Menabrea Ambrata | Birra Menabrea SpA

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA
Italy
birramenabrea.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,817
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
118
pDev:
14.42%
Bros Score:
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Photo of chuckgietzen
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper tinged amber color. Completely clear. Thin tan head dissipates leaving just a small circle of foam in the center of the beer.

Aroma has notes of toasted grain and toasted bread. A hint of brown sugar sweetness, and some earthy nuttiness on the finish.

Taste has notes of nutty, earthy toasted bread. Almost no sweetness in this. Almost no hops come through in the flavor, but there is a slight bitterness on the finish. There is a slight spiciness in this that I suspect is from the yeast.

Feel is medium bodied, somewhat doughy or sticky. Vivacious fizzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish. '

Overall a solid Vienna lager - certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Riik3
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TeachChefs
4.44/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacStinson
4.71/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkonte
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tappangordo
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kofukasho
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a murky, thick consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: An underwhelming aroma of malt, caramel, and a little chocolate.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of malt, light hints of chocolate, some caramel notes, a bready quality (especially in the finish), some grains, and a light hops presence. The malt dominates the whole flavor, particularly in the finish. This makes the flavor a bit on the one-dimensional.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Overall, this is an unremarkable beer. Not as bad as the score would suggest, but not memorable either.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had some time on my hands a few months ago, much as I do now, and so I hied up to Manhattan & Brooklyn for an afternoon of hockey & beer. I got to see The Pens @ The Isles at Barclay Center, I made some Czech friends and I picked up a few things at Eataly. Yeah, it's a bottle, but a relatively inexpensive one and a curiosity for me. Y'see, where others will chase & stand in line, I will simply grab something new to me off of the shelf and give it a review so that others may learn - either from & of my folly or that it is something to look for. Saluti!

From the bottle (trans,): "G. Menabrea and Sons"; "Company Founded in 1846".

Having Pop!ped the cap, it is time for a pour. Being an Anniversary beer, gentle is probably better than aggro. Even this was enough to produce a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity, although closer to 14 or 15 than 17, just so that I do not oversell it. Nose had a bready, malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was bready, although there was a treacle-like sharpness in there, also. I must tell you that at this point, I went to both this site's Style section as well as John Mallett's book, "Malt," which my cousin, Colby Chandler of Ballast Point, tells me that I need to read in its entirety. Fair dinkum, having done that for Stan Hieronymus' "Hops". The slight sharpness seems well within the guidelines and reminds me not to be too quick to judge a style with which I may not have as much familiarity. The aggregate taste was one of fresh dough for dark bread. As a teenager, I took the entire gamut of HomeEc (Foods) in high school and considered both culinary school and being a Navy cook before getting into another aspect of Supply. Stovetop cooking may be eye-catching with open flames and things being tossed in a pan, but for me, the magic occurs in the oven! I loved working with dough and might have become a baker in an alternate reality. I digress. Warming, it became really bready, almost chewy in some ways. Finish was semi-sweet, thanks to that sharpness that I kept tasting. Not only did I like it, but I may go to market tomorrow on my day off and scour for a loaf of dark bread. Quick show of hands, kids - how many of yinz that have never tried this or reviewed it would just gloss right over it on the shelf?

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark copper hued body; dense, creamy, sculpted head. Nice malty aroma infused with an apple, honey, and somewhat floral character. Honey and caramel flavor; robust bitterness filters through at the finish; nutty. Smooth and creamy feel; initially sweet yet transitions to a somewhat dry finish.

A very nice beer offering a nice balance of malty sweetness with a smooth, crisp bitterness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

you know me and my penchant for and curiosity of italian beers over the last couple of years, i have to try them when i see them. this is a far cry from some of the special yeast driven wild ales coming out of the region lately, much more of a classic european style and process, but a pretty nice beer overall, the first i have seen of it in the united states. what a lovely beer in a classic pils type glass, several inches of airy white head accumulate on top of an almost perfectly clear base beer thats squarely amber in color, highly carbonated, and shiny in the right light. it smells a little oxidized, forgivable considering the style and distance from its origin. nice sweetness up front to the malt and a very flavorful lager yeast that reminds me more of the german lagers i have had than any italian ones. light fruit in here too from the grain, apple cider and golden raisin, very dry in the finish, bready from the yeast which is as flavorful as the malt. awesome carbonation and a slight creamy feeling. i bet this is amazing fresh from the source. still a worthwhile beer if you see it over here, but a little more generic than it probably would be over there, its low ratings here might be a testament to that, and a whole lot less dramatic than some of the new wave italian stuff coming around. enjoyable beer though no doubt, my first from these guys.

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2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Giangio
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Danzam
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've now had Ambrata several times. And I now think it better than I thought before. (Partly this is because I have reviewed two Vienna lagers. Writing makes me think more... and makes it easier to remember the specific beer's taste.)

Ambrata's caramel-like malts are typical of how Vienna-style lagers actually go well with certain foods. (Tonight, I had Ambrata with two different gnocchi sauces.)

So if a non-craft brewery (and even an old one) can make beer that goes well with Italian food, the world is a better place.

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3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pieltre
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Menabrea Ambrata from Birra Menabrea SpA
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 118 ratings