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Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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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 Bullonay69
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 +19.3%
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 +19.3%
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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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cola and amber color with some red highlights and a thin partial film of slightly tan, even bubbles.

Smelled of sticky caramel and burnt sugar malts with a hint of green grapes and a touch of smoke.

The smell predicted a lot of the flavor with a solid, sweet malty base that suggested smoky caramel, prunes, port and green grapes with a subtle but invigorating orange and lemon sourness brought on by the effervescing carbonation. There was a definite smokiness left in my mouth for the finish.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a sparse, but very present carbonation that helped distribute some citrus notes in the flavor.

I wasn’t expecting this solid of a beer. Perhaps the ideas of “Italy” and “Dopplebock” seldom are paired in the human mind, but this one’s a fine example of the style.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby color and has a ton of carbonation and a rocky white head that leaves quickly. The aroma is very sweet and malty, like a good doppelbock should be, and I can catch a definite whiff of alcohol. The flavor is quite complex, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and alcohol :) It is however quite hoppy in the finish... A lot more hoppy than any doppelbock I have had before. It has a very full body and is superbly balanced. Not bad for a beer from Italy. This is one tasty beer and it deserves a spot in any beer lover's refrigerator.

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Photo of diablo14
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a scottish ale from italy? well here it is. la rossa is one of the beer worlds most often overlooked pearls. everything about it is BIG, but not overpowering. quite versatile too which is another of its plusses.

cherry/ruby red in color with a light orangy sort of head that froths but not out of control. this is one beer that certainly backs up its claim of doppio malto. the nose has huge doughy aspects, with a touches of sweet biscuit and a hint of tart morello cherries and some blood orange like aromas. the flavor is all about malt. mammoth blasts of rich maltiness bombard the senses. theres a lingering sweetness combined with breadiness and dried fruit tones, like stollen in nature. finishes fairly dry, tho with not a huge amount of bitterness, and the texture is dense, but not syrupy. very nicely balanced from start to finish. never forgets where it is in your mouth, everything being right where it needs to, particularly with a brew like this.

but what sets this beer apart is its relationship to food. either with or in a dish it's a bloody beauty! you can have this with a rich creamy pasta, or a thick based wood fired pizza, or tiramisu, or any european sweetbread. it makes a stunning addition to any good beer batter recipe. ive made malt bread using this and even a beer soup with crutons which was amazing. this ability alone puts it right up there for me.

i will say that you dont want to have too many of these in one go. youll be tasting the malt for days. having said that, at the end of the day when youre finishing it off, a la rossa will leave you with the sort of aftertaste you not only enjoy, but want to hang around just a bit longer than most. and i can say that on a cold night, this puppy will really warm the cockles of your heart. a very very underrated beer.

update, 29/11/03. im mourning the loss of a classic. got two bottles of this with new pacakging, and godammit, the beer had also changed. all of its malt character is gone. there was hardly any malt at all. just a sweet alcohol tasting beer with no complexity. michael jackson forwarned of the possibility of this happening, and alas it has. another example of a big brewer buying out a smaller one, taking a gem of a beer and turning it into nothing. i was so shattered and disgusted i tipped it out. an absolute disgrace, as what this beer is now is no better than a two out of five. a sad day in my beer drinking career.

update 24/12/03 found some old bottles of this and it was like saying goodbye to someone who had days to live. it still makes me ask the question of why they had to change it. is quantity more important than quality? it appears so it the case of this brew. im farewelling a classic. vale moretti la rossa.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A highly touted beer of yore that I never saw in an American shop until recently.

Pours a dark rosey color, pretty dark for a doppel with lively carbonation and a great head for a beer of its strength.

Smells zippy, fruity, nutty, and a little smoky. Nice complexity without any of the pitfalls that often sink doppels.

Tastes like it smells: that is, like a really solidly made doppelbock. Starts with a very full, bready and nutty grain bill, with zippy sweet bock nodes poking through in the middle, and a finish of caramel and peat. *Much* better than what I was expecting from a Moretti-branded beer, and I'm quite glad that it's now available stateside.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
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 jackndan
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moretti Birra La Rossa: a Doppio Malto for Italy. Very deep reddish color, with a skimpy off-white head, minimal lace. Very impressive beer, heavy malt flavors throughout, very complex malts as well. There was chocolate and toffee and coffee, but the predominant taste was a sweet and very pleasant raison. This beer improved tremendously as it warmed up, and left a very soothing alcohol warmth after it was done. Very nice and relaxing after dinner beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I have found imported from Italy and while there for two weeks and several cities not a drop of this to be found. Very disappointing, apparently only made for export. Good head, carbonation, dark but not chewy can be savored (the ABV is 7.2%) year round.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple of years ago, I was in a pizza restaraunt, and the waitress came over for our drink order. When she listed the available beers, it was the usual sh*t, except for Grolsch amber ale (I'd had Grolsch before, and liked it, but never the amber - she brought over a swing top bottle, and I thoroughly enjoyed it with the pizza (and could understand why they had it). I never could find the amber in the swing top in any stores. When they say that LaRossa is the perfect beer to have with pizza (or italian food), I can understand. This is a cross between that amber ale, and Salvator! (it is quite similar!). Amber color, malty, sweet (but not overly so), and quite a kick! This is a terrific beer! Hard to find, but seek it out. You will be suprised. A creamy, warming treat! I'm going to ask my local Italian deli (who carry the regular Moretti) if they can get this for me!

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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber hue with a white head. Tastes great I am surprised at how much I like this stuff. Great rich malty taste, caramel, toffee, a little bit of coffee tones. An underrated beer if I have ever tried one. I would recommend this to anybody who likes doppelbocks

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avoided this for some time because I assumed (I know) it was another Italian lager. Pays to read the labels, huh? Pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a small head that dropped to a lasting film and left spotty lace. Smell is sweet, malty, nutty, grass, a little earthy. Taste is just a continuation of the smell with all of the same plus light hops and a light alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, a light effervescence and slight warming in the back of the mouth and throat. Drinkability: "thank you sir, may I have another?. " A damned fine brew, world class.

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Photo of jrose246
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cedricwarner
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful ruby-brown color, with a very pleasant bread aroma. I've had this twice recently at two small specialty pizza parlors in town. The taste is a malty haze, warmed by the alcohol, with a hint of sweetness. Feels great in the mouth. The alcohol is not overpowering at all, but is in perfect balance with the beer. Compliments Italian food wonderfully, but this beer should be seen more often elsewhere. One of my all-time favorite beers.

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Photo of inebrius
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All the time I spent in Northern Italy and I thought Spaten was Italian for beer. Where was La Rossa when I was munching on my Fruta Del Mar? Pours a semi sticky head over translucent terra-cotta. Nose of cannoli and a steamy latte with Hazelnut syrup. Sweet malts are dispersed by a regiment of bittering hops for a decently balanced--if leaning more toward the malt side--Doppio Malto. Leaves a lively little warm spot on your soul. At $8 a six you can bet I'll be drinking more of this.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear dark copper with a very pretty 2 inch off white head- very small bubbles. Quite attractive.

Aroma is a malty wonderland... slightly sweet, bready and light nutty spices (?) (I can't quite place it, but that's the best description I can give). Flavor follows through very nicely- sweet, but not cloying, bready, but interesting rich bread, not white bread, slight offset from hops and yeast, incredibly well balanced. I really like this one.

Mouthfeel is rich and quite pleasant.

I've read about this beer before (Michael Jackson calls it the perfect beer for pizza), and have had it on many occasions, and really do enjoy it. One of the few Italian beers that I like (not that I've had that many).

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Photo of GreggT
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet with a whiff of smoke and some burned sugar. Very floral scent with malt in there too. Has a sweet plum scent and some bubble gum to.

Taste is much like a good porter. Smoky flavor with some coffee and fruit in the glass. This brew kind of mixes Porter with Doppelbock flavor. No real chocolate note to this, this leans to the bright and fruity side of flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Lowseph
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of ZCW
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,001 ratings
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