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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Ranking:
#45,566
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
118
pDev:
14.42%
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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 TeachChefs
4.44/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 beoirific
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of MylesMac
4/5  rDev +25.4%

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

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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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice amber with a thick crisp head leaving a nice lace. Aroma is mainly sweet like honey blending nicely with the hops. Taste is not as sweet as the smell, bready, light malt and hop. Mouthfeel is light - medium, but maybe a bit thin, carbonation is good giving it a crisp finish. Towards the end of the glass I think my buds got tuned to beer, wish I had another to confirm that.

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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 orangemoustache
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright burnt orange with a tall tan head that retains exceptionally well leaving lots of sticky sheets of lacing as it falls to a quarter inch cap that holds the duration.The nose is mildly sweet with some nuttieness as well.Malts up front are sweet a caramely with toasted bread notes along with hints of roasted sesame seeds and gentle,earthy,spicy hops.The body is solid in every manor of the word with a nice dryness factor and an aftertaste that works as a constant calling card for another sip.Keep brewing this shit people,this is a fine Amber!

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Photo of Pug
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This beer was purchased at the Pour Shop in Evansville. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear pale amber coloration. The head was two fingers high with a fluffy white coloration. The head never truly died while being drank.

Smell: The beer has a caramel maltyness that combines well with floral leafy hops.

Taste: The beer has a very nice lightly toasted caramel flavor. The hops bring a light herbal bitterness to the taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is approacing medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. There are no off smells or flavors present in the beer. This is a very easy to drink beer. This beer went over very well with my macro drinking friends.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1-25-2007. Pours a clear amber brown with a big off white head. A slight sweet hoppy nose with a nutty edge. Metallic with a slight nutty flavor. There's potential, but it doesn't really come through. Though the nut character is nice. It is drinkable, sure. But for an anniversary edition brew, I am not blown away.

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Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight adjunct, hint of hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of hops, sweet malt, pale malt, slight adjunct, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

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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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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G. Menabrea e Figli, Casa Fondata nel 1846, Amber beer/birra ambrata

Why did I buy this? Because I have never seen it before, never had it, and it looked interesting. I have no idea whether it will be. Only one way to find out.

Dusky amber red coloration, lasting creamy head. Looks nice.

Grassy/ herbal aroma, very lager-y. Just a little musky, a trifle off.

Taste: clean and smooth, nice malt component, little hops, a whiff and a huff of fruit. A tiny bit of bitterness emerges, but it remains a malty amber lager. Consumable, refreshenating, gulpable, and altogether nice.

But, need it be said, not for me, though I'm glad I tried it!

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of murphius1118
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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