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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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Reviews: 59
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | 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 LexingtonBeer
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, crisp and citrusy. Taking your first sip is a surprise at first at how citrusy it is at first but it is very well-balanced. This is a very enjoyable summer beer. (169 characters)

Photo of ch196h
3/5  rDev -10.4%

While I enjoy many of the beers that Moerlein produces, this beer isn't one of them. Perhaps it's because I'm so burned out on any lager style beer. As an American who has been exposed to lagers and variants of lagers as 95% of the beer available for most of my life, I'm sick and tired of the style. If I drink a lager, I want it to offer something new and different from the muck I've been exposed to for most of my life. Many lagers have succeeded in doing this. This lager has not.

It's Okay. As in, it's not a bad beer at all, but you won't be impressed in any special way. This is simply a decent beer compared to most other typical American style lagers. The other offerings from this company are all much better and memorable. This one is really not anything special.

If I didn't know anything about any of the beers this company made and a stranger asked for my recommendation,I'd tell them to try anything except the Helles. All of the beers they make are great except this one. (992 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This being an Ohio beer, and me living in Ohio, I admit that I wanted to like it. But it really doesn't have much to like--or dislike for that matter. The nose and taste are dominated by sweet malt, but there's a considerable dryness to the finish. Flavors are muted here, but you'll smell and taste bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is relatively low. Overall, this is a step up from the macro lagers, but at $8.49-$8.99 for a six pack, it just doesn't have much to make it stand out from the others beers in that price range. While I didn't dislike this, I won't be buying this one again. Next time I'm looking for an Ohio beer I'll be sure to stick to Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog, or Columbus Brewing Company. (732 characters)

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

White head. Clear with a golden color.

Flavor profile is of earthy, grassy hops. Biscuit and cracker malt flavors. Reminds me slightly of a pils, but kind of bland.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, for how light this was I enjoyed it. It represented the style fairly well. The blandness was the only bad part. (335 characters)

Photo of Groomsy
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,544 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Lager pours a golden color, with lots of carbonation, and a nice size head, looks refreshing. There is a nice strong pale aroma, very dry, but strong. The taste is a bit watery and light at first, then finishes with a strong dry flavor on the palette. Easy to drink, and enjoyable. Overall this one took me by surprise, the first sip could be better, but the beer gets better the more you drink. (404 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a solid one finger ivory head that dissipates into a light later of foam, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is sweet grainy malt, corn, and slightly herbal hop.

Flavor is fairly sweet malt, bready, with a bit of a metallic finish. Slightly spicy hop adds character into the somewhat dry finish.

Body is moderate, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, albeit lacking in intangibles. (444 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice crisp, clear golden color. A small amout of creamy white head is on top.

Beer smells slighly of hops, but not much happening in the nose.

Beer tastes very crisp and refreshing. Beer has a good amoutn of sweetness and is even slightly buttery.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and carbonated. Very easy drinking with some solid flavor.

Much better than expected. (375 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.98/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this on the shelves locally again. Long before the Micro Boom® this Cincy beer (now brewed in Wilkes Barre, PA) was a frequent purchase when looking for something "different."

A -- Pours a clear golden color with a dense white head that holds up well. Very nice to style.

S -- Spicy, noble hops and very vague DMS. Rather mild all around.

T -- Spicy hops up front with a bready, yet somewhat sour-ish mid character -- sort of reminds me of the Sam Adams yeast character. Funny thing is, I seem to remember this unique flavor from beers of the past. Not sure if CM was one of those back then, but it's a nostalgic kick. Finishes with that mix of spiciness and yeastiness. Aftertaste is spicy hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium-light body.

O -- Overall I like this beer. It's not the perfect Helles, but the nostalgic flavor seems to have grabbed me. Sort of like going back in time, especially nice in the summertime. (943 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, frosty gold-colored liquid topped with a thin, bubbly head. Smells of sweet grains, honey, and candied vegetables. Tastes similar to its odor; primarily honey and vegetables. Very different from the sweet vegetable flavor associated with adjunct lager, though. Has a nice, light body despite the complex flavor profile-I could drink several of these without getting tired of it or feeling full. (402 characters)

Photo of jdspears41
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of rlshep
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Pilsner malt. Some sulfur.

Appearance: Very pale yellow.Very clear. White head dissipates quickly, no lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Flavor: Bready, some graham cracker. Slightly buttery. Bitterness medium high. Little to no hop flavor. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Carbonation is prickly. Alcohol not noticeable. Finishes dry.

Overall: A step up from the normal yellow fizzy beers. Not unique enough to grab my attention, but would drink again. This would be a good gateway beer for BMC drinkers. (498 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of brown2cu
2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (293 characters)

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Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.