Menabrea 1846
Birra Menabrea SpA

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #406
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,379
Avg:
2.86 | pDev: 18.53%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
154
From:
Birra Menabrea SpA
 
Italy
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  19
SCORE
67
Poor
Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846
Notes: Lager Beer produced with bottom fermentation, Premium Lager. Brewed with water, malt, maize, hops. It is a well-balanced beer with a notable floral/fruity aroma thanks to the selected yeasts used in the brewing process.
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Hanglow from Scotland

2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's ok, probably in the "slightly better than Tennant's" bracket. Brewed competently but still lacking in flavour,aroma,hops. A decent dry finish and long lasting head are probably the beers best traits. corny taste and aroma the worst. Has more to it than standard peroni, but only just.

Dec 14, 2018
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steevo24 from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 08, 2019
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rastaman from England

2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really thin, with a sweet maltyness, some drying, lightly herbal hay/grassy hops, very light, with low bitterness, unexciting, but better than most. And pretty standard as far as Italian lagers go, has less of an international euro lager feel though, tastes a bit more distinct, but stil uninteresting.

Oct 16, 2003
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Pegasus from Texas

2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Rather pale golden color, with a touch of haze, slight carbonation with a very small white head.

Aroma: Classic Euro-lager skunk dominates the aroma with lesser sweet malt. By now the phenomena of light-struck beer is well known, why must beer be packaged in green glass?

Taste: Sharply bitter metallic hops overlay a cloyingly sweet honey-like malt base. As the taste flows on, the hop note becomes stronger, cutting the malt sweetness, until nothing but the metallic note remains.

Mouth feel: Sharp soda-like carbonation up front, the body is fairly smooth and full, probably the best characteristic of this beer.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely unremarkable beer, not terrible, just quite bland and undistinguished in a style that is noted for tedious monotony.

Presentation: Packaged with a twelve ounce green glass Euro-style bottle with a pop-top crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Feb 20, 2005
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Suds from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this brew on tap while visiting Italy. It's a yellowish, straw colored beverage, with a decent and lasting head. The aroma is faint, but slightly bready. There's very little hop aroma in the brew. The taste is similar, with a notable sweetness and a slightly chaulky character. A bit grainy at the end. It's a very smooth beer, and fairly light in body. Very little bitterness in the finish. All in all, it's a typical euro-style lager. Nothing remarkable here.

May 05, 2007
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UnionMade from New York

2.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear golden, with a thick white head. Upon closer inspection, I see some sea monkeys floating around in it. (Not live sea monkeys, but the little yeast particles floating) I am dubious of this beer's age.
Aroma is lightly hoppy, malty with a strange almost honey-like quality. Very wierd. It doesn't really smell old, but the honey aroma is odd.
Flavor is malty, similar to a dortmunder export style, or something like that, with that strange honey flavor. Sweet, with a mildly dry finish. A little chalky/soapy in the aftertaste. Not really bad, but I think it's a little past it's prime. I wonder if my bottle was a little old. Beware Luke's Liquors on Cape Cod. I don't think they believe in rotating their stock.

Aug 06, 2003
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark green bottle.
Menabrea is an Italian version of the pilsner style. Dull gold (not unappealing) with a light-medium malt body. Lightly herbal and smooth. The hops are noticeable though not overpowering. Very light & delicate, but improves in flavor throughout. Slightly sweet very refreshing. Surprising kick.
Very fluid and smooth.

Mar 17, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour a typical lager/Pils golden yellow, the head modest in size, frothy in texture, the color a bright white, with the left over lace fair too middling. Malt is the nose, clean and fresh, well almost. Sweet malt start, top skeletal, finish is caustic in its bite, the hops present, dry and long lasting aftertaste, another utterly forgettable beer.

Jan 08, 2003
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Barraclou from Canada (QC)

2.18/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 330ml green bottle

Appearance: Pale straw color with high fizzy carbonation.

Smell: Adjunct (corn) and euro-lager. Ok, but not for a genuine quality beer.

Taste: Not impressed. I think that I found the italian Bud. :(

Mouthfeel: Which one? I observed no valuable mouthfeel to mention here.

Drinkability: As I said, I think that I found the italian Budweiser. I don't know why they had to use adjunct in that brew. Without corn, this lager had more potential than several european brands, but it is not the current case. Italy seems to produce better wine than beers.

Feb 22, 2005
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kbub6f from New York

2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small, dense, foamy white head on top of a clear, pale yellow beer. Some strings of carbonation; some spots of lacing. Sweet, nutty schpoonk in the nose. The sweet front is a little fruity. Middle is thin, water, a little sugary. Finish is sour, metallic when cool. White toast drifts in as it warms. Wow. This is not good when cool; not bad when warm.

May 02, 2004
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rebel1771 from Florida

3.17/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with decent head. The aroma consists mainly of grass/straw. The flavor starts out with the same grassy hints that were found in the aroma along with a surprising bit of hop bitterness. I wasn't expecting much from this brew but I was proven wrong. This is a decent beer and one that would be nice on hot summer day.

Jan 03, 2006
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

2.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330 ml sargasso green bottle, the appearance is a pale hazy straw, short fizzy head, slight lacing. Nose is sweet grainy, contains some clover honey, as well as grassy notes. Flavour also contains grain and sweet malt, I'm tasting a cloying honey sweetness, and floral, grassy hops, a bit metallic on the aftertaste. Possesses a full mouthfeel, but also has a caustic texture on the palate, a remeniscent of chemicals. I'm not a huge fan of Italian beers, and this has done nothing to win me over to that camp either. I wince at what I paid for a 6 of this.

Jan 25, 2004
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ALEBOY from Australia

1.89/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A confusing beer in that it seemed to be good in some areas but let itself down in others.
Very pale colour with a small and delicate lacing.
Aroma was the highlight, nothing that was too "in ya face" , just a delicate pale malt nose with a hint of smokiness that left me looking forward to the taste.
A very dry/ acidic flavour dominated by the carbonation, although there was the hint of pale malt and a slight grassy hop flavour.
Very thin bodied.
Sits about average as an Italian beer, I'd drink it again, but, I would prefer a Peroni.

Oct 30, 2003
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

1.89/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color lager with a medium size pure white bubbly head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet adjunct is not very interesting. Taste is also dominated by some sweet adjunct though quite bland at the end of the day. Body is about average with some average carbonation as well. I am sure Italy as a lot more to offer in terms of craft beer then this crap.

Jul 16, 2009
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joecast from Australia

2.06/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours like a standard fizzy yellow beer. emphasis on the fizzy. this boy is carbed right up. fine white head that holds up a lace.

and thats where this beer takes a wrong turn. something funky in the smell. and not in that good belgian-wild-funk way. sort of sweet tartish. almost malt liquor in a way, well, i imagine.

the taste similairly has that sweet funk, though not as sharp. really starting to become malt liquor like. comes across as heavy on the alcohol which wipes out any other flavor contribution.

what can i say. one of these is more than enough. its not often ill pour one down the drain, but im not wasting any more of my palate on beers like this.

Mar 08, 2006
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Skidz from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale gold and sits light yellow in the glass with a light soapy head fading fast.

Sharp grassy aroma with light crackery undertones.

Dry crackery malts upfront with an assertive yet moderate hop bitterness. Vaguely floral.

Crisp, clean and refreshing. Can't help but state that this is definitely mis-classified as an American adjunct lager, it is more akin to a Euro pale lager, encroaching on Czech/German pils. Overalls nice, unobtrusive beer worthy of a pairing with lighter fare or as a refresher course on a warm summer's day.

Apr 08, 2009
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bark from Sweden

3.26/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale gold; the firm yellowish head is finger thick. Some lacing.

The smell is very sweet with notes of white bread, flowers and sweet dough. It is a little on the heavy side.

The taste is hoppy and creamy. Lots of sweet notes with hints of dough. Apart from the sweet flowery notes, it is rather simple. The aftertaste brings notes of flowers and honey. The finish got some mineral flavours.

The carbonation is medium strong; small bubbles. The liquid is a little sticky.

A typical "lawnmower beer". And there is nothing wrong with that.

Jul 08, 2008
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is sweet with a slight skunkiness., sligh presence of hops also noted.
Taste is moderately sweet, and finishes with a profound dryness.
Finish is crisp and dry.
Was a nice enjoayble beer, very refreshing.

Aug 09, 2007
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah, travel. I was up to Eataly (Manhattan) several months ago and snagged this out of an innate sense of curiosity. We had this gorgeous, tall Italianate beauty in at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop as a rep last night & I was regaling her with my bocce prowess. How did I never know that "bocce" = kiss?!? The famous roll is called "La Bocce della Morte", one for which I am renowned, thanks to Giuseppe, my tutor on Sardinia in 1985. I will not reveal it here, but one night at Brooklyn's Floyd's Bar on Atlantic Avenue, I not only stunned a pair of jagov champs, but I flabbergasted my buddy & set off a riot! We barely escaped, but I realized that I have not lost it. I'm not sure that she was buying my patter, but I had everybody's attention within earshot. Good times!

From the bottle: "Quality assured by over a century of brewing tradition" (trans.).

I Pop!ped and then I Pop!ped the cap. Whoops! TMI. At any rate, the aggro pour raised two-plus fingers of fluffy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that withered in the face of today's heat & humidity. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting yet another visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all shoving each other to get a taste. They did not have far to go as they were on my living room couch, watching the PSU/Pitt game while their TV is on the fritz. Nose smelled of honey, a clue to a good, adjunct-free lager, as well as a bready maltiness. Mmmm, a slice of freshly-baked bread drizzled with honey? Like being at my maternal grandmother's house in the summer. Take it down to the meadow and while away the hours. Last night, I invoked Enrico's Biscotti in Pixburgh's Strip District & man, did her eyebrows shoot up! How does a short Irish-English American with a strong Jewish cast know so much about her heritage? Back to the birra. It was such a pleasure NOT to be subjected to unnecessary adjuncts in a lager that I cannot adequately explain. I get that it is not an attractive style on this site, but one should rate to style, NOT to taste. Man, if this was CANned, I could drink it all day on the shore of the Med. Been there, done that. I am also almost done with this beer & its review. It finished semi-dry to dry and was entirely refreshing. It was clean, crisp, slightly malty. I wonder what others want from the style. This was A-OK by me.

Sep 10, 2016
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased on a random trip to the not-very-good local bottle shop, searching for things I hadn't tried.

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a full and rather good head of very white foam. Lacing is excellent, and gives that good lagery sudsy froth down the sides of the glass. Not a lot of carbonation visible. Looks pretty good, for what it is.

Nose... Blech, just a big dollop of porridge-like cereal sweetness, with a dollop of dry bread yeast thrown in. I thought I smelled a bit of green organics when the bottle was opened, but there's almost nothing of that here now. It's just dry, grainy and insipid. Very unpleasant.

Taste is similar, but less offensive, because it's less flavoursome overall. The cereal character is still cloying, but the light spritzy body makes it less noticeable. Very lame, though. Not tasty, and the bready, yeasty finish gets intolerable after a while.

Don't waste your time. This is a reasonably unpleasant beer, although it doesn't offend me so much that I couldn't drink it the need arose.

Dec 30, 2010
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Kulrak from Australia

3.56/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a minimum of white bubbly head that fades away pretty quickly, leaving a thin layer of lace on top of the beer. Smells slightly sweet and citrusy, with hints of coriander. There's a little noble hop aroma there too. The taste is very clean, very slightly sweet, with a little citrusy hoppy flavor there. Not bad, could do with a little more flavor, though. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but fairly heavy for such a light beer. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, not my favorite, but one of the better Italian beers I've had.

Feb 24, 2008
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

2.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Jun 11, 2015
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow with a swirling strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a bubbly snow white head that last for much of the beer.

S- The dry green herbal aroma blends with a soft sulfur note and a field corn note that grows into more of a honey comb quality as it warms.

T- The dry cooked corn taste has a slight sulfury sweetness to it with a touch of butter that comes through at the finish. Thee is a watery taste that grows as the beer opens and the finish takes on a touch of sweetness.

M- The light mouthfeel has a filling fizz texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The light character has some nice notes with a touch of sweetness softening the sulfur. There is a touch of green in the nose but none in the taste. Pleasant but one is enough.

Oct 13, 2011
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3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very pale yellow beer that got a nice head but let herself died slowly.
Smell is very cerealic, hops and raw, a smell of water is also very present, actually too much present, the watery smell takes it all.

Taste is cereal, water, smooth, not much character to it neither spirits.

May 13, 2005
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at Coppa in the South End with my wife and some friends this past Saturday. We ordered 5-6 plates of charcuterie and a round of Menebrea for my wife and myself. Poured into a tall glass. Pale yellow color with loads of carbonation. Smell was standard Euro lager, but no skunky smell, so that was a bonus. Flavor was pretty average, with no real redeeming qualities. Mouthfeel was thin and bubbly, but smooth. I guess the only thing that this beer was good for was that it didn't interfere with all the flavors of the meats were were trying, and that it was a decent palate cleanser between bites and plates.

Apr 26, 2010
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