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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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73
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 14.15%
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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Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

jwc215, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

orangemoustache, May 23, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
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...

mdagnew, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1-25-2007. Pours a clear amber brown with a big off white head. A slight sweet hoppy nose with a nutty edge. Metallic with a slight nutty flavor. There's potential, but it doesn't really come through. Though the nut character is nice. It is drinkable, sure. But for an anniversary edition brew, I am not blown away.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of beerking1
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with a nice head that lingers well, leaving some lacing. Slight haze. Aroma is pretty strong malt and honey, somewhat reminiscent of a marzen. bare hints of hops. Tastes pretty fresh for a "retired" beer. Again, sweet honey-malt characters up front, but not as strong as the aroma. Hops in the background, faint but noticeable. Much better than the original Menabrea, and something I will look for next time I am in Italy. As long as I am somewhere with other choices, I will probably not seek this one out.

beerking1, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Firstly, although this beer is marked as "retired" here on BA, I purchased a 330ml bottle of this in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd November 2007 with a best by date of 15.12.07. So, I'm not sure it isn't still produced.

Anyway, on to the review. This was quite a weird beer for me. Opened and poured into Chimay glass; an almost overwhelming aroma of molasses hit me. This thick maltiness made me worry about what the taste was going to be like. The appearence was a clear dark amber colour with a thin head. Thankfully, it does not taste like it smells. It had a much more subdued malty taste, with some sweetness and very little complexity. I tired of the taste quite quickly. It's not a beer I would be rushing out to buy again.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice amber with a thick crisp head leaving a nice lace. Aroma is mainly sweet like honey blending nicely with the hops. Taste is not as sweet as the smell, bready, light malt and hop. Mouthfeel is light - medium, but maybe a bit thin, carbonation is good giving it a crisp finish. Towards the end of the glass I think my buds got tuned to beer, wish I had another to confirm that.

Bookseeb, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at the Pour Shop in Evansville. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear pale amber coloration. The head was two fingers high with a fluffy white coloration. The head never truly died while being drank.

Smell: The beer has a caramel maltyness that combines well with floral leafy hops.

Taste: The beer has a very nice lightly toasted caramel flavor. The hops bring a light herbal bitterness to the taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is approacing medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. There are no off smells or flavors present in the beer. This is a very easy to drink beer. This beer went over very well with my macro drinking friends.

nlmartin, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Phatz, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Sigmund, Sep 06, 2005
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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber from Birra Menabrea SpA
73 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.