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


on tap

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RATINGS: 435   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (7221) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Golden colored with a thin head. Very malty grain aroma. Flavor is full of toasted malt taste with little to no bitterness. Very smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6284) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bright yellow with a castle of white foam protecting it. Almost a spicy aroma, and indeed this beer delivers a more earthy flavor that most European pilsners ... but still rooted in its maltiness. Respectable bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 (Bottle 66 cl) Nice golden colur with a massive, pretty head. Typical Italian lager: mild, some malty sweetness and not that much character. 180603

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2005
One of the better Mediterranean lagers. But that’s not saying much. Pale gold with a short hello-goodbye head. Surprisingly sweet biscuity-malt aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, thin to medium body. Lots of malt on the tongue and some balancing bitterness. Better than expected - but my expectations were low.... (Bottle)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Pale golden color,small white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.Malty metallic aroma with a bit of hops but very small bit.Light malty taste with a bit of maybe some caramel in there along with a decent hop showing at the end.Nothing special at all but for$1.29 it was worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1107) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2005
A good solid grainy beer. Bloody expensive though. Lots of malt and grains.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle. Took this beer in a Giorgio restaurent, wanted to try it, my expectation was low but not that low. Make a test, close ur eyes, take 2 glasses, one with this beer and another one with gaseous water and try to figure out witch one is the beer. J’ai essayer cette biere dans un resto Giorgio. Je ne m’attendais pas a grand chose de cette biere, je me disais qu’elle devait etre comme la Morreti mais, elle etait vraiment pire que ce que je croyais. Entre cette biere la et de l’eau gazeifier, j’peux vous dire qu’il n’y a pas une grande difference.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 I’ll forgive Italy for this because they also gave us Sophia Loren. Pouring yellow with a short-lived white head, this smells of damp straw and corn syrup... but not unpleasantly so. Little flavor but some slightly malty sweetness. Little evidence of hops in aroma or taste. Sticky finish.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
Large white head, lots of lacing. Unfortunately this is starting to make me think the beer will be crap as so many of the bad beers I have had recently have had pristine whit eheads with lacing. Thi sone doesn’t last so long. Smells of straw. Tastes like a bland lager. Some sugar. Neglible hops. Neglible malt. Oh well. Was cheap (ish) and has no bad metals or anything. Unlikely to buy it again however.

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