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Manana - Del Norte Brewing

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Del Norte Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed as a classic Vienna Lager.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-04-2008)
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Reviews by GarrettB:
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3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was first introduced to the Del Norte Mañana under exceptional circumstances. And by exceptional I mean exceptionally awesome circumstances. The Mañana made an appearance near the end of my very first homebrewer’s association meeting, where I was graciously hosted as a guest, and given pint after pint of unique, lovingly crafted brews. I was made to be a king, and there upon my kingly table were overflowing glasses of sour red ales, black IPAs and a fallout shelter’s worth of drinkable goodies. Many of these beers were introduced with dramatic flourishes and bows, followed by pronouncements of their most noble and scientific origins, each given a list of accolades detailing their painstakingly long and tedious birth. The Maãnana was anonymously abandoned on the counter, left sitting in a cardboard six-pack holder, looking intimidated in its flimsy basinet. An elderly man shuffled up to me and parted his beard to declare that this beer was a lot like Corona but better, and that it was a shame restaurant’s did offer it. He then shuffled away, fading into the crowd, presumably to offer more prognostics to unsuspecting students. I took the bottle and gave it a pour, and found that the old man was entirely wrong. The margin between the Mañana and the Corona was larger than small. The beer looks a lot like whisky, though with a much fuller light brown head, and a mild coffee aroma. The flavor is intense and deep (the greatest disparity between it and Corona) with a sweet, warm honey flavor, and a tragically brief aftertaste. Some deep thinking leads me to conclude that both the aroma and flavor feature heavy undertones of mesquite wood, piled on top of a mild, soft carbonation. This would make an excellent session beer, and I see it paired well with that Mexican restaurant food too, but a close observer will find very little overlap between this brew and a Corona.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 18:51:14 | More by GarrettB
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12-12-2012 00:59:06 | More by Dusty6467
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2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper-colored body; no head. No aroma - nada (even my wife didn't detect anything). Sweet, slightly fruity taste; light melon; extremely faint hop bitterness. Light , clean, crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Fair yet unassuming Mexican-styled lager. Drinkable but also unmemorable, especially with the lack of any head or (especially) aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 23:04:35 | More by beergoot
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

10-28-2012 11:25:37 | More by cruzbay
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4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Del Norte Manana has a relatively thin, cream-colored, soapy head and a very cloudy, opaque, amber appearance, in which one can observe some tiny bubble streams. Thin, yet decent, lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet dark-roasted malt and even some slightly turned fruit. Brown bread is detected in the taste and smell, and one also picks up chocolate powder, figs, and caramel in the flavor. There is a strong chocolate back-taste to this beer (actually, stronger than maybe any beer I’ve ever sampled). Hop bitterness is noticeable, but mild. Mouthfeel is medium, and Del Norte Manana finishes crisp, semi-dry, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a real winner, and I rate it most excellent!


Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 20:38:10 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

although i enjoy the orale with a spicy burrito, i think this is my favorite of the del norte beers. it has a bit more substance to it than the others, yet remains highly sessionable. this one pours a light amber color, with a standard one inch fading head. it smells like german caramel malts and english bittering hops, kind of a weird hybrid in that regard, but its well balanced and light on both counts. the flavor is a little more malt heavy than the other del norte brews, but thats not to say its a heavy beer, just that its got a bit more of a red malt caramely flavor it it and a bit of extra body. the finish is clean and smooth, as is the mouthfeel in general. high carbonation makes it refreshing despite its mildly sweet aftertaste. a good session beer, especially when its ice cold right from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 05:34:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-02-2012 03:15:54 | More by netshark
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-11-2012 21:36:28 | More by RoryOMoore
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Acquired at Tipsy's Liquor as part of a Del Norte variety box.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige-light khaki head of fair cream and thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear vibrant copper-amber. Really shines in the light. Quite appealing, actually. I didn't expect it to look this good. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber hops evoke a vague floral character of little distinction or substance. Clean barley suggests a full body. Hints of cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, a full barley body with clean malts atop, and hints of somewhat stale cream. Horribly simple but I wouldn't call it bland - per se. It's certainly boring either way you slice it. Not at all subtle. Unrefreshing. It's rather mundane.

Mf: Coarse - especially up front where a wretched stale tingle drags the flavours across the tongue. Dry to boot. This is just plain wrong for an Amber (or a Vienna lager, if you go by Beeradvocate's *interesting* categorization scheme). Carbonation is off. Too thick, though not particularly syrupy or even viscous. It's just heavier on the palate than it ought to be.

Dr: A largely forgettable Mexican amber. Unrefreshing and not particularly enjoyable. I wouldn't get it again, even on draught. A poor offering from Del Norte.


Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:40:40 | More by kojevergas
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

07-11-2012 01:31:41 | More by crobinso
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2/5  rDev -40.3%

06-19-2012 04:17:56 | More by Tron
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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish caramel with a white head with decent retention. A touch of hay that I associate with defining a lager but with a nice fruity candied sweetness and some breadiness supplied from the nice dose of caramel malt. For a lager, I thought it was quite the nice aroma. Flavor supported the aroma quite well; some hay, a nice dose of sweetness of semi-diluted fruity sugar candy, and a little bread. Mouthfeel was conducive to maintaining nice drinkability to it but nothing special. Overall, the more of the this I drank the more it grew in me. I enjoyed it more than I expected and would be fine with drinking it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 19:42:48 | More by denver10
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

05-02-2012 14:27:49 | More by sgttibbs
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

04-12-2012 02:31:14 | More by spatialk
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4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a really fresh and refreshing beer. I'd compare it to Dos Equis Amber except this one is maltier with a little more flavor than the Dos Equis Amber. I could see how this is really good with Mexican food too. It's nice to have some options now.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 13:57:42 | More by TSJ4000
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

04-04-2012 03:57:15 | More by Huffaroma
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-28-2011 03:21:14 | More by Grebdioz
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3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than expected, acceptable substitute for
Bohemia or Negra Modelo if you should run out of those. Not sure of its ABV, but in Texas it's classified as malt liquor. Went over rather well with ribs at a pre-game barbeque I attended this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 04:29:48 | More by marc956
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3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with almost no head. There were some small, off-white bubbles but not much in the way of lacing.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with a touch of floral notes.

T - Good biscuity malt backbone with a spicy bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and clean finishing. A light bodied lager with a fairly dry finish.

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this tasty Vienna Lager. I was worried about a brewery doing a Mexican theme, but it was good.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 02:58:27 | More by zeff80
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with a slight haze. Poor head retention. Caramel with a mild honey aroma. Very soft upfront. Carbonation is more pronounced in the middle. Some alcohol in the middle with a moderate fruity sweetness. Uninteresting finish, very flat and underhopped. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 22:05:28 | More by LittleDon
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3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in WY. A great appearance, darker than most Vienna lagers, and certainly darker than anything south of the border this side of Negra Modelo. Aroma wasn't too exciting, might have had something to do with this being an almost near gusher. Something funky, and not in a Brett/sour kind of thing.

Taste, very smooth, it did start out a little rough (gush) but it mellowed nicely. Despite its kind of intimidating appearance for a lager, this had a very light mass on the mouthfeel. Lots of the caramel presence but little of it gets left behind. Price could be better for this beer given its lack of ingredient heft (which is apt for style).

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 21:30:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think in reviewing Manana you need to set a baseline with the average Mexican (Style) Lagers out there. In all aspects Manana kicks the dregs out of them.

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-High clarity, nice rich amber color. Good creamy white head with decent lacing and ok retention

S-Corn and fresh baked dark bread, some caramel (subtle) and a bit of honey

T-Nice! Good slightly toasted malty flavors. The nose carries through to the palate well. This is the first dark Mexican lager I have had that "dark" being in the name meant some toasted characteristics rather than just color.

M-Nice amount of gas, slightly less than most over the top fizzy Mexican lagers. Washes the palate clean, while still having some viscosity while on the tongue.

D-Very very very high. Good flavor, light body and very refreshing. Wow I sound like a BMC sales pitch....yikes....

I wish I had a lawn and a lawnmower since I have found my lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 04:28:52 | More by MinorThreat
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Manana from Del Norte Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.