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Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I bought this thinking it was an English brown but ow snap! It's a Doppelbock!

A - Looks deep amber but see through... With an inch of fluffy white head.

S - Caramel, toffee, molasses, booze. Pretty good.

T - Not bad! Taste like a pretty smooth Doppelbock. Taste of caramel sweetness and good sweetness from a bit of chocolate?

M - Medium bodied. Really smooth!

D - Well I did like it and as a 10 dollar six pack its decent but I would go with other offerings.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep red with a tight beige cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention and some spotty lacing. Very malty aroma, clean and sweet with a hint of caramel. Bitterness had some presence, but stayed low relative to the sweet malt and caramel flavours. Light spicy hop flavour and bitterness lingered, along with a bit of toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation made up of fine bubbles. Nice texture overall. Quite enjoyable. Easy drinking with a pleasant malty character.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, caramel in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is caramel, toasted malt, with light chocolate and smokey notes. Smooth and light for the style. Really enjoyable and way better than their lager.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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 rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color leaving the flimsiest and thinnest of head, no lacing. Aroma was some waterlogged wood and mild roast/prune notes.

More dark fruit in the taste, some caramel, brown malt, hid alcohol decently. Average viscosity. Don't know what to pair this with. Red wine? A little bit of char to the mouthfeel. Still some dark fruit notes. Nutty stuff.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An italian take on a German style, even if this brewery is owned by Heineken.

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems rather thin but otherwise, it's all there.

Aroma is full of sweet, robust malt with a hint of plum. Little alcohol warmth on the nose.

Taste is full of malt that is chewy and contains characteristics of brown sugar and raisin. Very easy-going, mellow vibe from it.

Mouthfeel is not as thin as I thought, which is a good thing. Nothing really harsh to note.

A decent example of the style from Birra Moretti. Could use slightly more alcohol but otherwise, it beats the other offering I've had from them.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahh, my first Italian beer. The beer pours a deep scarlet red and throws out a medium off-white head with good retention and nice lacing ability. The aroma is unique for a dopple. There's the malt present, but also an aroma induced by herb and/or spice which seems a little out of place. I can't nail it down though. (guesses are ginger, anise, cumin) The taste of this beer is nothing to shout about. There's that weird herb/spice taste showing up again. And underneath, there is some maltiness perceived. A pretty decent warming effect from this one as I feel a bit of a fire after I drink. Not a good (or average for that matter) dopplebock. May take a while to finish this one.

Thanks go out to ZAP for nailing down this highly sought after brew for me.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 jmdrpi
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottle. there is some kind of date code on the back label, but it's unclear.

clear chesnutt brown in color, thin cream colored head of fine bubbles. malty aroma, but not overly complex. taste is similar - very smooth - a bit nutty and bready. very nice mouthfeel, drinks very easy.

overall - much better than the regular lager.

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

The beer pours a very deep garnet color, the head pertinent in size, frothy in texture with nice sheets of lace. Nose has a sweet caramel aroma with hints of molasses, malt, clean and fresh. Start is malt and slightly sweet, the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is mediocre on the carbonation, hops are quite pleasant and a slightly bitter dry aftertaste, and quite a decent beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.2% ABV, 911038 printed on the label.

A - A tall pour brings a thick, creamy light tan head to life. After some dribbley cascading, the head reached about three fingers then lowered to a thin layer slowly. The beer is a brilliantly clear red-brown which stays rather inactive.

S - This "Doppio Malto" explodes in aroma! Light metallic hints and hard water clog up the background of the nose but otherwise it's good. Toasted brown malts with slivers of shaved toffee and a hint of ground coffee give it some depth. As the head lowers the beer loses it's quality in aroma.

T - Big maltiness all over the palate releases a nice toasted caramel sweetness and smooth dryness to the finish. Although no hops are present in flavor, their balance qualities that keep the brew from being overly cloying are here. One-dimensional flavor but good nonetheless.

M - Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this beer has a lightly dry finish to it. It's very clean and well-balanced making it pretty refreshing.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, La Rossa is so well balanced it's scary. The heavy malting never overpowers anything as it remains lightly sweet and smooth. This was a surprising treat I didn't expect to deliver so well.

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Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown-red coloured, with mahogany reflexes. Good foam, light brown, quite compact.
The smell is malt, lightly toasted, and lightly burned too. Roast, and maybe even a point of chocolate. Honey.
The taste is full and decided, of malt, caramel and toasted, barley coffee. And biscuit too.
Medium-high bodied, full, than left satisfation.
In the aftertaste, a lot of malt again, but well balanced by the erbal hops.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich orange in color...nice sweet nose of fresh baked bread...not a thick doppel on the mouth...flavorful though...nice sweetness...kind of a strong sweet dark burgandy cherry fruity taste.I wouldn't say this is complex but it is very good...Hops are not noticable and neither is the alcohol...maybe a tich syrupy sweet on the finish...Not an alltime great but a good solid beer...

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

This beer is a deep reddish color with an off-white head. The head is initially quite tall, but falls to a thin film. The aroma is enticing...rich malt and a little toasted grain smell. Almost no hops, but the grain and malt are solid and inviting. The flavor is equally good. Sweet and malty, with a little toasted barley. It's clean, with no fruit esters at all. The beer gets a little bitter right before the finish. There's also a surprising alcohol warming that crops up after a few sips. This is a solidly good beer. Full in body and satisfying. I can easily see this being my go-to beer in Italy.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at World Market in Daytona Beach on our vacation last September.

I enjoyed this last Wednesday while watching the Habs trounce the Rangers in the 3rd period!

Had it for dessert with 2 (!) slices of homemade apple & orange cake.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A nice cascading head that fills up a good part of the glass before eventually receding. Was a bit disappointed by the body (bronze-amber) as it was a bit clear, was expecting a darker, more opaque body.

Smell: Bread, cloves, pepper and a little citrus.

Taste: Definite malt with a little toffee maybe? A slight fresh-bread feel, aromatic a little in nature. Peppery, spice-like feel to it as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation, smooth & a bit chewy. Little pinpricks of spice long after my sip.

Drinkability: Despite a 7.2% ABV, it is suprisingly easy to drink. That being said, i wouldn't necessarily get another one again.

Overall: A well made beer but a little bit light for what i was expecting. I liked it but not really more than that. It left me feeling neutral (it's the only word that describes my feeling for it).

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

Had this at Ippolito's in Sandy Springs. Aroma is strong and malty, not complex but still promising. It pours a nice dark brownish amber with a very thick, fine-bubbled, long-lasting light tan head. Flavor is typically malty, but mouth-filling with hints of hops and caramel. Texture is quite tingly and lively.

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Photo of FLima
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish as it can be with a thin head with short retention but leaving some laces.
Sweet aroma with predominant notes of corn and grapes.
Flavor with notes of corn, caramels, toasted malts, some herbal hops, maybe cinnamon and red fruits, but not much than that.
Medium dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is definitely at home, but it stays quietly at his room.
The apparent content of adjunct and sweetness level did bother me a bit. I would pass it next time.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with some sort of stamp of 9 1 10 38OH S. Maybe best by Sept. 1 2010? Pours a light chestnut color with great clarity and a very nice, thick tan foam. Retention is great as is the lacing. A nice looking doppelbock here.

Nose is mostly nutty and caramel malts with a definite bready aspect to it. Yeast is in evidence more than most lagers but is pretty pleasant in this case, even a bit of mild fruitiness. Not bad, pretty nice surprise so far.

Easily and infinitely better than the Birra Moretti lager, this beer has some nice flavors to offer. Sweet and roasty malts with a heavy dose of nuttiness...walnuts and almonds. Even a little bit of chocolate is in there. Not cloyingly sweet like some doppels tend to be and has a noticeable hop bite on the finish that is appreciated. Carbonation levels are decent but the beer is still thin compared to the best of the style. There is a mild astringency that comes in mid-palate and lingers a bit that is mildly distracting. Not like this will supplant Celebrator on anyone's favorites list, but this is a worthwhile beer and I am glad I purchased one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber/brown color. The head is huge, fluffy and recedes slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of caramel a toffee, with a hint of butter. The taste has more toffee than the aroma with a nice caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which is a little thinner than I would like in a doppelbock. Carbonation is lively. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there are a lot better doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the wonderful Buca di Beppo here in Columbus. It was so nice to have an Italian beer that actually tasted good to go with some family-style Italian food. Dark copper color with a medium pizza-dough colored aroma (why not). Strong malt with slight alcohol aroma. The flavor was extremely malty, even for a Doppelbock. As such, it was a hearty beer that complemented my hearty food very nicely.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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 tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a head on this baby, over two inches high after a vigorous pour into the glass. Color is a deep amber and the mile high head was a frothy tannish, light brown. Looks scrumptous, I couldn't wait to drink this. Smells of roasty sweet malt and fresh, sweet bread, a bit faint spice note. Taste of this is pretty good, sweet roastyness, malty toffee, fresh and smooth, very full-bodied feel that has a light chewyness and finishes slightly dry with a hint of spice. Very nice indeed. The head had a life on its own for the first few minutes and the taste and feel is darn right perfect. I thought Italy was known for its wine, but this beer changed my mind about that cultural fact.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Italian Beer reviewed on the Site, and it’s not a lager, but a Red Beer. I spied this 'red-head' lurking at the back of the singles section in Trader Joes; it was next to the Grolsch Amber Ale. What the hell is this beer I thought? Don’t misunderstand me, but as soon as I found it was Italian I almost put it back. Then I reminded myself to put my misconceptions and subconscious prejudices aside, and give it ago. I am really glad I did.

It comes in a rather plain looking 12 fl .oz brown glass bottle.

A deep brown-red color with a massive rocky head that laces the sides well but soon contracts to a thin head with only the merest light covering.

Aromas are of a sweet malty beer laced with caramel, toffee and other sugary sweet delights with hints of dark exotic fruits. I do not usually like sweet smells or tastes but this is rather inviting.

Mouthfeel is a powerful kick of alcohol and dark fruits at times. Holy Shit this stuff is 7.2%ABV!!!! I did not realize until I read the Bottle label when drinking this. Tastes are sweet at the beginning, and work through dark sweet malts, caramel, light chocolate and Devon toffee. Has a very inticing silky smooth feeling, better than an Italian woman’s recently waxed legs, and just as inviting to feel again. Very drinkable. Considering the strength, this is a very drinkable beer. A Red Beer but a strange example of the style, but then they say “Italian Redheads” are unorthodox. Intriguing, but then I like redheads. So I will get this again!.

A Great Italian Beer.
– Just Needs a better label to stand out from the crowd I think.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
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