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

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Birra Moretti (Heineken) visit their website

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 eberkman


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured a deep copper with a thick, 2-finger light tan head. Good retention, nice lacing. The smell was mostly biscuity malts -- no bitterness at all. Tasted overwhelmingly malty as well -- not particularly complex, primarily buttery, caramely, toffeelike malts Very little hoppiness to balance it out, but the hopes became more present as the beer warmed. creating better overall balance. Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky. Quite drinkable at more than 7 ABV despite the overwhelming maltiness -- much better than I anticipated given my disdain for the very pedestrian Birra Moretti you see on every Italian restaurant menu.

Not a bad option with an Italian meal -- though if it were a little drier, it might balance out spices a little more -- and relatively inexpensive to boot. I wish La Rossa was on more Italian restaurant menus. A very pleasant surpise, to tell the truth. Didn't even realize it was a doppelbock until I got here.

06-19-2007 00:48:44 | More by eberkman
Photo of tempest


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Got a bottle at the local Italian restaurant. It pairs nicely with a good red sauce. I'd call this a simple doppelbock. It comes off just like a strong, dark lager, with a rich caramel and licorice malt flavor. While the flavor is anything but subtle, it's a little bland and lacks complexity. Still not a bad option when it comes to Italian beer available in the burbs.

06-04-2007 22:31:59 | More by tempest
Photo of mizzoueng


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance - Clear, about a finger and a half head. Head was white-ish and retained through about half the beer. Dark nut brown color.

Smell - Malt, honey hints, a little roasted aroma as well.

Taste - Good, not too heavy, but not too light. Good balance for a Bock. Waiter said is was an "Itialian Dark Lager", which made me think of something else, but I was pleasently surprised. Went well with the chicken and pork tortellini I had for dinner.

Mouthfeel - heavy, somewhat thick. Seems to be appropiate for the stlye.

Overall - I'd order again. For being 7.2% the alcohol was not noticable. The flavors of the malts, honey, and a little what seemed like choclate malts were evident and blended well.

06-01-2007 14:36:13 | More by mizzoueng
Photo of atigerlife


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours a clear, brown/reddish color with a small light brown head. Not a bad start.

Aroma is sweet, honey and malts.

Taste is of malts and light hops. Sweetness is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, it is drinkable but it helps to not think of it as a doppelbock. Doesn't fit the style. More of an amber lager. Could drink several of these, but the sweetness is a little too much for me.

05-18-2007 18:40:05 | More by atigerlife
Photo of BretSikkink


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Dark, clear amber, good head of just off white foam, not a lot of lacing but for a few patches.

Light caramel aroma, some sweet fullness but not a lot. Some faint fruity notes.

Caramel malt brings the sweetness, with very little hop to back it up and a lightness of body that seems counter to the doppelbock style. Not horribly unbalanced but unfortunately watery, with concomitant drinkability.

Expect more out of your doppelbock. Not bad tasting, however.

05-12-2007 07:39:14 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of dstc


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Dark ruby color with full light tan head that disappears quickly leaving no lace behind.

Sweet caramel malty smell. Nice.

Nice full flavor. Caramel and malt flavors.

Creamy, full mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

I really enjoy this beer. My favorite thing to drink with a pizza.

05-09-2007 18:23:34 | More by dstc
Photo of pmcadamis


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Wow. An Italian dopplebock? Now I've seen everything. I got this at a pizza joint in downtown Springfield that has several different Italian beers, and I actually had no idea what this was until I saw the "doppio malto" on the label.

A - Sadly, this pizza stand doesn't have glasses, so I was forced to drink out of the nice red bottle with the Bierra Moretti guy hunched over his brew.

S - I stuck the neck of the bottle nearly up my nose to get a nice whiff of milk chocolate, tootsie rolls, and chocolate cake. Very malt heavy with tiny traces of some hops way off in the background.

T - Nice tootsie roll and chocolate cup cake flavors with the tiniest flourish of hops somewhere in there to keep things relatively balanced. Definitely a malt bomb. This really impressed me since I really can't stand the regular Bierra Moretti.

M - Full bodied and round in the mouth. Moderate silky carbonation.

D - Excellent. For a 7% malt bomb, I could down a few of these.

04-27-2007 17:45:25 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of rkuhnel


4/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle a rich amber with medium white head and nice lacing. Nose is malts and fruit. Good mouthfeel and nice flavors of caramel and light hops. Very nice to drink. Best Italian Beer I have seen. I will have to look for this again.

04-06-2007 04:32:30 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of monkeybeer


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A- Nice pour a deep brown red with not much head

S- Rich caramel smell with malt undertones

T- Could real taste the caramel malt in the brew

M- Nice and smooth, no bad after taste

D- Would get again when not out at an Italian restaurant, but defiantly would get again if they had this at other restaurants.

03-28-2007 02:02:30 | More by monkeybeer
Photo of Tarmac


3.75/5  rDev +3%

I first had this at a Soho Italian restaurant. I ordered a plain Moretti off the drink menu but was pleasantly surprised with a La Rossa, which I immediately noticed had a very high ABV.

It has the feel of a doppelbock but is more drinkable, lighter in mouthfeel but still has that substantial flavor and the abv kick. Kind of like a summer doppelbock, if that makes any sense. This was cheaper than Optimator at my local Trader Joes, I think this is my new every-day doppel. Very drinkable.

02-17-2007 08:49:56 | More by Tarmac
Photo of MmmIPA


3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

light amber body with a thick pillowy head that is off white.tons of bubbles coming up from the glass.very clear

carmel smell

carmel is the first taste that hits ya.I cant taste anything else

carbonation is pretty good and easy going down

This beer aint bad,once I saw Heineken near the same of the beer I thought I got sucked into some euro BMC.I would try it again and I was quite supprised.

02-11-2007 01:52:23 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of brdc


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Nice looking reddish beer with a small white head, but the smell is just too "delicate", although nice, with some bread, malts, sugar and a little hint of hops.
Taste is very nice, with the same malts, breads, sugar and spices, with some hoppiness at the end.
Medium body and very easy to drink, an italian surprise.

02-10-2007 03:48:29 | More by brdc
Photo of DoubleJ


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

This is the final event, the sixth and last entry of the Euro Invitation, where I sample a variety of European beers. At this point, Bass Pale Ale holds the lead in the Invite, but will Birra Moretti's La Rossa knock it out of the lead and claim first prize in this competition? On the the beer:

La Rossa scores well in the appearance category, pouring a brownish-red with an excellent head. As one could expect, this beer is loaded with malts. There's a bit of sweet bread dough and chocolate notes, and of course a sweet maltiness that dominates the flavor. As the beer got warmer, alcohol made its way through, with a kick at the end.

And now, what all of you have been waiting for, the winner of the competition. The winner of the Euro Invitation is ...(drumroll)...

Birra Moretti La Rossa!

All six entries flexed their muscles, but the one from Italy takes the top prize. Read my previous reviews to catch what you missed from the Euro Invitation. Good night everyone!

01-21-2007 02:25:30 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of tobyandgina


3.35/5  rDev -8%

I poured this one in a pint glass and was impressed by the large head.

Smell was a little strong - at first it was fruity, like strawberries almost. Somewhat malty.

Good color - a nice red, amber.

Taste was OK. Definately a red. Maltiness, carmelly, slight hint of apple peels.

Not very much bite to it. Almost seemed flat. Mouthfeel was not impressive.

Might try this one again. Might not.

01-15-2007 23:00:38 | More by tobyandgina
Photo of tugdriver7


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

My brother recommended Birra Moretti and I thought I'd try it. The "make your own 6 pack" shelves at my local store were fresh out of it, so I opted to try the Moretti Doppelbock instead. As beers go, it was good; as a Dopplebock, it likely fell short a few notches. The color was a dark "Dr. Pepper" red brown in the glass, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Thin mouthfeel and a faint, dark malt and alcohol smell as you raise the glass. A good Dopplebock will not usually hit you in the nose with alcohol so quickly. This one did. And the moderately thin mouthfeel didn't do much to make it better. I was expecting a much more balanced taste, but the alcohol seemed to almost overpower the flavor. I liked it for what it tried to be, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

01-04-2007 01:39:31 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

I had this from a bottle at a fancy Italian restaurant.

The beer pours a very bright red, almost unnaturally so (like a framboise). It was poured in a footed pilsner glass, and even poured into the narrow bottom of the glass by the bartender, I didn't get much head on it.

The smell is definitely bock...very little hop, a ton of (mostly caramel smelling) malt.

Taste is OK....a bit too sweet for my taste, but I felt it was consistent with the style. A very sweet malty taste...think something like Hawaiian sweetbread or malted milkballs.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery and very mainstream lager-feeling.

Drinkability-wise, I didn't really want another.

If you're into dopple bocks/dunkels, give it a shot. Worth a try, but I won't be running out to purchase a six-pack of it anytime soon.

12-14-2006 15:26:01 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of MillRat


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

I've had several Italian beers, and this is the only one for which I've gone back for another. Sounds like faint praise, but it really is rather good. Alone (and it is alone) it is sufficient to keep me from wiping Italy comletely off my "places that make good beer" map.

The beer pours a very pretty ruby-red to medium-brown color, and the cream-colored head disappears quickly. The aroma is all about the caramel malts, and it is what really drew my attention to it when I first had it at the old Como Inn in Chicago. The flavor changes quite dramatically with temperature. At food-fridge temps, the sweet malts dominate, to the point of giving a sticky-sweet cola-ish impression. If yours is served that cold, give it 10 minutes to warm up. Once it gets a little warmer, the hop bitterness has a fighting chance against all those malts, aided by the alcohol warmth and dryness that starts to gets some traction. This beer never escapes all that sweetness, but it is more balanced at warmer temps. It comes into its own when paired with minestrone soup, dishes with marinara sauce, and other tomato-based courses. If you are happy with a sweeter beer, this is very drinkable; only the sweetness (and eventually the physiological effects of the higher ABV) will slow you down.

12-09-2006 21:47:43 | More by MillRat
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

I reviewed this beer a few weeks ago when it came in a compilation box that I purchased, but I recently found it in a six pack and realized that the taste was very different. No doubt that the box that I bought was old, so this review will reflect the much fresher version. Pours a glossy brown color with little to no head. The smell is big, with mostly dark malts dominating the nose. The taste is interesting, but overall really big: the dark malts are apparent but also a taste of candied sugars which give it a sticky taste. Also there is a hit of chocolate and/or coffee in the end of it, with a hint of alcohol. Really a terrific beer that is well crafted, seek it out if you can.

12-08-2006 22:21:28 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

Originally reviewed on March 3, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Pours amber brown clear, with a light creamy head of tan. Dusty wheat aroma. Hint of caramel. Flavor is bland, incredibly watery sugar and chalkboard malt flavor. A hint of toast finishes this heer, with a few notes of corn nuts. Palate is very watery, but not refreshing, instead sickly, and a touch sticky. This is horrible for a Bock.

12-08-2006 17:30:14 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of peabody


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Ingredients Uses Spalt Select hops.

Taste Rich sweet taste.

Bitterness 22-26 EBU

Aroma Complex fragrance of roasted malt.

Appearance Amber color.

Color 40-60 EBC

Style Double bock lager.

Strength 7.2% alcohol by volume.

Original Gravity 17.1 - 17.5%

Calories (per 12 oz. serving) 241

Lagering Time 10 days

Shelf Life A maximum of 15 months

This is actually an Italian Double Bock Lager.
Pours out dark reddish brown with two fingers of nice white foam and little to no lacing. Very clear brew.
Smell is fruity and caramel with a slight hint of dark malt.
Taste is very sweet and malty with caramel and a very slight hop flavor. Kind of watery.
The Watery feel is just a part of this mouthfeel but it does make the beer less on the scale.
Drinkability is kind of iffy. The Alcohol is a bit much but the sweetness and roasted carmel aftertaste could make this a multiple drinker.

11-30-2006 03:07:09 | More by peabody
Photo of AChamberlain


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle from Anthony's Restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A: Dark amber. Half inch off white head.

S: Malts. Sugary, almost like root beer.

T: Malty, sharp, and sweet. Very cola-ish.

MF: Medium body. Sharp.

D: Very drinkable. Was almost like drinking a soda. It went well with salad and calzone.

11-21-2006 20:48:11 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of phisig137


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

bottle pours a light orange amber color with a thin head. Quickly falls leaving behind minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty and raisin like. Sweet and slightly alcoholic. good amount of diacetyl too.

Flavor isn't a whole lot better. Big contribution of diacetyl, with malt and raisins filling in. Strong alcohol presence. Dark fruits are present, but the diacetyl is just too much. It's like drinking popcorn butter. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is decent at best.

This is one that I'd drink cold if I were you. Perhaps I just picked up a bad batch, but the levels of butterscotch here are almost unbearable. Perhaps the Italians (myself being one) should stick to making wine.

11-08-2006 03:14:00 | More by phisig137
Photo of goschool


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

This is the second of three singles from Trader Joe's. My bottle has a much cooler label than the one in the above image. It an Italian fellow wearing a fedora.

Appearance: The pour is dark ruby with a cream colored head that leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: The nose has sweet malts, plum, and caramel malts.

Taste: Again, malts dominate the flavor, as was the case in the aroma. Sweet malts stand out in front of plum, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, faint cherry, and a slight note of chocolate. The malt flavor lingers for quite a while in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy and sticky and it's a little lighter than some of the other good dopplebocks I've tasted.

Drinkability: This is a quaffable malty brew and it's definitely the best Italian beer I have ever had, but I still need to try Le Baladin. La Rossa is also cheaper than the good German dopplebocks. It’s a good one to pick up if you see it at TJ’s.

10-29-2006 06:51:18 | More by goschool
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark orange and ruby mix. The head is a nice 2 finger off white, and leave a respectable lace.

The smell is malty rich and quite fruity.

The taste is decent, pepy dried dark fruits form rich malt, Lightly hoped.

The mouthfeel is good, good carbonation, lighter then full body, creamy texture. Hey nice.

The drinkability is good, Not a real bold or big beer but quite respectable. Prosit, MK

10-28-2006 05:26:36 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of FenwaySquid


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish brown color. The head formed a creamy 2 fingers thick and faded slowly.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel and raosted malts throughout. There's some hoppiness in the background as well but I couldn't quite identify it. The finish is also rather sweet with some slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: I like this one a lot. Try it next time you're having a pizza, the combination is excellent.

10-28-2006 02:27:42 | More by FenwaySquid
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