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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: 235
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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 hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Cloudy-copper in color with a decent two inch head of foam
Aroma-Clean malt and some spice
Taste-Spices and malt , nicely balanced with some subtle hop notes-clean finish
Overall, very drinkable, would make a fine session beer

hosehead83, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of BigDRS
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gets it's name from the "Over the Rhine" neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to Wikipedia, it is the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. Interesting.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep copper color with a 2 finger head. Head reduces to a film that sticks around throughout. Leaves a good amount of lacing on my glass.

Smell - Some citrus/fruit notes combined with malts in the nose.

Taste - Very balanced. I get a malty character initially followed by some hops. There's a very slight dark cherry taste on the very back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is spot on. Mid bodied.

Overall - A solid pale ale. Pairs well with a variety of foods and at 6% I can have a few and not be completely knocked off my feet.

BigDRS, May 16, 2011
Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for about two months now, purchased when I went to Jungle Jim's back in the beginning of August so I figured it was finally time to drink it. Poured out ot a 12 oz bottle into my mug, this beer is a clear medium amber/copper color. White head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before quickly settling to a decent surface coating and then a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing left on the inside of my glass. Aromas of caramel malt along with a citrus and floral hop presence. The taste is a good balance of some caramel maltyness accompanied by the floral and citrus hops. Neither flavor dominates. Unique choice of a hop profile for a pale ale I thought, which makes this beer stand out a bit from most other pale ales, which is a plus in my book. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. It would be a bit more drinkable if it did have quite as much carbonation. A good beer all around, but nothing too special.


neenerzig, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

metter98, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of rembrant
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

They don't really say it's a Pale Ale (or isn't) on the bottle,do say it's based on a beer early settlers made when there was not much refrigeration.

Then again...most styles began that way.

Look- Nice Amber,minimal head covers the surface Brief viscosity film will cling to the glass but no lace.

---later,a bit warmer,a bit more head and some lacing.

Aroma not big but nice with mild malt and a bit of hops leaning to a citrus + floral

Taste...The Caramel Malt steps up nicely so there's a sweet split second before the hops kick in and balance...then briefly finish. I guess the Fuggle hops do the fruit + floral while the Cascade does a rather understated Pale Ale thing...but nothing near the long sharp finish of SNPA.

Then again....maybe you don't care for bitter or don't want a long finish to alter your lunch?

Subtle,but pretty good The malt hop interplay is nice,staying near the balance point with a few shifts to keep it from being too simple. More an "Amber" than a Pale Ale..IMO.

Fairly tasty "middleweight" that's hard to fault much....or hard to rave about. I got a Discovery 12 pack (3 of these) and it came to about $1.25 a bottle...or 1/3 the cost of a bottle of Bell's Expedition Stout.

I'd rather have a fridge full of my favorites...can't often afford that.

Good mouth for the type,carbonation could have a bit more zip,a bit more Cascade would add some finish. Not boozy,or real filling,a good 'workday" beer

rembrant, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Natural510, May 21, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice little amber/copper colored beer with a head that was a tad off white. Yellow and burnt orange highlights around the bottom and sides. A few bubbles working toward the top. A touch cloudy. Head retention and lacing were mostly average.

Smell - Nice bit of fresh, floral hops in the nose. Grapefruit citrus is in the mix also. A touch of toasty bread finishes the aroma. Seems very well balanced and clean. As the brew warmed, I started detecting hints of caramel malt.

Taste - Decent hop bitterness is apparent from the beginning. As expected, a prominent grapefruit citrus flavor. Orange flavoring also works its way through. A dry biscuit taste in there to boot.

Mouthfeel - Medium, dry mouthfeel. Some alcohol bite on the palate and in the aftertaste. Hangs around in the throat for a good while.

Drinkability - This was a nice little beer!!! I was pleasantly surprised. Wasn't sure what to expct, but I came out satisfied. To me this was closer to an IPA than a regular Pale Ale. It was enjoyable and worth a try. I would be happy to pick this up again.

Shrews629, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of sleazo
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a clear brown with hints of red. A nice big foamy cap keeps its shape for a long time and leaves plenty of lace. Very nice looking brew.

S_Slightly sweet honey like smell with a small ammount of piney hops.

T_A little more bitter than I thought from the smell. This is followed by a caramel malt essence. The end is a bit sour, maybe some tropical fruit in the prominent ale yeast. This is almost a bit British Ale-like in the fruity aftertaste.

M_medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel here.

D_This is my first Moerlein offering and I have to say I am impressed. A very tasty brew that is somewhat unique in its English ale like fruity aftertaste but American otherwise.

Thanks to Pimpp for this.

sleazo, Mar 25, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

OtsegoHive, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Jasoncolliver, May 15, 2014
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

matjack85, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a frosty mug only because that was all they had at the bar?

A - Not half bad, poured a very nice deep brown amber and very clear with a good amount of carbonation peaking up through from the bottom of the glass and replenshing a very nice three finger deep head of thick whitish foam colored lace that seemed to stick around for a good couple minutes before finally relenting and dropping down to just a thin film across the top with very nice side glass lacing.

S - The aroma was somewhat light, and that would really be my only complaint, however what was there was very nice and to be honest, suprisngly hoppy with a good amount of citrus hops present from the very start. As it started to warm you could begin to pick out the suble diffrences and the decent amount of malts added to this one. A nice sugary note became apparent and really helped to pull the whole thing together.

T - The flavor was very hoppy which to be honest suprised me a bit as I had not expected this to be a hoppy beer. The first flavors were that of the sweet citrus hops coming through in waves of ornage and tangerine that were delicately balanced against a nice malty back that really started to show through with big cereal grains and a nice touch of caramel towards the end. The finish had a very sharp cutoff to it and was not as dry as I would have hoped.

M - Very nice light bodied ale. This had a very nice carbonation profile to it and it really gave i that extra little something to help it score good here. Rich flavor was not really present but I still give t high marks for not seeming watered down and for being solid all the way until the end.

D - This was an ideal session beer, I could have easily had more of this and did throwing down three at the bar with no issue. Great light flavors with just the right amount of hops and a nice malted back combined with a great carbonation just made this one I could have thrown down all night long/

Overall this was not bad at all. I could have thrown this down all night but I stopped to go upstairs to my room and crack a double bastard. But still this was definite quality and I would pick it up again anyday.

mikesgroove, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a delightful bright amber/copper. Sweet malt aroma. Very malt-forward, with moderate roasted notes and a touch of cerial sweetness. Hopping was firm, with a subtle pine note. Nicely drinkable - a worthy effort. Other than Northern Liberties, nothing from Christian Moerlein has knocked my socks off, but they are proving to have a solid line.

Brent, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Waymore
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Waymore, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev +10.2%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would never have put this beer in the Pale Ale catagory, but this won't keep me from rating this beer highly; it a good beer. The pour brings a typical Pale Ale look, with a more tightyly knit carbonation; promising creaminess and maltyness. The smells bring out a lot of soft malt aromas with some English hops. Flavor prove that maltiness prevails, but with a crisp (Northern Brewer) hop flavor, which proved to be very fresh and palate cleansing. The beer's flavor never reached compexity, but stays pure, clean, and crisp. Nothing to fault here. Only a mild astringency could play a part in lower ratings. Agreed that this beer resembles ESB proportions and character, this may C. M.'s best brew. A great counterpart to a lot of the Oktoberfest beers comming up. I'll certainly have my share.

BEERchitect, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mcorwin, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Dawnielle
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Dawnielle, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of SPriestle
4/5  rDev +10.2%

SPriestle, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ej285701, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kotzbauerm
4/5  rDev +10.2%

kotzbauerm, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jburd19, May 14, 2013
Photo of jaay
4/5  rDev +10.2%

jaay, May 11, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

beergoot, Jan 21, 2013
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.