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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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Reviews: 118
Hads: 295
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a rocky head that retains well and leaves some lace

Smell: The aroma is dominated by caramel malt and a slight grainy character

Taste: Lots of caramel up front, with some butterscotch diacetyl developing by mid-palate, as the grainy hop bill asserts itself as well; after the swallow, the sweetness tends to dominate the finish, with just a hint of grain in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a sweeter, amber style ale, this is for you; I think of it more as an amber than an APA

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity (616 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ochre with bright tangerine trim. There must be a fairly high percentage of the mid-range malts in there. A thick slice of golden beige foam rests up top. Texture is fine and what lace sticks is pleasing to the eye.

The aroma isn't very APA-like. OTR smells like butter caramel and English hops. Cascade and Fuggles comprise the hop bill, but their usual citrusiness isn't prominent. This should still be pretty tasty beer.

Over The Rhine Ale is a strange sort of brew that doesn't taste like the stated style. Well, maybe a little, but it isn't that close to what we've come to expect from an American pale. Hop bitterness we got (40 IBUs). Good hop flavor we don't got.

The beer is impressively toasted bready and is steely caramel-like. Cascade is still a head scratcher and Fuggles... yeah Fuggles tastes like this. Apricots, oranges and tea leaves compromise the top notes. All in all, the flavor profile is a semi-interesting mess.

There's enough heft for the ABV and the bubbles are a little too spritzy. Time doesn't seem to be helping the latter, but then it wasn't that bad to begin with.

Over The Rhine Ale is not Christian Moerlein's most accomplished ale and is pretty far off the beaten path for the APA style. That would be fine if it tasted good, but I'm struggling to find anything that would bring me back for a second bottle. (1,354 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (2,181 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me just say I'm not digging the name for this beer. OTR. Over-the-Rhine. Not being from Cincinnati, the reference is entirely lost on me, so I had little knowing of what kind of beer I even had beyond an ale with, per the tiny-font text I was struggling to read on the back label, Fuggles hops. O-kay!

Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazy, dark amber body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Pale malts with a distinct scent of toasted biscuits, meager hint of fruit, and an aroma of spicy, floral Noble hops.

Taste: Pale malts with some toasty, biscuity qualities and a small touch of toffee sweetness. Faint fruit esters. Earthy, spicy, floral hop character with a medium-low amount of bitterness. As is often the case, it starts drying out on the back half for the finish, but there's still some maltiness to be found. Then it's gone - Over-the-Rhine and In-My-Stomach.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A reasonably decent, quaffable ale, though, I will say it's the best of the Moerlein's lot that I've had thus far. I will also say that's not saying much. (1,093 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus along with a decent burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is on-target for the style, not too heavy but not too thin either. The after-taste slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a beer that would be good to drink for the duration of an evening. I could certainly drink several of these. (891 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this trade. Poured cold into my Boddington's glass.

A - A light amber w/ gentle hazing and 3 fingers of pillowy ecru head that settles to 2 fingers and retains the head well. The bead is of standard size

S - A nice fruity aroma reminiscent of an English ale w/ a noble hop aroma that is slightly piney w/ a caramel sweet odor and tropical/peachy scents

M- Caramel, buttery sweetness w/ a moderately full carbonation and clean dry finish

T - The ale is tasty w/ crisp lager-like tastes w/ a British hop flavor and creamy malt. Slightly bready, but smooth w/ toasted tinges and a slightly woody hop taste that lingers slightly

D - A tasty beer, very quaffable, but a bit ordinary. I like the flavor it has, just wish it had more of it - Thanks brewdlyhooked13 for this fine ale (810 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (733 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Listed at 6.55%

White head. Slightly hazed copper gold.

Flavor is a rather odd mix of hops. It's weedy but also clean. A bit floral. A fair amount of bready malts.

Mouthfeel is kind of bitter and sticky. Medium bodied.

Overall, I wasn't a fan of this pale ale. Things didn't go together with this beer.
It just wasn't enjoyable. (333 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (1,410 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle consumed with lunch, on to the beer:

Beers don't look better than this. Its brass orange color glows in the eyes, yellow hues mix in a second color. Lively bubbles rush through the body. At the tops rests a thick, creamy head which not only maintains its size, but keep a thick canopy all the way to the end while splashing the glass walls with froth. The aroma comes out soft, but with notables flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, diacetyl, earth, and a brushing of hops.

Over-The-Rhine doesn't taste like a beer inspired by such river. Instead, it tastes like it was inspired by the River Trent. That's not a problem here, as this beer is riddled with little notes of goodness which keeps me coming back. There a note of toffee mixed with baker's chocolate. Soft pine, earthiness, orange, and a relatively clean overall flavor work together. The beer is light bodied, gentle, and is a quaffable ale.

A dark horse in the land of over the top ales. Over-The-Rhine takes a step back with the intensity, but come out two steps ahead with overall joy. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

It pours a clear dark amber with a finger head of foam that quickly shrinks to a fine layer. Good lacing.

The smell has some caramel sweetness to it along with some slight floral hop notes. It's on the light side but it's good.

The taste is nice! Good caramel sweetness with some biscuit and some grain and I find this is a malt based APA. A few more sips in and the Fuggles hops push some good semi bitterness into the mix. Result. A very tasty and very balanced Pale Ale indeed! Love it and I don't think that there are enough of these types around.

Medium mouthfeel and lightish carbonation help to really bring out the flavours. It finishes on the bitter and dry side. And, drinkability is very good. It's 6%abv but I *know* I could drink 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

Here's another interesting and tasty brew from Christian Moerlein. I'm very happy that I decided to seek some out. (939 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep cherry wood amber underneath a thin yet all encompassing film of foam. Only a few sporadic bubbles rising to the top. Carameled crystal malts with just a dash of citrus. Pretty malty smelling APA. Sweet yet dry caramel malts that have a great toasted character make up the malt bill. The hops give some balance to the sweet bready flavors. Maybe a dash of mint julelp. Very clean, malty palate and one of the best session APA's I've ever had. (447 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (739 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a coppery color. I had no idea what style this beer was. It smells so generic it hurts. Caramel malt, some estery aromas. Yep. The first sip did not do this beer any favors in my eyes. Boring. Fruity, caramelly, estery. There's something just a little odd about the flavor that I can't put my finger on either. Medium bodied. Not much bitterness. This one is hard to remember. (390 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (966 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Party Source. The bottle had some weird crustys around the cap after I removed it so that is not a good sign. The beer pours a slightly luminous orange-amber color with absolutely no head or lacing. Also not a good sign. Light malt and pine in the nose. Medium-bodied and fruity with some toasted malt and piney hops flavor, however the flavors are buried by tartness. The finish is tart fruit with a touch of sweet malt. I have to conclude I got a bad bottle, but will need to try again to be sure. (511 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy dark orange/amber color. Two fingers of half frothy/half creamy head with good retention, but minimal lacing.

2.5 S: Big hit of buttery pungent breadiness. Caramel malts with some graininess. Slight citrusy twang from the hops.

2.5 T: Buttery breadiness and some off flavors that I can't put my finger on. The taste is reminiscent of a poorly executed homebrew. Pine and orange hop flavor.

4.0 M: Medium fuller body. Good carbonation, creamy.

2.5 D: Not a big fan of breadiness in an APA. (533 characters)

Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Beautiful copper-orange with thick 2-finger creamy and sticky vanilla-colored head with scattered lace.

S: Fruity malt aromas blend with pine and grapefruit hops scents.

T: Very English flavor profile with subdued piney hops that are the backseat driver in the beer, as the malt sweetness and soft diacetyls in the butterscotch and toffee dominate.

M: Has a very clean but creamy feel with low carbonation and a buttery malt aftertaste. No shortage of malt in making this brew.

D: A highly drinkable ale although I think it fits a little better into the ESB or English Pale Ale category. A quality brew with an interesting blend of both English (malt) and American (hops) influences. (768 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this one.

Pours beautifully. Amber with a hint of ruby. Slight head froths and dissipates quickly.
Smells like an Amber Ale, malty with a crisp hop note.
Taste is initially a nutty/sweet malt followed a slight dry woodiness.
Finish stays with more of that dry woodiness.
Pretty good(sure I'd drink it again, you buying?), but nothing to write yo mama about. (385 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (676 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear orange/amber pour, two fingers of off-white foam, some good stick to it that provides scattered lacing across the glass.

Aroma - caramel, slight ESB bend. Nice whiff of floral hoppiness, a very nice pale ale aroma. Fades somewhat after setting up, but the mix is very nice.

Taste - I notice some diacetyl, English malt character up front. Some roastiness ensues, followed by some floral hoppiness, tasty and full-bodied but not overdone. Good balance here, representing both the British style pale on the malt side and the American influence on the hop side. Really could not have shown off much more of both styles in the same beer. Finishes with some late roastiness, dare I say a mellow alcohol warmth, and a bare hint of pine and grapefruit, just enough to draw you into that next sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth with some mild creaminess. Modestly carbonated, a decent residual for a pale ale.

Drinkability - a fine-flavored brew with plenty of session potential. Went very well with some Chipotle chow, chips & salsa on Cinco de Mayo. Impressive offering from CM, their 'craftiest' beer yet, the folks at Oktoberfest will love this in the fall. (1,173 characters)

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