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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: 171
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheBierBand on 07-21-2008)
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Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of orm56
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of thearsenal
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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 steveh
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of jdspears41
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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 rlshep
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Shrews629
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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 brown2cu
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Brent
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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 tapman
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A relatively small, though compact, head atop a medium-orange body. At first glance not completely transparent and lo and behold there is yeast at the bottom of this bottle! Bottle conditioned lager? Hell Yeah! Is that typical for the style? Regardless I love when I find a 'real' ale.

A sour, wine-like aroma; smells like a chardonney (sp.). Beneath that a mild yeast mustiness and a thin, slightly sweet and toasty, pale malt aroma. Definitely plenty of grape in the nose.

At first taste a strong bitterness and cider-like flavor. After it warms a little some buttery yeast and a subtle, fruity noble hop taste indicates more than an average amount of hops, but not too much. Even further along, a light apple taste mixed with some toasty, biscuity light roast malts. I left most of the yeast in the bottle, but I would like to try to chill it further and try it with less yeast next time, and then more yeast the time after that!

Light with a little chewiness. Balanced carbonation to the body texture. Refreshing.

I am not too experienced with a Munich Helles, but I do like this beer. Nothing offsetting about it in the taste, though the nose is a little to vinous for my taste.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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 chefkevlar
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Ryan011235
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 8/25/10

Very clear, slightly pale shade of golden yellow. Poured 1/2 inch of foam that immediately began fizzing out. It was a very visible dispersion. Meager patches of retention.

Subtle toasted malt supports an aroma that is otherwise grassy & earthy. Floral hop notes with a vaguely herbal notion. Wisps of spice. There's a mild semblance of citric notes, though they are restrained & seem kind of watery. Doughy yeast undertones - especially as it warms.

Lager House has a very grassy taste all-around with a penchant for herbal, floral & faint spice tones. It's reasonably hopped & fits well with the toasted malt profile. Hints of bread & a minimal sweetness. Hints of dusty yeast way in the back. As it warms there are medicinal notions.

Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. While it's cold the finish is crisp & clean; as it warms, it finishes with a muddled bent. Grassy notes linger.

My enjoyment of Lager House closely follows the progression of the finish. In this particular instance, I think a cooler temperature works in this beer's favor.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass; poured from a cellar temperature bottle. The beer has a golden hue with a bit orange mixed in. There is noticeable carbonation rising within the glass. There was a small white head, but is disappeared very quickly.Virtually no lacing to speak of. It has an average citrus hop aroma. It's pleasant, but unremarkable. It has a typical malty flavor; it's a bit bready and a bit buttery. There is a hop presence, but it is very small. It has a medium body and very little mouth coating. You can really feel the carbonation bubbles. To me, it feels sharp on my tongue. I don't like it all that much, I prefer a smoother lager. The beer is pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to drinkablity. It goes down all right, but with every sip, I kind of wish I had opened a different bottle. There's nothing wrong with this beer, it's a perfectly well made craft brew, but it's average for the field. There are many other beers I prefer more than this one that I would rather drink, but I would refuse a bottle of the Lager House if it were offered to me.

Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -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 BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden honey that is almost dark enough to be considered pale orange. The compact crown is also a tweener (eggshell and ecru) with respect to color. It looks decent, doesn't dissipate too quickly, and does an okay job laying down lace. Not a bad look.

The nose is, as always, reflective of the ingredients. Using earthy-nutty Munich malt in a Munich helles lager doesn't seem like the greatest idea. Especially since the original intent was for the Germans to compete with Czechoslovakian pilsners. Musty hops (Hallertau Hersbrucker) don't add much of note.

CMBC Lager House Original Golden Helles is slightly better than average beer. However, it doesn't taste golden and it doesn't taste helles (bright). Again, a different grain bill would have been used if I was sailing this ship. Then again, I have never been fond of Munich malt.

A modest hop bite saves it. It tastes like all 19 IBUs were put to good use... and it tastes like this is a pretty fresh bottle. The remainder of the flavor profile includes well-toasted bread, toasted nuts and tea leaves. Tastes like a less malty, more hoppy Oktoberfest Light.

A slightly larger than expected mouthfeel pulls this score up a notch as well. The beer is lagery smooth with some pleasantly roughed up edges thanks to well-done carbonation.

Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles may not be the poster child for the style, but it has enough going for it to be a worthwhile purchase for those Cincinnatians looking to drink locally brewed beer. Assuming it wasn't brewed at Pennsylvania's Lion Brewery, as it has been in the past.

Photo of biggred1
3.55/5  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 beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange with some head left behind. Little lacing left behind

S: Malt is dominant with some mild hops coming through.

T: Sweet beer that has malt and hop presence.

M: Smooth and medium modied.

D: This beer is solid overall as a go to that isn't too heavy.

Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams "bubble" glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a quickly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Buttered toast and subtle malt profile
Taste-Fruity malt, slight hop profilein finish-A bit thin-bodied
Overall, easy to drink-a couple of notches above a macrobrew

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
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 box299
1.53/5  rDev -55.7%
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.

Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.