Rhinegeist Brewery

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Rhinegeist BreweryRhinegeist Brewery
BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
64 Beers
224 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 17
Visits: 100
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1910 Elm St
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202-7751
United States
phone: (860) 857-5019

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rhinegeist

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Place added by: Gouldsby on 06-28-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 100
Photo of denver10
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice open layout with the brewery operation right there for all to see, a handful of TV's, and lots of benched seating. Points docked for the lack of an A/C; place was scorching hot and I had to leave after 20 minutes because the heat gave me a headache. Also docked points for the fact that they don't offer 1/2 pint pours. But liked the vibe/energy of the place overall. Quality of the beer was good across the board (and i have noticed gets better with subsequent tries). Service was fine. Selection was heavy on pale ales, nothing dark was on tap, but around ten beers total. Overall....the heat killed me but good beer and glad they started distributing in my area. Hope to grab some of their cans before I move out in a few weeks. (736 characters)

Photo of bmantravel
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75

Industrial space two flights up from street. Great skylights and massive area with brewing and bottling roped off from drinking area. Large area for corn hole (this is Ohio). Not much around this area - a good walk north from Cinci downtown. But good crowd. (264 characters)

Photo of Dreizhen
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

One of my favorite breweries I've visited in regards to the space and the atmosphere. Reminded me of an industrial take on an old German bierhause. Awesome architectur, cornhole sets, ping pong, and picnic tables galore. Beer was good, but not terribly diverse. Also a touch on the expensive side. More like visiting a bar than a brewery in the sense that there is no real discount like I've seen at other breweries (Terrapin, Cantillon, etc...). Definitely worth visiting if you're in the neighborhood, or live in the city, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way.

tl;dr = Fun atmosphere, cool space, good beer, somewhat pricey. (636 characters)

Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Rhinegeist is located in the historic Christian Moerlein bottling plant. I think it's cool that they've rehabbed this old space into a new functioning brewery. Massive amount of space in the taproom, they have ping pong, corn hole, and I've heard that on some nights people even play wiffle ball inside the brewery. My only gripes are that I wish they offered a bigger selection of beers on tap and I also wish that the bar was bigger...it's too small and when it's crowded it takes forever to get a beer. (508 characters)

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

This is a welcomed brewery on the Cincinnati beer scene. Being a traditional German beer town it is nice to have a craft brewery that is willing to deviate and dapple in a variety of beer styles. The crew at Rhinegeist obviously have vision, creativity and desire to brew outstanding beers. Their Truth IPA is phenomenal as well as their variety of Belgian brews. The atmosphere at Rhinegeist is nothing close to being quaint and intimate, but more industrial and open with much room for expansion, which is most definitely welcome in my books. Rhinegeist is located in the old Hudepohl bottling plant in the Over-The-Rhine area of Cincinnati. Highly recommended. Visit, drink and enjoy! (687 characters)

Photo of crbnfbr
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place is practically hidden, from me at least. After spotting the parking lot (which is across the street), I had to hunt for which building it was in. After spotting the sign and entering the building, it still felt like I was in the wrong place for some reason.
After climbing something like three floors, we finally entered the vast large open room. Beer garden style table and benches, brewing equipment, kegs. Cornhole boards, and ping pong tables. Everything is in one giant open room with a high ceiling and large roof skylights throughout. You would think with all that space, a larger bar would have been built. It was a Saturday, so there were quite a few people and a line seemed to always be at the bar.
It was a little hot it being summertime with apparently no a/c. I was fine, but the wife wasn't as happy. Only big ass fans above for cooling that I could see.
Beers were pretty decent. I enjoyed the Fiction Belgian pale ale the most (which I left with a crowler). They have large and small growlers for take out. As well as crowlers. I also seen pretzels for purchase, as well as wine for friends you bring that may not be beer drinkers. (1,160 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

The brewery is located on the third floor of an old warehouse, like a defunct papermill or something. Everything is wide open: brewing equipment is out on the floor next to tables a la beer garden style, a corner bar and televisions. It's cool that you can see everything no matter where you're at. And the place is huge, it's daunting and spectacular.

Rhinegeist beer is good, not quite great. They usually always have some session offering on tap and a high gravity or two if you're lucky. Their Truth IPA is my favorite year round beer. Saber Tooth Tiger DIPA is their best beer overall, in my opinion. They don't serve any food but they welcome outside food.

They have so much room up there that they hold sporting events like whiffleball, pretty cool. There are ping pong tables and cornhole boards set up if you're so inclined, as well.

Go for the beer, which is good enough, but love the place. Rhinegeist is a must stop if only for the venue. (953 characters)

Photo of jkpyrope
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

Went here with my brother-in-law as a stop on my 21st birthday. It's a great place, but the lack of A/C of any sort makes the inside of this place hotter than balls during the summer. Small bar area right next to the stills, while cool to look at, is pretty small. Glad it wasn't busy when we were there. There's a massive rec area with corn hole, ping pong, foosball, and even has provisions for wiffleball.

Beer is very good (some of the best I've had, and local too!) but the selection is somewhat limited. However the few I tried were again outstanding, especially the Pure-Fury APA.

Overall, it's worth going to, but I would rather visit when it's cooler outside (671 characters)

Photo of Wolfeman17
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

West Coast style brews in the Mid-West. Cincinnati is a brewery rich town, however this lot are doing things no one else are doing, i.e. hoppy bold brews that jump out at your taste buds, and leave you wanting more. Great location in historic Over The Rhine in downtown Cincinnati. Best brewery in the city. (307 characters)

Photo of Jimmykochjr
2.44/5  rDev -41.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75

Good selection, but the bar was way to small handle the crowd on hand. Excessive wait times for beers. Atmosphere was more like a frat house, with beer pong and corn hole than any brewery I have been to previously. Tried the Spike, Truth, and Cougar none were outstanding, but none were terrible. Beers are around $6 not too terribly priced, but overall not worth it for the experience in my opinion. (400 characters)

Photo of Rob315
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Amazing brewery with a fantastic atmosphere. My first experience was Oktoberfest this past year and it was incredibly fun, lots of entertainment including live music, corn hole, ping pong, fire dancers and jousting. It was honestly the best time I had that day. The space is huge and its really cool to see all of the historical elements in tact along with the brewing equipment. They brew a great variety of brews all of which are delicious and available to take in growlers.
I can't recommend this place enough. (514 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

After pulling up to an unassuming building I entered a building only knowing it was Rhinegeist from the small sign out front. After a few sets of stairs you enter a great open space full of tables to drink with friends, good music playing and ping pong and corn hole. The bar gets crowed at times but moves at a decent enough pace. This is a large space and on a saturday night was quite busy. The beer is great and they had a couple guest taps as well. Great place but pints could be a bit cheaper then $6 each. (512 characters)

Photo of BeerPark
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Last weekend was my first trip to "The Geist" and it quickly eclipsed my list of favorite places to imbibe quality beers. The environment was unreal - great tunes, amazing people, plenty of space - and cornhole tournaments galore. Had it been for the environment alone it would have made it near the top of my list, but then there were the beers. While I was most excited for the IPA's, I started off with Cougar, a delicious Golden Ale, to keep my wits about me while I went through the list. Uncle was a delicious British Mild offering a light feeling beer which managed to have complex taste at the same time. Then there were the IPA's, hoppy and delicious. Truth knocked my socks off with the first hoppy yet citrusy taste. At 7.2% you have to be careful with how delicious it goes down. I was also fortunate enough to get a rare glimpse of the Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA and this tiger is fierce. Packing an 8.5% whollup, it offers some serious hop followed with highlights of a variety of different citrus. I was so impressed I found myself there not only Friday, but Saturday and Sunday as well. Keep pouring fellas, you are brewing up some amazing stuff - can't wait to get back! (1,191 characters)

Photo of Lukass
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Went here back in September for my bachelor party. This place was amazing – seedy area though, but the second you get to that 3rd floor, the place opens up into an adult playground. The whole floor is opened up to a huge setting, with a big ass fan in the center. The beers were very tasty, with a good selection of Belgian pale ales at the time. They were giving out FREE bratwursts, and they had a horn band come in to play in front of the large fermentation vessels. On top of that, the Bengals won that day, so needless to say I had a great experience there. Will definitely go back. Anyone who's in Cinci needs to go and check this place out for sure. (658 characters)

Photo of Kiteman
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is so cool. On the upper floor of a former bottling facility they have an INSANE amount of space. We watched college football while enjoying our tasters. They have about 6 beers available at any given time.

Once we picked our pints (4 of 4 had mosaic), we played bags one one of the 3 bags setups. There is also a ping pong table. The brewery is set up about 20 feet from where you sit, so tours are easy and you feel like part of the action.

No food on site, but they had BBQ from local favorite for a very reasonable price. Went great with my beer.

My inlaws live in cinci and I know we will become regulars when in town. (640 characters)

Photo of gpm9826
4.85/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is the most interesting brewery I have been to yet. The location is in the Over the Rhine section of Cincinnati which is a part of town that can be sketchy. It is a short walk from the Findlay Market which is a nice way to end your weekend shopping in the warmer seasons.

The gentlemen behind the company are true entrepreneurs and with the help of some investors hope to take some of the Midwest market from breweries like Lienenkugel's and Moerlein.

Their beers are delicous, the sampler is the way to go. However, if you were going to go for a pint I would suggest having a glass of their Truth IPA.

The atmosphere is very unique in that the brewery and tasting room are located in a large open area of the what used to be the original Moerlein Bottling Facility. The tasting room is equipped with a full bar and German style bench seating which creates a friendly environment.

No food on site but definitely worth the trip. (940 characters)

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

On a trip to Cincy I randomly came across this new brewery opening. Fortunately we were some of the first few people in the door. They have great space and I cannot wait to see what they do with it. They took over the Moerlein Brewing Company bottling building in Over the Rhine. They did a nice job of setting up the bar area with some cool art work and wooden benches. The bar is right next to the brew house which is cool to check out. They have a pretty big system for a new brewery. Overall the space is awesome.

The beers were good, I tried all 4 beers they had on opening day. It was nice to see the offered some sessionable beers in their initial offering. I enjoyed the Uncle (English Mild) and Truth (American IPA). They were right up my alley. The Cougar (Golden Ale) was ok, not really my style but true to form. I had a quick taste of their Spikelet and it was a more hoppy than wheat, hoppy wheat ale. It will be interesting to see what they have in store for the future of their line up.

Overall a nice place and good beer. I wish them the best of luck. Definitely check them out if you are in the area. (1,120 characters)

Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati, OH
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.