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Menabrea 1846 | Birra Menabrea SpA

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147 Ratings
Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA
Italy
birramenabrea.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,172
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
147
pDev:
18.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +54%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.07/5  rDev +42.8%
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.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.01/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold body with a finely-textured, white head leaving a smattering of splotchy lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly grainy, dry maltiness filled out with some modest traces of floral, grassy noble hops.

Taste: Minimum pale maltiness along with a touch of graininess and a hint of pilsner malt tang. Whisper of maize. Minor sweetness. Floral, grassy-toned hops with ample bitterness to balance things out. Dry, nicely crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's decent. 1846 sports an acceptable taste with a refreshing, quenching crisp texture.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with a little carbonation, and 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of apple cider, white wine, sourdough biscuit and yeast.

Tastes of sourdough with hints of coppery hops. Quite bready.

Light body, moderate to low carbonation.

Had shipped from Bangkok, drinking in Chiang Mai, Sept 26th, 2017.

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Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into Stone snifter.

A: Pale golden, clear, medium sized head which resembled bath bubbles and didn’t hang around for too long.

S: Floral noble hop aroma.

T: Hints of sweetish apple balanced out by a slightly bitter wheaty finish.

M: Medium body, not quite as carbonated as a typical Euro lager, but went down quite well.

O: This was pretty decent, had more in it’s locker than a Euro style lager. A kind of expensive premium brand beer served by pricey Italian restaurants.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.67/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy subdued golden color with thick foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lace in my snifter

S-nice sweet smelling grains and earthy notes that are a tad skunky

T-consistant tartness upfront,kettle cooked potatoe chips,slightly salty,rye and sourdough breads,good hoppy bitterness

M-light body and lower carbs suit this light brew very well,it has a lingering dryness some might find bothersome,I appreciate it as a added demension that improves this otherwise boring Italian Birra

D-could enjoy a couple,but not somthing that I would consider a session brew,but a very enjoyable change from some other Italian beers that were not so impressive

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste was unique. Started out like a pilsner, it was semi sweet. But then it went into a pale wheat taste. Very easy to drink, easy on the mouth. Picked up some arbonated/ sparkling mouthfeel. I could of had a couple more. Much better than Peroni. Try it.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.62/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this state side at La Bottega, a fantastic modern-Italian sandwich chain, figured I'd give it a shot.

p.s. Looks like they've upgraded to brown bottles.

A - Clear straw gold. Poured a full 4 fingers of clean white head with below average retention, but decent lace.

S - Some lager yeast and a touch of malty sweetness. Backdrop of citrus zest.

T - Crisp with some lemon up front. Rolls into a smooth, surprisingly big, malt body. Toast, caramel, sunflower seeds. Touch on the sweet side. Some citrus hop bitterness accents the finish.

M - Light body with mild, but refreshing carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

O - I enjoyed a glass over a brainstorm session at lunch, and wouldn't have said no to a second if we weren't going back to the office.

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Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark gold body; lively carbonation; one-finger thick, foamy head. Balanced blend of esters and malt in the nose. Gently sweet, cereal grain malt flavor; wheat; light, dry grass hop flavor; nice, easy going bitterness towards the finish. Medium body; somewhat coarse on the palate; mostly dry finish.

A very pleasant, easy drinking beer. I don't get much of a fruity/floral aroma as per the BA commercial description, yet everything mixes well and comes across with a deft balance. It reminds me more of a German kölsch in both flavor and mouthfeel. Regardless, this is a pleasant find and warrants repeat visits.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kulrak
3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of bspain5
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of steverx8
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmars13
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml/11.2oz BROWN bottle (not the green skunker shown in photo). Found this mysterious brew at Cutsforth's Thriftway (a remarkably good beer department for a small town grocery). Poured to a pint glass. Date stamp at lower left, back label: 10.17.10

Neck label: "GOLD MEDAL WINNER --- WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS --- CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA"

A: Flawless clarity, pale golden. Random bubbles rise, a few wriggling strands extend from a couple etched spots on the glass bottom. 2-finger tuft of snowy foam, dropping over a couple minutes to a scant film. Seafoam flecks of lace coat the upper third of the glass.

S: A dusty dry malt with a spritzing of lemon and grass/clover/flower hops. Benign aroma, nothing 'off', fleeting sweetness.

T: Crackery-dry pale malt, sweeter notes of biscuits/light honey. Caramel/buttery sweetness grows as it warms, but is held in check but enough hop bittering in the end.

M: Refreshing lightness, dry/mineral finishing. Not overly carbonated, just a fine airy crispness. Gets slicker as it warms, a coating that sits dully and a little gummy.

D: Somewhat of a surprise: a complete unknown at purchase, an utter disappointment according to some previous reviewers, but a pleasant drinker for me. I'm judging most of these categories on where I feel this falls style-wise; sure a pale lager isn't something I'm drawn to very often, nor is it a style that most BAs will rave over, but on this day it was definitely a worthy try and a brew I'd drink again. Grazie Menabrea!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This green 330ml bottle (best before 7th Dec 2007) was poured into a Duvel glass.

It could have been a Duvel, well almost, it is clearer, a little lighter and doesn't produce such a huge head. So we have a golden yellow, pale beer with a tight foaming head that is snow white in colour.

Lager beers are served so cold I never get much if any aroma, this beer gets my standard 3 score for being no different to the rest.

I was pleased with the taste, refreshing and clean, with a fairly sharp tang to it, not bad at all for an Italian lager.

The sharpness fades to a dryness in the mouthfeel, but not that metalic taste sometimes evident in cheap lagers.

Obviously this would be a whole lot better sat on the beach in Amalfi with the sun beating down on you, but it isn't too bad here in wind swept England either. One of the best Mediterranean lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of charapaus
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bark
3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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