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Birra Moretti - Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,161
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-17-2001

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Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An OK beer in a session. Light, malt, acidic, yellow, much carbonation. Hoppy. White bubbly head. Like your average beer on tap at a meal. A abalance with food.. Very standard eastern European style beer, but slightly better brewed than a North American national brand. (269 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear lightish yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form along the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and grass notes just like the average Euro pale lager. Taste is of grains, grass, and citrusy flavors. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good carbonation level makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with nothing bad but nothing great. (481 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.84/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a large, thin patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops and skunk are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has notes of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness. The skunky flavors somewhat dissipate as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. Although it's not very interesting, the taste is rather good when compared to other beers in the style. It would have been a lot nicer if it didn't have the skunky aromas and flavors. (840 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, clear yellow with a minor amount of white head. The aroma isn't too stark in any direction--there's a little bit of malt and some European hops. Taste is similar; just a tad bit sweet. Mouthfeel is thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but a little too much carbonation and not enough flavor for me. (348 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

one of the more available Italian beers, this one is pretty much the pale euro standard, nothing special. it pours a really faded straw looking color with a rapidly rising white head, aided by the pilsner glass im using here. the color is really pale, too light, even for the style, it lets me know not to expect too much taste here. the nose also gives that indication, with just a crystal light malt grassy sort of nose, a little skunky, without any more than basic bittering hops in the finish. the flavor is identical to the nose. I mean, this is plenty drinkable, in fact its really easy down, but there just isn't much taste. not a lot of off flavors, as the skunk has subsided, but its a pretty watered down beer. still, there is something unique about moretti, I don't know if its the yeast or the grains or what, but I can always pick this beer out blind with other similar ones because it has a sort of burnt bread element that stands out. not much else going on. the feel isn't bad, just really light and lacking on alcohol. as such it would be a good all day drinker. the carbonation is also really bright, which makes it good with some heavier foods like pasta and chicken marsala. overall its better than peroni, but a far cry from europe's best. (1,260 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising to create a foamy white head; some lacing

Smell: Fairly low profile; light lager nose with a bit of grain and hops

Taste: Again, fairly innocuous; light malty start with a bit of graininess in the middle; finishes dry with a slight tartness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability; I knew what I was in for when I cracked this open and there were no surprises; a decent Euro lager but nothing to ponder over (525 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out of the bottle much like all the other Lagers out there, It's got that golden color body with the fizzy white head that evaporates quickly. The Smell is skunky, it kind of overpowers many if not all the other aromas in the brew. The taste is a little funky too, it's got some aspects of a lager hidden in the aftertaste. It's kinda dry and has a medium body to it. I wouldn't need to have this one again. (423 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden colored brew with almost no head. Aroma is quite thin and almost non-existent. Taste is a light mix of sweetness with some floral malt. No aftertaste to speak of and carbonation is not good. Body is quite thin. Overall, this is a refreshing lager that doesn’t have much in term of taste. (312 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Birra Moretti, along with Stella, were the only two beers that I remember seeing in Italy, about 10 years ago, as wine was the beverage focus (rightly) of that particular sojourn. However, when it got just too hot for the local vino rosso da tavola, a cold one of these after walking around all day seemed to hit the spot - I'm sure that's what Heineken is counting on.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, bulbous, and moderately creamy bone-white head, which leaves some broadly broken walls of ice-shelf lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of gritty, musty pale malt, cornmeal, and mildly skunky, sort of stale-piss, um 'hops'. The taste is more sweet rice/corn graininess, a put-upon pale malt, hints of warm butter, and faint herbal, floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tacky to be considered all that smooth. Yet it finishes clean, a wee bit crisp, with a little lingering bitter skunkiness.

In a land with decidedly fewer wine options, and way better beer ones, this is overwhelmingly average. However, it's the only remotely appropriate beer available at my favorite Neapolitan pizza joint, and the recently arrived summer heat again calls for a cold one. (1,308 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold topped by a cotton white cap of foam that has a cottony texture as well. It was fairly large after a high altitude pour, but isn't all that dense. The head looks a little like spun sugar as it deflates and, unfortunately, leaves the glass untouched.

The nose is sweet and corny and isn't all that bad as EPLs go. There are no real off-aromas (I don't mind catching a whiff of it as I drink), but then there's really nothing that warrants praise either. Maybe a wee bit in the way of floral hops if I... uh... do whatever is the nasal equivalent of squinting.

The flavor is harmless, innocuous and words to that effect. Birra Moretti is lighter--both in terms of flavor and body--than anticipated. Although why I wouldn't anticipate that, I'm not exactly sure. It tastes like lightly sweet grain with a minor metallic intrusion at the midway point of each mouthful that leaves as quickly as it appears.

The body/mouthfeel is lighter than light. So light, in fact, that the beer seems to disappear before it actually leaves the mouth. It's hard to speak of a finish when there's barely a middle.

I have no idea what Birra Moretti's calorie count is, but it strikes me as a classic light beer. Light in appearance, light in aroma, light in flavor and light in body. If that's what Castello Di Udine was shooting for, they nailed it. Good for rehydration? (1,382 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale golden yellow hue with a small, white head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and some light malt.

T - It tasted sweet and had a good deal of grainy flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a fair average Euro Pale Lager. Nothing outstanding and nothing I'd buy, but if its free I'll drink it. (389 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

again another that was not actually terrible, just very, very light. pours out the classic golden yellow i am getting used to now. light touches of white foam dot the surface throughout the session. light grains, a touch of what is maybe hop, an hay all come through clearly, albeit not greatly. clean and crisp body, had a little more to it then i thought it would. easy to session and went down like water.

overall again not terrible, these are the ones i can throw down in a half a second. (720 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this with a pizza here in Greensboro at Elizabeth's pizza,light gold/yellow color with small head.Smell of hops with malt backbone.Taste was pretty decent good balance,a little fruity.Nothing spectacular but very drinkable,better than Miller low-life and AB products. (273 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Enormous amounts of skunk to the nose, and a lot of marijuana notes to it as well. Lots of sulfur, a bit of grass, and a little bit of grain. But, the skunk really overpowers everything.

T: Fairly heavy skunk on the palate as well. Moderate sweetness with a bit of corn and some palt malt flavor to it. Minimal hop flavor and almost no bitterness to this beer.

M: Light in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Could be okay if it wasn't so horrendously skunky. (556 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow body with a meringue-like, white head, though it dissipates fairly fast.

Smell: Sweetish cereal nose with very, very faint floral hints.

Taste: Light pale malts, some cereal grains, and just the lightest touch of honey sweetness. Very faint floral hops with just a bit of hop bitterness. Finishes semi-dry and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another light, easy-drinking lager, but, thankfully, there's nothing inherently off or wrong about it. (593 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt and some spicy hops.

T - Grainy malt with some herbal hops in the middle and a finish of sweet, bready notes and a lingering honey flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad for what it is, the malt character is a bit better than average for and international industrial lager and there is an herbal hop flavor that gives it a hint of pilsner character in the finish. (592 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love watching Peter O'Toole as Pope Paul III whilst drinking this seemingly Italian beer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises funky corn, funky wheat, light flowers, and a light layer of dust. The taste brings in more of the same, along with an unfortunate extra bit of dust and dirt. Hm. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet, fluid feel. Overall, this is a pretty weak bit of beer, something I'd hope the burgeoning Italian scene is quick to rebuke. (600 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light golden in color with a bright white head that dissipates quickly. Fast rising tiny bubbles add to the appearance.The aroma is richly malty with a very light, spicy hop in the background. The body is medium with a very fine, highly effervescent carbonation. The flavor offers a very nice, rich maltiness that's well backed by grassy, spicy hops leaving a short, dry finish with a gently lingering maltiness and bitterness. Well balanced with an interesting malt character. (484 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, grain, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. Then some adjunct and malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very faint and there isn't a lot of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, about what you would expect out of the style, I've had worse but overall this is not a very good beer. (758 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent retention with a sticky white lace, nearly clean aroma with a trace of overcooked hop and husky sweet grain. Crispness gets lost within the grainy mouth feel, big grass almost earthened flavour from the grain with a sturdy yet underlying hop bitterness. Decent beer all around, seems to go better with pasta in a heavy cream sauce rather than the typical red gravy. (372 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear gold, four finger head of moderate thickness and some cream.

Sm: Fizzy hops, barley. Fresh. Label says it's made with corn?

T: Fizzy build. Strange but passable balance. The flavour is truncated by the mouthfeel. It's off-finish is poorly built. Less bitter than most beers in the style. Notes of hops, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Mf: Too wet. Too smooth.

Dr: Wouldn't have it again, especially at Irish prices. (510 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.01/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden straw thin white head leaves minimal lace behind very thin. Aroma: Slight grassy sweet note herbal hop note in there very reserved. Taste: Lemongrass sweet tones hoppy finish this is a bit harsh not sure about adjuncts but there is some harsh flavors in this mass produced Italian lager. Mouthfeel: Thin body high carbonation more texture than most American lagers. Drinkability: Mediocre lager decent dose of hops tastes decently clean could drink a few with a meal.

2011 udate:

Now owned by Heineken. 4.6% abv pours a pale golden hue with a bright white head forming nice but it doesn't stick around, give or take a few small specks of fine bubbled lacing. Aroma strong cereal grains, cooked vegetable mild biscuit malt breadiness. Flavor assertive grassy hop flavor compared to most pale lagers, touch of bitterness but some cooked vegetables and cereal grains arises with biscuit malt sweetness. No skunkiness to be had here just some spicy herbal hops in the finish with a touch of sulfur. Mouthfeel is a bit high on the carbonation really tickles the back of the palate all the way up to the nasopharyngeal junction. Drinkability not bad especially when served cold, suitable for a mainstream macro/Euro lager. (1,242 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

While in the North End (the little Italy of Boston), I decided to go authentic and have a traditional Italian beer. Sure enough, I received the Budweiser of the boot. Like typical American lagers, this beer is bland, watery and undistinctive. My dining partner referred to the hoppier flavor, but frankly, this was the least-hopped beer I've had in at least five years.

It's quenching but boring--a traditional lawn mower beer. Why pay more? With my magnificent veal dish, this was a discussable distraction. On the positive side, it was light straw in color, clear and had a moderate head. The body was crisp and dry.

When in the North End, have the wine instead. (671 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear and yellow, with a good white head, big carbonation. Spot on.
Nose is typical skunky euro-lager smell, corny, floral, not terribly pleasant, but neither offensive.
Taste: not much here. whisper thin, barely enters the mouth, and quits before it comes. No flavor, but not awful, just very minor. Lightest body, no discernible finish, disappointing.
Must be great at washing away the heat of spicy Italian food, but on it's own, negligible.
their doppelbock rocks, though. (480 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured light straw yellow. Would be slighlty below average, but it does have a nice head. Foamy white that lingers throughout the drink, bringing it up to average (to make up for the translucent yellow appearance). Moderate, steady carbonation was present throughout the drink.
The aroma is nothing great, but, very mediocre. It has some fruity, yeasty smells. Again, nothing offensive, but nothing especially noteworthy.
The taste is the same. Nothing offensive. But, nothing noteworthy. Some fruity, mixed with bready yeasty, mixed with water.
Mouthfeel - Refreshing. No aftertaste, nothing much to say. But, nothing bad.
Drinkability - For a hot day, refreshing. Better selection than many other lagers, such as Becks or Heineken. For a European lager, it's not bad. Overall, a very average beer. Neither offensive nor special in any way. (For Italian beers, better than Peroni or Castello. Not as good as Moretti La Rossa - but more refreshing than La Rossa on a warm day or as a thirst quencher.) Could have this as a mediocre session beer. (1,049 characters)

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Birra Moretti from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
69 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.