Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

986 Ratings
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

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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 t2grogan
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real surprise! The only other Italian beer I've tried before this was the forgettable, regrettable Peroni, so I was skeptical. But the brand was on sale, and my aim is to try every beer once, so into the breach once more.
Color is dark red/purple, aroma is thick, luscious, spicy, heady. Smooth, but with a bite. Great malt component. Very lively and delicious! I don't know Italian, so I'll guess at the label. La Rossa Birra=The Red Beer. Doppiomalto=doppelbock? Tastes like one, but by any name, this rossa is a sweet delight.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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 aasher
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark hazel with a foamy off white head. It doesn't bring too much to the table when it comes to aromas. It's basically just malt and that's about it. It drinks much better than it smells. It has good, bready yeastyness and a mellow, maple like sweetness. It drinks light to medium bodied and is pretty smooth. The alcohol really isn't present and for a doppel bock, this one isn't too bad.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The waiter wisked the bottle away before I could examine it properly but overall this beer was a nice surprise.

Served in a wine glass. Beer is dark brown and forms a thin broken head on minimal carbonation. Bubbles are medium to small and leave some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is malty sweet and has some caramel and nut character to it. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium body, I think the moderate carbonation in the mouth helps to fill it out. The flavors are strongly malty but not overly sweet and some roast in the back. I could do without this much roast but stylistically it is fine overall.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If only Moretti put this much effort into their lager.... Nice rich brown color with thick fluffy head. Aroma of molasses and roast grain, taste is same with some dried fruit thrown in. Very nice indeed!

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

Got a bottle at the local Italian restaurant. It pairs nicely with a good red sauce. I'd call this a simple doppelbock. It comes off just like a strong, dark lager, with a rich caramel and licorice malt flavor. While the flavor is anything but subtle, it's a little bland and lacks complexity. Still not a bad option when it comes to Italian beer available in the burbs.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and buttery caramel scent with a slightly dry roasted aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good doppelbock. It is really malty and easy drinking. It also hides the elevated abv. quite nicely. This is a fine offering from Moretti.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the final event, the sixth and last entry of the Euro Invitation, where I sample a variety of European beers. At this point, Bass Pale Ale holds the lead in the Invite, but will Birra Moretti's La Rossa knock it out of the lead and claim first prize in this competition? On the the beer:

La Rossa scores well in the appearance category, pouring a brownish-red with an excellent head. As one could expect, this beer is loaded with malts. There's a bit of sweet bread dough and chocolate notes, and of course a sweet maltiness that dominates the flavor. As the beer got warmer, alcohol made its way through, with a kick at the end.

And now, what all of you have been waiting for, the winner of the competition. The winner of the Euro Invitation is ...(drumroll)...

Birra Moretti La Rossa!

All six entries flexed their muscles, but the one from Italy takes the top prize. Read my previous reviews to catch what you missed from the Euro Invitation. Good night everyone!

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. The stamp looks a bit like: 022538DHB. Sampled on July 22, 2013.

Here's one that I see everywhere but did not realize I had not rated it yet. The pour is brown to deep amber with a beige head that eventually settles down.

The aroma has a solid barley malt forward nose and a kind of burnt sweetness to it. It smells like a full beer.

The body is medium with a bit of astringency.

The taste is also sweet and malt forward with a low alcohol burn and quick lingering bite at the end. In some respects it reminded me of a well-aged, mellow barleywine.

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

12oz bottle into a regular glass.

A- La Rossa's dopplebock is a light brown color with red trimmings within if looked at under the correct light. A small tan/beige cap on top leaving no lace. It's not the darkest dopple i've seen but dark enough.

S- Big maltiness although lighter in character then other dopples. Brown sugar, sweet malts, and some fruits in the back including light plums. The 7.2% does not make a cameo.

T- Based on appearence and smell alone I was expecting a weak dopple but this holds up flavor wise making it a good contender, but does not touch the German offerings. A malt bomb that is sweet but not cloying with a assortment of malts with caramel and toffee, dark fruits (plum, light apple) and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish telling me this is not a old bottle. Some molasses as well.

M,D- The feel is above medium bodied, the liquid is smooth, goes down like a champ, no alcohol gets in the way, Carb is low where it should be. This is a nice drinkable dopple that is worthy of a repeat visit.

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Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick forming head, just as quick to disassemble itself - before a first sip I was left with nothing but a thin, outside trim of the glass. Ruby in the light, otherwise chestnut brown. Great malty aroma. Carbonation a little high but no hint as to the 7% Quite well hidden behind the malt. Flavour is too quick to disapear as well. A decent dopplebock but a little heavy on the amber malt and showcases little else. Too one dimensional. Also, a lack of texture (and the failure in the flavour department) makes this all too macro-ish. No doubt, this is just as close to a "red" as it is dopplebock. No character, simply 'lager'. A fairly decent brew still, but certainly held back by characteristicly macro qualities.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby red color when held up to the light. It is topped by a tan head that is quite thick as well as being frothy and creamy. The aroma smells of lightly spicy hops, caramelized malt and a hint of toasted grain. The taste is lightly sweet up front, but then moves to a toasty, caramel malt note. The finish is dry with a lingering toasted maltiness that is lightly astringent. Overall this beer is a celebration of malty notes. This is a fairly full flavored beer, and at one time was by far the most flavorful Italian beer, with a new wave of craft Italian breweries though this seems like a not quite flavorful enough bock.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.68 out of 5 based on 986 ratings.
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