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Menabrea 1846

Rating: 3.1

Yet another Italian beer now but surprisingly not one that I sampled whilst in the country over the summer, this is actually one that I managed to try at a pub just around the corner from me back in Scotland after heading there to watch the football and discovering that it was a new beer I had yet to try. The beer in question is Menabrea 1846, although it was just listed as Menabrea in the bar, and it is a beer from the brewery of the same name based in the town of Biella in the north west of the country near Turin. It’s not a beer that I had heard of prior to ordering it and I’ve yet to spot it available anywhere else so I can only assume it’s only been available in the UK fairly recently and despite it being another macro pale lager it is still nice to see an Italian beer that isn’t Peroni available in Scotland.

Menabrea 1846

Appearance (4/5): Bright and clear golden in colour with a foamy white head that sits about two centimetres tall in the glass. There happens to be a few bubbles rising to the surface of the beer and it’s not a bad looking beer for a pale lager with the head retention proving to be quite good and the head actually looking creamy at times.
Aroma (5/10): The nose was sa very light one with some grassy hops and light hay coming through followed by light citrus and touches of corn; basically just like every other macro pale lager out there and not that interesting really.
Taste (6/10): Quite a mellow tasting beer with some light malts and a faint citrus taste coming through early on, there was some grassy flavours and a touch of hay as well. There wasn’t really much to the beer that grabbed your attention though and it was a little of the light side with some corn appearing towards the end.
Palate (3/5): Fairly smooth with some faint grain and touches of bitterness, the beer was still quite easy to drink with a light and quite a basic feel to it.

Overall (12/20): This one was quite an easy going but ultimately a disappointing pale lager that didn’t have the worst balance but just seemed far too light, almost weak. I really can’t see this one being a memorable beer, there was just so little going on with it and it failed to grab my attention at any point as I drank it.

Brewed In: Biella, Piedmont, Italy
Brewery: Birra Menabrea
First Brewed: Brewery since 1846
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Draught (500ml)
Purchased: Sweeney’s on the Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.10

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