Birra Moretti La Rossa is a German-style Doppelbock that’s brewed by Birra Moretti, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 330 ml bottle.
What You Need to Know
Even though they’re from Italy, Birra Moretti has taken home numerous awards for their German-style Doppelbock. And like the German brews, La Rossa adheres to the Purity Laws. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The Doppelbock pours a crystal clear, deep garnet hue that shines of ruby and copper as the light passes through. It’s topped by an inch-thick cap of dense cream-colored foam that shows fine retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.
The aroma consists of baked bread, a sweet note of caramel, and noble floral hops.
The palate is led by a neutral taste of brown bread that’s followed by a mild dose of floral hops. The tasting quickly mellows with sweet molasses and dark fruit. As the beer warms, a mild taste of booze is detected and there’s a touch of roast lurking in the base.
The feel is quite smooth with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and a touch astringent.
La Rossa looks lovely in the glass and it has a strong and pleasant aroma. The feel is quite easy on a palate whose maltiness dominates but there’s enough complexity to keep this brew interesting. Overall, this Doppelbock from Birra Moretti may not quite rise to the level of the better German examples but it’s still quite good.
Birra Moretti recommends the following food pairings with their La Rossa Doppelbock: fish starters, both warm and smoked; pasta dishes featuring crustaceans; cheeses or tomato-based sauces; main courses of fish with tomato-based sauces, red meat and simple desserts.