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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Lager - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 150° Anniversario LagerMenabrea 150° Anniversario Lager

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BA SCORE
69
poor

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2003)
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Reviews by 99bottles:
Photo of 99bottles
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

99bottles, Jul 20, 2005
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ant1, Apr 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

fionn13, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

hyoung41, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Imbiber
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Imbiber, Aug 29, 2004
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2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

bluejacket74, Nov 18, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

LJWalker, Jan 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Pelicanrocks, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Gusler, Dec 08, 2003
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 19, 2010
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1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

ThaCreep, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Dithyramb
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Dithyramb, Mar 18, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jakea, Sep 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KeyWestGator, Jun 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -64.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of karst
2.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

karst, Jul 05, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

NeMe, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

jsurfs82, May 31, 2013
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.

atis, Oct 20, 2008
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2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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…..an 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.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 27, 2004
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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

cypressbob, Aug 28, 2004
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Antiantianti, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +25%

metalgdog, Oct 02, 2012
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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Lager from Birra Menabrea SpA
69 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.