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Birra Moretti | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-17-2001

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.52/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Birra Moretti brewed by Birra Moretti (Heineken), with an ABV of 4.60% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. Birra Moretti is an filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell nice with grains and malts. You also pick up on some sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is rich with with malts and a mild sweetness. This brew has a nice balance it it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is is nice and clean. This brew is also relishing, Birra Moretti did a nice job with this one. Over all I'm giving Birra Moretti a 4.75 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of NHPC
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

I only drink it cause its made in Italy, which doesn't mean high quality, just that its my heritage. otherwise it would be just a light lager with limited complexity. Cold is best.

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Photo of ordybill
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a pint mug.
Aroma- Has an average aroma of grass and hops.
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a thick white head.
Taste-Not a bad taste, however I have had this in Sicily and it was much better closer to the brewery.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- This is just okay for me, Italian beers don't get a lot of love, pretty much for a good reason.

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Photo of jonb5
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

330ml bottle, poured into Moretti glass.

A: Golden, darker than standard Euro lagers, clear, small head.

S: Burnt toffee, slight hint of Saaz hop.

T: Lots of charcoal, burnt toffee, hints of wheat.

M: Crisp, well carbonated.

O: Looked like apale Euro lager, but tasted more like a Vienna style lager.

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Photo of powerpop
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Great tasting Euro pils. Medium bodied, tons of biscuity malt flavor, followed by a refreshing hop bitterness. Really hard to beat IMO. Kicks all others in the heinie. The most desired beer in Italy.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
1/5  rDev -66%

Appearance – Very, very pale in colour, I struggled to get this beer to support any kind of head. The lack of head also resulted in zero lacing.

Smell – It didn’t even smell like a beer more like the barley water mix that beer might one day come from.

Taste – The taste matched this initial sight and smell observation as all I could taste was barley and water. Maybe the corn has an effect on the taste of the brew, who knows all I can say is this is rather bland for my liking. There is just mild and I do mean mild malt flavour so the whole thing is very close to the taste of water. Even my wife could tell from the colour that this one was going to be a disappointment and she does not drink.

Mouthfeel – Watery and very thin.

Overall – There is nothing really wrong with this but nothing really good about it either. It is just dull, having said that if you drink it with an Italian meal it does have a better flavour following the meal but not nearly enough to make it interesting. So my advice is either drink this as your accompaniment to an Italian meal or treat it like a Miller, chill it to near zero and drink it quick so you don’t notice the lack of flavour. I also tend to feel that this last point makes this a worrying beer! What I mean by that is best explained by this… imagine if a bunch of rowdy teens get their hands on this. At 4.6% they would be pissed pretty quickly and would just keep on drinking as there is so little flavour it would taste like water even to them.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

The aroma is a little spicy, earthy, and sour, with just a touch of grainy sweetness. The eggshell-white head quickly diminishes; the bright amber body is crystal clear. The flavor is largely comprised of a grainy sweetness with a mild sour bitterness. The medium-light body is very crisp and moderately carbonated.

Overall, light, crisp, refreshing, and ordinary.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +32%

Bottle marked 338320HO at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak, some hops coming through
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of mostly tiny bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor begins with light hoppiness which fades into some light malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.875. Final weighted score: 3.875
A good lager. Since Moretti is part of Heineken, I was expecting some skunk. This lager, however, was free of any sulfur taste and was very crisp and clean, actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +36.1%

This beer is a Munich Helles style. Clean, rich, malty. Pours perfectly golden clear and maintains a slight head for the duration. Malty nose and slight sweetness comes through. Not for the hop-a-holics....who knew that the Italians could brew such a clean Bavarian brew? Despite the poor ratings and reviews, I think this a solid drinker

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Photo of KFBR392
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color that is clean and transparent. Half a finger of head on the pour settled in to a thin layer across the top that was present while drinking. Active carbonation is very bright, slightly above average for the style.

Smell: Straw and some medium bodied hops on the front. Some more grassy hop notes on the body with significant biscuit and creamy buttery malts. Touches of corn and nuts are picked up underneath.

Taste: The initial hit is of corn and grains which linger throughout. Biscuit, creamy dough and butter, and light hops open up on the body. Some pleasant hop tones linger on the palate after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean carbonation is very approachable. Some lingering corn and funk is detected but it is nothing over the top.

Overall: Nothing mind blowing but certainly would not turn one of these down at an Italian restaurant or similar setting with limit options. You can certainly do much worse.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The bottle backlog continues to fall in the wake of my decision to eradicate bottles from at least my kitchen and perhaps from my inventory. I am awash in the daggum things and they are standing between me and The CANQuest (TM) and I will not abide it any longer. I open this one in honor of Sheriff Walt Longmire's deputy, the Philadelphia transplant, Vic Moretti.

From the bottle: "The Beer in Italy"; "Qualita e Tradizione".

Wow, a whole 330-ml.! I'll be done before I really get started. I got started with my usual heavy-handed pour, resulting in a pseudo-cascade, and producing just under three fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. For the second time today, I feel like I have passed urine that was darker than the beer in my glass. Nose had a grassy, Saaz hops-like aroma. No adjuncts, anyway. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was mildly grassy with a biscuit malt backbone. Not bad, especially for the price point. Finish was semi-dry, rather unobtrusive and fairly pleasant in total.

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Photo of NerdLife
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very "skunky" aroma but pleasant to drink. It has a very refreshing taste. Think Heineken but a little stronger. Nice clear golden color with a frothy head. Aftertaste is a little dry. Low carbonation. All in all, it's a beer that you could definitely sit down and watch a game with. Although, nothing to write home about. It's cheap and easy.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.90 500ml can. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Pretty not much. Opens ok pours ok no head in 1min

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Light beer flavor not much hops or malt

M- Ok at best again. Light on the tongue.

O- Ok at best again. Would not buy again. There is no reason for it

Food Pairing

This beer will go ok with anything you would eat with a Bud


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Photo of Foyle
3.84/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a thick white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing. Color is a pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley, grass, biscuit
Mouthfeel: fairly light and watery with a pleasant finish.
Flavor: great combination of sweet bready malts, biscuit, and grassy hops.
Overall: an excellent euro style pale lager. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of veganbeerboy
2.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden pale, transparent straw colouring with a 1/2 inch head that dissipated rather quickly.

N: Not much... sort of an average lager profile without anything standing out.

T: Very "plain" with no dominant flavours really. Kind of at a loss here.

M: Light bodied, average carbonation.

O: Comparable to something like Okanagan Sprin 1516; i.e. nothing special but a bit better than macros like Molson Canadian or Budweiser, but not by much and not enough to justify the few bucks I paid for the can. There are better European beers that satisfy the craving for something more simple rather than complex, like Tuborg or Czechvar.

(Poured from a 50cl can into a pilsner glass)

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass at pizzeria in Calgary. A light golden amber brew with maybe a half-inch of large white bubbles, a shade darker than many other Euro pales and featuring less doughy sweetness as well. Smells like grain husks and faint grassy hops, less doughy and more malty than its sweeter yet crisper and fruitier countryman Peroni. This one is dry as well but features a more rounded tannic maltiness somewhat like weakly steeped tea, vague lemon rind, some DMS but less than expected, dry stale popcorn, and a metallic tingle in the dry grassy finish. Thin and super fizzy but maybe just a hair thicker than something like Heineken. I did note that the spicy sauce on my pizza brought out some added dry grape and pale malt character. Good example of a food pairing that raises up the beer half of the partnership.

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Photo of Jordyn
3.39/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised at the head retention. The color is alright. Very light and can almost see exactly what's behind it. So almost translusant. The he's only poured to about a quarter of an inch. But stayed that way all throughout the drinking. You can't see through the head and it's almost silky. This is probably the only thing that makes this beer "different" from other. The taste is okay nothing to really discribe. Hoppy at the end. More refreshing than anything. Overall, an okay beer

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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a pale, straw yellow color with lots of lively carbonation and sporting a thick, creamy, rich white head. Light, crisp malt grain aroma. Light honey and mild biscuit malt flavor with a fair hop bitterness at the finish. Crisp, clean and dry finish.

A respectable lager, light and delicate overall. The appearance is its high point. The flavor is fairly nondescript and doesn't stand out in any way. Easy drinking and does wet one's whistle...

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Photo of thecheapies
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Yellow-gold with fizzy carbonation. Fizzled out to soapy film.

Musty pale grains, corn, tangy sweet malts, and a sprig of herbal notes. Staled and a little skunked.

Corn sweetness, pale and pilsner malts, bitter crispness, and mucky yeast flavors. Slight estery flavors remind me of green apple or white grape.

Soft and greasy with a perky carbonated outburst in the finish. Not easy.

Poor, or close to it. Stale flavors. Not to be revisited.

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Photo of MisterdeSade
1.76/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a terribly bad beer, but just not a very good one.
The label is more European than the over taste and body of this beer, as it tastes like flat ginger ale.
The smell is somewhat bitter and piss-like.
This beer is apparently bottled by Heineken, which makes sense, although it tastes like a watered down version of their flagship brew.

might as well drink a Coors Light...

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straw yellow, white short lasting head.
Aroma: Not much aroma.
Taste: Not much flavor, highly carbonated. Light body, slightly bitter finish.
Overall: A very poor Euro Pale Lager. Has none of the malty sweetish note expected of this style. Taste like a poorly brewed domestic beer.

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Photo of Portertime
2.24/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: I am serving this well chilled in my Samuel Smith tumbler. It pours a bright straw yellow color with an eggshell white, two finger head. The body remains lively with many tiny bubbles continuously rising to the top.

Smell: There are mild malty aromas and some graininess.

Taste: It is light and creamy like a cream ale style with a cereal grain flavor and a honey after taste. There is very little hoppiness with a hint of grassy and citrus notes. This can be a decent session lager.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin, white head that falls to thin ring with little retention. Color is pale gold. Aroma is spicy hops and sweet grains, pleasant and balanced--doesn't smell cheap or skunky. Good hop flavor that has a spiciness suggesting regional hops of the Saaz variety. Finishes dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is light and clean, moderate CO2. The only beer I will drink with certain Italian dishes. It has a light, delicate flavor that works in places where a white wine would normally go in food pairings.

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Photo of hoppyserpent
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The perceived quality of a beer needs to be considered in the context of what it is intended to deliver. Moretti is not trying to be an English Ale or an American West Coast IPA. Moretti is light in color, mouth feel, and flavor with a bit of a German lager and hoppy goodness on swallow. Fairly low IPA, too. But don't compare it to the best of other styles. Moretti is a good lager that goes especially well with Italian food. Don't believe me? Try it with a plate of lasagna and salad or a thin crust pizza - no other beer is a better food pairing.

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Photo of ahommell
2.02/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear straw or corn colored golden, Foam is minimal and goes away super quick.

S: straw. Unimaginative. Water. Hints of beer. LOL

T: Light. Airy. Watery. Flavor is only noticeable when crisply cold. Seems almost like a stale pilsner. Think Pilsner Urquell with about two gallons of water watering it down.

M: Crisp. Again... not much to comment on as it tastes so close to water. I barely know that this is beer. Little carbonation.

O: Unimaginative. Bland. Run of the mill. Dead. You be the judge. I would even go for a Miller Light before this. Very surprised that an import of this cost could be so depressing on the palate.

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Birra Moretti from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
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