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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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Iparedman
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of box299
1.53/5  rDev -55.8%
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 donunrue
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of fauxpunker
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Punky_Brewster
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of rgille2
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Mardukk
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. Nice golden color, pored into a pint glass. Nice head.
s. something about the smell seems off. I can't really pin it.
t. Not very good, honestly tastes sorta corny-y, almost like a euro lager. After taste is not good, and as it warms it gets even funkier.
m.not bad not great.
o. Okay not great, they are easy to drink, Doubt I would buy again.

I got this out of a variety pack.

Photo of brown2cu
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a white head that tapers down into a miniscule sheet. No lacing observed. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising to the top. Not bad by any means, but nothing remarkable either.

The smell left me wanting.Very adjuncty smelling, similar to that of a light beer. There is some bitterness that is masked very well.

The taste is very sweet but not heavy or syrupy in any way. slight bit of bitterness balances this off nicely . Very grainey taste.

Mouthfeel is about what I expected. It is highly carbonated but this makes it easily quaffable. very dry finish. Leaves a quenching sensation as well.

This stuff has a decent flavor and I would take it over a lot of other sessionable beers if I had the offer. Perhaps it is the season that is making critical. If it were summer this stuff would hit the spot.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fairly typical of less authentic versions of the style. With a bit more cleanliness, the beer would fare well. But with this style of beer, its all about the clean.

An almost clear golden beer pour with a part froath/part fizzy head that struggles to last half the session. A fair look but not impressive.

Straw, bread-like crackers, and a grainy sweet character carries the aroma and taste. Heavy on the sweet and low hop flavor/bitterness keeps the beer weighted heavily on the tongue. The mild oily flavor, aroma, and feel dulls the crisp and clean character of the beer underneath and also adds to the weight of the beer.

If the beer avoided the diacetyl (oily) character, attenuated better, and had any herbal hop flavor or balanced bitterness, then a better assessment can be made. With that, there's too many distractions- not sure if this is an attempt at a Munich Helles or a Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, or anywhere in between- pretty non-descript.

Photo of rangerred
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

Appearance is a slightly hazy dark gold with a tiny wispy head.

Picked up a slightly floral hop note from the smell but not really much else.

Flavor was somewhat sweet with a light bready grain. A little bit of floral hops but just a very light bitterness. Just not a whole lot going on.

Overall I was a little disappointed with this beer. All the flavors were somewhat muted and it was really boring. Not sure I would seek out again.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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 MCDub
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of MemphisANiD
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of crossovert
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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 Brenden
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
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 kbrown
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Gavage
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head that fall apart immediately.

Smell: light grassy aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: light malt profile with some grass and a hint of fruit sweetness. A bit of spiciness is detected from the hops.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother at the finish. Pretty clean aftertaste.

Overall: a very mild Helles lager that leaves you wanting a bit more malt flavor. Very easy to drink, but one is enough in a session.

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Shrews629
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very clear straw/golden color. Super white head without much size, retention or lacing. Looks like a "macro" lager or pilsner. A few bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Smell - A grainy aroma. Some corn and wheat notes. It smells clean. Maybe some toasted notes, but they are really faint.

Taste - The taste provided the grain with some buttery flavors. Got the corn again, but I also detected some sweetness. Clean throughout. A supportive bitterness adds a bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium mouthfeel. Refreshing and mostly dry. Crisp and easy going. Left touches on the palate.

Drinkability - This, to me, is a step above the "macros." It still has some of the characteristics, however like the pronounced corn/grain aromas and taste. This would be nice in the Summer, but I would probably look elsewhere after a couple.

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of misterkew
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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