1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

241 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 241
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of Ragingbull
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +1.6%
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 +15.4%
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 +13.5%
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 +1.1%
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

Slatetank, May 27, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -12.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of sleazo
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -2.5%
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 -5.2%
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 -3.8%
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 +2.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +5.8%
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%
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
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.