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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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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 313
Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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

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Photo of BellsFan
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of fightingwords
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Soozy
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of thryn
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of briman
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of beerman207
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of MuchoCerveza
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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