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Menabrea 1846 | Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 1846Menabrea 1846

Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA

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.

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 142
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 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 morebeergood
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of spoons
2.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very pale clear yellow color with a huge head that disappears to a small dribble. However leaves nice lacing throughout. Not much appparent carbonation except for the head.

Smells to me like the floor of a beer distribution warehouse. Or somewhere where there are a lot of broken bottles. Acidic.

There is no flavor to this beer. My brain tells me its just another lager and its right...

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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


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 laituegonflable
1.36/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly coppery golden colour, head is effervescent and white, too fizzy to stick around for very long at all. Slow, minimal bead, and some patches of slippery lace when tilted. Looks pretty uninteresting.

Nose is a bit of a sickfest, a lot of overly sweet, caramelly malt aromas, with a slight diacetyl edge and a whiff of creamed corn as well. A resiny hop tinge is welcome, but combined together with the sweetness it gives off a mildew or mouldy smell, like the stench of an uncleaned bathroom. Unpleasant.

Taste is little better - sweet and sour characters on the front, with a lot of buttery caramelly notes that last throughout the palate, a bit of rice sweetness on the mid, thin and fairly weak. Hint of a tart, carbolic edge on the back with some mild herbal notes, but not nearly enough to clean up the palate. Taste is just sweet, with all the worst fizz flavours of a soft drink to render it nastily so.

If mouthfeel were sticky it might pass as a sweet-style beer gone awry, but it's wafer thin and still makes my stomach want to explode.

A dreadful beer, not enough flavour and just has nothing to offer beer drinkers or the beer world. If they've been brewing this since 1846 then shame on the last 160 years of Italian beer drinkers and those worldwide for not telling Menabrea this beer is shit.

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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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Photo of david18
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was at a fancy italian restaurant today and somehow this beer was advertised as one of their fancier beers. A dollar or two more and available in an 11oz bottle, this promised to be a little more interesting than it actually was. Really no different from a morretti or peroni, this light lager is really just another fizzy yellow beer. Not worth wasting time on.

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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 cpone
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle to pint glass.

A: Light golden color. Very Clear. Two finger head, little retention. Little to no lacing - watery. Few bubbles.

S: Not a whole lot in this department. Rice, grain. Some lemon, honey. Maybe tiny floral notes...that's really stretching it.

T: Again, not much. Get a little bit of that citrus. Slightly sweet.

M: Little carbonation. Very clean finish, light taste. Not bad at all, just not great.

D: Not a whole lot of taste, but not offensive. Fairly refreshing - would be fine to have before a meal, with apps and before moving on to a bolder flavored drink.

There's a reason Italy is know for its wines.

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Photo of masterallen
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber yellow colour. Smell was generic and grainy - I'm blaming a inadequate yeast and fermentation time. Low ABV doesn't mean low taste, but this is certainly no exception to the rule. Mouthfeel was that of any of the garbage domestics. So yes, it could easily be a session beer if you like boring beers, but the taste is certainly not enticing enough to motivate on to begin.

This is my first of the Italian beers, and if it is of any indication of the quality of beer coming from that country... I feel for Italy.

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." - Frank Zappa.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle typical clear straw-yellow, not much of a head. Aroma is crisp and strong, but otherwise unremarkable. Flavor is rather typical of a lager - malty and crisp but not complex; at least it tastes like beer. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly. I am glad that I tried it, but I will not seek it out.

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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 jbertsch
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a bomber glass in Italy, where it should be freshest.

Unfortunately all I had to pour it into was a water glass. Poured a light golden color, say a little darker than Heineken - more like the color of a regular Budweiser.

Head was typical of a pils; white, with quick dissipation. Minor lacing.

Aroma was light, and smelled faintly sweet (though I didn't really taste any sweetness).

This is light on the hops. There's no bite back that I usually experience with pilsners. There's also not too much carbonation, so those two things coupled together make this an easy beer to drink. However, I can see getting tired of it quickly after one or two.

I always wonder why a country like Italy, who's so good at producing wine, has to be so bland and unimpressive with their beers. It seems like Italians don't take much interest in other beer styles other than pilsners and basic, crisp lagers. It would be cool to see what a country like Italy could do to beer if they put effort into it.

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

Pours clear light golden color with pretty much no head. Smell - somewhat sweet, grassy, malty. Not too much here. Taste - pretty clean, corn, sweet malts, touch of floral hops. Crispy, light beer, not that bad, but pretty ordinary bre. It's drinkable. I wouldn't have this again, too expencive for that type of beer.

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Photo of TheRogue
1.97/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale Yellow, large head that disappeared quickly.

S - Not a nice smelly beer. I get a hint of honey, but there is some stronger foul scent that pushes through

T - Bitter and acidic at first taste. Hint of honey, but a not so pleasant after taste.

M - Medium bodied, carbs up slightly, smooth feeling

D - As you're taking a sip you get the smell, and it's absolutely horrible. Stamped date say it is good until July 22 '09 ... I can only imagine what it's like when it's skunked. I would never drink this stuff again ... and would only recommend it to someone who I want to punish. They'll know better after getting a whiff though

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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 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 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 froghop
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had as a Menabrea 1846 150 Anniversario.

pours a clear pale yellow with a medium size snow white head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing.

smell is faint, grain, malt, touch of citrus, some sweetness.

taste is sour malt, hops in the back, grain, some lemon, ends dry and slightly bitter.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Bottle fresh by 5-5-09 into pint glass

golden yellow w/ bubbly white head. falls quickly

smells a bit grassy - sweet corn

taste is not bad for style. surprising little hoppy finish. the rest is similar to smell. not impressive but on the better side considering style again.

to its credit- not real carbonated. real thin on palate

overall descent beer. would certainly choose over many macros

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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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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 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 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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Menabrea 1846 from Birra Menabrea SpA
2.85 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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