1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio MaltoMoretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto

Educational use only; do not reuse.

831 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 831
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto Alström Bros
Ratings: 831 | Reviews: 434 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of light tan head. It is brown in color with orange highlights. The aroma is full of sweet toffee and caramel. the taste starts out with the toffee/caramel but then I get roasted malt and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous. This beer is better than expected. I am actually enjoying this unlike a lot of the European turds I have been getting at my "Beers Around the World" hangout. I would drink this again.

Photo of Derranged
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Glad to have found this beer, only a few places have this where I live.

A- Pours a dark brownish red, practically no head.

S- Roasted caramel, a little like coffee with sugar in it.

T- Very sweet, very malty, hints of caramel. The phrase Doppio Malto on the bottle (Double Malt) is a good description, it delivers what it promises.

M- Not too much carbonation, suprisingly smooth.

D- I was able to put down a six pack of this beer. For me the drinkability is good, even though its a bit sweeter than I like. Although, I can see why some people might not want to drink all six.

Overall, its a solid beer that I would definitely drink again and I would recomend trying this. If you are looking a decent Italian beer, its much better than Peroni.

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  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?

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The waiter wisked the bottle away before I could examine it properly but overall this beer was a nice surprise.

Served in a wine glass. Beer is dark brown and forms a thin broken head on minimal carbonation. Bubbles are medium to small and leave some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is malty sweet and has some caramel and nut character to it. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium body, I think the moderate carbonation in the mouth helps to fill it out. The flavors are strongly malty but not overly sweet and some roast in the back. I could do without this much roast but stylistically it is fine overall.

Photo of thscc1659
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, clear mahogany with finger of off white head

S - Malty aroma with definite hints of caramel, and subtle chocolate

T - Great complexity here. Has malty caramel flavor followed by a delicate hoppiness that hints at bitterness but never bites.

M - Good carbonation level, nicely releasing flavor.

D - Relatively light doppelbrock with solid 7.2 ABV.

Photo of mempath
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice amber-orange bright clarity when held to the setting sun. foams up large and clings a bit. nice malty nose with a hint of sour and sweet. not overwhelming.

taste is where this shines nicely. rich mouthfeel with plenty of crisp carbonation. quite balanced, thus letting the malts and hops to unify into a really tasty, sessionable brew. i catch slightly toasted caramel with a veneer of hop presence (being it seems right where it should be). sure, it's malty, but again, balance is evident almost everywhere. very refreshing and fulfilling. the best Moretti i've had yet. surprised. delightfully so.

Photo of AlexCorleone
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good cling. Nice copper brown color with good clarity.

Aroma: Slight burnt caramel aroma, with some malt notes, coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Very good hops selection give them a good bitterness to the bite with a lingering softness. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, robust, and full of grain.

Aftertaste: Tobacco, Mexican chocolate and a little bit coffee note.

Photo of saccro
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - amber. clear. off-white foam. Layer of lasting foam of different sized bubbles.

S - malt. sweet. Oxidation/sherry notes. Somewhat vegetal. No hops.

T - sweet caramel malt. Sherry oxidation flavors. Old. Some hop flavor--very subdued. Not very bitter.

M - med. carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.

D - pretty sweet. This sample is old though and hard to enjoy.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight burnt caramel aroma, with some malt notes.

Pours a two-finger head with some retention - a thin layer of foam reeplenishes on the surface until finished. Nice copper brown color with good clarity.

Taste follows smell with a roasted malt-lightly burnt caramel flavor and enough hops to give a good bitterness to the bite with a lingering softness. Chewy, robust and full of grain, this would go well with a meat-eaters pizza cooked in a wood burning oven.

Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Moretti goblet.

A - Nice solid brown tone with a pretty thick tan head. Great retention, but not much lacing.

S - Molasses and brown sugar. A hint of hops.

T - Caramel maltiness with a nice mix of molasses and dark chocolate. Very tasty!

M/D - Medium carbonation, and pretty moderate drinkability.

Overall great brew! It's a nice alternative to the standard Peroni and Moretti lagers you get at most Italian joints.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. Medium nut bronw color, clear, with short tan head, brief. Looks good in a chalice.
Sm. Naybe nuts and hops. Nothing unusual.
Ta. Nutty, then brief chocolate, maybe fruity/nutty, with a mild finish.
Mf. Medium body with nice carbonation. Smooth and mild.
Dr. Actually very good. Surprised me, didn't expect much from an Italian beer...might be my own ignorance...

Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola brown color with a fluffy tan head that recedes to a linger cap.
The aroma is malty and toffee.
At first when beer was coldest the alcohol taste was dominant, with a smokey finish. As it warms those taste mellow and a sweeter toffee taste is what I got.
Smooth and easy drinking. Not a bad beer at all. I was not aware it was a doppelbock until I can came to review it.

Photo of cagocubs
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to a nice Italian restaurant, this beer did a great job complimenting my gnocchi dish.

A: Did not look like a typical Doppelbock. Much lighter in color. In fact, it looked like a Red Ale more than a Doppelbock. Some amber tints, not much lacing or head retention.

S: Sweetness of malts, some dark fruit, and sweet spices. Brown Sugar/molasses.

T: From looking at the color I thought it was done for. It was actually really good, it tasted as a doppelbock should. Looks can be deceiving. Good sweet malts and spicing.

M: Tasted a little lighter bodied than other doppels, but the complexity was there.

D: A good beer. Gives a different twist on doppelbocks but still tastes like one.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular glass.

A- La Rossa's dopplebock is a light brown color with red trimmings within if looked at under the correct light. A small tan/beige cap on top leaving no lace. It's not the darkest dopple i've seen but dark enough.

S- Big maltiness although lighter in character then other dopples. Brown sugar, sweet malts, and some fruits in the back including light plums. The 7.2% does not make a cameo.

T- Based on appearence and smell alone I was expecting a weak dopple but this holds up flavor wise making it a good contender, but does not touch the German offerings. A malt bomb that is sweet but not cloying with a assortment of malts with caramel and toffee, dark fruits (plum, light apple) and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish telling me this is not a old bottle. Some molasses as well.

M,D- The feel is above medium bodied, the liquid is smooth, goes down like a champ, no alcohol gets in the way, Carb is low where it should be. This is a nice drinkable dopple that is worthy of a repeat visit.

Photo of beerbutcher
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep red/brown beer with good white head, fading quickly

aroma is of sweet munich malt, toast caramel and munich esters

the palate comes on sweet, lush and full, like a classic german, then turns firm and dry. not the most complex version of the style, but full flavored and delicious anyway. love this type of beer and its affordable for a rich strong lager. satisfying.

Photo of AgentZero
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Brownish ruby color with a thick head of off-white foam.

S - Malty and slightly sweet nutty aroma. Hints of dark ripe fruits and alcohol.

T - More of the same. Good favors, not too sweet.

MF&D - Medium body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slight alcoholic warmth, but went down nicely.

Photo of jizdepski
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appears a brownish amber beneath a somewhat frothy tan head. not much head retention but a decent amount of lacing. smells like caramel malts and brown sugar, a faint amount of hops and an earthy quality i can't quite discern. tastes pretty malty up front with some hops, a bit bready and grainy in the middle with a caramelesque residual sweetness on finish (with just a hint of alcohol). reminds me of an oktoberfest more than a dopplebock. has decent balance on the taste front but nothing that stands out as special. feels pretty smooth in the mouth, it's medium bodied, and carbonation is fairly light. goes down easy, but for a dopplebock its a little tame for me. i prefer a darker one with more roasted smells and flavors. this could just about be classified as a maerzen and i wouldn't be surprised. overall not a bad beer and certainly drinkable but not an outstanding dopplebock.

Photo of kegger22
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, reddish brown with a modest head that rapidly faded to a collar. The aroma was not present for me. The taste was not overly sweet, molasses though not syrupy. There was also a little hoppy bitter that made things interesting. The feel was medium bodied with fairly good carbonation. Drinkability was real good, a reasonable 7.2 ABV. A good beer in a tough doppelbock category.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on September 30, 2009 in Trenton, NJ. This was a business trip and at the end of dinner, I was still thirsty and it was the only decent beer in the restaurant. The beer is amber/red with a good head. The aroma is caramel, malts with some alcohol notes. Similar in the taste, but the alcohol is more present with it's warmth. No bad...

I need to probably revisit this one, to get a proper tasting review.

Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
82 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.