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

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBierBand on 07-21-2008)
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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of box299
1.53/5  rDev -55.4%
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.

box299, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a thin, white head. Simple and honest, do if I had a lovely, scantily-clad assistant to shout "ta-da!" I may be more enthusiastic.

Smell: A bit of a weak nose, really, with only mild, transient notes of lightly toasted malts, floral hops, and thinly sliced apples.

Taste: All the light pale maltiness one would expect as well as a thin trace of toasted breadiness and slight honeyish sweetness. Fruity spritz of Yellow Delicious Apple juice. Floral German hops with a light bitterness. The finish is appropriately drying, but kind of empty in terms of taste, like a movie that ends oddly abruptly.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, serviceable lager when it comes to light, easy drinking, but, for me, I'm left wanting just a skosh more in the flavor and aroma department. Next time I'd like to see a little more, Moerlein.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Ottertude
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Ottertude, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Mardukk, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

LyonsHead, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of stockingcpl
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


stockingcpl, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling copper hue with a fluffy one finger head.

Aroma is sweet malty mix with hints of flowery hops. Notes of toasted bread from the malts.

Taste is bitter and sweet and mostly mild.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery and thin. Carbonation is good and refreshing. Decent summer lawn mower beer.

gonzo46and2, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of skizziks
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma hits with lemon, bread dough, some malt sweetness, and hints of caramel as the 2" white head quickly fizzes away to a thin slick with a few large bubbles clinging to the edges. Plenty of sticky lace left behind. The beer is a deep gold, dark for a helles.

Lemony spicy hops ride over a biscuity malt base. The canned vegetal flavor of DMS is present but not overwhelming. A bracing bitterness swallows the struggling malt and cleans up the whole mess into a fairly rapid and dry finish. Unfortunately, the DMS survives into an annoying aftertaste.

Light body with medium high carbonation makes this easy to toss back, an important quality in a helles, but otherwise this fairly inoffensive lager misses the helles-mark pretty badly. Definitely not in Spaten territory. If you are looking for an inoffensive quencher at a reasonable price, this is fine. If you want all of the subtle and refreshing qualities of a fine German helles, keep looking.

skizziks, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles pours a golden yellow with a thin whtie head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The flavor is a bit grainy, there is a touch of lemon like twang. Not bad, a reasonable substitute for macro lagers.

Drew966, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with fast fading 2 finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: light toastiness, grain, husk, maybe a little lemon, veggieness. Taste: biscuity, grassy, lemon, a little honey and husk. Generally subdued, I'm not getting that light spiciness I expected. Light bodied, active carbonation, semi sticky / semi dry finish. This one didn't really do it for me, though I liked their ofest.

babaracas, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale amber in color and a nice two finer head that sticks a bit. One column of bubbling. Very light tasted malt and some faint banana notes from the yeast. A little off-putting for a Munich Helles. But some grassy hops. Crisp yet yeasty fruit taste to this helles. Some toasted water crackers for malt, herbal, grassy hops, and some banana and bubblegum yeast. crisp,but a little too yeasty for my taste in a helles.

scruffwhor, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of ltjska04
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first 'legal' beer I had two years ago with an excellent steak dinner at the Precinct in Cincinnati. This week I tried another bottle at the Southgate House and decided it needed another review. This beer basically tastes like a slightly more flavorful BMC. It is a bit more golden than the others with only a little more taste and smell. The big advantage this has over the big guys is that it's local which raises it a couple notches in my book. While nothing special, I would recommend at least trying it when in the Cincinnati area if for nothing else than to support the local brewery.

ltjska04, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

rsyberg01, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The newest offering from one of my favorite beer companies: Christian Moerlein. This is widely available in the greater Cincinnati area.

Poured into a pint glass to produce a perfect 1" creamy white head. The foam didn't last too long and dwindled down to a thin cap leaving almost no lace. The color of the lager beer is a rich golden color.

The nose is subtile with hints of lightly toasted malt. Also a buttery sweetness is apparent.

Taste: A good refreshing Helles... Sweetish, malt.... almost no hops.... just a touch to balance. Buttery goodness.

MF: Refreshing and thirst quenching. Good summer-time beer.... appropriately carbonated and has a thin consistancy.

Drinkability: Hell yeah.... all day long.

TheBierBand, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

barefootbrewer, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle with a rich golden color and ample amount of cotton-like foam.
Smells lightly of toasted malt and hops, overall grassy nose.
Taste is a bit thin overall, but goes down smoothly. There is a biscuit-malt note as well as a subtle piney-hop bite.
A smooth drinker which could use a bit more character overall, but still fulfills its intended purpose.

Natural510, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Great American Baseball Park on 6/15/2008 - taken from notes. The beer was better than the game, as our Cincinnati Reds got shut out by the Boston Red Sox 9-0. I never had this offering before, so I thought it was worth a try (drinking myself in grief over the Reds performance) :) .

A: Poured into a clear, plastic cup with an average, off-white ½ inch head that had good rentention. Body of beer was dark gold and slightly hazy.

S: Lightly toasted malts. Mild aroma, not a whole lot going on.

T/M: Thin and light with a sweet mailtiness all over the place. Little to no hops detected. I picked up a mild, indiscernible spiciness, as well (perhaps coriander or cinnamon?) Little to no aftertaste, crisp. Little to no bitterness. Simple, easy, light bodied beer, overall.

D: Nice, easy and crowd pleaser for spring or summertime. Not my favorite style of beer, but it was good for it's style - I'd recommend it.

beachbum1975, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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

pwoods, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The newest beer to roll out from Christian Moerlein. I believe that it came out, or hit the shelves about a week or two ago. I've been looking for a good helles, I've just not gotten started with a crusade to find them yet, heres a good start.

Eye: Clear as spring water from the mountains. Head is thin with some shotty looking lace. Color is quite nice, it is actually golden in color, no hints of yellow, just golden, if you want to compare it to a color on the color wheel it'd be close to orange, a secondary color....why did I include this..about the secondary color....I really don't know. Anyway, the color and clarity make up for the lack of head as far as its look goes, though a nice frothy looking head would really give this beer some optical attributes.

Nose: Big malt body, not much hop aroma-pretty much hidden but what I do get is a spicy earthy hop. I'm getting some diacetyl-buttery- that shouldn't ever be present in a lager-smells alot like some kind of english bitter or pale ale. In my opinion not too clean or crisp. Malt aroma is caramel and some nuttiness.

Tongue: Strong malt backing on this one. Diacetyl detected in the aroma really isn't present in taste. Notes of caramel and some slight nuttiness come through to meld with an overall malt sweetness. Hops are spicy and give the beer life as they nicely counteract and give opposition to the sweetness. Maybe some woody notes in there as well, with a sweet flavor akin to ginger ale...

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Body is medium with delicate carbonation. Finish is close to dry. This is an easy drinking beer that I do enjoy. I can definitely see myself picking this one up again when in the mood for malt rather than hops.

becktone, May 26, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The newest beer from CM, located at Kroger's for $8 a sixer.

Appearance - pours a golden color with good clarity. A modest fizzy head forms up, soapy and thin. It holds pretty well for a bit despite little beading support from underneath. Eventually goes pretty bare but maintains a good collar.

Aroma - a light toasted malt, maybe a touch of diacetyl or metal.

Taste - lightly toasted grain, a touch of either diacetyl and/or metal. That fades after several sips. Not much for hops beyond a bit for balancing. Finishes with a bit more toasty character coming out, my favorite part of the brew. I think it could use more hops to get a little closer to style, but this is a fine attempt at a Munich Helles. I am reminded of another beer I had around Christmas '07 - Molson Old Vienna (O.V.). That light toastiness, like an 'OFest Light'. The persistent smack of butteriness and toastiness remind me of it, but the flavor is not as thin here and comes across more vibrantly than the 12-month old O.V.'s I had.

Mouthfeel - thin, crisp, a light bit of smoothness, well done.

Drinkability - not a great sessionable, but a good one. It would work for most any season except maybe winter. I imagine it would do well with a number of foods, too.

brewdlyhooked13, May 21, 2008
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Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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