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)

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a deep brown amber with a sizable off white head that stuck around for a while but finally melded into a nice film on the top of the beer; no lacing. At the first whiff, I couldn't quite place the aroma but after about a minute of smelling I finally got it. Special K. It smelled like a big bowl of corn flakes, plain with no sugar or milk. It tastes primarily of lightly roasted malts. I really enjoy the toasty flavor but there is a fake smoke taste also. It tastes kind of like Beggin Strips smell. Mouthfeel is interesting. Different than about another beer I've had but I cant really describe it. I don't know if Ill pick this up again. There are some good qualities to this beer, but a couple really bad ones to. Its a balancing act that I don't know that they got right.

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Photo of grayburn
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful reddish orange with a tan creamy head that sits there for a while. The lacing coats the entire glass with fine bubblage.
The smell is thick and malty, lots of alcohol, very bready, a little bit of grape in the finish.
The taste is a mix between roasted malts and alcohol, a bit hot.
The beer feels a bit thin on the tongue, the carbonation is nice, I just expected a little more body in a doppelbock.
The drinkability is ok, I can drink a 12 oz of this no problem. Unless I was at an Italian place where this and regulat moretti were the options, I would probably not drink again.

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Photo of mdunman
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a thick light tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Nice roasted malt, carmel and light lemon.

T: Bland, light roasted malt up front and a bit of dryness at the end.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

This seemed like it was going to be a good beer (appearance and smell), but flat out disappointed with the taste.

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Photo of changeup45
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer to try. Pours a brown color, pretty good tan head but it fades halfway through the beer. Some spotty lacing. Malty, sugary sweet, spicy and sour. Some alcohol does show and it is a bit warming. I did enjoy this one. Nice dopplebock from Italy.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pourd from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smells sweet, lots of malts. Taste is a bit sour, alcohol with some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. Drinkability is about average. Overall this is a fairly decent brew.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a murky brown with an off-white, fizzy head.

Smell: Strong hops and grain, maybe some earthy malt.

Taste: Hops actually dont play a major role in the taste, some fruit and more bread with a fairly noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, would have liked a bit thicker.

Drinkability: Definitely ok, just not something I think I'll crave.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber-brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at average pace. A little bit of lacing.
Toasted malts, caramel, alcohol and little dark fruit (prune).
Similar to aroma with toasted malts and some dark fruit. I also get hints of chocolate and molasses. Some lingering alcohol flavors.
Smooth medium body beer with creamy texture and light carbonation.
Easy drinking beer but a little too sweet for me. The high alcohol content wears on me a bit. Finally there is a slight metallic taste that I don't like.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark amber, almost brown color with red at the edges. Isn't cloudy, but there's hardly any light coming through it. Nice white foamy head that left no lacing.

S - Malty, decently strong sugar smell. Whiff of alcohol comes up, but this is not as strong in any respect as most doppelbocks I've had.

T - Lots of malt, slight alcohol backbone. The lack of brown sugar compared to most beers of this type is pretty nice. I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks but the taste on this is lighter than most making it more pleasant that most.

M - Lighter than I was expecting for a beer this dark. Nice carbonation on this one balances out the taste.

D - Decently drinkable, although the alcohol buzzed me on this on an empty stomach after one.

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Photo of Doppel07
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warm caramel aroma. Malt and subtle fruitiness in flavor. Perhaps a little mild in flavor for a doppelbock but has a well-roundedness to it. I expect more Vienna or Munich malt character than this in a doppelbock. This is my favorite Italian beer anyway.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's nice to see Italian restaurants diversifying their "Italian" beer selection beyond Peroni, and La Rossa is a welcome addition.

La Rossa is a great, non-grape, compliment to a high quality Italian meal. Warm-toast and semi-sweet malt flavors stand up to flavor heavy-weights like puttanesca, with just enough hop to bring out the best in seafood and lighter tomato based sauces. It's a little too heavy for bright, herby dishes, but the malt does a surprisingly good job of cutting through the oiliness of pesto.

On its own La Rossa is a shade too sweet, and while I love it's maltyness, the flavor isn't particularly refined. The color is gorgeous though, and overall I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This interesting selection from Heineken pours an odd woody/orange rust with a frothy off-white head. The suds leave some good spotty lace. No rising carbonation is visible.

Semi-sweet with tons of dull yeasty character. Mellow hops and some dim caramel malt are present as well but they're essentially drown out by the dominant, slightly sweet yeasty character. Rather dim throughout.

Sweet and moderately roasty with a lot of molasses and caramel malt. Simple but decent. Almost nothing like the nose implies. Nice vanilla and a hint of slight mocha/coffee and mild hops.

Bright and medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Slightly creamy in texture with a semidry finish. Rather different and fairly enjoyable, I suppose its worth a try.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber red. SLight lacing atop a 1/4 inch head.

Smell is undistinctive. Clean and fresh malt sweetness. Little to no hop aroma.

Taste is clean and malty. Very light with a slight alcohol note in the finish. Grapelike grainy dry in the finish is appetizing and satisfying the hunger.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of MillRat
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had several Italian beers, and this is the only one for which I've gone back for another. Sounds like faint praise, but it really is rather good. Alone (and it is alone) it is sufficient to keep me from wiping Italy comletely off my "places that make good beer" map.

The beer pours a very pretty ruby-red to medium-brown color, and the cream-colored head disappears quickly. The aroma is all about the caramel malts, and it is what really drew my attention to it when I first had it at the old Como Inn in Chicago. The flavor changes quite dramatically with temperature. At food-fridge temps, the sweet malts dominate, to the point of giving a sticky-sweet cola-ish impression. If yours is served that cold, give it 10 minutes to warm up. Once it gets a little warmer, the hop bitterness has a fighting chance against all those malts, aided by the alcohol warmth and dryness that starts to gets some traction. This beer never escapes all that sweetness, but it is more balanced at warmer temps. It comes into its own when paired with minestrone soup, dishes with marinara sauce, and other tomato-based courses. If you are happy with a sweeter beer, this is very drinkable; only the sweetness (and eventually the physiological effects of the higher ABV) will slow you down.

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Photo of WVRadar
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive looking beer, clear sparkling amber brown with a large creamy two finger off white head that lasts, with excellent lacing. Nice malty smell and medium creamy mouthfeel, but taste was disappointing. Really wanted to like this beer, but the taste just didn't match the appearance.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown/reddish color with a small light brown head. Not a bad start.

Aroma is sweet, honey and malts.

Taste is of malts and light hops. Sweetness is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, it is drinkable but it helps to not think of it as a doppelbock. Doesn't fit the style. More of an amber lager. Could drink several of these, but the sweetness is a little too much for me.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing the best I can to rank to style I found the appearance to be slightly below average. Nice sized head fades rather quickly to a thin cover, speckled lacing. Ruby red body with mild carbonation.

On the lighter side of a dopplebock overall. Fruits are dark and rich but lacking much depth. Metallic comes to mind in the smell and early in the taste. The body doesn't reflect the *lighter* taste and by that I'm saying the body is rather rich and full. Alcohol is large and noticeable but welcomed in this brew "it fits". Some pepper in the late late late aftertaste.

Notes: The best "italian brewed" beer that I've had to date. I would definitely order this brew and will look for it more often when scrambling to find something decent to drink at most italian restaraunts. Reccomended.

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Photo of stoutman
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another I tasted fresh in Italy.. Pours crystal clear maroon/chestnut brown. Nice-looking head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind no lacing. A lot more carbonated than expected. Flavors of mild caramel, vanilla, and stone fruit with some mild coffee flavors on the back end. More complex than I expected. Low hopping leaves this a little on the sweet side. looks and feels like an unsoured Flanders Red in terms of color, hopping, and background flavors.

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Photo of AltBock
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle with a label different than the one pictured on BA. In the center of the label is their symbol of a man in gangster clothing, holding a pitcher of beer and winking or sleeping. I don't know, it looks like both of his eyes are closed. The same picture is also on the cap too. Over his picture in big white words, is LA ROSSA. There was no date on the back, but there was something that probably acts like a date on the front but I just don't understand it. It is 425838OHF.

Appearance: When I poured it into my favorite dopplebock plisner glass, it was this dark amber color with just a hint ruby in there as well. I got this nice 2 finger head of white foam that left plenty of nice white lace and rings after its disappearance.

Smell: All I got was this light aroma of hops in the beginning and some malt at the end. It wasn't roasted malt, toasted malt, or even chocolate malt, it was just a plain simple malt aroma. That's it, just a simple hops and malt aroma.

Taste: I was expecting this beer to have a big malt taste, but again I was wrong. What I got instead was plenty hops and maybe some watered down toasted malt at the end. That's it! It was good, but it isn't what I look in a 7.2% ABV Dopplebock. To me it tasted more like an ale style than a lager style.

Mouthfeel: I found this beer to be medium bodied, highly carbonated, and with a slight aftertaste of alcohol.

Drinkability: I sure hope I didn't get a bad bottle, because this beer to me really doesn't taste like a Dopplebock. It's a good thing I didn't buy a six-pack of this. It was a good beer, but I really don't like to have hoppy Dopplebocks.

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Photo of KoG
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This really didn't seem like a dopplebock to me. Had a hazy dark red that was a little light. Did have a nice head however.

Smell was somewhat inviting and consisted of a mainly malty body with a bit of hoppyness.

Taste was malty with an astringent twinge. Not something I'd buy regularly, seemed like a dopplebock mixed with an IPA.

Mouth was about average, meh.

I could drink it, not sure if I'd ever buy it again as it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one in a pint glass and was impressed by the large head.

Smell was a little strong - at first it was fruity, like strawberries almost. Somewhat malty.

Good color - a nice red, amber.

Taste was OK. Definately a red. Maltiness, carmelly, slight hint of apple peels.

Not very much bite to it. Almost seemed flat. Mouthfeel was not impressive.

Might try this one again. Might not.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A straight up brown pour. Almost no head whatsoever, nor lacing, same for aroma, maybe woodish at best.

Taste, a dark, malty beer, better than expected, as I am not a dopplebock guy, so take my grade in context. Was shocked to read this is over 7%, hides the alcohol extremely well.

Caramel domination, no hop presence, medium viscosity. A decent enough beer, doesn't offend, doesn't blow any socks off. Can't picture it with Italian food, might be decent w/ Mexican?

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Photo of philipquarles
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear red-brown with a fluffy light tan head. Smells of caramel malt and molasses. Fruity, with lots of raisin/prune notes. Quite sweet. Tastes similar, with brown sugar and sweet malt coming through strongly. A bit of a metallic character in the background, along with a bit of smokiness. Sweet finish. Medium, somewhat syrupy body. Not a great doppelbock, but certainly better than the usual Moretti offerings.

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Photo of peabody
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ingredients Uses Spalt Select hops.

Taste Rich sweet taste.

Bitterness 22-26 EBU

Aroma Complex fragrance of roasted malt.

Appearance Amber color.

Color 40-60 EBC

Style Double bock lager.

Strength 7.2% alcohol by volume.

Original Gravity 17.1 - 17.5%

Calories (per 12 oz. serving) 241

Lagering Time 10 days

Shelf Life A maximum of 15 months

This is actually an Italian Double Bock Lager.
Pours out dark reddish brown with two fingers of nice white foam and little to no lacing. Very clear brew.
Smell is fruity and caramel with a slight hint of dark malt.
Taste is very sweet and malty with caramel and a very slight hop flavor. Kind of watery.
The Watery feel is just a part of this mouthfeel but it does make the beer less on the scale.
Drinkability is kind of iffy. The Alcohol is a bit much but the sweetness and roasted carmel aftertaste could make this a multiple drinker.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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 chocosushi
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a P2P trade
12oz->CHOC pint

A ~ Thick milkshake of a head. After the initial pour, it comes out slowly like Ketchup. What the hell? I had to shake 1/8 of the beer out.
Chocolate brown with decent clarity.

S ~ Leather, Roasted Grain (barley/wheat), Dead leaves, and faint burnt toast. Not bad.

T ~ More roasted grains, Pumpernickel bread, Black pepper. Has almost a savory quality of blackened pork belly or ribs. Getting undertones of espresso, plaintains & oregano.

M ~ Really truly carbonated which leaves a smooth mouth feel at first, but gets tiresome. When I think doppel I don't think "Spritzy."

D ~ Not the biggest of Bock fans, but this is pretty drinkable. From what I heard, the Italians created the style of Doppelbocks. Enjoy this more than the German variety. Would not buy but maybe 3 times a year.


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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.68 out of 5 based on 965 ratings.
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