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Beer – #547 – Menabrea – 1846

Brief beer, brief songs, brief maths, an a brief gathering.

A well-balanced beer with a marked floral fruitiness coming through from the aromatic yeasts used in its production

Menabrea – 1846 is brewed by Menabrea (Forst) in the style that is a Pale Lager and they are in Biella, Italy

This is a 330ml bottle that has beer of 4.8% ABV making it 144 calories a serve, so 1.25 standard drink units.

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Menabrea is a light, delicately balanced lager with fruity flavor and aroma of dry grass and citrus. Birra Menabrea is Italy’s oldest brewery.

The award-winning brewery is located in the small town of Biella in northern Italy where it is run by fourth generation.

A well-balanced beer with a marked floral fruitiness coming through from the aromatic yeasts used in its production.

Pale yellow appearance; moderately light bodied; mild bitterness.

Italian beer, what could go wrong? Plus a new cap for the collection jar.

Menabrea 1846That just smell like malt lager type beer. Pour is golden, head is fleeting. Look nice in the glass though decent carbonation.

I don’t think there would be any surprises if I now say that on tasting that this tastes like your standard average European Lager type drink. High malt and low hops as a characteristic.

Oh and some of that biscuit thing going on. Nothing unpleasant and at the same time nothing unusual or different.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 5  of its things from the thing. It is nothing to write home about, has nothing that sets it apart or aside from similar beers of the style, it’s just easy drinking no frills beer.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? It isn’t spectacular, and it’s nice for what it is, if what you wanted was cold liquid. If I was setting up for a special night in this would be a bit tragic.
  2. Would I have another? I might if I was thirsty and this was in the fridge as thing, I wouldn’t ask for another.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not really. There are other better beers of the style around that would bear up better under robust conversation than this.

Musically, I started to listen to Steely Dan, and the album ‘AJA’ Aja is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Originally released in 1977. I Was younger this was quite edgy then.

Donald Fagen, and the Album “the NightFly” remains a favourite.


The colour of pale lager ranges from light bronze to nearly transparent and the alcohol anywhere from 4-6%. Adjunct usage may be quite high, though in some cases the beer is all-malt. Carbonation is typically forced, though not always. One thing that doesn’t vary is that neither the malt nor the hops make much of an impression on the palate. These beers are brewed for minimum character, though faint traces of hop or malt may show through. More likely though is that adjuncts like corn will show through, or you’ll find notes of higher alcohols (fuel notes) due to the use of high-gravity brewing. The body will be thin and watery, and the finish is typically non-existent.


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This entry was posted on February 20, 2015 by in Beer, Beer of Italy, Beer Review, Craft Beer, Critic, Menabrea, Pale Lager and tagged , , .

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