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

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769 Ratings
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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a brown-amber with a moderate creamy head. Medium and creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness and a generous malting including chocolate malt, mollasses, caramel, dark fruit and I do get nutiness and a drop of roast. Appropriate carbonation.A nice drinking, thanks Biegaman.

Sammy, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Pours a slightly hazy dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a slight roast quality on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

acurtis, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Sweet malty aromas of caramel and prunes are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty with some associated sweetness and has complex flavors of brown bread, caramel, prunes, raisins and toffee in the nose along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength and relatively full-bodied nature, this beer isn't that difficult to drink compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that hangs around for quite a while and deposits copiious amounts of lacing around the glass

Smell: Toffee, caramel and a touch of herbaciousness in the aroma

Taste: Starts with a nice toffee base with a bit of that herbal flavor creeping in, up front; after the swallow, their is a growing residual sweet flavor along with a touch of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation; slight warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: A bit different from the typical doppelbock -- not as sweet and the bitterness on the finish is surprising; nonetheless, this is an enjoyable beer that carves its own niche and is worth seeking out

brentk56, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Reddish, amberish bronze with a fair amount of miniscule particulates on close inspection. The pale caramel head resembles a fine-grained sponge, persists admirably and leaves speckled, pocked hunks of lace all over the glass.

The nose is of dark butterscotch, brown sugar and earthy spice. Those would ordinarily be aromas that would make for a killer nose--for me at least--but they don't hang together as well as they might and the end result is only slightly above average.

The flavor is as expected given the nose, but is better somehow. In terms of just about every one of its attributes, La Rossa is no higher than medium on the doppelbock light-heavy scale. The malt backbone is rock solid and provides flavors of heavily caramelized sugar and light molasses rather than chocolate or coffee. There are also elements of sweet, dark fruits and a pleasant, understated sourness that is most apparent on the finish. The alcohol is expertly masked.

Moretti Birra La Rossa won't make anyone forget the truly world-class doppelbocks, but it's good beer all the same. I'm definitely gaining an appreciation for this style and am glad that I made this beer's acquaintance.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%

Yummy. You know when a guy uses the word 'yummy' that he is humbled. This beer looks great: chocolatey dark with some mohogany colors, light carbonation, and tan head. Just off from clear, this beer looks nice. Smells more fruity than expected in a Dopple. A bit estery: cherries, ripe oranges, figs, dates, plumbs. Mildly spicy and peppery. Tastes quite malty, caramelly, chocolatey, and the same fruits that are present in the aromas. Full rich body. Carbonation and alcohol keeps the beer from cloying or thickening. Alcohol is smooth and sweet. Carboation plays on the palate without numbing. Finishes slick and smooth.

BEERchitect, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -17.6%

kylehay2004, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. A gusher upon opening -- that doesn't exactly bode well.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling malty aroma along with a large, wafting note of raisins.

Taste: Sweet, toasty blend of caramel and toffee. Hint of Bit-o-Honey candy. Slight fruity, raisiny twang that emerges midway. Lightly spicy hops and bitterness. One single, solitary drop of alcohol. Finishes sweetish and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Just the very slightest stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sweet-tasting, easy drinking, relatively cheap beer. So, it definitely has some things going for it.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

This beer poured out as a decent brown color with a tan colored head on it. The smell was a little malty but mostly had the larger funk aroma going on. The taste of the beer wasn't sweet enough in my opinion, the malts were lacking here. The mouthfeel was decent, giving off a little bit of a fuller body. Overall it's not the best Doppelbock out there and I feel that some of the character it should have is missing. I'll leave this one on the shelves.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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 TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -14%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Haven't had one o' these since my beer passport back in college. Might as well try one again, as my d-bock appreciation has definitely gone way up since then. This one pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises rye bread, yeast, toffee, butter, and a pinch of nutmeg. The taste holds notes of rye bread, blackened (nigh charred) bread, and toffee. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly smooth, but also kinda watery, feel. Overall, I was not impressed at all by this brew, especially if it's trying to pass itself off as a doppelbock. It's not necessarily bad, just really weak.

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Has a dark brown color. Very clear though. Small head with a little lacing.

S - Smells fairly sweet and malty.

T - A little coffee and slightly floral. The malt is a roasted flavor, too.

M - It has a bitter bite to the mouthfeel. It is medium-bodied.

D - I thought it was pretty good, a nice doppelbock.

zeff80, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Clear. Deep rosy amber with reddish-orange highlights and a creamy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is bold with rich, toasty, dark caramel and toffee malt notes. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy. The flavor is richly malty and toasty with dark crystal notes, some biscuit, a touch of licorice, some minimal hop flavor and a solid bitterness. The finish is dry and long lasting with malt and hop flavors as well as some residual bitterness. Although it's not a complex beer, it is very rich and engaging. Unfortunately, the alcohol is somewhat apparent, bringing down an otherwise great beer. Very unique in style - like a very big Vienna lager - which makes sense because of Northern Italy's border with Austria. Well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

SocalKicks, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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

S: The aroma contains honey, dark fruit, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and dark fruit. The some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and some lager yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings a little balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a chestnut/red with a 1" deep offwhite head. Minimal head retention & no lacing

Smell: Hints of malt and leather that give way to alcohol as this warms

Taste: Malt/Caramel taste mixes with slight grainyness and bitterness with a dry leather-like finish

Chewy, but slighty overcarbonated

A nice little beer that goes down pretty good for it's strength. I do remember this being a little tastier a few years back, but still not bad

russpowell, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

A real surprise! The only other Italian beer I've tried before this was the forgettable, regrettable Peroni, so I was skeptical. But the brand was on sale, and my aim is to try every beer once, so into the breach once more.
Color is dark red/purple, aroma is thick, luscious, spicy, heady. Smooth, but with a bite. Great malt component. Very lively and delicious! I don't know Italian, so I'll guess at the label. La Rossa Birra=The Red Beer. Doppiomalto=doppelbock? Tastes like one, but by any name, this rossa is a sweet delight.

feloniousmonk, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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