Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager HouseMoerlein Lager House
Moerlein Lager HouseMoerlein Lager House
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202-4141
United States

(513) 421-2337 | map

Notes: House brews are listed here:
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Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Whoa, this place is way bigger than I thought, both on the bar and patio side, as well as the restaurant side. This is a full blown, full service restaurant with a large two-sided bar extending into a large patio, as well as a multi-floor restaurant seating area that showcases great views of the city. It has easy access to event spaces downtown, and...terrible parking, especially if the only reason you're coming down here is to hang out at the brewery.

Service was a bit lackluster, as they would often get side-tracked socializing with each other, while fully aware numerous patrons were empty on beer or ready to place their first order. Some of the staff also seemed somewhat unfamiliar with beer in general--both knowledge-wise, and in basic pouring technique--so it seems they have a higher than normal turnover rate for bar staff, who I usually find to be the most reliable staff in a larger establishment like this.

Beer itself was of a nice quality, and the taplist was shockingly large and varied, not just offering a few lagers, but all different kinds of variations on that theme, as well as some ales and guest drafts.

The food, for me, is the reason to come back here, as Moerlein is a really solid restaurant serving hefty portions of quality food.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This large eating and drinking establishment is conveniently located across the street from Great American Ballpark. It has a large bar and eating area in a really pleasant, informal setting. They serve house Moerlein beers but also have some really nice guest taps, as well as bottles and cans of good regional and national craft beer. There is a decent menu of pub cuisine that is well-prepared and tasty. There are numerous TV's scattered throughout so you can watch the Reds action. The wait staff is attentive but not hovering. Overall, this is a great place to enjoy before, during or after a ballgame or, for that matter, any time.

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Photo of francus
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Wonderful beer and food and an excellent view. The service was very good and we never felt rushed despite the place being packed. To bad it was cold an rainy. I would have loved to eaten outside. Next time I'm in Cincinnati I will have to come here again.

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Photo of C_Adams
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went here after a Saturday afternoon Reds game. The place was packed but we managed to get a table. The beer selection is incredible. I tried a few of their different beers and they were all pretty good. The food was also pretty good.

My only complaints are that the tables are too close together and you have to seat yourself. I saw several spilled beers because people were walking between tables and bumping into them. As more and more people starting coming in from the game it started getting really crowded and people were standing everywhere.

Overall it was a very cool place and will be back again when I'm in town for a game.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I give this place a perfect score. The reality is most of the house beer here is just decent. But they have an awesome variety of great guest beers. The food is amazing! The location is stellar. Check it out after a Bengals or Reds game.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I think it's safe to say this is a unique place. The Lager House is two stories. It's much more of a restaurant atmosphere than a lager house atmosphere. Regardless, there is a bar on each floor. It is more advisable, however, to go there for a meal. The food is excellent and there is essentially a full restaurant menu.

You can try all of the Christian Moerlein beers on tap as well as a decent list of other guest taps. Flights are available. The beers a whole are above average but noting terribly exciting in my opinion. The OTR Ale and Vienna Lager are the highlights of the Moerlein lineup. The Moerlein beers are in name only as the original brewery went belly up during Prohibition. The current business owner has been wisely buying up old Cincinnati brewery names and revitalizing the core of the beer experience in Cincinnati.

The overall atmosphere is what sells the place. The entire establishment is on the banks of the Ohio and half of the building is glass offering a full view of the river and the magnificent Roebling Suspension Bridge. The is a wrap around patio as well for very pleasant and scenic outside dining.

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Photo of bwood06
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Very reasonable prices for food and beer. Bar area is nice and separated from the regular seating. Great view out over the Ohio River and just across the street from Great American Ballpark. Good selection of food, but food is not amazing (jazzed up pub food essentially with a few more higher quality offerings).

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Photo of UcDru
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere here is pretty solid beer is slightly above average as is the food. Place is plenty big so there are a lot of seating options. Has more of a Restaurant feel than a brewery but all in all a cool experience.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Beautiful, enormous place with 2 bars in a great location next to the ball park. The river bank has developed into a very nice area of bars and restaraunts where it is located too. Everything I have had to eat is very good to excellent. Try the beer cheese and meat and cheese trays for warm ups. Moerlein makes some pretty good beers, but they also have a solid selection of guest beers. If you are downtown, give it a try.

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Photo of gpm9826
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I frequent Moerlein Lager house for amazing beer as well as exceptional food. Upstairs is much more quiet and better for a romantic evening and downstairs is perfect for game days. Every time I go the service is above par and the wait staff is very knowledgeable about the entire menu.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to the Moerlein Lager House several times and the atmosphere is excellent with a great view of the Ohio River, plenty of TVs for sports viewing.
The quality of beer and food are excellent. They have several home brews and guest taps in addition to several bottles from the best brewers around the world.
The service is again excellent, they allow you try any of the Moerlein brews before purchase.
The selection is of course mostly of the Moerlein brews, but the have a couple of guest taps and several bottles.
The food is top notch for a brew pub/restaurant.

If you ever come to Cincinnati this place is a destination. Put it on your to do list.


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Photo of patpbr
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A prime location in the banks. Ballpark across the street and river in view. When its baseball season this is a great place to grab some good beers before heading into Great American Ballpark. (It can get really crowded right before and right after a game.) Had dinner on the lower level overlooking the Ohio River on a more mild day and both experiences were good.

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Photo of Oldkentman
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I have been about 5 times now. The food is good, but may be a touch pricey for what you get. The atmosphere is great. Cool building with great views. My service has always been quite good and the servers know what they are talking about when it comes to beer. They are patient, will answer questions, and are willing to go get you some samples to help you make a decision. Overall, this may not be the end-all, but it is a very fun, very nice place with good food and a good beer selection along with a knowledgable staff.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've visited Moerlein Lager House about a dozen times since it opened in early 2012.

Great location on the edge of downtown Cincinnati, right across the street from Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds) and a few blocks from Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals). Awesome views of the Ohio river!

Two level building with private party rooms for large groups, a patio area that is open to the outdoors in warm weather, and a bar on each level.

The main floor bar features primarily Moerlein beers on tap. The bar on the upper level features the "guest drafts" which I've seen range from everyday stuff like Fat Head's Head Hunter to limited stuff like Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout. You can order any beer on the menu from either bar, but expect to wait a bit if you order a guest draft from upstairs while seated at the main level bar as your bartender has to go upstairs to get it. They also offer an extensive bottled beer list, wine, and liquor.

I've had the pleasure of eating several of the menu items, spicy garlic shrimp, meat and cheese board, prime rib, fish and chips, beer can chicken melt, and many other items as well. All are good if not great, definitely not your run of the mill bar food.

Service has generally been very good, but a few of the bartenders are a little slow even when it's not that crowded.

Overall, I love Moerlein Lager House. If you are near dowtown Cincinnati you should definitely check it out.

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Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Vibe: The restaurant is located right across the street from Great American Ball Park and is a good spot for pregame food and drinks. I arrived there at about 3 pm before a Reds game and easily got a nice table next to the window with a panoramic view overlooking the Ohio River and Roebling Suspension Bridge. The place seemed well-suited to handle pregame crowds, having two floors, a large bar area and plenty of standing room on the outdoor patios.

Quality: The restaurant combines good food with quality microbrews and seemed to have the best selection of craft beers in the vicinity of the ballpark.

Service: The wait staff was friendly and provided prompt service; it seemed like they were well equipped to handle the onslaught of customers before a ball game.

Selection: The restaurant had about 10 house beers on-tap, another 10 guest beers on-tap and then a bunch of bottled beers. Most of the draft beers were offered in both 17 ounce and 22 ounce sizes; flights were also available.

Food: The quality and presentation of the food was very good. There were a variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and entrees to choose from including German dishes such as soft pretzels with beer cheese and hot mettwurst.

Value: The price of the beer was reasonable and the food was a bit pricey compared to other places in the area (entrees were about $15-25, but were appropriately priced given the quality of the food).

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Photo of rodney4130
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Even if you are not a fan of their bottled beers, you owe it to yourself to drop by and visit the fresh, Cincinnati made product. The brewers really know what they're doing and are tweaking the in house recipes to make some really fine beer. They also have a solid list of guest taps and bottles. Food is tasty, but a bit pricey. The building is beautiful and is in a really lovely part of town. Can't understand why some would say otherwise.

Service was fine, but the server didn't know anything about what he was selling (He offered a Creme Brulee stout by someone called "Imperial Brewing"? I thought Southern Tier made that....). But that doesn't matter a lot of you know your beer anyway. Had the beer can chicken melt along with a house made dunkel and an IPA. Food was very good, but not mind blowingly so. The dunkel was great, and while the IPA wasn't necessarily to my taste, it was really well made.

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Photo of bmantravel
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited after a Reds game a few weeks ago. I thought it would be a huge wait as we walked over after an afternoon baseball game. No wait at all.

The biggest surprise was the guest beer list. They have 4-5 bottles in each major beer category, around 50 in total. Someone who really knows beer selected them - most were the best known global or USA regional brewers in a category (Bells, Youngs, a few Belgiums), but some I had not tried before. We went through six different bottles - none skunked, but we did find two missing in our ordering. The bottle selection alone makes this one of the top five beer bars in Cincinnati. Add in view it is well worth a visit, even if you do not care for the Moerlein options. The servers know very little about beer, so do not expect any help.

From my review on Trip Advisor...

- Best view of the River in town. The dinning rooms overlook the Roebling Bridge. Better view than the Boathouse. It will get better as they develop the new park area by the river.
- Easy walk from the Reds Stadium - it is really next door (It took 10 minutes to get out of the stadium and around from the east, but if you exit the stadium on the west side, it is a less than 1 minute walk)
- Great Beer List - They have all their products (6 Moerlein beers on tap) - $5 per pint. Legacy Cincinnati Beers (I think Hudi in cans was $3). And they had a very great bottle list from other breweries. I know beer and they had some of the best beers by style on their list of about 40-50 bottles. Only thing missing was guest kegs....maybe in the future.

-Food is upscale pub grub. Well executed, but not memorable.
- Service was OK. No mistakes, but some wait for check, refills. While not packed, it was a very busy place after the game.
- The place is very large. Two floors of dinning rooms, some private dinning rooms, two bar areas, and a nice outdoor seating area. They could easily seat 400+ people.
- The place is well decorated (shiny and new). It has huge windows overlooking the river. Lots of wood details. Pictures celebrating Cincinnati & Moerlein brewing history around the restaurant.
- Price - It is a bit expense compared to a local sports bar in the suburbs (burger plater $10), beers $5 per pint. But cheaper than the stadium next door ($5 Moerlein versus $8 Bud)

Overall, I recommend it.

Visited May 2012

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Photo of tARsh
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

As long as you aren't ordering anything by moerlein house brewers you won't regret coming.
Despite being in well; not the nicest area of Cinci this taphouse did not let me down. And frankly, I wanted it to.
Smaller yet very solid "guest" compilation of revolving taps. Certainly worth a look; one of the best ambiances in the area for having some pints.
Will be returning and to eat be posting an updated review on their fodder when I can.
Frankly though I have heard good things about their food, even if it is a bit over priced.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited the Lager House last Sunday before a Reds game. First of all it is great to actually see bars on the Ohio side FINALLY. I love the fact that it is right by the GABP. I walked in and was met with a very modern looking interior, probably because it is a new building. There was a lot of stonework with plenty of windows to look out at the Ohio River. The dining area had a wait but we managed to squeeze in at the bar on the beer garden side. The beer garden didn't open until noon. I thought that was odd on a game day with a 1:10 start.

Anywho, I had a flight. I couldn't choose the beers. It came with four 4oz samples. Meh. My buddies and I shared a bucket of Little Kings, which were delicious, and got a free maibock from an order snafu. I had a tuna burger to eat, awesome! The tuna came with homemade chips, but they were sweet potato chips. I am not a fan of sweet potato fries, but the chips were good. My friends each had a reuben sandwich. Neither complained nor raved about the cuisine.

Christian Moerlein had 8 house beers on tap as well as their bottled and canned selections. They also had a nice selection of guest taps that I found out that they served at the upstairs bar, which I did not venture up to due to time restrictions. The service was adequate for as busy as they were. It is going to be a regular pre/post game stop for Reds games. Great atmoshere and food.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stop # 338 on my world brewery tour.

Full disclosure - I am a Cincinnatian of 6 years and confessed Morelerin hater. I'm not of the opinion that history and tradition make industrial pre-prohibition macro lagers any better. Cincinnati needs more good beer, not more reviving of said lagers.

With that being said, the Moerlein Lager House is awesome.

It's second only to the Stone World Bistro & Gardens in terms of jaw-dropping architecture and presence. Right on the banks of the Ohio river between the baseball and football stadium and overlooking a small park you could not ask for a location with a better view. Tall glass walls allow you to easily take in the sights. Large wrap-around decks make it even better when weather cooperates.

We knew it was busy so we went for an early lunch on Saturday (11:10). By the time we left, it was packed.

Two floors with dining and a long bar on each.

The good news for non-Moerlein drinkers like me is the great (not-world class) guest taps...

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - 13 oz $6
Chimay Tripel 13 oz $10
Duchesse de BOurgogne 13 oz $12
Founders Breakfast Stout 13 oz $8
The following were all 16 oz $6 22 oz $7.50...
Dogfish My Antonia
Left Hand Milk Stout
Rogue Dead Guy
Smuttynose Big A IPA
Bell's Pale Ale
Rivertown Hop Bomber Pale Ale
Paulaner Salvatore BOck
Weihenstephaner Hefe
Youngs Double chocolate
Fullers London Pride

Duchesse for $12 is a bit steep but as we were drinking it, we realized it was the price for such an awesome venue and view.

The server sputtered a bit on beer-related stuff. Would be nice if they were better educated on beer for such a beer centric place.

Also had Moerlein drafts and Cincinnati "heritage brews" on draft. You could do flights of these but not the guest taps.

Roughly 70 high quality bottled beers presented by category.

Food was excellent. I went with fish tacos. The group split the home made sausages as an appetizer and we splurged on dessert. My wife didn't think too highly of her burger though. Four people split the bill in half and is was $80 per couple (for lunch with booze).

Highly recommend and will return. Maybe someday I'll sample the house beers to see if they're getting any better.

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Photo of chilidog
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

We drove down from northwest ohio just to eat, drink and see the Moerlein Lager house on only its 2nd saturday open. We broght our teens so we went mid-afternoon. Mild crowd, we got rite in.

The Lager House sits next-door to Reds stadium. We parked in the new parking garage under the house for $4 bucks.

The House is three levels, three bars plus a beer garden. With great views of the Ohio River. Its new construction thats modern yet hand painted murals take you back in time.
The brewing tanks are in glass as you enter as is a brew musium and a small gift shop. Only odd thing was beer to go wasn't available yet.

The food was great quality homemade, chef made to order even down to house made sweet potato chips.

The beer was good and cold, 8 Moerleins on tap with 12 guest taps and a nice 75 bottled brews to pick or share a bomber.

Expect this place to be Real busy come game days though worth the try to get in. Several tv's, you wont miss a play.

I'll be back for sure.

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Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati, OH
Place rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 64 ratings