Menabrea (Forst)
Brewed at Forst

Style: Pale Lager
Biella, Italy


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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E una birra pregiata, con ingredienti esclusivamente naturali, che nasce dalla nobile tradizione di qualita della Menabrea. Soddisfa consumatori di classe, dal gusto raffinato, che esigono una birra leggermente frizzante e una schiuma fine, compatta e persistente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 11, 2011
Sehr milder Antrunk, leicht herb und Getreidig. Im Mittelteil wir das Bier etwas herber, im Unterton leicht malzig. Erfrischend, eher mild, im Vergleich zu anderen italienischen Lagern doch noch angenehm würzig unnnd herb, vor allem da die Geschmacksnote im Abgang weiter an Stärke zunimmt. Etwas fruchtiger Abgang, leicht malzig, angenehm. Test vom 11.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 6,9,10,9,6,9 - 8,70

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2014
Good, just yellowish dense head over golden beer. Bit milky, grainy nose, green leaves. Bitterish, but with a very malty sweetness omnipresent. Spritzy to fizzy carbonation; hints at CO² acidity; light body, bit of gristslickness. Hmmpfff. IMO, there’s something missing in a beer that needs the carbonation in order to achieve some balance. Txs for bringing over, Hans B!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ogivlado (5402) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottled 660ml. -Pale golden coloured, big (huge) bubbles of carbonation, airy white head that went away fast, cornflakes in the nose. Empty, dry salty water with minimal notes of malt and corn. Typical Italian crappy 0.66l lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (4611) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle at L’Ozio in Amsterdam. Nice golden body with tall head. Hoppy nose. Some bitter in the flavour. Well-balanced with malts. Quite creamy and went down very well. I must say I was very positively surprised with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kappldav123 (4582) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle looks simple, but good. Beer in the glass zippy, small head. Starts mild, modest spicy-hoppy, a bit grasy. Finish well balanced, still mild. Surprisingly good. Thanks to my friends Fiene and Marcel for this one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Mine does not say original, it says italia birra. Drank directly from a bottle and it looks like pale lager. Weird processed aroma. Sweeter, old lager feel with some interesting background, if I put it in a nice way. Pretty good sizzle. A little cagey at times, you know like wew. Its OK for 4.5% but it is a little rude for a pale lager. If alky content was any more, it may induce a gag reflex. It must be a little old, thats all I can figure. Not as good as some other pale lager italy beers I’ve had. Hey, I’m a pale lager liker and this is a little below average, I guess I would feel differently if it was fresh.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Marko (3766) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 14, 2013
This is brewed by Forst, not even mentioned on Menabrea’s site anymore. Poured a yellow-golden body with a fizzy medium sized white head that went away fast. Slightly skunky aroma, notes of vegetables, slightly acidity, some maltiness. The taste is that vegetabley, herbal hopiness, dry, almost no sweetness, hardly any bitterness, somewhat salty though. Not offensive, a typical Italian crap lager, maybe some sweetish corn notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Golden watery pour with no head. Smells like bitter corn malt. Taste is corn syrup and mouthfeel is thick. Why? What’s the point? A horrible beverage. It even says agua, malte, maiz, and lupolo on the bottle(water, barley, corn, hops). At least they don’t try to hide this is an adjuct lager and not even real beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (2986) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours a nice clear appetizing amber, though the white head is a bit scanty. Aroma is mainly fruity, pear and apple, with a malty undertone. Flavor has a good malty foundation and firm notes of apple and pear, not special but still satisfying. Mouthfeel has average body and a decent amount of tingle. For a pale lager, not too shabby.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heavy (2075) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 18, 2009
13/10 This is obviously the regular Italian version of Menabrea, 1846 is USA only, so both were rated there so far... Doggythedog and me got a 0.66l bottle that he found in a supermarket in Andora (Italy). It poured golden body with bigger head. Hop and some pale lager malt in aroma. A bit bitter flavor from herbal hops, that raw malt again and some strange toasty notes. Medium body and shorter, bittersweet finish. Nothing special, but fine and pleasant pils/pale lager.

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