Wanda | La Birreria

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Brewed by:
La Birreria
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CHickman on 10-08-2011

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Poured from cask at the Birreria into pint glass. Pours a hazy brown, not much head. Sweet malty and nutty aromas. Taste is similar, of nutty sweet malts. Very lacking in wow, especially for $10 a glass... Its ok, but not amazing. I expected much more...

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Birreria, the Eataly NYC rooftop brewery and bar. Pours chestnut opaque brown with a small creamy tan head that faded and left a creamy ring on top around the edges; as light hits the beer it looks very cloudy.

Smells very nutty, with roasted nuts, sweet malt, caramel, grass, light herbs, burnt wood and a sweetness that might come from brown sugar; overall the nose is pretty mellow, pretty basic and nutty.

Tastes very nutty up front, with the roasted chestnuts giving off that Christmas taste which then eases into a very smooth nutty flavor, with toasted grains, lightly roasted sweet malt, grass, hay, herbs or light piney hops, light yeast funk and a touch of wheat; this is easy to drink as none of the flavors overtake the nutty flavor and it settles into a real nice complex brew that tastes like it was home brewed, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and watery smooth, with no carbonation, and a medium chewy body that leaves a clean nutty finish that's on the sweet side. This beer got sweeter as it warmed and went perfect with sausage. I recommend trying this beer as it was pretty tasty.

BEER NOTES: Wanda (by The Birreira Brothers) was listed under House Brews at Birreria, the Eataly NYC rooftop brewery and bar. Listed as a cask ale, it’s a chestnut mild ale. The Birreira Brothers is a group made up of Brewmasters Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Leonardo Di Vincenzo of Del Borgo and Teo Musso of Baladin. La Birreria di Eataly puts their collective years of experience and of “off-centeredness” to the test with three cask-conditioned ales exclusively brewed on the Eataly rooftop brewery. In the spirit of Eataly, La Birreria’s in-house ales are inspired by ingredients and by Italian character. They are made with the finest raw materials like American and European malted barley, the freshest hops and unique spices. Each beer is traditionally brewed and served through a hand pump at the perfect temperature to capture its full flavor.

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Birreria: This one poured a ruby tinged chestnut brown color. It has a bit of an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. An interesting nose. Definitely a whiff of chestnuts. Some sweet malts also. The taste is good. Body was a hair lighter than I expected. A little yeasty and bready, hints of the chestnuts, malts. Interesting and definitely worth having a second one.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass at Birreria.

Wanda pours a dark mahogany, lightening slightly towards amber at the very edge of the glass. The khaki colored foam is initially about two fingers tall atop the beer. While there's much lacing left behind, the head never really goes away completely either, there's at least a dusting of it all the way down the pint glass. The nose is disappointingly weak, though some toasty bread and nutty aromas are appreciable. The flavor profile has a little more life to it. Bread and biscuit maltiness and a definite nuttiness are the main attraction again here, but a subtle roasty, chocolate note creeps in to add a little depth to the beer. The body isn't overly chewy or rich, but it does have a little bit of sturdiness to it. The carbonation is predictably low given that it's served on cask, but that plays just fine with this beer. I enjoyed Wanda a bit more than the other Birrera beer I had (a witbier), and it's much more conducive to he cask conditioning they do with all their beers.

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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Birreria, this is an interesting chestnut brown ale--evidently a common Italian style but not one I had had before. It's very dark brown with a thin tan head and some cloudiness, and smells like green roasted chestnuts, a little bit sharp still. This continues in the taste, which is lots of rich nut and earth with a smoky quality and some sweet/yeasty flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation--I could have used a bit more heft, I think, but it does drink very well. I liked it but suspect you could do slightly better with the style.

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Wanda from La Birreria
3.62 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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