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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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 gilliegirl
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Yes, it had a dark amber appearance, gentle aroma and carmel/chocolate combo in the taste. I enjoyed the sense of carbonation with a tad bitterness when I held a sip in my mouth. But, for me, it got an Exceptional because I did not feel the need to match this brew with some kind of snack. With that said, port wine cheddar spread is a nice complement to the La Rossa.

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Photo of gopens44
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Longhorn & Lager in Midlothian, VA for $1.59

A - Foamy head regresses to a film over a clear amber ruby colored beer.

S - Nutty, biscuity, sweet.

T - A ton of nice flavor going on here- nutty, buttery, molasses, and plums mix around in this incredibly well balanced beer.

M - Well carbonated yet silky and medium bodied. Bitter aftertaste lingers around on the back of the tongue.

O -Great tasting dopplebock for a nearly criminally cheap price! If you like this style, hit this one up if you haven't already

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Photo of TheAdventurella
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moretti's Dopplebock (what they call La Rossa, though it is actually brown in color) is a very good version of a dopplebock. It's color and mouthfeel is typical of this type, but nothing exceptional. The most important part, the taste, is Moretti's shining moment. The La Rossa has a very nice, malty taste that masks the alcohol content, which is pretty high for beer. It is a very enjoyable beer to sip or drink.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Added this to my mixed sixer! I know the Moretti name, and being a Dego myself, I had to try it! Poured into a 33 cL Hoegaarden glass.

Appearance - Wow this is a light doppelbock! Very carbonated 1 inch head that dissappears rather quickly. Poured a dark amber color reminiscent of Great Lakes Elliot Ness. Definitely different for a doppelbock.

Smell - Average for the style. Strong malt smell.

Taste - Lighter on the malt flavors. Alcohol surprisingly not as present in the flavor as i expected for the ABV. Kind of seems almost like a watered-down doppelbock, but that's not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - When it comes to doppelbocks, the light color is comparable to the drinkability. It is more drinkable than its darker relatives. The lighter body leaves a very slightly bitter aftertaste that makes you thirsty.

Drinkability - Well, the decent body and good amount of roasted malt make this drinkable. In terms of doppelbocks, this is very high on the list.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at a Pizzeria

A- Deep red (near brown), but you can see through. Light colour for the style. Decent head but not much retention and no lacing at all

S- Classic sweet malts/bready aroma, with maybe some caramel notes. Not much to say

T- Just like the aroma, not much to say. Mainly malt with some caramel and a very slight lemonish feel from the hops. Too metallic

M- Heavily carbonated to make up for an actually modest body. Crispness has it feeling lively but there's nothing else to say. Alcohol is well hidden

D- This is a very average beer but i enjoyed it. Feels fresh and is an easy drink

Very modest, i don't think i will go back to this

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Photo of WVRadar
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive looking beer, clear sparkling amber brown with a large creamy two finger off white head that lasts, with excellent lacing. Nice malty smell and medium creamy mouthfeel, but taste was disappointing. Really wanted to like this beer, but the taste just didn't match the appearance.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Pours a reddish brown color with some decent retention, sparse lacing and moderate carbonation.
S. Has a nutty, sweet bready aroma.
T. The taste is a nutty taste followed by some sweet sugary taste with some caramel and a little bit of a biscuit taste to finish it. The aftertaste is a sweet syrupy taste.
m. The mouthfeel is a soft sticky feel that leaves a little stickiness on the lips.
D. It is a an easy drinking beer, but feels lighter than most doppelbock's, not exactly a "meal in a bottle". This is not something I'll drink again.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium/dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that was fully diminishing and had very poor lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted caramel malts, a mild resin hop and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit.

The taste was mildly bitter-sweet with a hint of caramel from the onset and matured into this bitter acidic taste with just a hint of dark fruit and had a mild alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a nice fruity alcohol taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouth feel was medium in body and oily-yet dry in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity Doppelbock with a good alcohol warming at the end...

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Photo of mdunman
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a thick light tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Nice roasted malt, carmel and light lemon.

T: Bland, light roasted malt up front and a bit of dryness at the end.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

This seemed like it was going to be a good beer (appearance and smell), but flat out disappointed with the taste.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale amber/light tan, 1 finger head, very little lacing.

S - malt/bready, caramel, nuts.

T - sweet ripe fruit, malt, hint of nuts, light bitter cocoa

M - Medium-light, nice carbonation, nearly smooth

D - surprised me coming from Italy, but not a world beater of a dopplebock. worth a try, but don't go out of your way. I could easily have a few of these, ABV well hidden.


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Photo of PiggDogg
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Rossa is a top notch dopplebock. On 2/12/11 at a Mardi Gras ball, I had the most unexpected pleasure of having La Rossa as one of the 4 beer choices available at the open bar.

About a year ago, I had tasted La Rossa as a part of a beer tasting in preparation for the BJCP exam. At that time, the consensus of my fellow tasters was that La Rossa was top notch.

My recent experience with La Rossa was excellent.

About a year ago, with a friend who appreciates beer, we did a side-by-side tasting of Salvator, Celebrator, and Optimator. In that tasting, we found Celebrator to be the deepest, most complex, and the best of the three. Optimator (excellent) was second, with Salvator (darn good) pulling up the rear.

In a few weeks, with that same friend, we are going to have a similar side-by-side tasting of Salvator, Celebrator, Optimator, and La Rossa. After this tasting, I'll be able to give as proper comparison of some of the best dopplebocks available.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in ale glass, chilled

A: clear copper, v. good head (3 finger); small beads of carbonation; thin lacing
S: a rather pedestrian, malty smell
T: burly, carmelized bock; dark cherries and tobacco form the outer flavors; semicomplex and very enjoyable; the higher alcohol content blends well with the flavor profile

This is one of the few Heineken-owned beers that I enjoy.

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

11.2oz bottle drank straight

Appearance: n/a because consumed from the bottle

Smell: strong, sweet, caramel malt; bready; a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate

Taste: caramel malt is strong; also, dark chocolate and bread; a touch of toasted nuttiness; a unique maltiness similar to whiskey/scotch is also present; very nice

Mouthfeel: almost like a mocha or hot chocolate made with dark chocolate; creamy, with a bitterness cutting through; very nice

Drinkability; would be very drinkable, if not for the fact that it reminds me of drinking a very weak liquor; i half expect the sting of a whiskey or malt to be there, which keeps me from taking deep sips

Overall, a complex and good beer. But not the best I've had.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a tawny brown with hints of red. Nice two fingers of off-white head that lingers longer than most dopplebocks I've had and settles down to a nice layer on top.

S - Sweet malts and some dark ripe fruits - raisin. Hint of brown sugar and a dash of alcohol.

T - Taste follows the nose rather well. Sweet and rich. A bit buttery but with a slight underlying bitterness that compliments things rather well. Also some undercurrents of an earthly graininess. Alcohol is quite present, but it fits in just fine.

M - Just a tad on the thin side, but overall creamy and smooth bubbly.

D - Very good, even for the higher abv. Nice mouthfeel and a very nice taste profile.

A very nice dopplebock and a great value. I also had this one a while back at an Italian restaurant paired with some fettuccine alfredo and it was absolutely delicious.

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Photo of StonyB
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, Italian beer. Naturally, the first thought that comes to mind when you hear these two words is...Doppelbock?

Isn't that like eating a German pizza?

Nevertheless. Let's swan dive into the 11.2 ounce brown bottle purchased as a single from the Jersey City Buy Rite. After we pour it into a glass, of course.

A "presto" pour proves to be effective, as the well-carbonated beer quickly achieves a thick, off-white head of foam. The beer's color reveals itself to be a deep copper red, a couple of shades darker than Grandma's marinara sauce. The lacing is sticky and isn't going anywhere, like that loan shark you've been trying to duck for the past few weeks.

Mildly malty aroma. I swear I'm getting some tomatoes out of this, probably my mind playing tricks on me. Maybe. Also detecting some slightly roasty cappucino and a hint of chocolate. Certainly not an assertive fragrance.

Mama mia. The taste is pleasant but not what one would expect from the doppelbock style. Yes, it's sweet, but offset by a slightly acrid graininess in the malt. The alcohol is knocking on the door, announcing its presence with some fanfare. Do I need to see a shrink if I detect some stewed tomatoes in the flavor? (Don't answer that.) Mildly enjoyable, no more, no less.

Somewhat thin for a doppelbock, with a cloying, lingering sweetness. Aftertaste overstays its welcome.

This would be quite sessionable, if you limit your session to say, one. While somewhat tasty and reasonably drinkable, neither the alcohol nor the aforementioned cloying aftertaste lends itself to making this your go to beer for an evening of drinking.

In the world of fine Italian cuisine, Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto is a step up from Olive Garden. But it ain't a large step. You can find better Italian beers, and you can certainly find many better doppelbocks. However, it's worth a try, and it definitely does go well with pizza...

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Photo of tozz8
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Deep amber color with about a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly

S--Caramel Malt with a slight hint of hops and alcohol

T--Caramel sweetness followed swiftly with bitter hops. finish is mostly clean with lingering caramel and alcohol taste. Very smooth, very nice.

M--Light to medium body with almost no carbonation

D--Got better with every sip. It would be very easy to drink several of these if not for the 7.20% ABV.

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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 HammsRocks
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a beer glass.
A- poured a dark reddish color. has a foamy white head that is slow to dissipate. left good lacing on the side of the glass.

S-smelled kind of roasty, but also could smell the alcohol a bit. Still, I'd have to say it wasn't a bad thing.

T-surprisingly smooth going down, had a good flavor to it.

M-felt pretty crisp and clean

D-even though I like dark beers, I don't think I'd be able to drink more then two of these in one night. Still, I do recommend trying it.

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

Moderate head on pour, with broken lacing that has little cling. Color is a 19 on the SRM Beer color chart. Strong caramel, molasses, and oak are in the forefront of the aromas with hints of coffee and chocolate. Coffee is the primary flavor I detect with wisps of caramel, toffee, licorice and hops. Mildly full in my mouth with a nice bump in the back of the soft palate. A little heavy and harsh for everyday drinking, but would be nice with desert.

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Photo of JamesS
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent brown color, albeit a bit light for a doppelbock, with a bit of head and just the lightest bit of lacing. Decent malty sweet aroma, but not overly deep and thick. Good malty flavor with decent caramel hints, not horribly thick and strong, but not bad at all. Goes down quite smoothly.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a surprisingly thick head. Subdued aroma. Tastes silky smooth all the way, minimal carbonation, elegant malts with a slight hoppy finish. Although this isn't my favorite style, this is a real quality beer for an industrial scale brew.

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

A - Pours with a clear dark brown body topped with an ample two finger foamy off white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing.

S - Caramel malt and buttery toffee provide a delicate sweetness in the nose, though not overwhelmingly so. Not a highly aromatic brew.

T & M - That same sweet buttery toffee and caramel malt that was in the aroma is present in the taste, but on a much larger note. There also seems to be a bit of dark fruit lingering about, maybe raisin or fig? Medium bodied mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of toffee sweetness on the back end. The alcohol is VERY well hidden in this one.

D - A very nice Italian Dopplebock. I think I could stock my frig with this one and would happily recommend it to my friends. Very tasty.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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 tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not a whole lot of lacing and foam here. But I love the red amber color. Wonderful champagne-like carbonation in Moretti La Rossa as well, something I've noticed with Italian beers. This would rate higher if not for the lack of lacing and foam. Still, I like it.

Smell: Wonderful and powerful caramel malts. One of the maltiest beers I've ever smelled. There are tons of spices and strong flower hops as well. The perfect knock-you-out-of-your-chair balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I love this taste! Malt and strong floral hops. I also taste tons of cinnamon as well. The beer goes down smoothly and is pretty dry as well.

Drinkability: This loses point because it does take a while to finish Moretti La Rossa. Goes well with any tomato-based Italian dish.

Overall: As far as I'm concerned, this beer gets no publicity or credit in a growing market for bock beers. Try, try, try!

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.67 out of 5 based on 945 ratings.
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