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Christian Moerlein Original Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Christian Moerlein Original LagerChristian Moerlein Original Lager

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

It was remade and renamed Select Lager and then completely discontinued and replaced with the Lagerhouse Helles.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-23-2012 21:29:46 | More by JHarris1717
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05-09-2013 23:57:33 | More by Bill235
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-27-2013 22:59:12 | More by Giggy
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West Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark clear golden yellow with a one finger frothy white head that dissipates into a thick ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, biscuit and hints of spice.

Taste starts with a slight citrus bitterness, smooths out with sweet light malt, a very slight hop ending.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body, moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight crispness.

Overall an average refreshing beer, not my favorite style, a good yard work beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 20:03:30 | More by dtivp
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-07-2013 01:50:08 | More by Dools9
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3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees expecting great things since I had one from them earlier called the Emancipator that was a GREAT beer. Anyway this one was gold in color and smelled like boiled eggs for some reason. The head it poured was gone real fast. Beyond all that though the beer was pretty good tasting actually. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:49:28 | More by Minkybut
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2013 23:24:05 | More by Johncnh
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-24-2013 03:38:46 | More by jrohrbacher
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-13-2013 00:28:17 | More by Svendozen
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Note: I'd venture to say this is no longer retired, as I received it in a beer of the month club.

A: Pours a translucent golden yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles and 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white head.  Decent retention before it settles down to a thin film and outer ring which remains throughout the drink.  Leaves very slight spotty lacing.  

S: A little bit of spice, some caramel malts, sweet bread, and significant grassy notes.  Not a ton going on but rather pleasant.  

T: Follows the nose.  Spice upfront followed by sweet malts.  A slight herbal hop character and very mild bitterness on the finish. Again, not a ton going on but enjoyable.  

M/D: Medium body, high carbonation, slightly drying finish.  Decent drinkability.  

O: Overall a pretty good beer.  I'm not a huge fan of the style, I generally find the basic lagers to be rather blah, but this one was quite good.  I could see it being a good selection if you are looking for a lighter beer that still maintains a decent flavor profile.  I'd recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:46:52 | More by zac16125
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-11-2012 00:39:35 | More by Mpreed23
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-08-2012 03:15:29 | More by Hessian257
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised to see this as listed retired. I just recieved four bottles from a beer of the month club subscription my son gave me! There is no dating on the bottle, so this may be old. The label is identical to the picture on BA.

Pours a nice bright golden yellow with a nice white head of foam. Head retention is brief. No glass lacing. Smells of lemon, grass, pine. Taste is crisp, well balanced not overly hopped, nicely malty. If this actually is several years old, then it holds up remarkably well!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:41:23 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-30-2011 22:11:36 | More by cdwil
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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This golden beer looks nice in the glass with a modest head and decent lacing. On the nose and palate, however, it falls a bit short of my favorite Vienna lagers. The nose is slightly malty and clean, but nothing special. Similarly, the taste is understated malty with a clean finish having little in the way of a hop bite. Decent texture and good overall drinkability round out a nice less-than-exciting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2008 18:59:28 | More by jushoppy2beer
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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

It pours a clear light orange with a small head of foam that quickly settled down to a fine broken layer.

The smell is on the sweet side with notes of biscuit and caramel but I also get a bit of citrus.

The taste is of grain, roasted malt, some caramel, some biscuit, and a slight bit of citrus bitterness. Interesting flavours and I feel it's pretty true to the style.

Lightish mouthfeel and the carbonation is medium, it finishes on the bitter with a slightly tart side. Pretty good stuff and it's an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:30:31 | More by Bitterbill
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon drinking this beer, my girlfriend said, "I do not love this beer" and passed it to me. A friend had actually brought a sixer of it from Cin City, so I'd already had a few and am happily engaged in finishing it right now.

Like my girlfriend, though, I must say I do not love this beer. There is a strong tutti-frutti yeast presence, similar to Heinekin, that does not sit well with me in this lager. The malt taste is thin and uninspired -- it has a nice dry pull on it, but there is also a light sulfurous presence that I don't much care for. But overall the beer's problem is a lack of flavor. It is very light tasting, nothing is really there to like or dislike.

It isn't a bad beer, it is simply incredibly mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:56:17 | More by shbobdb
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Cincinnati, Ohio brewer boasts on the bottle "First American Beer to pass the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516". Also states it is "handcrafted in small batches" and Estabished 1853.
That would make it not only one of the United States' oldest existing breweries, but its oldest existing craft brewery. Let's see how that translates into quality...

Pours an immense, lasting head from 12oz bottle. Dark golden color, a shade lighter than most vienna lagers I've tried.
Smells of rich malts and a light breadiness.
Very clean, toasted malty flavor with a caramel overtone. The hoppiness is not overstated, but there is enough to keep it balanced. Other than the malt & hop characters, not many other discernable flavors, but what is there is enough. Leaves a sweet but not sugary taste on the palate.
The hoppiness bounces around in the mouth and the crispness leaves a very satisfying touch.
All in all, a very drinkable lager which has enough character to make me want another, but smooth & refreshing enough to please a macro lager drinker. I wish, with its history, more people knew about this beer. And at $5.99 a sixer, it's a very welcome addition to my rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 12:23:08 | More by Natural510
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out into my dear, dear, Ommegang chalice with an inch of delicate off-white head & very honey-esq/gold bullion-colored body. The activity below is just intense. Bubbles flying in all directions, slamming hard into the surface, creating a barely noticeable ripple effect. What little foam there was after settling just hugs the sides & throws up a white veil after every sip.

Nose is of peppery & floral hops, making sure the coast is clear for all the doughy, crusty, bready malt notes. Slight fumes & some ashy yeast sniffle about.

Taste is much more subtle. The hops are just barely there. There is a light mineral quality between the slightly grassy/slightly metallic hop character & the soft/mushy dough center of the beer. Some ashy dryness on the end & a subtle nutty acorn-ish sweetness. Super low-key.

Carbonation is low, but the body feels constantly aerated, even fluffy. On the drier side of things, with no detectable alcohol once you finally dive in & taste it. Minimal crispness keeps it from being perfectly sessionable, but it still gets a good score there.

Thanks to Pimpp for the taste. Basically a Moerlein distributor at this point with all the thank you's written in every other review. I wonder what his basement looks like. :P

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:10:36 | More by PEBKAC
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a golden amber hue with a low head. Smell is malty sweet with light honey. Taste is bisquity, malty and slightly sweet with honey. Mouthfeel is smooth but crisp with good body. Overall not too bad, I think I could easily make a session of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 23:28:56 | More by Bookseeb
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A_Pours a clear tan with an off white two finger head. Stays a bit fluffy and leaves decent lacing.

S_Mostly dry biscuit malt up front, slight twinge of vegetal sourness.

T_Bready malt is the first thing noticed, followed by a slight vague hop bitterness. The vegetal slightly buttery sourness in the aftertase detracts somewhat from the overall appeal.

M_Slightly thin with a mid range carbonation.

D_Something here is settingn me off the wrong way. I would call this a decent lager but not as good as others I have had including the Elliot Ness I had earlier in the evening. Thanks to Pimpp for the assist.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:14:05 | More by sleazo
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow color with a white head that retains OK and leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted malt, and caramel. Sweet caramel and biscuit flavors; finish is fairly clean, just a touch of hops. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty good beer, I could probably spend a session drinking this. Thanks to dsigmon for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 05:44:30 | More by badbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What really struck me about this beer was the caramel malt presence. For a lager I was expecting american lager style but I was more than pleasantly surprised.
Poured amber red with a thick, frothy 3 finger head that stayed around almost the entire drink.
Smelled of caramel, biscuit, light hops. Sweet nectar.
Tasted heavily of carmalized malt, nice light lager malt in the back with a great balance from the hops. Great mouthfeel from heavy carbonation, and a smooth, crisp body.
This would be a great spring afternoon lager after yardwork.
Mmmm that sounds good.

Oh and this bottle was given to me by an actual Moerlin family member who I work with here in Seattle. So the little bottle took quite the trip to get to my lips!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 18:33:33 | More by IgotsHops
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Christian Moerlein Original Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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