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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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by TheBierBand on 07-21-2008

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 188
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

3.0 A: Light straw color and crystal clear. Two fingers of soapy head that falls quickly, even in a flute. Not really any lacing going on.

4.5 S: The aroma is quite enjoyable. Lots of sweetness, but not cloying at all. Grainy and a touch of straw. Simple, yet elegant. Hops are minimal.

4.0 T: Again, sweet yet not cloying. Earthy, a bit grainy but much less than in the smell. A bit doughy as well. Hops are minimal again and it works well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and creamy. Everything checks out here.

5.0 D: Pretty good beer. I usually hate the style, but this one is a winner.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one via a trade with brew3crew

A: Pours a perfectly clear medium golden color with a 1/2 layer of white head which quickly receeds to a thin topping. Even after sitting in the glass for a few minutes there is still ample carbonation rising, reminds me a little of champagne bubbles

S: The aroma are subtle, with hints of sweet tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), oranges, and a light bread/yeast backing.

T: The flavor is very clean with citrus and a light pepper flavor at first. The finish is dry with a lingering taste of bread dough

M: Very pleasing, with a medium light body and plenty of carbonation.

D: I could easily see going through a 6-pack of this on a hot day.

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Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle from the sampler pack, purchased at Kroger's in Finneytown, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light amber or toasted straw color, good visibility. 1 finger of white head forms and holds for a bit. Some lacing here and there.

S: Light floral and grassy hops with a prick of spice. Grainy and lightly toasted malts.

T/M: More of the grainy and lightly toasted malts with a touch of added sweetness. The hops are a bit softer but still have that earthy and grassy taste. From the middle and through the end, it tightens up into a crisp, dry finish with a touch of lasting bitterness. Body is medium-light with decent carbonation.

D: Tasty enough and very sessionable. Wouldn't mind knocking a few more of these back after a long day in the sun. Their website lists this as 5.2% ABV

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of tapman
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A relatively small, though compact, head atop a medium-orange body. At first glance not completely transparent and lo and behold there is yeast at the bottom of this bottle! Bottle conditioned lager? Hell Yeah! Is that typical for the style? Regardless I love when I find a 'real' ale.

A sour, wine-like aroma; smells like a chardonney (sp.). Beneath that a mild yeast mustiness and a thin, slightly sweet and toasty, pale malt aroma. Definitely plenty of grape in the nose.

At first taste a strong bitterness and cider-like flavor. After it warms a little some buttery yeast and a subtle, fruity noble hop taste indicates more than an average amount of hops, but not too much. Even further along, a light apple taste mixed with some toasty, biscuity light roast malts. I left most of the yeast in the bottle, but I would like to try to chill it further and try it with less yeast next time, and then more yeast the time after that!

Light with a little chewiness. Balanced carbonation to the body texture. Refreshing.

I am not too experienced with a Munich Helles, but I do like this beer. Nothing offsetting about it in the taste, though the nose is a little to vinous for my taste.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - Recieved in Beer Powerball week 2, courtesy of NCSUDO, much appreciado Jake.

A - Slightly rough pour gives off 2 fingers of head. They hang for a moment and then to a thin patchy surface on the beer, color is a nice amber hue, clear as water as I would expect a helles to be.

S - Malty, grainy notes, slight touch of honey, herbal grassy hints, slight biscuit character as well. dig it.

T - Definite biscuit, bitter up front only slightly, citrusy lemon rind, very nice and clean.

M - crisp, clean, unobnoxious, carb is perfect, body is full yet simple and light on the finish.

D - at 5.2 this is a damn fine session.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no dates I could interpret despite lots of numbers on the bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a very thin circle of white foam around the edge of the glass. Wisps of foam across the top of the beer. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. No lacing seen.

Smell: Sweet malt with a mild cider-like smell to it. There is a definite lager smell to the beer...but it's well on the sweet side. The hops are quite muted.

Taste: This beer is very good and full of flavor when cold. Sweet malt up front followed by a crisp hop finish. Some lingering cider and fruit-like flavors in the end. A very refreshing flavor profile even if a bit simple in style. It's well on the sweet side of things though - some may find it not balanced enough for a lager.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue, but there is some stickiness to the beer after the carbonation is gone. A little bit of a cling to the teeth.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable. I could easily have another of these. It went very well with a meal (refried bean burritos) and I could easily see myself drinking a few of these with some nuts on the side, popping them in while chatting and drinking the beer for quite awhile. But I have a sweet tooth - I think for some this could get old after a few, but if you balance it with something stronger or salty, then it will shine nicely.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark yellow to very light orange with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. there is some lacing on the glass.

S: There is a grainy sweetness with a touch of toasted malt. Biscuity throughout. a background citrusy hop note. Im gettin a little DMS here but nothing unpleasant

T: Malty sweetness, very well balanced with a citrusy hop noted. medium bitterness that balances the malt well. Finishes dry and malty

M: medium body and very smooth

D: Pretty good beer. I liked it better as I made my way through the pint. initially wasn't crazy, by the end I wanted another.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of beerman207
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange with some head left behind. Little lacing left behind

S: Malt is dominant with some mild hops coming through.

T: Sweet beer that has malt and hop presence.

M: Smooth and medium modied.

D: This beer is solid overall as a go to that isn't too heavy.

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Photo of bwood06
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew is a medium amber in color with a hesitant creamy tan head. Lacings are present but not bountiful Spiderwebbing is also evident.

Smell: Aroma is a little thin, but has some toasted maly and perhaps a slight buttery bread presence.

Taste: Flavor curve is a shallow bell curve. Flaor strength is not overpowering but does have some interesting transformations during phase changes. A strong buttery malt hits initially which morphs into a nice creamy bitter tingle and sustain has the malt reappearing. A very subdued laor which is quite acceptable for neophyte drinkers or for just party guests.

Mouthfeel: This brew sits quite well on the palate and finished rather clean. These is little to no aftertaste. Quite well executed.

Drinkability: This beer has a smooth presence and tends to go down rather quickly. By the time you are finished you find yourself wishing you had more. That pretty much says it all.


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Photo of TheBierBand
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The newest offering from one of my favorite beer companies: Christian Moerlein. This is widely available in the greater Cincinnati area.

Poured into a pint glass to produce a perfect 1" creamy white head. The foam didn't last too long and dwindled down to a thin cap leaving almost no lace. The color of the lager beer is a rich golden color.

The nose is subtile with hints of lightly toasted malt. Also a buttery sweetness is apparent.

Taste: A good refreshing Helles... Sweetish, malt.... almost no hops.... just a touch to balance. Buttery goodness.

MF: Refreshing and thirst quenching. Good summer-time beer.... appropriately carbonated and has a thin consistancy.

Drinkability: Hell yeah.... all day long.

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Photo of steveh
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of jdspears41
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy this brewery and this is a great golden beer. I like this beer on a nice warm day sitting next to the pool.

A- Beautiful color when poured into a glass. Its a golden color with a nice little head on top.

S- Its not a crazy strong smell, but does have a great hint of hops to it.

T- Its my "miller lite" or "Bud light". I can drink this stuff all day and not get sick of it.

M- It has a smooth feel and goes down nice.

D- Easy to drink and great to have a cooler full of it.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow/golden with streaming carbonation.

S: A sweet cereal aroma is dominate in this brew.

T: Cereal and malty. This beer is packs more flavor than I would have guessed.

M: Full bodied yet crisp. Definitely interesting.

D: This is a very smooth brew. I'd consider is a summer beer.

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Photo of becktone
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The newest beer to roll out from Christian Moerlein. I believe that it came out, or hit the shelves about a week or two ago. I've been looking for a good helles, I've just not gotten started with a crusade to find them yet, heres a good start.

Eye: Clear as spring water from the mountains. Head is thin with some shotty looking lace. Color is quite nice, it is actually golden in color, no hints of yellow, just golden, if you want to compare it to a color on the color wheel it'd be close to orange, a secondary color....why did I include this..about the secondary color....I really don't know. Anyway, the color and clarity make up for the lack of head as far as its look goes, though a nice frothy looking head would really give this beer some optical attributes.

Nose: Big malt body, not much hop aroma-pretty much hidden but what I do get is a spicy earthy hop. I'm getting some diacetyl-buttery- that shouldn't ever be present in a lager-smells alot like some kind of english bitter or pale ale. In my opinion not too clean or crisp. Malt aroma is caramel and some nuttiness.

Tongue: Strong malt backing on this one. Diacetyl detected in the aroma really isn't present in taste. Notes of caramel and some slight nuttiness come through to meld with an overall malt sweetness. Hops are spicy and give the beer life as they nicely counteract and give opposition to the sweetness. Maybe some woody notes in there as well, with a sweet flavor akin to ginger ale...

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Body is medium with delicate carbonation. Finish is close to dry. This is an easy drinking beer that I do enjoy. I can definitely see myself picking this one up again when in the mood for malt rather than hops.

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Photo of screamking
3.66/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Merkur
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden cast with a slight white head of fine foam that leaves some blobs of lace behind on the glass as it melts. The nose is grainy with floral hop notes and apple skin. Slight bready grain and mild steely hops make up the flavor profile on this one. Light bodied and crisp, finishes dry. A pretty run of the mill lager.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The newest beer from CM, located at Kroger's for $8 a sixer.

Appearance - pours a golden color with good clarity. A modest fizzy head forms up, soapy and thin. It holds pretty well for a bit despite little beading support from underneath. Eventually goes pretty bare but maintains a good collar.

Aroma - a light toasted malt, maybe a touch of diacetyl or metal.

Taste - lightly toasted grain, a touch of either diacetyl and/or metal. That fades after several sips. Not much for hops beyond a bit for balancing. Finishes with a bit more toasty character coming out, my favorite part of the brew. I think it could use more hops to get a little closer to style, but this is a fine attempt at a Munich Helles. I am reminded of another beer I had around Christmas '07 - Molson Old Vienna (O.V.). That light toastiness, like an 'OFest Light'. The persistent smack of butteriness and toastiness remind me of it, but the flavor is not as thin here and comes across more vibrantly than the 12-month old O.V.'s I had.

Mouthfeel - thin, crisp, a light bit of smoothness, well done.

Drinkability - not a great sessionable, but a good one. It would work for most any season except maybe winter. I imagine it would do well with a number of foods, too.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This very much called to mind Bitburger. Poured golden, a bit washed-out. Flavor was clean and crisp, with a distinctive German hops note that, to me, always carries a slight note of grape. Just a bit thin and lacking however - not bad, but seemed like the grain bill could have been improved.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as an extra in a trade recently. I had a bunch of the Morlein stuff in the past but never have seen this one. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/12/2008.

The pour was decent, nice hazy golden amber with a smallish white head of foam that fizzled out over the course of a few moments. Still though, this was more the decent looking and tied in with a bunch of carbonation.

The aroma was light, lots of grain and bready malts dominating with a touch of light earthy hops in the foreground. The flavor ws more of the same, musty bready malts with a light touch of grass and a tons of just bisuit like flavor. Light mouthfeel with more the adequate carbonation led to a decent and pretty sessionable ale.

Overall though it ws a decent effort, though I have to admit not very exciting. I would not mind trying it again thought I would doubt that i would pay for one.

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