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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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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007)
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Reviews by KYBrewgrass:
Photo of KYBrewgrass


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

A- 4 A very clear light amber colored ale with a 1/4" off-white head on the pour. The head dissipates a bit but leaves a nice and smooth bubbly lacing that is moderately sticky. Nice looking ale, just a bit watery in appearance, but pretty color.

S- 4 Nice blend of sweet, candied fruit like malts and hops. Well-balanced aroma. I wish I could get a tad more of it, but very solid overall.

T- 4 Like the aroma, this has a good balance. I get malts initially, which was surprising for a pale ale, followed by a mild hop bitterness. The bitterness leaves a moderate hop aftertaste.

M- 4.5 This is a little under medium in body. It manages to be pretty creamy, smooth and crisp all at once. Great medium-high carbonation. Just a touch of dryness on the finish. Easy to drink on a sunny day.

D- 4 This is a well-rounded ale. Very smooth and a good balanced aroma and taste. It leaves me a tad dryer than I'd prefer but a good offering from Moerlein nonetheless. I could enjoy a few of these for sure. One of the best options available at Great American Ball Park!

04-10-2011 20:49:10 | More by KYBrewgrass
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle pours a hazy dark amber, almost copper, body with a healthy beige head that is creamy and lasting. Lots of patchy lace on the glass.

Aroma is very malty, with waves of caramel and toffee. Ripe pears add a fruity note and the Cascades hops contribute some pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel serves up a creamy full medium body and ample carbonation.

Taste is malt driven, with a lot of caramel and earthy toffee sweetness. Ripe pears show up, along with grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, but it's really a struggle for the hops to balance the major league maltiness.

An interesting hop bill, with Fuggles and Cascades, but the malt presence here is a bit overbearing.

10-23-2010 20:22:44 | More by merlin48
Photo of juicebox


3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-11-2013 14:47:39 | More by juicebox
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-30-2013 02:35:34 | More by Cynic-ale
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-03-2014 00:56:18 | More by jminch
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West Virginia

2.33/5  rDev -35.6%

Appears a clear copper hue with a light off white khaki head. Forms fine speckled lacing evenly up the sides of my glass. Aroma is very tame with a mild herbal/citric hop accent and light caramel maltiness. Flavor is dominated by sticky sweet carmamelized sugars that simply coat the palate in a very much ovebearingly unbalanced way. The hop bite really doesn't make it across because of the extent of the sweetness of the sticky sweet caramelized malts, maybe in the back end there's a touch of herbal citric hop character but nothing pungently bitter. Mouthfeel may be the worst part it almosts gags me to gulp this down very harsh sticky unrefined caramelized malts on the palate make the whole experience unbearable. Overall this is a really mediocre example of an APA and I question that style branding for a beer called Over the Rhine.

05-14-2011 22:40:43 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-07-2013 02:19:43 | More by chinchill
Photo of pwoods


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

12oz. brown bottled poured into a pint.

A: Deep amber pour that's on the brownish side. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head with good retention. Big ring of lace at the top and just little bits of patching throughout.

S: Sweet malty body that's spotted with deep rustic grains. A noticeable hop character that's slightly acidic. Good balance between the two.

T/M: The balance continues in the taste. Both a nice hop punch with mild bitterness and a hardy malt backbone. Malts are deep and rich with a butter taste and texture. Toward the end, the malts sweeten just a touch.

D: Great tasting and very sessionable. This is one of my go-to beers and I love bringing this to poker games and having other want to try it.

11-19-2007 02:58:37 | More by pwoods
Photo of jbphoto88


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

OTR pours a clean reddish terracotta with a thin sponge like white head that fades insignificantly. Crystal clear and not very interesting to look at. The carbonation is limited and doesn't contribute to appearance.

Scent is slightly above average. If I could give it a 3.1 I would because it is kind of boring but still appealing. Mostly malt notes with a total lack of hops. The grains smell slightly dated and kind of old but not to the point of wet cardboard.

Taste is a redeeming quality. The malts really come to life, fresh slightly sweet and very flavorful. A nice surprise despite the shortcomings of the nose. The hops make a brief appearance but only as bitterness. There isn't much of a hop flavor which points to this being closer to a English ale then an APA.

This beer is lack luster and boring. The bitterness has less bite then I would like for an APA. A drying of the palate and mouth hole in general also displeases me. A middle of the road beer that is worth a try but not one of my favorites.

02-12-2009 23:48:14 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Brenden


3.73/5  rDev +3%

This one was on tap at the Hyde Park Tavern in Cincy.

The color is a deep, clear dark amber-red. There's some active carbonation in the glass. It was filled to the top, so a small foamy head wasn't really able to do much.
There's a nice hops backing on the nose with a nice malt counterpart. The aromas aren't weak, but they're soft. There's an underlying grains aroma with a gentle spice and a gentle sweetness lingering as well.
The taste is as expected, with a little more coming out from that sweetness; it's similar to citrus without the tangy zest that comes with it. There's a nice hops flavor in a lingering finish and a toasted bready grains flavor comes out more strongly.
The mouthfeel isn't especially crisp or smmoth, though it is both to a point. There's a tingly carbonation on the tongue the entire way. The body is on the lighter side of medium.
This is my first from this brewery from my first time in Cincinnati and it was a pretty nice offering.

08-16-2009 02:50:12 | More by Brenden
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-16-2012 23:40:21 | More by weonfire
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-08-2012 16:56:18 | More by OtsegoHive
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Christian Moerlein- OTR Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- A ruddy brown with a HUGE frothy/ creamy head. The head lasted almost the entire beer. Messy lacing down half the glass.
S- Strong pine hops with a sweet candy butterrum/ butter scotch/ toffee malt.
T- Green hops, pine needles, toffee/ caramel malt and licorice.
M- Tart with an oily pine finish. Slighty sweet and cloying in the end.

Overall- Like candy, I could drink and drink this til I got sick.

11-10-2007 19:32:00 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jdspears41


4.88/5  rDev +34.8%

I am from Cincinnati and I am very proud of this beer! Christian Moerlein is a great brewery and I really enjoy their selection, minus the indian pale ale.

A- The beer has a nice color and doesn't look watered down by any means.

S- The smell is almost a mix between hops and a fruity pebbles smell.

T- This is one of the best tasting beers out there. Its bold but has a great mix of flavors.

M- A little bit of bite with a great after taste.

D-Strong stuff and a six pack will gave you a thrill. Its very drinkable and goes great with a meal.

IF you have not had this beer then TRY IT!!

03-08-2011 12:43:39 | More by jdspears41
Photo of Dave128


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

10-05-2011 01:55:06 | More by Dave128
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-02-2013 23:40:31 | More by norinco
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-11-2013 06:14:35 | More by cliff1066
Photo of hooliganlife


3.8/5  rDev +5%

thanks bamadawg!

pours a deep ruby and copper with a fluffy light creamy white head. great retention. some lacing.

very faint on the nose. light sweet bread, light earthy hops.

a great balance between the hops and the malts. lots of deep malt character with an equal amount of pine and earthy hops. more sweet malts up front and bitterness in the finish.

very full bodied, this is quite malty. moderate carbonation.

pretty easy to drink, it is a pale ale. nothing really ground breaking but a solid APA all around. i would not say no if i stumbled upon this again.

05-06-2010 00:32:03 | More by hooliganlife
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-10-2014 18:26:39 | More by zimm421
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4.63/5  rDev +27.9%

I picked up and split with my brother a 6 of this the weekend after it was released, and now I'm wishing I'd gotten another 6. Not quite as hoppy, but a little maltier and considerably darker than I imagined it would be, it's probably my new favorite pale ale. A nice addition to the Christian Moerlein line.

05-12-2007 02:24:48 | More by schwabpg
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-04-2014 01:30:43 | More by misterkew
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-28-2014 14:27:03 | More by bwood06
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-15-2014 12:23:19 | More by Jasoncolliver
Photo of bluejacket74


4.53/5  rDev +25.1%

12 ounce bottle, bought from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with a thick one inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. A nice aroma, mostly grassy/floral hops with a bit of caramel and sweet malt. It tastes the same way to me, but there's more of a balance between the hops and malt in the taste (not that I'm complaining). Good, full flavor. Mouthfeel is full, rich and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's very easy to drink and would be a great session beer. This is definitely one of the best beers I've had lately. If you're looking for a good, drinkable APA with good balance, Christian Moerlein's Over-The-Rhine Ale is a great choice.

07-07-2007 01:09:30 | More by bluejacket74


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A hazy copper colored body hosts a one inch fuzzy light tan head that fades in minutes leaving almost no lace. Nose is a nice soft mix of sweet malt, marmalade and syrupy maltiness. Thick citrus rind notes enter the mouth with some mineral based maltiness and a healthy dose of woodsy almost piney hops all on first sip. This flavor porfile is very unique as it really shows some complexity and flare. Really dont konw where this falls Rye ale, pale ale, wheat maybe, all in one. Mouthfeel is clean and very pleasant. Would make a very good summer beer. Nicely drinkable.

09-17-2008 19:04:19 | More by SPLITGRIN
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