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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 150° Anniversario AmberMenabrea 150° Anniversario Amber

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BA SCORE
74
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004)
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz. (330ml) bottle, date stamped 12-12-12, served in a SA lager glass. {revisited in May 2014}

Pours brown-amber with a creamy white head that soon settles to a lasting top coat and ring, leaving decent lacing.

Smell: mostly caramel, with grassy hops and a faint "skunk".

Taste: Again, caramel/toffee plus grassy hops, with a more obvious but still faint skunkiness. Sweet up front but overall balanced.

Near medium body; light-moderate carbonation; lightly astringent

O: suggests an odd cross between a light Euro pale and a Mexican amber. OK but not worth seeking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This beer is not discontinued. It is stil being produced.

The Anniversary amber pours a clear, deep-amber/copper body beneath a good sized head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves some minor lace about the glass.

The nose is fresh and bright with a combination of lightly caramelish & bready malt and leafy & floral hops.

In the mouth it's gently crisp with a medium-light body (it starts at 11.8 P and should have a fingal gravity of around 2.2 P) and standard carbonation (5.6 vol/litre).

Although corn is used in its production, the maltiness still dominates. It's caramelish with an almost scorched side, and a bit of toasty breadiness. The hops appear leafy and herbal in flavor, and the bitterness is solid, leaving it to finish dry and herbal-like.

Overall it's a pretty decent beer, similar to a Vienna-style lager (I actually though of Dos Equis when I first tasted it). It's not great, but it's certainly not bad.

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Stella Artois glass given at the restaurant.

The first thing I notice on this beer is the huge amount of carbonation coming from the body after a nice gold pour out of the bottle. This beer on pour makes a very big head that I must admit looks pretty nice. The head is off white with simple pin sized bubbles. Body is a simple clear amber color and the head has good staying power.

The bouquet on this is fairly small. This is oddly very dry and a small malt sensation. There is some standard bready like yeast with this also, but there really isn't much here.

Taste is about what it smells like which makes for some uninspiring beer. Small malt, perhaps some banana, and just a real strange dank dank yeast feeling.

This beer really reminds me of a slightly stronger Yuengling which isn't saying much overall. You could do worse, but I would have to say I wouldn't want to have this again really if I had a choice.

Photo of nikosm
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Athens on Oct 22,2008, in a busy liquer store, so it's still in production. Bottle exp.date 09.2009. Beautiful golden cap.

Caramel amber color, clear liked ice tea. Served in a lager glass, it poured a good head that didn't last much, to leave a small lacing.

The smell is malty, bready, some metalic. Not my favourite.
The taste is much like the smell but feels a little better. The carbonation is good and it lefts you with a nice feel on the tongue and the mouth.
You can drink this one very easily and I might say it's not bad afterall. Much much better than the lager version of Menabrea.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a thick film of off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of sweet bready and caramel malt. Flavor starts with caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, slight brown sugar, finshes a bit thin with a faint reminder of the sweet malt. Medium bodied with a peppery almost overactive carbonation. Starts off pretty well, if a bit mild, but the flavor tapers off fairly quickly at the same time that the active carbonation becomes a distraction. Pleasant enough to drink with lunch, but fairly unbalanced and light tasting in the finish.

Photo of thekanna
2.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear ruddy amber with almost no head.

S: Caramel malts, metallic sweetness, and a bit of cardboard.

T/M: Mostly light, sweet caramel malts with somewhat overwhelming, filling carbonation. Slightly burnt malts also crop up in there. Ends with a heavy, flat finish that tastes conspicuously like a cardboard box.

D: Experience wouldn't have been so bad if not for the horrible aftertaste. Also, carbonation was almost too filling to even stomach one bottle.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Menabrea 150th Anniversary Amber has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and just a touch of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, pronounced, brown bread malt, and possibly corn, and the flavor is of sweet bread crust, hops (showing up faintly at the end), and even some corn present in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Menabrea 150th Anniversary Amber finishes crisp and highly drinkable.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted, bready and caramel malts along with bits of sweetness. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer might seem to be a little bland but it is still easy to drink. Some hints of hop flavors might have made it a little more interesting.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of tonton
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown 33cl bottle with gorgeous gold artwork, gold capped. Paid HK$20 (US$2.50) at the large local Wellcome supermarket. Also available at large boutique supermarkets in town. Not available at smaller local supermarkets or convenience stores.

Poured into a 33cl Stella glass.

Poured a beautiful medium dark amber on the tilt with no head, 1" attractive off white head appeared only after a vigorous center pour.

Smell: Brief lager skunk which quickly disappeared, never to be smelled or tasted again. Mild wheat, honey and malt.

Taste: This is a lager? I guess I'm not familiar with the Vienna style. Nice clean malt, wheat and honey, much like the nose but stronger. Some hops, I guess. Not much yeast note, which is probably why I liked it. Some yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouth: Smooth and light. Light carbonation. Didn't care for the head texture.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. Easy to drink, good flavor and good balance, beautiful presentation. 3.5/5

Hope this is okay, first review, novice who just discovered real beer tasting at 40.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz to Pint
Bottled on 6-6-08

A: Pours a brilliantly clear ruby brown with a 2.5 finger frothy tan head. Retention was OK with a thin raft leaving fragmented lace rings on the glass.

S: Fruity and sweet with some malt character. Some oxidation. Overall smell was inappropriate for a Vienna.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors dominate, some bitterness and fruit sweetness and yeasty notes on finish. Some diacetyl and metallic tastes.

M: Thin, slightly creamy. Slick unpleasant finish.

D: Body is medium to low which would have allowed a moderate session but the poor characteristics blew the deal on this one.

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of throwerbri
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Phatz
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Menabrea 150° Anniversario Ambrata is a simple Amber Lager. It is one that your macro-drinking friends will enjoy and yet will hold up the BA’s minimum standards as well. I am not saying this beer is exception but it is more than adequate. I first became acquainted with it during the World Cup, (while cheering for Italy) but a friend of mine has been drinking it for years.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge white head. Spotted lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malty and sweet in the nose. A bit dextrinous and remote suggestions of a fruity character with very light scent of hops.

Taste: This is a very easy drinking approachable beer that is “cool” as an imported beer. It is in the league with Yuengling Lager in that is thinned out and bit macro-ish but still above average. Ther eis a nice taste of amber caramel malts, a bit of corn then the fruity semi dextrin, artificial sugar / fruity flavor; followed by a bittering hop attribute. The floral hops are especially prevalent in the finish and the best part of the beer is the bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a small beer by American standards but the mouthfeel is not completely limp. It has a solidish malt backbone supported by some nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is its sessionability. I had 6ers of this at several World Cup parties and it always went over very well with the crowd and the environment. The focus was on the game and drinking and the beer was a tasty side note. If you are looking for a beer to really sit down and critique this may not be the right choice.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift from my cousin.

Clear copper with a fingers width beige head. Lazy skim retention that doesn't stick anything to my glass.

Aroma is toasted malt and carob powder.

Taste is toast and bread crusty goodness marred by a medicinal, ointment hop character. Ick. Kinda tastes like almonds too.

It's a'ight.

Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date of 04.16.09 on cap:

Pours amber with a thin white head that becomes a large, lasting swirling patch. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of some caramel, metallic notes, some "Euro-skunk" and some grass.

The taste is of slightly burnt caramel, Some blandish Continental-type hops give it something of a bitter balance, though sweetness is thin to begin with. Annoying metallic - iron and tin - notes interfere. Some salt also detracts a bit, giving it a dry, though somewhat crisp, finish.

It is somewhat creamy for its light to reaching towards medium body. It has mild to moderate carbonation.

Too metallic, slightly salty and bland-ish for me. Not a fan of overall character (or almost general lack thereof). Aftertaste not too thrilling, either. Not horrible, has something of a standard Vienna/Amber lager character to it, but I certainly wouldn't get it again.

Photo of Sigmund
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Amber colour, large white head. Moderate malty aroma with notes of toffee and some fruity hops. Flavour is moderately malty with some caramel and tolerable hops, but this is really not much more than "average" beer. Some metallic notes in the aftertaste.

Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep amber colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to good thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some good sticky, clingy lacing...

Aroma - Quite salty, overripe fruits (apples, figs, oranges), quite harsh graininess (i notice maize is listed as an ingredient), burnt butter, toffee banana - banoffee pie ? Grassy and peppery hops, toasted bread, some raw nuts...

Taste - Lots of toasted bready malts, quite tart and spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some lemons), light caramel sweetness, thankfully the graininess from the aromas has disappeared, lightly roasted almond nuttiness, some peppery hop bitterness..

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good amber ale... shame it's retired as could happily drink a few more of these...

Photo of OttoBomb
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz (330m l) bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (November 5, 2010). The best before stamp on the rear label reads 04.27.2011.

Eyes: Pours a very clear, light copper color. White soapy head foams and dissipates fairly quickly, with minimal retention and low lacing.

Nose: My first impression of the smell is that is seems old. It's a musty mediocre profile of lightly toasted malts.

Tongue: Again I'm feeling like this beer is well passed freshness. I rechecked the freshness just in case, and I'm 6 months away from that. The taste is malty, slightly bready, even metallic with some caramel notes, but nothing is truly truly flavorful. I must admit that it is very well balanced.

Mouth: Carbonation is appropriately lively and it has a great consistency. High marks here.

Libation: On the plus side, this is a very well balanced, lively beverage, with some minor complexity. An the negative side it brings nothing to the table in any of those areas that makes me want to try it again. It's a mediocre beer, but add to that the $2.49 price tag for one bottle and this is too high a price for too low a value.

Photo of tencents
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-
Brownish amber but almost a gray brown. Not overly attractive for a beer. Had a nice white head tho.
S-
Sweet, malty.
T-
Caught me a bit off guard. Usually associate Italy with blonde lagers, but this one was maltier and even sweet. A comfortable pleasant beer.
M-
Nothing special but not bad.
O-
Easy to drink, enjoyable. In a blind taaste test I would have guessed an Austrian Märzen.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweetish caramel, don't get the metallic that some raters have noted. $1.99 for a 330ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Paincane
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours amber with large white foamy head and decent retention. Poued into pint glass.
S: Malt, hops, caramel
T: Caramel and malt
M: Moderately carbonated. Medium-bodied. Clean finish.
O: Drinkable and enjoyable. Style over substance as it looks better than it tastes. Still, I would have again.

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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber from Birra Menabrea SpA
74 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.