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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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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/20/10

Thanks to my Uncle Todd for bringing me some Moerlein brews a couple weeks ago.

Coppery, almost a crimson hue in the light. Poured a burnt orange, though. One finger of foam thins pretty quickly to a skim & a collar. Swirling draws a thin layer of retention. Patches of lace all slide down the glass.

An interestingly robust aroma. Nips of earthy hops with a faint lemon zest twinge. Quite malty, though not giving the impression of sweetness. Baked bread & caramel notes. Yeasty undertones. Effervescent aromas of juicy dark fruit, namely plum.

The taste follows the aroma closely. Earthy hop overtones occupy the peripheries; just a touch of subtle bitterness leading into the finish. Notions of grass here & there. However, it has a penchant for juiciness, especially on the first half of each sip. From there, malts swoop in: lightly toasted bread & a dollop of caramel. Maybe even a spot of brown sugar.

Somewhere between medium & full bodied. Carbonation is in the average range, maybe leaning toward the low side; fits the brew nicely. Light spice & the aforementioned subtle bitterness finish it out.

Over the Rhine isn't at all what you might expect from an APA, so I have to dock some for style. However, it's a good beer nonetheless. The German influence really stands out in this beer, I think. Worth a shot, as long as you aren't expecting an aggressively hopped APA.

Photo of bamadog
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer multiple times and absolutely love it, but am sadly just now getting around to reviewing it. Review is from notes taken on 6/21/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep coppery color; starts with a nice two finger off-white head that becomes rocky and pock-marked as it slowly fades to a rough and uneven surface; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; nice webs and washes of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice caramel malts and a toasty grainy presence are right up front; a very faint hint of citric grapefruit hops in the back; nose is nice and robust and makes me even more thirsty just smelling it.

Taste: Really almost just like the smell -- nice sweet caramel malts are the most dominant flavor and is followed by the nice grapefruit and citric bitter hops; the toasty dry graininess trails in afterwards; slight presence of alcohol; I love the flavors and find them to be warming and refreshing all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Body is really quite smooth and creamy even though the carbonation is present, it's soft and compliments the body; a thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I love this beer and could drink it all day, every day all year long; great flavors and a nice sticky mouthfeel, it can be filling/warming and refreshing all at the same time and the moderate ABV makes it perfect for getting through 2-3 in a night.

Photo of ToasterChef
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber colored. It has a lot of carbonation bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass; every so often one releases and rises to the surface. Atop the beer is a thin tan foam head that quickly disappeared. I can now see the rising bubbles reach the surface and pop. The aroma is sweet and oak-like. There is also an aspect to it that reminds me of cookie dough. The beer is light and malty at first, with a big sweet, finish. It reminds me of melted chocolate chips. I'm not sure the beer is supposed to taste like this...I'm afraid the bottle may have turned. The beer has a lighter body and an average amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of coating, but nothing significant. I'm finding this one a bit hard to drink, but as I said above, I think this may be a bad bottle. I'll have to try another and modify my review as needed.

Photo of Onenote81
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this at Wolf's Premium Nuts and Wines in Findlay, OH. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark amber. Much darker than expected. A big frothy off-white head caps this off. Decent retention; leave some pretty sip rings and sticky lace. Scents of toasted caramel, sweet tea, and fresh toffee. Different.

The body on this crisp, but it's a tad heavy. The flavor profile of this beer is much maltier than expected. Lots of caramel sweetness, some tea, and a little charring on the finish. Hop presence is surprisingly absent. Bitterness is moderate. This is odd. I guess I'm probably pushing the limits on the the freshness of this bottle (as spring-releases are probably released in the winter), so I could expect the hops to fade. But upon further inspection of other reviews, this seems to be the norm for this beer. I most likely wouldn't chase this one down, but it still was an ok beer.

Photo of beerhistory
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bottled beer poured into a glass; I was surprised by the appearance, as I thought I was getting a pale ale -my first impression was that it looked more like an amber lager...a foamy head formed that was not unpleasing...good lacing on the glass as i began to sip the brew
Smell: definite malty aroma -somewhat fruity
Taste: I was surprised by the taste, my initial reaction was that it tasted nothing like a pale ale -again too malty and not enough hops, but did have a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste, but too much malt up front
Mouthfeel: good -carbonation was good,well-balanced- overall, mouthfeel was good, but nothing spectacular
Drinkability: too heavy for a session beer -one or two tops

Overall-I was not really pleased with this beer, as it does not (in my opinion) adhere to the pale ale genre of beer...I have had the Moerlein IPA and it is much better.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber color that pours a thin head that slowly died down to a film that rested on top of the beer.

S- this beer had a sweet caramel aroma, with floral AND fruitiness coming through the nose from the hops. Much more fruity than expected...

T/M- This was a fairly inconsistent tasting beer. The first one I had, I loved! It was a very balanced and fruity hopped pale ale with nice medium body. By the last one I had, it felt overrun by a warming rum alcohol flavor. The flavor started hoppy, but in other drinks just wasn't there. The mouth feel was medium, but had a gritty aspect that left the palate a little bothered.

D- not very drinkable due to inconsistency... could have been a great beer, but just didn't enjoy the ups and downs associated with the drinking

Overall, just too damn inconsistent. Loved it half the time I spent drinking it, didn't enjoy it as much the other half...

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks bamadawg!

pours a deep ruby and copper with a fluffy light creamy white head. great retention. some lacing.

very faint on the nose. light sweet bread, light earthy hops.

a great balance between the hops and the malts. lots of deep malt character with an equal amount of pine and earthy hops. more sweet malts up front and bitterness in the finish.

very full bodied, this is quite malty. moderate carbonation.

pretty easy to drink, it is a pale ale. nothing really ground breaking but a solid APA all around. i would not say no if i stumbled upon this again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of mwa423
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out of the bottle a finger of head. Color is a slightly hazy reddish amber.

S - Tons more carmel than I remember. no hops to speak of.

T - Lots of malt, toffee and caramel. Slight hop bitter aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is actually the high point of this beer. Very smooth and rich, aka; just right. This is reasonably drinkable and easy findable around Cincinnati

Photo of BellsFan
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark amber, about a 15 SRM
S - the nose is sweet molasses and matches the taste
T - molasses and caramel malt - the first few sips had hints of green apple
M - medium body and crisp
D - at 6% ABV and medium body it's not quite a session beer. I stopped after one.

I'm glad I tried it but with the green apple taste I would not purchase it again. Perhaps my bottle came from a batch with some off flavors.

Photo of biggred1
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey amber with a creamy tan head that leaves some decent lace on the glass. This beer smells of toffee and butterscotch with an underlying faint fruity, piney note. Toffee maltiness with a bready quality and some nice floral hop flavors to balance. Decent heft and mild carbonation make for an easy drinking ale but not what I look for in an APA, it's more like an English PA.

Photo of fightingwords
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--cloudy dull copper, creamy foamy white head falls quick but laces the glass

S--warm bready smell, slightly raisiny, earthy and piney hops, very balanced.

T--pleasent caramel flavors some toasty hints, with a very smooth but commanding hop profile, not too ditrty not too flowery.

M-- very creamy mouth feel, medium body, just a little oily on the finish. good.

D--pleasently sessionable drink.

This beer is something different than. Your typical pale ale, i feel it has a flavor closer to an old ale/strong ale but with a lower ABV. It's a good beer worth a shot and favorite of many.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Cloudy-copper in color with a decent two inch head of foam
Aroma-Clean malt and some spice
Taste-Spices and malt , nicely balanced with some subtle hop notes-clean finish
Overall, very drinkable, would make a fine session beer

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Soozy
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick head that quickly diminished. The beer is a ruby copper in color, not exactly pale. Powerful orange zest smell from the Cascade, some malt aroma but the hops overpower. The taste is a rich caramel malt, smooth, crisp with a lingering citrus bitterness that leaves you wanting another sip. Very refreshing, smooth carbonation. Excellent drinkability I was surprised to find out it's 6%.

Overall, a very solid beer, I could drink this all night, and it'd probably put me on my ass.

I would consider it an ESB though before labeling it as an APA, but hey, it's a good beer, so who cares.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pretty clear darker copper color. White foamy head disappears after a minute. No lace.

Darker caramel, and biscuit malt comes to the front. A few fruity notes, mainly citrus. Some earthy and floral hop aroma as well.

SOme caramel and fruity flavors. A bit of an overwhelming earthy flavors comes out, and takes charge. Not as crisp as I would have thought.

Light to medium body. Lower carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Not overly exciting, but not bad.

Photo of thryn
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper color, fairly bright. Dark for an APA. Head is white but fades quickly. Leaves a ring of foam and a spotty layer atop the brew. A bit of spotty lace clings to the glass.

Bread, toffee, faint piney hops, metal, diacetyl. This is striking me as much more of an English ale than an APA, again.

Taste is much the same. Heavy toffee flavors, even a little raisiny fruit. There is still a bit of a metallic tinge to it, but it's not prominent. Are there hops here? I can't find them. Slight bitter aftertaste, but not hoppy. It's not bad, but it's no APA.

Heavy mouthfeel, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad, but it's not good, either.

I can't find any indication of how old this beer is, and I'd really love to hear that it's way better fresh. If I was grading it as an English-style ale, I'd rank it half a point higher across the board. As is, this is not at the top of my list of beers to revisit.

Photo of jdflyer06
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of briman
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of beerman207
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.