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Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA
Italy | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004

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45
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
17.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 82
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
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 +17%
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 +12.6%
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 Gajo74
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look- clear amber color, minimal cream head and lace
Smell- mostly clean, a bit metallic, some faint biscuity malt. As the drink warms, some notes of honey and floral tones.
Taste- clean malt taste, honey, some sweetness in the finish.
Feel-light, thin bodied, some refreshing crispness.
Overall, not so flavorful and complex, nothing special, but certainly something I wouldn't turn down if I was really thirsty and there was nothing else.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Fairly dark, amber colour poured with a frothy, loose white head that disappeared quickly.

Nice nose. Malty with some faint toffee and caramel and some banana coming through.

Palate is very light and not what I was expecting but some nice flavours especially banana, but only on the front of the mouth. Not well rounded. Very light bitterness and some dryness.

Mouth was disappointing. Quite light and lagery. Carbonation was strong. Not balanced.

Finish is light with very mild bitterness and some faint dryness.

Despite the good nose this was let down by the poor mouthfeel and the light palate A bit disappointing overall.

Not recommended. (Maybe for fans of the style)

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

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 orcrist_cleaver
2.79/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear, light almond brown. Large head, low retention and no lacing.

S: Lots of malt, very caramel. Sweetness reminiscent of adjunct. Extremely faint noble hop aroma.

M: Moderate carbonation leads into a nice creamy character. The finish is a tad cloying, and leaves something to be desired in terms of a crisp/refreshing character.

T: Overwhelmingly sweet like a lot of buttered corn. Faint toastiness midway. Lacks the malt complexity that would assist the hops in combating the caramel. a dense bread flavor is apparent at the end.

O: Way better options out there for a vienna lager.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
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 chinchill
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Tone
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
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 tonton
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
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 joefinnigan15
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: (poured from a bottle into a glass) orange-red colour, one finger head

Smell: not much, a tiny bit of skunkiness

Taste/mouthfeel: nothing jumped out, a bit of bitterness but not too much, frothy feel, more on the wheaty side than fruity

Overall, nothing special, but fairly easy to drink. Forgettable but still enjoyable.

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Photo of tencents
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-
Brownish amber but almost a gray brown. Not overly attractive for a beer. Had a nice white head tho.
S-
Sweet, malty.
T-
Caught me a bit off guard. Usually associate Italy with blonde lagers, but this one was maltier and even sweet. A comfortable pleasant beer.
M-
Nothing special but not bad.
O-
Easy to drink, enjoyable. In a blind taaste test I would have guessed an Austrian Märzen.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up a Central Bottles in Cambridge a few weeks back since I have never seen the beer before. Here goes. 11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head that has reduced quickly to a thin layer. Clarity is great in this orange red beer with signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: malty, bready, grainy, honey, and some fruitiness to it.

Taste: Same above, but it reminds me of typical Euriopean skunky tasting beer even though this beer is good for two more months.

Mouthfeel: This beer is somewhat harsh up front, but then smooth afterwards. Very strange. Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Having a hard time forcing this one down.

Overall: Great wines come from Italy, but they might want to focus on their beers in their future. Might have to stick to Morretti's. This one reminds me of European lagers I have had over the years.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear darkish amber with a fairly thick ivory-tan head. Aroma is crisp, more fruity than malty, not strong but still appealing. Malty flavor is crisp and a little fruity, nothing special but enjoyable. This makes a good accompaniment to a meal rather than a stand-alone drink. Texture has average body and a decent amount of fizz. Overall, fair to middlin' and worth at least a try.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red color, clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – faintly malty in aroma, not much noticeable other than that.

Taste – much like the smell. I can taste a maltiness. It’s a little musky in its quality, and not much change throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward wateriness or creaminess.

Overall – not a bad brew, but not very interesting either.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift from my cousin.

Clear copper with a fingers width beige head. Lazy skim retention that doesn't stick anything to my glass.

Aroma is toasted malt and carob powder.

Taste is toast and bread crusty goodness marred by a medicinal, ointment hop character. Ick. Kinda tastes like almonds too.

It's a'ight.

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Photo of Paincane
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours amber with large white foamy head and decent retention. Poued into pint glass.
S: Malt, hops, caramel
T: Caramel and malt
M: Moderately carbonated. Medium-bodied. Clean finish.
O: Drinkable and enjoyable. Style over substance as it looks better than it tastes. Still, I would have again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
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 KickInTheChalice
2.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, clear orange amber color with a small fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Lightly toasted caramel malt, must hops. Really light, not much here.

Taste: The first sip I had was ok, but this was fairly disappointing. Lightly toasted caramel malt and a touch of musty hops at the end. It finishes clean, easy to to since there was not a ton of flavor there.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated, but that is really the only good thing about. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: Without having heard of this beer or brewery, the waiter at the Italian restaurant I was at said this was an Italian microbrew and was much better than the rest of Italy's offerings. He showed me the interesting bottle and I decided to make the plunge. Menabrea will not be getting any more of my money, especially at 'import' prices. I would love to have a good Italian beer that would hold up to my Italian meal, but this just simply does not do it.

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Photo of OttoBomb
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz (330m l) bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (November 5, 2010). The best before stamp on the rear label reads 04.27.2011.

Eyes: Pours a very clear, light copper color. White soapy head foams and dissipates fairly quickly, with minimal retention and low lacing.

Nose: My first impression of the smell is that is seems old. It's a musty mediocre profile of lightly toasted malts.

Tongue: Again I'm feeling like this beer is well passed freshness. I rechecked the freshness just in case, and I'm 6 months away from that. The taste is malty, slightly bready, even metallic with some caramel notes, but nothing is truly truly flavorful. I must admit that it is very well balanced.

Mouth: Carbonation is appropriately lively and it has a great consistency. High marks here.

Libation: On the plus side, this is a very well balanced, lively beverage, with some minor complexity. An the negative side it brings nothing to the table in any of those areas that makes me want to try it again. It's a mediocre beer, but add to that the $2.49 price tag for one bottle and this is too high a price for too low a value.

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Photo of thekanna
2.18/5  rDev -31.2%
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 Parrotbeak
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with a thin white head that fades immediately, leaving some thin patches. Not much lacing.
Smell is plenty of caramelly, slightly roasted malts. Brown sugar and toffee as well.
Taste is more lightly roasted malts with a caramel aspect. Touch of hops. Brown sugar. Strange, stale nutty aspect on the finish.
Mouthfeel is flat, watery, and thin. Lacking in carbonation. Light body.
Drinkability is fair. The smell is good, but the beer goes downhill from there. Mouthfeel is definitely the worst aspect, and it detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz to Pint
Bottled on 6-6-08

A: Pours a brilliantly clear ruby brown with a 2.5 finger frothy tan head. Retention was OK with a thin raft leaving fragmented lace rings on the glass.

S: Fruity and sweet with some malt character. Some oxidation. Overall smell was inappropriate for a Vienna.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors dominate, some bitterness and fruit sweetness and yeasty notes on finish. Some diacetyl and metallic tastes.

M: Thin, slightly creamy. Slick unpleasant finish.

D: Body is medium to low which would have allowed a moderate session but the poor characteristics blew the deal on this one.

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