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Menabrea 1846 - Birra Menabrea SpA

Not Rated.
Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846

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BA SCORE
67
poor

109 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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: kbub6f on 01-08-2003)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +35.8%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold body with a finely-textured, white head leaving a smattering of splotchy lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly grainy, dry maltiness filled out with some modest traces of floral, grassy noble hops.

Taste: Minimum pale maltiness along with a touch of graininess and a hint of pilsner malt tang. Whisper of maize. Minor sweetness. Floral, grassy-toned hops with ample bitterness to balance things out. Dry, nicely crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's decent. 1846 sports an acceptable taste with a refreshing, quenching crisp texture.

ChainGangGuy, May 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.35/5  rDev -16.7%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Purchased from a webshop.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with faint haze and plentiful fine carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that doesn't hang around. Aroma of slightly sweet, grainy malt with hints of cardboard and faint stewed hops. Smells a tad stale.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Hints of grain, cardboard, overcooked veg and stewed hops. A distinct stale flavour in the background, and a harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, prickly and dry. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

Blech - this is a pretty crappy lager. A stale, overcooked flavour; this doesn't distinguish itself at all. Even if I was desperate for refreshment, I'd think twice before selecting one. Avoid.

jazzyjeff13, May 19, 2012
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Really thin, with a sweet maltyness, some drying, lightly herbal hay/grassy hops, very light, with low bitterness, unexciting, but better than most. And pretty standard as far as Italian lagers go, has less of an international euro lager feel though, tastes a bit more distinct, but stil uninteresting.

rastaman, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow with a swirling strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a bubbly snow white head that last for much of the beer.

S- The dry green herbal aroma blends with a soft sulfur note and a field corn note that grows into more of a honey comb quality as it warms.

T- The dry cooked corn taste has a slight sulfury sweetness to it with a touch of butter that comes through at the finish. Thee is a watery taste that grows as the beer opens and the finish takes on a touch of sweetness.

M- The light mouthfeel has a filling fizz texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The light character has some nice notes with a touch of sweetness softening the sulfur. There is a touch of green in the nose but none in the taste. Pleasant but one is enough.

rhoadsrage, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of dcbeers
3/5  rDev +6.4%

dcbeers, May 04, 2014
Photo of Brenden
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

No longer in a green bottle, at least where I found it, this one pours out of brown glass. It's completely clear but for a light chill haze, very bright polished gold. The head that rests on top is an eggshell white that settles at one finger and looks to stay for a while, then drops completely. A layer does remain all the while, and decent spotting clings.
The nose isn't much more than a tang I can't quite place. It's got a not-quite-sweet, earthy graininess to it with maybe a vague hint of leaf if I try hard enough to get it.
Grains are all over the tongue, some dry malt but mostly the tangy/sweet combo. It goes a little sour into the finish as the slightest bitterness adds some grassy leaf.
The body's almost what I expect, but actually better than I would think given the aroma and flavor. It's not terribly thin, and the light body holds well. It's crisp, yes, but there's a creaminess that doesn't fade out. It's fairly dry all the way through.

Brenden, Thursday at 03:07 PM
Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%

Having only ever had Moretti and Peroni as examples of Italian brewing culture, I was interested to see this offering hit my local liquor store shelves. For a country so varied in its wine production, one would hope that there's more to its brewing as well...

Into a pilsner glass, this beer pours a very clear, light pale golden colour. The head is thin, white, and gargantuan at first, but dissipates quickly. It smells like white, bready malt, and rice cakes. The taste has a slight floral hoppiness at first, then a very thin, almost state-less body arrrives. I haven't analyzed very many beers made with corn, so I don't know if this is attributable to that or not. It isn't really sweet maltiness that I taste, but a smooth graininess. There isn't really much flavour to speak of, just an essence of a reminder of an indication of one. The carbonation is on the low side. That said, it's pretty inoffensive, and easy to drink, just not much to make you remember it.

biboergosum, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%

A - Dandelion yellow and perfectly clear. A head almost builds up for about three seconds, and then disappears with only a thin flimsy collar of soapy suds left behind. How sad. It's saving grace is a spattering of lace that is quite a bit more substantial than most pale lagers.

S - Worther's Original hard caramel candy. That just hit me like a ton of bricks! This smells profoundly like that tasty candy, and reminds me of visits to my granpa's house...or was that just the commercial. Anyhow, this honeyed caramel and Cracker Jack nose is quite unexpected and quite appreciated.

T - Sadly, not quite as tasty as it smells but it's still pretty damn good. Who listed this under American Macro Lager? I think that it's a Euro Pale Lager, and I will be submitting my change to the bros. after typing this review. There are some German pils-esque hints of hay and saltine cracker, and the hops are very German too. Could this perhaps be from the northern reaches of Italy near Austria and Bavaria? The influence is definitely there.

M - Medium bodied, delicately carbonated, and salty with a medium-dry finish. Sea-breeze fresh and palate cleansing.

D - I'm not eating anything right now (rare), but this would be a very nice food beer with lighter fare like salads and light pastas. Cold pasta salad sounds great with this one. I find that most beer from Italy, not being known as a beer country, sucks. This has restored my faith in that boot-shaped peninsula.

pmcadamis, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Vanz
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Vanz, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of rebel1771
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a pale yellow with decent head. The aroma consists mainly of grass/straw. The flavor starts out with the same grassy hints that were found in the aroma along with a surprising bit of hop bitterness. I wasn't expecting much from this brew but I was proven wrong. This is a decent beer and one that would be nice on hot summer day.

rebel1771, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma was a bit on the sweet side. Taste was crisp but rather bland. Not much here in the way of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this one.

tone77, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Sampled at Pizza D.O.C. in Chicago.

Pours into a pilsner flute, fizzy yellow body, high clarity, champagne streams of carbonation.

Smell is bland, maybe old hops, slightly mineral.

Taste is fairly crisp with a dry aftertaste. Leans toward a Pilsner, but overall is sort of bland. Vague grain and sweetness in the middle. It's drinkable, but then again, so is water. Paired well with wood-fired Pizze Margherita.

emerge077, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.9/5  rDev -32.6%

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color lager with a medium size pure white bubbly head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet adjunct is not very interesting. Taste is also dominated by some sweet adjunct though quite bland at the end of the day. Body is about average with some average carbonation as well. I am sure Italy as a lot more to offer in terms of craft beer then this crap.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of tommy5
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

tommy5, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Kulrak
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%

Pours a light straw color with a minimum of white bubbly head that fades away pretty quickly, leaving a thin layer of lace on top of the beer. Smells slightly sweet and citrusy, with hints of coriander. There's a little noble hop aroma there too. The taste is very clean, very slightly sweet, with a little citrusy hoppy flavor there. Not bad, could do with a little more flavor, though. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but fairly heavy for such a light beer. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, not my favorite, but one of the better Italian beers I've had.

Kulrak, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Raven3464
2.1/5  rDev -25.5%

Appearance: The beer pours a golden yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell: It smells like a typical macro lager. In other words, there is a slight hint of hops and not much else.

Taste: A slight amount of yeast is apparent in the after taste. Other than that, there really isn't much of a taste.

Mouth feel: The carbonation is slightly refreshing but, just like with every other aspect of this beer, there isn't much too say.

Overall: This beer isn't much better than a typical macro lager. It lacks the offensive metallic, sour twang found in many macros but other than that, it accomplishes nothing.

Raven3464, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Beer-Ed
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Beer-Ed, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 330 ml sargasso green bottle, the appearance is a pale hazy straw, short fizzy head, slight lacing. Nose is sweet grainy, contains some clover honey, as well as grassy notes. Flavour also contains grain and sweet malt, I'm tasting a cloying honey sweetness, and floral, grassy hops, a bit metallic on the aftertaste. Possesses a full mouthfeel, but also has a caustic texture on the palate, a remeniscent of chemicals. I'm not a huge fan of Italian beers, and this has done nothing to win me over to that camp either. I wince at what I paid for a 6 of this.

IronDjinn, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Gusler
2/5  rDev -29.1%

The pour a typical lager/Pils golden yellow, the head modest in size, frothy in texture, the color a bright white, with the left over lace fair too middling. Malt is the nose, clean and fresh, well almost. Sweet malt start, top skeletal, finish is caustic in its bite, the hops present, dry and long lasting aftertaste, another utterly forgettable beer.

Gusler, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev +21.6%

This green 330ml bottle (best before 7th Dec 2007) was poured into a Duvel glass.

It could have been a Duvel, well almost, it is clearer, a little lighter and doesn't produce such a huge head. So we have a golden yellow, pale beer with a tight foaming head that is snow white in colour.

Lager beers are served so cold I never get much if any aroma, this beer gets my standard 3 score for being no different to the rest.

I was pleased with the taste, refreshing and clean, with a fairly sharp tang to it, not bad at all for an Italian lager.

The sharpness fades to a dryness in the mouthfeel, but not that metalic taste sometimes evident in cheap lagers.

Obviously this would be a whole lot better sat on the beach in Amalfi with the sun beating down on you, but it isn't too bad here in wind swept England either. One of the best Mediterranean lagers I've ever had.

BlackHaddock, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of 3Vandoo
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%

A very pale yellow beer that got a nice head but let herself died slowly.
Smell is very cerealic, hops and raw, a smell of water is also very present, actually too much present, the watery smell takes it all.

Taste is cereal, water, smooth, not much character to it neither spirits.

3Vandoo, May 13, 2005
Photo of ChipMurray
3/5  rDev +6.4%

ChipMurray, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev +6.4%

plaid75, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of kernalklink
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured a pale gold with a head that did not quit. Was not impressed by the taste- grainy sweetness with mild skunking, though that may be because of the bottle. Had another one just to make sure, but the same applied. Light mouthfeel, very effervescent. Not as clean/crisp as you would expect from an Italian beer, but still better than alot of domestic wannabes.

kernalklink, Oct 22, 2006
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Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
67 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.