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


on tap

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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Bottle & draught; 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 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
harrisoni (16931) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2006
33cl bottle at La Scala restaurant, Dover. I was extremely surprised to find 2 scoops in this restaurant, this beer and Dreher. I was here on a works do. Gold, thin white head. Pale malt, sickly lager hop aroma. Some lemon. Slightly creamy in mouth. Finish has some nice hop, touch of bitterness. Slightly nasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Light grainy aroma that is almost exclusively cereal and grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a medium head. The flavor is light but quite agreeable. It has the malty cereal element from the aroma along with the mild grassy hops. The palate is average but the finish is a little sour and citrus like. As pale lagers go, this one is good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
Nose is a little flowery. The colour is pale gold with above average white head (and with above average lacings). It is very easy to drink since the “tasted” is restrained to some hoppyness in the finish. Otherwise: crisp, fresh and refreshing - a real thirst quencher. I must admit, that I like this beer. However: The Danish importer has a way with words. He is telling everybody who cares to listen that this beer won the “beer-world championship” three years in a row. I think he is trying to say, that the Menabrea beer was awarded a gold medal by the Chicago Bevarage Testing Institute three years in a row, which isn’t the same as winning since lots of different beers are awarded gold medals. And it becomes even more grotesque since the best beers are awarded a platinum-medal (which apparently is better then gold).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
"Boring, pour a light light light straw color with 0 head. Aroma, was their one??? Flavor was watered down tasted grassy. Overall this is a weak beer. wouldn’t have again."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Floral hoppy nose. Pale gold with a white head. Flavour is pretty much a bog standard Italian lager with a slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (4418) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle, at DBF (030511 & 040515). Golden with a white head. Typical Italian lager: mild, some malty sweetness and not that much character. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
[small bottle, fresh, chilled, classic SAQ selection] I had this beer a few weeks ago with Daniel Bilodeau but I just found my annotations.

Borrrrrrriiing! Tedious, dull, mind-numbing…
Clear, faint yellow color. This must be the Italian’s Coors Light. Some traces of hops, if you’re creative. Low to medium flavor, bitterer, less sweet then the usual pilsner. Thin body, thin texture.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Typical slightly skunked Italian macro-brew...spritzy mouthfeel, dry finish, slightly stale taste, very little character or substance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1907) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 5, 2005
I think the label may have made reference to being a blond beer? If so not a great attempt, but a good attempt at making a classic Italian pale larger - bland, a bit boring, a touch stale. Good refreshing qualities and a very crisp mouthfeel despite the stale notes. VG head rention and lacing but flavour (or lack of) lets this beer down.

   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.

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