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: 267
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007)
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Mumra1979
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SPriestle
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 BeerHaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of moconn10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of beerme626
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Boone1504
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of rangerred
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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 Dapperticus
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of whendeathsleeps
1.78/5  rDev -51.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
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
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of BigDRS
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper ale with a finger or so of head that leaves wisps of lacing on the glass as it dissolves. Candied grapefruit dominates the aroma, also notice spices and caramel. Tastes of sweet grapefruit, caramel and bread. The reasons that this ale is a favorite among Cincinnatians are apparent.

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

Slightly cloudy amber malt beverage, with a thick, but not tall white head. Lacing was nice.

Nice cascade hops and malt in the nose. A bit more malt smell than hops.

Hops flavor is more balanced in the taste, but still more malty. Some citrus notes, sweet.

This sweetness lingers in the mouth. Nicely carbonated.

This beer is quaffable, but not many. The sweetness really hits a bit too much. But I recommend.

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