Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

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Birra Moretti La RossaBirra Moretti La Rossa

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

Burnt orange/dark amber color with a thin head.
Smells of malt, wine, caramel, and fruit.
The taste is warm, sweet, medium body. Dark candy taste but not like Belgian. More like black liquorices without the bite. Very complex.
I like this beer. Didn’t know what to expect from the aroma I first got. The complexity is evident in the nose but quickly dissipates. However it does not do that in the glass. The ABV is sneaky too as the over 7 percent is not that evident. You can taste it but not at 7 plus. Nice finisher beer with my dessert.

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Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color with a moderate head and some slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty and fruity with a lot of spices. The flavor was a little bit malty with a lot of sweetness behind it. There was also some caramel and spiciness in the flavor, but it finishes a little bitter. Not a bad beer, but I prefer the regular Moretti.

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Photo of putnam
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fans of Ommegang and Ommegang's Rare Vos should try this beer. It has a similar cherry wood and maple-syrup flavor profile that is also similarly smooth textured and dry.

Redwood red.

A shy nose of cherry wood and bacon lead into succulent flavors of strawberry, bavarian cream and white egg burnt, drizzled hard sugar.
The bitterness is an enigma. It lurches from side to side as I attempt to seize it for closer scrutiny. It is both integrated and agile.
Tootsie roll-chewy tannins, assertive, keep this delightful confection from assuming the sluggishness its girth might otherwise impose. Excellent.

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Photo of nomad
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I would highly dispute this beer being labeled as a doppelbock, because it tastes and acts much more like a maibock, and I think would be though of more highly if it was considered as such. Are doppelbocks malty sweet and spicy like this? Not really, but maibocks are...

Poured a transparent strawberry copper color. Had a good off-white head that sat still, forming a shape of irregular foam and bubbles, supported by good carbonation flying up. Smelled of chestnuts, sweet fruit, maltiness, but quietly quite spicy. Taste was malty, like a “red” sweetness, and created a quiet but substantial body of flavor. Had a nice calm dryness with some spice in there, too. A smooth mouthfeel this beer was a delight to drink. Simple but effective and very food friendly.

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

A step of from their lager is this offering. Pours a dark amber, and with proper coaching, a good head. The taste is of overwhelming malt. Almost to the point of overbearing. After an initial sip, one gets used to it and can appreciate other tastes such as caramel and toffee. Just above average, this beer is good with hearty foods.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, with a smallish head, that didn't last. No lacing present. Aroma is very malty with hints of caramel or toffee. Taste is the same malt sweetness with a hint of caramel or toffee. Slight bitterness in the finish, but no real hop flavor or aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel, you can feel the alcohol in the finish. Not as good as its German counterparts, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Origianlly sampled on 7 April 2003. It pours a pretty red color, crystal clear, slightly malty nose & it has a smooth taste. It's a very drinkable beer. The maltiness is good and, as expected, not much bitterness. I was really surprised by the quality of this beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a foamy light tan head. The head fades to a tiny cap and leave a bit of lace.

Smell: Very strong malt aroma with a touch of a toffee/butterscotch scent.

Taste: Malty and sweet with a nice dose of toffee. No hop flavor or bitterness to speak of. There's a slight toasted bread flavor, which adds a bit of depth. I also detect a sugary raison and/or molasses sweetness. Smallest suggestion of brown sugar? A bit of alcohol on the tail end. Pretty good stuff...

Mouthfeel: Smooth and round with a medium mouthfeel. The alcohol dries the finish a bit.

Drinkability: This is an alright brew, considering it's a doppelbock from Italy. While it's not as good as the best German examples, it does compare favorable against many that come from Deutschland.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep auburn/brown color with nice head.Smell was sweet and a liitle doughy,taste was malty sweet and of toffee,the alcolhol was prevelant in this one.I think this would go well with a deep dish pizza,the sweetness and alcohol would match well.The best Italian beer out there would be my guess on this one.

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

Crystal clear mahogany body is topped by a 1/2" tan head that fades relatively quickly to a very thin layer of foam. It exudes a roasted malt and caramel aroma. Hops? We don't need no stinking hops. Upon sipping this beer, a powerful malt sweetness envelops the tongue, massaging it with roasted malt, caramel, and molassses flavors. There is some earthy bitterness on the finish, but it's just as likely to be from the roasted malt as any kind of hops. The alcohol releases a bit of bitterness as well, with definite alcohol notes in the aftertatse. There is also a slight hint of oak-tainted malt that lingers around as well. The mouthfeel is good, but not as powerful as the flavor deserves. This is a very drinkable, malty dopple. Even what are normally referred to as "hop burps" are tainted with roastiness. I really enjoyed this beer. Give it a try next time you see it. Although the name reminds me of a Ricky Martin song title, the beer provides no such horrifying images. The only horror may be that I have just one. For now.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance and aromas of this beer are its most interesting aspect, in addition to the fact that it's a decent stab at a German doppelbock from an Italian brewer. It's a dark shade of brown, but when held up to the light it is an unmistakable bright ruby red. Lots of malt, alcohol, and dark chocolate are present in the nose.

This brew tastes good, but it definitely lacks the complexity of a true doppelbock. It is very malty and rich, but it doesn't go far beyond that. Mouthfeel is a bit odd. It's bubbly and leaves an odd film in your mouth for a few moments. Still, this is definitely worth a try, and may be the best Italian beer I've had to date.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample!

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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 Darkale
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to try this beer, after a close call in NYC when I saw it on the shelf at a little Italian sandwich shop but found out that they were out of it (damn!). Pours dark brown with a roiling tan head, very thick, with a burnt malt aroma. Very sweet and chewy. Perhaps not as complicated or deep as a true German doppelbock, but truly not a bad beer at all, one that I would be very happy to find on my table in the future.

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

This threw me for a loop. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting a doppelbock. Poured out to a nice dark amber in the glass. Aroma is that of malt and raisins. Taste is that of malt with fruit thrown in. Enjoyable, warming, but not a session beer. Very tasty.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style, it was also a single bottle out of a basket of odds and ends, that look as though they got kicked around Trader Joes a time or two. I think it might have been mishandled leading to a skunky smell. When i find a fresher sample and find it differs from this one, i will re-review. The currant review is as follows.

This beer pours a beautiful ruby-copper red. The small head that was present durring and directly after pour, did not decide to stay hang around for the review. There is a wispy coller clinging at the edges of the glass.

the smell was a mixture of malt, alcohol and skunk. I wish it would have been otherwise and hope this is a spoiled sample.

The taste is pretty good. There is a malty-sweetness and a good alcohol warming when it reaches the stomach that feels good on a chilly winter night (Southern California chilly, that is).

Overall, this is a decent beverage that seems to have been mistreated. I hope to find fresh sample in the near future and give this beer the review it truly deserves.


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Photo of Hhawk06
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured deep caramel in color with a thin beady head. I found the aroma to be very sugary with perhaps a licorice aspect. I must say I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer. Initially, it's like you're drinking candy-coated malts. It finishes a tad differently, where I would compare it to maybe a casky/whiskey characteristic. I was very pleasantly surprised, an awesome beer!

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

The color is surpisingly bright red with just a hint or brown. The head is a bit fizzy but fades quickly. The dopplebock smell is there; it's just a bit less pronounced than it is in this beer's German brethren. Caramel is the most noticeable smell. The alcohol is not overpowering or even very noticeable. Caramel and just a little molasses make their presence known in the taste. The mouthfeel is just slightly on the thin side for a dopple. Overall, this is a very nice beer, especially considering its country of origin. Compared to other dopplebocks, the price is right.

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

A gleaming garnet below a cap of sandy froth.
Whafts of caramel, toffee, and bread.
Taste begins highly caramelized leaning more, perhaps, in the toffee direction. Crusty bread notes provide base with evident chocolate hues. Underneath lurk tobacco and dried cherries. Finishes a touch grassy and drier.
Teeters on the thin side, but fine enough bodied. Redeemed by the velveteque texture.
Nice one here, not up there with the Master "ators", but well done.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple of years ago, I was in a pizza restaraunt, and the waitress came over for our drink order. When she listed the available beers, it was the usual sh*t, except for Grolsch amber ale (I'd had Grolsch before, and liked it, but never the amber - she brought over a swing top bottle, and I thoroughly enjoyed it with the pizza (and could understand why they had it). I never could find the amber in the swing top in any stores. When they say that LaRossa is the perfect beer to have with pizza (or italian food), I can understand. This is a cross between that amber ale, and Salvator! (it is quite similar!). Amber color, malty, sweet (but not overly so), and quite a kick! This is a terrific beer! Hard to find, but seek it out. You will be suprised. A creamy, warming treat! I'm going to ask my local Italian deli (who carry the regular Moretti) if they can get this for me!

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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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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber hue with a white head. Tastes great I am surprised at how much I like this stuff. Great rich malty taste, caramel, toffee, a little bit of coffee tones. An underrated beer if I have ever tried one. I would recommend this to anybody who likes doppelbocks

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

Malt lovers rejoice.

Moretti, La Rosa Birra Doppio Malto... I love the way the name swishes silkily across the tongue-like a voluptuous Tuscan red head sauntering provocatively across a hotel lobby. At first sip the succulent brew seduces the taste buds, hinting at delights to come. This Italian beauty delivers what it claims on the label... sweet malt -and plenty of it, enough to satisfy all but the most gluttonous malt lover.

Poured into a glass the dark copper / brick red color of this beer is coifed with a creamy cappuccino colored cloak of foam that is all too quickly tossed aside revealing just a skimpy bit of lace clinging to the side of the goblet. The nose is earthy, malty and arresting. The presence of higher alcohol esters in the aroma and flavor is reminiscent of very old rum but dances perilously close to tasting of cough syrup. Still she's a unique, satisfying and very tempting mouth-full and like all things feminine- better when she warms up a little. After the luscious indulgence of sweetness the finish is pleasantly clean and the unique flavors linger on. But wait! Malt is not the only character profile La Rossa reveals to her admirers. A nice foundation of hop bitterness keeps her from being overly indolent or flabby.

Celebrator fans, those who salivate for Salvator and advocates of Optimator may yawn while those who lust only for bright bubbly blondes will not likely fall for this lush red siren. However we whose appetites are titillated by the full-bodied flavor of cassis, roast coffee beans, subtle tones of dark chocolate, sambucca, burnt candi sugar and black mission figs have become enchanted by this boozy, flamboyant, bitter sweet, unsophisticated charmer that tries very hard to please.

While not a beer to make a permanent commitment too she's not one to be kept to a one-night-stand either. As with all memorable affairs, after a round of La Rossa Birra I can't seem to get the taste of her off my mind. I know that I'll return after a time to sample her wanton wiles once more.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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 maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-red color, large creamy lasting tan head. Sweet malty, candy like aroma. Sweet candy burnt caremel flavors, full body, thick and full mouthfeel, this is not a bad dopplebock, I would like to try it agian.

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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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