strange taste. I did not like this at all had a strange taste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Suttree (6007) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Yíknow, Iíve said this before - people see 2400+ ratings and think my life is glamor and women and all night partiying. What they donít see is the grunt work, the grind it out reviews like this one. Amber, slightly skinky, slightly corny. I donít get any chestnuts. Flavor is, again, like a skunk in cornfield.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2009
<b>Bottle 33cl. @ home.</b>
Clear light to medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, notes, chestnut notes, peat - rubber - burnt rubber notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20081018]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
finol (2969) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from Systembolaget. Light chestnut in colour and a small white head. Malty aroma, reminds of a amber ale.


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