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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: 234
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 jushoppy2beer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jushoppy2beer, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent 1 finger head with fair retention and a copper color.

Smell is of caramel malts and butterscotch (diacetyl). I'm having trouble getting a strong hop aroma from this beer. i wonder of the freshness of the bottle, but there is no date on the bottle.

Taste is of strong caramel and palte malts mixed with butterscotch. Acetylaldehyde comes through and gives a bit of a green apple aroma and flavor. The hops are a little subdued for a pale ale, but do provide a bit of a citrusy bitterness bite. I find the fruity esters and the malting are decent as well.

A tiny bit of diacetyl is in this beer and it has a sort of creaminess with a bit of crispness.

This is a slightly better than average pale ale. i would like a little bit more hop bite and the diacetyl should be eliminated.

Worth a try. Thanks to Pimpp for the sample.

jasonjlewis, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Ragingbull
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in the Machine Room bar at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. If I can figure out how to add a place I will add the Machine Room as its got a decent beer selection. Back to the beer.

Amber color with a frothy head and some prickle. It has a hoppy nose that is very pleasant and I would say "just about right." Crisp and clean attack with late presenting hops flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly thick but clean. Slightly bitter aftertaste and some faint lemony notes. I would call it a B.

Ragingbull, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber .. this is a "pale ale?" Little to no head.

Smells malty with a bit of citrus hops. Taste is mostly caramel toffee and grapefruit. Very simple, quite drinkable, not much going on here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Decently quaffable.

Overlord, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice golden amber with a good head that leaves nice lacing behind

S : Piney hops with some hints of citrus

T : Has a good blend of hops and malt with a nice bitterness throughout. Some caramel at the end. The finish comes pretty sudden.

M : Light-bodied with good carbonation

D : Good session beer. Real easy to drink

mhewes, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a shiny clear and carbonated prehistoric amber. Two fingers of soft beige head settle to velvety froth. Flaps of lacing flutter along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, sugary toasted malt breeds caramel, toffee, and berry. Light bready yeast precedes a duet of floral and citrus hops. Vanilla and spice flit at the edges.

Upon tasting, the malt is fairly thick and quite rich with fruity sugar and caramel, and boasting of biscuit as well. The hops are considerably less poignant here than in the aroma, but touches of citrus and crisp spice dry the grain capably. Yeasty dough is earthy and the ensuing bitterness is mellow but crisp and lingering, finishing clean and dry. It's a very enjoyable, mainstream profile.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is creamy and round on the palate, and the hops glow a nice bit.

The watchwords are basic, balance, and blending, and the result is very enjoyable, with just enough complexity, but not too much to make it busy. It speaks of care and attention to detail. It's smooth, satisfying, and it goes down especially easily. I drink it and I think of old world brewing pride and passion. It's a session beer that anyone, purist or otherwise, can find pleasing.

Foxman, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Slatetank, May 27, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with two finger dirty white head. Moderate retention and excellent lacing.

S - Strong hop aroma. Primarily earthy hops with a hint of citrus. Toasted malts as well.

T - Sweet up front with a quick light hop bitterness in the middle. Very well balanced beer.

M/D - Creamy, almost chewy feel. Perfect carbonation. A very drinkable brew.

I would not have pegged this as a pale ale, but whatever it is it is pretty darn good.

ckeegan04, May 03, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Gueuzedude, Apr 25, 2008
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
Photo of PEBKAC
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first bottle I've seen to actually use the word "quaffable" on its label.

A brown & orange amber. Lots of activity flowing through a well filtered body. Barely a quarter inch of spittle comes up as head.

Nose is very bock-ish. Fruity & fumey with alcohol. Can't help but remind me a lot of "Penndemonium"(Pennsylvania Brewing), even though it is a totally different style. Runts candy steeped in Muscatel, tons of caramel, with a spritz of lime that adds some zest. A little headache inducing.

Tasting it subdues most of my notions of it being a bock; most. Their is syrupy sugar, along with plenty of those little Runt characters. ...but then it gets dirty. A little slippery diacetyl spreads out the middle, & then comes in a big toasty biscuit presence. Finish is significantly hopped up with plenty of bitter rind. The oils from that can't help but stick around. The alcohol wasn't shying away at any point either.

Feel at first was like the beer was being drizzled in, rather then sipped. Once the carbonation & bitters kicked in, things thinned out.

As the first beer of the night, this took a bigger chunk out of my stamina then I thought it would. For 6%, this feels like a much bigger beer.

Thanks to pimpp for letting me get a taste.

PEBKAC, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of pacothrash
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 dsigmon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to pimpp!

A: very dark amber, great big white fluffy frothy head

S: I get a lot from this beer (not sure why when im usually all stopped up), caramel, dark fruits, little chocolate and hops

T: slightly hoppy with a fair amount of sweet malts. not as much flavor as i would like, i expected more from the smell.

M: medium carbonation and not as oily of a mouthfeel as expected.

D: enjoyable but not what i would want everyday

dsigmon, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Amber color, nice head formed, and maybe a half inch stayed till the end. Left some good lace.

smell - Malt and hop smells here.

taste - Nive balance of malt and hop here, not too hoppy. Some grassy flavors here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, enjoyed. My first by this brewery.

auxiliary, Jan 15, 2008
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 jdoncbus
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-browish color with some mild haziness. Active carbonation with fluffy, two finger head. Leaves some solid rings as head calms down.

Fruity nose from the hops with a final whiff of toasted malt.

Hits the palate with a very balanced hop, malt flavor; pretty sweet as well. Can make out some brown sugar, orange zest, and caramel malt. Creamy mouthfeel leaves the mouth.

Nice offering from Cincinnat, having grown up in the town its a pleasure to see this old staple come back. A well-rounded beer and would gladly enjoy again; would a good session choice.

jdoncbus, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottled poured into a pint.

A: Deep amber pour that's on the brownish side. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head with good retention. Big ring of lace at the top and just little bits of patching throughout.

S: Sweet malty body that's spotted with deep rustic grains. A noticeable hop character that's slightly acidic. Good balance between the two.

T/M: The balance continues in the taste. Both a nice hop punch with mild bitterness and a hardy malt backbone. Malts are deep and rich with a butter taste and texture. Toward the end, the malts sweeten just a touch.

D: Great tasting and very sessionable. This is one of my go-to beers and I love bringing this to poker games and having other want to try it.

pwoods, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christian Moerlein- OTR Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- A ruddy brown with a HUGE frothy/ creamy head. The head lasted almost the entire beer. Messy lacing down half the glass.
S- Strong pine hops with a sweet candy butterrum/ butter scotch/ toffee malt.
T- Green hops, pine needles, toffee/ caramel malt and licorice.
M- Tart with an oily pine finish. Slighty sweet and cloying in the end.

Overall- Like candy, I could drink and drink this til I got sick.

NJpadreFan, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of mobyfann
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.60 for a single...

The beer pours a dark amber colored base, a moderate sized head, excellent retention, and a nice wavy lacing on the glass at the beginning, not so much at the end! The aroma is a multitude of sweet malts, butterscotch, and lemony hops. Nice balance but a rather faint smell when searching for "the goods".

The taste is well-balanced, a bit dry, tingles on the tongue, but with a great aftertaste. The beer is a prime example of what is drinkable in an APA.

Final Thought: This to me was a hybrid APA-doppelbock. The balance of malts and hops were about equal and very complementary, a fantastic brew!

mobyfann, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of cameraman
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper color with an off white head that is about a quater inch high, but quickly dissolves away. Carbonation is strongly visible in the glass. The sweet scent of malt comes out, along with bread and fruity esters at the end. That sweetness comes out in the flavor it stays with you till almost the very end, when when a mild smck of bitterness crosses the palate. The medium bodied feel starts at the front of each taste, but thins out as it reaches the back of the palate. A strong offering, not what I was expecting from this brewery. Solid flavor, make this a good go to beer when nothing can be found, plus a good cross over beer to get macro drinkers to try.

cameraman, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date found. Back label gives some history about the beer style in early "Over the Rhine" Cincinnati. Label also indicates brewed in Wilkes-Barre. PA.

Ale pours a deep clear, redish, copper color with slightly off-white head with minimal lacing.

Open opening bottle, could smell spicy hops of Cascade and Fuggles.

This is a malt accented ale with a delicious hop flavor rounding out the flavor. This is more in the style of an ESB than a pale ale.
There is substantial creamy mouthful with some carbonation. Taste suffers a little after ale warms - sweet, buttery taste.

This certainly more complex and full-bodied than I thought it would be. I keep thinking I am drinking a quality, more accented ESB.

jkrich, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of kellyst
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kellyst, Aug 29, 2007
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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
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.