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

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759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 whynot44


4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +19%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

01-22-2005 03:07:12 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of PorterLambic


4.33/5  rDev +19%

Avoided this for some time because I assumed (I know) it was another Italian lager. Pays to read the labels, huh? Pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a small head that dropped to a lasting film and left spotty lace. Smell is sweet, malty, nutty, grass, a little earthy. Taste is just a continuation of the smell with all of the same plus light hops and a light alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, a light effervescence and slight warming in the back of the mouth and throat. Drinkability: "thank you sir, may I have another?. " A damned fine brew, world class.

01-11-2005 19:02:49 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of jimdkc


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Sampled this at an Italian restaurant. After trying a Peroni Lager, I asked what other Italian beers they had. The waiter suggested Moretti La Rossa, saying it was a "stronger, dark beer". Sounded good to me! "I'll have one of those!" The label read "Doppiomalto"... "Is that Italian for 'Doppelbock'?", I wondered.

Poured a clear, dark reddish color with a good-sized foamy head that left a good bit of lace. Aroma was malty and inviting. Taste was very rich malt flavors. Sweet with notes of carmel, dark fruits, nuts, and some spicy hop flavor at the back of the tongue. A little alcohol warming in the throat, but the alcohol is mostly well-hidden by the malt. Body was maybe a little thin for the style, but not bad. A very enjoyable beer. My new favorite Italian beer!

12-29-2004 08:41:27 | More by jimdkc
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a wonderfully dark reddish brown with a little light head that quickly dissipated. Smells of fruity sweetness along with a heavy malt, some alcoholness at the end of the nose. Its taste matches exactly! So, you get a heavy maltiness paired with a sweetness (raisinish) and then an alcohol kick at the end. It felt like the the alcohol peaked out unintentionally. Good mouthfeel, but that alcohol aftertaste lost it points. Overall, I'd drink it again, but it isn't my first or second choice for this general style.

12-18-2004 03:03:00 | More by aquatonex
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Reddish, amberish bronze with a fair amount of miniscule particulates on close inspection. The pale caramel head resembles a fine-grained sponge, persists admirably and leaves speckled, pocked hunks of lace all over the glass.

The nose is of dark butterscotch, brown sugar and earthy spice. Those would ordinarily be aromas that would make for a killer nose--for me at least--but they don't hang together as well as they might and the end result is only slightly above average.

The flavor is as expected given the nose, but is better somehow. In terms of just about every one of its attributes, La Rossa is no higher than medium on the doppelbock light-heavy scale. The malt backbone is rock solid and provides flavors of heavily caramelized sugar and light molasses rather than chocolate or coffee. There are also elements of sweet, dark fruits and a pleasant, understated sourness that is most apparent on the finish. The alcohol is expertly masked.

Moretti Birra La Rossa won't make anyone forget the truly world-class doppelbocks, but it's good beer all the same. I'm definitely gaining an appreciation for this style and am glad that I made this beer's acquaintance.

12-15-2004 21:52:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of KoG


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

This really didn't seem like a dopplebock to me. Had a hazy dark red that was a little light. Did have a nice head however.

Smell was somewhat inviting and consisted of a mainly malty body with a bit of hoppyness.

Taste was malty with an astringent twinge. Not something I'd buy regularly, seemed like a dopplebock mixed with an IPA.

Mouth was about average, meh.

I could drink it, not sure if I'd ever buy it again as it just wasn't my cup of tea.

12-06-2004 01:06:24 | More by KoG
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Moretti's La Rossa can definitely be a surprising beer for the unprepared. Coming from one of the biggest macro brewers in all of Italy, one cannot help but be initially skeptical of this beer upon first glance. However, upon sampling this it ended up being a very good brew and actually held up very well compared to some real German doppbelbocks.

La Rossa pours a brownish/copper color with a bit of ruby red to it. Very nice color. 1 1/2 fingers of foam form and last for about 30 seconds before thinning out. The aroma is very malty, with some caramel, fruit, and light alcohol in the nose. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as I would expect for a doppelbock, but it still is well rounded and has a moderate carbonation level to it. Big, big malts in the flavor. Caramel, molasses, fruitiness, and some of that alcohol all make their presences known, with some dryness appearing in the finish. The dryness lingers on with some light alcohol and grainy flavors and the brew finishes up with some good alcoholic warmth.

It might be strange recommending a mass-produced Italian doppelbock, but this one is definitely worth a shot if you see it in your area. A great beer for a chilly autumn night if you ask me.

11-23-2004 05:09:04 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of schrist275


3.75/5  rDev +3%

pours a semi cloudy mahogany thats ends up hard to see thru. The head goes way to quick and hides on the side of the glass, cant tell but it doesnt look like alot of carbonation, the smell is of a dark alcoholic chocolate and malts. has that familiar doppelbock air,....so lets swith from nose to mouth, initial is light caramel chocolate that melts into dark chocolate and then to the malts which is what maintains the aftertaste. mouthfeel is quite full, rolls itself over the tongue and around the cheeks with ease. I can see myself suffering throught one or two of these.

11-20-2004 06:23:08 | More by schrist275
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -3%

A mahogany color, transparent, with fine co2 rising from the bottom. The head is tawny colored, full and soapy with low retention and a sticky lace. Smells of malt and caramel with light hop notes. Tastes sweet and malty with fruity notes and a light but lingering hop bitterness. Palate is light bodied and effervescent with a light dry finish. Not a remarkable beer - not a lot of character. Somewhere in the middle.

10-16-2004 17:03:20 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Packaged in a 12 o.z. amber bottle with a nice classical label proclaiming this to be 18 degrees Plato.Poured a dark brownish red with an offwhite head that subsided quickly. Aroma is of sweet malt and lots of alcohol with an ironlike metallic tinge to it. The flavor begins with that Iron taste at the front which segues into lots of sweet dark malt and a bit of chocolatey roastyness as well. There is only the barest taste of hop flavor mixed in bu the malt is very quick to dominate. Clean finish with no esters the 7% alcohol leaves the belly with a nice warming sensation. Mouthfeel is a little strange in this beer as it has a pretty soft carbonation level which makes the sweet malt a little bit cloying. I would probably not choose to buy this birra again but it would not deter me from trying other Moretti lagers.

10-05-2004 05:40:45 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +25%

I was extremely impressed with this one! It poured very red, hence La Rossa. Slightly off-white head that subsided to a thin haze in about 30 seconds or so. Very nice lacing. The smell was very, very malty and sweet. Quite tempting just by the appearance and the way it smelled. Tons of malt in the taste. A little bit of a roasted taste. Very slightly hoppy for just a moment. The mouthfeel was really smooth. Very drinkable. Fantastic!

10-01-2004 03:42:44 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of DFN


3.93/5  rDev +8%

I tried this for the first time recently at an Italian restaurant in Newport Beach, California. They didn't have any of the beers I usually drink (Pete's Wicked Ale, Negra Modelo) so I gave Moretti Birra La Rossa a whirl. It turned out to be a pleasant experiment. Its rich, red-amber color is pleasing to the eye, and it pours out smoothly, producing a thick, tan colred head. The flavor was crisp, slightly fruity, nicely balanced between malt and hops. If you've never had one, give it a try!

Update 4/19/2006: I recently bought a six-pack of this beer at Cost Plus World Market, and while I would still rate it a winner, I don't think it's as good as I did when I first encountered it. Maybe I was just extra thirsty then!

09-26-2004 02:40:59 | More by DFN
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

I always have a hard time reviewing Dopplebocks because I always think about Celebrator. Is that supposedly the perfect dopplebock? Either way, this is a pretty solid brew. Maybe not as dark as I would have expected as it was a deep amber color. Pretty small head, but the aroma was nice and malty. Taste is very smooth and sometimes you forget that you are drinking a 7.2%'er. Definately a nice dopplebock to introduce new BAs to!

09-24-2004 23:10:06 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of pezoids


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Poured out a clear and dark burnt sienna color with a perfect looking head of creamy cornsilk colored foam. The aroma is appealing, rich and luxurious with creamy sweet malt that is followed by an array of sweet musty fruits and roasted pecans. Some alcohol spiciness squeaks through. The taste is full with pleasantly rich malt sweetness. This starts out sweet and nutty, then finishes like a dry red wine. Solid and flavorful body of spicy sweet malt at it’s core. Surprisingly, this beer kicks some ass! A high quality bock beer that incorporates some Alt bier characteristics.. Very nice.

09-14-2004 22:39:52 | More by pezoids
Photo of Doppel07


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

Warm caramel aroma. Malt and subtle fruitiness in flavor. Perhaps a little mild in flavor for a doppelbock but has a well-roundedness to it. I expect more Vienna or Munich malt character than this in a doppelbock. This is my favorite Italian beer anyway.

09-07-2004 20:36:34 | More by Doppel07
Photo of chilidog


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Searched for this brew, found, much enjoyed. It poured a nice dark ruby red. The head was off-white, creamy foam. Lace was thin but made it. The aroma was more complex than most with notes of dark malts and caramel. The taste carries that carameled malt along with hints of buttered toffee, smoke and a well balanced mix of hop and alcohol. The beers finish lingers with that alcohol on the mouth that ends up dry. The dry feel is aided by a buttery smoothness that helps this beer go with italian foods. Pasta, pizza, hot peppered sauce, all maintain the flavor, boldness and zest when served together.

08-21-2004 03:32:18 | More by chilidog
Photo of mschofield


2.85/5  rDev -21.7%

Pours a dark red, topped with a two finger off-white head, leaves thin webs of lacing.
Strong banana, sweet aroma, light tobacco/wood note.
Very malty taste, red fruits, earthy, caramel, darkly roasted bread, minerals and herbs.
Medium bodied, it wore on me quickly, I couldn't finish a second bottle.

08-20-2004 21:20:06 | More by mschofield
Photo of Reidrover


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Beer tasted while sitting at my campsite ,poured into clear ,hard plastic glass.
In appearance its a nice warming brown ,with garnet accents, excellent looking massive light tan head, that leaves good lacing.
The aroma I found to be weak, maybe the bottle was too cold?.What there is consists of malts..good ones .
The taste is way better than the aroma, a good solid malty doppelbock( kinda redundant, i know!), slight medicinal taste , then very good alcohol wrming all the way down to my belly.
Nice and smooth on the palate, despite the noticable alcohol.
Very nice drinkable and warming campfire beer..wish I had more.

08-16-2004 00:48:29 | More by Reidrover
Photo of beertaster13


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a gorgeous mahogany/cherry wood amber with a tan head that stays rather well during the session. Lacing is slight. The smell is strong of apple sweetness and a nice refreshing wilderness bitterness. A nice nature breeze sort of smell. The tase is a pleasant blend of the apple/cherry sweetness with the hop bitterness. The fruit syrup/caramel is a tad overpowering but thank god that the blend of hops is detected. A pleasant dopple finaly. Very good.

07-20-2004 00:30:29 | More by beertaster13
Photo of sublimesipping


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

back from a recent trip to Italy, where it seems when I wasn't drinking wine, I was drinking belgians or questing for the elusive baladin, alas never to be found. All was not lost as I stumbled upon this beer in the local COOP. My response is that this is a pretty damm fine doppelbock. so much for italians brewing watery lagers. the color of this beer is one of the nicest I've seen- very beautifual mahogany-red with a beautiful creamy tan head. Nose of malts and caramel. I thought the taste was quite nice, a bit of sweetness but controlled and with a definite malt balance. Wonderful mouthfeel too. A thorughly enjoyable, drinkable stand alone beer that served as a nice counterbalance to all the wine consumed. Should also note that it paired very well with proscuitto, pecorino, and numerous pizzas.

06-29-2004 22:37:57 | More by sublimesipping
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3.53/5  rDev -3%

Good dark brown in colour, with a strong firm tan head that persists for a bit. No lacing.

Strong sweet aromas of toffee, iced coffee, chocolate, bread and dark malts. Not overly complex, but enjoyable and pleasant.

Ahhh, sweet malt flavours. Very sweet palate, that is dominated by toffee, caramel, chocolate and red fruits like cherry (more cherry ripe-ish than anything). A little flat but long and creamy. Maybe a touch cloying, could use a bit of bitterness to offset the sweetness, but otherwise enjoyable. Alcohol is balanced well.

Found this for $3 a bottle, good price for a high alcohol brew. Maybe just a little sweet.

06-29-2004 10:54:51 | More by koolk
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