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%
View: Place Reviews | Events
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 64 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bmantravel:
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...

Positives:
- 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.

OK
-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

 2,361 characters

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.

 1,269 characters

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.

 643 characters

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.

 255 characters

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.

 642 characters

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.

137 characters

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.

 237 characters

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!!!!!

95 characters

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.

 1,150 characters

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