A relatively new bottled import to Northamerican shores is the Menabrea Birra Bionda from Birra Menabrea. A dull gold color in appearance, this medium-bodied "blond" brew offers a coarse and crisp bitter flavor where hops dominate. A full mouthfeel complements the bold hoppy character and the accompanying clean, pale malt flavor. Some big flavors from a country that usually exports only its more tame light lager beers. This one is a welcome change.

Birra Menabrea SPA
Biella, Italy

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - April 2002

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