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Birra Moretti (Heineken)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-17-2001

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pours a clear pale golden white a large white head. Aroma of lager yeast, grain, and dry grassy hops. Dry grains and malt, grassy hops, lager yeast. Nothing too special, but a well craft lager and very drinkable with some aspects hitting the right note.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

My first Italian beer

So the look of it: very simple, no head what's so ever. No carbonation going out of the glasses. Gold. Color

The smell of it: Remind me of the Heineken same taste. Some corn and some hops

The taste of it: Feel Like the same as the Heineken but more on then watery side. Very light. Very simple. Not too much taste as a lager just the minimum
I think this is the Heineken from Italy

So overall would I recommend it: if u are in Italy and it is the only lager u can have take it. But if u have the choice of other lager or even the Heineken, take those 2. Personally I won t recommend it if I am
In other country

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.56/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely crisp pale lager, it has a crisp clean and refreshing taste, one of my favourites, can have it with anything. Not as good as Peroni but up there

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here is a lager that kind of surprised me. The golden color is nice, the taste is a little on the bitter side for me, which is why I gave it a lower score. Worth the try in my opinion.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a stylish macro label.

Appearance: a mid golden-amber colour with decent carbonation across the profile. A finger of thick head slowly drops to a good half-finger. Looks pretty good for a Euro Pale Lager.

Aroma: fairly light on the nose as usual per the style, just some grains and a touch of grass hops.

Taste: unusually for a macro lager, the grass hops come through well here with some decent quality lager grains. Comes across more like a pilsener rather than a lager.

Aftertaste: bitterness from the hops with a slight sweetness from the grains.

Mouth feel: light in body with a decent carbonation to bring those flavours through nicely.

Overall: for me, this was a bit of a diamond in the rough. I had 'Euro Pale' lager night, which I was not looking forward to since it is really not my favourite style. After a bunch of average beers and a bunch of awful beers, this one actually comes across quite refreshing with a subtle and quality flavour profile. Impressive for AU$42 a case. I'll have it again.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Bottle of Birra Moretti European Pale Lager, 4.60%ABV

A respectable European pale lager that comes in a lovely looking bottle. The “Moretti” logo, of a traditional Italian countryman about to enjoy a big frothing glass of beer, stands out indicating that this beer is stylish and eager to be enjoyed.

Appearance is a pale, straw yellow colour that when poured produces a nice thick white head with good retention and with decent lacing. A fine-looking clear lager

The aroma has a rustic smell of lightly toasted barley, and some grassy hops, which gave a very pleasant and balanced smell.

The taste was crisp and clean. having a light honey and mild malt flavour with a fair hop bitter aftertaste at the end.

This beer is easy to drink, a balanced and smooth taste that goes down well. Moretti is a good lager that goes especially well with Italian food (naturally!).

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.52/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Birra Moretti brewed by Birra Moretti (Heineken), with an ABV of 4.60% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. Birra Moretti is an filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell nice with grains and malts. You also pick up on some sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is rich with with malts and a mild sweetness. This brew has a nice balance it it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is is nice and clean. This brew is also relishing, Birra Moretti did a nice job with this one. Over all I'm giving Birra Moretti a 4.75 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of NHPC
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

I only drink it cause its made in Italy, which doesn't mean high quality, just that its my heritage. otherwise it would be just a light lager with limited complexity. Cold is best.

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Photo of dcscientist
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just like Italy's other big beermaker Peroni, this product is merely ok. If you go to Italy, don't bother drinking beer, because really. Have wine instead.

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Photo of ordybill
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a pint mug.
Aroma- Has an average aroma of grass and hops.
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a thick white head.
Taste-Not a bad taste, however I have had this in Sicily and it was much better closer to the brewery.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- This is just okay for me, Italian beers don't get a lot of love, pretty much for a good reason.

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Photo of jonb5
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

330ml bottle, poured into Moretti glass.

A: Golden, darker than standard Euro lagers, clear, small head.

S: Burnt toffee, slight hint of Saaz hop.

T: Lots of charcoal, burnt toffee, hints of wheat.

M: Crisp, well carbonated.

O: Looked like apale Euro lager, but tasted more like a Vienna style lager.

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Photo of powerpop
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Great tasting Euro pils. Medium bodied, tons of biscuity malt flavor, followed by a refreshing hop bitterness. Really hard to beat IMO. Kicks all others in the heinie. The most desired beer in Italy.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
1/5  rDev -66%

Appearance – Very, very pale in colour, I struggled to get this beer to support any kind of head. The lack of head also resulted in zero lacing.

Smell – It didn’t even smell like a beer more like the barley water mix that beer might one day come from.

Taste – The taste matched this initial sight and smell observation as all I could taste was barley and water. Maybe the corn has an effect on the taste of the brew, who knows all I can say is this is rather bland for my liking. There is just mild and I do mean mild malt flavour so the whole thing is very close to the taste of water. Even my wife could tell from the colour that this one was going to be a disappointment and she does not drink.

Mouthfeel – Watery and very thin.

Overall – There is nothing really wrong with this but nothing really good about it either. It is just dull, having said that if you drink it with an Italian meal it does have a better flavour following the meal but not nearly enough to make it interesting. So my advice is either drink this as your accompaniment to an Italian meal or treat it like a Miller, chill it to near zero and drink it quick so you don’t notice the lack of flavour. I also tend to feel that this last point makes this a worrying beer! What I mean by that is best explained by this… imagine if a bunch of rowdy teens get their hands on this. At 4.6% they would be pissed pretty quickly and would just keep on drinking as there is so little flavour it would taste like water even to them.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

The aroma is a little spicy, earthy, and sour, with just a touch of grainy sweetness. The eggshell-white head quickly diminishes; the bright amber body is crystal clear. The flavor is largely comprised of a grainy sweetness with a mild sour bitterness. The medium-light body is very crisp and moderately carbonated.

Overall, light, crisp, refreshing, and ordinary.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +32%

Bottle marked 338320HO at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak, some hops coming through
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of mostly tiny bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor begins with light hoppiness which fades into some light malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.875. Final weighted score: 3.875
A good lager. Since Moretti is part of Heineken, I was expecting some skunk. This lager, however, was free of any sulfur taste and was very crisp and clean, actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +36.1%

This beer is a Munich Helles style. Clean, rich, malty. Pours perfectly golden clear and maintains a slight head for the duration. Malty nose and slight sweetness comes through. Not for the hop-a-holics....who knew that the Italians could brew such a clean Bavarian brew? Despite the poor ratings and reviews, I think this a solid drinker

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Photo of KFBR392
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color that is clean and transparent. Half a finger of head on the pour settled in to a thin layer across the top that was present while drinking. Active carbonation is very bright, slightly above average for the style.

Smell: Straw and some medium bodied hops on the front. Some more grassy hop notes on the body with significant biscuit and creamy buttery malts. Touches of corn and nuts are picked up underneath.

Taste: The initial hit is of corn and grains which linger throughout. Biscuit, creamy dough and butter, and light hops open up on the body. Some pleasant hop tones linger on the palate after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean carbonation is very approachable. Some lingering corn and funk is detected but it is nothing over the top.

Overall: Nothing mind blowing but certainly would not turn one of these down at an Italian restaurant or similar setting with limit options. You can certainly do much worse.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The bottle backlog continues to fall in the wake of my decision to eradicate bottles from at least my kitchen and perhaps from my inventory. I am awash in the daggum things and they are standing between me and The CANQuest (TM) and I will not abide it any longer. I open this one in honor of Sheriff Walt Longmire's deputy, the Philadelphia transplant, Vic Moretti.

From the bottle: "The Beer in Italy"; "Qualita e Tradizione".

Wow, a whole 330-ml.! I'll be done before I really get started. I got started with my usual heavy-handed pour, resulting in a pseudo-cascade, and producing just under three fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. For the second time today, I feel like I have passed urine that was darker than the beer in my glass. Nose had a grassy, Saaz hops-like aroma. No adjuncts, anyway. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was mildly grassy with a biscuit malt backbone. Not bad, especially for the price point. Finish was semi-dry, rather unobtrusive and fairly pleasant in total.

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Photo of NerdLife
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very "skunky" aroma but pleasant to drink. It has a very refreshing taste. Think Heineken but a little stronger. Nice clear golden color with a frothy head. Aftertaste is a little dry. Low carbonation. All in all, it's a beer that you could definitely sit down and watch a game with. Although, nothing to write home about. It's cheap and easy.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.90 500ml can. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Pretty not much. Opens ok pours ok no head in 1min

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Light beer flavor not much hops or malt

M- Ok at best again. Light on the tongue.

O- Ok at best again. Would not buy again. There is no reason for it

Food Pairing

This beer will go ok with anything you would eat with a Bud


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Photo of Foyle
3.84/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a thick white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing. Color is a pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley, grass, biscuit
Mouthfeel: fairly light and watery with a pleasant finish.
Flavor: great combination of sweet bready malts, biscuit, and grassy hops.
Overall: an excellent euro style pale lager. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of veganbeerboy
2.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden pale, transparent straw colouring with a 1/2 inch head that dissipated rather quickly.

N: Not much... sort of an average lager profile without anything standing out.

T: Very "plain" with no dominant flavours really. Kind of at a loss here.

M: Light bodied, average carbonation.

O: Comparable to something like Okanagan Sprin 1516; i.e. nothing special but a bit better than macros like Molson Canadian or Budweiser, but not by much and not enough to justify the few bucks I paid for the can. There are better European beers that satisfy the craving for something more simple rather than complex, like Tuborg or Czechvar.

(Poured from a 50cl can into a pilsner glass)

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass at pizzeria in Calgary. A light golden amber brew with maybe a half-inch of large white bubbles, a shade darker than many other Euro pales and featuring less doughy sweetness as well. Smells like grain husks and faint grassy hops, less doughy and more malty than its sweeter yet crisper and fruitier countryman Peroni. This one is dry as well but features a more rounded tannic maltiness somewhat like weakly steeped tea, vague lemon rind, some DMS but less than expected, dry stale popcorn, and a metallic tingle in the dry grassy finish. Thin and super fizzy but maybe just a hair thicker than something like Heineken. I did note that the spicy sauce on my pizza brought out some added dry grape and pale malt character. Good example of a food pairing that raises up the beer half of the partnership.

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Photo of Jordyn
3.39/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised at the head retention. The color is alright. Very light and can almost see exactly what's behind it. So almost translusant. The he's only poured to about a quarter of an inch. But stayed that way all throughout the drinking. You can't see through the head and it's almost silky. This is probably the only thing that makes this beer "different" from other. The taste is okay nothing to really discribe. Hoppy at the end. More refreshing than anything. Overall, an okay beer

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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a pale, straw yellow color with lots of lively carbonation and sporting a thick, creamy, rich white head. Light, crisp malt grain aroma. Light honey and mild biscuit malt flavor with a fair hop bitterness at the finish. Crisp, clean and dry finish.

A respectable lager, light and delicate overall. The appearance is its high point. The flavor is fairly nondescript and doesn't stand out in any way. Easy drinking and does wet one's whistle...

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Birra Moretti from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
2.94 out of 5 based on 1,301 ratings.
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