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

Served in a pint glass; poured from a cellar temperature bottle. The beer has a golden hue with a bit orange mixed in. There is noticeable carbonation rising within the glass. There was a small white head, but is disappeared very quickly.Virtually no lacing to speak of. It has an average citrus hop aroma. It's pleasant, but unremarkable. It has a typical malty flavor; it's a bit bready and a bit buttery. There is a hop presence, but it is very small. It has a medium body and very little mouth coating. You can really feel the carbonation bubbles. To me, it feels sharp on my tongue. I don't like it all that much, I prefer a smoother lager. The beer is pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to drinkablity. It goes down all right, but with every sip, I kind of wish I had opened a different bottle. There's nothing wrong with this beer, it's a perfectly well made craft brew, but it's average for the field. There are many other beers I prefer more than this one that I would rather drink, but I would refuse a bottle of the Lager House if it were offered to me.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 box299
1.52/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On a recent trip to Cincinnati I was in Nicholson's Gastropub (Gastropub that serves Fish and Chips... Go Figure) they gave me a taste of their Pub Ale. Tasted like spoiled sour butter... I think this beer is the same thing... They told me that pub ale was brewed by the local Sam Adams brewery... same story for the Christian Moerlein.

Pours from the bottle a slightly cloudy yellow with a sour smell.
I tried a two of them which I felt was really one too many.

I like the idea that large brewers like Boston Beer Company try and make a local product but they should put more effort into it. Like most of what I have tasted from BBW, I don't think this is really not up to their normal standards.

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

I bought a sixer at the Liquor Barn in Lexington. Thought i'd give it a try since it was made up the road in Cincy.

It poured a golden yellow color with a white head that left quickly. It looked like good summertime refreshment.

Not much smell at all really. Maybe some faint hops. I figure as long as the smell is not offensive or skunky I am okay with that.

The taste was of some sweet malt, some citrus hops but the finish seemed kinda oily or something. The aftertaste is not as pleasing as the initial flavors that hit your palate. It is still fairly thin and goes down ok on a summer day.

All in all this was not bad, but I know there are better Helles out there. Maybe in Cincy at a bar I might try this again, but I am not running to the store to get more of this anytime soon.

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Photo of Mardukk
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a limited head with little lacing a clear dark golden color.

Smells very malty.

Tastes malty with little to no hop balancing. Slightly buttery and lighlty toasted. Extemely light mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Quite drinkable with the limited carbonation and light mouthfeel.

The lack of hop presence reminds me of a cheap adjunct lager. Definitely not up to par for the style. I thought maybe I had poured the wrong beer in my glass when I first tasted this as it tastes very BMC.

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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 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 gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling copper hue with a fluffy one finger head.

Aroma is sweet malty mix with hints of flowery hops. Notes of toasted bread from the malts.

Taste is bitter and sweet and mostly mild.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery and thin. Carbonation is good and refreshing. Decent summer lawn mower beer.

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Photo of skizziks
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma hits with lemon, bread dough, some malt sweetness, and hints of caramel as the 2" white head quickly fizzes away to a thin slick with a few large bubbles clinging to the edges. Plenty of sticky lace left behind. The beer is a deep gold, dark for a helles.

Lemony spicy hops ride over a biscuity malt base. The canned vegetal flavor of DMS is present but not overwhelming. A bracing bitterness swallows the struggling malt and cleans up the whole mess into a fairly rapid and dry finish. Unfortunately, the DMS survives into an annoying aftertaste.

Light body with medium high carbonation makes this easy to toss back, an important quality in a helles, but otherwise this fairly inoffensive lager misses the helles-mark pretty badly. Definitely not in Spaten territory. If you are looking for an inoffensive quencher at a reasonable price, this is fine. If you want all of the subtle and refreshing qualities of a fine German helles, keep looking.

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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 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 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 ltjska04
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first 'legal' beer I had two years ago with an excellent steak dinner at the Precinct in Cincinnati. This week I tried another bottle at the Southgate House and decided it needed another review. This beer basically tastes like a slightly more flavorful BMC. It is a bit more golden than the others with only a little more taste and smell. The big advantage this has over the big guys is that it's local which raises it a couple notches in my book. While nothing special, I would recommend at least trying it when in the Cincinnati area if for nothing else than to support the local brewery.

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