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

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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 philipquarles
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear red-brown with a fluffy light tan head. Smells of caramel malt and molasses. Fruity, with lots of raisin/prune notes. Quite sweet. Tastes similar, with brown sugar and sweet malt coming through strongly. A bit of a metallic character in the background, along with a bit of smokiness. Sweet finish. Medium, somewhat syrupy body. Not a great doppelbock, but certainly better than the usual Moretti offerings.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: rusty, amber color brew with a fizzy head that soon fades after pouring

S: honey, brown sugar and wheat bread

T: rich malt up front that leaves a honey wheat and pepper aftertaste

M: medium-heavy body that leaves the mouth dry

D: Overall, a decent and unique dopple. I would prefer it had a smoother fade though. seems too dry and bitter.

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

Poured from a bottle with a label that looked slightly different than the one here on BA on 6 17 09 into a standard clean, clear glass. The glass may have had a "Birra Moretti" label. That I cannot recall. I was in Venice, Italy (technically it was on Lido Island at a place called, "Roxy.")

A Brown translucent body under a Medium Brown head. Nice look.

S Nice malt, brown ale smell. Consider me impressed already considering other Birra Moretti offerings.

T Very much like a German Dopplebock (Optimator comes to mind). I certainly taste the double malt. Very nice.

M Appropriate, syrupy feel. Medium overall with a 7.2% ABV beefing things up.

D Good for a dopplebock.

Notes: Expiration of November 2009. Label lists that it was brewed and bottled in Milan. This just shows me that Birra Moretti is able to brew a good beer, they just sell much more of the weak Euro Lager stuff I guess.

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

Another brew poured into my freebie Sammy Adams glass - and looks darn good with a clear amber / mahogany with a thick rocky top floating on top, leaving ring sheets of lace.

Thick aroma of caramel and malt, pure dobble bock style. Sweet taste of malt with the caramel lingering underneath. Just a nip of hop to sturdy and balance it out. For any malt lovers, this should fit the bill. No hint of 7.2%, a "light" version of the dobble - perfect with dinner or a stand-alone nightcap.

Not a bad dobblebock at all, pleasantly surprised - and would have no problem picking up a full sixer instead of the one and done sample tried here.

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

Ordered a bottle last night while having dinner at Carlo's Cucina in Allston. Poured into a an oversized juice glass. Dark reddish brown color. Strong pour needed to form a head. A little lacing on the glass. Sugary and spicy smell. Tons of malt with the first sip. A real malt bomb. Thick enough body, but not overly to make it hard to drink. Rather smooth actually. A nice offering from Moretti Heineken. A nice beer to accompany my fettucini with plum tomato sauce and veal. This beer stands up well to a hearty Italian dish.

Photo of prototypic
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

La Rossa pours a dark cherry-brown color. It's very clear and has a nice scarlet tint. Sitting top is a nice tan head that reaches over two fingers deep. It receded rather quickly and left a very light, stringy lacing behind.

The nose is very malty. It smells sweet and full of caramel and toffee. Light chocolate malts are noted. They're relatively light, but worth noting. Dark fruit is secondary to the malty aroma, but are pretty strong in the mix. Raisin and plum scents are noted. Smells like there's a bit of a floral hop presence. Perhaps some grain. Yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is well hidden and unnoticeable. I'm pretty impressed with the nose. It's spot on for the style and rather impressive. A little more strength wouldn't hurt, but it smells good.

The flavor profile's pretty good, too. It's very malty and a little sweet up front. Caramel and chocolate malts blend well. Chocolate malts give it bit of a cocoa-ish flavor. Dark fruit is much more pronounced in flavor. Raisin and plum flavors are strong and bit tangy. Frankly, I think it's a bit too strong. It's slightly grainy and yeasty. The hop presence is definitely notable toward the end. It adds a floral aspect to the flavor and slight bitter bite. Alcohol comes through to strong in flavor. It's a little warm and doesn't do much for the overall flavor. It's not overtly bad, but it definitely knocks the score down a notch. Overall, it's above average and pretty good.

La Rossa has lighter medium body. It's a tad thin. Carbonation is light and just about right. A bit more body would help smooth it out a little. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's pretty good and it goes down easy. The flavor grows a little tiresome by the end of the bottle, but it's not bad.

I'm pretty impressed with La Rossa. I wasn't expecting much out of it and it turned out to be a decent bock. It could be improved with a couple of easy tweaks. Tone down the dark fruit flavor and the alcohol just a bit. A little more body would probably help, but perhaps not materially. All in all, it's pretty good and better than expected. Perhaps my expectations dropped a little too much when I saw the word "Heineken" in the profile. Definitely worth checking out if you run across a bottle.

Photo of thebassman
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-Amber with slight tint of red

s-Full-on dopplebock style. Toasty, toffee, and coffee all at once.

t-Rich and malty. velvet consistancy with a good tail-end. Priming sugar very prominant. Nutty

m-It stays with ya. Just like a dopplebock should

d-Im a complete malt head. I wish i could get 12-packs of it.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: brown pop top bottle with classy label

Appearance: Beautiful dark walnut beer with light tan whipped cream head which soon fades to thick sticky film

Smell: Sweet caramel/bready malt backed with sweet dark fruit and hints of alcohol...quite nice

Taste: Balance between sweet malts, Belgian-style candy sugar, and a decent kick of fruity, brandy-like alcohol; not much in the way of hop presence

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, full-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty decent for the abv. and style

Conclusion: This was a fairly unexpected treat; a German-style beer from Italy, I mean, c'mon. I paired this with dried figs and dark bread and it was quite nice. Not a home run, but solid

Photo of HeroJH
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyable beer. A little too malty/sour for my taste, or at least for me to have a second. I enjoyed this one and I think I could have it again.

A - nice dark brown, white head.

S - sweet and malty

T - Nice. Pretty flavorful and full. But I get a little club soda type bitterness and some malty sourness in the after taste. A few people mentioned that taste a lot of alchohol and maybe that's what I'm getting that I don't like.

M - ok, a little filmy

D - I could have it again, and would, but I wouldn't have 2 in a row.

Photo of twaddlac
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber/brown with a good head, doesn't dissipate very fast and lace really stick to the glass

S- Honey with orange peel and strong aroma of malts

T- malty with strong notes of honey and caramels in lieu of a stout. Bitter at first but a sweet aftertaste compliments nicely

M- really smooth with carbonation that fits the taste

D- good but may be a bit bitter for the type of beer but it is manageable, good beginning beer!

Photo of CHickman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good dark Italian beer that poured with a decent head; rich deep taste like a porter with a dominant roasted malt flavor, along with sweet caramel, coffee/toffee and faint hops. Smooth drinking with a medium body and light carbonation. Stands out from all other Italian beers that I've had since it has more flavor and all the others seem to be along the lines of a pilsner. It's a little light for a Doppelboack, but still a good beer.

Photo of grayburn
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful reddish orange with a tan creamy head that sits there for a while. The lacing coats the entire glass with fine bubblage.
The smell is thick and malty, lots of alcohol, very bready, a little bit of grape in the finish.
The taste is a mix between roasted malts and alcohol, a bit hot.
The beer feels a bit thin on the tongue, the carbonation is nice, I just expected a little more body in a doppelbock.
The drinkability is ok, I can drink a 12 oz of this no problem. Unless I was at an Italian place where this and regulat moretti were the options, I would probably not drink again.

Photo of Jtschupp04
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, the pour was amazing. The off white head stuck around for a while over the amber red. Looked so delicious and inviting and served a portion of anticipation and excitement.

Smell, ah, malt malt, nothing more complex than malt.

Taste, again, malt malt. A bit of sweetness before the malt bombardment added even more to the cringe in my mouth.

I drank it but it wasn't as enjoyable as the pour had made the beer out to be. If you like malt you like this beer. Very consistent taste for the name double malt.

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

Appearance- Copper colored body with off-white head. Good retention. Nice lace.

Smell- Sweet, bready malt aroma. Toasty and inviting. Zero hops. Slight caramel.

Taste- Sweet and rich malt. Fruit. Soft, bready character. Definitely a filling beer. Light on hops. Great flavors all around.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body. Satisfying. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Despite this beer's ultra-filling nature, this is one I always go back to when I'm at the bar, and not in the mood for something new.

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

Poured into a goblet-style Duvel glass.

Color is a lovely ruby-red, very inviting.
Smell is fresh and malty, I'd like to emphasize the "cleanliness." There is something of a sweet hay or straw smell.
Taste is sweet and malty; mellow and not cloying. Hops are barely present up front, but provide an excellent balancing twang in the aftertase. The 7.2% abv does not show up in the taste at all, it kind of blows my mind.
Mouthfeel is light and airy but not insubstantial. There is enough stickiness to register.
Drinkability is good, this is a smooth and tasty beer, and it is light enough in texture that I could down bottles all night.

I have to say that I was initially dubious of this beer as seeming too 'mainstream,' but perhaps this beer renaissance we are living in has encouraged too much snobbery in the average joe. Get a case of this for your next casual party and everyone will be satisfied. I really liked this doppio malto on a wet Spring day here in PA.

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

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.

Photo of colts9016
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the BIF, thanks mday.

Appearance: A dark amber color with a dark copper hue. There is a one finger head that is ivory. The head is foamy and creamy. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear but not brilliant.

Nose: A rich malt with caramel. There is a nice toastiness with some sweetness. You can smell the alcohol in the beer. There are notes of dried cherries and floral.

Taste: A rich malt with a nice toastiness and caramel. There is a touch of sweetness. Hints of floral, dried cherries, and alcohol.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium body and the finish is slightly bitter. This is good doppelbock, the nose has an edge over the taste. If they would have been close I would have given it a better rating.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber-brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at average pace. A little bit of lacing.
Toasted malts, caramel, alcohol and little dark fruit (prune).
Similar to aroma with toasted malts and some dark fruit. I also get hints of chocolate and molasses. Some lingering alcohol flavors.
Smooth medium body beer with creamy texture and light carbonation.
Easy drinking beer but a little too sweet for me. The high alcohol content wears on me a bit. Finally there is a slight metallic taste that I don't like.

Photo of webbcreative
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish brown color with a light tan half finger head, that quickly dissipated. smell is malty, alcoholy, maybe even a bit of a bread aroma in there, a but nutty also. Taste - getting that nutty taste again, then getting the alcohol. Little TOO strong on the alcohol flavor in this one for my liking. Mouthfeel seems pretty thin for the style.

Overall this is just an okay dopplebock. doesnt hold a candle to Celebrator. and actually probably my least favorite dopplebock to date.

Photo of supercolter
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on a dopplebock. Appearance is quite good. Nice and dark with a creamy head. Smell and taste are decent- a bit to coffee creamer type for me, Malt was nice and dry though. Mouthfeel is good, medium body and still carbonated. Drinkability is decent

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

reddish brown look, rim of white head lingers.

nutty scent, very mild and not potent.

malt is the first flavor. alcohol is the second. beyond that, there is a nutty, and vanilla taste.

creamy feel. full and decent.

halfway decent example of a doppelbock. creamy and tasty, but not to the point of excellence.

Photo of GordonQuid
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber red. SLight lacing atop a 1/4 inch head.

Smell is undistinctive. Clean and fresh malt sweetness. Little to no hop aroma.

Taste is clean and malty. Very light with a slight alcohol note in the finish. Grapelike grainy dry in the finish is appetizing and satisfying the hunger.

Very drinkable.

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

A - A full inch of foamy, light tan head. It fades at medium a pace on top of an amber-brown body that allows very little light to shine through.

S - Belgian malt is evident revealing a plum aroma.

T - Malty alcohol to start. Pungent fruit in the middle and the finish... smooth hops, not at all bitter.

M - The texture is just right to bring out some great flavor. Smooth with just enough grind across the tongue to make it feel.

~ I really like this beer. In fact, I'm surprised I've never had the chance to enjoy one before. This beer should be a regular in everyone's stock. Don't hesitate, go get one now.

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

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. It has a dark redish brown color with excellent clarity. The head hangs on well but eventually fades to a thin white layer.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of earthy hops.

Flavor is strong and sweet with a certain cocoa and carmel character to it. The sweetness is just balanced enough by the dark roasted malt bitterness. Still, it remains sweet almost to the point of being a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel seems thin for the style and the carbonation is almost too minimal to detect.

Drinkability would be better if it wasn't so sweet and thin. The alcohol hides well but one is enough.

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

This beer was poured into a pint glass and it gave a great amount of head that reduced down to wisps of lacing. The amberish bronze colored beer gave off a cloves, coliander, citrus and of fresh oven bread. The taste followed suit but also gave had a toffee flavoring and a bit of pepper. Overall a great beer that went down smooth.

Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
82 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.