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Menabrea 1846 - Birra Menabrea SpA

Not Rated.
Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846

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BA SCORE
68
poor

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 19.43%
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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jopezu

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

04-06-2013 00:53:26 | More by jopezu
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scratch69

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of fizzy white head. The head disappeared quickly and there is almost no lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of sweet malt, corn and bread.

Taste- Pale malt flavor with hints of honey and lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not a very good beer, reminds me more of a typical adjunct lager. If you pass this one up, you won't be missing anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 19:55:44 | More by scratch69
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +6%

01-29-2013 00:04:36 | More by Pelicanrocks
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jadams11

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

01-15-2013 20:51:52 | More by jadams11
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khargro2

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2013 05:50:23 | More by khargro2
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harpus

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-18-2012 17:07:14 | More by harpus
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ceetee26

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

10-02-2012 17:14:30 | More by ceetee26
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

08-21-2012 03:39:51 | More by tmars13
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

07-23-2012 01:01:27 | More by rolltide8425
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bspain5

New York

3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

07-06-2012 23:40:44 | More by bspain5
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.35/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:31:35 | More by jazzyjeff13
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JxExM

New York

3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

04-15-2012 22:43:00 | More by JxExM
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rarbring

Sweden

2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear and pale golden with a white head that leaves some lacing and a few curtains.

The smell is very weak, some faint white bread aromas.

A sweetish start, white bread, some lemon and a clean bitterness.

Medium small carbonation, small bubbles, soft and fresh, a smooth dry finish.

Very sweet and malty, nearly a Swedish standard lager "stor stark", a discrete bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 18:32:46 | More by rarbring
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Naugled

New York

3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

02-19-2012 15:29:35 | More by Naugled
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers."

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a slightly darker than expected color. It's still comfortably in the range of yellow, but instead of urine it's more the color of jaundice. Sudsy, soapy head actually has some decent retention, which you don't often see in the style.

The malt profile in this beer smells stale. Not musty or anything, just... old. There's actual hops here though! Some steely noble hops. There's promise here.

The palate is quick and sweet with esters akin to a fruit flavored bubblegum. Those esters give way on the midpalate to a metallic hop character which lingers through to the finish, where it is amplified by an unpleasantly astringent pale malt off-flavor that sticks to your back molars.

The mouthfeel is style-average: watery, sudsy. Overall, this is a pretty average pale lager. Not much to say about it. It doesn't offend and seems to be brewed with some semblance of care.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:26:09 | More by Reaper16
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +6%

11-28-2011 04:58:06 | More by tonyf55
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +6%

11-24-2011 01:55:49 | More by oldp0rt
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at a random store in Waitsfield, VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear honey hue with a fizzy light head that fades quickly to leave no retention and lacing.

S - sweet malts and grains/corn with light honey.

T - More of those sweet malts (though more honey atleast), but its still alot of corn on the taste. Not a big fan of corny beers...

M - Mouthfeel isnt that bad. Light, crisp, not too too thin mouthfeel. Definately european.

O - Overall, this beer was average. Havent really had a good Italian beer. This one was okay, wouldnt buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:55:16 | More by rudzud
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:19:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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Raven3464

Japan

2.1/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 10:41:16 | More by Raven3464
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Paincane

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow with thin white head and small amount of lace
S: Yeast, corn
T: Grain, corn, hops
M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation
O: Average beer, not good but not bad, lacking complexity and flavor. Would have another, but I prefer their 150th Anniversary Amber.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:59:13 | More by Paincane
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, skunk, grass, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. The beer finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a little bit of a lingering spicy/hoppy flavour.

Overall – This is a pretty decent euro-beer. It offers a little bit more than just the basic adjunct flavour. I'm not sure I'd pick it up again, but I'm happy I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 16:18:23 | More by spinrsx
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 04:18:38 | More by Nerudamann
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vfgccp

New York

3.95/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:47:42 | More by vfgccp
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:06:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
68 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.