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Birra Moretti (Heineken)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of thecheapies
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Yellow-gold with fizzy carbonation. Fizzled out to soapy film.

Musty pale grains, corn, tangy sweet malts, and a sprig of herbal notes. Staled and a little skunked.

Corn sweetness, pale and pilsner malts, bitter crispness, and mucky yeast flavors. Slight estery flavors remind me of green apple or white grape.

Soft and greasy with a perky carbonated outburst in the finish. Not easy.

Poor, or close to it. Stale flavors. Not to be revisited.

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Photo of MisterdeSade
1.76/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a terribly bad beer, but just not a very good one.
The label is more European than the over taste and body of this beer, as it tastes like flat ginger ale.
The smell is somewhat bitter and piss-like.
This beer is apparently bottled by Heineken, which makes sense, although it tastes like a watered down version of their flagship brew.

might as well drink a Coors Light...

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straw yellow, white short lasting head.
Aroma: Not much aroma.
Taste: Not much flavor, highly carbonated. Light body, slightly bitter finish.
Overall: A very poor Euro Pale Lager. Has none of the malty sweetish note expected of this style. Taste like a poorly brewed domestic beer.

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Photo of Portertime
2.24/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: I am serving this well chilled in my Samuel Smith tumbler. It pours a bright straw yellow color with an eggshell white, two finger head. The body remains lively with many tiny bubbles continuously rising to the top.

Smell: There are mild malty aromas and some graininess.

Taste: It is light and creamy like a cream ale style with a cereal grain flavor and a honey after taste. There is very little hoppiness with a hint of grassy and citrus notes. This can be a decent session lager.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin, white head that falls to thin ring with little retention. Color is pale gold. Aroma is spicy hops and sweet grains, pleasant and balanced--doesn't smell cheap or skunky. Good hop flavor that has a spiciness suggesting regional hops of the Saaz variety. Finishes dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is light and clean, moderate CO2. The only beer I will drink with certain Italian dishes. It has a light, delicate flavor that works in places where a white wine would normally go in food pairings.

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Photo of hoppyserpent
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The perceived quality of a beer needs to be considered in the context of what it is intended to deliver. Moretti is not trying to be an English Ale or an American West Coast IPA. Moretti is light in color, mouth feel, and flavor with a bit of a German lager and hoppy goodness on swallow. Fairly low IPA, too. But don't compare it to the best of other styles. Moretti is a good lager that goes especially well with Italian food. Don't believe me? Try it with a plate of lasagna and salad or a thin crust pizza - no other beer is a better food pairing.

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Photo of ahommell
2.02/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear straw or corn colored golden, Foam is minimal and goes away super quick.

S: straw. Unimaginative. Water. Hints of beer. LOL

T: Light. Airy. Watery. Flavor is only noticeable when crisply cold. Seems almost like a stale pilsner. Think Pilsner Urquell with about two gallons of water watering it down.

M: Crisp. Again... not much to comment on as it tastes so close to water. I barely know that this is beer. Little carbonation.

O: Unimaginative. Bland. Run of the mill. Dead. You be the judge. I would even go for a Miller Light before this. Very surprised that an import of this cost could be so depressing on the palate.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Aug. 2014. I've been putting this one off for a while because I don't like spending money on six-packs of imported lager, but this single tallboy (which only recently became available here) is a more realistic pickup. Served well-chilled.

Pours that familiar clear, pale golden colour, topped at first with one finger of soapy, bone-white head that soon seeps away, leaving behind a modest cap and a few strands of sticky lacing. A fine-looking lager. The nose consists of typical Euro lager aromas - light, grainy pale malts, wet hay and some grassy hop notes. Unlike many EPLs, however, this one has the advantage of not stinking like a skunk - no doubt due to the packaging.

This is a solid-tasting lager - colour me somewhat impressed. It starts off with a clean, pale malted barley sweetness, accompanied by some grain husk. The hops come forward toward the finish, offering a mixture of wet hay and grassy, floral dryness that lingers very briefly in the aftertaste. Light-bodied; somewhat thin but still creamier than most EPLs, and good, crisp carbonation that gives the brew a firm bite. Extremely drinkable; like most pale lagers it tastes best when well-chilled, but this one actually held up ok as it approached room temperature.

I liked this stuff right from the first sip - nothing fancy, just a straightforward, no-nonsense pale lager that tastes pretty good and quenches your thirst with its crisp, refreshing nature. As a general rule of thumb, I would take a well-made German/Czech pilsener over a regular EPL any day of the week, but this particular lager hit me right in the sweet spot.

Final Grade: 3.42, a respectable B-. I had low expectations coming into this review, but Birra Moretti is actually a fine lager - a damn fine one, in my humble opinion, and a surprisingly solid choice for my 450th review. Normally these Euro lagers are a one-and-done for me, but this is one I could actually see myself purchasing again, and I'd certainly pick it over Peroni or 90% of the other imported lagers that crowd the shelves around here. A justifiable option at its LCBO price point - if you're a lager fan looking for something simple to quaff on a hot day, give this one a shot.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally reviewing this beer years after initially trying it. 500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased fro about $2.50 CDN from the local LCBO.

Appearance - A clear pale golden colored beer is poured that is very clear and lacking much in the way of bubbles. A nice near finger of white head is poured and retention is modest but nowhere near the greatest.

Smell - Not much in the way of nose, light grainy aromas, some vague corn sweetness and not much else. There's not any off scents thankfully.

Taste - Light grain flavors, but quite balnd even for a Euro pale Lager. Finishes clean, but the lack of flavor is disappointing.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp, light body, carbonation isn't big.

Overall - Certainly drinkable and solid enough across the board, but the lack of flavor even relative to others in the style lets Birra Moretti down a bit.

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Photo of hackmann
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: super crystal pale yellow with a ½ finger white head that did not stay around long.

Aroma: very light overall; light grains, white bread, faint grass, an almost typical light aroma of a lager

Flavors: once again – a typical lager; fresh white bread, crisp grains, mild hops, little grassy like, seem to come together for a nice tasting lager; like a typical lager or pilsner the flavors diminish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: crisp, fresh, pleasing, smooth, decent carbonation to keep it lively,

To the Point: a good lager, as far as, lagers go; 12 bucks for a six pack – I know I can find a better beer for this kind of money and not be stuck with some typical lager beer. Factoring in the price I'll have to give it an okay -

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Photo of soju6
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear light golden color with a fairly large head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus and malt sweetness.

T: Taste of malt sweetness with a bit of fruit in the background. Mild bitterness witha clean finish.

F: Light body and smooth.

O: Typical Euro Lager.

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Photo of FLima
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with lots of head with good retention and leaving laces, pretty good for an adjunct lager.
Aroma of non-malted cereals and floral and grass hops.
Although it has a corn like taste, it has a decent amount of floral hops giving a refreshing taste. Hints of butter, actually a bit distracting. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Decent for an adjunct lager, good choice of hops with a fair quantity for the style. But it has a low cost benefit in Brazil, should cost less than a Heineken which has a superior taste.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2.2014 best by date. Impressive shelf-life as I purchased this in April of 2013.

I hope Italy has better beer than this.

Appears a very gassy pale yellow, no foam.

Not unpleasant aroma for a fizzy lager, but not inviting either.

Taste of light cereal malt, thin bodied with a light flavor and a corn flake-cereal finish. Utterly forgettable and just as bland from the source (Italy) as imported.

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Photo of metter98
2.84/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a large, thin patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops and skunk are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has notes of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness. The skunky flavors somewhat dissipate as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. Although it's not very interesting, the taste is rather good when compared to other beers in the style. It would have been a lot nicer if it didn't have the skunky aromas and flavors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love watching Peter O'Toole as Pope Paul III whilst drinking this seemingly Italian beer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises funky corn, funky wheat, light flowers, and a light layer of dust. The taste brings in more of the same, along with an unfortunate extra bit of dust and dirt. Hm. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet, fluid feel. Overall, this is a pretty weak bit of beer, something I'd hope the burgeoning Italian scene is quick to rebuke.

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Photo of hdf561
3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on draft at Via Napoli in EPCOT during Disney Marathon Weekend. I saw someone drinking it and thought since I like different beers I should try it.

Came in a Moretti Beer Mug.

The smell was actually great, nothing really stood out but it just smelled pleasent and not overpowering

The taste was AWESOME not overpowering but very well balanced. Mouthfeel again was smooth with NO aftertaste

I can not wait to head back to Disney in June and eat the great Pizza at Via Napoli and drink several Moretti beers, Next time I head to the beer store I will be picking up some bottles of these, as I just found out they are in stock!

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.96/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I poured my Moretti into a tulip glass. This is a very golden beer with about a finger of foam.

The smell is like fresh cut grass and a decent amount of sage. There is also some decent funkiness from the clear bottling.

The flavor is a little less than appreciable. I don't think the flavor is refreshing or complimentary.

I haven't been missing out on this beer before now.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

one of the more available Italian beers, this one is pretty much the pale euro standard, nothing special. it pours a really faded straw looking color with a rapidly rising white head, aided by the pilsner glass im using here. the color is really pale, too light, even for the style, it lets me know not to expect too much taste here. the nose also gives that indication, with just a crystal light malt grassy sort of nose, a little skunky, without any more than basic bittering hops in the finish. the flavor is identical to the nose. I mean, this is plenty drinkable, in fact its really easy down, but there just isn't much taste. not a lot of off flavors, as the skunk has subsided, but its a pretty watered down beer. still, there is something unique about moretti, I don't know if its the yeast or the grains or what, but I can always pick this beer out blind with other similar ones because it has a sort of burnt bread element that stands out. not much else going on. the feel isn't bad, just really light and lacking on alcohol. as such it would be a good all day drinker. the carbonation is also really bright, which makes it good with some heavier foods like pasta and chicken marsala. overall its better than peroni, but a far cry from europe's best.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with short-lived, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of hay and grain. Body is light and crisp. Taste is some grassy hops and sweet malt. Finish is short and light. I could finish this standard macro lager.

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

Going by a review I did of this back in 84, gave it 3 mugs on a six mug scale. Color was a nice golden straw with a clear hue. Head was full and lasting and the flavor was yeasty and grainy. Aroma was also grainy or bready. Aftertaste was mild and clean.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Yellow-gold with a frothy white head.

S - Faint smell of adjunct malts.

T - Surprisingly pleasant for the style - crisp and clean malt taste with a strong grainy aftertaste.

M - Medium-to-high carbonation - very refreshing.

Better than most examples of the style - fairly bland, but drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went out for some pizza on my wife's birthday and saw this one on tap. I think this may be my first from Italy. Came out a pale straw yellow with a thin white head on top. Nose is straw, lemon zest, grains.

Thinner body, but amply carbonated. Decent crisp refreshing feel. Simple flavors white bread, lemon, a bit of lime, simple grains. This was decently refreshing and went quite well with my pizza. Nothing I'd go out of my way to get, but nothing I'd turn down either.

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Photo of smokinyodas
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this beer is pleasing yellow color and white lace with a satisfyingly failure smell and taste similar to that of Heineken in my younger years. In short, it’s an average strong hoppy bitterness that stands out the most, yet strangely works well with pizza.

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my beer buddies brought over a six pack of this and I saved one to write a review. Mama mia!

-Appearance 3.0: Golden color. Poured out with an average, 1/4" head that quickly faded and left some swirling on top. Lots of CO2 carbo bubbles all over.

-Smell 2.5: Almost a typical washed-out, lagery hop aroma, but this beer has the unfortunate addition of an unpleasant skunkiness. It is light and if one was not the recipient of other bad experiences with The Skunk, one might not notice, but I have dealt with The Skunk...and I noticed.

-Taste 3.0: Front is blank, just cool liquid. Middle is slightly malty and hoppy, but it is very, very restrained. Finish is where the hops really creep in and even at that it is nothing spectacular. Aftertaste is where I tasted corn and some other adjuncts, along with a nice hoppiness that saved this beer from a lower rating.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Pretty typical CO2 carboed mouthfeel.

-Overall 3.0: Standard -and slightly below, in some aspects-- Euro-lager. This would be a good beer with food and is completely sessionable, but is just kind of...blah. I checked the price on a six pack of this and it was -are you sitting down?-- $9.00 in the ATL area. Just craziness. you could get a 12 pack of Labatt's for that at some places. OK beer, but just not worth the price here in the USA. If I'm ever in Italy, however... . ;)

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Photo of bryehn
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden colour with a soapy white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small film and collar behind, as well as some spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, corn and grassy hops. Not much else going on at all.

The taste has a definite malty sweetness, but also a decent dryness to the finish that balances things out a bit.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrupy on the tongue. Accents of corn and dirty grain in the aftertaste.

Slightly more taste than its ABV would suggest, but this beer is the very definition of mediocrity. It could be worse I guess.

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