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

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001)
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Photo of diablo14
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a scottish ale from italy? well here it is. la rossa is one of the beer worlds most often overlooked pearls. everything about it is BIG, but not overpowering. quite versatile too which is another of its plusses.

cherry/ruby red in color with a light orangy sort of head that froths but not out of control. this is one beer that certainly backs up its claim of doppio malto. the nose has huge doughy aspects, with a touches of sweet biscuit and a hint of tart morello cherries and some blood orange like aromas. the flavor is all about malt. mammoth blasts of rich maltiness bombard the senses. theres a lingering sweetness combined with breadiness and dried fruit tones, like stollen in nature. finishes fairly dry, tho with not a huge amount of bitterness, and the texture is dense, but not syrupy. very nicely balanced from start to finish. never forgets where it is in your mouth, everything being right where it needs to, particularly with a brew like this.

but what sets this beer apart is its relationship to food. either with or in a dish it's a bloody beauty! you can have this with a rich creamy pasta, or a thick based wood fired pizza, or tiramisu, or any european sweetbread. it makes a stunning addition to any good beer batter recipe. ive made malt bread using this and even a beer soup with crutons which was amazing. this ability alone puts it right up there for me.

i will say that you dont want to have too many of these in one go. youll be tasting the malt for days. having said that, at the end of the day when youre finishing it off, a la rossa will leave you with the sort of aftertaste you not only enjoy, but want to hang around just a bit longer than most. and i can say that on a cold night, this puppy will really warm the cockles of your heart. a very very underrated beer.

update, 29/11/03. im mourning the loss of a classic. got two bottles of this with new pacakging, and godammit, the beer had also changed. all of its malt character is gone. there was hardly any malt at all. just a sweet alcohol tasting beer with no complexity. michael jackson forwarned of the possibility of this happening, and alas it has. another example of a big brewer buying out a smaller one, taking a gem of a beer and turning it into nothing. i was so shattered and disgusted i tipped it out. an absolute disgrace, as what this beer is now is no better than a two out of five. a sad day in my beer drinking career.

update 24/12/03 found some old bottles of this and it was like saying goodbye to someone who had days to live. it still makes me ask the question of why they had to change it. is quantity more important than quality? it appears so it the case of this brew. im farewelling a classic. vale moretti la rossa.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avoided this for some time because I assumed (I know) it was another Italian lager. Pays to read the labels, huh? Pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a small head that dropped to a lasting film and left spotty lace. Smell is sweet, malty, nutty, grass, a little earthy. Taste is just a continuation of the smell with all of the same plus light hops and a light alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, a light effervescence and slight warming in the back of the mouth and throat. Drinkability: "thank you sir, may I have another?. " A damned fine brew, world class.

Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber hue with a white head. Tastes great I am surprised at how much I like this stuff. Great rich malty taste, caramel, toffee, a little bit of coffee tones. An underrated beer if I have ever tried one. I would recommend this to anybody who likes doppelbocks

Photo of putnam
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fans of Ommegang and Ommegang's Rare Vos should try this beer. It has a similar cherry wood and maple-syrup flavor profile that is also similarly smooth textured and dry.

Redwood red.

A shy nose of cherry wood and bacon lead into succulent flavors of strawberry, bavarian cream and white egg burnt, drizzled hard sugar.
The bitterness is an enigma. It lurches from side to side as I attempt to seize it for closer scrutiny. It is both integrated and agile.
Tootsie roll-chewy tannins, assertive, keep this delightful confection from assuming the sluggishness its girth might otherwise impose. Excellent.

Photo of GreggT
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear dark copper with a very pretty 2 inch off white head- very small bubbles. Quite attractive.

Aroma is a malty wonderland... slightly sweet, bready and light nutty spices (?) (I can't quite place it, but that's the best description I can give). Flavor follows through very nicely- sweet, but not cloying, bready, but interesting rich bread, not white bread, slight offset from hops and yeast, incredibly well balanced. I really like this one.

Mouthfeel is rich and quite pleasant.

I've read about this beer before (Michael Jackson calls it the perfect beer for pizza), and have had it on many occasions, and really do enjoy it. One of the few Italian beers that I like (not that I've had that many).

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a head on this baby, over two inches high after a vigorous pour into the glass. Color is a deep amber and the mile high head was a frothy tannish, light brown. Looks scrumptous, I couldn't wait to drink this. Smells of roasty sweet malt and fresh, sweet bread, a bit faint spice note. Taste of this is pretty good, sweet roastyness, malty toffee, fresh and smooth, very full-bodied feel that has a light chewyness and finishes slightly dry with a hint of spice. Very nice indeed. The head had a life on its own for the first few minutes and the taste and feel is darn right perfect. I thought Italy was known for its wine, but this beer changed my mind about that cultural fact.

Photo of clausr
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of inebrius
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All the time I spent in Northern Italy and I thought Spaten was Italian for beer. Where was La Rossa when I was munching on my Fruta Del Mar? Pours a semi sticky head over translucent terra-cotta. Nose of cannoli and a steamy latte with Hazelnut syrup. Sweet malts are dispersed by a regiment of bittering hops for a decently balanced--if leaning more toward the malt side--Doppio Malto. Leaves a lively little warm spot on your soul. At $8 a six you can bet I'll be drinking more of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of areyoukind
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this in Dunwoody, GA at 48th Street Market, a little Italian grocery/sandwich shop/wine store. They also had regular Moretti and also Peroni, but i'm much more of a dark beer guy, and haven't gotten into the lagers lately. So, finding this shop right around the corner from school and they have a good dark beer??? i was a regular every Tuesday and Thursday!

Served from bottle into a 8 oz plastic cup (all they had... strange), Appearance was dark copper with a nice head to it

Smelled like coffee malty goodness... I remember getting excited when I was about to drink my first one!

Made for a great beer to go along with a roast beef sandwich or piece of homemade pastry or vegetable soup. I never drank more than one since I was drinking on break from classes, after all... but at $3 a bottle I could have drank em all day if it was closer to home!

Photo of tozz8
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Deep amber color with about a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly

S--Caramel Malt with a slight hint of hops and alcohol

T--Caramel sweetness followed swiftly with bitter hops. finish is mostly clean with lingering caramel and alcohol taste. Very smooth, very nice.

M--Light to medium body with almost no carbonation

D--Got better with every sip. It would be very easy to drink several of these if not for the 7.20% ABV.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not a whole lot of lacing and foam here. But I love the red amber color. Wonderful champagne-like carbonation in Moretti La Rossa as well, something I've noticed with Italian beers. This would rate higher if not for the lack of lacing and foam. Still, I like it.

Smell: Wonderful and powerful caramel malts. One of the maltiest beers I've ever smelled. There are tons of spices and strong flower hops as well. The perfect knock-you-out-of-your-chair balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I love this taste! Malt and strong floral hops. I also taste tons of cinnamon as well. The beer goes down smoothly and is pretty dry as well.

Drinkability: This loses point because it does take a while to finish Moretti La Rossa. Goes well with any tomato-based Italian dish.

Overall: As far as I'm concerned, this beer gets no publicity or credit in a growing market for bock beers. Try, try, try!

Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
82 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.