Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2001
An out of the park grand slam! This is the beer you’ve been looking for. A rich, malty Munich helles lager and the first U.S. beer to certifiably pass the German Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516. This is a serious German-style lager. It was named 1998 World Champion Munich helles and has won more than its share of gold, silver and bronze medals all over the world. Sam Adams is good but Christian Moerlein is better and a lot more rare. Even better on draft than in the bottle! This is one of the original craft beers and well worth seeking out. Sells for about $5.99 for a 6-pack. Beerdude99 (3) - USA - SEP 24, 2002 does not count
I simply loved this beer. I wish it was available all over the country! grubby (2) - , Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2008 does not count
probably my favorite beer it sucks that apparently they don’t make it anymore pjcoupe (105) - Perryton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Great Beer,great mouth and throat feel,almost fruity flavor,crisp clean and refreshing,this may be the perfect beer, unless you like heavy hop flavors or those tuity fruity beers. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2003
nice sweet malty aroma with a fair white head that last a short time.very nice golden almost lite amber color perfect carbonation.Malty flavor that had just the rite amount of sweetness to it to not be obnoxious slightly hoppy after taste was malty with some hopps that stay with you for awhile.A well done brew in my opinion easy to drink more then one.
Scooby (50) - Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2002garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 A malty, very good (for a domestic) Midwestern Helles that was my "premium" beer of choice in the ’eighties! - Although the beer at that time was brewed by Hudepohl in Cincinnati. Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
This staple of the Cincinnati beer drinkers diet is still more than a standout in it’s league. The head was small and fizzles out, but it is a Helles after all. The flavor is always surprisingly sweet with malt and slight hops. The mouthfeel is very nice and fills the corners nicely but washes down without the sticky lingering. If nothing else Christian Moerlein deserves respect for being the first American beer brewed according to the Rheinheitsgebot Law of Purity and imported into Germany back when all most American beers were good for was killing snails. tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 3, 2006
pours a cloudy yellow gold color, not much head or lacing. A very malty lager, with just a tinge of roasted taste,smooth as well. Nice amount of hops and bitterness. A really good lager. ClarkVV (6639) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle, probably quite old, as this hasn’t been distributed in Mass for a good while. Consumed on 8/20/06.
Filtered, golden-honey colored body still shows plenty signs of life. It produces a foamy, but large white head that is surprisingly retained considering the age and the method of carbonation (forced). Light lacing on the glass.
Deep bitterness from the hops is first and foremost in the nose. Dusty, sweaty, bready, and with a mineral snappiness added from the yeast, it seems just as crisp and lively as most fresh examples. The caramel malt adds light nuances of rich, flavorful bread, while the pale malt sugars are well-attenuated, but leave some honey notes. No sign of oxidation, alcohol or off-flavors.
The flavor continues to stand up, with a hoppy burst of juniper, straw, herbs and grass. Extrapolating, this must have been an exquisitely hopped flavor (and aroma) which still has remnants of greatness, producing a fine, dry bitterness that works in harmony with the crisp yeast to provide a snappy finish. Honey and light dough-like malts balance, with a drizzle of caramel sugars. A touch of sponge-cake-like wetness, but nothing unexpected for its age. Not too much breadiness, but enough to assert the style. Carbonation, being forced, is obviously loose, but it’s one of the better filtered, force carbed beers I’ve tried lately. Impressed how crisp this is at this age. Hard to believe this is pasteurized, though lagers usually stand up better to that.