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 THSdrummer
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel brown with three fingers of khaki head. Head retention is okay with no lacing. Aroma is toffee, and bread and earth malt notes. Flavor profile is very similar with toffee developing most of the flavor presence. Earthy and bready malts shape the rest of the dynamic. There is a toffee, caramel sweet finish. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a little bit of fizz to the texture. Overall, a flavorful beer with plenty of sweet, caramel-like notes with earthy notes to keep the beer grounded and balanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A highly touted beer of yore that I never saw in an American shop until recently.

Pours a dark rosey color, pretty dark for a doppel with lively carbonation and a great head for a beer of its strength.

Smells zippy, fruity, nutty, and a little smoky. Nice complexity without any of the pitfalls that often sink doppels.

Tastes like it smells: that is, like a really solidly made doppelbock. Starts with a very full, bready and nutty grain bill, with zippy sweet bock nodes poking through in the middle, and a finish of caramel and peat. *Much* better than what I was expecting from a Moretti-branded beer, and I'm quite glad that it's now available stateside.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with freshness date of August of 2017 into stein glass.

L: Beautiful red amber, quite clear. Finger width tan head with staying power.

S: Rich malt, toffee, caramel, wood smoke and earthen hops.

T: Super rich and sweet malts, dark chocolate, molasses and buttered toffee. Earthy hop flavor is balanced better than 99% of beers out there.

F: Smooth and easy on the tongue yet dry. Medium bodied, this beer is drinkable but after 2 or 3 you will be buzzing hard.

O: I was doubtful when I saw this was made in Italy but had high hopes since Doppelbocks are a favorite of mine. the dryer finish slightly throws it off but the depth of flavor and balance in this beer is almost unmatched.

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Photo of dcotom
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a stein. Clear dark caramel color with some dark orange highlights. The aroma is caramel malt, dark bread, prunes, and raisins, and these carry over to the palate with some nice bitterness on the finish. Alcohol begins to come through as this warms. Pretty good doppelbock, very drinkable, pairs nicely with aged cheese.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark red copper color with a medium white tan head and some lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, molasses, slight bit of skunky hop and grain, a small mineral note.

T: Caramel, toffee, some cherry and molasses, skunky hop and grain. Alcohol isn't very noticeable.

F: Light body for the style, medium carbonation.

O: Has a few notes of regular More to but other than that a pretty decent beer. Pretty light for a doppelbock.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 10/13/16:

Clear, deep copper brown, capped with foamy tan head of medium retention. Molasses, light tartness on the nose. Equal parts overly sweet toffee/molasses/black cherry and just-right toasty, probably a result of being watered down for the style (compare German and American craft equivalents) but still high in alcohol. A touch of rotting leafy matter. Still, it is quite good. Exhibits some similarities to a Euro Dark Lager, but a Doppelbock for sure. Full-bodied, packed with suds, choppy then creamy, warming, dry for what it is.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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 Guppy314
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a deep amber with a dense khaki head. Malt-forward with caramel and toffee flavors. There is OK carbonation and mouth-feel has an indistinct syrupiness. Decent, but expected more for the price.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best looking beer I have ever seen. It's young Pam Grier levels of amazing beauty. The smell is.... not bad but hey at least I didn't make a weakest link joke. Tastes sweet and malty and its smooth too yeah and it's smooth too.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Spikester
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Drops to a ring of foam about the ten minute mark. Spots of lace.
Smell is pretty muted. I would say dark brown bread.
Taste is sweet plums molasses dark cherries and brown bread. There is a hop presence but in is mostly at the end.
Hops are herbal mostly.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. You can renew the head with just a swirl of the glass. Finish is quite light and mostly sweet.
Overall a very tasty beer that I suspect my bottle was fairly old. I will track down a fresh version to try to get a bit more hop flavor.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark red, but clear to see through
S: sweet malt and Belgin yeast
T: like the nose, big sweet malt but not overly sweet. Good beer from Italy.
F: slick, thin and easy drinking.
O: I will but this again, and seek at all Italy restaurants.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hey, an Italian that doesn't taste like Budweiser!

Beautiful brown color, the taste is pure roasted malt on the front end and the finish is hoppy and almost a little sour. Not exactly in my sweet spot, but still the best Italian I've ever had.

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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 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 jeffdr123
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a mug at Via Napoli in Epcot. Pretty copper color. Not much aroma but a wonderful malty taste. Not much in the way of hops. Dark bread flavours. I'd buy it again. A good late night beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red, copper and dark amber color with a creamy lace.
Aroma consists of sweet malts, dark bread, biscuity, dark fruits, dark bread, chocolate, caramel and maple. Slightly metallic is the only drawback. Otherwise, there is a lot going on and thus it's best attribute.
Sweet dark bready malt and finish, dark fruit and modest hops in the taste.
Strong carbonation and medium bodied. A solid if unspectacular doppelback.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this a B grade across the board. I found it to have a solid feel and finish, good lacing, nice malt, and not too much sweetness. I think this is definitely a good, solid beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with two finger's worth of thick, off-white foam that refuses to die. Dark amber/red in color. Plethora of bubbles. Moderate lacing. This is one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. {:'-D Has mild aromas of figs, smoke, and sour yeast with a hint of alcohol (sounds terrible, but it's a mediocre smell at worst). Initial taste is of mild smoke flavors immediately followed by slightly stronger fig and cherry flavors that overtake and cancel out the smokey flavors. Mild caramel malt flavors along with a hint of alcohol enter behind the fig and cherry flavors as the latter persist in their taste strength (I'm glad that the yeast aromas detected by my nose weren't detected as flavors by my tongue as that would of been chaos). Full bodied, amazingly creamy, mild carbonation with a disappointing dry finish. I am tempted to say that this was an amazing doppelbock, but that's just because the beer looked so sexy in that glass. Truth is, it was just a good beer, nothing amazing.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice light brown head, dark reddish brown liquid.
S: Kind of like a vinegary old wine cask.
T: Slight grape/wine sweetness nicely balanced with malt.
F: Smooth and a bit thicker than water. Very nice consistency.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant rose tinted amber under a 1” white foam collar that is moderately persistent and grips the side of the glass.
S: A light moderate nose consists of light caramel, kettle sugars and clean malts.
T: Dark bread, clean amlts, faint anise to cola, a light sweetness, spicy malt.
F: Creamy medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A go to Italian restaurant beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured handsomely and perfectly clear with ambers, mahogany and a burnt orange blush. Tan head of creamy foam that lasted well. Nose is shy and subtle but clean. No alcohol. A demure hint of dark fruits wait elegantly behind a rich and sweet malt. Taste is smooth and creamy. Not as crisp as some of the german dopplebocks. But this malt does evolve. It is rich and has a bit of the bread crust. Supple smooth and medium mouthfeel. Finishes softly with good balance and begins to show a sweet little nuttiness as it warms. Dark fruits are vague but substantial enough to finish this one with a light sweetness and a hint of brown sugar.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pilsener glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that drops very slowly with significant lacing. Color is a clear amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich roasted barley, ripe fruit, caramel, earthy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly sticky with some alcohol warming and a slightly wet finish.

Flavor: bready malts dominate with nuts, raisin, & caramel. Some lingering hop bitterness along with alcohol.

Overall: very good and hearty brew.

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Photo of warrenglo03
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried this while out to eat and was pleasantly surprised. It is a little lighter (to me at least) than some of the German Dop's in mouth-feel, even though the ABV is still fairly high. I like it!

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
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