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Birra Moretti - Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,226
Avg: 2.94
pDev: 30.61%
Wants: 14
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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Birra Moretti (Heineken)
Italy | website

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 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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Aug. 2014. I've been putting this one off for a while because I don't like spending money on six-packs of imported lager, but this single tallboy (which only recently became available here) is a more realistic pickup. Served well-chilled.

Pours that familiar clear, pale golden colour, topped at first with one finger of soapy, bone-white head that soon seeps away, leaving behind a modest cap and a few strands of sticky lacing. A fine-looking lager. The nose consists of typical Euro lager aromas - light, grainy pale malts, wet hay and some grassy hop notes. Unlike many EPLs, however, this one has the advantage of not stinking like a skunk - no doubt due to the packaging.

This is a solid-tasting lager - colour me somewhat impressed. It starts off with a clean, pale malted barley sweetness, accompanied by some grain husk. The hops come forward toward the finish, offering a mixture of wet hay and grassy, floral dryness that lingers very briefly in the aftertaste. Light-bodied; somewhat thin but still creamier than most EPLs, and good, crisp carbonation that gives the brew a firm bite. Extremely drinkable; like most pale lagers it tastes best when well-chilled, but this one actually held up ok as it approached room temperature.

I liked this stuff right from the first sip - nothing fancy, just a straightforward, no-nonsense pale lager that tastes pretty good and quenches your thirst with its crisp, refreshing nature. As a general rule of thumb, I would take a well-made German/Czech pilsener over a regular EPL any day of the week, but this particular lager hit me right in the sweet spot.

Final Grade: 3.42, a respectable B-. I had low expectations coming into this review, but Birra Moretti is actually a fine lager - a damn fine one, in my humble opinion, and a surprisingly solid choice for my 450th review. Normally these Euro lagers are a one-and-done for me, but this is one I could actually see myself purchasing again, and I'd certainly pick it over Peroni or 90% of the other imported lagers that crowd the shelves around here. A justifiable option at its LCBO price point - if you're a lager fan looking for something simple to quaff on a hot day, give this one a shot.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally reviewing this beer years after initially trying it. 500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased fro about $2.50 CDN from the local LCBO.

Appearance - A clear pale golden colored beer is poured that is very clear and lacking much in the way of bubbles. A nice near finger of white head is poured and retention is modest but nowhere near the greatest.

Smell - Not much in the way of nose, light grainy aromas, some vague corn sweetness and not much else. There's not any off scents thankfully.

Taste - Light grain flavors, but quite balnd even for a Euro pale Lager. Finishes clean, but the lack of flavor is disappointing.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp, light body, carbonation isn't big.

Overall - Certainly drinkable and solid enough across the board, but the lack of flavor even relative to others in the style lets Birra Moretti down a bit.

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Photo of hackmann
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: super crystal pale yellow with a ½ finger white head that did not stay around long.

Aroma: very light overall; light grains, white bread, faint grass, an almost typical light aroma of a lager

Flavors: once again – a typical lager; fresh white bread, crisp grains, mild hops, little grassy like, seem to come together for a nice tasting lager; like a typical lager or pilsner the flavors diminish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: crisp, fresh, pleasing, smooth, decent carbonation to keep it lively,

To the Point: a good lager, as far as, lagers go; 12 bucks for a six pack – I know I can find a better beer for this kind of money and not be stuck with some typical lager beer. Factoring in the price I'll have to give it an okay -

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Photo of soju6
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear light golden color with a fairly large head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus and malt sweetness.

T: Taste of malt sweetness with a bit of fruit in the background. Mild bitterness witha clean finish.

F: Light body and smooth.

O: Typical Euro Lager.

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Photo of FLima
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with lots of head with good retention and leaving laces, pretty good for an adjunct lager.
Aroma of non-malted cereals and floral and grass hops.
Although it has a corn like taste, it has a decent amount of floral hops giving a refreshing taste. Hints of butter, actually a bit distracting. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Decent for an adjunct lager, good choice of hops with a fair quantity for the style. But it has a low cost benefit in Brazil, should cost less than a Heineken which has a superior taste.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2.2014 best by date. Impressive shelf-life as I purchased this in April of 2013.

I hope Italy has better beer than this.

Appears a very gassy pale yellow, no foam.

Not unpleasant aroma for a fizzy lager, but not inviting either.

Taste of light cereal malt, thin bodied with a light flavor and a corn flake-cereal finish. Utterly forgettable and just as bland from the source (Italy) as imported.

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Photo of metter98
2.84/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Birra Moretti from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
69 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.