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Menabrea 1846 - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846

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BA SCORE
67
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
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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Photo of Reaper16
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Reaper16, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tonyf55
3/5  rDev +6.4%

tonyf55, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +6.4%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

rudzud, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Raven3464
2.1/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Raven3464, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Paincane, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Nerudamann, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

vfgccp, Feb 11, 2011
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass nov16 2010

A clear pale straw yellow lots of large bubbles feeding a thumbs width of head that falls after a few seconds and leaves a couple random patches of lace

S grassy hops and a little lemon

T some sweet grains on top of what I smell with a slight metallic flavor

M a little thin but quite fluffy from the carbonation and fairly crisp

D nothing special and nothing offensive, on a hot day this could work if your selection was limited

I wouldn't go looking for this one, not a bad beer but pretty simple

wordemupg, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, grain, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, grain, slight sweet malt, slight metallic, hint of hops, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a decent appearance and body.

Tone, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 27, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at Coppa in the South End with my wife and some friends this past Saturday. We ordered 5-6 plates of charcuterie and a round of Menebrea for my wife and myself. Poured into a tall glass. Pale yellow color with loads of carbonation. Smell was standard Euro lager, but no skunky smell, so that was a bonus. Flavor was pretty average, with no real redeeming qualities. Mouthfeel was thin and bubbly, but smooth. I guess the only thing that this beer was good for was that it didn't interfere with all the flavors of the meats were were trying, and that it was a decent palate cleanser between bites and plates.

morebeergood, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of spoons
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
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...

spoons, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

msubulldog25, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
1.38/5  rDev -51.1%
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.

laituegonflable, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 31, 2009
Photo of david18
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

david18, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.9/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of cpone
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle to pint glass.

A: Light golden color. Very Clear. Two finger head, little retention. Little to no lacing - watery. Few bubbles.

S: Not a whole lot in this department. Rice, grain. Some lemon, honey. Maybe tiny floral notes...that's really stretching it.

T: Again, not much. Get a little bit of that citrus. Slightly sweet.

M: Little carbonation. Very clean finish, light taste. Not bad at all, just not great.

D: Not a whole lot of taste, but not offensive. Fairly refreshing - would be fine to have before a meal, with apps and before moving on to a bolder flavored drink.

There's a reason Italy is know for its wines.

cpone, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of masterallen
2.15/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

masterallen, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +46.5%
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.

Skidz, Apr 08, 2009
Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
67 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.