Menabrea 1846 | Birra Menabrea SpA

Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846
BA SCORE
4.8%
Liked This Beer
2.85 w/ 145 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:
#43,374
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
145
Liked:
7
Avg:
2.85/5
pDev:
18.25%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
19
Trade:
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Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -29.8%

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 biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having only ever had Moretti and Peroni as examples of Italian brewing culture, I was interested to see this offering hit my local liquor store shelves. For a country so varied in its wine production, one would hope that there's more to its brewing as well...

Into a pilsner glass, this beer pours a very clear, light pale golden colour. The head is thin, white, and gargantuan at first, but dissipates quickly. It smells like white, bready malt, and rice cakes. The taste has a slight floral hoppiness at first, then a very thin, almost state-less body arrrives. I haven't analyzed very many beers made with corn, so I don't know if this is attributable to that or not. It isn't really sweet maltiness that I taste, but a smooth graininess. There isn't really much flavour to speak of, just an essence of a reminder of an indication of one. The carbonation is on the low side. That said, it's pretty inoffensive, and easy to drink, just not much to make you remember it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at Pizza D.O.C. in Chicago.

Pours into a pilsner flute, fizzy yellow body, high clarity, champagne streams of carbonation.

Smell is bland, maybe old hops, slightly mineral.

Taste is fairly crisp with a dry aftertaste. Leans toward a Pilsner, but overall is sort of bland. Vague grain and sweetness in the middle. It's drinkable, but then again, so is water. Paired well with wood-fired Pizze Margherita.

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Photo of zeff80
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-color. It had a small, short-lived, bubbly, white head that left minimal lacing.

S - Aroma seemed a little skunky. Otherwise, grain and maybe some floral notes.

T - This has a light caramel maltiness mixed with corn and grain flavors. And there are actually some hops in here providing a bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is okay for an italian lager. It is pretty easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.89/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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 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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3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date of 05.05.09 on back label:

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of cooked corn, skunked cabbage and strong sulfur. This all does subside, revealing a hint of grain.

The taste is of a combo of American macro and industrial EPL. Husky with sulfur and a touch of lime. Some washed-out hops give is a slightly floral dryness. Salt water comes through.

To its credit, while thin, it is not overly fizzy.

There are cleaner macros out there. It's not undrinkable, but I wasn't looking for the .8 ounces that would have made up the full 12 ounces.

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Photo of Tone
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, grain, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, grain, slight sweet malt, slight metallic, hint of hops, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a decent appearance and body.

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma was a bit on the sweet side. Taste was crisp but rather bland. Not much here in the way of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this one.

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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev +5.3%

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 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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3/5  rDev +5.3%

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 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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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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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Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
Beer rating: 4.8% out of 100 with 145 ratings
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