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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Birra Moretti La Rossa has a thick, beige head and a dark reddish-brown appearance with lots of lace and tiny streaming bubbles. The aroma is sweet, malty, and little bit stinging, and bready. Taste is of medium-toasted barley malt, dark cherries, syrup, sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness at the back end of the sip, and biscuit. Little-to-no alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Birra Moretti La Rossa finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Drinkability is surprisingly high. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-17-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsener glass
Purchased: Single at Carrabba's Grill

Went out for Italian food tonight and this seemed like the best choice on the beer menu.

A: Dark reddish-brown, like mahogany, with a nice creamy head.

S: Malty sweet and rich, with dark fruits and caramel aromas.

T: Sweet and malty, with big caramel notes; also peppery, spicy flavors. Delightful.

M: Smooth and creamy; moderately carbonated. Finish is malty sweet but not cloying.

O: Highly enjoyable doppelbock. I ordered a second with my meal and would recommend this Italian beer.

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Photo of ckollias
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer in a pint glass at Brio Tuscan Grille in Annapolis, Md.

A: Pours a very dark maroon-ruby red hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet aroma that is slightly buttery with toffee notes.

T: Very sweet dobblebock with a solid caramel backbone with hints of toffee in the background. Hops are blended in perfectly.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Dobblebock – this is a beer I could have once in awhile and never more than one at a time.

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Photo of stoutman
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another I tasted fresh in Italy.. Pours crystal clear maroon/chestnut brown. Nice-looking head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind no lacing. A lot more carbonated than expected. Flavors of mild caramel, vanilla, and stone fruit with some mild coffee flavors on the back end. More complex than I expected. Low hopping leaves this a little on the sweet side. looks and feels like an unsoured Flanders Red in terms of color, hopping, and background flavors.

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

Appearance: Good foam and good lace on a ruby red brownish hue.

Smell: Sweeet.

Taste: Sweet wonderful malty beer.

Texture: Smoooth.

I found this beer and I enjoyed it. A wonderful Italian beer sw what complements this beer? Well I had it in S. Sioux City at Trattoria Fresca while chowing on some fantastic grilled sea food. You know calamari, octapus, and scallops! I drank it while watching AC Milan playing soccer or while listening to Giorgio Gaslini's cd entitled - Plays Sun Ra - on my Ipod!

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Sweet malty aromas of caramel and prunes are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty with some associated sweetness and has complex flavors of brown bread, caramel, prunes, raisins and toffee in the nose along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength and relatively full-bodied nature, this beer isn't that difficult to drink compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of coy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance.- Pours nice brown reddish clear beer with two fingers of lit caramel foam.

Smell.- Malty with caramel notes.

Taste.- Fruit some alcohol present well balanced with the caramel.

Mouthfeel.- Medium body, nice carbonation.

Overall.- Good beer, a bit strong to have more than one.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a fairly clear brownish red, more ruby red. a nice creamy off white head, good retention and some nice lace.

dark breads and lots of fruity esters. bits of dark fruit and alcohol.

fruity malts, fruity flavors of all kinds, dark fruits, dark bready malts, and some fruity esters as well. alcohol is a bit noticable, almost a bit menthol like in the finish.

medium to almost full bodied.

definatly not my favorite style, but not a bad doppelbock. better than most american takes on the style, but still nothing i would really come back to.

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Photo of karait95
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: good looking an intense brown color with some reddish hues, not a very big head and dissipates a little fast, medium to light body and carbonation is a little poor,

S: the smell is not the main and best characteristic of this beer, it is good but the alcohol character is the most present thing very faint toasted malts or sugar or caramel are present.

T: the flavor is nice full of toasted malts not forgetting the alcohol character of a bock.

M: lager character nice ending with medium ending nothing to impressive but good enough.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- copper pour with an off white head that dissapates to a really thin film of active carbonation, no lace.

S- cereal grain and tons of malt, toffee, raisins.

T- the malt just domantes everything. it is molasses and raisin, sugary and syurpy sweet, just too much malt with no balance. a little bit of alcohol burn.

O- A malty mess here, not terrible but I would love some sort of balance.

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Photo of zdk9
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours brown with a good amount of head.

S- Some banana and nuts.

T- Lots of complexity in the taste. There's banana, but also toffee, raw nuts, and some smoke. More flavors of malt syrup as the beer warms and the complexity starts to wear thin.

M- Syrupy and lingering.

O- A nice tasting beer.

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

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Pours a caramel amber hue with a beige head that almost has a pink tint to it. Looks nice and not quite what I expected.

S: Hints of caramel and dark plums dance on the nose along with some darker sweet caramel maltiness. Pleasant and, again, not quite what I expected.

T/M: It is quite bubbly with a medium to high amount of carbonation and an inherent noble hop bitterness up front. A faint smokiness lingers throughout and more of the plum and caramel malt round out the profile. It leaves a clean finish and is very well balanced.

There's more flavor here than a typical Moretti lager, not that it shouldn't have but like I said, It's just not what I expected. A surprisingly good beer from a big time brewery. And better than a Chianti.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber to browm color with a light tan creamy head with good lacing

S-malty and yeast aromas with hint of sweetness

T-malt and caramel with a very light hop flavor coming through

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight oily feel

O-a decent doppelbock that is very drinkable

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep and clear reddish-amber in color, crowned by a large, dense, and persistent tan head. The lacing is thin and scattered, the carbonation sparse and slow-rising.

Aroma; Earthy notes pair off against brown sugar, molasses, and butter.

Taste: Opens with earthy and chocolate notes, soon followed by caramel, dark fruits and cold coffee.The taste rises to a moderate earthy note near the finish. A pleasing bitter cocoa note lingers on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, very soft.

Drinkability/notes: I was surprised to find an Italian-brewed Dopplebock, somehow its not a style that I associate with the warmer climes of Italy. That being said, this is a very nice example that requires no apologies. Recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce custom brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

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Photo of Damian
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz/330ml bottle
Served in a pilsener glass
Thanks to my friend Matt for bringing a six pack of this to our party.

Absolutely crystal clear and deep, crimson-amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, three-finger head. Nice retention. A steady stream of bubbles ascended to the top of the liquid.

The thick, dense head lent a super powdery and dry yeastiness to the nose. As the head receded, a touch of sweet caramel malts and ripe fruits came forth. Notes of apples and pear were detectible. The malt and fruit aspects became more apparent as the beer continued to warm.

Lots of rich, toasty malts came through in the flavor profile. Slight caramel notes. Fruity and semi-sweet in the center. Spicy. Full and robust. The finish was crisp, smooth and dry with a touch of bittering hops and hint of alcohol warmth. At 7.2% ABV, the alcohol really sneaked up on me. Overall, very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style with a rich, frothy, creaminess. Super smooth and supple on the palate.

I never anticipated that I would be impressed by an Italian doppelbock produced by a Dutch brewing conglomerate, but apparently I was wrong. This beer definitely holds its own, even with some of the better German versions of the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coded, but not intelligibly dated, 330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A more gentle than vigorous pour produced so much head that it almost went over the top of the pint glass: perfect. The beer itself is a nice reddish amber; clear. The creamy pale tan head has moderate retention and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Floral and spicy with medium malt and hints of caramel and more than a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: La Rossa has a solid, moderately strong toasted malt backbone but also provides flavors of caramelized sugar and a light nutmeg-like spiciness. There are also hints of sweet dark fruits. A bit of coffee comes through in the mildly bitter and slightly sour finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - La Rossa is quite smooth, with medium+ body and good carbonation.

O - La Rossa is an odd doppelbock in appearance, flavor and aroma. I doubt Moretti sees this as a dobbelbock. Hence, I have rated it without regard to category.
Certainly one of the best Italian macro brews.

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Photo of Kuromaru
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a deep mahogany/ cola color with some orange highlights, presenting a modest, creamy head. Not much lacing present.

Smell--Very sweet with a heavy toasted malt presence. I got notes of honey and coffee. There is a lightly bready air as well.

Mouthfeel--Creamy, with very little carbonation. The finish is surprisingly bitter and dry. The presence of alcohol in the finish increases as the beer warms.

Taste--Sweet, toasted malts dominate, with light yeastiness and alcohol. There is a distinct hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall--A very balanced, drinkable and delicately complex bock beer. Very nice and pleasantly surprising. It's maybe just a tad too sweet, but I love the look, balance and strength of this beer.

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Photo of azdback
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Dark, dark orange or maybe even red in color. Quite a few carbonation bubbles that lead to a very large and soapy looking head. Just a bit off of bright white. Lace doesn't stick to the glass really at all.

Smell is very musty or bread. Not a flavor I enjoy in a beer! Maybe some fruity notes. All the aromas scream European brewed.

Taste isn't that bad. The mustyness isn't there like it was in the nose. Kind of a sweet orangey taste. Not in a hoppy way but in a juicy fruit way. There is just a bit of alcohol way down on the tongue. And some mild European yeast flavors.

Mouth is pretty smooth and drinkable. It is a bit watery, and thin, but I think it's okay for the style.

Overall I didn't think this was that bad. I was given this as a sample and only tried it because it was free. Not my style (AT ALL!!!) but a decent refreshing brew. If you are in to the European yeast danky beers, you will probably love this.

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Photo of engagechad
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Brio Tuscan Grille at Stony Point shopping center in Richmond, VA - Chilled pint glass.. ..

Pours a mild brown color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Probably a result of the chilled glass messing with retention. Smells a little adjuncty, but there is some malty sweetness. Tastes kind of corny but the big malt bomb is cool.

Overall this beer wasn't that good. And If i'm going to have a doppel it's going to be Troegenator.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a P2P trade
12oz->CHOC pint

A ~ Thick milkshake of a head. After the initial pour, it comes out slowly like Ketchup. What the hell? I had to shake 1/8 of the beer out.
Chocolate brown with decent clarity.

S ~ Leather, Roasted Grain (barley/wheat), Dead leaves, and faint burnt toast. Not bad.

T ~ More roasted grains, Pumpernickel bread, Black pepper. Has almost a savory quality of blackened pork belly or ribs. Getting undertones of espresso, plaintains & oregano.

M ~ Really truly carbonated which leaves a smooth mouth feel at first, but gets tiresome. When I think doppel I don't think "Spritzy."

D ~ Not the biggest of Bock fans, but this is pretty drinkable. From what I heard, the Italians created the style of Doppelbocks. Enjoy this more than the German variety. Would not buy but maybe 3 times a year.


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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark red with brown overtones and a small white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, cherry fruit and just a slight hint of hops. The body is full and smooth. Taste is sweet, caramel malt, cherry and hints of earthy hops. Long, sweet, but not cloying finish. I would prefer a little bit more hops for better balance in this brew.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Haven't had one o' these since my beer passport back in college. Might as well try one again, as my d-bock appreciation has definitely gone way up since then. This one pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises rye bread, yeast, toffee, butter, and a pinch of nutmeg. The taste holds notes of rye bread, blackened (nigh charred) bread, and toffee. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly smooth, but also kinda watery, feel. Overall, I was not impressed at all by this brew, especially if it's trying to pass itself off as a doppelbock. It's not necessarily bad, just really weak.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a decent brown color with a tan colored head on it. The smell was a little malty but mostly had the larger funk aroma going on. The taste of the beer wasn't sweet enough in my opinion, the malts were lacking here. The mouthfeel was decent, giving off a little bit of a fuller body. Overall it's not the best Doppelbock out there and I feel that some of the character it should have is missing. I'll leave this one on the shelves.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last beer of the night....along with my pizza at Tulunes Southside Saloon...was La Rossa. Recommended by the Best Bartender in's looking out Joe!!! The color is a rich ruby red with nice white head that laced quite well. The aroma was on the sweet and malty side. The taste was tough for me....there is a malt used in Europe that gives beer a nutra sweet flavor...and I don't like it. This beer starts off grainy then turns to a sweetness....which I attribute to a malt that I can't pinpoint. Mouthfeel was tough due the higher abv.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty, nutty scent (almond?) with an almost peppery hints with I think some caramel.

Warming finish with lighter carbonation, some presence in body on the palette and a slight wateriness.

Medium reddish mahoghany in a regular pint glass, poured to approximate 1/4" head which has dissipated but is slightly lingering 1/16" or so with some light lacing.

Malty kind of brandyish flavor on the palette, definite warming from the alcohol with no real hop presence to me.
I'd think 2-3 fairly easily, but higher abv and the hints of brandy in the flavor would likely make it one to have 1-2 of.

I like it well enough but the higher alcohol isn't quite covered up enough for me I was surprised when I noted it was only 7%. The sort of medicinish flavor draws down a bit also. I like it, but am not in love with it.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.68 out of 5 based on 965 ratings.
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