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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: 218
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of BeerMeBrah


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-15-2013 02:35:16 | More by BeerMeBrah
Photo of pacothrash


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to see an ale introduced by Moerlein so I had to try this beer. Poured an amber brownish color with a light color head. The smell is of nice with a little bit of citrus. The taste brings much maltiness and not enough hops for my liking for an APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:38:58 | More by pacothrash
Photo of BellsFan


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark amber, about a 15 SRM
S - the nose is sweet molasses and matches the taste
T - molasses and caramel malt - the first few sips had hints of green apple
M - medium body and crisp
D - at 6% ABV and medium body it's not quite a session beer. I stopped after one.

I'm glad I tried it but with the green apple taste I would not purchase it again. Perhaps my bottle came from a batch with some off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 01:06:15 | More by BellsFan
Photo of jbphoto88


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another surprise from joel6615. Thanks Joel!

OTR poured a beautiful, slightly opaque amber with red hues. There's a decent amount of carbonation forming a 1-inch head and plenty of lacing. The nose is lemon-citrus and strong, bready malts. Also noted some lemon rind, pear and earthy, leafy tones suggesting tea.

The front of the sip is as expected for an APA with notes of orange citrus, subtle pine and lemon rind. The hop bite lingers a bit for the style, only to be met with a malt onslaught. The doughy malts have several flavors and leave notes of honey sweetness, chocolate and cinnamon on the palate. The combination of citrus and bready sweetness is a little off-balance here, leaving a slightly acerbic tea flavor that was noted in the nose. The hop bite carries to the back of the sip, finishing citrusy and bitter.

OTR has an oily-slick mouthfeel, quite viscous for an APA, but there's enough carbonation to carry away any residue.

Overall, this beer is easy to drink for APA - the huge malt-backbone lends plenty of sweetness to counter the hop spice, but it isn't the most balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 07:35:41 | More by rand
Photo of briman


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish copper color, clear, with a moderate off-white head which retains well.

Aroma is slightly malty, with a mild citrus hop aroma.

Flavor has some mild toasted malt, with a mild citrus hop flavor. Hop bitterness is generally mild. Fairly dry finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall a fairly mild version of an APA. Balance is towards malt, as the hop bitterness seems a little too restrained for a pale. That said, if you judge it strictly as an APA it falls short. Other than that it is a very pleasant, enjoyable beer. Smooth, easy to drink. Certainly sessionable. Needs more hop presence to qualify as a decent APA, but might be a better fit in another category.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:02:38 | More by briman
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Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle from Beer of the Month Club. Copper pour with a large off white head. Nose of citrus and malt aroma. Taste of apples, citrus hops, malt and faint spices. Really mild finish, definately one that would pair well with food or for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 15:29:20 | More by kevd193213
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours a reddish amber color with a 1 finger creamy tan head; faint smell of bread, malt, citrus and a hint of caramel.

Tastes malty, with hops coming through, as well as citrus, caramel, butter, yeast and then a dry clean finish. The overall feel is crisp and light with very mild carbonation and decent lacing; the beer goes down smooth and the dominant malt taste is sweet with a little citrus flavor and spice trailing it towards the end.

A good beer that's very drinkable, but not exciting in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:57:15 | More by CHickman
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/20/10

Thanks to my Uncle Todd for bringing me some Moerlein brews a couple weeks ago.

Coppery, almost a crimson hue in the light. Poured a burnt orange, though. One finger of foam thins pretty quickly to a skim & a collar. Swirling draws a thin layer of retention. Patches of lace all slide down the glass.

An interestingly robust aroma. Nips of earthy hops with a faint lemon zest twinge. Quite malty, though not giving the impression of sweetness. Baked bread & caramel notes. Yeasty undertones. Effervescent aromas of juicy dark fruit, namely plum.

The taste follows the aroma closely. Earthy hop overtones occupy the peripheries; just a touch of subtle bitterness leading into the finish. Notions of grass here & there. However, it has a penchant for juiciness, especially on the first half of each sip. From there, malts swoop in: lightly toasted bread & a dollop of caramel. Maybe even a spot of brown sugar.

Somewhere between medium & full bodied. Carbonation is in the average range, maybe leaning toward the low side; fits the brew nicely. Light spice & the aforementioned subtle bitterness finish it out.

Over the Rhine isn't at all what you might expect from an APA, so I have to dock some for style. However, it's a good beer nonetheless. The German influence really stands out in this beer, I think. Worth a shot, as long as you aren't expecting an aggressively hopped APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:11:20 | More by Ryan011235
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pretty clear darker copper color. White foamy head disappears after a minute. No lace.

Darker caramel, and biscuit malt comes to the front. A few fruity notes, mainly citrus. Some earthy and floral hop aroma as well.

SOme caramel and fruity flavors. A bit of an overwhelming earthy flavors comes out, and takes charge. Not as crisp as I would have thought.

Light to medium body. Lower carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Not overly exciting, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 14:21:21 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of stewart124


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Arnolds.

Ruby to copper in color with a slight white head.

Some fruitiness and citrus in the nose. White grapefruit is faint.

Taste is caramel sweet with a crisp gala apple esters. Medium bitterness with pine finishing on tongue. Biscuity and bready. Really leans towards an English bitter with some buttery characters.

Tasty and fairly solid but polar opposite of the APA style that I am used to. Still growing on this beer and trying to give the local guys a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 23:11:54 | More by stewart124
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass with minimal head by the time it got to me from the server. There is also not tons of lacing evident as well.

Smell is not exotic, but nice. More crystal and caramel malt than a hoppy note on the nose!

A very cream malt note on the taste as well with some kind of to me at least strange after taste note that I liken to the house yeast @St.Arnold Brewing at home. It is between creaminess and a slight hop note, but I can't put my finger on it!

A good mouthfeel. Very creamy I noted above. This brew tends to be dominated by the malt rather than the hops. Minimal carbonation and in fact no carbonation some 30 minutes after first trying the beer and having it warmed a bit.

The drinkability is good, but not one I could see as a session beer even with its relatively low ABV. If I were drinking APA, I would certainly gravitate tp Sierra Nevada in a heartbeat over this one. Good effort, but not my cup of tea so to speak!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 22:08:06 | More by denflyr
Photo of weonfire


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-16-2012 23:40:21 | More by weonfire
Photo of zimm421


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-10-2014 18:26:39 | More by zimm421
Photo of Noelito76

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-25-2014 13:15:02 | More by Noelito76
Photo of MadWolf


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-06-2013 06:54:22 | More by MadWolf
Photo of beerishappy


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-26-2012 22:30:36 | More by beerishappy
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-26-2014 19:44:54 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of brandonati


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-17-2014 01:19:01 | More by brandonati
Photo of ChuckSchick

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-25-2013 13:53:57 | More by ChuckSchick
Photo of elihull


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-22-2013 21:49:49 | More by elihull
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber color that pours a thin head that slowly died down to a film that rested on top of the beer.

S- this beer had a sweet caramel aroma, with floral AND fruitiness coming through the nose from the hops. Much more fruity than expected...

T/M- This was a fairly inconsistent tasting beer. The first one I had, I loved! It was a very balanced and fruity hopped pale ale with nice medium body. By the last one I had, it felt overrun by a warming rum alcohol flavor. The flavor started hoppy, but in other drinks just wasn't there. The mouth feel was medium, but had a gritty aspect that left the palate a little bothered.

D- not very drinkable due to inconsistency... could have been a great beer, but just didn't enjoy the ups and downs associated with the drinking

Overall, just too damn inconsistent. Loved it half the time I spent drinking it, didn't enjoy it as much the other half...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:54:13 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of beerhistory


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bottled beer poured into a glass; I was surprised by the appearance, as I thought I was getting a pale ale -my first impression was that it looked more like an amber lager...a foamy head formed that was not unpleasing...good lacing on the glass as i began to sip the brew
Smell: definite malty aroma -somewhat fruity
Taste: I was surprised by the taste, my initial reaction was that it tasted nothing like a pale ale -again too malty and not enough hops, but did have a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste, but too much malt up front
Mouthfeel: good -carbonation was good,well-balanced- overall, mouthfeel was good, but nothing spectacular
Drinkability: too heavy for a session beer -one or two tops

Overall-I was not really pleased with this beer, as it does not (in my opinion) adhere to the pale ale genre of beer...I have had the Moerlein IPA and it is much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:56:01 | More by beerhistory
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite a mix of hops and fruit are noticeable in the nose as I pour this beer. It starts out with a two-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, plum-amber color as it sits in my 25cl tulip glass. Bright berry aromatics, a zesty bergamot aroma, some light herbal notes all over a backdrop of biscuit-like malt and lightly browned whole-grain crackers. This has an enjoyable nose, I like, and wasn't expecting, the vibrant hop character.

Sweetish tasting and quite thick and chewy for a beer of this strength. There is a soft tartness to this beer, that lightly accents a lemon & orange zest flavor. Thick malt flavors of concentrated wort, and ample crystal malts make this a bit unbalanced. This is definitely quite a bit thicker than I like in a beer of this strength, though it is not nearly as sweet as a beer of this body might suggest. The hop character provides more of a pine-like flavor than the zesty fruit notes noticed in the aroma. The beer finishes with a herbal, slightly astringent hop bitterness that does a fair job of scrubbing away the over-bearing malt (though not quite completely).

The flavor is a complete surprise after the fresh, vibrant, hoppy nose. I wish the balance of up front hop and supporting malt had been carried through to the flavor. Instead the flavor is just way unbalanced with this way under-attenuated malt character.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 20:40:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper color, fairly bright. Dark for an APA. Head is white but fades quickly. Leaves a ring of foam and a spotty layer atop the brew. A bit of spotty lace clings to the glass.

Bread, toffee, faint piney hops, metal, diacetyl. This is striking me as much more of an English ale than an APA, again.

Taste is much the same. Heavy toffee flavors, even a little raisiny fruit. There is still a bit of a metallic tinge to it, but it's not prominent. Are there hops here? I can't find them. Slight bitter aftertaste, but not hoppy. It's not bad, but it's no APA.

Heavy mouthfeel, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad, but it's not good, either.

I can't find any indication of how old this beer is, and I'd really love to hear that it's way better fresh. If I was grading it as an English-style ale, I'd rank it half a point higher across the board. As is, this is not at the top of my list of beers to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 07:14:27 | More by thryn
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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