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

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BA SCORE
83
good

802 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website
Italy

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 ajmoody76
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought a bottle at the local beer store. 12 ouncer into an imperial pint. clear brown color. one finger off-white head which thins out. not much lacing. looks okay.

roasty aroma. biscuit. hint of floral hops- maybe. no off odors.

can taste the alcohol. roasted malt sweetness. caramel. no hops to speak of.

mid body. low on the carbonation. alright beer. probably will not go out of my way to purchase.

ajmoody76, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright deep amber color with a huge nice tan head that goes away fairly quickly leaving a little bit of lacing.

S- Smells of sweet caramel malts and a touch of dark fruit. Not a whole lot here.

T- Very sweet, caramel malts and finishes with a touch of hops.

M- Medium body, light carbonation, and a little oily.

D- Pretty easy to drink, not quite sure if I'd call it a Dopplebock but I did enjoy this one.

nrbw23, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit that I was expecting either a big let down or something completely unexpected with this beer. Poured a really deep red color with decent head and moderate lacing. The aroma of this one was very good with hints of sweet malts, and a touch of hops. Flavor was exceptional, a sweet doppelbock that tends to bring you full circle with flavors of caramel and other tasty malts. This beer reminded me alot of Heineken's Special Dark only much better. A very good beer all in all.

kinger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is an amber brown with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma is malty with a hint of caramel. There is an slight but odd macro scent. Flavor is increidbly rich and malty. There are toasty hints and a decent amount of hop flavor. Slight metalllic taste. Very sweet and straightforward brew. Nothing crazy going on here. The feel is smooth and slick. After the first time i had one of these i was surprised to find out that it was a dopplebock! The alcohol is well hidden. It tastes more like the combination of a milk stout and a brown ale.

kbnooshay, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is very malty with light caramel. Moderate spiciness and a mild toasty note. For a doppelbock I expect more melanoidin and more complexity from the malt flavors. Acceptable intensity in the aroma but it lacks layers.

Appearance is a light copper, brilliant clarity. Some yellow highlights around the edges. Very light tan head, well sized and persistent.

Flavors of strong malty sweetness and finishing on the sweet side. A little spicy with light amount of sweet caramel. Melanoidin flavor should be ricer. Clean, no diacetyl. Hop flavor is very low which is good for this style. Wishing for a richer, more intense maltiness (try Paulaner's Salvator for an example of what I mean).

Mouthfeel is medium-light to light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Needs more body and less carbonation.

Overall this is a clean doppelbock but is missing the intense melanoidins and rich maltiness of the great style examples. Looks great, tastes clean. More malt complexity would surely improve this. Glad I only bought one.

BrewerB, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Crosling
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had high hopes for this one, but it was undrinkable. Filtered clear body. Small, quickly diminishing foam. Aroma had hardly any character. Maybe a touch of roast. Flavor has sweet fruit notes and some caramel-like malt character. No flaws. Probably not deserving of such a low score, but I didn't like any of its attributes and I didn't enjoy the beer at all.

Crosling, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce glass, poured into nonic glass.

Pours a small tan colored head atop a clear iced-tea brown brew

Smell is malty - very nice, slight hints of caramel. Taste is definitely a delight. Maltyness with toffee like tones. Bubbles are right where they should be and beer finishes like a champ with little aftertaste. A great brew, considering the other Italian choices on the market.

Some Italian beers help me realize why my great-grandfather Joe left Italy, however this one makes me wonder why.

mattster, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright copper/bronze color with white head that stayed a while and left nice lacing on glass. Aroma is sweet roasted malt. Flavor is a combination of molasses, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor is balanced by hops which provide a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is present in taste. Medium bodied and fairly easy drinking. Decent doppelbock for a country more known for wine.

biggmike, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx. 50 degrees

Pours a copperish/bronzish clear with a good thick head and wonderful lacing. Looks a bit light to me, but who knows?

Smells nice and malty with a bit of coffee and just a touch of nuttiness in there.

Tastes much better than anticipated, honestly. The maltiness is surely present out front with a nice coffee showing that I didn't think would be there. Very well balanced, overall.

Feel is very good. Nice and creamy and easily slides down the throat. Could be a little bit thicker, but still very good.

Very tasty and drinkable (especially at 7.2 percent). I'd have no problem devouring quite a few of these.

coldmeat23, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malts, dried fruit, and noble hops that help a balance in flavor and mouthfeel and provides a sort of smokiness and spice to match the roasted, caramelly malt. Not quite as sweet or leaning to the malt side as say tommyknocker dopplebock. This beer is a little heavier than most, you may only want one or two. Drinkable but not sessionable. If you can find it, try it. This is the best italian beer I've tried thus far... Peroni blue ribbon is blech (skunky euro pilsner) and moretti lager is so-so.

joshwlt, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Bobdope
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice beer. I had it served to me in a bottle at Rosebud on Rush in Chicago. This fine beer had a great caramel look to the pour, with a thin head. It had a great not bitter but piney after taste. Sweet and crisp. A very sophisticated beer, that went great with the veal saltimbocca.

Bobdope, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Italian doppelbock? Who knew? Here we go...

Aroma: Sweet fruity esters reminding me of candied plums and dried cherries. Malty with no hop aroma and very clean smelling.

Appearance: Brilliant polished shoe leather brown pour with a sticky and foamy white cap.

Flavor: Sweet and malty up front-follows the aroma with dark fruits dominating. This malt is quickly beat back with some nice Noble hop bitterness that is smooth and slightly spicy. Wonderfully balanced and the finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and no astringency. The background alcohol notes dry the palate which keeps this from being too full.

Overall impression: A highly drinkable well balanced bock. Alcohol is well hidden and this is quite enjoyable. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Bierfreund
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark amber, middlebrown with a thick tan head.

Fresh note, smell is slightly tangy.

Mouthfeel: very prickly, but not just carbonation. The alcohol hits you right from the first sip.

Taste is hoppy with strong alcoholic flavour. Bitter aftertaste is lingering.

The alcohol taste is covering everything else. Is this beer creamy? I don't know, if it is, creaminess is covered by alcohol.

This beer has only 7.2% Vol., but the alcohol is very pronounced and overlaying anything else that might have been there as well.

Bierfreund, May 19, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #14. I was a bit confused where to put this review but the bottle does say Heineken on it, so this seemed like the place, even though the Castello Di Udine listing looks like the same brew.

Pours a pretty clear reddish copper color with a creamy two fingers of light beige head. Retention is very good, as it maintains a full lace and leaves some patchy stick.

Smell is very bready, doughy even, with lots of caramel malt sweetness and some lightly toasted biscuity aroma, too.

Taste has a good amount of caramel malt sweetness and a doughy, biscuity malt character, as well. Also some toffee flavor and some toasted malt. Bit of an herbal hop flavor toward the finish. A bit on the sweet side but tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and soft on the palate, slightly drying through the finish.

Solid beer across the board. Seems like a hybrid between a doppelbock and a maibock almost. Who cares that it's brewed by Heineken (I think some reviewers do, unfortunately), it's a good brew.

number1bum, May 17, 2008
Photo of areyoukind
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this in Dunwoody, GA at 48th Street Market, a little Italian grocery/sandwich shop/wine store. They also had regular Moretti and also Peroni, but i'm much more of a dark beer guy, and haven't gotten into the lagers lately. So, finding this shop right around the corner from school and they have a good dark beer??? i was a regular every Tuesday and Thursday!

Served from bottle into a 8 oz plastic cup (all they had... strange), Appearance was dark copper with a nice head to it

Smelled like coffee malty goodness... I remember getting excited when I was about to drink my first one!

Made for a great beer to go along with a roast beef sandwich or piece of homemade pastry or vegetable soup. I never drank more than one since I was drinking on break from classes, after all... but at $3 a bottle I could have drank em all day if it was closer to home!

areyoukind, May 15, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Darke bronze, tea-like. small head, off white color. Strong smell of malt masking a sweet smell. Malty taste with alcohol sweetness. A little bit of chocolate also. Not too heavy on the mouth. Nice alcohol warming, not too much. Good beer, and works well with a lot of food I eat.

aubuc1, May 07, 2008
Photo of akogrady
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber with a short reddish head that slowly fades away.

S - Malty. A singular tone of slightly burnt/caramelized malt.

T - Similar to the smell. The sweetness/maltiness supports it as a decent double bock, but the lack of any other real flavors to fill out the taste is disappointing.

M - Very smooth, medium carbonation.

D - Goes down easily, could have a few in an evening, but wouldn't have any more than that, especially when there are so many better options.

akogrady, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of rodrot
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 +6.9%
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 +9.6%
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 -4.1%
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 +10.2%
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 +6.1%
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 +5.5%
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 +2.8%
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
Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
83 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.