Menambrea 150° Bionda Premium Lager | Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menambrea 150° Bionda Premium LagerMenambrea 150° Bionda Premium Lager

Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Menabrea 150° Anniversario Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2003

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by 99bottles:
Photo of 99bottles
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big ol' 66 cL bottle capped with foil to make it look purdy, this beer has a body of light golden yellow with a large foamy head of white that has above average retention. Smell is of some sweet malt and some strange grain. The taste is light and sweet, with a marked biscuit and grain taste. This doesn't scream adjunct, but it has this unmistakable taste of a silo of corn or something. Something of dried out grains. Very light on the hops. Medium to light body, no cloying. Hmmm. Interesting for sure. Nothing more than another Euro lager, even though I've seen it proudly called "Italy's best beer". People here seem to revere it, moreso than the other Italian beers but I can't understand why. It might be the deceptively fancy label.

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Photo of ant1
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Beer21
3.53/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hyoung41
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DOCRW
3.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Imbiber
2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY.

Aka "G. Menabrea e Figli' (whatever that means). Amber coloured (dark for a standard lager), fair head, moderate carbonation. Aroma a bit corny.

Mild hop and malt taste, nothing to make a permanent impression. Not bad but fairly bland - though I know I could do a lot worse. Little finish, a slight metallic feel comes through.

Very so-so.

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Photo of mishi_d
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of F_riedrich
3.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
2.36/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a pale gold color with a good sized white head and good lacing. It smells like grain, dough, and some skunkiness. The taste is a weird bitter/sour/acidic taste, not good at all. The mouthfeel is light, and the beer doesn't go down very well at all. Maybe this is just a bad bottle, but this one isn't good at all. I'm glad I just bought a single bottle of this, I don't know if I could finish off a sixer of this or not.

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ricoslim
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a crystal clear deep mahogany color with a substantial light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture and the residual lace a decent sheet to cover the glass. Nose is musty with a sweet malt background; start is cloyingly sweet, decent malt profile and a thin to watery feel at the top. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops weak and the aftertaste dry and to long lasting, can’t say it did much for me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this in Cork, Ireland, wish I hadn't.

Green 330ml bottle, impressive looking label and packaging, pity about the bottle contents.

The beer was poured into a tumbler and was very, very pale indeed, weak urine yellow with a slight green hue to it. The head however looked lovely for a short while, huge bloom of white bubbles were produced, but they faded quickly to just a collar and wisp.

The smell was of corn and maybe some citrusy lemon hints, but very little of anything.

I don't recall any taste and my notes say 'no taste', it was watery, weak and had nothing going for it bar the initial head display.

A typical Italian/Mediterranean light lager, OK for hot suuny days by the beach maybe, but not the beer to have on a cold wet and windy evening in Ireland.

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Photo of ThaCreep
1.94/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Nose slightly sweet lager. Mouth rather marked in the first approach but do little time to see that the body is weak and watery at will. We note the insignificance of the mixture quickly, very flat and without any aftertaste. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of a brewery with such a joke ready inevitably smily.

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Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beanoboy7
2/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dithyramb
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled off a bottle at Upstairs at the Grill in Chester, UK. The restaurant only had a small, handpicked selection of lagers. This one was touted as "the best beer in the world!!"
Presented in a foil capped bottle with no freshness or born on dating.
Poured a pale yellow with a thin white head
Distinctively bitter, average euro-lager. Wouldn't be able to tell much difference between this and a Heineken. Had the flavor that I dislike, with a distinctive adjunct (maize/corn?)
Finished dry, but smooth.
Very average and expected more from something supposedly 150 years old. Decided to drink wine with my steak, if this was the best the restaurant had to offer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 660ml bottle
Pours a crystal clear golden body with big foaming white head that retreats to almost disappearing totally
Wheaty slightly skunk aroma which is surprising considering the green glass
The taste, can I be frank, is slightly better than peroni

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Photo of jakea
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted in a 12 oz tulip from a 330 ml bottle on November 25, 2016.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Menambrea 150° Bionda Premium Lager from Birra Menabrea SpA
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