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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: 231
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of pacothrash
3.45/5  rDev -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.

pacothrash, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of BellsFan
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

BellsFan, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

jbphoto88, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of rand
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

rand, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of briman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

briman, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of kevd193213
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

kevd193213, Dec 01, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

CHickman, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

drdiesel9483, Sunday at 09:33 PM
Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Ryan011235, Jul 21, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Bierguy5, Jul 05, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

stewart124, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of denflyr
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

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!

denflyr, Aug 03, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

zimm421, Apr 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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