Menabrea 1846 - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 123
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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

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 vancurly
2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of kernalklink
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of Conrad
2.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of joecast
2.06/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
3.17/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (335 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Barraclou
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (571 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
1.89/5  rDev -32.5%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -28.6%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear golden, with a thick white head. Upon closer inspection, I see some sea monkeys floating around in it. (Not live sea monkeys, but the little yeast particles floating) I am dubious of this beer's age.
Aroma is lightly hoppy, malty with a strange almost honey-like quality. Very wierd. It doesn't really smell old, but the honey aroma is odd.
Flavor is malty, similar to a dortmunder export style, or something like that, with that strange honey flavor. Sweet, with a mildly dry finish. A little chalky/soapy in the aftertaste. Not really bad, but I think it's a little past it's prime. I wonder if my bottle was a little old. Beware Luke's Liquors on Cape Cod. I don't think they believe in rotating their stock. (732 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +42.9%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2/5  rDev -28.6%
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. (353 characters)

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Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
68 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.