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Messina Lager - Heineken Italia SpA

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Messina LagerMessina Lager

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Italia SpA

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mynie on 08-16-2004

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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.37/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: short 330mL brown bottle, not bad label for a macro. Not brilliant, but not terrible.

Appearance: pours a good-looking clear gold with a fluffy white head. Fine for a cheap macro lager.

Aroma: smell is clean, light and somewhat welcoming. Aromatic malt and grains are mixed with grassy and floral hops.

Taste: a good clean lager flavour with a barely detectable tartness. Lots of grain flavour back up.

Aftertaste: main flavours disappear fairly quickly, leaving some faint floral / vegetal flavours.

Mouth feel: again decent - light in body with high carbonation. Suits the style.

Overall: quite a decent lager beer, particularly for a macro. A very different sort of a flavour - slightly thicker mouthfeel, vegetal overtones. The price of AU$1.90 (2012) per bottle is unbelievable. Loving the pricing, but I think it may be an "only just got imported and trying to undercut the competitors' prices" special. a reasonable beer all told though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.37/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty good for what it is. It's cheap and not skunky even though it's probably been sitting on those shelves for a long while. I was pleasantly surprised when I poured it: pale yellow colour, nice head forms but dissipates quite quickly; smells like any other average beer of this style, taste is refreshing and actually very pleasant - mild, gentle but non-bitter hops, generally refreshing and good to drink (remembering that this is the role of the 'Euro Pale Lager' style!); mouthfeel is not too hangovery, not too fizzy, but nothing that special; and since it puts a smile on my face, its drinkability is good too. Pretty good for the price and definitely better than Corona or Heineken, two other readily available lagers of the same style and made for the same market.

Photo of ant1
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours amber with a small, fading, white head.
Nose shows banana, hay and faint grainy malt. Faint but not bad.
Less interesting flavours; hay, grainy malt, little else. Finishes weakly with a mild bitterness.
Very watery body and high carbonation.

Photo of Kulrak
1.86/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pure golden color with a minimum of creamy white head that fades away pretty quickly but laces the glass. Smells very faintly of citrus and yeast, like a shandy. Tastes like dry water with a slightly sour aftertaste, not much else there. Mouthfeel is very watery and just barely enough carbonation to make it a little dry. Overall, it's drinkable, only because it makes no statements to disagree with. Typical macro crap.

Photo of Raven3464
2.47/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The beer pours a very light yellow color with a good amount of carbonation. It almost appears too light, even for the style.

Smell: A sweet doughy yeast smell is all that's really apparent. There might be a hint of hops if you're really trying to find it.

Taste: A little bit of a yeast (almost dough like) quality can be found in the aftertaste. Other than that, it almost taste like carbonated water. Fortunately, that means the offensive sour punch and metallic taste found in many macro lagers is also missing.

Mouth feel: The carbonation feels nice on a hot summer day. Other than that, there really isn't much to say.

Overall: I was expecting an average European lager and that's what I got. It was better than many macro lagers and certainly drinkable. Having said that, I definitely wouldn't go out my way to find it again.

Photo of Club14Jim
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of joecast
3.97/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle is a bit modernized from the pic here. green 330ml bottle with eggshell colored label. pics of a ship and a funky head with three legs. best before 12/06

pours with a generic golden color. highly carbonated, showing plenty of small bubbles floating through the beer. thin white head tops it all off.

good grassy hoppy aroma. a bit stronger and more prominent than most of the style. a welcome and refreshing change.

taste is light, but not so much so that it is lacking anything. malt and hop flavors come through together followed by light bitterness in the finish wihch is quick and leaves me wanting another sip.

the higher carbonation rears its head before the bottle is gone, but thats a slight mark against what has been a surprisingly good lager. way to go sicily!

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a good looking clear gold lager with a puffy white head.

Smell is clean light and welcoming. Aromatic Pilsner malt and grains are mixed with a pleasant floral hop. Faint cooked vegetable scent in the background.

Good clean lager flavor with a barely detectable tartness. Lots of grain flavor with a low hops level.

Mouthfeel is light side of average.

European lawnmower beer here. This isn't real complex but it is a pleasing low impact beer that goes down easy and delivers some decent flavor.

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Tjvan2
4.25/5  rDev +47.6%

Photo of Macca
2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light golden colour. The head was fluffy and loose but not a lot of it.

The nose is dominated by sweet grain notes. A little bit of hops in there as well.

Grain again on the palate. There is something vaguely unpleasant at the back but I cannot pick it.

Quite a full mouthfeel.

Perhaps a bad stubbie but there is something just not quite right.

Photo of TrevorWGrover
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jsurfs82
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djura
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got it from Italy.
A-Light yellow,very carbonated with tick white foam.

S- Have some citrus notes,but you could hardly smell anything. Hops also in nose.

T/M-Medium bitterness,some wheat aroma,carbonation is present highly.

O-Nice beer,it tastes like average pilsner.

Photo of berpwillie
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a golden yellowish color with spare white head and fizzy carbonation. light lager flavor that wasn't any different than any other light lager i've had. very week, taste like a miller lite. sad it had to come so far just to not be enjoyed. for all i care this beer could have very well stayed in italy.

Photo of grahamboudreaux
1.25/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of TubbyDullard
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of hunteraw
2.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd never seen this one before so I picked it up, singles were going for $1 even so I didn't go in with high expectations.

Appearance: light honey color, smaller than expected head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell: smells like a macro, but better than heineken at least (must be the brown bottle!). Bready and hints of sweetness.

Taste: Hops character is subdued and kind of floral. Somewhat pilsner-like, sweet, weird aftertaste... kind of savory. Light flavor on the whole.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin mouthfeel, what else to expect in this style, but the carbonation is relatively tame in comparison to others.

Drinkability: Good to pair with spicy food, I'd wager, but I won't pick it up again. On the whole an exceptionally average beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite a dark gold colour, light carbonation. Clear flitered with filmy head which disappears rapidly.

Very clean nose, lots of bread dough and yeast, a little fruitiness, maybe berries of some kind. I might be imagining that though. There's a touch of spicy hops there, but these are minor characteristics. Overall quite simple but pleasant aromas

More bready yeast on the palate. Quite rounded with a hint of lemon and bitterness. It's actually very drinkable and rather enjoyable. I get the feeling I'm trying to find characteristics in this beer that aren't there. It's quite simple in fact, but it makes you feel like there's something eluding you. There probably isn't.

I was expecting a generic euro lager. That's what I got, although it did intrigue me enough to perhaps rate it a little above average.

Photo of kofukasho
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Crystal clear medium gold with pastel yellow accents. The off-white head has some size (initially at least) thanks to an aggressive pour and has enough substance to hang around for a respectable period of time. Random, small scraps of lace remain. There isn't much to admire in the appearance department, but it's not too shabby either.

The nose has not a trace of skunk; a pleasant surprise. Lightly toasted grain is out in front with a weak floral hoppiness bringing up the rear. I've smelled much worse in the EPL style. There isn't much flavor and there isn't much body. The thin mouthfeel becomes frankly watery on the finish and a low level of carbonation keeps things on a 'ho hum' level.

The flavor, such as it is, is of weak grain and barely bitter, barely noticed hops. I may be crazy, but I think I'm picking up a faint echo of spice (cinnamon?) lurking on the ultra-short finish. Strange. Drinkable? Yeah, if you're in the market for inoffensive, beer-flavored bottled water.

There isn't much to like here, although something this weak can only be so bad. Messina Lager isn't a beer that anyone should seek out, trust me. I'm glad that I got change back from my $2.00.

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Messina Lager from Heineken Italia SpA
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