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
moerleinlagerhouse.com

Notes: House brews are listed here:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10991
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.24
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
64
pDev:
9.43%
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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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More User Reviews:
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 Manta200
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sup3rr0ck13
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 n2492004
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 warpig372
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of LaGuarns
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 kkdowning
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of screamking
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Doublechar0517
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lukass
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mwar
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.25

Great location if you are going to a Reds or Bengals game. Not a bad place, just nothing to write home about. Average beer, albeit pricy.

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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 imdabuzzard
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of cincyfan81
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

one the must go to locations every time we visit this awesome city!! this place has it all!!!!!

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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 dcbobcat
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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