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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007

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Ratings: 285 | Reviews: 121
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a coppery color. I had no idea what style this beer was. It smells so generic it hurts. Caramel malt, some estery aromas. Yep. The first sip did not do this beer any favors in my eyes. Boring. Fruity, caramelly, estery. There's something just a little odd about the flavor that I can't put my finger on either. Medium bodied. Not much bitterness. This one is hard to remember.

Photo of Tilly
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Pours a orange amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly.
Malt and hops are the first thing I smell.
Taste is that of malts, some hops but has an interesting flavour of lemon.
Mouth feel is light with minimal bitterness.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle consumed with lunch, on to the beer:

Beers don't look better than this. Its brass orange color glows in the eyes, yellow hues mix in a second color. Lively bubbles rush through the body. At the tops rests a thick, creamy head which not only maintains its size, but keep a thick canopy all the way to the end while splashing the glass walls with froth. The aroma comes out soft, but with notables flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, diacetyl, earth, and a brushing of hops.

Over-The-Rhine doesn't taste like a beer inspired by such river. Instead, it tastes like it was inspired by the River Trent. That's not a problem here, as this beer is riddled with little notes of goodness which keeps me coming back. There a note of toffee mixed with baker's chocolate. Soft pine, earthiness, orange, and a relatively clean overall flavor work together. The beer is light bodied, gentle, and is a quaffable ale.

A dark horse in the land of over the top ales. Over-The-Rhine takes a step back with the intensity, but come out two steps ahead with overall joy.

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this one.

Pours beautifully. Amber with a hint of ruby. Slight head froths and dissipates quickly.
Smells like an Amber Ale, malty with a crisp hop note.
Taste is initially a nutty/sweet malt followed a slight dry woodiness.
Finish stays with more of that dry woodiness.
Pretty good(sure I'd drink it again, you buying?), but nothing to write yo mama about.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I liked most of this experience. If I could find it locally I would buy more.

Photo of blakelyhallrQY
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Served up in a Moerlein pint at the tap room in OTR. A very nice malt to hop balance that places this one pretty high on my list.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured into a pint glass with about an inch of white khaki head. Golden orangish copper color, transparent with slight amount of bobbles. Slightly yeasty spiced smell without almost any of a hop smell, smells, like an amber. Taste like a amber with a slight toasty taste. Medium body wi a solid amount of carbs. This beer does not taste like a pale ale and instead an amber. Alright beer but not overly that fantastic, very different and more like an amber beer with a slight different hop taste.

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from a mix 12-pack, undated but purchased near the brewery just yesterday.

This is a fine and fine-looking beer. Deep reddish amber body iscovered by a durable and creamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

The aroma and flavor are both less hop forward than the classification as an APA would lead you to expect. In this case, I think it is more due to the larger load of sweet and medium roast malts than to a shortage of hops. In any case, the beer is sweet up front and only mildly bitter in the aftertaste, with at least as much roast and caramel malt flavor as there is hops (Cascade and Fruggle in this case).

Good mouthful, with creamy smoothness and soft carbonation that givs the impression of a full bodied beer.

Photo of screamking
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours dark amber, close to copper with a 1 finger off white head. A good amount of carbonation is present in this one. Good mix of malts and hops in the aroma. Hints of citrus are hiding, overall smell leans toward bready side. Right off the bat this tastes boozy. It's not at 6.0 ABV, but somehow it feels more. This is very different beer then most pale ales I've had. It's darker than most pale ales as well, Three Floyd's Alpha King shares the darkness. It's a lot heavier to drink than it should be, but this brew just has a special place in my heart.

Photo of mothman
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Listed at 6.55%

White head. Slightly hazed copper gold.

Flavor is a rather odd mix of hops. It's weedy but also clean. A bit floral. A fair amount of bready malts.

Mouthfeel is kind of bitter and sticky. Medium bodied.

Overall, I wasn't a fan of this pale ale. Things didn't go together with this beer.
It just wasn't enjoyable.

Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour produced a beautiful dark amber body with a creamy, sticky head. Loads of caramel with a kind of earthiness greets the nose. Soft caramel with an almost peppermint-like character make up the bulk of the flavor components with a bit of spicy hop bitterness teasing the palate at the finish. Medium body, smooth and silky feel.

A very interesting, slightly different APA to me. Big malt quality with a unique, spicy undertone (something with the hops?). Hey, it's always nice to find something tasty, easily drinkable, and somewhat unique in flavor to tickle the ol' beer taste buds...

Photo of Groomsy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

This locally-renowned ale pours a rich copper/amber color with a tightly-knit head of white bubbles. The head sticks around for a while and leaves admirable rings of lacing down the glass. Steady carbonation rises from the bottom. This is a very sturdy-looking beer.

Those expecting a Sierra Nevada-style APA may need to look elsewhere, however. The smell of this boasts many floral and herbal notes, as opposed to the usual citric smells associated with this style. There is some piney astringency hanging in the back, balanced by some firm malt foundation comprised of caramel and lightly toasted grains. Some herbal tea-like notes emerge in the nose as the beer warms. I would say that as far as hop PRESENCE goes, this matches the style, but it simply comes down to the fact that the hop PROFILE is different than what most would expect for an APA.

A steely, but not unpleasant, malty flavor hits the front of the tongue; I'm reminded of fresh-baked bread and toffee. All of the hop flavors mentioned above emerge mid-palate. Some fresh floral burst erupts, followed by a slight resinous and earthy bitterness, which lingers into the finish. The finish is a tad harsh and medicinal, but overall, this beer maintains a fair balance. Some of the signature American citrus notes of grapefruit do emerge on the finish as the beer warms.

This beer has a smooth body with little fizz from the carbonation. It has some lingering earthy bitterness on the finish with a crisp and refreshing finish.

While definitely off the beaten path for an American pale ale, I still think this is good; Moerlein tends to take more of the European route with many of the beers, so the flavor profile of this wasn't a total surprise. (Truth be told, I was expecting more of an English style pale ale anyway.) It's slightly miscategorized as an American pale ale in taste profile, but nonetheless, this is an enjoyable and sessionable beer.

Photo of jsisko01
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a bright amber/copper color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves spotted lacing.

Smell - It has your average, bitter pale ale aroma.

Taste - Very bitter and malty. Has strong smoky and herbal flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - I do not like this APA compared to all the others I've tried.

Photo of patpbr
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Off red with a small bit of head
S- fruit, and spicy
T- Fruit and malt, BItter and sweetness.
M- Full body that has a spice feel that lingers on the tongue, but finishes smooth
O- A good brew. For a pale ale it has some interesting taste characters. It will sneak up on you.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that left a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of fruity yeast and earthy hops.
T: The taste is quite malty and has flavors of fruity yeast and earthy hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this is a very malt-forward pale ale, it is nicely balanced by the hops and quite flavorful for the style.

Photo of NODAK
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty floral in the nose with a light fruity sweetness to it. Not bad, pretty typical for an APA.

Taste has a floral quality to it straight away with a small fruit sweetness and a note of grain in there as well. Finish has a somewhat assertive, medicinal bitterness to it to close it out dryly...I also percept a slight sourness there. Not sure about that.

The beer has all the notes of a standard APA but all in all I didn't enjoy it as much as most APA's. It's actually kind of hard to pinpoint...though the finish isn't exactly what I wanted.

Photo of beerme626
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high expectations for this one, and I was let down only a little.

A: Beautiful dark amber/red with a nice foamy yellow-tinged head, with lacing pretty much the whole way down.
S: Rich
T: Quite hoppy, even for a pale ale, but full and rich with the fruit flavor behind it. Complex.
M: Really kind of weird by the end. Felt very foamy and uncomfortable.
O: Delicious, but not so great for the last few sips.

Photo of rangerred
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a 2 finger tan head. Great lacing.

Smells very floral. Some light biscuit in there.

The taste is very floral with some yeastyness. Moderate bitterness throughout lingering through the finish. A little bit of malt is detectable.

Just an ok beer that I don't really care about having again.

Photo of whendeathsleeps
1.83/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this one in a mix six pack.

A- Nice copper/ amber color, 1 and a half finger head, nice retention for a while.
S- Nice, if it were potpourri, fruits, spice, cinnamon.
T- Like potpourri with malts.
M- Overly fizzy to a tongue numbing degree.

Avoid at all cost. I took two sips and poured it out.

Photo of OsuJohn
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a six pack poured into a tulip style glass.
A- amber/red, slightly cloudy
S- spicy with maybe a cinnomin hint. Some kind of spice us present
T- malty, like an ocktoberfest or Irish red
M- somewhat thick, but overall smooth
O- worth buying again. I love malty/ ocktoberfest beer, this will now join my usual rotation

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. No freshness date - just a small story about the beer on the back label.

The beer poured a hazed copper color with a 1½-finger beige head that had good retention and left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Fruity smell with citrus hops and a lot of brown sugar sweetness.

This is a pretty sweet pale ale. I'm getting more of a brown sugar flavor as opposed to a caramel one.but in any case, it's sweet. Hops provide both citrus notes along with some tea-like bitterness. Very unique flavor to thios one.

Smooth and medium bodied with carbonation on the high side.

Very drinkable and enjoyable, although not your typical pale ale.

Photo of Dave128
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz twist-top bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger and a half of offwhite head that dissipates pretty quickly. The color is deep amber to brown. Not very pale. Slightly hazy.

S - Smells of fresh pine cones. This is a very hop-forward ale that smells like a tradition.

T - Taste follows the nose. Very piney and resinous but also sweet. The malt bill provides a nice sweet balance for the bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied for the style. Carbonation is just right.

O - There is a good reason this is Christian Moerlein's flagship ale. As I said with the smells, the beer seems like a tradition. I think this beer would be more suitably classified under ESB. It is certainly not pale in appearance and in malt bill. In the end it is definitely a great choice from a hometown brewery.

Photo of seeswo
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Went to a Moerlein tasting and had this as one of five samplers. This was my favorite.

Pours a light copper with a slightly off-white head. Slight amount of fruity malts in the nose, possibly a touch of hops. The taste is mild, but relatively balanced. Not overly sweet like basically all of the other offerings. Just a touch of hops with biscuit, caramel malts. I actually had no idea this was a Pale Ale when I tried it. Mouthfeel is medium with a light-medium carbonation. Overall, I did say this was my favorite, but this is not a great beer by any means. Not sure why they feel like these beers need to be so sweet. This is not like most Pale Ales that I have had. Style is either wrong or brewed poorly.

Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here comes an interesting brew. It was somewhat off my radar as a Cinci beer. It seems there used to be distilled liquors by this name. I have to check that out.

On first sip I turned up my nose. It has a malty bitterness that offends at first but endears as you go. It is unique, and well crafted. Nice and clear in the glass with some light lacing. No bite but not creamy - well balanced water, perhaps. Definitely more malty than hoppy - wrong for the style, but this is a sort of freestyle style anyway, so thumbs up.

It seems light enough to drink multiples of - that's a plus. I would try this again as an extended tasting - a 12 pack.

Photo of Natural510
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz twist-off bottle, no dating.

Pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Foam initially chunky, but fades away quickly into minimal lacing.

Aroma is deeply malty with toffee notes, along with an herbal quality from the hops.

Flavor is fairly well-balanced, with malt and hop both well-pronounced. Caramel, toffee and hint of cherry meets a dry, chewy hoppiness.

Body is slightly thin, which seems to be a Moerlein trademark, but holds up well enough to bring out the flavor and may add to the drinkability of the brew.

A bold, easy-drinking offering from CM, probably the best I've had from the brewery yet. Nice homage to a neighborhood deep in brewing history.

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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