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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 pmcadamis
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dandelion yellow and perfectly clear. A head almost builds up for about three seconds, and then disappears with only a thin flimsy collar of soapy suds left behind. How sad. It's saving grace is a spattering of lace that is quite a bit more substantial than most pale lagers.

S - Worther's Original hard caramel candy. That just hit me like a ton of bricks! This smells profoundly like that tasty candy, and reminds me of visits to my granpa's house...or was that just the commercial. Anyhow, this honeyed caramel and Cracker Jack nose is quite unexpected and quite appreciated.

T - Sadly, not quite as tasty as it smells but it's still pretty damn good. Who listed this under American Macro Lager? I think that it's a Euro Pale Lager, and I will be submitting my change to the bros. after typing this review. There are some German pils-esque hints of hay and saltine cracker, and the hops are very German too. Could this perhaps be from the northern reaches of Italy near Austria and Bavaria? The influence is definitely there.

M - Medium bodied, delicately carbonated, and salty with a medium-dry finish. Sea-breeze fresh and palate cleansing.

D - I'm not eating anything right now (rare), but this would be a very nice food beer with lighter fare like salads and light pastas. Cold pasta salad sounds great with this one. I find that most beer from Italy, not being known as a beer country, sucks. This has restored my faith in that boot-shaped peninsula.

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Photo of Finite
2.49/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw pale staw to light yellow in color. Head forms well, nice and frothy. Head leaves quickly. Crystal clarity. Steady steam of medium sized bubbles.

light to moderate sweet corn aroma, Light aroma of spcy hops, very hard to pick up any real individual aromas.

Very sweet, maze sweetness coupled with a out of date tasting hop flavour. Hope bitterness balances back somewhat toward the end. Buttery diacetyl detectable. Again very sweet, especialy prevelent on the edges of the palate which is excentuated by a drying up front from a light hop dusting. Hops flavour implys old, poor quality hops or even a hop oil. Some green apple skin, grian husks, chemical notes.

Very thin. Sharp and tinny, leaves a metalic numbing on the tongue. Slightly oily in the mouth. High carbonation

Simple and uninspiring, breaks a few key rules for the macro lager style too. Easy enough to drink but would get old fast. Looks the part but thats about it.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold, bordering on yellow, with minimal head and some tiny bubbles. The nose is faint, with only minimal pale malt aromas and a smattering of hops. There's a touch of sulphur and more than a touch of corniness. On the palate, mild bitterness and then mounting sweetness toward the mid-palate and finish. The hops have a bit of a minty quality. Mouthfeel is light and a tad rough, especially for the style. Drinkability is enhanced by its blandness. There's nothing terribly offensive about this beer, but there's also no way it will add anything to your quality of life. Bleh.

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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 Redwood21
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In all honesty i do not feel like doing an overly detailed review of this beer. its not very good in my opinion. maybe my bottle was an off bottle, but there is no head, the smell is skunked and spoiled food smelling. the tatse follws suit. the mouthfeel and drinkability are thusly lowered by said negative sensations. it is what it is, maybe a better beer in a diff time, but not right now. its bad. i apologize to whoever made this beer, but i do not enjoy it.

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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 Suds
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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

Pale yellow/straw. Rockey white head that fades quickly.
Grainy malt nose, light weight. Subtle reminder of Corona or similar.... must be the maize.
Flavour like the nose. Hollow & watery. No mid palate. Slight cloying feel at the end, medium bitterness. No hop flavour.
Perhaps a good food beer, but not particularly exciting on its own.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale gold with a head that did not quit. Was not impressed by the taste- grainy sweetness with mild skunking, though that may be because of the bottle. Had another one just to make sure, but the same applied. Light mouthfeel, very effervescent. Not as clean/crisp as you would expect from an Italian beer, but still better than alot of domestic wannabes.

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Photo of Conrad
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is the nice colour of the bottle.
I poured it into a pils glass, colour is a thin golden yellow, thin head, high effervescence, and pretty lacing.
The smell was of mild hops bitterness with grassy notes.
Taste: Like a mild pils. Not remarkable. Picked up on grassy or lemon flavour, but it did not dominate. Nothing dominated.
Mouthfeel: Tiny bubble fizz. Watery. Thin.
Drinkability: It goes down easy because it is so inoffensive. You could have several in a row, but why would you? There's better stuff out there.

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Photo of joecast
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of ALEBOY
1.89/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 Gusler
2/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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