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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber | Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 150° Anniversario AmberMenabrea 150° Anniversario Amber

Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA

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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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 82
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 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 BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Listed as menabrea Amber, the beer seems to progress a bit beyond the standard Italian lager but struggles to reach mediocracy for a Vienna Lager.

The beer begins with a dull cola-rust color with some blond highlights and terse head formation and retention. No real lacing.

Aromas are very Pilsner-like with some modest caramel overtones. A mild floral hop scent decorates the beer along its edges but does little to improve the timid malt base.

Flavors are light, watered, and grainy. Again, stuck on the Pilsner side of things with a light cola-grainy-caramel taste, albeit weak. Hop flavor is not as prevailant in the taste as it was in the nose.

Light, ...er, weak in the body. Again giving a watered down cola character to the mouthfeel. Grainy astringent sharpness hits the back of the throat and interferres with a would-be clean crisp hop bitterness.

I'd consider this a below average Amber Lager. But as a Vienna Lager, it fails in maltiness, breadiness, richness, and depth. No where near the intended flavor descriptions.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 BuckeyeNation
2.59/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Slatetank
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this bottle up at state line liquors, poured it chilled into a standard pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ about 2 1/2 fingers of tan frothy cap which converts to a lace pattern which sticks well

S - A basic malt nose w/ caramel accents and is slightly bland odor-wise. Almost musty w/ a canned fruit tinge.

M - A mildly carbonated and subtle feel w/ light malt and dull, lifeless middle w/ a light residual sweet finish

T - The flavor is mild with hint of toasted malt like a vienna and mild spice w/ otherwise musty and bland flavors. The malt starts sweet and falls flat lacking any inspiration. just very ordinary

D - A lager I kind of wanted to like, but it is not one I would recommend at all, obviously. I found this one just was not good to begin with and left a not good taste in my mouth.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
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 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 jwc215
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 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 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 jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweetish caramel, don't get the metallic that some raters have noted. $1.99 for a 330ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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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 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.


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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 mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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 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 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 nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Phatz
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Menabrea 150° Anniversario Ambrata is a simple Amber Lager. It is one that your macro-drinking friends will enjoy and yet will hold up the BA’s minimum standards as well. I am not saying this beer is exception but it is more than adequate. I first became acquainted with it during the World Cup, (while cheering for Italy) but a friend of mine has been drinking it for years.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge white head. Spotted lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malty and sweet in the nose. A bit dextrinous and remote suggestions of a fruity character with very light scent of hops.

Taste: This is a very easy drinking approachable beer that is “cool” as an imported beer. It is in the league with Yuengling Lager in that is thinned out and bit macro-ish but still above average. Ther eis a nice taste of amber caramel malts, a bit of corn then the fruity semi dextrin, artificial sugar / fruity flavor; followed by a bittering hop attribute. The floral hops are especially prevalent in the finish and the best part of the beer is the bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a small beer by American standards but the mouthfeel is not completely limp. It has a solidish malt backbone supported by some nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is its sessionability. I had 6ers of this at several World Cup parties and it always went over very well with the crowd and the environment. The focus was on the game and drinking and the beer was a tasty side note. If you are looking for a beer to really sit down and critique this may not be the right choice.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source, KY.

Poured cleacopper color with a moderate frothy white head that mostly lasting with fair lacing. Medium sweet malty aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a moderate sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable sweet brew.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
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 froghop
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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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