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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 AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Italian beer.

Dark brown in color with ruby hues when juxtaposed against light. Less than a finger thick almost tan colored head that has good standing. Stays as a thin one cm layer. Decent to excellent laces with every sip. Opaque and dark.

Some maltiness. A lot of caramel and toasty notes. Some noble hop aroma. A little alcohol. Some dark fruits, may be. Raisins or dry nuts. A very nice aroma that is not overly strong like better doppelbocks but still is good enough.

Malty and toasty with a lot of caramel flabor. A low on alcohol side feel, but warmth is there, if only a little bit. Some chocolate flavor also comes off and melanoidins for whatever they mean. Some sweetness that makes the finish semi dry. A lot of sweet maltiness. May be a little too much, with lack of enough hops.

Medium-full to almost full bodied feel. Low to very slightly moderate carbonation. Very smooth without harshness or astringency.

Overall a very likable doppelbock that has slightly under-attenuated maltiness. A little lacking in the feel and smell as well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed a bottle at gnocco in down town nyc. Poured into branded glassware. Brew poured a watery purple with maroon highlights. No real head to spiral of.and no real lacing either. Smells heavy lager and rather macro. Taste however is much nicer bringing out nice nutmeg and dopplebock flavors. Easy drinker. Nothing supper special, but a fine tick at an Italian restraint.

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

Pours a nice, clean, dark ruby tone, with a pleasing off-white head. Thick, loopy lace comes through soon, too. Good!
Nose is definitely malty and grainy, with a hint of fruit in there. Curious.

Taste is heavy and sweet, but not overbearingly so. I get hints of dried, dark fruit like plum, raisin, and fig. A solid brew with an unusual angle.

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Photo of ToddL
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice medium tinted dark beer. Smells nice but nothing overpowering comes through. Has a nice malty flavor with a little bitterness while drinking it but it does linger around the mouth long. medium consistency . A little pricey but overall a really good beer.

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a slight roast quality on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this one it has a nice reddish color body and no head just a thin lace on top of the body. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste has a nice roasted malt flavor and some dark fruit also with a hint of hop on the back of tongue. The mouth feel is kinda sticky, leaves a nice after taste of malt. Overall this is a good beer.

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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 elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, I believe bottled March 14, 2012. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm.

Pours clear red/copper with a two finger light beige head that leaves short-lived lacing and recedes to a light cap.

Aroma is malty; bread, some toffee, caramel, dark fruits, sometimes some harsher grain comes through. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor features sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, cherries, toffee, bread, mild herbal hops, mild bitterness, moderate to good sweetness with a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sticky, good carbonation.

I’ll admit Doppelbocks aren’t my favorite style, but this is a pretty good example. Sweet, but not cloyingly so.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer especially considering how boring Birra Moretti is. The ruby red body is nice. Nothing too strong on the nose or palate, but at least taste-wise you can tell there is a subtle complexity to it. The alcohol never really makes itself known, making for a pretty smooth doppelbock. I like that it isn't as thick or sweet as others in its alcohol range (Celebrator, Optimator), but at the same time a little stronger flavor overall would be nice.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 7,2% ABV.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Pretty standard appearance for a doppelbock - brown body with deep red highlights and golden edges. A rough pour yields a large off white head that displays fairly good retention and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: The initial nose is quite sweet with notes of toasted grain, a little caramel, darker fruits (notably raisins) and marmite. As the beer warms a very unpleasant stale grain and cooked vegetable character is noted.

Taste: The taste is certainly better than the nose and thankfully does not have the stale grain character of the nose. Notes include: Toasted malt, marmite, molasses and a touch of darker fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high (too high for me) level of carbonation.

Overall: Not the best doppelbock out there, but pretty solid considering it comes from a macro brewery. If the nose did not have the unpleasant stale grain note, I would consider buying it again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear, deep amber color with a beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - lots of rich malty aromas along with figs/dates.

T - very malty with some dark fruit flavors coming in and taking me to the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth feel.

O - good example of the style, I did enjoy it.

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Photo of imasloth
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium to dark brown with reddish tinge in light. Sudsy tan head that disappears quickly. as does carbonation that had hugged sides of pint glass. In general, looks good at pour, seconds later not.

S- Definite lager scent, malty, sweet with caramel notes, even a little toasty/biscuity.

T- Caramel, malt, light bitterness ... fading out, sweetness and caramel nuttiness comes in. Kind of like a brown ale but with distinct lager yeast taste. Some alcohol as it warms.

M- Medium body, nice bitter feel. Sweet mouth coating.

O- Really surprisingly good and one I would certainly have again ... thinking of Italian foods it might pair with we came up with a cream sauce.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date, but "022538087" is stamped on label
Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass

Pours a 2cm light tan head that gradually fades (retention is about average) to a very thin cap atop the beer's body. Leaves minimal lacing along sides of glass. Beer's body is a reddish-amber color with orange highlights when held to a light source. Carbonation is visible in the transparent body, but appears slow and sluggish.

Aroma features pleasant caramel malt, bread crust, light date and dried fig scents, slight mineral quality. Not fantastically complex, but still above average as it keeps the sweetness in check and all other elements work well together.

Sweet and malty, as expected, with a focus on rich bread, bread crust, and light caramel flavors with a smattering of light date and dried fig as well. Hints of chocolate malt appear near the closing moments of tasting. A bit of spiciness, kind of similar to diluted cinnamon, is noted towards the back, not sure if this is intended phenols or unintended fusel alcohols, but it's not off-putting enough to cause any significant demerits.

Medium bodied with a slight lightness to wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is mid-level, creating a gentle foaming effect on the palate that render the mouthfeel to be smooth and soft. Closes out semi-dry with a hint of residual tannins and a modest sweet-stickiness around the lips. Spicy fusel alcohols (perhaps?) during close along back of throat somewhat detract and are somewhat unexpected for a 7.2% doppelbock.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out for dinner with the better half. Poured this from an 11.2 oz bottle into a dimpled drinking mug.

A) Brown with some ruby tone. Nice full finger of off white head which settled to a dusting. Decent lacing too.

S) Malt dominates the nose. Caramel, hint of brown sugar and some vanilla. Bready and very light roast.

T) Sweet, but not overly sweet for my tastes. Enjoyed the flavor a bit more than the aroma. Caramel, brown sugar cooking, butter and vanilla, some ripe dark fruits. A bit of booze on the backend. Finishes up nice.

M) Near full bodied, light carbonation, but enough. It's smooth, fairly rich, not flat. Quite nice actually.

O) Paired this with some fine Italian cuisine, and have to admit it was a pleasant surprise, so much so, I ordered a second bottle. Glad to recommend.

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Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark amber pour with a bige fluffy slightly off-white head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving almost no lacing.

S: Lots of sweet caramel with a little molasses. Loaded with dark fruit. Raisin and fig primarily. Maybe a touch of cherry and

T: Again, sweet caramel up front and throughout. Hints of molasses everywhere with maybe toffee. Raisins and figs again but not as strong as in the nose. Mostly the sweet caramel malt. Hints of cocoa in the aftertaste. Some herbal hops present throughout once it warms up.

M: Somewhat low carbonation, otherwise fairly medium bodied.

O: A very malt-centric brew - not surprising given the style. It's very sweet of course with little to no hop presence. Alcohol is well-hidden and it's overall fairly enjoyable, if a little simple. Not bad at all!

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Photo of bnes09
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color of dark ruby and amber. Semi-transparent. Whitish head with fairly poor retention and minimal lace.

Roasty aroma of nuts with a sweet cherry character.

Flavor is malty overall with lots of roasted character. Hint of beef broth. Underlying dark fruit sweetness, mostly black cherries. Mild soapy hop, just enough to balance. Finishes with a strange tangy aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Fairly weak carbonation creates boredom. Descent texture, a little on the dry side.

Not the best or the worst dopplebock I have tasted but definitely room for improvement.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle, into a footed bock glass.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles slowly, leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Persistent, thick lacing.

S: Sweet tea, molasses, oak, coffee, and malt.

T: Robust, pungent, malty character, with fresh tea leaves, and a bit of molasses and black licorice.

M: Thick and hearty, with a dry, woody finish and aftertaste.

D: Full body...sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very good. Nice body, full lingering head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is well balanced combination of malty character, and sweet and herbal tones. Flavor is subtly balanced tone of malt and sweet and bitters. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a rich, auburn, cherry wood brew. It holds a one finger head of creamy tan bubbles, but this recedes on the quicker end, leaving stripes and spots of lacing minimally around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and no sediment or real haze is noted. The nose gives adjunct aromatics, with a depth of rich caramel and toastiness. There is a nuttiness of almond extract, mixing with some synthetic sweet cherries on the far back. It smells somewhere between a scotch ale, old ale, and an adjunct lager. All in all, not unpleasant. As we sip, an unexpected malt bomb barrages the palate. The flavoring is thorough, with roasty, sweaty malts, giving chocolate, toffee, and light coffee flavoring. There is a slight roast, enhancing the darkness of these malts. Buttered bread and a silken yeast quality come through, smoothing the edges. The middle comes through with a distinct mustiness, and more of that coffee air and molasses bitterness and sweetness. Sugar dominates the finish, with a clean blending of those solid malts from the beginning, and the musty bitterness of the middle. The aftertaste breathes of moss and grass, butter, metallics, and some bold fusel alcohols. The body is medium and the carbonation is average. The mouth is wet and coated lightly, with soft cream. Each sip affords a pleasant slurp and smack, but little additional froth or cream. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the solid malt flavoring throughout, and the smooth and integrated finish. The malts stand up through the entire brew, giving a full quality to the flavoring. By the finish, the flavor flattens out, but remains calm and even, while packing all the punch that it did from the start. Some of the malts, however, gave adjuncts and some borderline offensive mustiness through the middle, making this one just a bit more of a chore.

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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 sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-17-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsener glass
Purchased: Single at Carrabba's Grill

Went out for Italian food tonight and this seemed like the best choice on the beer menu.

A: Dark reddish-brown, like mahogany, with a nice creamy head.

S: Malty sweet and rich, with dark fruits and caramel aromas.

T: Sweet and malty, with big caramel notes; also peppery, spicy flavors. Delightful.

M: Smooth and creamy; moderately carbonated. Finish is malty sweet but not cloying.

O: Highly enjoyable doppelbock. I ordered a second with my meal and would recommend this Italian beer.

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Photo of ckollias
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer in a pint glass at Brio Tuscan Grille in Annapolis, Md.

A: Pours a very dark maroon-ruby red hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet aroma that is slightly buttery with toffee notes.

T: Very sweet dobblebock with a solid caramel backbone with hints of toffee in the background. Hops are blended in perfectly.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Dobblebock – this is a beer I could have once in awhile and never more than one at a time.

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Photo of stoutman
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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 frankiepop
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good foam and good lace on a ruby red brownish hue.

Smell: Sweeet.

Taste: Sweet wonderful malty beer.

Texture: Smoooth.

I found this beer and I enjoyed it. A wonderful Italian beer sw what complements this beer? Well I had it in S. Sioux City at Trattoria Fresca while chowing on some fantastic grilled sea food. You know calamari, octapus, and scallops! I drank it while watching AC Milan playing soccer or while listening to Giorgio Gaslini's cd entitled - Plays Sun Ra - on my Ipod!

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.67 out of 5 based on 940 ratings.
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