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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber - Birra Menabrea SpA

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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tencents

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 22:34:43 | More by tencents
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demgoth

New York

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

02-25-2012 03:07:07 | More by demgoth
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up a Central Bottles in Cambridge a few weeks back since I have never seen the beer before. Here goes. 11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head that has reduced quickly to a thin layer. Clarity is great in this orange red beer with signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: malty, bready, grainy, honey, and some fruitiness to it.

Taste: Same above, but it reminds me of typical Euriopean skunky tasting beer even though this beer is good for two more months.

Mouthfeel: This beer is somewhat harsh up front, but then smooth afterwards. Very strange. Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Having a hard time forcing this one down.

Overall: Great wines come from Italy, but they might want to focus on their beers in their future. Might have to stick to Morretti's. This one reminds me of European lagers I have had over the years.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 07:50:19 | More by Flounder57
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear darkish amber with a fairly thick ivory-tan head. Aroma is crisp, more fruity than malty, not strong but still appealing. Malty flavor is crisp and a little fruity, nothing special but enjoyable. This makes a good accompaniment to a meal rather than a stand-alone drink. Texture has average body and a decent amount of fizz. Overall, fair to middlin' and worth at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:27:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red color, clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – faintly malty in aroma, not much noticeable other than that.

Taste – much like the smell. I can taste a maltiness. It’s a little musky in its quality, and not much change throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward wateriness or creaminess.

Overall – not a bad brew, but not very interesting either.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:45:23 | More by Nerudamann
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:31:57 | More by donkeyrunner
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Paincane

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:07:13 | More by Paincane
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:38:44 | More by smakawhat
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, clear orange amber color with a small fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Lightly toasted caramel malt, must hops. Really light, not much here.

Taste: The first sip I had was ok, but this was fairly disappointing. Lightly toasted caramel malt and a touch of musty hops at the end. It finishes clean, easy to to since there was not a ton of flavor there.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated, but that is really the only good thing about. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: Without having heard of this beer or brewery, the waiter at the Italian restaurant I was at said this was an Italian microbrew and was much better than the rest of Italy's offerings. He showed me the interesting bottle and I decided to make the plunge. Menabrea will not be getting any more of my money, especially at 'import' prices. I would love to have a good Italian beer that would hold up to my Italian meal, but this just simply does not do it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:49:08 | More by KickInTheChalice
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OttoBomb

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 06:28:43 | More by OttoBomb
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thekanna

Maryland

2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:12:04 | More by thekanna
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with a thin white head that fades immediately, leaving some thin patches. Not much lacing.
Smell is plenty of caramelly, slightly roasted malts. Brown sugar and toffee as well.
Taste is more lightly roasted malts with a caramel aspect. Touch of hops. Brown sugar. Strange, stale nutty aspect on the finish.
Mouthfeel is flat, watery, and thin. Lacking in carbonation. Light body.
Drinkability is fair. The smell is good, but the beer goes downhill from there. Mouthfeel is definitely the worst aspect, and it detracts from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 03:26:01 | More by Parrotbeak
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

2.35/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:48:39 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this bottle up at state line liquors, poured it chilled into a standard pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ about 2 1/2 fingers of tan frothy cap which converts to a lace pattern which sticks well

S - A basic malt nose w/ caramel accents and is slightly bland odor-wise. Almost musty w/ a canned fruit tinge.

M - A mildly carbonated and subtle feel w/ light malt and dull, lifeless middle w/ a light residual sweet finish

T - The flavor is mild with hint of toasted malt like a vienna and mild spice w/ otherwise musty and bland flavors. The malt starts sweet and falls flat lacking any inspiration. just very ordinary

D - A lager I kind of wanted to like, but it is not one I would recommend at all, obviously. I found this one just was not good to begin with and left a not good taste in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 20:16:36 | More by Slatetank
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Listed as menabrea Amber, the beer seems to progress a bit beyond the standard Italian lager but struggles to reach mediocracy for a Vienna Lager.

The beer begins with a dull cola-rust color with some blond highlights and terse head formation and retention. No real lacing.

Aromas are very Pilsner-like with some modest caramel overtones. A mild floral hop scent decorates the beer along its edges but does little to improve the timid malt base.

Flavors are light, watered, and grainy. Again, stuck on the Pilsner side of things with a light cola-grainy-caramel taste, albeit weak. Hop flavor is not as prevailant in the taste as it was in the nose.

Light, ...er, weak in the body. Again giving a watered down cola character to the mouthfeel. Grainy astringent sharpness hits the back of the throat and interferres with a would-be clean crisp hop bitterness.

I'd consider this a below average Amber Lager. But as a Vienna Lager, it fails in maltiness, breadiness, richness, and depth. No where near the intended flavor descriptions.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 16:20:04 | More by BEERchitect
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright orange rather than amber, although there are amber highlights along the edges of the glass. Several finger's worth of lightly toasted marshmallow colored foam look pretty good up top. The head has some character and there's quite a nice array of lace as well.

The nose doesn't do this Vienna lager any favors. It smells like a lightly toasted, musty hop version of its Euro pale ale sidekick, Anniversario. I might have suspected the ravages of age, but the 'best by' date on the cap is still more than 3 months away.

Sorry, Birra Menabrea, not impressed. For some reason, I actually expected this brew to be better than the pale lager. Maybe it was the classic, old school, copper and silver label, who knows? I keep checking to see if the year on the cap is actually 08, but it's definitely 09.

There's a minor toasted-caramel vibe on the low end that kinda... sorta... makes AA taste like a Vienna lager. On second thought, that's probably reaching. The hops are musty and musky and don't add anything worthwhile in terms of flavor. A bit of back end bitterness brings balance.

The mouthfeel comes close to watery throughout the mouthful, finally reaching its goal on the swallow. Lackluster carbonation doesn't help the cause. Boring beer, boring mouthfeel.

Why is Italian beer so damned expensive? It isn't like they're in anyone's Top-10 Brewing Nations of the World. I've seen 750s for $15-22 (and even higher) that aren't that highly regarded. This single cost $2.49, which probably translates to a six-pack price well over $10. Bottom line: this is lousy beer at any price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 13:38:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source, KY.

Poured cleacopper color with a moderate frothy white head that mostly lasting with fair lacing. Medium sweet malty aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a moderate sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable sweet brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:07:48 | More by tmoneyba
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htomsirveaux

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle tried 14 Sep 2008.

Large tight lacy head. Almost flat. Clear iced tea color. Some molasses in aroma, slight skunkiness and oxidation evident. Flavor is of molasses, just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol barely noticeable. Light body.

Overall not much to say, don't think the long voyage did this beer any favors. Would not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 04:25:57 | More by htomsirveaux
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nikosm

Greece

3.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 13:47:05 | More by nikosm
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear copper color with a little dish water head. The detected aroma is exclusively from the toasted malts. Light to medium bodied on the palate. The flavor is grainy, husky, bready a little caramel sweetness. This is all balanced with some spice in the finish. Drinkable and pleasant, not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 22:55:52 | More by BeardedBoffin
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 22:30:36 | More by jdhilt
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froghop

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

purchased at the puget sound wine cellar in port orchard, washington.

pours a clear dark amber with a small white head, light lacing.

smell of caramel, malt, wet grain, somewhat metallic.

taste is heavy on the grain, dark malt, some caramel.

overall below average.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:56:06 | More by froghop
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 16:06:25 | More by jwc215
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright burnt orange with a tall tan head that retains exceptionally well leaving lots of sticky sheets of lacing as it falls to a quarter inch cap that holds the duration.The nose is mildly sweet with some nuttieness as well.Malts up front are sweet a caramely with toasted bread notes along with hints of roasted sesame seeds and gentle,earthy,spicy hops.The body is solid in every manor of the word with a nice dryness factor and an aftertaste that works as a constant calling card for another sip.Keep brewing this shit people,this is a fine Amber!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 16:38:44 | More by orangemoustache
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 14:25:35 | More by mdagnew
Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber from Birra Menabrea SpA
73 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.