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Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden HellesChristian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: TheBierBand on 07-21-2008

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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by stockingcpl:
Photo of stockingcpl
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew is a medium amber in color with a hesitant creamy tan head. Lacings are present but not bountiful Spiderwebbing is also evident.

Smell: Aroma is a little thin, but has some toasted maly and perhaps a slight buttery bread presence.

Taste: Flavor curve is a shallow bell curve. Flaor strength is not overpowering but does have some interesting transformations during phase changes. A strong buttery malt hits initially which morphs into a nice creamy bitter tingle and sustain has the malt reappearing. A very subdued laor which is quite acceptable for neophyte drinkers or for just party guests.

Mouthfeel: This brew sits quite well on the palate and finished rather clean. These is little to no aftertaste. Quite well executed.

Drinkability: This beer has a smooth presence and tends to go down rather quickly. By the time you are finished you find yourself wishing you had more. That pretty much says it all.

Prosit!
Nikki

More User Reviews:
Photo of LyonsHead
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark yellow to very light orange with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. there is some lacing on the glass.

S: There is a grainy sweetness with a touch of toasted malt. Biscuity throughout. a background citrusy hop note. Im gettin a little DMS here but nothing unpleasant

T: Malty sweetness, very well balanced with a citrusy hop noted. medium bitterness that balances the malt well. Finishes dry and malty

M: medium body and very smooth

D: Pretty good beer. I liked it better as I made my way through the pint. initially wasn't crazy, by the end I wanted another.

Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

fresh 12 oz bottle.
Pours clear, golden with a moderate size head that has weak retention,
Fairly nice aroma of sweet and light roasted malts. Flavor is true to German style heles with no noteworthy faults or strengths.
Medium-light body; lightly crisp carbonation; slightly dry finish.

Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle from the sampler pack, purchased at Kroger's in Finneytown, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light amber or toasted straw color, good visibility. 1 finger of white head forms and holds for a bit. Some lacing here and there.

S: Light floral and grassy hops with a prick of spice. Grainy and lightly toasted malts.

T/M: More of the grainy and lightly toasted malts with a touch of added sweetness. The hops are a bit softer but still have that earthy and grassy taste. From the middle and through the end, it tightens up into a crisp, dry finish with a touch of lasting bitterness. Body is medium-light with decent carbonation.

D: Tasty enough and very sessionable. Wouldn't mind knocking a few more of these back after a long day in the sun. Their website lists this as 5.2% ABV

Photo of Brenden
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of jdspears41
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy this brewery and this is a great golden beer. I like this beer on a nice warm day sitting next to the pool.

A- Beautiful color when poured into a glass. Its a golden color with a nice little head on top.

S- Its not a crazy strong smell, but does have a great hint of hops to it.

T- Its my "miller lite" or "Bud light". I can drink this stuff all day and not get sick of it.

M- It has a smooth feel and goes down nice.

D- Easy to drink and great to have a cooler full of it.

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"9284A..." on bottom of glass, "29609N" inkjet on the neck. Guessing this means 284/296th day of 2009, making it 4ish months old. $0.99 at Binny's Plainfield.

Poured into a stange glass, for lack of a pilsner glass.

Crystal clear gold, occasional streams of carbonation. A finger of head with a light sheen to it, recedes to a solid cover that remains for a good while. Aroma is very minerally, wet hay, grain.

Saltine cracker, crisp, pretty dry in the end leaving a faint breadiness. A very mild bitter elelment, no hop flavor left that I can pick up. Aftertaste of honey minutes later. Crisp carbonation, then dry. This is fairly average, though fresh on draft it may be better.

Photo of screamking
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

It pours a clear straw color with a good amount of carbonation. 1 finger white head goes away quickly. Typical lager smell, maybe a little more robust then some. This beer has a lot of crispness to it. For what it is, this lager has a wonderful feel and finish. With its small ABV this beer could be drank all night long. Moerlein as a whole makes too many lagers, but most are quite good. It would be a good start for someone who only drinks Budweiser.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as an extra in a trade recently. I had a bunch of the Morlein stuff in the past but never have seen this one. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/12/2008.

The pour was decent, nice hazy golden amber with a smallish white head of foam that fizzled out over the course of a few moments. Still though, this was more the decent looking and tied in with a bunch of carbonation.

The aroma was light, lots of grain and bready malts dominating with a touch of light earthy hops in the foreground. The flavor ws more of the same, musty bready malts with a light touch of grass and a tons of just bisuit like flavor. Light mouthfeel with more the adequate carbonation led to a decent and pretty sessionable ale.

Overall though it ws a decent effort, though I have to admit not very exciting. I would not mind trying it again thought I would doubt that i would pay for one.

Photo of Ottertude
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a sixer at the Liquor Barn in Lexington. Thought i'd give it a try since it was made up the road in Cincy.

It poured a golden yellow color with a white head that left quickly. It looked like good summertime refreshment.

Not much smell at all really. Maybe some faint hops. I figure as long as the smell is not offensive or skunky I am okay with that.

The taste was of some sweet malt, some citrus hops but the finish seemed kinda oily or something. The aftertaste is not as pleasing as the initial flavors that hit your palate. It is still fairly thin and goes down ok on a summer day.

All in all this was not bad, but I know there are better Helles out there. Maybe in Cincy at a bar I might try this again, but I am not running to the store to get more of this anytime soon.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet malts and herbal hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts with hints of malty sweetness and herbal and spicy hops. The hops lend some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a bit cleaner compared to other Munich Helles Lagers and doesn’t have quite as pronounced hop flavors.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This very much called to mind Bitburger. Poured golden, a bit washed-out. Flavor was clean and crisp, with a distinctive German hops note that, to me, always carries a slight note of grape. Just a bit thin and lacking however - not bad, but seemed like the grain bill could have been improved.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow/golden with streaming carbonation.

S: A sweet cereal aroma is dominate in this brew.

T: Cereal and malty. This beer is packs more flavor than I would have guessed.

M: Full bodied yet crisp. Definitely interesting.

D: This is a very smooth brew. I'd consider is a summer beer.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - Recieved in Beer Powerball week 2, courtesy of NCSUDO, much appreciado Jake.

A - Slightly rough pour gives off 2 fingers of head. They hang for a moment and then to a thin patchy surface on the beer, color is a nice amber hue, clear as water as I would expect a helles to be.

S - Malty, grainy notes, slight touch of honey, herbal grassy hints, slight biscuit character as well. dig it.

T - Definite biscuit, bitter up front only slightly, citrusy lemon rind, very nice and clean.

M - crisp, clean, unobnoxious, carb is perfect, body is full yet simple and light on the finish.

D - at 5.2 this is a damn fine session.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden cast with a slight white head of fine foam that leaves some blobs of lace behind on the glass as it melts. The nose is grainy with floral hop notes and apple skin. Slight bready grain and mild steely hops make up the flavor profile on this one. Light bodied and crisp, finishes dry. A pretty run of the mill lager.

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this Moerlein offering at the Wilder, KY Mellow Mushroom for a Bengals game day lunch. Wanted something local to Cincinnati and glad i chose this. Came in a chilled pint glass. Reminded me alot of Stella Artois but with a smoother finish. Very tasty. Not bitter. Went very well with an all meat pizza. Was so impressed that i went out and purchased a six pack from Party Town in Erlanger KY.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.31/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

3.0 A: Light straw color and crystal clear. Two fingers of soapy head that falls quickly, even in a flute. Not really any lacing going on.

4.5 S: The aroma is quite enjoyable. Lots of sweetness, but not cloying at all. Grainy and a touch of straw. Simple, yet elegant. Hops are minimal.

4.0 T: Again, sweet yet not cloying. Earthy, a bit grainy but much less than in the smell. A bit doughy as well. Hops are minimal again and it works well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and creamy. Everything checks out here.

5.0 D: Pretty good beer. I usually hate the style, but this one is a winner.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold in color with whatever head there is disappearing before I can walk away from the counter. Smell is malty, but not a very good malt. Not a lot of hops or spice in this at all. Very malty, highly carbonated. Tastes very BMC'ish. A little puckering, bittering in the end, but I'm not sure that's from any semblance of hopping. A little bit of a letdown from Moerlein.

Photo of chefkevlar
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one via a trade with brew3crew

A: Pours a perfectly clear medium golden color with a 1/2 layer of white head which quickly receeds to a thin topping. Even after sitting in the glass for a few minutes there is still ample carbonation rising, reminds me a little of champagne bubbles

S: The aroma are subtle, with hints of sweet tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), oranges, and a light bread/yeast backing.

T: The flavor is very clean with citrus and a light pepper flavor at first. The finish is dry with a lingering taste of bread dough

M: Very pleasing, with a medium light body and plenty of carbonation.

D: I could easily see going through a 6-pack of this on a hot day.

Photo of box299
1.52/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On a recent trip to Cincinnati I was in Nicholson's Gastropub (Gastropub that serves Fish and Chips... Go Figure) they gave me a taste of their Pub Ale. Tasted like spoiled sour butter... I think this beer is the same thing... They told me that pub ale was brewed by the local Sam Adams brewery... same story for the Christian Moerlein.

Pours from the bottle a slightly cloudy yellow with a sour smell.
I tried a two of them which I felt was really one too many.

I like the idea that large brewers like Boston Beer Company try and make a local product but they should put more effort into it. Like most of what I have tasted from BBW, I don't think this is really not up to their normal standards.

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Christian Moerlein was one of my go-to beers in the late 80's in college. I lost track of it after college, and when I started looking into good beer, I realized that CM had been discontinued for a long period of time, and was now only available in and around the Cincinnati area. So I was excited to see it during a recent visit to Columbus!

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a straw gold color, with a thin white head. Has a very typical lager appearance.

Smells of wet grass, supported by mildly sweet malt aroma. A slight tang tickles the back of the nose.

The sweet malt is much more upfront in the taste than it is in the smell, with an almost toffee-like flavor that is slightly syrupy. A slightly harsh carbonation/bitter finishes it out, leaving a lingering syrupy malt taste that is not very pleasant.

Medium bodied, with a sticky finish.

Wow, I must have had much worse taste in college, or this new iteration of CM doesn't live up to what I remember. Either way, I'll finish this sixer for nostalgia's sake, but don't see myself seeking this out again. What bums me out most is that I picked up extras of this for a friend who grew up in the Cinci area and intended to surprise him with it; now, my concern is that the surprise will be at the decline of this beer, rather than the fact that I found it at all.

Photo of Groomsy
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The bottling date marks this as a fairly old beer, so I may re-review when it's fresh.

Moerlein's lager pours a fairly standard "lager" color - transparent, clear gold with a soapy white head that fades quickly. There's active carbonation from the bottom of the glass but little lacing left behind. Meh.

While many would expect an adjunct-like smell based on appearance, Moerlein's Helles boasts its traditional recipe proudly: Bready pils malts, a touch of honey, and spicy European hops. There is a touch of sourness lingering in the background that grows as the beer warms, but I tend to expect that with some of these styles. Not bad, just a little bland.

The taste on this is not bad. It is refreshing if nothing else, with a nice spicy bitterness on the finish with plenty of buttery and bready malts to provide some sweetness. The sourness does tend to linger but washes away fairly quickly. Overall, a fairly balanced and tasty, just not an absolute stand-out beer. Moerlein does better than this, I think. For what it's worth, though, this is a good transition beer.

Helles Lagers' mouthfeel has a crisp and dry carbonation with a fairly light body. The sourness on the finish fades fairly quickly. It is a very good summer beer, I think.

While not Moerlein's best, this is still okay for giving to your BMC-drinking friends at tailgates or house parties. It's a good transition beer, as I said... or if you don't necessarily want to go all-out for your regular go-to beer, this might suit you.

Photo of crossovert
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml twist-off.

It pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell isn't like a true helles. More like an APL. The yeast is uncontrolled.

The flavor is sweet and yeasty. A bit of noble hops. Really not typical for the style.

Photo of Mardukk
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a limited head with little lacing a clear dark golden color.

Smells very malty.

Tastes malty with little to no hop balancing. Slightly buttery and lighlty toasted. Extemely light mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Quite drinkable with the limited carbonation and light mouthfeel.

The lack of hop presence reminds me of a cheap adjunct lager. Definitely not up to par for the style. I thought maybe I had poured the wrong beer in my glass when I first tasted this as it tastes very BMC.

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Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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