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 Lager House Original Golden HellesChristian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles

Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
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 bwood06
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Christian Moerlein Lager House Original Golden Helles from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 190 ratings