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

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#45,580
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
118
pDev:
14.42%
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Reviews by mdagnew:
Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep amber colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to good thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some good sticky, clingy lacing...

Aroma - Quite salty, overripe fruits (apples, figs, oranges), quite harsh graininess (i notice maize is listed as an ingredient), burnt butter, toffee banana - banoffee pie ? Grassy and peppery hops, toasted bread, some raw nuts...

Taste - Lots of toasted bready malts, quite tart and spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some lemons), light caramel sweetness, thankfully the graininess from the aromas has disappeared, lightly roasted almond nuttiness, some peppery hop bitterness..

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good amber ale... shame it's retired as could happily drink a few more of these...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Afroman
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Brilliant deep golden amber under a 1” off-white foam collar.
S: Bready malt
T: Bready malt, some caramel, traces of fruit.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: An acceptable Vienna Lager

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz. (330ml) bottle, date stamped 12-12-12, served in a SA lager glass. {revisited in May 2014}

Pours brown-amber with a creamy white head that soon settles to a lasting top coat and ring, leaving decent lacing.

Smell: mostly caramel, with grassy hops and a faint "skunk".

Taste: Again, caramel/toffee plus grassy hops, with a more obvious but still faint skunkiness. Sweet up front but overall balanced.

Near medium body; light-moderate carbonation; lightly astringent

O: suggests an odd cross between a light Euro pale and a Mexican amber. OK but not worth seeking.

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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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This beer is not discontinued. It is stil being produced.

The Anniversary amber pours a clear, deep-amber/copper body beneath a good sized head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves some minor lace about the glass.

The nose is fresh and bright with a combination of lightly caramelish & bready malt and leafy & floral hops.

In the mouth it's gently crisp with a medium-light body (it starts at 11.8 P and should have a fingal gravity of around 2.2 P) and standard carbonation (5.6 vol/litre).

Although corn is used in its production, the maltiness still dominates. It's caramelish with an almost scorched side, and a bit of toasty breadiness. The hops appear leafy and herbal in flavor, and the bitterness is solid, leaving it to finish dry and herbal-like.

Overall it's a pretty decent beer, similar to a Vienna-style lager (I actually though of Dos Equis when I first tasted it). It's not great, but it's certainly not bad.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -6%

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

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is good, malts, nutty, some hops, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality 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 pieltre
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbibehour
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Stella Artois glass given at the restaurant.

The first thing I notice on this beer is the huge amount of carbonation coming from the body after a nice gold pour out of the bottle. This beer on pour makes a very big head that I must admit looks pretty nice. The head is off white with simple pin sized bubbles. Body is a simple clear amber color and the head has good staying power.

The bouquet on this is fairly small. This is oddly very dry and a small malt sensation. There is some standard bready like yeast with this also, but there really isn't much here.

Taste is about what it smells like which makes for some uninspiring beer. Small malt, perhaps some banana, and just a real strange dank dank yeast feeling.

This beer really reminds me of a slightly stronger Yuengling which isn't saying much overall. You could do worse, but I would have to say I wouldn't want to have this again really if I had a choice.

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Photo of nikosm
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Athens on Oct 22,2008, in a busy liquer store, so it's still in production. Bottle exp.date 09.2009. Beautiful golden cap.

Caramel amber color, clear liked ice tea. Served in a lager glass, it poured a good head that didn't last much, to leave a small lacing.

The smell is malty, bready, some metalic. Not my favourite.
The taste is much like the smell but feels a little better. The carbonation is good and it lefts you with a nice feel on the tongue and the mouth.
You can drink this one very easily and I might say it's not bad afterall. Much much better than the lager version of Menabrea.

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a thick film of off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of sweet bready and caramel malt. Flavor starts with caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, slight brown sugar, finshes a bit thin with a faint reminder of the sweet malt. Medium bodied with a peppery almost overactive carbonation. Starts off pretty well, if a bit mild, but the flavor tapers off fairly quickly at the same time that the active carbonation becomes a distraction. Pleasant enough to drink with lunch, but fairly unbalanced and light tasting in the finish.

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Photo of thekanna
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear ruddy amber with almost no head.

S: Caramel malts, metallic sweetness, and a bit of cardboard.

T/M: Mostly light, sweet caramel malts with somewhat overwhelming, filling carbonation. Slightly burnt malts also crop up in there. Ends with a heavy, flat finish that tastes conspicuously like a cardboard box.

D: Experience wouldn't have been so bad if not for the horrible aftertaste. Also, carbonation was almost too filling to even stomach one bottle.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

Menabrea 150th Anniversary Amber has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and just a touch of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, pronounced, brown bread malt, and possibly corn, and the flavor is of sweet bread crust, hops (showing up faintly at the end), and even some corn present in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Menabrea 150th Anniversary Amber finishes crisp and highly drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted, bready and caramel malts along with bits of sweetness. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer might seem to be a little bland but it is still easy to drink. Some hints of hop flavors might have made it a little more interesting.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of tonton
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown 33cl bottle with gorgeous gold artwork, gold capped. Paid HK$20 (US$2.50) at the large local Wellcome supermarket. Also available at large boutique supermarkets in town. Not available at smaller local supermarkets or convenience stores.

Poured into a 33cl Stella glass.

Poured a beautiful medium dark amber on the tilt with no head, 1" attractive off white head appeared only after a vigorous center pour.

Smell: Brief lager skunk which quickly disappeared, never to be smelled or tasted again. Mild wheat, honey and malt.

Taste: This is a lager? I guess I'm not familiar with the Vienna style. Nice clean malt, wheat and honey, much like the nose but stronger. Some hops, I guess. Not much yeast note, which is probably why I liked it. Some yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouth: Smooth and light. Light carbonation. Didn't care for the head texture.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. Easy to drink, good flavor and good balance, beautiful presentation. 3.5/5

Hope this is okay, first review, novice who just discovered real beer tasting at 40.

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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

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