Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

971 Ratings
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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-amber with a moderate creamy head. Medium and creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness and a generous malting including chocolate malt, mollasses, caramel, dark fruit and I do get nutiness and a drop of roast. Appropriate carbonation.A nice drinking, thanks Biegaman.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer is far superior to the regular moretti. it pours a beautiful ruby red color with several inches of snow white head. the color is dense and deep, mildly intimidating, and very appetizing. the nose is fairly heavy on the red malt, some caramel sweetness, an alcoholic kick, some dried fruit, and plenty of minerals. the flavor though takes on a sort of bakery vibe, lots of doughy and toasty notes of different origins. there must be a good mix of grain happening here. there is a second or so of sweetness, but it doesn't last thankfully. the alcohol really cuts the residual sugar well, and this beer is in outstanding balance. I like it with pasta dishes, seafood, grilled meats, its really quite versatile. its got a lot of flavor and kick, without being at all filling, which may be its greatest asset. its unique in that way, and better than most euro imports on these grounds. I love the crispness of feel despite the color and size of this, and I like the active carbonation, which keeps it on the lighter side. a rusty aftertaste arises, and like the regular moretti, it is that indelible unique factor that makes this beer memorable for me. probably my favorite regular import from Italy, not counting the specialty stuff.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a decent brown color with a tan colored head on it. The smell was a little malty but mostly had the larger funk aroma going on. The taste of the beer wasn't sweet enough in my opinion, the malts were lacking here. The mouthfeel was decent, giving off a little bit of a fuller body. Overall it's not the best Doppelbock out there and I feel that some of the character it should have is missing. I'll leave this one on the shelves.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Sweet malty aromas of caramel and prunes are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty with some associated sweetness and has complex flavors of brown bread, caramel, prunes, raisins and toffee in the nose along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength and relatively full-bodied nature, this beer isn't that difficult to drink compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually not a big fan of the mass produced imports and doppelbocks are one of my least favorite styles... both I actually enjoyed this beer. Pours a cool stained wood type of color, decent head to it which dissipates fairly quickly. Perfume like type of aroma, also some alcohol can be detected. Taste wise it's very smooth and creamy. Pretty sweet and a nice body to this one, certainly quite malty and has a bit of an alcohol kick to it due to the 7.2% ABV but it all goes together well. One of the best doppelbocks I've tried, and go figure it's an Italian import. Solid brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that hangs around for quite a while and deposits copiious amounts of lacing around the glass

Smell: Toffee, caramel and a touch of herbaciousness in the aroma

Taste: Starts with a nice toffee base with a bit of that herbal flavor creeping in, up front; after the swallow, their is a growing residual sweet flavor along with a touch of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation; slight warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: A bit different from the typical doppelbock -- not as sweet and the bitterness on the finish is surprising; nonetheless, this is an enjoyable beer that carves its own niche and is worth seeking out

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Has a dark brown color. Very clear though. Small head with a little lacing.

S - Smells fairly sweet and malty.

T - A little coffee and slightly floral. The malt is a roasted flavor, too.

M - It has a bitter bite to the mouthfeel. It is medium-bodied.

D - I thought it was pretty good, a nice doppelbock.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full white to off white head settles down to a thinning lacing above a clear amber red colored beer.

Sweet dark fruity and sweet caramel grain malts aroma.

Full sweet taste of caramel malts and sort of dark fruits, almost like candied cherries.

A lighter body feel than I had thought it would be with the rich sweet aroma, but very pleasant just the same. A sweet lingering taste to the very slightly dry aftertaste.

One of the sweetest beers I've had so far, and if you like sweet beers you should definitely seek one of these out.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/26/2014. Pours clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, raisin, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep auburn/brown color with nice head.Smell was sweet and a liitle doughy,taste was malty sweet and of toffee,the alcolhol was prevelant in this one.I think this would go well with a deep dish pizza,the sweetness and alcohol would match well.The best Italian beer out there would be my guess on this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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 chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coded, but not intelligibly dated, 330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A more gentle than vigorous pour produced so much head that it almost went over the top of the pint glass: perfect. The beer itself is a nice reddish amber; clear. The creamy pale tan head has moderate retention and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Floral and spicy with medium malt and hints of caramel and more than a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: La Rossa has a solid, moderately strong toasted malt backbone but also provides flavors of caramelized sugar and a light nutmeg-like spiciness. There are also hints of sweet dark fruits. A bit of coffee comes through in the mildly bitter and slightly sour finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - La Rossa is quite smooth, with medium+ body and good carbonation.

O - La Rossa is an odd doppelbock in appearance, flavor and aroma. I doubt Moretti sees this as a dobbelbock. Hence, I have rated it without regard to category.
Certainly one of the best Italian macro brews.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, dark fruit, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and dark fruit. The some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and some lager yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings a little balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. A gusher upon opening -- that doesn't exactly bode well.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling malty aroma along with a large, wafting note of raisins.

Taste: Sweet, toasty blend of caramel and toffee. Hint of Bit-o-Honey candy. Slight fruity, raisiny twang that emerges midway. Lightly spicy hops and bitterness. One single, solitary drop of alcohol. Finishes sweetish and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Just the very slightest stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sweet-tasting, easy drinking, relatively cheap beer. So, it definitely has some things going for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish, amberish bronze with a fair amount of miniscule particulates on close inspection. The pale caramel head resembles a fine-grained sponge, persists admirably and leaves speckled, pocked hunks of lace all over the glass.

The nose is of dark butterscotch, brown sugar and earthy spice. Those would ordinarily be aromas that would make for a killer nose--for me at least--but they don't hang together as well as they might and the end result is only slightly above average.

The flavor is as expected given the nose, but is better somehow. In terms of just about every one of its attributes, La Rossa is no higher than medium on the doppelbock light-heavy scale. The malt backbone is rock solid and provides flavors of heavily caramelized sugar and light molasses rather than chocolate or coffee. There are also elements of sweet, dark fruits and a pleasant, understated sourness that is most apparent on the finish. The alcohol is expertly masked.

Moretti Birra La Rossa won't make anyone forget the truly world-class doppelbocks, but it's good beer all the same. I'm definitely gaining an appreciation for this style and am glad that I made this beer's acquaintance.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut/red with a 1" deep offwhite head. Minimal head retention & no lacing

Smell: Hints of malt and leather that give way to alcohol as this warms

Taste: Malt/Caramel taste mixes with slight grainyness and bitterness with a dry leather-like finish

Chewy, but slighty overcarbonated

A nice little beer that goes down pretty good for it's strength. I do remember this being a little tastier a few years back, but still not bad

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-brown with an excellent head that dies quickly to a thin layer of fine bubbles. No lace.

Very mild aroas: metalic, sweet malt, no discernible hop.

Lots of candy sugar malt flavor. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice warming alcohol in the swallow. Bittering hop is extremely mild and shows up in the swallow.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Haven't had one o' these since my beer passport back in college. Might as well try one again, as my d-bock appreciation has definitely gone way up since then. This one pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises rye bread, yeast, toffee, butter, and a pinch of nutmeg. The taste holds notes of rye bread, blackened (nigh charred) bread, and toffee. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly smooth, but also kinda watery, feel. Overall, I was not impressed at all by this brew, especially if it's trying to pass itself off as a doppelbock. It's not necessarily bad, just really weak.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I was out at a local Italian chain called Bucca Di Beppo they had this at the bar so I ordered one with my meal I was shocked that since I had this beer one first entering advocacy that it held up to my expectations of my original tasting. Appearance: Dark amber ruby tones with a nice cream colored head fills the glass nicely leaves with lacing evenly strung. Aroma: Deep plum sharp malty tones very big doppio malto or dopple bock or double malt is what these all translate toward awesome with pasta pizza or by itself can't beat the aromatics and complexity of this ale. Taste: I'm of Italian decent with the last name Rasicci and come from the regionne known as Abruzzi very solid taste with rich malt tones with plum undernotes of full flavor excellent just as I remembered the beer amazing amount of malt and flavor excellent. Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body nice carbonation this beer is hard to beat. Drinkability: Have this one next time you go to an Italian restaurant you will not be dissappointed believe me.

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

Last beer of the night....along with my pizza at Tulunes Southside Saloon...was La Rossa. Recommended by the Best Bartender in's looking out Joe!!! The color is a rich ruby red with nice white head that laced quite well. The aroma was on the sweet and malty side. The taste was tough for me....there is a malt used in Europe that gives beer a nutra sweet flavor...and I don't like it. This beer starts off grainy then turns to a sweetness....which I attribute to a malt that I can't pinpoint. Mouthfeel was tough due the higher abv.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Doppio Malta", on the label, with new graphics, by the way. Pours clear, reddish, dark honey, with an off white head, leaving minimal lacing, Medium amout of bubble rising to the top. slight nose of the expected malt. Malty brew, subtle notes of honey, caramel and a spicy hint of hot sauce. Long lingering finish, slightly warming, hides its 7% nicely. Worthy brew, best I've had from Italy. (not saying much) Worth a try. Would probably go nicely with some spicy peppery Italian foods.

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