Brewed by Menabrea (Forst)
Style: Pale Lager
Biella, Italy


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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.34   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottle; Filtered.
Ingredients: Malt; maize; hops.
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Better than other pale lager from Italy that I have tried. Has a better mouth feel and a slightly more hoppy taste instead of just a skunk character.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Bottle from the Epicurean. Deep gold pour with 2-finger white head. Aroma of corn flakey malt, some hopcit and fruit. Decent aroma. The taste is pale malty, with a solid dose of hopcit, and some dry spicy floral notes in the finish. Somewhat light on the palate, and gets very dry pilsenery at the finish. Better than I expected. Rerate 6/19/07: This one wasnít as good as I initially rated it, and the second bottle, which I bought from State Line only because i forgot that I had rated it, really only deserved a 1 for appearance, and I lowered the aroma and overall scores. Very watery and bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Bottle. Big head, golden color, Aroma is inspiring, but the taste fails to live up to it. Sweet and too ligh, some roasty malt, some honey. Average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2005
In the 330 ml bottle at Jill and Benís Prenup. Pours a golden yellow color with a big fizzy head. Crisp and clean with no skunkiness. Not offensive in any way. Just a simple lager for the thirsty. Decent lacing remained longer than the head.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
leaparsons (8718) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Golden with a big white head. Aromas are sweet and soapy grain with caramel and skunk. Flavours are, like the aroma, sweet and soapy with some hops spice. As dull as dishwater.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ALLOVATE (2549) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2005
Tasted from the bottle, into a stem glass. Pours a brilliant gold with very fine carbonation raising a decent fluffy white head, that stuck around for the length. Unusual toffee note in the aroma, almost medicinal, mixed with a blend of spicy and grassy hops (unexpected from an Italian lager). Quite sweet in the mouth, light bodied and light in carbonation, soapy across the tongue and slightly grassy in the back. Similar, light toffee malt sweetness upfront becomes more prominent as it warmed. Fairly clean throughout and finishes off quite short and uneventful. Not a bad beer at all, unusual, but just not enough to keep me smiling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Not a bad aroma really, like many euro lagers, just not really any aroma. Poured a watery golden color with a smallish diminishing head. Doesnít taste bad really. Mild sweetness with a malt profile and scant hops in the aftertaste. Better than many pale lagers and pretty drinkable all in all due to its almost total lack of carbonation which is usually out of control in pale lagers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Eh. Iíve had better, but Iíve definately had worse. Very light and easy to drink, not bad on a hot summer day (it was 105f out while I was grilling some steak and drinking one of these). Slightly sweet, A touch of honey and sweet malts, almost no hops, a tiny european earthiness. If I disliked anything darker than an amber this would be a solid beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2005
This beer sucks. The flavors and balance are all off, and to be honest, Iíd rather drink Mexican or Turkish tap water than try this drivel again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (6044) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2005
12 oz bottle - La Traviata Restaurant, Austin, Tx. Pours a straw colored light to medium golden with a sligltly fluffy head and decent lacing. Aroma has a bit of a salty, olive oil like essence to it which is quite pleasent. Same olive oil essence carries over to the flavor which is a nice change of pace from the regular run of the mill pale lagers. Some sweet honey notes up front with a slighlty salty tinge on the back end. Smooth, clean palate. Not earth shaking, but very enjoyable.

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