Christian Moerlein Exposition Lager | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Exposition LagerChristian Moerlein Exposition Lager
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Christian Moerlein Exposition LagerChristian Moerlein Exposition Lager

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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-26-2012

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by screamking:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

I can't find a age statement on this bottle but I know its not too fresh. Regardless here is my review. It pours a deep golden brown with a one finger khaki head. I must say I like the color. This beer has a very sweet nose on it. The smell reminds me of an amber lager. Not a lot to pick out, I find it hard to find good aroma notes on lagers.

The taste follows the aroma closely, very sweet. A lot sweeter than your typical American lager, but has a lager feel for sure. Lots of carbination in there as well. This is the type of beer you drink all day long. I would really like to try this fresh, the only reason I bought it in April is my store had it on sale for 3.99 a sixer. I imagine this would very nice on tap.

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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel and toasted mats in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has lots of flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with a bit of sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is quite malty, it’s also rather drinkable. It is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always ready to try a Vienna Lager. I know a lot of my fellow BAs hate these things, but I love 'em. This one was poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams signature glass. Pours a nice, clear golden amber color, but unfortunately there is not much head at all (unforgivable for a Vienna Lager). Faint nose with some nice sweet malty tones, toast, and a bit of pepper.

Very traditional Vienna Lager flavor of sweet, clean, toasted malt in front and a nice pleasant spiciness in back. The feel on this one is a bit thin however, and that takes away from the enjoyment. I'm not sure if it's the low carbonation or if the beer is just a tad light in flavor, but I can't help but notice it. The spiciness on the back brings a touch of lemon with it, almost like iced tea. I'm usually not fond of this kind of taste intrusion in a Vienna Lager, but somehow the lighter body of this one makes it rather refreshing.

Like all Vienna Lagers, this one would pair well with lots of foods from chicken to burgers to pasta to pizza. I probably wouldn't buy this again simply because I have good access to Great Lakes Eliot Ness (which I consider something of a standard), but this is not a bad beer. A bit more carbonation and a bit more body to give it some ``chewiness'', and this beer would shine.

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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a rich iced tea amber color, very watery head of large shallow bubbles, fading quickly. Sparse lacing, not much grab to it. Great color to start but the top pulls the rug out.

Aroma - sweet caramel, toasty. Maybe a touch of brown sugar after it sets up.

Taste - toasty sweet malt, a bit like caramelized sugar. Not much hop balance, allowing the sugars to run a bit. A little bite but this stays on the malty, Vienna side. I like.

Mouthfeel - a little glide to the brew, decently smooth and flowing. Low-key carbonation, medium-bodied.

Drinkability - outstanding fireside beer for any season but summer. It reminds me of Boston Lager without the intense noble hop element. Malty, smooth, a tasty VL.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a quiet and understated confidence, this elegant lager transcends the standard taste of pilsners with complementary "Vienna" malt for authentic German taste, texture, and satisfaction.

In true German presentation, this mug 'o beer pours with a stern bronze hue and clarity that proudly bolsters its creamy carbonation. Building a foam cap of off white coloration, those bubbles lead to long lasting retention and broken pockets of lace left behind. The beer does little to the eye to suggest anything less than it's a stellar beer.

Pilsner malt aromas lurk just behind a foreground of bread crust, light toast, mild nutty notes, and a pleasant grain scent that shies slightly away from caramel- it's much more elegant than that. Savory bread, toffee, and freshly baked barley govern the nose as the mildest of wood notes emit in its hoppy form.

The clean aromas manifests itself in taste just as confidently as it does in scent. The marriage of soft pilsner sweetness to the toasted malt taste provides a perfectly rounded near-toffee sweetness, but more so a starchy bread taste that informs the sweetness without leaving it one-dimensionally sweet. The malty-sweet body of the beer reveals fresh crusted bread, grape nuts cereal, pecans, and faint butterscotch. The malty balance, though, its not without the supple support of mild tea-like herbal hop notes and clean minty/woody bitterness to close the beer.

Medium bodied and malty-rich, the savory taste trails into texture as well. Full creaminess is in effect and retains its structure until very deep into finish where the mild alcohol warmth, faint hop dryness, and slightly receding malts prevent the beer from cloying. Though I'd prefer a tad more hop character, this beer excels in its malt complexities and sheer pleasure in taste.

It's quite ironic how the self-professed German-style brewery, Christian Moerlein can make these labor intensive beers seem effortless in recipe formation and brewing execution, yet struggle with similar success of easier American beer styles.

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