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Moerlein Lager House

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46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 75
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202-4141
United States
phone: (513) 421-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @moerleinbeers

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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stop # 338 on my world brewery tour.

Full disclosure - I am a Cincinnatian of 6 years and confessed Morelerin hater. I'm not of the opinion that history and tradition make industrial pre-prohibition macro lagers any better. Cincinnati needs more good beer, not more reviving of said lagers.

With that being said, the Moerlein Lager House is awesome.

It's second only to the Stone World Bistro & Gardens in terms of jaw-dropping architecture and presence. Right on the banks of the Ohio river between the baseball and football stadium and overlooking a small park you could not ask for a location with a better view. Tall glass walls allow you to easily take in the sights. Large wrap-around decks make it even better when weather cooperates.

We knew it was busy so we went for an early lunch on Saturday (11:10). By the time we left, it was packed.

Two floors with dining and a long bar on each.

The good news for non-Moerlein drinkers like me is the great (not-world class) guest taps...

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - 13 oz $6
Chimay Tripel 13 oz $10
Duchesse de BOurgogne 13 oz $12
Founders Breakfast Stout 13 oz $8
The following were all 16 oz $6 22 oz $7.50...
Dogfish My Antonia
Left Hand Milk Stout
Rogue Dead Guy
Smuttynose Big A IPA
Bell's Pale Ale
Rivertown Hop Bomber Pale Ale
Paulaner Salvatore BOck
Weihenstephaner Hefe
Youngs Double chocolate
Fullers London Pride

Duchesse for $12 is a bit steep but as we were drinking it, we realized it was the price for such an awesome venue and view.

The server sputtered a bit on beer-related stuff. Would be nice if they were better educated on beer for such a beer centric place.

Also had Moerlein drafts and Cincinnati "heritage brews" on draft. You could do flights of these but not the guest taps.

Roughly 70 high quality bottled beers presented by category.

Food was excellent. I went with fish tacos. The group split the home made sausages as an appetizer and we splurged on dessert. My wife didn't think too highly of her burger though. Four people split the bill in half and is was $80 per couple (for lunch with booze).

Highly recommend and will return. Maybe someday I'll sample the house beers to see if they're getting any better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mwar
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.25

Great location if you are going to a Reds or Bengals game. Not a bad place, just nothing to write home about. Average beer, albeit pricy.

Photo of Brewstradamus
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I give this place a perfect score. The reality is most of the house beer here is just decent. But they have an awesome variety of great guest beers. The food is amazing! The location is stellar. Check it out after a Bengals or Reds game.

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of cincyfan81
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

one the must go to locations every time we visit this awesome city!! this place has it all!!!!!

Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I think it's safe to say this is a unique place. The Lager House is two stories. It's much more of a restaurant atmosphere than a lager house atmosphere. Regardless, there is a bar on each floor. It is more advisable, however, to go there for a meal. The food is excellent and there is essentially a full restaurant menu.

You can try all of the Christian Moerlein beers on tap as well as a decent list of other guest taps. Flights are available. The beers a whole are above average but noting terribly exciting in my opinion. The OTR Ale and Vienna Lager are the highlights of the Moerlein lineup. The Moerlein beers are in name only as the original brewery went belly up during Prohibition. The current business owner has been wisely buying up old Cincinnati brewery names and revitalizing the core of the beer experience in Cincinnati.

The overall atmosphere is what sells the place. The entire establishment is on the banks of the Ohio and half of the building is glass offering a full view of the river and the magnificent Roebling Suspension Bridge. The is a wrap around patio as well for very pleasant and scenic outside dining.

Photo of dcbobcat
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hanselpb
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Corriecrafts
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Great selection of the breweries beers and other great beers to choose from. However food and beer is rather expensive

Photo of AnGwIgGiNs
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rxthree
5/5  rDev +17.4%

The beer selection both on draft and bottle was great. The food was excellent! The service was also outstanding.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of bwood06
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Very reasonable prices for food and beer. Bar area is nice and separated from the regular seating. Great view out over the Ohio River and just across the street from Great American Ballpark. Good selection of food, but food is not amazing (jazzed up pub food essentially with a few more higher quality offerings).

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of WesMantooth
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Beautiful, enormous place with 2 bars in a great location next to the ball park. The river bank has developed into a very nice area of bars and restaraunts where it is located too. Everything I have had to eat is very good to excellent. Try the beer cheese and meat and cheese trays for warm ups. Moerlein makes some pretty good beers, but they also have a solid selection of guest beers. If you are downtown, give it a try.

Photo of jeremy3311
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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