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

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 16
Gots: 81 | 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 mdunman
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a thick light tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Nice roasted malt, carmel and light lemon.

T: Bland, light roasted malt up front and a bit of dryness at the end.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

This seemed like it was going to be a good beer (appearance and smell), but flat out disappointed with the taste.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale amber/light tan, 1 finger head, very little lacing.

S - malt/bready, caramel, nuts.

T - sweet ripe fruit, malt, hint of nuts, light bitter cocoa

M - Medium-light, nice carbonation, nearly smooth

D - surprised me coming from Italy, but not a world beater of a dopplebock. worth a try, but don't go out of your way. I could easily have a few of these, ABV well hidden.


Photo of PiggDogg
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Rossa is a top notch dopplebock. On 2/12/11 at a Mardi Gras ball, I had the most unexpected pleasure of having La Rossa as one of the 4 beer choices available at the open bar.

About a year ago, I had tasted La Rossa as a part of a beer tasting in preparation for the BJCP exam. At that time, the consensus of my fellow tasters was that La Rossa was top notch.

My recent experience with La Rossa was excellent.

About a year ago, with a friend who appreciates beer, we did a side-by-side tasting of Salvator, Celebrator, and Optimator. In that tasting, we found Celebrator to be the deepest, most complex, and the best of the three. Optimator (excellent) was second, with Salvator (darn good) pulling up the rear.

In a few weeks, with that same friend, we are going to have a similar side-by-side tasting of Salvator, Celebrator, Optimator, and La Rossa. After this tasting, I'll be able to give as proper comparison of some of the best dopplebocks available.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in ale glass, chilled

A: clear copper, v. good head (3 finger); small beads of carbonation; thin lacing
S: a rather pedestrian, malty smell
T: burly, carmelized bock; dark cherries and tobacco form the outer flavors; semicomplex and very enjoyable; the higher alcohol content blends well with the flavor profile

This is one of the few Heineken-owned beers that I enjoy.

Photo of boudreaux
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle drank straight

Appearance: n/a because consumed from the bottle

Smell: strong, sweet, caramel malt; bready; a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate

Taste: caramel malt is strong; also, dark chocolate and bread; a touch of toasted nuttiness; a unique maltiness similar to whiskey/scotch is also present; very nice

Mouthfeel: almost like a mocha or hot chocolate made with dark chocolate; creamy, with a bitterness cutting through; very nice

Drinkability; would be very drinkable, if not for the fact that it reminds me of drinking a very weak liquor; i half expect the sting of a whiskey or malt to be there, which keeps me from taking deep sips

Overall, a complex and good beer. But not the best I've had.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a tawny brown with hints of red. Nice two fingers of off-white head that lingers longer than most dopplebocks I've had and settles down to a nice layer on top.

S - Sweet malts and some dark ripe fruits - raisin. Hint of brown sugar and a dash of alcohol.

T - Taste follows the nose rather well. Sweet and rich. A bit buttery but with a slight underlying bitterness that compliments things rather well. Also some undercurrents of an earthly graininess. Alcohol is quite present, but it fits in just fine.

M - Just a tad on the thin side, but overall creamy and smooth bubbly.

D - Very good, even for the higher abv. Nice mouthfeel and a very nice taste profile.

A very nice dopplebock and a great value. I also had this one a while back at an Italian restaurant paired with some fettuccine alfredo and it was absolutely delicious.

Photo of StonyB
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, Italian beer. Naturally, the first thought that comes to mind when you hear these two words is...Doppelbock?

Isn't that like eating a German pizza?

Nevertheless. Let's swan dive into the 11.2 ounce brown bottle purchased as a single from the Jersey City Buy Rite. After we pour it into a glass, of course.

A "presto" pour proves to be effective, as the well-carbonated beer quickly achieves a thick, off-white head of foam. The beer's color reveals itself to be a deep copper red, a couple of shades darker than Grandma's marinara sauce. The lacing is sticky and isn't going anywhere, like that loan shark you've been trying to duck for the past few weeks.

Mildly malty aroma. I swear I'm getting some tomatoes out of this, probably my mind playing tricks on me. Maybe. Also detecting some slightly roasty cappucino and a hint of chocolate. Certainly not an assertive fragrance.

Mama mia. The taste is pleasant but not what one would expect from the doppelbock style. Yes, it's sweet, but offset by a slightly acrid graininess in the malt. The alcohol is knocking on the door, announcing its presence with some fanfare. Do I need to see a shrink if I detect some stewed tomatoes in the flavor? (Don't answer that.) Mildly enjoyable, no more, no less.

Somewhat thin for a doppelbock, with a cloying, lingering sweetness. Aftertaste overstays its welcome.

This would be quite sessionable, if you limit your session to say, one. While somewhat tasty and reasonably drinkable, neither the alcohol nor the aforementioned cloying aftertaste lends itself to making this your go to beer for an evening of drinking.

In the world of fine Italian cuisine, Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto is a step up from Olive Garden. But it ain't a large step. You can find better Italian beers, and you can certainly find many better doppelbocks. However, it's worth a try, and it definitely does go well with pizza...

Photo of tozz8
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of HammsRocks
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a beer glass.
A- poured a dark reddish color. has a foamy white head that is slow to dissipate. left good lacing on the side of the glass.

S-smelled kind of roasty, but also could smell the alcohol a bit. Still, I'd have to say it wasn't a bad thing.

T-surprisingly smooth going down, had a good flavor to it.

M-felt pretty crisp and clean

D-even though I like dark beers, I don't think I'd be able to drink more then two of these in one night. Still, I do recommend trying it.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate head on pour, with broken lacing that has little cling. Color is a 19 on the SRM Beer color chart. Strong caramel, molasses, and oak are in the forefront of the aromas with hints of coffee and chocolate. Coffee is the primary flavor I detect with wisps of caramel, toffee, licorice and hops. Mildly full in my mouth with a nice bump in the back of the soft palate. A little heavy and harsh for everyday drinking, but would be nice with desert.

Photo of JamesS
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent brown color, albeit a bit light for a doppelbock, with a bit of head and just the lightest bit of lacing. Decent malty sweet aroma, but not overly deep and thick. Good malty flavor with decent caramel hints, not horribly thick and strong, but not bad at all. Goes down quite smoothly.

Photo of appenzeller
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a surprisingly thick head. Subdued aroma. Tastes silky smooth all the way, minimal carbonation, elegant malts with a slight hoppy finish. Although this isn't my favorite style, this is a real quality beer for an industrial scale brew.

Photo of drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a clear dark brown body topped with an ample two finger foamy off white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing.

S - Caramel malt and buttery toffee provide a delicate sweetness in the nose, though not overwhelmingly so. Not a highly aromatic brew.

T & M - That same sweet buttery toffee and caramel malt that was in the aroma is present in the taste, but on a much larger note. There also seems to be a bit of dark fruit lingering about, maybe raisin or fig? Medium bodied mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of toffee sweetness on the back end. The alcohol is VERY well hidden in this one.

D - A very nice Italian Dopplebock. I think I could stock my frig with this one and would happily recommend it to my friends. Very tasty.

Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's nice to see Italian restaurants diversifying their "Italian" beer selection beyond Peroni, and La Rossa is a welcome addition.

La Rossa is a great, non-grape, compliment to a high quality Italian meal. Warm-toast and semi-sweet malt flavors stand up to flavor heavy-weights like puttanesca, with just enough hop to bring out the best in seafood and lighter tomato based sauces. It's a little too heavy for bright, herby dishes, but the malt does a surprisingly good job of cutting through the oiliness of pesto.

On its own La Rossa is a shade too sweet, and while I love it's maltyness, the flavor isn't particularly refined. The color is gorgeous though, and overall I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Photo of aasher
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark hazel with a foamy off white head. It doesn't bring too much to the table when it comes to aromas. It's basically just malt and that's about it. It drinks much better than it smells. It has good, bready yeastyness and a mellow, maple like sweetness. It drinks light to medium bodied and is pretty smooth. The alcohol really isn't present and for a doppel bock, this one isn't too bad.

Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with a sweet caramel malt flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer however its pretty average for the most part not a bad beer if your in the ticking mood

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a decent rocky head. Some retention and lacing.

Caramel and some sweet fruit, with dark bread toast and some metallic notes. Not overly complex or strong aroma.

Sweet caramel, brown fruit, toffee, overbrowned toast, some hop bitterness, some mineral notes. Nice balance between the sweet, the bitter, and the rich. A little thinner than I'd like in the mouthfeel than I'd like, but the carbonation is spot on. A very easy-drinking doppelbock. Not overdone or over-complicated. A great surprise and at $1.85/single, a steal for something like this.

Photo of darkmartin
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a murky brown with an off-white, fizzy head.

Smell: Strong hops and grain, maybe some earthy malt.

Taste: Hops actually dont play a major role in the taste, some fruit and more bread with a fairly noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, would have liked a bit thicker.

Drinkability: Definitely ok, just not something I think I'll crave.

Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Red colored, perhaps in the copper or bronze range if you will. A thin head that stays around for a little while.
S- Toasted dark malts. Definite toffee and caramel aromas in there. Slight metallic tinge in there seems slightly out of place but not terrible.
T- Rich and malty, with caramel, toffee, quite complex.
M- Just slightly thin on carbonation and sticky. Pretty solid brew.
D- A drinkable doppel. I liked this. Quite enjoyable. Simple yet tasty doppel.

Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Clear reddish-copper color with a finger of white head that dissipated somewhat slowly and left a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smell: It's all about the malt. Lots of caramel sweetness. A little bit fruity as well.

Taste: Delicious sweet front end with lots of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. The middle of the palate has a nice tart fruity and slight bready taste, which moves into a clean finish with no lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Definitely toward the lighter end of the spectrum given the style, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy. High marks here.

Final Notes: A solid beer. I thought it was rather delicious, and it far exceeded my expectations for an Italian beer. That said, it just doesn't compete with the best American and German Doppelbocks. Alas, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of bierguru
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear deep brown light to no head

S - sweet caramel malts

T - very strong caramel taste slight chocolate roast taste

M - very light and smooth low carbonation

D - 7.2 ABV not felt in the taste its a very smooth very drinlable beer would with out at doubt have it again

Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear red/brown color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Inconsistent spots of lace.

S: Sweet caramel malts; that's about it.

T: More comes through in the taste. Sweet caramel malts were upfront. Some roasted nuts and eaqrthy mustiness. Bittter finish just the fright balance.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sweet then a little dry

D: Flavorful and easy to drink. ABV might sneak up; its masked well.

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