Birra Moretti La Rossa
Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #227
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,623
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 13.39%
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
1,084
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Birra Moretti (Heineken)
 
Italy
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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Notes: Formerly Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours an amber/light copper color with a tall tan head.
S: Smells very rich of roasted malts, sweet grains, caramel, faint amount of hops.
T: Certainly follows the nose, the malt is definitely dominant.
F: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat thick.
O: Very good doppelbock worth the try.

Dec 31, 2020
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Review: 33cl bottle of Birra Moretti La Rossa: 7.2% vol.

Not my first time trying a Birra Moretti beer, I tried their famous pale lager a while back and found it to be very pleasurable, crisp and clean and oh so smooth. I liked it, so I just know that the La Rossa won’t disappoint. This beer also has won numerous awards, including gold medals in both the 2007 and 2010 World Beer Championships.

7.2%, yes but in a small bottle no…….

On pour getting a ruby brown looking beer (La Rossa is “The Red” in Italian) with a nice frothy head. Looks good. some light carbonation going on. Appetizing on the eye.

The smell is not too bad, a light toffee and caramel kind of aroma with roasted malts, nice but faint. Typical of a bock, but not a strong smelling beer.

For the taste, initially it is hitting the spot, very nice and straight off the bat this looks and tastes good. Getting a lovely caramel flavour, with the barley malts, the hops are mild and not intrusive, and generally this is quite pleasant to drink. Flavour lingers long in the mouth.

Nice and relaxing, one to saviour and enjoy over a long evening by the sofa. Chocolate and dark fruits.

Served cold, this is good. Clean, very solid and the toffee flavours are gorgeous.

As it’s a bock can feel the alcohol, so the edge is there alright. I know if I had a few of these I’d be pretty drunk………strong.

Liked it, very relaxing, very soothing to drink and will definitely try some of these bad boys again.

Jul 21, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a lovely clear mahogany brown with a nice off-white head that lasts. In the nose, caramel malts predominate. In the mouth, caramel malts predominate. Well made beer!

May 16, 2020
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hophead723 from California

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep mahogany red color, perfect clarity and good carbonation. The head is sail white and reduces after the pour to a lingering veil. Light spotty lacing adorns the glass.

Smell: Pronounced and bold aroma of plum, pumpernickel, fruity yeast, fig, and bread crust. Doughy yeasty hues outline the overall fruity and bready aroma. Very nice.

Taste/Feel: Rich malty hues with flavors of plum, pumpernickel, apple butter, biscuit dough, and nuttiness outline the bold and bready flavor profile, with slight earthy hops and a kiss of dryness for balance. The mouthfeel is quite full and sticky, but with cleansing carbonation followed by the dry finish. The lingering flavor is strong of pumpernickel bread and fig, with a persistent apple butter undertone that is delicious and unique.

Overall: This is delicious and complex. Distinct and quality. It doesn't quite pair with pad thai that I'm eating but I don't care, it would pair well with many other foods.

Mar 24, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: ruby/brown body, transparent, fluffy off-white head

Nose: roast, chocolate, caramel, toffee, raisins

Taste: sweet, malty, rich

Mouthfeel: smooth, but booze warmth comes through; bitterness lingers

Feb 12, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a mixed 6. Poured a clear ruby brown with a two finger frothy tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. No lacing. Nose of caramel and root beer. Slightly musty note but just enough to make it interesting. Malt forward with caramel followed by light bread and a lingering hop bitterness. Light to moderate body with a soft mouthfeel and light carbonation. Not bad. But, if I'm eating Italian, I'm not drinking a doppel, even if it is imported from Italy. If I want a doppel, I will stick to the German brands or Troeg's.

Feb 01, 2020
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste of full roasted, with some bitter notes. Mahogany in color, mostly clear with small head. Nose had an almost dark wine aroma, soft mouthfeel. Tan head some lace. Medium body.

Jul 29, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Muted, but also has a sweet aftertaste, and malt punch, a slight yeast tang. Not as compelling a beer as other bock that we have had, but not something we will readily pour down the drain either.

Jul 15, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been meaning to try this one and happy I did. Nice thick head that dissipates fairly quickly. Dark copper color. All toast and malt aromas and flavour. Sweet overtones and smooth. I think this Italian beer pays a good tribute to the German Dopplebock style. Enjoyed it.

May 18, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 oz) bottle into a large tulip glass at Ristorante Morini in Manhattan; bottled 11/20/2018.
A: Pours a crystal clear, ruddy brown color with ruby red highlights, a two and a half finger, fluffy wheat colored head, solid retention, but relatively modest lacing.
S: Aroma is lightly tart, with a grassy, graininess early evolving into a molasses maltiness and ultimately giving way to a strong cocoa aroma.
T: Semisweet with flavor following nose to a degree, but with strong raisin and fig notes, a touch of spice (star anise?) and a very light bitterness that serves up a dry finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate, albeit persistent carbonation. Easy on the palate.
O: Have to acknowledge I wasn’t expecting a great deal, but really found this to be a beautifully crafted, very enjoyable Doppelbock. Never judge a beer by its cover seems to be the take home. Surprised by the fairly consistently low scores.

May 03, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 1/28/13: Pours a clear ruby brown producing a frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, light tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is malt forward with sweet and toasted malts, dark crusty bread, plums and dried dark fruits with hoppy hints of grass and herbs. Taste is sweet, dark fruit heavy to raisin and prune, dark toasted bread, vinous hints, faint anise, alcohol spice and warmth with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slightly slick/oily, lively with spice and warmth.

Dec 22, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep, clear ruby red when held up to the light. One finger of thick tan head.

Smell: Very sweet and doughy. Figs and pecans, or maybe pistachios. Not much that's recognizable as beer.

Taste: A more subdued version of the nose. Sweet bread dough with a hint of roasty bitterness. Not much detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, with very high carbonation that leaves a sparkle on your tongue.

Overall: Despite being Italian rather than German, this is a good example of a doppelbock.

Sep 29, 2018
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a deep ruby brown color with a finger and a half of off white head. There was a little lacing left on the dimpled mug. This beer was better than I had expected from an Italian beer. It is good but no great .

Sep 19, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body topped with a one-finger thick head, dense and creamy. Big aroma of caramel malts; pecans. Classic doppelbock sweetness; flavors match up with the aroma; a slight bit of alcohol; some low-key hop bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and velvety; plenty of heavy residual sugars coat the palette.

I would not think of an Italian doppelbock product, yet here one is and it does the style justice. Dense, malty, with just the right edge of booziness. Fine stuff...

Jul 21, 2018
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BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker glass at an Italian restaurant, can't tell how fresh or old it is from the bottling codes.

Finger and a half off white head, nice clear chestnutty red with coppery highlights. Little lacing, not much.
Nice assorted caramel malts, biscuits, fresh brown bread, light spiciness. A little raisin and nuttiness come through after a bit. Overall very faint, though, making me wish I had a better glass.
Similar palate with more biscuity malts and a little licorice. The flavor opens up a lot more once it warms and the caramel aftertaste lingers a lot longer with a hint of coffee, or maybe more like black tea.
Medium-light bodied, only a bit of a chew to it.

Good, crisp doppelbock on its own, but very good with spicy pizza and cannelloni.

Jul 08, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields an almost two inch light tan head over a mahogany body with nice lacing. Nose of very subdued roasted malts and nondescript dark fruit. Taste follows nose unwillingly with a good feel. Overall, a solid "meh" for this one. Cheers?

Jun 16, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, Euro yeast, alcohol, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Dopplebock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and elevated dryness. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, Euro yeast, hint of corn, alcohol, hint of nut, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend, but adjunct presence diminishes quality.

Mar 07, 2018
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kevintaraross from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially turned off by the Peroni Brewery and their vile Lager - their Doppelbock (La Rossa) in a bottle via a tulip was shocking pleasant!!

When in need of a doppelbock (a rarity for me - nonetheless) with a great authentic pizza pie on a Friday night - La Rossa is the way to go - beer-wise!!



Peroni Brewery

Feb 10, 2018
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Rogerlb from California

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More brown than red, this doppelbock is thin, lagery-looking in the glass with slight bubbles coming up. Minimal head.

Aroma is malt, maybe some slight dark fruit. Taste is caramel, malt, a nice hint of anise, although the base is basically lager with a heavier hops aspect. At 7.2% the alcohol is invisible, but has more body and flavor than most like-styles. I feel like this is a mass-produced beer leaning towards doppelbock rather than a real example of the style.

Jan 14, 2018
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singletary from Mississippi

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a dark color but when held up to light a nice amber color shows. The smell is fruity (cherry) malty it also a white evenly balanced head that fades slightly. The taste is a fruity alcohol taste again I think cherry. The feel is somewhat heavy but still easy to drink. I almost feel like this should be slowly sipped by a fireplace. Overall I was very happy with this one.

Dec 31, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack $10.69 Tamuras
Dark brown-red color
Malt smell
Heavy mouthfeel
High carbonation
Sweet malt flavors, caramel, hides alcohol well
Overall a nice beer for the style.

Nov 27, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Like many reviewers, I found La Rossa a pleasant surprise. While not in the league of the Bavarian masters, this was a wonderfully fruity dopplebock and its goodness improved as it warmed.

While average in its Looks, Smells were estery. Tastes were largely the same, but surprisingly never got sweet and, seemingly, only required mild dosages of hops to keep the balance. Bubbles helped the show just enough to cleanse the palate so the sweet malts could come back and sit a spell on my tongue.

"The Brewmasters Table" had an interesting suggestion of trying Mexican moles and related savories with a dopplebock. Lacking that handy in the refrig, I had some dessert : bitter chocolate and La Rossa. I found a nice pairing.

Moretti got the hops and the malts right, and, if the Euro stays together, they might even give Bavaria a run for some of dopple's market share. This beer is that good.

Nov 01, 2017
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Rich, dark brown color, slightly off-white head that turns to lacing and lingers a bit, clear.
Smell: Not very strong. Some malt. Not much else
Taste: A bit toasty but not roasted, sweet, caramel, some noble hops but not a lot
Feel: Medium body, a bit slick going down, smooth carbonation but enough to be lively
Overall: Not bad. Better than some of the other offerings from the same brewery. Not something I'd order, but if it was on a menu and it was this or other macro lagers, I'd take this one in a heartbeat.

Sep 20, 2017
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OzmanBey from Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is probably the best one I had by these makers, still has that Heineken taste but is covered a little by the extra hops, if you're going to get anything by these guys get this red.

Sep 17, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt notes with some residual sugar notes also noticeable. Taste is also a mix of caramel malt with light cereal notes and residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK amber ale but nothing to write home about.

Aug 28, 2017
Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1084 ratings