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Menabrea 1846 - Birra Menabrea SpA

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BA SCORE
68
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-08-2003

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 64
Photo of Skidz
4.07/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale gold and sits light yellow in the glass with a light soapy head fading fast.

Sharp grassy aroma with light crackery undertones.

Dry crackery malts upfront with an assertive yet moderate hop bitterness. Vaguely floral.

Crisp, clean and refreshing. Can't help but state that this is definitely mis-classified as an American adjunct lager, it is more akin to a Euro pale lager, encroaching on Czech/German pils. Overalls nice, unobtrusive beer worthy of a pairing with lighter fare or as a refresher course on a warm summer's day.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark green bottle.
Menabrea is an Italian version of the pilsner style. Dull gold (not unappealing) with a light-medium malt body. Lightly herbal and smooth. The hops are noticeable though not overpowering. Very light & delicate, but improves in flavor throughout. Slightly sweet very refreshing. Surprising kick.
Very fluid and smooth.

Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this state side at La Bottega, a fantastic modern-Italian sandwich chain, figured I'd give it a shot.

p.s. Looks like they've upgraded to brown bottles.

A - Clear straw gold. Poured a full 4 fingers of clean white head with below average retention, but decent lace.

S - Some lager yeast and a touch of malty sweetness. Backdrop of citrus zest.

T - Crisp with some lemon up front. Rolls into a smooth, surprisingly big, malt body. Toast, caramel, sunflower seeds. Touch on the sweet side. Some citrus hop bitterness accents the finish.

M - Light body with mild, but refreshing carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

D - I enjoyed a glass over a brainstorm session at lunch, and wouldn't have said no to a second if we weren't going back to the office.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is sweet with a slight skunkiness., sligh presence of hops also noted.
Taste is moderately sweet, and finishes with a profound dryness.
Finish is crisp and dry.
Was a nice enjoayble beer, very refreshing.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy subdued golden color with thick foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lace in my snifter

S-nice sweet smelling grains and earthy notes that are a tad skunky

T-consistant tartness upfront,kettle cooked potatoe chips,slightly salty,rye and sourdough breads,good hoppy bitterness

M-light body and lower carbs suit this light brew very well,it has a lingering dryness some might find bothersome,I appreciate it as a added demension that improves this otherwise boring Italian Birra

D-could enjoy a couple,but not somthing that I would consider a session brew,but a very enjoyable change from some other Italian beers that were not so impressive

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.65/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste was unique. Started out like a pilsner, it was semi sweet. But then it went into a pale wheat taste. Very easy to drink, easy on the mouth. Picked up some arbonated/ sparkling mouthfeel. I could of had a couple more. Much better than Peroni. Try it.

Photo of Kulrak
3.56/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bspain5
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of tmars13
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.43/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml/11.2oz BROWN bottle (not the green skunker shown in photo). Found this mysterious brew at Cutsforth's Thriftway (a remarkably good beer department for a small town grocery). Poured to a pint glass. Date stamp at lower left, back label: 10.17.10

Neck label: "GOLD MEDAL WINNER --- WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS --- CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA"

A: Flawless clarity, pale golden. Random bubbles rise, a few wriggling strands extend from a couple etched spots on the glass bottom. 2-finger tuft of snowy foam, dropping over a couple minutes to a scant film. Seafoam flecks of lace coat the upper third of the glass.

S: A dusty dry malt with a spritzing of lemon and grass/clover/flower hops. Benign aroma, nothing 'off', fleeting sweetness.

T: Crackery-dry pale malt, sweeter notes of biscuits/light honey. Caramel/buttery sweetness grows as it warms, but is held in check but enough hop bittering in the end.

M: Refreshing lightness, dry/mineral finishing. Not overly carbonated, just a fine airy crispness. Gets slicker as it warms, a coating that sits dully and a little gummy.

D: Somewhat of a surprise: a complete unknown at purchase, an utter disappointment according to some previous reviewers, but a pleasant drinker for me. I'm judging most of these categories on where I feel this falls style-wise; sure a pale lager isn't something I'm drawn to very often, nor is it a style that most BAs will rave over, but on this day it was definitely a worthy try and a brew I'd drink again. Grazie Menabrea!

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bark
3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale gold; the firm yellowish head is finger thick. Some lacing.

The smell is very sweet with notes of white bread, flowers and sweet dough. It is a little on the heavy side.

The taste is hoppy and creamy. Lots of sweet notes with hints of dough. Apart from the sweet flowery notes, it is rather simple. The aftertaste brings notes of flowers and honey. The finish got some mineral flavours.

The carbonation is medium strong; small bubbles. The liquid is a little sticky.

A typical "lawnmower beer". And there is nothing wrong with that.

Photo of jopezu
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jadams11
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Gww1864
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about 2 or 3 fingers of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - typical light beer type of smell...a bit of a pilsener smell. Malty, but not strongly so.

Taste and Mouthfeel - not quite as strong of a "light beer" type of taste. The taste is actually closer to that of Bavarian style lagers. No bitterness at all, pretty sweet for this style. Texture is actually pretty well balanced.

Overall - not an interesting beer at all, but not bad tasting either. Worth trying just to try it.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.21/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
68 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.