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

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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 15
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website

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 rodrot
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/amber color with a small half inch head. Aroma was malty with a grainy cereal aroma mixed in. Taste was mostly sweet malts and a little bit of caramel candy. The finish had a very slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was light/medium bodied in the palate making this beer quite drinkable and quaffable. No sign of the 7.2 ABV printed on the label. This is a pretty decent example of a double bock, but not near as bold and assertive as say, Salvator or Sam Adams double bock. Good to see this back on the shelves though after not seeing it for 5 or 6 years.

rodrot, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers with Italian food. Very wine-like for a beer.

A: Bronze color with a think off-white head. Minimal carbonation. Head dissolves quickly, but leaves a small amount of lace.

S: Not super complex. Smoky and sweet with grape and cherry notes.

T: The wine in the beer world. Quite vinous for beer, with flavors of grapes, cherries, oak and an alcohol burn. Hops balance with peppery bitterness. Goes down warm.

M: Medium body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Perfect with pasta. Stereotypical statement? Yes, but it's a true one.

Rayek, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium brown in color. In the right light some hints of ruby come out. Ended up with a solid one inch head. Retention and lacing were both average.

S - Sweet and malty aromas dominate. Burnt caramel and bread stick out in the forefront followed by an earthy maple aroma. There is just a hint of alcohol on the tail end.

T - Burnt caramel seems to stay with the taste. That is followed by bread and sugar. The end contains a small amount of hops and some nutty flavors. All the flavors come together with a constant warming alcohol that stays hidden well.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

D - Drinkability is good. All the characteristics for this brew come together to make a good overall beverage. I would have no problem having several of these.

csmiley, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber/brown color. The head is huge, fluffy and recedes slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of caramel a toffee, with a hint of butter. The taste has more toffee than the aroma with a nice caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which is a little thinner than I would like in a doppelbock. Carbonation is lively. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there are a lot better doppelbocks out there.

KarlHungus, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a coca colo color with a decent off white head. The smell was caramally. The beer had a sweet taste that was pretty nice and it tasted caramally. The maltiness was nice and I would buy this again.

Minkybut, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a perfectly clear deep mahogony color with minutes slightly off-white head.
Smell is very light with only a mild fruitiness to be found.
Taste displays prominent malt characteristics, with some nice caramel and toffee sensations. A significant dryness starts to show through at the ending.
Finishes long and dry with nice taste retention.
Very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden. A tasty beer.

tgbljb, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber brew with an adequate tan head.

Smell: Decent malt presence, hints of tobacco.

Taste: The malt dominates with a slightly smoky and sweet flavor. Has a dry finish for a malty brew.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body.

Drinkablity: Easily consumable brew. Plenty of flavor and a decent kick.

SargeC, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant near Washington, D.C. It poured a dark brown color with a small head.

The smell had a roasted malt aroma and a medium aroma of hops. The taste had a full roasted malt flavor, yet seemed a bit like a generic dark beer. The hop profile was medium and blended. The consistency was medium/thick and the carbonation was medium.

All in all, it wasn't a bad beer, especially coming from a country that isn't known for beer. It was a decent doppelbock, although it would be considered mediocre at best against better competition. Worth a try, for sure, and should be commended.

jdmorgan, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually buy beer from wine-drinking countries, but I thought I'd take a chance on this one.

Pours a very nice amber color with medium head. Pleasant malt aroma. Flavor is fairly well balanced, a bit more on the malty side (which I prefer). Nothing to jump up and down about, but a pretty solid and drinkable beer. Worth a try.

Hoagie1973, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a deep brown amber with a sizable off white head that stuck around for a while but finally melded into a nice film on the top of the beer; no lacing. At the first whiff, I couldn't quite place the aroma but after about a minute of smelling I finally got it. Special K. It smelled like a big bowl of corn flakes, plain with no sugar or milk. It tastes primarily of lightly roasted malts. I really enjoy the toasty flavor but there is a fake smoke taste also. It tastes kind of like Beggin Strips smell. Mouthfeel is interesting. Different than about another beer I've had but I cant really describe it. I don't know if Ill pick this up again. There are some good qualities to this beer, but a couple really bad ones to. Its a balancing act that I don't know that they got right.

hwwty4, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of BBeerL
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was very thin for my taste. The thinness allowed a lot of the grain no show through, which took away from the overall balance of the beer. For a Doppelbock I was expecting something a little more. I would turn it down if given to me, but I won't be buying a six pack anytime soon.

BBeerL, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The "great beer-hunter" Michael Jackson, claimed that there was no better beer to pair with piszza than Birra Moretti's La Rosa, and as I sit here eating a slice, I must agree... the complexity of the flavors are great... sweet, yet bitter with a pleasing finish and after taste... appearance is very nice - dark brown almost bordering purple with a creamy frothy head to top it off... smell is rich, dark, and likewise complex... taste is also rich, creamy, with hints of toffee, vanilla, caramel, and sweetness combined with a subtle bitterness... I really enjoyed drinking this brew and the combination of spicy, cheesy pizza fits well with the bitter-sweet aftertaste of this beer... a good drink to pair with food and definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice two finger head. Smell is of alcohol with caramel amd a slight hint of dark malt. Taste is sweet and malty with caramel and coffee notes. Mouthfeel is a little watery for a dopplebock. Not bad, but at eight bucks a six, I'll pass.

clemtig76, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This interesting selection from Heineken pours an odd woody/orange rust with a frothy off-white head. The suds leave some good spotty lace. No rising carbonation is visible.

Semi-sweet with tons of dull yeasty character. Mellow hops and some dim caramel malt are present as well but they're essentially drown out by the dominant, slightly sweet yeasty character. Rather dim throughout.

Sweet and moderately roasty with a lot of molasses and caramel malt. Simple but decent. Almost nothing like the nose implies. Nice vanilla and a hint of slight mocha/coffee and mild hops.

Bright and medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Slightly creamy in texture with a semidry finish. Rather different and fairly enjoyable, I suppose its worth a try.

letsgopens, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola colored brownish amber with a creamy two finger head which stayed for a while then turned into a film. Excellent lacing in my glass. A very appealing looking beer.

Smelled of caramel, malt and a bit of alcohol.

Tasted of caramel and malt with some raisin in the background.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium to thick bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer. I'd passed on it many times at the large liquor store where I shop, thinking for some reason it might not be that good. Well I was wrong, it turns out to be a real winner and something I'll be revisiting again.

JBogan, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark caramel/maple syrup body with a nice deal of bubbles reaching the top. No lacing to speak of and a thinnish ring of head atop the beer. Smells of dark malt, caramel, dried fruit, and earthy hops. Has a vegetal not to it. Flavor is full of caramel and fig preserves with little hop in the background. Very sweet, but the flavor profile seems as if it were watered down with seltzer. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight and a little sticky. Carbonation is kind of tingly. Drinkability is solid. Solid beer.

goochpunch, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of orangemoustache
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep amber,with a good amount of off white head,and no lacing

S-It has a sweet smell,hints of carmels and dark fruit

T-Hearty,lots of sugary carmel malts roasted to near perfection,finishing with a bit of a smokey flavor,with a mild hoppy bitterness

M-Creamy,lightly carbonated,lining the entire mouth with a wonderful light syrupy coating

D-Highly drinkable....by itself...or even better,with a slice of Gallinas pizza(Springfield,IL)!!!!

orangemoustache, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of kdog630
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a La Rossa at a nice Italian restaurant in St. Charles, IL. Poured a rich, reddish-brown into a short glass. Good head that lingered. Rich malt aroma with just a hint of hops. Full malt flavor with a nice finish. Really complemented the spicy meal. Mouthfeel may have been hampered by the richness of the meal, but was still above average. Overall, a very drinkable beer that was perfect for the cold evening. Would definitely enjoy it again.

kdog630, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière originale de la brasserie Moretti de style lager Viennoise (rouge).
Taste and mouthfeel : goût malté frais, avec une finale sèche et épicée
Drinkability : une bonne bière Italienne à servir avec la pizza !

thierrynantes, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a four ounce sample at a distributor sponsored tasting at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It was a shinny copper with a large off-white head that receded fast and did not support much lacing.

S: It had a very sweet profile that exhibited the flavors of caramel and toffee.

T: It had a flavor very similar to its aroma...sweet and malty. It reminded me of pre-sweetened ice tea.

M: It was smooth, sweet with a medium body. It left a sweet sticky feel in my mouth..

D: Its easy to drink, however, the strong sweet flavor is likely to limit my consumption to after dinner and to one per session. There are better doppelbocks on the market.

dnichols, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brown/amber hue with 2 fingers' of white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing, with nice lacing throughout
S- Nose is of dark fruits (raisins) and caramel/toffee malts, some other fruits, roastiness, and honey in the background
T- Initial taste is characterized by caramel malts, much like an american red/amber style (Pizza Port Shark Bite comes to mind here), followed by some breads and the finish is almost non-existent, very very light hops going on here, definitely "malt-forward"
M- Medium bodied, oily texture that coats the tongue, good carbonation, very smooth overall
D- Nice amber/dopple hybrid that is easy-drinking, the 7%abv is well-masked and this would go well with various Italian foods, this has a little more charisma than the other international lagers I have sampled tonight, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again (but this may be better than other offerings in your local restaurant)

Stoneman78, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a light tan/off white head which subsides to a finger's width of ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Initial shot of sweet malt in the aroma, almost cola like and with a touch of fruit. A tiny hint of hops as well.
The taste is a lot like the smell. Very straightforward sweet malt, a hint of caramel and a good dose of hop bitterness towards the end.
Mouthfeel is ok, just not the best part of this beer.
I could definitely drink a couple of these, so it's pretty decent on the drinkability front.
Definitely a decent example of a dopplebock and a surprise that it's from Moretti. It's not extremely complex, but it's consistently a very good dependable beer. This was one of my early favorite beers and it actually withstands the test of time pretty well. Recommended.

kwakwhore, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep reddish color with an off-white head. The head is initially quite tall, but falls to a thin film. The aroma is enticing...rich malt and a little toasted grain smell. Almost no hops, but the grain and malt are solid and inviting. The flavor is equally good. Sweet and malty, with a little toasted barley. It's clean, with no fruit esters at all. The beer gets a little bitter right before the finish. There's also a surprising alcohol warming that crops up after a few sips. This is a solidly good beer. Full in body and satisfying. I can easily see this being my go-to beer in Italy.

Suds, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of enfield249
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Nice caramel color. About 1 finger of head when poured, sticks around for a min or so.

S - Not so good. Smells like a bathroom a little, but not overwhelmingly, just enough to not smell good. Other then that, some malt scent.

T - First thing that hits me is a small amount of bitterness, followed up by some malt.

M - Pretty good actually.

D - I won't drink this again, but it's not awful.

enfield249, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark amber/brown color, hard to see but some carbonation, thick head settling to medium thickness - nice looking cloudy settling after pour
s: heavy on the malts, some chocolate sweetness
t: mostly sweet malts, chocolate-y, hints of hops
m: medium to fully body, good carbonation, rather smooth, balanced drink
d: i'd had one before & wasn't overly impressed. but 2nd time around was much better - a smooth doppelbock interpretation. certainly a good surprise considering their same makers of birra moretti.

belgbeerdrinker, Jul 20, 2007
Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
82 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.