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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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fairly typical of less authentic versions of the style. With a bit more cleanliness, the beer would fare well. But with this style of beer, its all about the clean.

An almost clear golden beer pour with a part froath/part fizzy head that struggles to last half the session. A fair look but not impressive.

Straw, bread-like crackers, and a grainy sweet character carries the aroma and taste. Heavy on the sweet and low hop flavor/bitterness keeps the beer weighted heavily on the tongue. The mild oily flavor, aroma, and feel dulls the crisp and clean character of the beer underneath and also adds to the weight of the beer.

If the beer avoided the diacetyl (oily) character, attenuated better, and had any herbal hop flavor or balanced bitterness, then a better assessment can be made. With that, there's too many distractions- not sure if this is an attempt at a Munich Helles or a Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, or anywhere in between- pretty non-descript.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"9284A..." on bottom of glass, "29609N" inkjet on the neck. Guessing this is a Julian date, and could be the 284/296th day of 2009, making it 4ish months old. $0.99 at Binny's Plainfield.

Poured into a stange glass, for lack of a pilsner glass.

Crystal clear gold, occasional streams of carbonation. A finger of head with a light sheen to it, recedes to a solid cover that remains for a good while. Aroma is very minerally, wet hay, grain.

Saltine cracker, crisp, pretty dry in the end leaving a faint breadiness. A very mild bitter elelment, no hop flavor left that I can pick up. Aftertaste of honey minutes later. Crisp carbonation, then dry. This is fairly average, though fresh on draft it may be better.

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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a thin, white head. Simple and honest, do if I had a lovely, scantily-clad assistant to shout "ta-da!" I may be more enthusiastic.

Smell: A bit of a weak nose, really, with only mild, transient notes of lightly toasted malts, floral hops, and thinly sliced apples.

Taste: All the light pale maltiness one would expect as well as a thin trace of toasted breadiness and slight honeyish sweetness. Fruity spritz of Yellow Delicious Apple juice. Floral German hops with a light bitterness. The finish is appropriately drying, but kind of empty in terms of taste, like a movie that ends oddly abruptly.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, serviceable lager when it comes to light, easy drinking, but, for me, I'm left wanting just a skosh more in the flavor and aroma department. Next time I'd like to see a little more, Moerlein.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden honey that is almost dark enough to be considered pale orange. The compact crown is also a tweener (eggshell and ecru) with respect to color. It looks decent, doesn't dissipate too quickly, and does an okay job laying down lace. Not a bad look.

The nose is, as always, reflective of the ingredients. Using earthy-nutty Munich malt in a Munich helles lager doesn't seem like the greatest idea. Especially since the original intent was for the Germans to compete with Czechoslovakian pilsners. Musty hops (Hallertau Hersbrucker) don't add much of note.

CMBC Lager House Original Golden Helles is slightly better than average beer. However, it doesn't taste golden and it doesn't taste helles (bright). Again, a different grain bill would have been used if I was sailing this ship. Then again, I have never been fond of Munich malt.

A modest hop bite saves it. It tastes like all 19 IBUs were put to good use... and it tastes like this is a pretty fresh bottle. The remainder of the flavor profile includes well-toasted bread, toasted nuts and tea leaves. Tastes like a less malty, more hoppy Oktoberfest Light.

A slightly larger than expected mouthfeel pulls this score up a notch as well. The beer is lagery smooth with some pleasantly roughed up edges thanks to well-done carbonation.

Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles may not be the poster child for the style, but it has enough going for it to be a worthwhile purchase for those Cincinnatians looking to drink locally brewed beer. Assuming it wasn't brewed at Pennsylvania's Lion Brewery, as it has been in the past.

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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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Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale amber in color and a nice two finer head that sticks a bit. One column of bubbling. Very light tasted malt and some faint banana notes from the yeast. A little off-putting for a Munich Helles. But some grassy hops. Crisp yet yeasty fruit taste to this helles. Some toasted water crackers for malt, herbal, grassy hops, and some banana and bubblegum yeast. crisp,but a little too yeasty for my taste in a helles.

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Photo of Brenden
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 babaracas
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with fast fading 2 finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: light toastiness, grain, husk, maybe a little lemon, veggieness. Taste: biscuity, grassy, lemon, a little honey and husk. Generally subdued, I'm not getting that light spiciness I expected. Light bodied, active carbonation, semi sticky / semi dry finish. This one didn't really do it for me, though I liked their ofest.

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Photo of rangerred
2.61/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams "bubble" glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a quickly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Buttered toast and subtle malt profile
Taste-Fruity malt, slight hop profilein finish-A bit thin-bodied
Overall, easy to drink-a couple of notches above a macrobrew

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Photo of crossovert
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 8/25/10

Very clear, slightly pale shade of golden yellow. Poured 1/2 inch of foam that immediately began fizzing out. It was a very visible dispersion. Meager patches of retention.

Subtle toasted malt supports an aroma that is otherwise grassy & earthy. Floral hop notes with a vaguely herbal notion. Wisps of spice. There's a mild semblance of citric notes, though they are restrained & seem kind of watery. Doughy yeast undertones - especially as it warms.

Lager House has a very grassy taste all-around with a penchant for herbal, floral & faint spice tones. It's reasonably hopped & fits well with the toasted malt profile. Hints of bread & a minimal sweetness. Hints of dusty yeast way in the back. As it warms there are medicinal notions.

Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. While it's cold the finish is crisp & clean; as it warms, it finishes with a muddled bent. Grassy notes linger.

My enjoyment of Lager House closely follows the progression of the finish. In this particular instance, I think a cooler temperature works in this beer's favor.

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Photo of Drew966
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles pours a golden yellow with a thin whtie head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The flavor is a bit grainy, there is a touch of lemon like twang. Not bad, a reasonable substitute for macro lagers.

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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 FtownThrowDown
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold in color with whatever head there is disappearing before I can walk away from the counter. Smell is malty, but not a very good malt. Not a lot of hops or spice in this at all. Very malty, highly carbonated. Tastes very BMC'ish. A little puckering, bittering in the end, but I'm not sure that's from any semblance of hopping. A little bit of a letdown from Moerlein.

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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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