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Menabrea 1846 - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 129
Avg: 2.82
pDev: 24.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-08-2003

Lager Beer produced with bottom fermentation, Premium Lager. Brewed with water, malt, maize, hops. It is a well-balanced beer with a notable floral/fruity aroma thanks to the selected yeasts used in the brewing process.
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Photo of laituegonflable
1.36/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly coppery golden colour, head is effervescent and white, too fizzy to stick around for very long at all. Slow, minimal bead, and some patches of slippery lace when tilted. Looks pretty uninteresting.

Nose is a bit of a sickfest, a lot of overly sweet, caramelly malt aromas, with a slight diacetyl edge and a whiff of creamed corn as well. A resiny hop tinge is welcome, but combined together with the sweetness it gives off a mildew or mouldy smell, like the stench of an uncleaned bathroom. Unpleasant.

Taste is little better - sweet and sour characters on the front, with a lot of buttery caramelly notes that last throughout the palate, a bit of rice sweetness on the mid, thin and fairly weak. Hint of a tart, carbolic edge on the back with some mild herbal notes, but not nearly enough to clean up the palate. Taste is just sweet, with all the worst fizz flavours of a soft drink to render it nastily so.

If mouthfeel were sticky it might pass as a sweet-style beer gone awry, but it's wafer thin and still makes my stomach want to explode.

A dreadful beer, not enough flavour and just has nothing to offer beer drinkers or the beer world. If they've been brewing this since 1846 then shame on the last 160 years of Italian beer drinkers and those worldwide for not telling Menabrea this beer is shit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.89/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of ALEBOY
1.89/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A confusing beer in that it seemed to be good in some areas but let itself down in others.
Very pale colour with a small and delicate lacing.
Aroma was the highlight, nothing that was too "in ya face" , just a delicate pale malt nose with a hint of smokiness that left me looking forward to the taste.
A very dry/ acidic flavour dominated by the carbonation, although there was the hint of pale malt and a slight grassy hop flavour.
Very thin bodied.
Sits about average as an Italian beer, I'd drink it again, but, I would prefer a Peroni.

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Photo of TheRogue
1.97/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale Yellow, large head that disappeared quickly.

S - Not a nice smelly beer. I get a hint of honey, but there is some stronger foul scent that pushes through

T - Bitter and acidic at first taste. Hint of honey, but a not so pleasant after taste.

M - Medium bodied, carbs up slightly, smooth feeling

D - As you're taking a sip you get the smell, and it's absolutely horrible. Stamped date say it is good until July 22 '09 ... I can only imagine what it's like when it's skunked. I would never drink this stuff again ... and would only recommend it to someone who I want to punish. They'll know better after getting a whiff though

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Gusler
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of joecast
2.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours like a standard fizzy yellow beer. emphasis on the fizzy. this boy is carbed right up. fine white head that holds up a lace.

and thats where this beer takes a wrong turn. something funky in the smell. and not in that good belgian-wild-funk way. sort of sweet tartish. almost malt liquor in a way, well, i imagine.

the taste similairly has that sweet funk, though not as sharp. really starting to become malt liquor like. comes across as heavy on the alcohol which wipes out any other flavor contribution.

what can i say. one of these is more than enough. its not often ill pour one down the drain, but im not wasting any more of my palate on beers like this.

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Photo of Raven3464
2.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of masterallen
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber yellow colour. Smell was generic and grainy - I'm blaming a inadequate yeast and fermentation time. Low ABV doesn't mean low taste, but this is certainly no exception to the rule. Mouthfeel was that of any of the garbage domestics. So yes, it could easily be a session beer if you like boring beers, but the taste is certainly not enticing enough to motivate on to begin.

This is my first of the Italian beers, and if it is of any indication of the quality of beer coming from that country... I feel for Italy.

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." - Frank Zappa.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.18/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 330ml green bottle

Appearance: Pale straw color with high fizzy carbonation.

Smell: Adjunct (corn) and euro-lager. Ok, but not for a genuine quality beer.

Taste: Not impressed. I think that I found the italian Bud. :(

Mouthfeel: Which one? I observed no valuable mouthfeel to mention here.

Drinkability: As I said, I think that I found the italian Budweiser. I don't know why they had to use adjunct in that brew. Without corn, this lager had more potential than several european brands, but it is not the current case. Italy seems to produce better wine than beers.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased on a random trip to the not-very-good local bottle shop, searching for things I hadn't tried.

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a full and rather good head of very white foam. Lacing is excellent, and gives that good lagery sudsy froth down the sides of the glass. Not a lot of carbonation visible. Looks pretty good, for what it is.

Nose... Blech, just a big dollop of porridge-like cereal sweetness, with a dollop of dry bread yeast thrown in. I thought I smelled a bit of green organics when the bottle was opened, but there's almost nothing of that here now. It's just dry, grainy and insipid. Very unpleasant.

Taste is similar, but less offensive, because it's less flavoursome overall. The cereal character is still cloying, but the light spritzy body makes it less noticeable. Very lame, though. Not tasty, and the bready, yeasty finish gets intolerable after a while.

Don't waste your time. This is a reasonably unpleasant beer, although it doesn't offend me so much that I couldn't drink it the need arose.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.21/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold, bordering on yellow, with minimal head and some tiny bubbles. The nose is faint, with only minimal pale malt aromas and a smattering of hops. There's a touch of sulphur and more than a touch of corniness. On the palate, mild bitterness and then mounting sweetness toward the mid-palate and finish. The hops have a bit of a minty quality. Mouthfeel is light and a tad rough, especially for the style. Drinkability is enhanced by its blandness. There's nothing terribly offensive about this beer, but there's also no way it will add anything to your quality of life. Bleh.

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Photo of metter98
2.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with just a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of skunk and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is rather skunky, and these flavors stand out in front of notes of underlying pale malts and hints of corn-like adjuncts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has no carbonation.
O: The lack of carbonation and flat mouthfeel of this beer do not lend to its drinkability. It seems like the green bottle also lends some skunked flavors to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of david18
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was at a fancy italian restaurant today and somehow this beer was advertised as one of their fancier beers. A dollar or two more and available in an 11oz bottle, this promised to be a little more interesting than it actually was. Really no different from a morretti or peroni, this light lager is really just another fizzy yellow beer. Not worth wasting time on.

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Photo of spoons
2.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very pale clear yellow color with a huge head that disappears to a small dribble. However leaves nice lacing throughout. Not much appparent carbonation except for the head.

Smells to me like the floor of a beer distribution warehouse. Or somewhere where there are a lot of broken bottles. Acidic.

There is no flavor to this beer. My brain tells me its just another lager and its right...

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Photo of Pegasus
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Rather pale golden color, with a touch of haze, slight carbonation with a very small white head.

Aroma: Classic Euro-lager skunk dominates the aroma with lesser sweet malt. By now the phenomena of light-struck beer is well known, why must beer be packaged in green glass?

Taste: Sharply bitter metallic hops overlay a cloyingly sweet honey-like malt base. As the taste flows on, the hop note becomes stronger, cutting the malt sweetness, until nothing but the metallic note remains.

Mouth feel: Sharp soda-like carbonation up front, the body is fairly smooth and full, probably the best characteristic of this beer.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely unremarkable beer, not terrible, just quite bland and undistinguished in a style that is noted for tedious monotony.

Presentation: Packaged with a twelve ounce green glass Euro-style bottle with a pop-top crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Conrad
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is the nice colour of the bottle.
I poured it into a pils glass, colour is a thin golden yellow, thin head, high effervescence, and pretty lacing.
The smell was of mild hops bitterness with grassy notes.
Taste: Like a mild pils. Not remarkable. Picked up on grassy or lemon flavour, but it did not dominate. Nothing dominated.
Mouthfeel: Tiny bubble fizz. Watery. Thin.
Drinkability: It goes down easy because it is so inoffensive. You could have several in a row, but why would you? There's better stuff out there.

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Photo of vancurly
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow/straw. Rockey white head that fades quickly.
Grainy malt nose, light weight. Subtle reminder of Corona or similar.... must be the maize.
Flavour like the nose. Hollow & watery. No mid palate. Slight cloying feel at the end, medium bitterness. No hop flavour.
Perhaps a good food beer, but not particularly exciting on its own.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle typical clear straw-yellow, not much of a head. Aroma is crisp and strong, but otherwise unremarkable. Flavor is rather typical of a lager - malty and crisp but not complex; at least it tastes like beer. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly. I am glad that I tried it, but I will not seek it out.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Finite
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw pale staw to light yellow in color. Head forms well, nice and frothy. Head leaves quickly. Crystal clarity. Steady steam of medium sized bubbles.

light to moderate sweet corn aroma, Light aroma of spcy hops, very hard to pick up any real individual aromas.

Very sweet, maze sweetness coupled with a out of date tasting hop flavour. Hope bitterness balances back somewhat toward the end. Buttery diacetyl detectable. Again very sweet, especialy prevelent on the edges of the palate which is excentuated by a drying up front from a light hop dusting. Hops flavour implys old, poor quality hops or even a hop oil. Some green apple skin, grian husks, chemical notes.

Very thin. Sharp and tinny, leaves a metalic numbing on the tongue. Slightly oily in the mouth. High carbonation

Simple and uninspiring, breaks a few key rules for the macro lager style too. Easy enough to drink but would get old fast. Looks the part but thats about it.

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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.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.55/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small, dense, foamy white head on top of a clear, pale yellow beer. Some strings of carbonation; some spots of lacing. Sweet, nutty schpoonk in the nose. The sweet front is a little fruity. Middle is thin, water, a little sugary. Finish is sour, metallic when cool. White toast drifts in as it warms. Wow. This is not good when cool; not bad when warm.

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