Menabrea 150° Anniversario Lager - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 150° Anniversario LagerMenabrea 150° Anniversario Lager

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Birra Menabrea SpA visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2003

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Reviews by 99bottles:
Photo of 99bottles
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big ol' 66 cL bottle capped with foil to make it look purdy, this beer has a body of light golden yellow with a large foamy head of white that has above average retention. Smell is of some sweet malt and some strange grain. The taste is light and sweet, with a marked biscuit and grain taste. This doesn't scream adjunct, but it has this unmistakable taste of a silo of corn or something. Something of dried out grains. Very light on the hops. Medium to light body, no cloying. Hmmm. Interesting for sure. Nothing more than another Euro lager, even though I've seen it proudly called "Italy's best beer". People here seem to revere it, moreso than the other Italian beers but I can't understand why. It might be the deceptively fancy label.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Imbiber
2.94/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY.

Aka "G. Menabrea e Figli' (whatever that means). Amber coloured (dark for a standard lager), fair head, moderate carbonation. Aroma a bit corny.

Mild hop and malt taste, nothing to make a permanent impression. Not bad but fairly bland - though I know I could do a lot worse. Little finish, a slight metallic feel comes through.

Very so-so.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a pale gold color with a good sized white head and good lacing. It smells like grain, dough, and some skunkiness. The taste is a weird bitter/sour/acidic taste, not good at all. The mouthfeel is light, and the beer doesn't go down very well at all. Maybe this is just a bad bottle, but this one isn't good at all. I'm glad I just bought a single bottle of this, I don't know if I could finish off a sixer of this or not.

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a crystal clear deep mahogany color with a substantial light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture and the residual lace a decent sheet to cover the glass. Nose is musty with a sweet malt background; start is cloyingly sweet, decent malt profile and a thin to watery feel at the top. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops weak and the aftertaste dry and to long lasting, can’t say it did much for me.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this in Cork, Ireland, wish I hadn't.

Green 330ml bottle, impressive looking label and packaging, pity about the bottle contents.

The beer was poured into a tumbler and was very, very pale indeed, weak urine yellow with a slight green hue to it. The head however looked lovely for a short while, huge bloom of white bubbles were produced, but they faded quickly to just a collar and wisp.

The smell was of corn and maybe some citrusy lemon hints, but very little of anything.

I don't recall any taste and my notes say 'no taste', it was watery, weak and had nothing going for it bar the initial head display.

A typical Italian/Mediterranean light lager, OK for hot suuny days by the beach maybe, but not the beer to have on a cold wet and windy evening in Ireland.

Photo of ThaCreep
1.94/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Nose slightly sweet lager. Mouth rather marked in the first approach but do little time to see that the body is weak and watery at will. We note the insignificance of the mixture quickly, very flat and without any aftertaste. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of a brewery with such a joke ready inevitably smily.

Photo of Dithyramb
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled off a bottle at Upstairs at the Grill in Chester, UK. The restaurant only had a small, handpicked selection of lagers. This one was touted as "the best beer in the world!!"
Presented in a foil capped bottle with no freshness or born on dating.
Poured a pale yellow with a thin white head
Distinctively bitter, average euro-lager. Wouldn't be able to tell much difference between this and a Heineken. Had the flavor that I dislike, with a distinctive adjunct (maize/corn?)
Finished dry, but smooth.
Very average and expected more from something supposedly 150 years old. Decided to drink wine with my steak, if this was the best the restaurant had to offer.

Photo of karst
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am definately not drinking the same beer as former reviewers! Pours from green 330 ml bottle (silver foiled neck" 150° Anniversario) light yellow - 1 - 2.5°L (Birra Bionda) with a low white head that is sustained by strong beading and maintains 3-4mm thick cap with lace. Aroma indicates light struck bottle. Flavor suggest sauerkraut. It would take a load of DMS and a little help from a microbe or two to produce what I am tasting. Tart mid taste and finishes with a little hop bitterness.
$1.75 a bottle from shelves of local Beer, wine and gourmet food shop.

Feel free to disregarde my review. I will try this again in attempt to be a fair reviewer.

Looking at brewing a lager and trying some new ones. Hope mine turns out better.

Photo of atis
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

660 ml bottle bought in Dublin

Pale yellow colour, lots of visible carbonation, head is quite foamy and large at first, but pretty soon dissipates, some lacing.

Aroma is mild malty with straw-like hops, some hint of citrus. Taste is bittery sweet with some metallic sourness and quite long lasting bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit below medium with average carbonation.

Overall I did not enjoy this one too much - label is fancy, but the contents are not that pleasant.

Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland. Poured into Grolsch pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Cream and malt.

T: Cream, barley, malt. Pretty standard. Pretty simple, but balanced. Built poorly for the style. There's little to say about such a bland, simple beer. It'd be better if it were bold and complex.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't quite match the flavours of the body.

Dr: Too pricey in Ireland (what isn't?), but not a great beer.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Something different from my local well-stocked beer store. Comes in a 330ml [11.2 fl.oz.] green glass bottle. The neck and silver colored crown cap is completely covered in a large tight fitting thin silver foil v-shaped neck brace that has some gold edging, upon which a Coat of Arms and the words ‘Birra Del 150° Anniversario’ are also printed in gold text. The main rectangular label has a gold and silver striped background with a pale pastel yellow oval in the center. Wording is “1846 Menabrea Italia Birra Beer Biere”. The bottom left of the label has the words ‘Birra Bionda’, indicating that this is the Blonde as opposed to the other Amber version [for which some Reviews are incorrectly placed here I note]. No strength or freshness date, which is strange for a European brew.

Appearance: A champagne like fill into my Birra Moretti flute initially looks good. Pale golden body that is extremely clear and shows off the streamers to good effect. Tight white head at ¼” thick remains after the pour with some light lacing. Above average conditioning.

Nose: Sweet malts, Euro-lager like nose with some feint bitterness and a very light funky, or dare I say skunky odor, which is a tad more cabbagey rather than “off’.

Taste: Erm, not much here really. Light lager body with some feint wisps of hops and a slick doughy feel with a delicate but clean bitter character. Dare I say, very Italian, oh maybe not at the risk of being pilloried but what I mean is that this offering is middle-of-the road, it is neither offensive, nor inoffensive, far from tasty moreover rather bland, it’s just…..well… Italian Lager.

Mouthfeel: Below Average. I’m bored now and I just want to finish this Review, can you tell??

Drinkability: The archetypal average run-of-the-mill pseudo light bodied Euro lager…..a resounding 3.0.

Overall: After 150 years I would have thought that they could have come up with something much better and more robust than this. Oh well, it looked good on the Shelf. No wonder Italy is a great export market for beer if this is the quality of the Anniversary brews. Get one, but only of you collect Bottles and don’t intend opening it for consumption.

Photo of cypressbob
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, tan head with poor retention and some slight lacing

Smell, slight malty aroma, pretty limited, musty

Taste, dry and malty, biscuity finish, very little hop bitterness

Not bad, but all round very dull, not really worth buying again

Photo of Habanaro
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle

I would have to say that this beer is pretty average at best. I poured into a clear tumbler and was unimpressed from the time that it hit the bottom of the glass to the time it was gone. The head was pale in color and dissipated pretty quickly leaving only a ring around the edge when gone.

A-Pale yellow in color almost too light

S-Slightly mallty and had a scant amount of a citrus note

T-I would have thought that there would have been a little more malty taste as it does come out in the nose. There was a particularly odd metallic taste in the middle and was somewhat bitter on the end

MF-Nothing to write home about, it was wet

Ok, so the bottom line. If someone handed it to me I would probably drink it but I can not say that I would buy it again. I had high hopes for this beer based on it being an anny. beer-aren't they supposed to pull out all the stops here. Not a beer to judge by its cover.

Photo of biegaman
2.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled on the beach in Castiglione della Pescaia - a beautiful, medieval beach town in Tuscany. A great beverage for the sunny, hot day I spent splashing in the waves and playing with a ball. Oh the delights of vacation!
Only slightly offensive really, wasn't quite cold enough. A challenge to keep beer cold on an Italian beach in August I realize. All the same, a green bottle did not help things. I got to it before the aroma was completely skunked over. Though it was , sadly, in many regards too late. Body stayed crisp and malty. Flavour showcased little DMS or corn starch. Good thing. Overall, I enjoyed it enough despite its shortcomings.

Photo of BeerBob
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Menabrea Italia Birra pourers a clear pinkish yellow, yes pinkish yellow and no, there is nothing pink in my room to be reflecting in the beer. The foil wrap around the neck of the dark green 11.2oz glass bottle has the 150 year “anniversario” printed on it and the bottle label has the year 1846 printed on it... I did the math and this beer would have to be nine years old (1996 - 150 = 1846) right? nah, there are no suspended solids or other stuff floating around in the beer. Head goes to over two fingers before breaking down to some lite lace and a faint broken ring.

Nose is a light toasted barley malt and not much else. Palate is following the nose with a light toasted malt and a light hops bitter with a hint of barley malt vinegar, just a very weak acidic note.

Aftertaste is the hops bitter and the sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Photo of jettjon
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation 330 ml bottle with no freshness date. Into the pilsner a medium golden color with spotty carbonation. Big, fluffy white head, slow fade leaving lots of sticky lacing and a solid cap. Nose is lightly malty, surprisingly so. There a bit of citrus and perfume presence. Taste is of malty honey and molasses, not much else to it. Clean, dry finish. Good viscosity in the mouth, very smooth and clean, medium body. Drinkability is good overall; flavor is good but mild, good body, easygoing.

Overall: This is a solid beer with decent flavor, nose, and mouth. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" off-white head which took a while to completely dissipate. Light gold color with slow moving bubbles. Smell is grass and light malt, more so than typical BMC but not far off the mark. Taste is more of the same and has a slight bitterness and slightly acidic finish. As it warmed a mild sweetness came out. This is a step up from BMCs but only a small step.

Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at an Italian delicatessen. Coming in a 330ml green bottle, BB 27/12/2006. Served chilled in a pint glass.

A: dark yellowish straw in colour, coming with a pillowy white head settling slowly, leaving sheets of lacing behind; lively carbonation, but not too fierce.
S: sweet grainy notes and sugar-cane juice come on top of a little grassy hops and a little sour doughy aroma of lager malts. The overall nose shows hints of adjuncts, but not too much, while the hoppy scent remedies the lack of weight from behind.
T: bitter-sweet grassy, faintly doughy and yet slightly plastic lager malts come rather softly, settling fast to a powdery, corn-ish aftertaste and a soothing but understated bitterness as of hops down the sides of the tongue.
M&D: rather clean, spritzy, and the carbonation is not too rough; this lager is a mild-flavoured and quite balanced medium-light weighter. Easy-drinking, but one bottle is enough to make its point.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My 330 ml bottle and label look almost identical to the standard Menabrea Birra, but there's a foil-wrapped top that states 'Birra Del 150 Anniversario' so I'm sure this is the correct place for this review.

Pale buttercup yellow with a fine cloud of dust-like particles. The large cap is dingy, putty white and has a wonderfully bubbly upper surface. It looks to be on the sticky side, and, in fact, is depositing a more than respectable amount of pocked lace. If the rest of the beer achieves the standard set by the appearance, we'll be in business.

As is usually the case when it comes to EPLs, the nose fails to measure up. There's very little malt that would help offset the less than appealing aroma of tired, bottom-of-the-barrel Euro hops. I'm running out of ways to describe what seems like the same Euro pale nose again and again and again.

The flavor is no better and is exactly what one would expect after a few sniffs. I held out some hope that a brewery releasing a foil-topped bottle of 150th anniversary beer would go to some trouble to make it taste like something other than the usual barely acceptable lager. But they didn't.

As in the nose, malt has taken a holiday. Not only is there almost no pale malt flavor, there isn't any underlying sweetness to take the edge off of the harsh bitterness. The German hops aren't completely stale and lifeless, but they aren't exactly bursting with freshness either. I still maintain that some of these breweries use second or third rate ingredients. How else to describe the end product?

Wouldn't it be amazing if the mouthfeel was lightly silky and impossibly smooth with a perfect amount of... it isn't. Again, I struggle to find new ways to describe the same old thin, lackluster, poor quality mouthfeel on yet another bottle of Eurobirra.

Any brewery that celebrates a 150th anniversary is worth celebrating. It's hard to imagine, though, how Birra Menabrea continues to stay afloat while releasing borderline dreck like Birra Del 150 Anniversario. I would think that a country responsible for Ferrari, Lamborghini and Sophia Loren would be able to come up with something a little sexier than this.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.45/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presented in a green 330 ml bottle with silver foil around the neck proclaiming that this beer is 150* Anniversario.
Poured a highly carbonated light gold color that has a small head that sticks around for a couple minutes. Aroma was at first a little skunky but it quickly dissipated into a floral hop aroma with a hint of bready malt. Flavor is a definite eye opener as i did not expect the flavor of the hops to be so noticeable yet not bitter. A beautiful malt flavor that is dry yet does not let the hop flavors overpower and is definetly created from some very fine malts. Finish is clean yet a residual hop flavor sticks around a bit to entice you to take another drink. Mouthfeel is very smooth as the carbonation is fine yet strong but not as much as a belgian. Extremely enjoyable and very drinkable if i took a keg of this to a party everyone would be fighting to get more of this clean flavorful and complex brew. Definetly a lager worth trying as it only cost me $1.59 a bottle and if you can get it, pick up a bottle to review.

Photo of Jimmys
2.37/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

660mL bottle that should be consumed before 01-12-13. my girlfriend bought this for me while she was in italy for work.

A: crystal clear golden body. bustling head at first dies down to a rim. at least there is some pretty lacing.

S: a little bit of corn/malt aroma. very fair. a little bit of gas too. cant find any hop aroma. pretty standard for the euro pale and probably the best part about this brew.

T: definitely metallic, sort of skunky. both of those flavors right off the bat. otherwise lacking any real malt/hop presence. maybe a little corn. definitely a watery, unimpressive body.

M: carbonation is average for this style brew on a light body.

D: such a pretty logo/foiled bottle for a mediocre euro pale lager....tsk, tsk, what a pity. i appreciate my chick flying all the way back to VA with this for me, but unfortunately i kind of wish it stayed in italy. light and pound-able for sure, but reminds me of coors light in a fancier suit.

Photo of adamette
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle bought at a small bottle shop in Stressa, Italy, at Lake Maggiore which features a border with Switzerland. Had just visited the lovely Isola Bella and found this cool little bottle shop in town. Poured into a clean, clear glass as this bottle shop also featured small sandwiches and other food items for purchase and consumption there.

A Well, it looks like a basic lager. Minimal uninspiring head over a basic yellow translucent body.

S Smells like a euro lager, nothing special here.

T Like a light Heinekin. Some minor, minor syrupy qualities to it though.

M Thin mouthfeel with a whisper of syrupy stickiness.

D Great but I will not seek this out again.

Notes: Bottle was impressive, announcing an award at Teatro Delle Cantinelle in 2008. The product inside was very dissapointing. I would have hated to taste the beers that it beat out in that competition.

Menabrea 150° Anniversario Lager from Birra Menabrea SpA
69 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.