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Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto - Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
82
good

772 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the final event, the sixth and last entry of the Euro Invitation, where I sample a variety of European beers. At this point, Bass Pale Ale holds the lead in the Invite, but will Birra Moretti's La Rossa knock it out of the lead and claim first prize in this competition? On the the beer:

La Rossa scores well in the appearance category, pouring a brownish-red with an excellent head. As one could expect, this beer is loaded with malts. There's a bit of sweet bread dough and chocolate notes, and of course a sweet maltiness that dominates the flavor. As the beer got warmer, alcohol made its way through, with a kick at the end.

And now, what all of you have been waiting for, the winner of the competition. The winner of the Euro Invitation is ...(drumroll)...

Birra Moretti La Rossa!

All six entries flexed their muscles, but the one from Italy takes the top prize. Read my previous reviews to catch what you missed from the Euro Invitation. Good night everyone!

DoubleJ, Jan 21, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep auburn/brown color with nice head.Smell was sweet and a liitle doughy,taste was malty sweet and of toffee,the alcolhol was prevelant in this one.I think this would go well with a deep dish pizza,the sweetness and alcohol would match well.The best Italian beer out there would be my guess on this one.

oberon, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -17.6%

tbryan5, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

freshflesh, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: A rich and bright ruby red beer with a thick creamy foam head of off-white bubbles stick to the side of the glass as it evens to a thin lace.

Smell: Rich sweet, dark malts. Caramel, butter toffee and metallic notes also come to play.

Taste: Very rich, sweet, creamy and robust flavors upfront of: caramel, bitter chocolate, molasses, smoke, a slick butter-like coating on the palate, lactose sweetness and a blood-like metallic twang. Hops are masterfully balanced with just enough bitterness and underlying earth flavours that complement the malt profile. Alcohol notes are certainly noticeable. Finishes with alcoholic fumes and a slight raw dryness on the palate.

Notes: A joyous surprise from Italy! Most of us think Italy produces simply your typical lager, but this "Dopplo Malto" brew not only has as much complexity as doppelbocks around the world, but it also packs a comparable wollop at a 7.2% alcohol by volume and 18° plato. "Rossa" is Italian for red, and most suitable for this beer.

If you can find this beer, buy it and enjoy.

Todd, Jun 24, 2001
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Beerswag, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of tjthresh
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moderate malt presents in the aroma. Big hit right off the bat. Toast, caramel, raisin, and cherry are there, but had to search. Brown with some red highlights. Fair head. Flavor was lacking also. It was there, but restrained. Very lively, medium bodied. Alcohol was not hard to find. Over all a good beer, but not a good example of the dopplebock.

tjthresh, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Doppio Malta", on the label, with new graphics, by the way. Pours clear, reddish, dark honey, with an off white head, leaving minimal lacing, Medium amout of bubble rising to the top. slight nose of the expected malt. Malty brew, subtle notes of honey, caramel and a spicy hint of hot sauce. Long lingering finish, slightly warming, hides its 7% nicely. Worthy brew, best I've had from Italy. (not saying much) Worth a try. Would probably go nicely with some spicy peppery Italian foods.

Billolick, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of locckdown
3/5  rDev -17.6%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of mattster
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce glass, poured into nonic glass.

Pours a small tan colored head atop a clear iced-tea brown brew

Smell is malty - very nice, slight hints of caramel. Taste is definitely a delight. Maltyness with toffee like tones. Bubbles are right where they should be and beer finishes like a champ with little aftertaste. A great brew, considering the other Italian choices on the market.

Some Italian beers help me realize why my great-grandfather Joe left Italy, however this one makes me wonder why.

mattster, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Byeast
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep reddish brown , thick and lasting tan head of an inch. Nice spots of lacing left on my glass.

Smell: Much doughy malt , hint of carib , tinge of chocolate , very light alcohol.

Taste: Lots of smooth doughy/bready malt flavor , a little bit of toffee sweetness, very slight raisin ,some hop bitterness in the back at the end. The abv is totally hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly spicy dryness in the finish.

Drinkablity: An exellent beer ,i would love to try it with pizza.

Byeast, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Brown with a thick off white head. Mild lacing.

Smell: Malts and mild hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of roasted malts and hops.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of GreggT
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

GreggT, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +9.9%

xdefeatsy, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -17.6%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a fairly clear brownish red, more ruby red. a nice creamy off white head, good retention and some nice lace.

dark breads and lots of fruity esters. bits of dark fruit and alcohol.

fruity malts, fruity flavors of all kinds, dark fruits, dark bready malts, and some fruity esters as well. alcohol is a bit noticable, almost a bit menthol like in the finish.

medium to almost full bodied.

definatly not my favorite style, but not a bad doppelbock. better than most american takes on the style, but still nothing i would really come back to.

dogfishandi, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hairrrrrrrr, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of monkeybeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice pour a deep brown red with not much head

S- Rich caramel smell with malt undertones

T- Could real taste the caramel malt in the brew

M- Nice and smooth, no bad after taste

D- Would get again when not out at an Italian restaurant, but defiantly would get again if they had this at other restaurants.

monkeybeer, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A straight up brown pour. Almost no head whatsoever, nor lacing, same for aroma, maybe woodish at best.

Taste, a dark, malty beer, better than expected, as I am not a dopplebock guy, so take my grade in context. Was shocked to read this is over 7%, hides the alcohol extremely well.

Caramel domination, no hop presence, medium viscosity. A decent enough beer, doesn't offend, doesn't blow any socks off. Can't picture it with Italian food, might be decent w/ Mexican?

Beerandraiderfan, May 06, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear very dark bronze appearance. Head is very light in color and milky, decent 1/4 of an inch with good staying power. Wide bands of lace. Malty aroma, loads of caramel with a honeyish floral background. Flavor is heavy but unidimensional in its concerted caramel notes with slightly overdone diacetyl. Almost like an evaporated Vienna Lager, -- hepped up but without more complicated sweet malt tones of other Doppelbocks. Uncomplicated, minimal hopping. Sturdy enough in alcohol sense. A better-than-average beer, but not worth stocking in my book given the wide range of available Doppels to choose from.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I was out at a local Italian chain called Bucca Di Beppo they had this at the bar so I ordered one with my meal I was shocked that since I had this beer one first entering advocacy that it held up to my expectations of my original tasting. Appearance: Dark amber ruby tones with a nice cream colored head fills the glass nicely leaves with lacing evenly strung. Aroma: Deep plum sharp malty tones very big doppio malto or dopple bock or double malt is what these all translate toward awesome with pasta pizza or by itself can't beat the aromatics and complexity of this ale. Taste: I'm of Italian decent with the last name Rasicci and come from the regionne known as Abruzzi very solid taste with rich malt tones with plum undernotes of full flavor excellent just as I remembered the beer amazing amount of malt and flavor excellent. Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body nice carbonation this beer is hard to beat. Drinkability: Have this one next time you go to an Italian restaurant you will not be dissappointed believe me.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coded, but not intelligibly dated, 330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A more gentle than vigorous pour produced so much head that it almost went over the top of the pint glass: perfect. The beer itself is a nice reddish amber; clear. The creamy pale tan head has moderate retention and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Floral and spicy with medium malt and hints of caramel and more than a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: La Rossa has a solid, moderately strong toasted malt backbone but also provides flavors of caramelized sugar and a light nutmeg-like spiciness. There are also hints of sweet dark fruits. A bit of coffee comes through in the mildly bitter and slightly sour finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - La Rossa is quite smooth, with medium+ body and good carbonation.

O - La Rossa is an odd doppelbock in appearance, flavor and aroma. I doubt Moretti sees this as a dobbelbock. Hence, I have rated it without regard to category.
Certainly one of the best Italian macro brews.

chinchill, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Rosethoj
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Rosethoj, Dec 25, 2013
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Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
82 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.