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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: 256
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of jdflyer06
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice deep amber/copper with a fairly thin head that just barely makes it to the end.

S: Nice, sweet, malty smell with some floral hop aroma, maybe a little light citrus

T: Stiff malt body with some very nice, bready notes. A little bit of citrus bitterness. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced, but not overpowering.

M: Very smooth, rich and creamy on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I'm not sure if this is a good session beer or not. The experienced drinker probably wouldn't have a problem putting away a six pack, but I suspect it would get pretty filling. Overall, a pretty unique interpretation of an APA.

jdflyer06, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of briman
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish copper color, clear, with a moderate off-white head which retains well.

Aroma is slightly malty, with a mild citrus hop aroma.

Flavor has some mild toasted malt, with a mild citrus hop flavor. Hop bitterness is generally mild. Fairly dry finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall a fairly mild version of an APA. Balance is towards malt, as the hop bitterness seems a little too restrained for a pale. That said, if you judge it strictly as an APA it falls short. Other than that it is a very pleasant, enjoyable beer. Smooth, easy to drink. Certainly sessionable. Needs more hop presence to qualify as a decent APA, but might be a better fit in another category.

briman, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of beerman207
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 2 fingers of head, some nice lacing

S - Nothing special here. I was hoping for some fruit to come through or something remarkable but I couldn't pick anything up.

T - mild bitterness coming through

M - Very smooth

D - I could definately try this beer again but was a little let down in the end.

beerman207, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours a reddish amber color with a 1 finger creamy tan head; faint smell of bread, malt, citrus and a hint of caramel.

Tastes malty, with hops coming through, as well as citrus, caramel, butter, yeast and then a dry clean finish. The overall feel is crisp and light with very mild carbonation and decent lacing; the beer goes down smooth and the dominant malt taste is sweet with a little citrus flavor and spice trailing it towards the end.

A good beer that's very drinkable, but not exciting in the flavor department.

CHickman, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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

brentk56, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OTR pours a clean reddish terracotta with a thin sponge like white head that fades insignificantly. Crystal clear and not very interesting to look at. The carbonation is limited and doesn't contribute to appearance.

Scent is slightly above average. If I could give it a 3.1 I would because it is kind of boring but still appealing. Mostly malt notes with a total lack of hops. The grains smell slightly dated and kind of old but not to the point of wet cardboard.

Taste is a redeeming quality. The malts really come to life, fresh slightly sweet and very flavorful. A nice surprise despite the shortcomings of the nose. The hops make a brief appearance but only as bitterness. There isn't much of a hop flavor which points to this being closer to a English ale then an APA.

This beer is lack luster and boring. The bitterness has less bite then I would like for an APA. A drying of the palate and mouth hole in general also displeases me. A middle of the road beer that is worth a try but not one of my favorites.

jbphoto88, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of MuchoCerveza
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would have to agree with other reviewers in saying that this was not your typical Pale Ale. Overall, the taste of the beer was very smooth and a little fruity. When you smell the beer you can get a smell of the hops and a hint of the imminent fruitiness.

This ale went down very smoothly with little to no aftertaste. I prefer to be overwhelmed with aroma when you exhale while drinking but was disappointed with this beer. But, as far as Christian Moerlein beers go this is above average.

I would recommend this beer to someone that doesn't really like a strong aftertaste or maybe someone that is trying to develop their taste for ales.

MuchoCerveza, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

scruffwhor, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got as part of the Beer of the Month Club that I got from one of my sales guys. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but should be fresh. It was a rich copper color with just a hint of carbonation and lacing that slides down the sides leaving no trace. It had an average off white head that settled into a thin, broken film with a collar.

The aroma was floral hops and malt - kinda weak. Didn't smell like the typical APA as it was more malty and less hops than I expected. The taste was good but not great. Again, it didn't taste like a normal APA. Really wasn't much there.

Overall, it was an average beer that is just above a non-light BMC. I'd heard good things about this one from a friend but it missed the mark for me. One and done except that I got 3 in the box (can you say extras for trades). Don't recommend unless you can get a free taste. Just too many other great APA's out there to bother with this one.

TexIndy, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as part of the Beer of the Month thing. It had a great look with a dark red color, foamy brown head and was nicely carbonated. It had a very malty/nut scent to it.

This was a good ale. While it's listed as a pale ale, I would say this is more of a straight malt ale that blended its hops and malt nicely. Very solid beer.

Amalak, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this out after sitting on it for a couple of months... probably ain't that fresh, but there is no date on the bottle that I can find. Oh well.

A. Small bits of sediment hang around in this dusty copper brew... a bottle conditioned Pale ale? Neat. Head is small and slim, leaves a touch of lace and shows some tenaciousness as it sticks around for the duration.

S. Unusual. Metallic, smells like pennies. And bread. Yeasty bread. There's a toasty caramel malt sweetness and maybe a little musty apricot spice thing that you pick up right before the citrus American hops. The malt bill is odd and reminds me of a Belgian Pale... surely this is a lot more malt-forward than many American Pales these days. Interesting.

T. Sweet bready malt, hints of nuts and a big estery, fruity centerpiece hold this together. There's a buttery, fullness going on here that is nice. A curious fruity sour note helps balance out the malt while citrusy, earthy and mildly spicy hops blend in well and add some needed balance. Finish is dry and sweet -- again, the malt bill here is unorthodox, can't say it's bad, just different and unexpected.

M. The mouthfeel is well-nigh perfect for this sort of thing. Mid-bodied and wet, crisp, gently but adequately carbonated, and a fine dry, fruity-malt finish with just a touch of bitterness. Drinkable in the extreme if you dig the flavor, which I admit is growing on me as I down more of this.

Over-The-Rhine is an unusual offering, but it's quite solid and by the end of my glass I'm rather wishing this was locally available. A unique take on a Pale Ale; this is good beer.

kkipple, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

micahgoldfus, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is a deliciously citrusy hop combined with a sweet malt smell underneath. Pours to a bright reddish copper color with a big bubble head that disappears quickly. Taste is very sweet and malty without too much hopping evident at the start then building in the middle to the end where a bullion like bitterness comes through. The bitterness is not sharp but earthy. Not much cascade like taste as anticipated from the smell. Very different. I don't really think it is balanced as they state, it is more complex. Definitely quaffable though, they're on the money with this one.

mooseisloose, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of mcowgill
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mcowgill, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

argock, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of kevd193213
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle from Beer of the Month Club. Copper pour with a large off white head. Nose of citrus and malt aroma. Taste of apples, citrus hops, malt and faint spices. Really mild finish, definately one that would pair well with food or for a session brew.

kevd193213, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of TheObsession
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours into a glass with a light-reddish copper color, almost like maple syrup, and notably very clear. As I poured it, I immediately sensed the aroma of yeast, similar to when you clean our a carboy after fermenting a batch of homebrew, which I didn't perceive as a bad thing, it smelled good to me. With a more focused sniff, I picked a stronger malty character, which may have been the "yeast" smell that I picked up while pouring it, and also a faint hop aroma, slightly citrus too.

The taste impressed me; I found the beer to be surprisingly well-balanced for a pale ale. The sweetness and slight bitterness seemed to battle back and forth for which dominated my tastebuds as each second passed. I also picked up a little bit of a fruity/lemon flavor and a slight caramel sweetness too.

On the tongue, there was a pleasant mild carbonation, not too overpowering. Overall the beer felt quite light bodied. I found it to be easily drinkable; I could drink this stuff all night without feeling too full.

My only concern is that for a pale ale, I think it should have a stronger hop presence, both in flavor and aroma.

TheObsession, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of CreamyStoutMan
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very unique, orange tinted (almost rustic) amber with a 1 inch head that dissipates pretty fast, leaving an attractive, yet thin layer of lacing that sticks around. This brew looks nothing short of creamy and delicious.

I've never smelt any kind of a beer (let alone a pale ale) that has provided so much caramel and toffee to the nostrils. These malts smell delicious.

Tastes even better than it smells, if that's even possible. Caramel, toffee, and smooth malts dominate the palate. The hops (which are pleaseantly light in the mixture) provide a nice, smooth finish. There is pretty much no bite to this one, which can be attributed to the lighter hop content in comparison to the malts. I've never tasted an APA that was this smooth. I would say that the mouthfeel and balance of this brew is alot more comparable to british pale ales (like bass) than it is to american pale ales like Sierra Nevada.

I could drink anywhere between one and eight of these. One is going great with some indian cuisine right now, but this one could also be a good session beer

CreamyStoutMan, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour. Really looks good in the glass. A little bit of grassy hops in the nose but mostly bready malts are present. Taste is very biscuity, bready malts. Crisp and tasty on the mouthfeel. This is a very good offering. I could drink quite a bit of this.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 02, 2008
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy copper colored body hosts a one inch fuzzy light tan head that fades in minutes leaving almost no lace. Nose is a nice soft mix of sweet malt, marmalade and syrupy maltiness. Thick citrus rind notes enter the mouth with some mineral based maltiness and a healthy dose of woodsy almost piney hops all on first sip. This flavor porfile is very unique as it really shows some complexity and flare. Really dont konw where this falls Rye ale, pale ale, wheat maybe, all in one. Mouthfeel is clean and very pleasant. Would make a very good summer beer. Nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a rich, foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Soft nose with aromas of toffee and honey.

T: Caramel malts dominate the taste with a light citrus hop finish. More malty than most pales yet nicely balanced.

M: Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation. A nice smooth texture and mouthfeel.

D: The amount of caramel/toffee taste has the potential to grow tiresome, but this one is still a pleasure to drink.

klewis, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +15.9%
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 -3.8%
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
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.