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Birra Moretti La RossaBirra Moretti La Rossa

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Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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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Photo of mattmaples
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very tasty Italian version of a doubble bock. I'm glad to see our distributor putting some marketing backing on this beer. I am holding out hope that I will start to see this beer on tap around Portland soon. With it's rich matly goodness I can only imagine how great it will be on tap.

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Photo of Reverand
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This crimson red brew is awesome. I read some articles on this and it claimed to have a "out of the pizza oven aroma" and it came pretty darn close. Definitely a beer to try.A liquid bread that certainly is a savior.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Rossa Moretti pours a deep dark blackish red from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle. The tan head went over two fingers with good heavy and thick bubbles that leave lots of lace down the sides of the glass.

Nose is a yummy sweet malt with toasted fig and raisin. Palate is a major explosion of flavors, first is a tawny port with a pleasant sundry of dried fruit that mask the 7.2% alcohol by volume content that starts a nice glow in the tummy after just a few sips.

All of this and from Italy, some one has done their home work for sure on this World Class “Doppio Malto” beer. I now have a favorite Italian beer and La Rossa Moretti is it!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of pezoids
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PiggDogg
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Rossa is a top notch dopplebock. On 2/12/11 at a Mardi Gras ball, I had the most unexpected pleasure of having La Rossa as one of the 4 beer choices available at the open bar.

About a year ago, I had tasted La Rossa as a part of a beer tasting in preparation for the BJCP exam. At that time, the consensus of my fellow tasters was that La Rossa was top notch.

My recent experience with La Rossa was excellent.

About a year ago, with a friend who appreciates beer, we did a side-by-side tasting of Salvator, Celebrator, and Optimator. In that tasting, we found Celebrator to be the deepest, most complex, and the best of the three. Optimator (excellent) was second, with Salvator (darn good) pulling up the rear.

In a few weeks, with that same friend, we are going to have a similar side-by-side tasting of Salvator, Celebrator, Optimator, and La Rossa. After this tasting, I'll be able to give as proper comparison of some of the best dopplebocks available.

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Photo of TheAdventurella
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moretti's Dopplebock (what they call La Rossa, though it is actually brown in color) is a very good version of a dopplebock. It's color and mouthfeel is typical of this type, but nothing exceptional. The most important part, the taste, is Moretti's shining moment. The La Rossa has a very nice, malty taste that masks the alcohol content, which is pretty high for beer. It is a very enjoyable beer to sip or drink.

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Photo of AlexCorleone
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good cling. Nice copper brown color with good clarity.

Aroma: Slight burnt caramel aroma, with some malt notes, coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Very good hops selection give them a good bitterness to the bite with a lingering softness. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, robust, and full of grain.

Aftertaste: Tobacco, Mexican chocolate and a little bit coffee note.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real surprise! The only other Italian beer I've tried before this was the forgettable, regrettable Peroni, so I was skeptical. But the brand was on sale, and my aim is to try every beer once, so into the breach once more.
Color is dark red/purple, aroma is thick, luscious, spicy, heady. Smooth, but with a bite. Great malt component. Very lively and delicious! I don't know Italian, so I'll guess at the label. La Rossa Birra=The Red Beer. Doppiomalto=doppelbock? Tastes like one, but by any name, this rossa is a sweet delight.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Birra Moretti La Rossa has a thick, beige head and a dark reddish-brown appearance with lots of lace and tiny streaming bubbles. The aroma is sweet, malty, and little bit stinging, and bready. Taste is of medium-toasted barley malt, dark cherries, syrup, sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness at the back end of the sip, and biscuit. Little-to-no alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Birra Moretti La Rossa finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Drinkability is surprisingly high. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of HopDevil
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt lovers rejoice.

Moretti, La Rosa Birra Doppio Malto... I love the way the name swishes silkily across the tongue-like a voluptuous Tuscan red head sauntering provocatively across a hotel lobby. At first sip the succulent brew seduces the taste buds, hinting at delights to come. This Italian beauty delivers what it claims on the label... sweet malt -and plenty of it, enough to satisfy all but the most gluttonous malt lover.

Poured into a glass the dark copper / brick red color of this beer is coifed with a creamy cappuccino colored cloak of foam that is all too quickly tossed aside revealing just a skimpy bit of lace clinging to the side of the goblet. The nose is earthy, malty and arresting. The presence of higher alcohol esters in the aroma and flavor is reminiscent of very old rum but dances perilously close to tasting of cough syrup. Still she's a unique, satisfying and very tempting mouth-full and like all things feminine- better when she warms up a little. After the luscious indulgence of sweetness the finish is pleasantly clean and the unique flavors linger on. But wait! Malt is not the only character profile La Rossa reveals to her admirers. A nice foundation of hop bitterness keeps her from being overly indolent or flabby.

Celebrator fans, those who salivate for Salvator and advocates of Optimator may yawn while those who lust only for bright bubbly blondes will not likely fall for this lush red siren. However we whose appetites are titillated by the full-bodied flavor of cassis, roast coffee beans, subtle tones of dark chocolate, sambucca, burnt candi sugar and black mission figs have become enchanted by this boozy, flamboyant, bitter sweet, unsophisticated charmer that tries very hard to please.

While not a beer to make a permanent commitment too she's not one to be kept to a one-night-stand either. As with all memorable affairs, after a round of La Rossa Birra I can't seem to get the taste of her off my mind. I know that I'll return after a time to sample her wanton wiles once more.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Italian Beer reviewed on the Site, and it’s not a lager, but a Red Beer. I spied this 'red-head' lurking at the back of the singles section in Trader Joes; it was next to the Grolsch Amber Ale. What the hell is this beer I thought? Don’t misunderstand me, but as soon as I found it was Italian I almost put it back. Then I reminded myself to put my misconceptions and subconscious prejudices aside, and give it ago. I am really glad I did.

It comes in a rather plain looking 12 fl .oz brown glass bottle.

A deep brown-red color with a massive rocky head that laces the sides well but soon contracts to a thin head with only the merest light covering.

Aromas are of a sweet malty beer laced with caramel, toffee and other sugary sweet delights with hints of dark exotic fruits. I do not usually like sweet smells or tastes but this is rather inviting.

Mouthfeel is a powerful kick of alcohol and dark fruits at times. Holy Shit this stuff is 7.2%ABV!!!! I did not realize until I read the Bottle label when drinking this. Tastes are sweet at the beginning, and work through dark sweet malts, caramel, light chocolate and Devon toffee. Has a very inticing silky smooth feeling, better than an Italian woman’s recently waxed legs, and just as inviting to feel again. Very drinkable. Considering the strength, this is a very drinkable beer. A Red Beer but a strange example of the style, but then they say “Italian Redheads” are unorthodox. Intriguing, but then I like redheads. So I will get this again!.

A Great Italian Beer.
– Just Needs a better label to stand out from the crowd I think.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into Celebrator chalice.

BBE 02/2013

A- Mahongany brown body with excellent clarity. 2 finger rocky tan head produces average retention and lacing considering abv.

S- Lots of treacle malt sweetness, some biscuitiness, touch of vanilla.

T- Treacle malts dominate with a biscuit note underlying. Finish is lager clean. Retains a nice delicateness of flavour, not overpowering or too sweet, its obviously a dopplebock with a lovely flavour profile but doesnt knock you over the head with sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M- Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

D- A really tasty dopplebock. All the flavours are there but not overpowering. Great lager clean finish. A great winter evening beer.

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Photo of jecartier
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. Not normally of a type I seek out, as I've become a bit of a hophead lately. I was in an Italian restaurant that didn't have much but unremarkable Euro lagers/pilsners. So, I looked for anything "dark" and was pleasantly surprised to find a beer I'll have again and again.

It pours a rich amber/brown with a fairly sturdy head. The malt dominates the aroma and flavor, which has a great brown sugar and caramel balance. You can really taste the roasted grain here. Normally, I might say "not complex" but the full malt flavor works well for the La Rossa. I didn't find it too sweet, as others had. The alcohol content is well incorporated. I didn't realize it was 7.2% until I had this beer a few different times.

I guess this one just works well with my palate. Enjoy!

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Photo of thebassman
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-Amber with slight tint of red

s-Full-on dopplebock style. Toasty, toffee, and coffee all at once.

t-Rich and malty. velvet consistancy with a good tail-end. Priming sugar very prominant. Nutty

m-It stays with ya. Just like a dopplebock should

d-Im a complete malt head. I wish i could get 12-packs of it.

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a nice, easygoing but very tasty, smooth doppelbock.

A deep reddish-brownish copper, it has a fairly big, creamy light tan head that slowly shrinks but leaves at most minimal lacing.

The aroma is sweet, stewed fruit with plums, toasted bread, sweet brown bread, overall quite malty with hints of grass, herbs, and hay.

The taste is sweet stewed dried fruit, a lot of raisins and prunes, with toasted bread, fresh grapes, hints of wine and licorice, and overall tasty yet balanced and smooth, with a light alcoholic spiciness and warmth, light bitterness to balance the sweetness, and a full, slightly oily feel. The alcohol is well-hidden for the type, aside from the warm body and light winey quality. It goes well with food, too, which is not true of many bocks or doppelbocks in my experience, and it is unusually drinkable for the type.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Euro brown 11.2 ounce bottle. A semi-aggressive pour produces a one inch of a creamy off-white head. This dissipates after awhile, leaving some wispy mid-pond and side clinging lace. When held up to a strong light, the beer is mesmerizing to look at, with noticeable gradations in color and haze from top to bottom. Overall, the beer is a ruby brown with a paler, ruddy yellowish-brown at the slightly hazy basal layer.

This beer has about the maltiest aroma of any I've ever sampled, including my homebrew. In fact, it smells much like un-hopped malt extract. The flavor-aroma is complex, with the rich, molasses-like base complemented by tangy bits of dark cherry, caramel, tobacco, chocolate, spice, nuts, orange....heck, maybe even some raspberry.

I was intrigued when I saw this beer, as I am a fan of their Euro lager. I bought this for about 9.99 a sixer, which I think it is well worth. This is a straight up malt bomb treat and a perfect beer for the holidays. It has a strong dessert beer quality best enjoyed in short but frequent occasions amid the glittering lights and trees of Midwinter.

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Photo of mempath
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice amber-orange bright clarity when held to the setting sun. foams up large and clings a bit. nice malty nose with a hint of sour and sweet. not overwhelming.

taste is where this shines nicely. rich mouthfeel with plenty of crisp carbonation. quite balanced, thus letting the malts and hops to unify into a really tasty, sessionable brew. i catch slightly toasted caramel with a veneer of hop presence (being it seems right where it should be). sure, it's malty, but again, balance is evident almost everywhere. very refreshing and fulfilling. the best Moretti i've had yet. surprised. delightfully so.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this bottle during an excursion to NYC during which I popped 'round at Eataly to see what they had in store for me (literally). I know that every bottle is a detour from The CANQuest (tm), but just as the cat was killed by its innate curiosity, mine drives me at times. C'est la guerre!

From the bottle: "To produce this deep red coloured beer, we roast the malted barley at a high temperature, which gives the beer an extraordinarily smooth and full flavored taste with hints of caramel and liquorice."

I Pop!ped the cap & sat back to contemplate as to how to proceed. I finally hit upon a solid pour, just to see what would transpire. It certainly did its bit as far as foaming was concerned. It really came up, topping out at two-plus fingers of light-tan head with good retention before finally falling back, leaving modest lacing behind. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet & while I will concede "caramel", I will see their "liqourice" & raise them treacle in its place. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was sweet, but it was not precisely caramel, nor was it what I would call either licorice or treacle. It had a slight sharpness, but more like burnt caramel than anything else. I have to cop to being pleasantly surprised by this since a) I had no idea what to expect & b) I have been underimpressed by this brewery's beers in the past. I would put the finish as being semi-sweet, especially due to that slight burnt tartness which was both unexpected & curious. I really felt like I got my money's worth out of this one & I would be willing to bet that you will feel the same way.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy. You know when a guy uses the word 'yummy' that he is humbled. This beer looks great: chocolatey dark with some mohogany colors, light carbonation, and tan head. Just off from clear, this beer looks nice. Smells more fruity than expected in a Dopple. A bit estery: cherries, ripe oranges, figs, dates, plumbs. Mildly spicy and peppery. Tastes quite malty, caramelly, chocolatey, and the same fruits that are present in the aromas. Full rich body. Carbonation and alcohol keeps the beer from cloying or thickening. Alcohol is smooth and sweet. Carboation plays on the palate without numbing. Finishes slick and smooth.

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Photo of Bobdope
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice beer. I had it served to me in a bottle at Rosebud on Rush in Chicago. This fine beer had a great caramel look to the pour, with a thin head. It had a great not bitter but piney after taste. Sweet and crisp. A very sophisticated beer, that went great with the veal saltimbocca.

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Photo of beefytee
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Crap!! Italy makes good beer.

I have had the lighter sister to this beer, so I thought I knew generally what to expect.

WOW...I was wrong!

This pours a beautiful clear red orange rust. The smell is suprising, full and sweet.

Malty, very little hop action...but not cloying. 7.2 is tasted and felt. Really a suprisingly good beer.

A tiny bit thin in the mouth for the style.

Great finish and it lingers, but cleanly.

poured into Rochefort goblet

good stuff

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light brown/amber color with a nice beige head and nice active carbonation. Nice solid bready malt aroma and flavor with a touch of spice. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a nice light spicy dry malt finish.

Very nice Italian beer - up there with Forst Sixtus Doppelbock but a bit lighter in color, body, and flavor.

Per Label: "Doppio Malto" and "Dal 1859"

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

heineken product, huh? hmmm....
nice amber, malty color; minimal head.
smells kind of caramel-y, tastes the same, but with a little bitterness. i get the vanilla someone earlieer mentioned. easy to drink. kind of sweet. but very much different from the german version, for sure. nice abv, decent drink. love most stuff italian but not sure how heineken got its hands on it. i like the beer, though, and gave it a 4.5 for taste. more of a 4.25, but that doesnt exist....

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 11/29/13 with a friend. The 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown in color with a 1-finger tan head that hangs around for a bit. Some spotting lacing was seen with each sip, but not much. The aroma is of caramel, dark fruits with a hint of chocolate. The taste was about the same with some light sweet chocolate nutty finish. Very easy to drink and goes down too easy. A great brew that has no harsh aftertaste at all.

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