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Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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Birra Moretti La RossaBirra Moretti La Rossa

Brewed by:
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 bditty187
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely. This is a very tasty dopplebock!

Dark ruby hue, surprisingly translucent, off-white head, medium sized, fair retention, good lace. Damn great aroma which never goes away (!); it is a toasty, chocolate-cherry, dry hops-like. Toasted malt, chocolate-cherry, and caramel are blended to create a terrific taste. The hops were perfectly added to balance the malt. Mouthfeel is dry yet buttery in texture. All praise aside, it is a tad thin and maybe not “overly” complex (but great nevertheless).

While it is not as good as Celebrator it does rival Salvator (which I like a lot).

Drink up!

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured deep caramel in color with a thin beady head. I found the aroma to be very sugary with perhaps a licorice aspect. I must say I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer. Initially, it's like you're drinking candy-coated malts. It finishes a tad differently, where I would compare it to maybe a casky/whiskey characteristic. I was very pleasantly surprised, an awesome beer!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm....an Italian Doppelbock and, if I've read things correctly, this company is owned by Heineken! How Bizarre!! Pours a good chestnut brown/garnet color. Very thin head, though, with minimal lace. Great, assertive malty nose! I like it! Body comes across well, and the smoothness is verry acceptable!! Flavor has a real nice malt backbone, with good doppelbock-type sweetness. I even picked up some hints of dark fruit, not normally found here, I believe. I enjoyed the flavor much, but wish it had more a finishing "kick". Still a tasty "birra".

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Amore in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark ruby red into a stange, with a small quarter inch head, and no lacing.

Smells quite malty, rich, and sweet, with some caramel, dark fruits- cherries, mainly.

The taste is fairly similar. This isn't quite as bodacious as some of the best dopplebocks from Germany, but it has to be one of the most drinkable versions I've had. There's medium sweetness, some fruity yeast esters, and lots of malt flavor- caramel and toffee. No one flavor dominates, they all meld together in a very drinkable beer.

Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel, low carbonation. As mentioned before, very drinkable.

I loved this one, it was really tasty. The taste was so smooth and lively, with an very good drinkability for the style. No alcohol was present whatsoever.

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Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic Doublebock! This is a Big beer and very malty sweet. I love it!

Appearance: Pours a nice dark amber with a huge creamy off whit head in my pilsner glass.

Smell: Very bold thick musty, sweet toasty dark malt aroma.

Taste: This beer has a full, big taste of dark toasty malts. It is sweet and has strong suggestions of caramel, brown sugar, toffee and molasses. It has subtle suggestions of wood, birch (cherry), fruit and hops.

The after taste just lasts and lasts. It has a very pleasant sugary sweet malty aftertaste that very slightly has a hop suggestions to it.

Mouthfeel: Big. The mouthfeel is full and fluffy upfront and although it has components of syrupiness it is not heavy and sticky it is more creamy, and smooth (oily).

Drinkability: Absolutely unbelievably guzzleable. It is so sweet and smooth this beer just simply goes down easily! Before you know it the 7.20 % ABV will catch up with you! Enjoy!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: reddish brown, real clear.... dense foam, wells up high on pour, slow fade, lasting collar.... not much lace, if any

S: baked cherries and fresh dinner rolls - densely malty... floral-perfumy alcohol, this rounds out and eventually dominates the smell.... melanoidin rich

T: alcohol absent of heat, yet slight, quite mild sweet and warming sensation in the aftertaste/finish.... slight nutty-chocolate in the follow through, bread crust, leather/tobacco... pretty solid characteristic flavor but not unique or exhibiting depth

M: rich, malty body, but on the light side and real dry... i prefer my doppelbocks a touch chewy, but this is still serial (as in, drink many in a row)

O: pretty darn surprisingly good!... it would stand up fine against your random, no name German version.... better and truer than most American examples

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The "great beer-hunter" Michael Jackson, claimed that there was no better beer to pair with piszza than Birra Moretti's La Rosa, and as I sit here eating a slice, I must agree... the complexity of the flavors are great... sweet, yet bitter with a pleasing finish and after taste... appearance is very nice - dark brown almost bordering purple with a creamy frothy head to top it off... smell is rich, dark, and likewise complex... taste is also rich, creamy, with hints of toffee, vanilla, caramel, and sweetness combined with a subtle bitterness... I really enjoyed drinking this brew and the combination of spicy, cheesy pizza fits well with the bitter-sweet aftertaste of this beer... a good drink to pair with food and definitely recommended...

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant mahagony color with a finger of head that falls to a light coating. The nose is nicely roasted, with nutty tones. Very nice. Flavor is the same. Nutty, slightly sweet caramel. Very tasty brew. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice brew. Tasty but not too big in the flavor. I like it. Dopplebocks often have too much flavor for me, but this one works well for me. Enjoyable.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Italian doppelbock? Who knew? Here we go...

Aroma: Sweet fruity esters reminding me of candied plums and dried cherries. Malty with no hop aroma and very clean smelling.

Appearance: Brilliant polished shoe leather brown pour with a sticky and foamy white cap.

Flavor: Sweet and malty up front-follows the aroma with dark fruits dominating. This malt is quickly beat back with some nice Noble hop bitterness that is smooth and slightly spicy. Wonderfully balanced and the finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and no astringency. The background alcohol notes dry the palate which keeps this from being too full.

Overall impression: A highly drinkable well balanced bock. Alcohol is well hidden and this is quite enjoyable. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied, beautiful mahogany red color with a light tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt, fresh bread, molasses, and alcohol.

Taste is rich roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, fruit, even a little bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet without overdoing it, a fairly crisp dry finish with a trace of hops or spice and definite alcohol warmth.

Altogether a very respectable beer in the doppelbock style.

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Photo of nickynick
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moretti La Rossa poured a dark amber, and I mean dark. Almost appeared brown. Smell was of sweet malt and hints of hops. Smell was a bit on the light side however. Taste was excellent Sweet malt, milk chocolate up front, followed by bittersweet dark Chocolate, finishing with a slight hop crispness. Mouthfeel was good, decent carbonation that helped add to the crisp finish. Drinability was good. Overall I enjoyed this beer a great deal. I can not believe that this is from Italy! This is not what I think of when I think Italian beer. Normally it is just pale lagers but this stuff is not you typical Italian beer. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orange/red with a white, bubbly head that became a lace that was thin but covered the entire beer.
The smell was a bit on the thin side but had the aroma of caramel, bready yeast and alcohol.
Delicious taste. It tasted of caramel, bread, and finished with an alcohol flavor. My only problem was that I've had beers with slightly higher alcohol content that covered the alcohol taste a bit more. Otherwise, the taste was exceptional.
The aftertaste was pleasant. Nothing offensive in its smell or taste.
This is truly a beer that I would recommend with pizza. It's bready, caramel tones are a fitting complement with it.
I've had several Italian beers, and this one is by far the best.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany. Attractive two finger head retains well and leaves some seriously impressive rings of lacing in the glass. Bittersweet malt aroma. Excellent rich caramel malt flavor with dark fruit and just a bit of smoke character. Hops come in with mild bitterness, just enough to balance and complement the thick maltiness. Delicious. Lasting finish of malt and fruit, with mild alcoholic warmth. This was a great find and an extremely pleasant surprise. I'll definitely be going back for it when I can.

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Photo of kinger
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit that I was expecting either a big let down or something completely unexpected with this beer. Poured a really deep red color with decent head and moderate lacing. The aroma of this one was very good with hints of sweet malts, and a touch of hops. Flavor was exceptional, a sweet doppelbock that tends to bring you full circle with flavors of caramel and other tasty malts. This beer reminded me alot of Heineken's Special Dark only much better. A very good beer all in all.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear. Deep rosy amber with reddish-orange highlights and a creamy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is bold with rich, toasty, dark caramel and toffee malt notes. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy. The flavor is richly malty and toasty with dark crystal notes, some biscuit, a touch of licorice, some minimal hop flavor and a solid bitterness. The finish is dry and long lasting with malt and hop flavors as well as some residual bitterness. Although it's not a complex beer, it is very rich and engaging. Unfortunately, the alcohol is somewhat apparent, bringing down an otherwise great beer. Very unique in style - like a very big Vienna lager - which makes sense because of Northern Italy's border with Austria. Well worth trying.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a 1-1/2 finger tan head that quickly fell to a full lace that leaves nice sticky spots on the glass. The body was a deep red-brown.

S- It was nice and malty. Caramel was mixed with a little cooked fruit and fresh doughy/bready notes.

T- It tasted of hearty malts. A combination of caramel, toffee, and bread.

M- It had a solid feel with medium carbonation.

D- Great. It's a nice pair with a pizza. Instead of cutting through and overpowering the tomato and crust, it acted as a nice compliment to the flavors.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An italian take on a German style, even if this brewery is owned by Heineken.

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems rather thin but otherwise, it's all there.

Aroma is full of sweet, robust malt with a hint of plum. Little alcohol warmth on the nose.

Taste is full of malt that is chewy and contains characteristics of brown sugar and raisin. Very easy-going, mellow vibe from it.

Mouthfeel is not as thin as I thought, which is a good thing. Nothing really harsh to note.

A decent example of the style from Birra Moretti. Could use slightly more alcohol but otherwise, it beats the other offering I've had from them.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at Vino Mercato, Bend, OR. Needed a good beer to go with a panini; I would not have guessed this was going to be an Italian doppelbock - and a good one. A very pleasant surprise.

A: Rich red/amber. Clear with a frothy one-finger white head. Not as dark as traditional doppelbock style.

S: Heavy caramel malt aroma. Biscuits, cherries, some spice.

T: Wonderful malty sweetness with a bit of berry fruitiness. Mild sourdough bread. The mildest of hop bittering to balance flavors. Consistantly good flavor from start to finish.

M: Moderate carbonation. Medium body, lingering slight malt but very pleasant.

D: A very enjoyable beer, all the right flavors. Doesn't matter from which country it originates, I'd gladly get this doppelbock again.

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Photo of HerculesRM
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

s: poured into a pilsner glass, ~45 deg
a: reddish/brown, opaque
s: light toast, caramel
t: toffee/caramel, slightly burnt. Alcohol flavor is barely present
m: a little thick, slightly sticky
o: delectable, would pair well with roasted meat or mild curry

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Photo of BKotch
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real surprise. I have never given Italian beers much thought, but I guess that this is the exception that proves the rule. Big, malty, rich flavor. My new favorite beer with pizza.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect beer for a windy, cool evening. This strong lager poured a deep red color with a sustaining white head that left some nice lacework down the sides of my glass. The rustic aroma is very pleasing with some raisin-like accents. This is definitely a malt-accented beer (hopheads run away!) with tawny caramel malt flavors that linger on the tongue. The silkiness of this beer is reminiscent of a fine liqeur, with just enough dryness to prevent a cloying character. This beer may be categorized as a dopplebock, but I think of it as more unique than that, sort of a Northern Italian strong red lager, as it doesn't seem as dark as other dopplebocks that I've sampled. Perhaps I'm being too technical. This beer is an old favorite of mine and I was happy to see it in the cooler at my local Italian deli. I'm looking forward to enjoying some of these brews with some smoked chicken ravioli I have planned for dinner later in the week!

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Photo of gopens44
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Longhorn & Lager in Midlothian, VA for $1.59

A - Foamy head regresses to a film over a clear amber ruby colored beer.

S - Nutty, biscuity, sweet.

T - A ton of nice flavor going on here- nutty, buttery, molasses, and plums mix around in this incredibly well balanced beer.

M - Well carbonated yet silky and medium bodied. Bitter aftertaste lingers around on the back of the tongue.

O -Great tasting dopplebock for a nearly criminally cheap price! If you like this style, hit this one up if you haven't already

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Photo of twaddlac
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber/brown with a good head, doesn't dissipate very fast and lace really stick to the glass

S- Honey with orange peel and strong aroma of malts

T- malty with strong notes of honey and caramels in lieu of a stout. Bitter at first but a sweet aftertaste compliments nicely

M- really smooth with carbonation that fits the taste

D- good but may be a bit bitter for the type of beer but it is manageable, good beginning beer!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Larssa Doppio Malto (Double Malt) This uniquely styled brew pours a dark rusty color with firm beige head. A big sweet malty aroma offers a bit of damp hay and hop background a bit of alcohol is noticed upon opening. The heavy sweet malt (think 10/40 weight motor oil) is the focus of this brew. Flavors of fresh baked bread and sweet caramel flood the mouth and soothingly bathe the throat. A lemony lime sour bitterness mixed with a faint apple taste delivers a little hard cider-like flavor. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color at first pour with a dense inch of head. There are only a few bubbles rising in this beer. The head retains for quite a while

Aroma: It has a really nicely toasty aroma. There are some caramel notes in there, but the majority of the aroma seems like it is coming from Munich malt.

Taste: The taste is really clean. It is very similar to the aroma in that it has a plethora of tastiness in here mixed with some caramel notes. The caramel tastes like it may have been derived from a long boil as much as from the addition of caramel malts. I say this because it has a really earthy quality that doesn’t seem like just a grain addition. I don't get the rich melanoidins like you would from a DoppelBock from Germany. It may be a little closer to a MaiBock in this respect, but it is pretty dark and toasty for that style. The color is not from roast grains.

Opinion: I think that this is a tasty beer. I personally am spoiled by DoppelBocks, so I think that this one is a little on the light side. It blurs the boundaries between a Doppel and a Mai Bock. It seems to me like a fortified Oktoberfest as it does an Oktoberfest. Don't get me wrong...this is an excellent beer, and absolutely worth a try!

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.67 out of 5 based on 947 ratings.
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