Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

986 Ratings
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 tozz8
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +8.7%
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 -14.9%
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 +4.1%
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 -17.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +8.2%
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 -11.4%
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 +14.7%
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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Photo of aasher
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark hazel with a foamy off white head. It doesn't bring too much to the table when it comes to aromas. It's basically just malt and that's about it. It drinks much better than it smells. It has good, bready yeastyness and a mellow, maple like sweetness. It drinks light to medium bodied and is pretty smooth. The alcohol really isn't present and for a doppel bock, this one isn't too bad.

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Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with a sweet caramel malt flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer however its pretty average for the most part not a bad beer if your in the ticking mood

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a decent rocky head. Some retention and lacing.

Caramel and some sweet fruit, with dark bread toast and some metallic notes. Not overly complex or strong aroma.

Sweet caramel, brown fruit, toffee, overbrowned toast, some hop bitterness, some mineral notes. Nice balance between the sweet, the bitter, and the rich. A little thinner than I'd like in the mouthfeel than I'd like, but the carbonation is spot on. A very easy-drinking doppelbock. Not overdone or over-complicated. A great surprise and at $1.85/single, a steal for something like this.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a murky brown with an off-white, fizzy head.

Smell: Strong hops and grain, maybe some earthy malt.

Taste: Hops actually dont play a major role in the taste, some fruit and more bread with a fairly noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, would have liked a bit thicker.

Drinkability: Definitely ok, just not something I think I'll crave.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Red colored, perhaps in the copper or bronze range if you will. A thin head that stays around for a little while.
S- Toasted dark malts. Definite toffee and caramel aromas in there. Slight metallic tinge in there seems slightly out of place but not terrible.
T- Rich and malty, with caramel, toffee, quite complex.
M- Just slightly thin on carbonation and sticky. Pretty solid brew.
D- A drinkable doppel. I liked this. Quite enjoyable. Simple yet tasty doppel.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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 bagpiper2005
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Clear reddish-copper color with a finger of white head that dissipated somewhat slowly and left a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smell: It's all about the malt. Lots of caramel sweetness. A little bit fruity as well.

Taste: Delicious sweet front end with lots of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. The middle of the palate has a nice tart fruity and slight bready taste, which moves into a clean finish with no lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Definitely toward the lighter end of the spectrum given the style, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy. High marks here.

Final Notes: A solid beer. I thought it was rather delicious, and it far exceeded my expectations for an Italian beer. That said, it just doesn't compete with the best American and German Doppelbocks. Alas, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of bierguru
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear deep brown light to no head

S - sweet caramel malts

T - very strong caramel taste slight chocolate roast taste

M - very light and smooth low carbonation

D - 7.2 ABV not felt in the taste its a very smooth very drinlable beer would with out at doubt have it again

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear red/brown color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Inconsistent spots of lace.

S: Sweet caramel malts; that's about it.

T: More comes through in the taste. Sweet caramel malts were upfront. Some roasted nuts and eaqrthy mustiness. Bittter finish just the fright balance.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sweet then a little dry

D: Flavorful and easy to drink. ABV might sneak up; its masked well.

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

330ml can poured in a pint jug

Beer hunting in Italy is not an easy task :)... Today, micros like: La Baladin, Panil, Montegioco, Birra del Borgo, etc are really good option if you can find them. The majority (if not all) of the mass production beers are really poor. As usual, half of them were bought by Heineken and the other half by Calrsberg :). The Moretti is Heineken, nevertheless, that's a mass production brewery that I could call... Fair. They have, at least, some median flavors, like this one, the D'Oro and Doppio Malte.

A: Clear amber color with a nice beige head. Not bad retention and some lacings as it disappears
S: Caramel malts, basically.
T: Caramel malts. Brown sugar (quite molasses). Very sweet upfront. Yeasts. Too light bitterness.
M: Medium body and medium to light carbonation
D: Not bad

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color with a yeasty malty nose...with some dried cherry notes thrown in there.

Sour malty taste, light on the hops. A slight, yet pleasant, sour after taste.

Somewhat dry on the tongue with a light carbonation. It hides the 7.2% ABV very well.

Overall not bad at all, very drinkable.

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Photo of daledeee
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new beer to our area. A doppelbock from Italy.

This poured a very dark brown with nice sustainable head and lacing.

Nose is spicy and caramel.

This is somewhat sweet with caramel, nuts, roasted malt and a little spice thrown it. Quite a nice doppelbock. Alcohol is well hidden and not overly sweet.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a brown hue, drab, with an off-white head and not much lace.

S - Too grainy and husky, very little dark bread and fruit.

T - Much better flavor; not excellent, but pretty good. Dark bread and fruit flavors, and a slight metallic tinge.

M - Not great, it feels a bit cheap.

D - Despite the relatively poor rating I have given this, I actually enjoyed it. Maybe it was just all the delicious olives and bread that I was eating along with it...

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Photo of treque
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish hue with brown trends, when serving generates a creamy foam with chocolate color, heavy and constant carbonation made of very small bubbles.

S: Light aroma of caramel with hints of toasted

T: Slightly sweet in flavor at the beginning, ending with a prolonged roasted flavor.

Light-bodied, and light perception alcohol.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one at Carrabba's Italian Grill. Poured from a bottle into Pilsner glassware.

A - The restaurant lighting was low, but a nice deep chocolaty brown with a tinge of red hue. Thick creamy head that lasted for quite awhile. A good amount of lacing throughout the beer. The label had a sinister Italian figure, complete with mustache, putting down this winner.

S - Sweet caramel hints.

T - Sweet caramel and creamy malts were upfront and delicious. The beer finished with just the right amount of hops to balance out the malts.

M - Good carbonation, loved the creaminess of the beer.

D - I would gladly have another, although one was certainly enough with the 7.2% alcohol.

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Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice with a dark reddish-brown color. Not much of a head which quickly dissolves into thin swirls of froth on top.

Nose is slightly chocolaty and brown sugar malts mixed with a light dark fruity aroma of figs and a bit of nuttiness.

Slightly roasted nutty taste. Not as sweet as the smell and a bit sharper with just a tiny amount of tart in the finish. Alcohol is slightly more noticeable than in the nose. Slightly 'doughy' as well.

Slick, oily mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Not bad, but a bit thin and light for a beer of this style. Overall a nice, full-flavored, easily drinkable beer, but nothing that particularly stands out.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.68 out of 5 based on 986 ratings.
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