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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: 225
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
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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Photo of dbert21


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2012 19:40:36 | More by dbert21
Photo of Dave128


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

10-05-2011 01:55:06 | More by Dave128
Photo of evergreen_machine


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

11-15-2013 02:00:37 | More by evergreen_machine
Photo of Oldkentman


4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-11-2013 13:32:08 | More by Oldkentman
Photo of kotzbauerm


4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-27-2014 23:44:14 | More by kotzbauerm
Photo of HopHeadInOhio


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-09-2012 13:58:23 | More by HopHeadInOhio
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +38.1%

05-13-2012 02:35:20 | More by fastrodney
Photo of rembrant


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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

09-24-2010 19:57:46 | More by rembrant
Photo of MadWolf


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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


4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-13-2013 10:34:51 | More by Waymore
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +25.1%

Poured an amber color, very clear, with a fluffy cream-colored head. The smell was a nice combination of flavors. It was sweet, piney, and buttery all at once, and overall crisp and refreshing. The taste was excellent, full of flavors but well balanced. The dominant taste was the malty flavor, which was bready, buttery, and sweet. And there was a hop presence as well, which had piney and citrus taste to is, and left a pinch of bitterness in the aftertaste (along with a spicey linger). The beer had a smooth, medium body, with little carbonation. All in all, this was a great beer, one that I could sip and savor, yet still keep drinking plenty of it. Recommended.

12-28-2008 03:15:37 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of jushoppy2beer


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

This brownish-red beauty is a great beer for any weather and season. It doesn't form much of a head, or cling to the glass very well, but the distinctive color (especially for an APA) is delightful. The sweet malty nose carries this brew onto the palate, where the full-bodied malt is joined and balanced by a complex hoppy note that carries all the way beyond the finish into a pleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exceptional -- unusually thick (almost jammy) and smooth for an APA. It is a nice beer in warmer weather, but will be even more drinkable in those early autumn days when the warming character of it's 6% ABV and somewhat higher gravity would perfectly balance its modestly carbonated hoppy overtones. In any season, it would be refreshing and drinkable.

08-10-2008 23:37:48 | More by jushoppy2beer
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-02-2014 23:12:32 | More by thsSAMO
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2014 15:06:33 | More by reedmn
Photo of whendeathsleeps


1.78/5  rDev -50.8%

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.

11-15-2011 23:11:53 | More by whendeathsleeps
Photo of brandonati


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-17-2014 01:19:01 | More by brandonati
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

10-02-2013 19:53:45 | More by MrBallz
Photo of rlshep


4.2/5  rDev +16%

Aroma: Dark fruit, Caramel, Piney some citrus.

Appearance: Deep copper color. Smooth creamy off-white head. Some lacing.

Flavor: Very piney followed by caramel. Dark fruit, some raisins and prunes. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium high mouthfeel. A little slick on the tongue. Smooth. Alcohol noticeable but in background.

Overall: Balanced towards the malty caramel side, but still a good hop punch. I really like this beer, I always get it when I go to Cincinnati Reds games.

02-18-2011 02:53:04 | More by rlshep
Photo of kellyst


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

A: Nice, full white head, coppery-orange hue.

S: Sweet malt aroma. Light hop on the nose with a hint of banana.

T: Light-sweet malt flavor. Kind of fruity. Mild bitterness. I think their blending American and English hops in this one: I’m picking up on some earthy-spice hops and citrusy at the same time.

D: Very high.

Overall I am really impressed by this ale. Wonderful job, and an excellent value at $5.99 a 6-pack.

08-29-2007 18:52:35 | More by kellyst
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-09-2014 03:32:25 | More by Buckeye_Bill
Photo of brown2cu


4.53/5  rDev +25.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a deep shade of copper almost akin to that of a brown ale like newcastle. upon pouring, a frothy head springs up, fades a little, and leaves a nice amount of lacing in its' wake.

The smell is quite pungent. fruity notes like sweet apple are at the forefront along with a good bit of malty notes. Hops are in the back but not hidden.

Taste is exceptional, highly complex,and overall quite intriguing. When it first hits the mouth it's a nice bready clean taste. By the middle of it, it becomes fruity. The fruit taste is not overbearing and is a nice antithesis to what comes next. The back of the taste becomes bitter but not overly so. Just enough to balance it out and make it solid

Good mouthfeel on this one, not too heavy not too light and just the right amount of carbonation to make this one smooth.

The drinkabilty is great on this one. Would have no trouble going through these.

12-22-2010 03:38:39 | More by brown2cu
Photo of mcowgill


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

A - pours a beautiful crystal clear penny amber color with a great 2 finger creamy head, nice lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts mixed with a fruity aroma.

T - Sweet malty brew well balanced with hops in the back. This one's a keeper.

M - Creamy, well carbonated beer.

D - This is a very drinkable pale ale, although it tastes more like an ESB. It's good though so who's arguing.

12-09-2008 01:58:26 | More by mcowgill
Photo of elihull


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2012 00:43:56 | More by tmneyer
Photo of KYBrewgrass


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

A- 4 A very clear light amber colored ale with a 1/4" off-white head on the pour. The head dissipates a bit but leaves a nice and smooth bubbly lacing that is moderately sticky. Nice looking ale, just a bit watery in appearance, but pretty color.

S- 4 Nice blend of sweet, candied fruit like malts and hops. Well-balanced aroma. I wish I could get a tad more of it, but very solid overall.

T- 4 Like the aroma, this has a good balance. I get malts initially, which was surprising for a pale ale, followed by a mild hop bitterness. The bitterness leaves a moderate hop aftertaste.

M- 4.5 This is a little under medium in body. It manages to be pretty creamy, smooth and crisp all at once. Great medium-high carbonation. Just a touch of dryness on the finish. Easy to drink on a sunny day.

D- 4 This is a well-rounded ale. Very smooth and a good balanced aroma and taste. It leaves me a tad dryer than I'd prefer but a good offering from Moerlein nonetheless. I could enjoy a few of these for sure. One of the best options available at Great American Ball Park!

04-10-2011 20:49:10 | More by KYBrewgrass
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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