Menabrea Ambrata | Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea AmbrataMenabrea Ambrata

Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA
Italy | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by 1759Girl on 10-13-2009

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Photo of Beginner2
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've now had this several times. And I now think this is better than before... now that I have written reviews on two Vienna lagers. (Writing makes me think more... and makes it easier to remember.)

But this caramel-like malts that are typical of Vienna-style lagers actually go better with food... or at least the two different gnocchi sauces I had tonight.

So if a non-craft brewery (or at least an old one) can make beer that goes well with Italian food, the world is a better place.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of Gajo74
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Vienna lager that pours an amber color with a modest creamy head. Aroma and taste are sweet and almost cloying. Minimal hops presence; perhaps more would have balanced it out. High carbonation and medium body. An o.k. But unspectacular beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color. Poured a two finger head with low retention.
Floral and grassy hoppy aroma, notes vanilla.
Malty taste with grassy hops. Notes of caramel and slight toasted malts. Dry aftertaste with some bitterness. Got some oxidation notes and some acidity.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Average beer, though not boring.

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Photo of solid98
1.86/5  rDev -42.6%
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 RodneyFarva
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle picked up from a grocery in Sicily.

a: pours a deep amber color, thin 1 finger off-white head

s: some basic malts and grains, about it

t: nutty and malty, pretty nice, and very drinkable. very little hops bitterness

o: a nice amber lager, but nothing amazing. a nice find in Italy of all places, but about at the level of Yuengling.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
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 feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +12%
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 1759Girl
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Amber birra by G. Menabrea E Figli looked great and ended a bit less than great.

Appearance> Dark amber, lively. Big white head, great lacing.

smell> sweet honey, grain, molasses

taste> too malty, starts and immediately finishes. lacks any complexity.

mouf> ok

drinkability> just okay

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Menabrea Ambrata from Birra Menabrea SpA
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