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Menabrea 1846 | Birra Menabrea SpA

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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
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
142
Avg:
2.85
pDev:
24.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 142
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 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 biegaman
2.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Italian lagers are nowhere as good as those of their neighboring German and Austrian counterparts, even if they look it. Menabrea 1846 has the standard brilliantly clear, shined golden complexion, the lively bubbles and moderate, bleach-white head. It glistens when held to the light and has that classically quenching, tempting appearance.

But expect to cry foul about that aroma. Unlike other European nations, Italy doesn't have any legislative regulations when it comes to integrity of ingredients nor do they have a culture of beer drinkers sophisticated enough to notice, much less protest the use of adjuncts and additives. This lager smells replete with them.

How can you tell? Well, aside from the explicit wet cardboard and moldy rice notes in the aroma, the taste is also notably starchy and cloyingly sweet. Corn grits and Wonder-bread are imposed over the conventional flavours of pale malt. There's no bitterness or hops to note and the finish tastes something like a plain baked potato.

You'd think it'd be pretty easy to impress when Moretti and Peroni are your only competition. Alas, Menabrea obviously seeks not only to be as insipid, adulterated and characterless as those lagers - it actually does a better job at it! Clearly the people at Heineken and Asahi have nothing to fear, unless Italians decide they want an even worse beer as their national brand.

The only other time I've had Menabrea beer was on a hot summer day at the beach of a small, medieval Italian town on the Tyrrhenian Sea. That beer was as awful as this one but I'd be lying if I said the scenery and surroundings didn't make up for it. It's true there's a right moment for every beer - but Menabrea 1846 requires one like that to be justified.

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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 ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is slightly skunky which matches the watery taste. Not a good beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pin on-tap at Sweeney's on the Park ,Glasgow (£3.10):
This one was quite an easy going but ultimately a disappointing pale lager that didn't have the worst balance but just seemed far too light, almost weak. I really can't see this one being a memorable beer, there was just so little going on with it and it failed to grab my attention at any point as I drank it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I had a pale lager. The thing that caught me by surprise is how smooth and actually quite sweet it is. The words note maize in the bill, and it is noticeable. Goes well with Italian - (no surprise). It is what it is, drinakable and the score reflects that.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured vigorously from a 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a pale yellow, nothing special, with a good, tight head that lasted a few minuted.

Strong hop aroma with some lemon zest.

Some malt on the palate, slightly bitter hoppy finish with some sweetness. Finish short but some lasting bitterness.

Nothing particularly special overall, but a fairly good thirst quencher on a hot day.

Not Recommended. (Worth a try for fans of the style)

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Photo of metter98
2.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with just a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of skunk and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is rather skunky, and these flavors stand out in front of notes of underlying pale malts and hints of corn-like adjuncts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has no carbonation.
O: The lack of carbonation and flat mouthfeel of this beer do not lend to its drinkability. It seems like the green bottle also lends some skunked flavors to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brenden
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

No longer in a green bottle, at least where I found it, this one pours out of brown glass. It's completely clear but for a light chill haze, very bright polished gold. The head that rests on top is an eggshell white that settles at one finger and looks to stay for a while, then drops completely. A layer does remain all the while, and decent spotting clings.
The nose isn't much more than a tang I can't quite place. It's got a not-quite-sweet, earthy graininess to it with maybe a vague hint of leaf if I try hard enough to get it.
Grains are all over the tongue, some dry malt but mostly the tangy/sweet combo. It goes a little sour into the finish as the slightest bitterness adds some grassy leaf.
The body's almost what I expect, but actually better than I would think given the aroma and flavor. It's not terribly thin, and the light body holds well. It's crisp, yes, but there's a creaminess that doesn't fade out. It's fairly dry all the way through.

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Photo of machalel
3.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium gold body with a nice white head. Thin lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Quite strong malt and sweet grains for a pale lager, and a definite hop presence makes for an unexpected surprise.

Taste: Again, quite malty for the style, with a light fruitiness and honey aspects. Medium-low bitterness in the aftertaste. This one is a bit better than the usual offerings (such as Peroni etc), for one that likes beers that lean towards the malt side.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. Fairly average.

Drinkability: A good example of a macro lager that can be made pleasant. It was better than I was expecting, and perfect for pairing with the wonderful pizza that I had alongside. It won't set your tastebuds alight, but I would much prefer this than the majority of macro lagers on the market.

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Photo of soju6
2.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear golden color with a decent head that fades to bites of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of a fruity sweetness with a bit of malt sweetness mixed in.

T: Taste of mild fruit and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp and smooth but a bit short on flavoer.

O: Typical non-offensive Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of scratch69
2.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of fizzy white head. The head disappeared quickly and there is almost no lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of sweet malt, corn and bread.

Taste- Pale malt flavor with hints of honey and lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not a very good beer, reminds me more of a typical adjunct lager. If you pass this one up, you won't be missing anything.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Purchased from a webshop.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with faint haze and plentiful fine carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that doesn't hang around. Aroma of slightly sweet, grainy malt with hints of cardboard and faint stewed hops. Smells a tad stale.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Hints of grain, cardboard, overcooked veg and stewed hops. A distinct stale flavour in the background, and a harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, prickly and dry. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

Blech - this is a pretty crappy lager. A stale, overcooked flavour; this doesn't distinguish itself at all. Even if I was desperate for refreshment, I'd think twice before selecting one. Avoid.

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Photo of rarbring
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear and pale golden with a white head that leaves some lacing and a few curtains.

The smell is very weak, some faint white bread aromas.

A sweetish start, white bread, some lemon and a clean bitterness.

Medium small carbonation, small bubbles, soft and fresh, a smooth dry finish.

Very sweet and malty, nearly a Swedish standard lager "stor stark", a discrete bitterness.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers."

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a slightly darker than expected color. It's still comfortably in the range of yellow, but instead of urine it's more the color of jaundice. Sudsy, soapy head actually has some decent retention, which you don't often see in the style.

The malt profile in this beer smells stale. Not musty or anything, just... old. There's actual hops here though! Some steely noble hops. There's promise here.

The palate is quick and sweet with esters akin to a fruit flavored bubblegum. Those esters give way on the midpalate to a metallic hop character which lingers through to the finish, where it is amplified by an unpleasantly astringent pale malt off-flavor that sticks to your back molars.

The mouthfeel is style-average: watery, sudsy. Overall, this is a pretty average pale lager. Not much to say about it. It doesn't offend and seems to be brewed with some semblance of care.

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Photo of rudzud
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at a random store in Waitsfield, VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear honey hue with a fizzy light head that fades quickly to leave no retention and lacing.

S - sweet malts and grains/corn with light honey.

T - More of those sweet malts (though more honey atleast), but its still alot of corn on the taste. Not a big fan of corny beers...

M - Mouthfeel isnt that bad. Light, crisp, not too too thin mouthfeel. Definately european.

O - Overall, this beer was average. Havent really had a good Italian beer. This one was okay, wouldnt buy again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Raven3464
2.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: The beer pours a golden yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell: It smells like a typical macro lager. In other words, there is a slight hint of hops and not much else.

Taste: A slight amount of yeast is apparent in the after taste. Other than that, there really isn't much of a taste.

Mouth feel: The carbonation is slightly refreshing but, just like with every other aspect of this beer, there isn't much too say.

Overall: This beer isn't much better than a typical macro lager. It lacks the offensive metallic, sour twang found in many macros but other than that, it accomplishes nothing.

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Photo of Paincane
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow with thin white head and small amount of lace
S: Yeast, corn
T: Grain, corn, hops
M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation
O: Average beer, not good but not bad, lacking complexity and flavor. Would have another, but I prefer their 150th Anniversary Amber.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, skunk, grass, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. The beer finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a little bit of a lingering spicy/hoppy flavour.

Overall – This is a pretty decent euro-beer. It offers a little bit more than just the basic adjunct flavour. I'm not sure I'd pick it up again, but I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about 2 or 3 fingers of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - typical light beer type of smell...a bit of a pilsener smell. Malty, but not strongly so.

Taste and Mouthfeel - not quite as strong of a "light beer" type of taste. The taste is actually closer to that of Bavarian style lagers. No bitterness at all, pretty sweet for this style. Texture is actually pretty well balanced.

Overall - not an interesting beer at all, but not bad tasting either. Worth trying just to 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 lacqueredmouse
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass nov16 2010

A clear pale straw yellow lots of large bubbles feeding a thumbs width of head that falls after a few seconds and leaves a couple random patches of lace

S grassy hops and a little lemon

T some sweet grains on top of what I smell with a slight metallic flavor

M a little thin but quite fluffy from the carbonation and fairly crisp

D nothing special and nothing offensive, on a hot day this could work if your selection was limited

I wouldn't go looking for this one, not a bad beer but pretty simple

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