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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#45,291
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
118
pDev:
14.42%
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of solid98
1.86/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Starts off with a nice little soapy head that clings to the glass slightly. Nose of metallic malt, if that makes sense. Medium bodied for an ‘amber’, very dark color bordering on brownish. High carbonation in the glass and a C02 burn that builds up over time. Combined this with the metallic malt flavor, vague toastiness and minimal hopping and you have an utterly unspectacular Italian beer of the old guard--clearly not keeping up with the brewing developments in the north of that country.

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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -37.3%

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 kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

660ml olive green glass bottle acquired in a supermarket in Rome, Italy and served into a Westvleteren goblet at me friend's gaff. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, restrained thickness, and poor retention. Clear yellow in colour.

Sm: Clean barley and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Barley and stale cream. Very simple, uninspired, and boring. Badly built, imbalanced, and bland. Bleh.

Mf: More coarse than expected, quite wet, and sadly unrefreshing.

Dr: Very drinkable, of bad quality, and sold at a cheap price. A proper student beer.

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Photo of grubefresh
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
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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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 Rowlaw
2.44/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Found this at a small shop down the ally from our hotel in Venice. Very cheep. The Prosecco we got from there was much better.

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Photo of khargro2
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright orange rather than amber, although there are amber highlights along the edges of the glass. Several finger's worth of lightly toasted marshmallow colored foam look pretty good up top. The head has some character and there's quite a nice array of lace as well.

The nose doesn't do this Vienna lager any favors. It smells like a lightly toasted, musty hop version of its Euro pale ale sidekick, Anniversario. I might have suspected the ravages of age, but the 'best by' date on the cap is still more than 3 months away.

Sorry, Birra Menabrea, not impressed. For some reason, I actually expected this brew to be better than the pale lager. Maybe it was the classic, old school, copper and silver label, who knows? I keep checking to see if the year on the cap is actually 08, but it's definitely 09.

There's a minor toasted-caramel vibe on the low end that kinda... sorta... makes AA taste like a Vienna lager. On second thought, that's probably reaching. The hops are musty and musky and don't add anything worthwhile in terms of flavor. A bit of back end bitterness brings balance.

The mouthfeel comes close to watery throughout the mouthful, finally reaching its goal on the swallow. Lackluster carbonation doesn't help the cause. Boring beer, boring mouthfeel.

Why is Italian beer so damned expensive? It isn't like they're in anyone's Top-10 Brewing Nations of the World. I've seen 750s for $15-22 (and even higher) that aren't that highly regarded. This single cost $2.49, which probably translates to a six-pack price well over $10. Bottom line: this is lousy beer at any price.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.64/5  rDev -17.2%
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 JohnfromDublin
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Firstly, although this beer is marked as "retired" here on BA, I purchased a 330ml bottle of this in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd November 2007 with a best by date of 15.12.07. So, I'm not sure it isn't still produced.

Anyway, on to the review. This was quite a weird beer for me. Opened and poured into Chimay glass; an almost overwhelming aroma of molasses hit me. This thick maltiness made me worry about what the taste was going to be like. The appearence was a clear dark amber colour with a thin head. Thankfully, it does not taste like it smells. It had a much more subdued malty taste, with some sweetness and very little complexity. I tired of the taste quite quickly. It's not a beer I would be rushing out to buy again.

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Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of OttoBomb
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
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 jwc215
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date of 04.16.09 on cap:

Pours amber with a thin white head that becomes a large, lasting swirling patch. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of some caramel, metallic notes, some "Euro-skunk" and some grass.

The taste is of slightly burnt caramel, Some blandish Continental-type hops give it something of a bitter balance, though sweetness is thin to begin with. Annoying metallic - iron and tin - notes interfere. Some salt also detracts a bit, giving it a dry, though somewhat crisp, finish.

It is somewhat creamy for its light to reaching towards medium body. It has mild to moderate carbonation.

Too metallic, slightly salty and bland-ish for me. Not a fan of overall character (or almost general lack thereof). Aftertaste not too thrilling, either. Not horrible, has something of a standard Vienna/Amber lager character to it, but I certainly wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of froghop
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

purchased at the puget sound wine cellar in port orchard, washington.

pours a clear dark amber with a small white head, light lacing.

smell of caramel, malt, wet grain, somewhat metallic.

taste is heavy on the grain, dark malt, some caramel.

overall below average.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.79/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Danzam
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle tried 14 Sep 2008.

Large tight lacy head. Almost flat. Clear iced tea color. Some molasses in aroma, slight skunkiness and oxidation evident. Flavor is of molasses, just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol barely noticeable. Light body.

Overall not much to say, don't think the long voyage did this beer any favors. Would not get this again.

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Photo of JPDOG
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

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