Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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Birra Moretti La RossaBirra Moretti La Rossa

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Birra Moretti (Heineken)
Italy | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

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Reviews: 446 | Ratings: 934
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color leaving the flimsiest and thinnest of head, no lacing. Aroma was some waterlogged wood and mild roast/prune notes.

More dark fruit in the taste, some caramel, brown malt, hid alcohol decently. Average viscosity. Don't know what to pair this with. Red wine? A little bit of char to the mouthfeel. Still some dark fruit notes. Nutty stuff.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a deep amber with a dense khaki head. Malt-forward with caramel and toffee flavors. There is OK carbonation and mouth-feel has an indistinct syrupiness. Decent, but expected more for the price.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best looking beer I have ever seen. It's young Pam Grier levels of amazing beauty. The smell is.... not bad but hey at least I didn't make a weakest link joke. Tastes sweet and malty and its smooth too yeah and it's smooth too.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, caramel in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is caramel, toasted malt, with light chocolate and smokey notes. Smooth and light for the style. Really enjoyable and way better than their lager.

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Photo of Spikester
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Drops to a ring of foam about the ten minute mark. Spots of lace.
Smell is pretty muted. I would say dark brown bread.
Taste is sweet plums molasses dark cherries and brown bread. There is a hop presence but in is mostly at the end.
Hops are herbal mostly.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. You can renew the head with just a swirl of the glass. Finish is quite light and mostly sweet.
Overall a very tasty beer that I suspect my bottle was fairly old. I will track down a fresh version to try to get a bit more hop flavor.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark red, but clear to see through
S: sweet malt and Belgin yeast
T: like the nose, big sweet malt but not overly sweet. Good beer from Italy.
F: slick, thin and easy drinking.
O: I will but this again, and seek at all Italy restaurants.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hey, an Italian that doesn't taste like Budweiser!

Beautiful brown color, the taste is pure roasted malt on the front end and the finish is hoppy and almost a little sour. Not exactly in my sweet spot, but still the best Italian I've ever had.

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If only Moretti put this much effort into their lager.... Nice rich brown color with thick fluffy head. Aroma of molasses and roast grain, taste is same with some dried fruit thrown in. Very nice indeed!

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/26/2014. Pours clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, raisin, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a mug at Via Napoli in Epcot. Pretty copper color. Not much aroma but a wonderful malty taste. Not much in the way of hops. Dark bread flavours. I'd buy it again. A good late night beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red, copper and dark amber color with a creamy lace.
Aroma consists of sweet malts, dark bread, biscuity, dark fruits, dark bread, chocolate, caramel and maple. Slightly metallic is the only drawback. Otherwise, there is a lot going on and thus it's best attribute.
Sweet dark bready malt and finish, dark fruit and modest hops in the taste.
Strong carbonation and medium bodied. A solid if unspectacular doppelback.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this a B grade across the board. I found it to have a solid feel and finish, good lacing, nice malt, and not too much sweetness. I think this is definitely a good, solid beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with two finger's worth of thick, off-white foam that refuses to die. Dark amber/red in color. Plethora of bubbles. Moderate lacing. This is one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. {:'-D Has mild aromas of figs, smoke, and sour yeast with a hint of alcohol (sounds terrible, but it's a mediocre smell at worst). Initial taste is of mild smoke flavors immediately followed by slightly stronger fig and cherry flavors that overtake and cancel out the smokey flavors. Mild caramel malt flavors along with a hint of alcohol enter behind the fig and cherry flavors as the latter persist in their taste strength (I'm glad that the yeast aromas detected by my nose weren't detected as flavors by my tongue as that would of been chaos). Full bodied, amazingly creamy, mild carbonation with a disappointing dry finish. I am tempted to say that this was an amazing doppelbock, but that's just because the beer looked so sexy in that glass. Truth is, it was just a good beer, nothing amazing.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice light brown head, dark reddish brown liquid.
S: Kind of like a vinegary old wine cask.
T: Slight grape/wine sweetness nicely balanced with malt.
F: Smooth and a bit thicker than water. Very nice consistency.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant rose tinted amber under a 1” white foam collar that is moderately persistent and grips the side of the glass.
S: A light moderate nose consists of light caramel, kettle sugars and clean malts.
T: Dark bread, clean amlts, faint anise to cola, a light sweetness, spicy malt.
F: Creamy medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A go to Italian restaurant beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured handsomely and perfectly clear with ambers, mahogany and a burnt orange blush. Tan head of creamy foam that lasted well. Nose is shy and subtle but clean. No alcohol. A demure hint of dark fruits wait elegantly behind a rich and sweet malt. Taste is smooth and creamy. Not as crisp as some of the german dopplebocks. But this malt does evolve. It is rich and has a bit of the bread crust. Supple smooth and medium mouthfeel. Finishes softly with good balance and begins to show a sweet little nuttiness as it warms. Dark fruits are vague but substantial enough to finish this one with a light sweetness and a hint of brown sugar.

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Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pilsener glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that drops very slowly with significant lacing. Color is a clear amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich roasted barley, ripe fruit, caramel, earthy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly sticky with some alcohol warming and a slightly wet finish.

Flavor: bready malts dominate with nuts, raisin, & caramel. Some lingering hop bitterness along with alcohol.

Overall: very good and hearty brew.

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Photo of warrenglo03
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried this while out to eat and was pleasantly surprised. It is a little lighter (to me at least) than some of the German Dop's in mouth-feel, even though the ABV is still fairly high. I like it!

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Photo of DrMullet
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish/dark amber. Sweet malt aroma. Mildly sweat with a caramel malty flavor. A slight hint of dark fruit as well. Slightly sweet with a hint of caramel.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I get a funky taste from this beer. EBS has the same thing. I do not like it, so hard to rate beer - Taking the after taste out of it beer has other good qualities.

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Photo of Shade1951
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

This review may be suspect, because the beer tastes "skunky" to me.

Purchased at Total Wines in Delaware. 330ml bottle poured into standard beer glass.
Color is burgundy/brown - not too dark. Very foamy head that doesn't last long.
Smell is a tiny bit skunky - and beyond that, not much aroma.
Taste is just... "off." Is that a hint of a sherry taste, or is it the skunkiness? I'm not sure. Whatever it is, it's not awful, just not very appealing.
Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Carbonation is mild.

Probably would not get this again, even if I could find a bottle with a recent brew date.

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Photo of FLima
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish as it can be with a thin head with short retention but leaving some laces.
Sweet aroma with predominant notes of corn and grapes.
Flavor with notes of corn, caramels, toasted malts, some herbal hops, maybe cinnamon and red fruits, but not much than that.
Medium dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is definitely at home, but it stays quietly at his room.
The apparent content of adjunct and sweetness level did bother me a bit. I would pass it next time.

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Photo of ordybill
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- I get a ton of malt with a dash of caramel. Not bad.
Appearance- A neat looking brew, has a nice reddish tint. Pours a large white head.
Taste- A real strong malt and grain flavor, it's pretty good.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a smooth finish with a light aftertaste.
Overall- A pretty fair beer, I think this would go good with pasta and the next time I am at an Italian restaurant that carries this beer I will give it another try.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2015. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. Described on the label as a bottom-fermented bock beer.

A: Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A dark reddish-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of caramel, mild fruitiness, yeast esters, subtle stewed leaves and faint husks. A twinge of booze in the background.

T: Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a delicate sweet finish. Notes of caramel, husky grain, mild fruitiness, yeast esters, muted barley sugar and stewed leaves. A touch of alcohol in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a subtle, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of mild caramel malt, faint barley sugar and stewed leaves.

O: Pretty good - not up to German standards perhaps but drinkable enough. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are sweet, malty and mildly fruity. Nice body. Possesses a subtle but rounded character that goes down easily. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of d_kizzle
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - amber red with a thin creamy white head

S - sweet roasted malt

T - very drinkable. It's a sweeter beer. Goes well with rich vanilla ice cream. But don't let this detract from its overall quality. There is still some hop balance, and it takes a long time for the sweetness to become cloying.

Mouth - I really like the mouth feel of this dopplebock. Despite its richness, it dances on the tongue with a lighter body and inspired carbonation.

Overall - if you try anything from Moretti (Heineken), you should try this. And you might just be surprised. This is a quality beer.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.67 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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