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

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website

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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Photo of Bighuge


2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahh, my first Italian beer. The beer pours a deep scarlet red and throws out a medium off-white head with good retention and nice lacing ability. The aroma is unique for a dopple. There's the malt present, but also an aroma induced by herb and/or spice which seems a little out of place. I can't nail it down though. (guesses are ginger, anise, cumin) The taste of this beer is nothing to shout about. There's that weird herb/spice taste showing up again. And underneath, there is some maltiness perceived. A pretty decent warming effect from this one as I feel a bit of a fire after I drink. Not a good (or average for that matter) dopplebock. May take a while to finish this one.

Thanks go out to ZAP for nailing down this highly sought after brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2002 20:43:57 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 17:06:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-27-2014 20:33:59 | More by Latarnik
Photo of DrJay


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep red with a tight beige cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention and some spotty lacing. Very malty aroma, clean and sweet with a hint of caramel. Bitterness had some presence, but stayed low relative to the sweet malt and caramel flavours. Light spicy hop flavour and bitterness lingered, along with a bit of toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation made up of fine bubbles. Nice texture overall. Quite enjoyable. Easy drinking with a pleasant malty character.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 13:54:06 | More by DrJay
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full white to off white head settles down to a thinning lacing above a clear amber red colored beer.

Sweet dark fruity and sweet caramel grain malts aroma.

Full sweet taste of caramel malts and sort of dark fruits, almost like candied cherries.

A lighter body feel than I had thought it would be with the rich sweet aroma, but very pleasant just the same. A sweet lingering taste to the very slightly dry aftertaste.

One of the sweetest beers I've had so far, and if you like sweet beers you should definitely seek one of these out.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 18:10:31 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-10-2014 20:27:39 | More by tdm168
Photo of Gusler


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very deep garnet color, the head pertinent in size, frothy in texture with nice sheets of lace. Nose has a sweet caramel aroma with hints of molasses, malt, clean and fresh. Start is malt and slightly sweet, the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is mediocre on the carbonation, hops are quite pleasant and a slightly bitter dry aftertaste, and quite a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 06:16:40 | More by Gusler
Photo of beertunes


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

According to the label this beer is "Doppio Malto", I'm guessing Double Malt?

Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured an attractive reddish-brown with less than a half-inch of slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

A very sweet, malty aroma greets the nose, with a strong caramel scent dominating. There was a slight grain undertone, otherwise the smell was fairly neutral. The flavors were similar, the caramel wasn't as strong and there was a bit of an astringent aftertaste.

The body was pretty average for a brew of this type, light, but not helium light. Drinkability was decent, I'd grab a couple bottles to take to the park for lunch. Try this if you if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 20:55:52 | More by beertunes
Photo of Brad007


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An italian take on a German style, even if this brewery is owned by Heineken.

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems rather thin but otherwise, it's all there.

Aroma is full of sweet, robust malt with a hint of plum. Little alcohol warmth on the nose.

Taste is full of malt that is chewy and contains characteristics of brown sugar and raisin. Very easy-going, mellow vibe from it.

Mouthfeel is not as thin as I thought, which is a good thing. Nothing really harsh to note.

A decent example of the style from Birra Moretti. Could use slightly more alcohol but otherwise, it beats the other offering I've had from them.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:21:25 | More by Brad007
Photo of dmorgan310


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-14-2013 23:59:28 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 21:20:10 | More by chinchill
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-10-2013 19:58:54 | More by harpus
Photo of rolltide8425


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-23-2012 01:20:16 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.2% ABV, 911038 printed on the label.

A - A tall pour brings a thick, creamy light tan head to life. After some dribbley cascading, the head reached about three fingers then lowered to a thin layer slowly. The beer is a brilliantly clear red-brown which stays rather inactive.

S - This "Doppio Malto" explodes in aroma! Light metallic hints and hard water clog up the background of the nose but otherwise it's good. Toasted brown malts with slivers of shaved toffee and a hint of ground coffee give it some depth. As the head lowers the beer loses it's quality in aroma.

T - Big maltiness all over the palate releases a nice toasted caramel sweetness and smooth dryness to the finish. Although no hops are present in flavor, their balance qualities that keep the brew from being overly cloying are here. One-dimensional flavor but good nonetheless.

M - Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this beer has a lightly dry finish to it. It's very clean and well-balanced making it pretty refreshing.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, La Rossa is so well balanced it's scary. The heavy malting never overpowers anything as it remains lightly sweet and smooth. This was a surprising treat I didn't expect to deliver so well.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 03:10:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Bitterbill


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though my bottle looks like the other 2 entries for this beer, I'm posting my review here.

It pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is sweet/caramel malt all the way with a small roasted grain presence.

The taste follows the nose to a T. The malt is big and it's sweet foremost and grainy on the rebound...maybe a tad too sweet but hell, we have enough hop bombs around so I'm not going to complain much about a malt bomb. ;^)

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is just below medium, and it finishes with a nice roasted/grainy malt flavour. Good stuff and pretty drinkable as the abv doesn't come into play here at all.

Bottom line: A nice offering from this brewery for sure. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 18:28:45 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Dogbrick


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the wonderful Buca di Beppo here in Columbus. It was so nice to have an Italian beer that actually tasted good to go with some family-style Italian food. Dark copper color with a medium pizza-dough colored aroma (why not). Strong malt with slight alcohol aroma. The flavor was extremely malty, even for a Doppelbock. As such, it was a hearty beer that complemented my hearty food very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 08:28:43 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of AgentZero


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark amber, almost brown color with red at the edges. Isn't cloudy, but there's hardly any light coming through it. Nice white foamy head that left no lacing.

S - Malty, decently strong sugar smell. Whiff of alcohol comes up, but this is not as strong in any respect as most doppelbocks I've had.

T - Lots of malt, slight alcohol backbone. The lack of brown sugar compared to most beers of this type is pretty nice. I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks but the taste on this is lighter than most making it more pleasant that most.

M - Lighter than I was expecting for a beer this dark. Nice carbonation on this one balances out the taste.

D - Decently drinkable, although the alcohol buzzed me on this on an empty stomach after one.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 01:38:55 | More by AgentZero
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I bought this thinking it was an English brown but ow snap! It's a Doppelbock!

A - Looks deep amber but see through... With an inch of fluffy white head.

S - Caramel, toffee, molasses, booze. Pretty good.

T - Not bad! Taste like a pretty smooth Doppelbock. Taste of caramel sweetness and good sweetness from a bit of chocolate?

M - Medium bodied. Really smooth!

D - Well I did like it and as a 10 dollar six pack its decent but I would go with other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 04:48:31 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of tavernjef


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 15:41:57 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Ippolito's in Sandy Springs. Aroma is strong and malty, not complex but still promising. It pours a nice dark brownish amber with a very thick, fine-bubbled, long-lasting light tan head. Flavor is typically malty, but mouth-filling with hints of hops and caramel. Texture is quite tingly and lively.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 19:06:57 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with some sort of stamp of 9 1 10 38OH S. Maybe best by Sept. 1 2010? Pours a light chestnut color with great clarity and a very nice, thick tan foam. Retention is great as is the lacing. A nice looking doppelbock here.

Nose is mostly nutty and caramel malts with a definite bready aspect to it. Yeast is in evidence more than most lagers but is pretty pleasant in this case, even a bit of mild fruitiness. Not bad, pretty nice surprise so far.

Easily and infinitely better than the Birra Moretti lager, this beer has some nice flavors to offer. Sweet and roasty malts with a heavy dose of nuttiness...walnuts and almonds. Even a little bit of chocolate is in there. Not cloyingly sweet like some doppels tend to be and has a noticeable hop bite on the finish that is appreciated. Carbonation levels are decent but the beer is still thin compared to the best of the style. There is a mild astringency that comes in mid-palate and lingers a bit that is mildly distracting. Not like this will supplant Celebrator on anyone's favorites list, but this is a worthwhile beer and I am glad I purchased one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 19:14:48 | More by twiggamortis420

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2013 02:28:39 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pourd from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smells sweet, lots of malts. Taste is a bit sour, alcohol with some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. Drinkability is about average. Overall this is a fairly decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 22:04:46 | More by tone77
Photo of stcules


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown-red coloured, with mahogany reflexes. Good foam, light brown, quite compact.
The smell is malt, lightly toasted, and lightly burned too. Roast, and maybe even a point of chocolate. Honey.
The taste is full and decided, of malt, caramel and toasted, barley coffee. And biscuit too.
Medium-high bodied, full, than left satisfation.
In the aftertaste, a lot of malt again, but well balanced by the erbal hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 09:05:29 | More by stcules
Photo of ZAP


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich orange in color...nice sweet nose of fresh baked bread...not a thick doppel on the mouth...flavorful though...nice sweetness...kind of a strong sweet dark burgandy cherry fruity taste.I wouldn't say this is complex but it is very good...Hops are not noticable and neither is the alcohol...maybe a tich syrupy sweet on the finish...Not an alltime great but a good solid beer...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2002 21:26:49 | More by ZAP
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