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Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

444 Reviews
Birra Moretti La RossaBirra Moretti La Rossa

Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken)
Italy | website

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 tronester
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish brown with a big tan head. Smells strongly of malt. The taste is initially a very sweet caramelized malt flavor then a touch of honey, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Decent mouth feel. Overall a decent doppelbock, though I'd prefer a bit more complexity.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Brown with a thick off white head. Mild lacing.

Smell: Malts and mild hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of roasted malts and hops.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of hardy008
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear reddish brown color with a small off white head, which fades quickly, and leaves spotty lacing. the aroma has caramel, roasted malt, and a little dark fruit. Nothing special.

The taste has roasted malt, caramel, maybe some dark fruit. Tastes too sweet to me, and is a bit off putting. There are definitely better tasting Doppelbocks than this.

Light bodied for the style with modest carbonation. Has an overly sweet aftertaste. I like a good Doppelbock, but this one is far from good. Will avoid in the future.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle purchased from the local supermarket in Sorrento.

Pours a very clear, deep amber-red colour, almost verging on brown. Head forms a fuzzy mess to begin with, but fizzles out to a fine ring, still fed by some fairly buoyant carbonation. Body has a bit of weight behind it, pleasantly enough. Looks pretty good.

Nose is strangely weak, and certainly not as malty as the palate will turn out to be. It has a slight metallic grain character, and some savoury notes a little like honey soy chicken, but it's certainly much lighter than I expected. It's fine, but it would be great with more character.

Taste is a lot better. Here there's a firm, fragrant maltiness—rich but refined, with wholesome grain characters, plus lilting spice and fruit notes from the extra hit of booze and esters. Finish is soft, but still quite rich and full, leaving a long linger of languid bittersweetness resting on the tongue like burnt toffee. It's very nice.

Feel is good. It has heft behind it, but doesn't overwhelm the palate. Too much weight in a beer like this and it could become a chore to work through.

Overall, really very good stuff. For a brewery that makes their dough from yet another pale euro lager, I'm really pleased to see that this is quite widely available as well. It's significantly better than almost anything else the big Italian breweries seem to bring out.

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Photo of BoilerMo
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

a: Not very dopplebock looking, medium lager look hints of carmel

s: hints of hops and somehting sweet.

t: Not really what I expected from dopplebock. It was a little sweet but not great.

m: it was very thin and had a bit of a hop like aftertaste

o: I cant believe this was dobblebock? It was closers to a traditional bock with a higher alcohol content. Many great German versions of doppels are easily available, try one of them over this one.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a bit light for the style, but that could just be the clarity of the beer letting in light. Pours a very clear, medium to dark brown...not quite cola dark, but too strong for tea. The head cascades while forming and ends up several fingers thick before it starts a long retention period. Thick, frothy, white head with little to no lace.

You have to really get your nose deep in the glass and when you do, you're welcomed by a dose of caramel. Toffee notes are there, as well as a tiny bit of vanilla.

Very malty with some bread crust thrown in to cut the sweetness. The caramel is prevalent with a yeasty, crackerlike finish. Hops aren't noticeable.

Not as creamy a feel as some German versions, but still pretty smooth. Sweetness up front and there's little segue as the beer moves across the palate. It's sweetness for a second, then an earthiness takes over with gentle rye spicing. Body is fuller than the look would lead you to believe and there's just enough to sink your teeth into. The finish brings back some sweetness, reminiscent of fruit cake.

This is an easy drinker. While nothing really sticks out, there are no faults with this beer. It's a solid example of the style.

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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 archyquaffer
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Euro brown 11.2 ounce bottle. A semi-aggressive pour produces a one inch of a creamy off-white head. This dissipates after awhile, leaving some wispy mid-pond and side clinging lace. When held up to a strong light, the beer is mesmerizing to look at, with noticeable gradations in color and haze from top to bottom. Overall, the beer is a ruby brown with a paler, ruddy yellowish-brown at the slightly hazy basal layer.

This beer has about the maltiest aroma of any I've ever sampled, including my homebrew. In fact, it smells much like un-hopped malt extract. The flavor-aroma is complex, with the rich, molasses-like base complemented by tangy bits of dark cherry, caramel, tobacco, chocolate, spice, nuts, orange....heck, maybe even some raspberry.

I was intrigued when I saw this beer, as I am a fan of their Euro lager. I bought this for about 9.99 a sixer, which I think it is well worth. This is a straight up malt bomb treat and a perfect beer for the holidays. It has a strong dessert beer quality best enjoyed in short but frequent occasions amid the glittering lights and trees of Midwinter.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly brown with a little red.
Very pleasant toasty aroma but not much other than that.
Big toasty flavor too with some cherries and a touch of bitter caramel at the end.
Smooth and not as as sweet as many other doppelbocks.
Good beer, not very complex, straightforward, and dirt cheap(€3.50 for a 6-pack,) which makes it a fantastic value.
Much more than I expected from one of the big boys of Italian brewing.

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Photo of anarchia
1.76/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Red and translucent beer with a quickly vanishing head, no lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is cold steel, alcohol, and cough syrup. Very sweet and fruity, sickly sweet even. Lots of banana, like a wheat beer. Thick & syrupy in the mouth, too much for me: buttery, even. Finish is lots of sweetness, too-much-alcohol-burn, and a weird metallic taste.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 11/29/13 with a friend. The 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown in color with a 1-finger tan head that hangs around for a bit. Some spotting lacing was seen with each sip, but not much. The aroma is of caramel, dark fruits with a hint of chocolate. The taste was about the same with some light sweet chocolate nutty finish. Very easy to drink and goes down too easy. A great brew that has no harsh aftertaste at all.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, sweet and honey scented to the nose. Little head that fades quickly to a layer of carbonation. Little to no lacing. It's sour and a bit boozy to the tongue. I feel like this beer could do so much more with its flavor. It doesn't blow me away at all. It goes down smooth and doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. Overall, this beer looks a lot better than it tastes. It's not awful but I don't think I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: reddish brown, real clear.... dense foam, wells up high on pour, slow fade, lasting collar.... not much lace, if any

S: baked cherries and fresh dinner rolls - densely malty... floral-perfumy alcohol, this rounds out and eventually dominates the smell.... melanoidin rich

T: alcohol absent of heat, yet slight, quite mild sweet and warming sensation in the aftertaste/finish.... slight nutty-chocolate in the follow through, bread crust, leather/tobacco... pretty solid characteristic flavor but not unique or exhibiting depth

M: rich, malty body, but on the light side and real dry... i prefer my doppelbocks a touch chewy, but this is still serial (as in, drink many in a row)

O: pretty darn surprisingly good!... it would stand up fine against your random, no name German version.... better and truer than most American examples

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Photo of Murrhey
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Two-finger mocha head atop a mahogany body. Moderately active carbonation with nice fluffy lacing and floating head. Looks pretty good.

S- Caramel malts, slight alcoholic and dark fruit notes. More Belgian than I was expecting.

T- Dark malt, caramel, licorice, dark fruits. Not rich, but tastes good.

M- Light bodied, nice feel.

O- Hey, a good beer. Can't complain about that.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 soju6
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a Fairly large head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, some caramel sweetness and a bit of nut.

T: Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, some caramel sweetness and bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and the 7.2% ABV is well hidden.

O: Nice beer that is much more than I expected from a Italian brewer. It is a bit sweet for my taste but still worth a try.

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Photo of silverking
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- it pours a clear deep amber with lots of active carbonation and has a tan head, about two fingers worth. head retention is poor but there are nice rings of lacing left down the sides of the glass.

S - it smells like roasted barley with a slight hint of alcohol. A mild hop aroma is also detectable.

T - roasted barley with hints of caramel. There is a strong roasted malt note on the finish.

M - medium bodied. Moderate amounts of gentle carbonation. Warming.

O - pretty good. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was one I choose randomly on a night out for dinner - and boy was I surprised.

It pours out of the bottle a rich, dark-red hue that is reminiscent to Killian's but just more appealing - I felt it looked beautiful. The head pours red-tinged, pillowy, and with staying power - good lacing down the entire glass. I was slightly disappointed with the smell - I could only pull out a vague cherry malt, it was mostly barley and hops. The mouthfeel was good - just the right amount of carbonation, no stickiness or aftertaste, but a tiny bit watery. The taste, however, was superb. I could taste the distant cherry and even honey flavors the beer - I felt - offered, I was rewarded for my random selection indeed. Overall, I was very pleased with the beer - noticed it's high ABV soon after I downed it, and wished I had ordered another one for the road.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Bassbeer24
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My fiancé and I are going to Germany for Oktoberfest in September followed by a trip to Italy for our honeymoon. My fiancé picked up some German and Italian beers from Halftime in Poughkeepsie for us to try in anticipation of our trip. We only had one bottle so we poured into 2 small snifters so we could both sample

Appearance: ruby red when held to a light. Brown in standard room lighting. Im used to seeing dopplebocks much darker so this was an interesting twist to what i was used to. Head was moderate in the snifter but dissipated with about 15 seconds.

Smell: I got ZERO aroma out of this.

Taste: roasted malt dominated the taste for me. Unfortunately I'd call it more burnt than roasted. Moderate sweetness with a nice subtle hit of dark fruits (cherry/raisin). Some very faint caramel/toffee notes as well. Taste would be much better if it finished as it started. The subtle fruits turn stale in the finish making it less drinkable.

Mouthfeel: light for the style in my opinion. I would have liked it to have a little more body.

Overall this beer was drinkable but I'll be looking for some better prospects before we head to Italy.

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Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Italian beer.

Dark brown in color with ruby hues when juxtaposed against light. Less than a finger thick almost tan colored head that has good standing. Stays as a thin one cm layer. Decent to excellent laces with every sip. Opaque and dark.

Some maltiness. A lot of caramel and toasty notes. Some noble hop aroma. A little alcohol. Some dark fruits, may be. Raisins or dry nuts. A very nice aroma that is not overly strong like better doppelbocks but still is good enough.

Malty and toasty with a lot of caramel flabor. A low on alcohol side feel, but warmth is there, if only a little bit. Some chocolate flavor also comes off and melanoidins for whatever they mean. Some sweetness that makes the finish semi dry. A lot of sweet maltiness. May be a little too much, with lack of enough hops.

Medium-full to almost full bodied feel. Low to very slightly moderate carbonation. Very smooth without harshness or astringency.

Overall a very likable doppelbock that has slightly under-attenuated maltiness. A little lacking in the feel and smell as well.

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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 secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clean, dark ruby tone, with a pleasing off-white head. Thick, loopy lace comes through soon, too. Good!
Nose is definitely malty and grainy, with a hint of fruit in there. Curious.

Taste is heavy and sweet, but not overbearingly so. I get hints of dried, dark fruit like plum, raisin, and fig. A solid brew with an unusual angle.

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

A nice medium tinted dark beer. Smells nice but nothing overpowering comes through. Has a nice malty flavor with a little bitterness while drinking it but it does linger around the mouth long. medium consistency . A little pricey but overall a really good beer.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
83 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.
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