Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Birra Moretti from Heinekein Beer Review. I got this bottle of Birra Moretti as a thank you for dropping off some presents to someone who was self isolating over Christmas and while I'm not a lager drinker I was never going to say no to a free beer. Birra Moretti may be an old Italian beer but it's brewed by Heineken in the UK so there goes a little of the L'Autentica tagline straight away. That said though it has been brewed since 1859 and says that it still uses the same recipe so I guess it still has some heritage even though the brewery has moved. I'm usually quite unimpressed by lagers which is probably why it's taken me until March to get round to opening this but lets see how it goes.
While you can get Birra Moretti in several forms I'm going for a 330ml bottle featuring a man in a green suit drinking a beer. If it wasn't for the moustache you could be forgiven for thinking Birra Moretti was sponsored by the Riddler, plus doesn't a green suit imply Irish not Italian? Anyway that's what it looks like. At 4.6% alcohol this is very much a mid range beer, although I think slightly on the strong side for a lager. I do quite like that a chunk of the writing on the bottle is still in Italian, they really are trying to keep it L'Authentica.
Birra Moretti pours quite well and despite not been as lively as most lagers the head sticks around really well, this is certainly a step in the right direction. The body is quite a nice clear golden colour, it almost pours more like an IPA than a lager, which is promising. The aroma is also surprisingly nice for a lager, there's a proper grainy, maltiness to the scent which I wasn't expecting and rarely find in a lager style beer, this might actually turn out to be a decent drink if it tastes as good as it smells.
Birra Moretti has the usual light, crisp lager feel, but there's certainly more to it than most mass produced beers of this type, and it's certainly better than most lagers I've tasted. There's a slight smoky, roasted malts taste, and you can taste the grains, I'm impressed. I'm really not a lager drinker usually but this is certainly a step up from at least 95% of lagers I've tried. I'm going to give Birra Moretti from Heineken 7 out of 10 which is about as good as I can give for a lager. I genuinely can only think of one or two lagers I've had that taste this good, it's almost like drinking a proper beer.