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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: 153
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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 DeFaz
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

DeFaz, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of beercatbrew
4/5  rDev +16.3%

beercatbrew, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Farewell_Transmission
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Farewell_Transmission, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of MadWolf
3/5  rDev -12.8%

MadWolf, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

davemathews68, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

buschbeer, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mrfrancis, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Brew33, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Oldkentman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Oldkentman, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of norinco
3.75/5  rDev +9%

norinco, May 29, 2013
Photo of Rdc67
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Rdc67, May 22, 2013
Photo of screamking
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

screamking, May 15, 2013
Photo of Bill235
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Bill235, May 09, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

mothman, May 04, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Groomsy, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Chris77McGrath
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Chris77McGrath, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Kavran
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Kavran, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Quackershnoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Quackershnoc, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of elBecko
3.75/5  rDev +9%

elBecko, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of MemphisANiD
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

MemphisANiD, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev +9%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Gavage
2.96/5  rDev -14%
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.

Gavage, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

matjack85, Jan 26, 2013
Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.