Manana | Del Norte Brewing

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Del Norte Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as a classic Vienna Lager.

Added by Todd on 05-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by GarrettB:
Photo of GarrettB
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was first introduced to the Del Norte Mañana under exceptional circumstances. And by exceptional I mean exceptionally awesome circumstances. The Mañana made an appearance near the end of my very first homebrewer’s association meeting, where I was graciously hosted as a guest, and given pint after pint of unique, lovingly crafted brews. I was made to be a king, and there upon my kingly table were overflowing glasses of sour red ales, black IPAs and a fallout shelter’s worth of drinkable goodies. Many of these beers were introduced with dramatic flourishes and bows, followed by pronouncements of their most noble and scientific origins, each given a list of accolades detailing their painstakingly long and tedious birth. The Maãnana was anonymously abandoned on the counter, left sitting in a cardboard six-pack holder, looking intimidated in its flimsy basinet. An elderly man shuffled up to me and parted his beard to declare that this beer was a lot like Corona but better, and that it was a shame restaurant’s did offer it. He then shuffled away, fading into the crowd, presumably to offer more prognostics to unsuspecting students. I took the bottle and gave it a pour, and found that the old man was entirely wrong. The margin between the Mañana and the Corona was larger than small. The beer looks a lot like whisky, though with a much fuller light brown head, and a mild coffee aroma. The flavor is intense and deep (the greatest disparity between it and Corona) with a sweet, warm honey flavor, and a tragically brief aftertaste. Some deep thinking leads me to conclude that both the aroma and flavor feature heavy undertones of mesquite wood, piled on top of a mild, soft carbonation. This would make an excellent session beer, and I see it paired well with that Mexican restaurant food too, but a close observer will find very little overlap between this brew and a Corona.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in WY. A great appearance, darker than most Vienna lagers, and certainly darker than anything south of the border this side of Negra Modelo. Aroma wasn't too exciting, might have had something to do with this being an almost near gusher. Something funky, and not in a Brett/sour kind of thing.

Taste, very smooth, it did start out a little rough (gush) but it mellowed nicely. Despite its kind of intimidating appearance for a lager, this had a very light mass on the mouthfeel. Lots of the caramel presence but little of it gets left behind. Price could be better for this beer given its lack of ingredient heft (which is apt for style).

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ElGordo
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped the top and a bunch of foam gushed out the top - thankfully I was near the sink, so not much spilled on the counter. Captured about 11oz by quickly pouring it in a pint glass, and it easily settled into a placid yet well-carbonated state. Deep amber color, topped by a small, creamy, light tan head.
Aroma is very sweet, with biscuit malt, a hint of vanilla, and a faint whiff of tropical fruit. Palate is much the same - heavy on the biscuit malt, with a mild fruity hoppiness. Body is full but not heavy, with a slight creaminess on the finish. A very mild bitterness comes through on the finish.
While not my favorite style, this is a fairly easy-drinking offering from a somewhat obscure brewery. Not bad, although not something I'll seek out again.

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a really fresh and refreshing beer. I'd compare it to Dos Equis Amber except this one is maltier with a little more flavor than the Dos Equis Amber. I could see how this is really good with Mexican food too. It's nice to have some options now.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Del Norte Manana has a relatively thin, cream-colored, soapy head and a very cloudy, opaque, amber appearance, in which one can observe some tiny bubble streams. Thin, yet decent, lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet dark-roasted malt and even some slightly turned fruit. Brown bread is detected in the taste and smell, and one also picks up chocolate powder, figs, and caramel in the flavor. There is a strong chocolate back-taste to this beer (actually, stronger than maybe any beer I’ve ever sampled). Hop bitterness is noticeable, but mild. Mouthfeel is medium, and Del Norte Manana finishes crisp, semi-dry, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a real winner, and I rate it most excellent!


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Photo of MinorThreat
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think in reviewing Manana you need to set a baseline with the average Mexican (Style) Lagers out there. In all aspects Manana kicks the dregs out of them.

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-High clarity, nice rich amber color. Good creamy white head with decent lacing and ok retention

S-Corn and fresh baked dark bread, some caramel (subtle) and a bit of honey

T-Nice! Good slightly toasted malty flavors. The nose carries through to the palate well. This is the first dark Mexican lager I have had that "dark" being in the name meant some toasted characteristics rather than just color.

M-Nice amount of gas, slightly less than most over the top fizzy Mexican lagers. Washes the palate clean, while still having some viscosity while on the tongue.

D-Very very very high. Good flavor, light body and very refreshing. Wow I sound like a BMC sales pitch....yikes....

I wish I had a lawn and a lawnmower since I have found my lawnmower beer.

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Photo of apalmer426
4.77/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this at a beer fest a few months ago...not so good...tried again from local store.
poured an almost copper amber color with a head that faded quickly, no lacing.
Has a definite mexican amber feel to it...better than the mexican macros.
has a bit of caramel to the nose.
easy drinking, good with a spicy mexican dish.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Tron
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of marc956
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than expected, acceptable substitute for
Bohemia or Negra Modelo if you should run out of those. Not sure of its ABV, but in Texas it's classified as malt liquor. Went over rather well with ribs at a pre-game barbeque I attended this weekend.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Acquired at Tipsy's Liquor as part of a Del Norte variety box.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige-light khaki head of fair cream and thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear vibrant copper-amber. Really shines in the light. Quite appealing, actually. I didn't expect it to look this good. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber hops evoke a vague floral character of little distinction or substance. Clean barley suggests a full body. Hints of cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, a full barley body with clean malts atop, and hints of somewhat stale cream. Horribly simple but I wouldn't call it bland - per se. It's certainly boring either way you slice it. Not at all subtle. Unrefreshing. It's rather mundane.

Mf: Coarse - especially up front where a wretched stale tingle drags the flavours across the tongue. Dry to boot. This is just plain wrong for an Amber (or a Vienna lager, if you go by Beeradvocate's *interesting* categorization scheme). Carbonation is off. Too thick, though not particularly syrupy or even viscous. It's just heavier on the palate than it ought to be.

Dr: A largely forgettable Mexican amber. Unrefreshing and not particularly enjoyable. I wouldn't get it again, even on draught. A poor offering from Del Norte.


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Photo of Dusty6467
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with almost no head. There were some small, off-white bubbles but not much in the way of lacing.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with a touch of floral notes.

T - Good biscuity malt backbone with a spicy bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and clean finishing. A light bodied lager with a fairly dry finish.

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this tasty Vienna Lager. I was worried about a brewery doing a Mexican theme, but it was good.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany body and a creamy head. Light malty aroma. Toasted malt, caramel and light toffee notes. Low bitterness. The body is super clean and very smooth. This is what a sessionable Mexican-style amber should be. If you like Negro Modelo, this is even better. What I like about this beer is that it is such a great stepping stone. I have found a number of customers who typically drink Dos Equis or Modelo and turned them on to this great local beer.

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Photo of Huffaroma
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Domingo
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From everything I've seen, this is an attempt at a craft brewed Dos XX Amber and the like. Sounds fine by me as I don't mind that one.
Pours a pretty light amber/copper color with only a little head, even with an aggressive pour.
Caramel, citrus peel, and lager yeast are the main smells.
This is almost too clean and macro-ish to be honest. It has a nice caramel/cocoa flavor that comes out, but it's too fleeting. There's no real hop presence and by the time you swallow, it's as though you had nothing at all.
With that said, it goes down about as easy as you could hope. It's as drinkable as a light lage
r, and it's a definite step above those.
I understand where they were trying to go with this, but it's just not there. It's a step up from a US macro or a lousy Mexican one, but I don't even think it's as good as a Dos XX Amber, which is almost assuredly what they were aiming for.
Pretty average. Not really bad, and few flaws...but few strengths, too.

( Edit: I have discovered this beer makes a pretty great lawmnmower quencher. It's light, but the cocoa flavors give it some dunkel-like appeal. Maybe this isn't so bad? After polishing off a 6-pack I find that this is really growing on me. I won't mess with my score, but drinkability is through the roof. I'm thinking that the food paired with my first bottle might've just kept it in check)

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Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some light spice note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slightly bitter, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - amber/burnt orange color w/ a tiny head, not really a looker, but not bad

S - caramel malt, also apple

T - sweet first, w/ a dry clean finish. very balanced w/ a slight earthy/ nuttiness and tasty bread middle. little to no hop bitterness.

MF - medium carbonation and perfect sized light body: light enough to slam 'em down on a hot summer day, without sacrificing in the flavor dept. !

D - as i said, perfect for warm weather thirst quenching. as the label says, this beer is great w/ food, but has enough flavor to be enjoyed by it's lonesome, excellent beer. go local boys!

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Photo of JMBSH
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Got about three fingers of head from a hard pour. The head went away almost immediately leaving just a trace of bubbles on some of the top of the liquid. Color is a burnt orange/light red color. No lacing left then or on the glass at any time during my drinking it.

S - Slightly sweet in smell but it took several times to finally detect it. It was almost odorless.

T - A slight carmel taste at first but it quickly disappears. There is a hint of tasted malt but again it goes away almost right away. No bitterness.

M - Light and easy to drink just not that flavorfull.

D - Hot day working on the house/car/yard/etc this might be good to have but other then that, not something I would seek out. Not even for having with mexican food. For that, stick to the real imports.

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Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of beergoot
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper-colored body; no head. No aroma - nada (even my wife didn't detect anything). Sweet, slightly fruity taste; light melon; extremely faint hop bitterness. Light , clean, crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Fair yet unassuming Mexican-styled lager. Drinkable but also unmemorable, especially with the lack of any head or (especially) aroma.

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Photo of denver10
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish caramel with a white head with decent retention. A touch of hay that I associate with defining a lager but with a nice fruity candied sweetness and some breadiness supplied from the nice dose of caramel malt. For a lager, I thought it was quite the nice aroma. Flavor supported the aroma quite well; some hay, a nice dose of sweetness of semi-diluted fruity sugar candy, and a little bread. Mouthfeel was conducive to maintaining nice drinkability to it but nothing special. Overall, the more of the this I drank the more it grew in me. I enjoyed it more than I expected and would be fine with drinking it again.

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