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Birradamare Na Biretta Chiara 
Posted: 28 August 2015  Beer Republic 7.5 
Birradamare Na Biretta Chiara from Italy Birradamare is a creative brewery.  When they brew a conventional style, they don't brew it conventionally. If you're like 90% of the world who will only drink pale Euro lagers, let Chiara be your first step in a more enlightened direction. You won't be disappointed.  And if you are, don't blame me.  You can assume I was drunk as I wrote this.           
Avg price/liter: USD 12.00   ABV %: 4.9  Type: Lager   
       


Four months ago, I had my first opportunity to try Birradamare Na Biretta Chiara at a local Italian restaurant in Bangkok.  A friend and I had consumed a number of Danish beers beforehand, courtesy of me, and by the time we got to the restaurant to try this one, I felt I wasn't in a position to adequately give it a fair rating.       

Until now.  I was at a Neopolitan Italian restaurant in Bangkok last week and on the menu was Birradamare's Chiara.  This was my chance to do justice to this beer.          

You learn something new everyday, and I remembered, months and months ago, after trying L'Olmaia's La 5 that La 5, too, was described as a chiara type of beer.  So chiara, it seems, is a style.  And yet La 5 was a Belgian pale ale style, and Birradamare's Chiara is described as a German pilsner type of beer.  So chiara is not a style after all, but more like an adjective.  Doing some research, I found that chiara means "light."  As I am sure it ain't light in calories, I'll take it that light is a general adjective to describe its flavor characteristics.          

Birradamare of Italy is a creative brewery.  Their bottles have an unusual design and their flavors grow on you.  When they brew a conventional style, they don't brew it conventionally.  And Chiara is no exception.  This is a fragrant flavorful aromatic pilsner, with fuller body than any German pilsner I recollect drinking recently.         

If you're like 90% of the world who will only drink pale Euro lagers, let Chiara be your first step in a more enlightened direction.  You won't be disappointed.  And if you are, don't blame me.  You can assume I was drunk as I wrote this.       

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