Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.95/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Single bottle (no dates I could interpret despite lots of numbers on the bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a very thin circle of white foam around the edge of the glass. Wisps of foam across the top of the beer. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. No lacing seen.
Smell: Sweet malt with a mild cider-like smell to it. There is a definite lager smell to the beer...but it's well on the sweet side. The hops are quite muted.
Taste: This beer is very good and full of flavor when cold. Sweet malt up front followed by a crisp hop finish. Some lingering cider and fruit-like flavors in the end. A very refreshing flavor profile even if a bit simple in style. It's well on the sweet side of things though - some may find it not balanced enough for a lager.
Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue, but there is some stickiness to the beer after the carbonation is gone. A little bit of a cling to the teeth.
Drinkability: Very very drinkable. I could easily have another of these. It went very well with a meal (refried bean burritos) and I could easily see myself drinking a few of these with some nuts on the side, popping them in while chatting and drinking the beer for quite awhile. But I have a sweet tooth - I think for some this could get old after a few, but if you balance it with something stronger or salty, then it will shine nicely.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2010 22:25:23 | More by damndirtyape
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2.8/5 rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Darker than any Helles I've seen to date, it's almost amber and only as clear as the color allows (which is still pretty clear). A fizzy, big-bubbled head makes a fair effort and sets an oily foam atop the brew. It holds as is for the duration, laying down spotting as it goes.
Dry and sweet clash rather than complementing or working off each other. Malts are crackery while a slick sort of sweetness counters and dry hay runs underneath. It's okay.
It's mostly the same but with a distinct note of diacetyl running through. It's a little too grainy as well. Otherwise, that sweetness continues here, and there is an herbal hops note. Oils, grains, and slickness keep it from being remotely clean.
The same goes for what should be a crisp, light-bodied beer; it weighs heavy with an off slickness on the tongue. It is somewhat crisp, but not enough to redeem this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 21:14:15 | More by Brenden
Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.