Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale

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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Gator1107
4.92/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful suprise I had when I opened this beer for the first time. The aroma was perfect and it poured very well with a thin head. I love drinking ales, and I really loved drinking this one. The taste was so smooth, a nice balance. A treat I hope all will be able to enjoy.

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Photo of jdspears41
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am from Cincinnati and I am very proud of this beer! Christian Moerlein is a great brewery and I really enjoy their selection, minus the indian pale ale.

A- The beer has a nice color and doesn't look watered down by any means.

S- The smell is almost a mix between hops and a fruity pebbles smell.

T- This is one of the best tasting beers out there. Its bold but has a great mix of flavors.

M- A little bit of bite with a great after taste.

D-Strong stuff and a six pack will gave you a thrill. Its very drinkable and goes great with a meal.

IF you have not had this beer then TRY IT!!

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Photo of schwabpg
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up and split with my brother a 6 of this the weekend after it was released, and now I'm wishing I'd gotten another 6. Not quite as hoppy, but a little maltier and considerably darker than I imagined it would be, it's probably my new favorite pale ale. A nice addition to the Christian Moerlein line.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bought from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with a thick one inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. A nice aroma, mostly grassy/floral hops with a bit of caramel and sweet malt. It tastes the same way to me, but there's more of a balance between the hops and malt in the taste (not that I'm complaining). Good, full flavor. Mouthfeel is full, rich and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's very easy to drink and would be a great session beer. This is definitely one of the best beers I've had lately. If you're looking for a good, drinkable APA with good balance, Christian Moerlein's Over-The-Rhine Ale is a great choice.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an amber color, very clear, with a fluffy cream-colored head. The smell was a nice combination of flavors. It was sweet, piney, and buttery all at once, and overall crisp and refreshing. The taste was excellent, full of flavors but well balanced. The dominant taste was the malty flavor, which was bready, buttery, and sweet. And there was a hop presence as well, which had piney and citrus taste to is, and left a pinch of bitterness in the aftertaste (along with a spicey linger). The beer had a smooth, medium body, with little carbonation. All in all, this was a great beer, one that I could sip and savor, yet still keep drinking plenty of it. Recommended.

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Photo of brown2cu
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a deep shade of copper almost akin to that of a brown ale like newcastle. upon pouring, a frothy head springs up, fades a little, and leaves a nice amount of lacing in its' wake.

The smell is quite pungent. fruity notes like sweet apple are at the forefront along with a good bit of malty notes. Hops are in the back but not hidden.

Taste is exceptional, highly complex,and overall quite intriguing. When it first hits the mouth it's a nice bready clean taste. By the middle of it, it becomes fruity. The fruit taste is not overbearing and is a nice antithesis to what comes next. The back of the taste becomes bitter but not overly so. Just enough to balance it out and make it solid

Good mouthfeel on this one, not too heavy not too light and just the right amount of carbonation to make this one smooth.

The drinkabilty is great on this one. Would have no trouble going through these.

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Photo of chilidog
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! I was so pleased to get my hands on this brew. I tried to order it but the don't distribute it this far north. So close,yet so far away. I found it in Sidney, Kroger, and they don't seem to carry the line at that location as far as I could tell, yet. A good find indeed!

I heard the brewers on Cinci 700 radio interviewed the day before its release. How they tried to brew this with the exact ingredients as they did in1853. Its nice to see they hit it right.

It poured a full bodied amber. Tanny head that was full, maintained and laced well. Carbonation was on to balance nicely.

The aroma was malted sweetness with a hop grain on the nose.

The taste hits home. Malts, caramel and toffee are balanced well with the hops that carry the brew and linger in taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth. and the drinkability is awesome. Easy, smooth, great with food

Good job CM on the OTR! Get some if you can.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK... so I picked up a sixer of this to try. My previous review was for the on-tap in a plastic cup serving at a local bar. Now, I review this beer in my own controlled environment.

So I cracked the bottle open and poured it into my pint glass to produce a nice 1" head of dense off-white foam over a rich coppery/amber liquid.

The aroma is very nice! More hoppy than malty. A nice whiff.

The taste.... WELL, here is where this beer will blow your doors off. A very RICH taste with good balance of floral hops and rich roasted malt. The grapefruit-rind taste from the hops stays with you but it's well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Again very nice. Perfect carbonation level, nice rich feel... feels heavier... I call it ROBUST.

Drinkability: This is on the short list for constant supply in my fridge. This is my new GO-TO beer.

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Photo of bamadog
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer multiple times and absolutely love it, but am sadly just now getting around to reviewing it. Review is from notes taken on 6/21/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep coppery color; starts with a nice two finger off-white head that becomes rocky and pock-marked as it slowly fades to a rough and uneven surface; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; nice webs and washes of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice caramel malts and a toasty grainy presence are right up front; a very faint hint of citric grapefruit hops in the back; nose is nice and robust and makes me even more thirsty just smelling it.

Taste: Really almost just like the smell -- nice sweet caramel malts are the most dominant flavor and is followed by the nice grapefruit and citric bitter hops; the toasty dry graininess trails in afterwards; slight presence of alcohol; I love the flavors and find them to be warming and refreshing all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Body is really quite smooth and creamy even though the carbonation is present, it's soft and compliments the body; a thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I love this beer and could drink it all day, every day all year long; great flavors and a nice sticky mouthfeel, it can be filling/warming and refreshing all at the same time and the moderate ABV makes it perfect for getting through 2-3 in a night.

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice deep amber/copper with a fairly thin head that just barely makes it to the end.

S: Nice, sweet, malty smell with some floral hop aroma, maybe a little light citrus

T: Stiff malt body with some very nice, bready notes. A little bit of citrus bitterness. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced, but not overpowering.

M: Very smooth, rich and creamy on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I'm not sure if this is a good session beer or not. The experienced drinker probably wouldn't have a problem putting away a six pack, but I suspect it would get pretty filling. Overall, a pretty unique interpretation of an APA.

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Photo of pumarocks
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this one out during the official first tapping at the make-shift brewpub Christian Moerlein set up at Findley Market. This was a very tasty adult beverage! It was very malty in my opinion and that is a good thing. It has a nice aroma and a lasting aftertaste. My wife did not like it much but what does she know abour beer anyway hehe. Overall, a welcome beer to the Christian Moerlein stable.

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Photo of chuckm
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently relocated to Cincinnati and found this as a slightly more expensive alternative to macros at a Reds game. When I saw it in my cheap plastic cup I wasn't overwhelmed but realized lacing and head are not ideally presented in this situation. What did catch my taste buds was the full body and lasting flavor.In subsequent trips I have gone straight to this vendor but unfortunately was not as impressed at home when buying the bottled version

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear orange/amber pour, two fingers of off-white foam, some good stick to it that provides scattered lacing across the glass.

Aroma - caramel, slight ESB bend. Nice whiff of floral hoppiness, a very nice pale ale aroma. Fades somewhat after setting up, but the mix is very nice.

Taste - I notice some diacetyl, English malt character up front. Some roastiness ensues, followed by some floral hoppiness, tasty and full-bodied but not overdone. Good balance here, representing both the British style pale on the malt side and the American influence on the hop side. Really could not have shown off much more of both styles in the same beer. Finishes with some late roastiness, dare I say a mellow alcohol warmth, and a bare hint of pine and grapefruit, just enough to draw you into that next sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth with some mild creaminess. Modestly carbonated, a decent residual for a pale ale.

Drinkability - a fine-flavored brew with plenty of session potential. Went very well with some Chipotle chow, chips & salsa on Cinco de Mayo. Impressive offering from CM, their 'craftiest' beer yet, the folks at Oktoberfest will love this in the fall.

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Photo of CreamyStoutMan
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very unique, orange tinted (almost rustic) amber with a 1 inch head that dissipates pretty fast, leaving an attractive, yet thin layer of lacing that sticks around. This brew looks nothing short of creamy and delicious.

I've never smelt any kind of a beer (let alone a pale ale) that has provided so much caramel and toffee to the nostrils. These malts smell delicious.

Tastes even better than it smells, if that's even possible. Caramel, toffee, and smooth malts dominate the palate. The hops (which are pleaseantly light in the mixture) provide a nice, smooth finish. There is pretty much no bite to this one, which can be attributed to the lighter hop content in comparison to the malts. I've never tasted an APA that was this smooth. I would say that the mouthfeel and balance of this brew is alot more comparable to british pale ales (like bass) than it is to american pale ales like Sierra Nevada.

I could drink anywhere between one and eight of these. One is going great with some indian cuisine right now, but this one could also be a good session beer

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Photo of johncampbell
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Arnold's Bar and Grill in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Moerlien OTR is one hell of an APA. This is a big malt beast balanced with big hops, just the way I like 'em.

This beer poured reddish-copper in color with a big, creamy beige head. The head resided to a thin cap which lasted the duration and evenly laced the glass.

The aromas were a good combination of sweet baked bread, citrus and spice.

I loved the big malt body. It was a mouthful of caramel and toffee and toasted grain with a bright, citrus hop backbone. It finished crisp and dry, rounding out the sweet malt. Very good.

The big mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with the right amount of carbonation for this medium to full-bodied APA.

This is a good APA - not too sweet and not too dry with a lot of hops, but not much bitterness. The balance leaves you wanting more and more.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.60 for a single...

The beer pours a dark amber colored base, a moderate sized head, excellent retention, and a nice wavy lacing on the glass at the beginning, not so much at the end! The aroma is a multitude of sweet malts, butterscotch, and lemony hops. Nice balance but a rather faint smell when searching for "the goods".

The taste is well-balanced, a bit dry, tingles on the tongue, but with a great aftertaste. The beer is a prime example of what is drinkable in an APA.

Final Thought: This to me was a hybrid APA-doppelbock. The balance of malts and hops were about equal and very complementary, a fantastic brew!

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brownish-red beauty is a great beer for any weather and season. It doesn't form much of a head, or cling to the glass very well, but the distinctive color (especially for an APA) is delightful. The sweet malty nose carries this brew onto the palate, where the full-bodied malt is joined and balanced by a complex hoppy note that carries all the way beyond the finish into a pleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exceptional -- unusually thick (almost jammy) and smooth for an APA. It is a nice beer in warmer weather, but will be even more drinkable in those early autumn days when the warming character of it's 6% ABV and somewhat higher gravity would perfectly balance its modestly carbonated hoppy overtones. In any season, it would be refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep cherry wood amber underneath a thin yet all encompassing film of foam. Only a few sporadic bubbles rising to the top. Carameled crystal malts with just a dash of citrus. Pretty malty smelling APA. Sweet yet dry caramel malts that have a great toasted character make up the malt bill. The hops give some balance to the sweet bready flavors. Maybe a dash of mint julelp. Very clean, malty palate and one of the best session APA's I've ever had.

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Photo of rlshep
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Dark fruit, Caramel, Piney some citrus.

Appearance: Deep copper color. Smooth creamy off-white head. Some lacing.

Flavor: Very piney followed by caramel. Dark fruit, some raisins and prunes. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium high mouthfeel. A little slick on the tongue. Smooth. Alcohol noticeable but in background.

Overall: Balanced towards the malty caramel side, but still a good hop punch. I really like this beer, I always get it when I go to Cincinnati Reds games.

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Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice golden amber with a good head that leaves nice lacing behind

S : Piney hops with some hints of citrus

T : Has a good blend of hops and malt with a nice bitterness throughout. Some caramel at the end. The finish comes pretty sudden.

M : Light-bodied with good carbonation

D : Good session beer. Real easy to drink

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

It pours a clear dark amber with a finger head of foam that quickly shrinks to a fine layer. Good lacing.

The smell has some caramel sweetness to it along with some slight floral hop notes. It's on the light side but it's good.

The taste is nice! Good caramel sweetness with some biscuit and some grain and I find this is a malt based APA. A few more sips in and the Fuggles hops push some good semi bitterness into the mix. Result. A very tasty and very balanced Pale Ale indeed! Love it and I don't think that there are enough of these types around.

Medium mouthfeel and lightish carbonation help to really bring out the flavours. It finishes on the bitter and dry side. And, drinkability is very good. It's 6%abv but I *know* I could drink 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

Here's another interesting and tasty brew from Christian Moerlein. I'm very happy that I decided to seek some out.

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Photo of iGulp
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper colored IPA with a smooth taste and a pleasant lingering taste. Not too bitter, but a good mouthful of hops. Has a strong feel of carbonation with a very slight sense of sweetness. No real aftertaste.

A well thought out beer with good flavor. Recommend with pork dishes and mellow cheeses.

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Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottled poured into a pint.

A: Deep amber pour that's on the brownish side. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head with good retention. Big ring of lace at the top and just little bits of patching throughout.

S: Sweet malty body that's spotted with deep rustic grains. A noticeable hop character that's slightly acidic. Good balance between the two.

T/M: The balance continues in the taste. Both a nice hop punch with mild bitterness and a hardy malt backbone. Malts are deep and rich with a butter taste and texture. Toward the end, the malts sweeten just a touch.

D: Great tasting and very sessionable. This is one of my go-to beers and I love bringing this to poker games and having other want to try it.

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Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as part of the Beer of the Month thing. It had a great look with a dark red color, foamy brown head and was nicely carbonated. It had a very malty/nut scent to it.

This was a good ale. While it's listed as a pale ale, I would say this is more of a straight malt ale that blended its hops and malt nicely. Very solid beer.

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Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a shiny clear and carbonated prehistoric amber. Two fingers of soft beige head settle to velvety froth. Flaps of lacing flutter along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, sugary toasted malt breeds caramel, toffee, and berry. Light bready yeast precedes a duet of floral and citrus hops. Vanilla and spice flit at the edges.

Upon tasting, the malt is fairly thick and quite rich with fruity sugar and caramel, and boasting of biscuit as well. The hops are considerably less poignant here than in the aroma, but touches of citrus and crisp spice dry the grain capably. Yeasty dough is earthy and the ensuing bitterness is mellow but crisp and lingering, finishing clean and dry. It's a very enjoyable, mainstream profile.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is creamy and round on the palate, and the hops glow a nice bit.

The watchwords are basic, balance, and blending, and the result is very enjoyable, with just enough complexity, but not too much to make it busy. It speaks of care and attention to detail. It's smooth, satisfying, and it goes down especially easily. I drink it and I think of old world brewing pride and passion. It's a session beer that anyone, purist or otherwise, can find pleasing.

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