Lager House Original Golden Helles
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #327
Ranked #47,159
3.5 | pDev: 14.57%
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shimmering chill hazed gold with an uneven firm white blanket sloping towards the drinking side.

The round body has a tingly carbonation that brings bready, malty semi-sweet corn to the palate, transitioning to a nicely crisp and semi-bitter grassy bite, finishing semi-dry.

Aug 21, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a technically decent helles that overstayed its welcome in my fridge and drank a bit tired when i finally cracked into it. its just a tad maltier and fuller than a lot of helles types, and doesnt quite have the visual clarity and brightness i look for in the style, but the flavors are right, a crisping german lager yeast and a simple, earthy, crackery malt base, just doesnt smell or taste very fresh to me, like its been in the bottle way too long. short white head on it, not the frantic carbonation i like, but some life remains, and there is a mineral profile to the beer that seems classically german to me. a little more sweetness in the taste than i like, but its mostly gone by the finish, so it never really seems heavy or anything. with a style like this, where there is so little room for creative freedom, execution is so key, like it has to be amazing to even be good i feel like, with so many solid examples of almost every style readily available these days, and this one really didnt hit that mark for me. not writing it off though, just need to try it fresher next time.

Mar 24, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/24/18...Pours pale dark gold, white ring above, active bubbles. Very light straw nose. Faint. Taste is citrus forward, light and wheaty. Firm grasses take hold. Straws too. Nice.

Jan 01, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this from a mixed 12pck from my local meijer. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had faint grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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LexingtonBeer from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, crisp and citrusy. Taking your first sip is a surprise at first at how citrusy it is at first but it is very well-balanced. This is a very enjoyable summer beer.

Jun 01, 2015
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ch196h from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -14.3%

While I enjoy many of the beers that Moerlein produces, this beer isn't one of them. Perhaps it's because I'm so burned out on any lager style beer. As an American who has been exposed to lagers and variants of lagers as 95% of the beer available for most of my life, I'm sick and tired of the style. If I drink a lager, I want it to offer something new and different from the muck I've been exposed to for most of my life. Many lagers have succeeded in doing this. This lager has not.

It's Okay. As in, it's not a bad beer at all, but you won't be impressed in any special way. This is simply a decent beer compared to most other typical American style lagers. The other offerings from this company are all much better and memorable. This one is really not anything special.

If I didn't know anything about any of the beers this company made and a stranger asked for my recommendation,I'd tell them to try anything except the Helles. All of the beers they make are great except this one.

Nov 16, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Darker than any Helles I've seen to date, it's almost amber and only as clear as the color allows (which is still pretty clear). A fizzy, big-bubbled head makes a fair effort and sets an oily foam atop the brew. It holds as is for the duration, laying down spotting as it goes.
Dry and sweet clash rather than complementing or working off each other. Malts are crackery while a slick sort of sweetness counters and dry hay runs underneath. It's okay.
It's mostly the same but with a distinct note of diacetyl running through. It's a little too grainy as well. Otherwise, that sweetness continues here, and there is an herbal hops note. Oils, grains, and slickness keep it from being remotely clean.
The same goes for what should be a crisp, light-bodied beer; it weighs heavy with an off slickness on the tongue. It is somewhat crisp, but not enough to redeem this beer.

Jul 28, 2014
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My wife and I used to live in the Cincinnati area so Moerlein was a well frequented establishment at that time. When we moved to Chicago, I could no longer get my hands on any of the Moerlein products, so when she was traveling to Cincy for work a few weeks ago I requested that she bring back some Moerlein lagers. Since she was more than happy to fulfill that request, I am finally able to review this beer that I rated several years ago.

This beer pours a slightly off white (yellowish tint) head that is frothy in appearance and dissipates to a thin lacing rather slowly. The beer itself is clear with high carbonation and is a pale golden color. 3.75/5 The aroma is a nice balance of sweet and earthy with caramel and cereal grains coming out from the malt and a slight grassy note coming out from the hops. There is what seems to be a hint of wheat as well, which adds an earthy undertone to the aroma. 4/5 The flavor is very malty but not overly sweet, rather focusing on the grains. There is a bit of pear and peach notes that are very light and come through in the middle before grassy hops make their appearance near the end, bringing with them a moderate bitterness that goes away quickly and does not linger. There is a bit of a buttery after-flavor that lingers lightly but then disappears fairly quickly. As the beer warms, a bit of sweet corn comes through, adding another sweet earthiness to the overall flavor. 3.75/5 A light carbonation burn hits the tongue but recedes quite rapidly. The rest of the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, maybe even a bit oily and seems to coat every inch of the tongue. This leads into, oddly, a very light drying that lingers on the palate after swallowing. 3.25/5 This lager packs plenty of flavor but the mouthfeel is a bit odd for the style. Sweet but earthy and slightly bitter, this beer has a nice balance and is easily sessionable. Particular good on warmer days or while eating hotter food. 3.75/5

Jul 28, 2014
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cadizkyguy from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this Moerlein offering at the Wilder, KY Mellow Mushroom for a Bengals game day lunch. Wanted something local to Cincinnati and glad i chose this. Came in a chilled pint glass. Reminded me alot of Stella Artois but with a smoother finish. Very tasty. Not bitter. Went very well with an all meat pizza. Was so impressed that i went out and purchased a six pack from Party Town in Erlanger KY.

Sep 16, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

fresh 12 oz bottle.
Pours clear, golden with a moderate size head that has weak retention,
Fairly nice aroma of sweet and light roasted malts. Flavor is true to German style heles with no noteworthy faults or strengths.
Medium-light body; lightly crisp carbonation; slightly dry finish.

Aug 09, 2013
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DeFaz from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Jul 19, 2013
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Farewell_Transmission from Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Jul 11, 2013
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screamking from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

May 15, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

May 04, 2013
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Groomsy from Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Apr 12, 2013
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Gavage from Nevada

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Jan 29, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet malts and herbal hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts with hints of malty sweetness and herbal and spicy hops. The hops lend some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a bit cleaner compared to other Munich Helles Lagers and doesn’t have quite as pronounced hop flavors.

Aug 16, 2012
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Lager pours a golden color, with lots of carbonation, and a nice size head, looks refreshing. There is a nice strong pale aroma, very dry, but strong. The taste is a bit watery and light at first, then finishes with a strong dry flavor on the palette. Easy to drink, and enjoyable. Overall this one took me by surprise, the first sip could be better, but the beer gets better the more you drink.

Jun 16, 2012
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barczar from Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a solid one finger ivory head that dissipates into a light later of foam, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is sweet grainy malt, corn, and slightly herbal hop.

Flavor is fairly sweet malt, bready, with a bit of a metallic finish. Slightly spicy hop adds character into the somewhat dry finish.

Body is moderate, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, albeit lacking in intangibles.

Apr 23, 2012
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rangerred from Tennessee

2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

Appearance is a slightly hazy dark gold with a tiny wispy head.

Picked up a slightly floral hop note from the smell but not really much else.

Flavor was somewhat sweet with a light bready grain. A little bit of floral hops but just a very light bitterness. Just not a whole lot going on.

Overall I was a little disappointed with this beer. All the flavors were somewhat muted and it was really boring. Not sure I would seek out again.

Apr 08, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml twist-off.

It pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell isn't like a true helles. More like an APL. The yeast is uncontrolled.

The flavor is sweet and yeasty. A bit of noble hops. Really not typical for the style.

Feb 26, 2012
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Merkur from Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice crisp, clear golden color. A small amout of creamy white head is on top.

Beer smells slighly of hops, but not much happening in the nose.

Beer tastes very crisp and refreshing. Beer has a good amoutn of sweetness and is even slightly buttery.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and carbonated. Very easy drinking with some solid flavor.

Much better than expected.

Feb 19, 2012
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TheHoppiest from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Sep 01, 2011
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steveh from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jul 12, 2011
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keeganfrank from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Apr 30, 2011
Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 195 ratings