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

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BA SCORE
83
good

729 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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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Redrover

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of these last night at Carmine’s Clam House on Rush Street In Chicago. Nice restaurant if you find yourself in that part of town.

The beer poured out a caramel color with big tan head. It had excellent lacing.

Sweet nose of caramel and molasses.

Taste is similar to the smell. It is a bit sweet with almost a hard candy thing going on. Some grainy taste emerges later and adds some needed balance. Still my impression is of a sweet & toasty beer.

I thought the mouth was a bit thin for this style, but it is a very easy drinker. One was not enough, but two was plenty. I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 15:25:14 | More by Redrover
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect beer for a windy, cool evening. This strong lager poured a deep red color with a sustaining white head that left some nice lacework down the sides of my glass. The rustic aroma is very pleasing with some raisin-like accents. This is definitely a malt-accented beer (hopheads run away!) with tawny caramel malt flavors that linger on the tongue. The silkiness of this beer is reminiscent of a fine liqeur, with just enough dryness to prevent a cloying character. This beer may be categorized as a dopplebock, but I think of it as more unique than that, sort of a Northern Italian strong red lager, as it doesn't seem as dark as other dopplebocks that I've sampled. Perhaps I'm being too technical. This beer is an old favorite of mine and I was happy to see it in the cooler at my local Italian deli. I'm looking forward to enjoying some of these brews with some smoked chicken ravioli I have planned for dinner later in the week!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 01:41:59 | More by marcobrau
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semihobo

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First doppelbock and first Italian beer...

Great tan head, very rich, clear, nutty-brownish-red color. The color is excellent. (Appearance note: my bottle looks way cooler than the BA one pictured, nice work Castello Di Udine).

Smells strongly of sweet malts. Not sure what else to say -- no hops, can't really pick out anything from the sweetness. Some breadiness.

Huge malt profile, wow. Somewhat to my surprise, also a substantial amount of hops, although they play second fiddle here. Very bready and chewy. A little bitter on the finish from some generic hops. A little bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is superb, pretty thick. Leaves a coating in your mouth, whew. Carbonation is well matched with the style/flavor. Creamy.

I don't want to overrate this, since I don't have any doppelbocks to compare it to. That said, it is delicious. I can't believe this has a 7.2%abv ... so easy to drink. A big beer that is super malty instead of super hoppy ... what an idea.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 22:19:11 | More by semihobo
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant mahagony color with a finger of head that falls to a light coating. The nose is nicely roasted, with nutty tones. Very nice. Flavor is the same. Nutty, slightly sweet caramel. Very tasty brew. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice brew. Tasty but not too big in the flavor. I like it. Dopplebocks often have too much flavor for me, but this one works well for me. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 01:59:26 | More by kmpitz2
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tjthresh

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moderate malt presents in the aroma. Big hit right off the bat. Toast, caramel, raisin, and cherry are there, but had to search. Brown with some red highlights. Fair head. Flavor was lacking also. It was there, but restrained. Very lively, medium bodied. Alcohol was not hard to find. Over all a good beer, but not a good example of the dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 13:10:24 | More by tjthresh
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a fancy Italian restaurant. It pours a brilliant red with a modest off white head. The Aroma is very malty and sweet, with some peppery alcohol evident. The taste starts off big and malty, with bread and toffee notes. Alchohol quickly becomes evident, as does a cloying sweetness. The finish is thin sweet and highly alcoholic. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. This is not a very good beer. It needs more malt depth and less abrasive alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 23:09:25 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy. You know when a guy uses the word 'yummy' that he is humbled. This beer looks great: chocolatey dark with some mohogany colors, light carbonation, and tan head. Just off from clear, this beer looks nice. Smells more fruity than expected in a Dopple. A bit estery: cherries, ripe oranges, figs, dates, plumbs. Mildly spicy and peppery. Tastes quite malty, caramelly, chocolatey, and the same fruits that are present in the aromas. Full rich body. Carbonation and alcohol keeps the beer from cloying or thickening. Alcohol is smooth and sweet. Carboation plays on the palate without numbing. Finishes slick and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 14:23:03 | More by BEERchitect
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thechaacster

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany. Attractive two finger head retains well and leaves some seriously impressive rings of lacing in the glass. Bittersweet malt aroma. Excellent rich caramel malt flavor with dark fruit and just a bit of smoke character. Hops come in with mild bitterness, just enough to balance and complement the thick maltiness. Delicious. Lasting finish of malt and fruit, with mild alcoholic warmth. This was a great find and an extremely pleasant surprise. I'll definitely be going back for it when I can.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 19:39:02 | More by thechaacster
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color at first pour with a dense inch of head. There are only a few bubbles rising in this beer. The head retains for quite a while

Aroma: It has a really nicely toasty aroma. There are some caramel notes in there, but the majority of the aroma seems like it is coming from Munich malt.

Taste: The taste is really clean. It is very similar to the aroma in that it has a plethora of tastiness in here mixed with some caramel notes. The caramel tastes like it may have been derived from a long boil as much as from the addition of caramel malts. I say this because it has a really earthy quality that doesn’t seem like just a grain addition. I don't get the rich melanoidins like you would from a DoppelBock from Germany. It may be a little closer to a MaiBock in this respect, but it is pretty dark and toasty for that style. The color is not from roast grains.

Opinion: I think that this is a tasty beer. I personally am spoiled by DoppelBocks, so I think that this one is a little on the light side. It blurs the boundaries between a Doppel and a Mai Bock. It seems to me like a fortified Oktoberfest as it does an Oktoberfest. Don't get me wrong...this is an excellent beer, and absolutely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 23:21:21 | More by SkeeterHawk
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flaminghomer

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow, i wasn't expecting this. i was thinking i would get some sort of mild red lager. this one packs a punch at 7.2% abv. I was in rome last summer and tried a beer called "ceres strong ale" it tastes so much like it, it brings back alot of memories. this beer has alot of malt taste and alot of metallic taste. i don't usually like it when my beer tastes like steel. nor do i in this case.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 09:22:26 | More by flaminghomer
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby red color when held up to the light. It is topped by a tan head that is quite thick as well as being frothy and creamy. The aroma smells of lightly spicy hops, caramelized malt and a hint of toasted grain. The taste is lightly sweet up front, but then moves to a toasty, caramel malt note. The finish is dry with a lingering toasted maltiness that is lightly astringent. Overall this beer is a celebration of malty notes. This is a fairly full flavored beer, and at one time was by far the most flavorful Italian beer, with a new wave of craft Italian breweries though this seems like a not quite flavorful enough bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 01:26:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A good looking deep red color, but the head came and left soon after pooring.

Smell: Malty, on the sweeter side. The smell really reminded me of the blah, mundane smells of a lot of popular or mass produced european lager beers.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a really enjoyable beer. The beer started off very well balanced without over powering me with any flavor: whether it be hoppiness or too bitter. I noticed a fairly strong alcoholic taste and dry mouthfeel at the finish of it, but, again, nothing that detracted from my enjoyment. This beer was big surprise for me, and I can say that I'd be willing to have it again if and when I come in contact with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 02:37:28 | More by edmundfitzoil
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thesilverhand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle lists ABV at 7.2 per cent.

A nice dark ruddy brown, slightly hazy, with a thin beige head that dissipated quickly, leaving just a skiff of foam on the surface of the beer.

Toffee and caramel aroma, with a touch of dry lightly roasted malts and a hint of spice. Not bad.

The taste is pleasantly balanced between sweetness and dry malt bitterness. There's a fair bit of sweet and spicy dried fruit up front - raisins in particular. The alcohol becomes apparent in the finish, dry and warming.

It's a bit boozy on the palate - the alcohol is a bit too readily apparent for my liking. Overall though, it's a decent, enjoyable brew. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 15:31:41 | More by thesilverhand
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beersarang

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/chestnut with a nice frothy tan head that leaves sticky lace all over. Brilliant clarity.

Weak aroma of some sweet malt and fruity alcohol.

Taste delivers a light toasted malt, crisp spicy hop bite that comes and goes quickly. Exhale delivers a solvent like alcohol that dominates the flavor and detracts from this brew greatly.

Medium doppelbock bodied, a little too heavy on the solvent like alcohol so I was not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 04:07:58 | More by beersarang
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Dukeofearl

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear dark copper with a very pretty 2 inch off white head- very small bubbles. Quite attractive.

Aroma is a malty wonderland... slightly sweet, bready and light nutty spices (?) (I can't quite place it, but that's the best description I can give). Flavor follows through very nicely- sweet, but not cloying, bready, but interesting rich bread, not white bread, slight offset from hops and yeast, incredibly well balanced. I really like this one.

Mouthfeel is rich and quite pleasant.

I've read about this beer before (Michael Jackson calls it the perfect beer for pizza), and have had it on many occasions, and really do enjoy it. One of the few Italian beers that I like (not that I've had that many).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 04:41:54 | More by Dukeofearl
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby colored brown with a thick, bubbly ivory head that doesn't want to drop. Nice scatterings of lacing cling to the tall glass that it was served with.
Smell is of sweet, caramel, toffee and fruity malts. This smells like an authentic German db in my opinion.
Taste is smooth, rich, creamy with fruity, caramelish taste that pumps through with a toffee candy sweetness. Again, this reminds me of an authentic German db.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that seems to compliment the smooth complexity of this beer. I would take this over several dopple's anyday and I don't mean that as a knock against others. I just think they did a nice job with this one.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 18:41:44 | More by weeare138
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Doppio Malta", on the label, with new graphics, by the way. Pours clear, reddish, dark honey, with an off white head, leaving minimal lacing, Medium amout of bubble rising to the top. slight nose of the expected malt. Malty brew, subtle notes of honey, caramel and a spicy hint of hot sauce. Long lingering finish, slightly warming, hides its 7% nicely. Worthy brew, best I've had from Italy. (not saying much) Worth a try. Would probably go nicely with some spicy peppery Italian foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 23:11:27 | More by Billolick
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-brown with an excellent head that dies quickly to a thin layer of fine bubbles. No lace.

Very mild aroas: metalic, sweet malt, no discernible hop.

Lots of candy sugar malt flavor. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice warming alcohol in the swallow. Bittering hop is extremely mild and shows up in the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 23:04:31 | More by smcolw
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice red beer with a one finger, foamy head. Much different than the the other Moretti.

Aroma was of roasted malt and molasses, a hint of sweetness.

Taste was of slightly sweet medium malt, with a little fruitiness. The finish was smooth and subdued.

A better than average doppelbock. Not on the level of Celebrator, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 02:37:56 | More by connecticutpoet
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark reddish brown with a thin beige head that fades pretty quickly, although there is good lacing as it is drank. Aroma is mainly caramel with a little hint of breadiness. Taste is very sweet with little caramel, nuttiness, and even some hops coming through on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and beer is very fizzy. Overall this is an OK beer, but definitely the best I've had at an Italian restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 00:51:53 | More by cubedbee
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whynot44

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied, beautiful mahogany red color with a light tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt, fresh bread, molasses, and alcohol.

Taste is rich roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, fruit, even a little bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet without overdoing it, a fairly crisp dry finish with a trace of hops or spice and definite alcohol warmth.

Altogether a very respectable beer in the doppelbock style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 04:28:56 | More by whynot44
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and buttery caramel scent with a slightly dry roasted aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good doppelbock. It is really malty and easy drinking. It also hides the elevated abv. quite nicely. This is a fine offering from Moretti.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 01:30:49 | More by WesWes
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium ruby red color with one finger of head. There is some lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of chocolate and roasted malt. A nice sweet aroma, very pleasant. The taste is nice and sweet too. Lots of roasted malt character with some bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of raisin. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and strong, and the drinkability is good for a doppelbock. I was really surprised by this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 19:47:50 | More by SheepNutz
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby color and has a ton of carbonation and a rocky white head that leaves quickly. The aroma is very sweet and malty, like a good doppelbock should be, and I can catch a definite whiff of alcohol. The flavor is quite complex, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and alcohol :) It is however quite hoppy in the finish... A lot more hoppy than any doppelbock I have had before. It has a very full body and is superbly balanced. Not bad for a beer from Italy. This is one tasty beer and it deserves a spot in any beer lover's refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 07:37:18 | More by RushLimbmalt
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a fluffy beige head. Good toasty malt profile with some cherry-like fruitiness and a whiff of yeasty, peppery alcohol. Pretty thick and slick on the tongue. Good roasty character; but what I liked was the smooth transition to a lightly bitter finish. I really wasn't expecting much hops in this beer but I was pleasantly surprised. Light, smoothly carbonated, showing off its heftier body well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 03:07:12 | More by crookedhalo
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83 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.