Went here for the first time with a friend. Was pretty impressed. The place is beautiful on the outside, and even more beautiful on the inside. It’s a two-level place, we sat down at the spacious double-sided bar on the upstairs level. The bartenders were nice, courteous, and gave good service. Decent amount of respectable crafts, and new stuff to interest beer nerds - Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger was on tap when I visited. The menu was totally out of date, but at least they rotate their stuff often. Moerlein sometimes gets a bad rap here in Cinci for contracting their brews out, but some of the offerings available are actually brewed on-site, and were pretty respectable (I tried the Se7en Hefe). They also had bottles of Hudy 14-K available, I was happy to finally find that. Prices weren’t awful, especially considering the location. A lot better than I expected it to be.
A good brewpub next to GABP right on the river. Pricey, but that’s to be expected downtown. Food is good and so was the service so how busy it gets. Beer selection isn’t bad, but I’d like to see a little more brewery-only beers on draft.
Chudwick (204) Taylor Mill, Kentucky | July 11, 2012| Updated October 27, 2013
Exceed my expectations. Ambiance was afterwork white collar crowd. Service was decent. Selection was limited but had many different styles. Food was way better than any bar, pub or brewery I ever been to. Everyone I went with loved their food. I also daresay that their German food was way better than the brewery from across the river. The beer prices were steep that stems from the location (just across from the GABP). Will go again, but for the food.
Went here on Easter Sunday,between the Reds’ pre- and post-game crowds. Nice selection of Moerlein brew (including ones exclusive to the brewpub. Server was friendly and knowledgeable about the beers. The one drawback--and to me it’s a big one--is that the place is rather pricey. I guess one would expect that, given the prime riverfront location. But I hope that a happy hour will be put in place after baseball season to ease the price sting a bit. Still, I’m glad the place exists, and I hope Moerlein head guy Greg Hardman keeps his promise to bring back some Cincinnati beers that haven’t been made in decades.
Stopped in opening week while in town. Nice location next to the ballparks, I imagine this place gets very crowded on game day. I found the place to be rather loud in the dining area. They had a few house brews on tap which were okay. Service was subpar IMO, they mucked up my order and then didn’t bring ketchup when I asked for it. Perhaps it was opening week jitters but I’m not in a hurry to head back.
If you are in Cincinnati you should try to add this to your list of stops. It is a big place, right on the river. We went before a Reds game (it is right next to the ball park). They have a nice selection of their own beers and a solid guest list of nice geek beers. The menu is extensive and our food was all very good. It feels more like a big chain place than a brewpub, but that’s not always a bad thing.
I and my ladyfriend Nancy had dinner there yesterday, and we found the place marvelous! Yes, the food is a tad pricey, but it’s certainly worth it! And the beer selections of both Moerlein and other brews is fantastic!
phaleslu (590) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 2, 2012| Updated April 2, 2014
Moerlein Lager House is the shiny new gem of the Banks project in downtown Cincinnati along the River. Having seen a million photos and articles already, this place pretty much met my expectations, which were, to be fair, pretty high. It’s huge, with bars and kitchens on both levels, a wrap-around patio on both levels, high ceilings, big windows with great views- pretty incredible place. It was crowded at 1:30 on a Saturday, when I visited. The staff is clearly new, and didn’t know much about the beers; our waiter brought out a sampler to one person at our table, and he had no idea which beer was which. I knew way more about the Moerlein beers than he or any other staff we interacted with, which isn’t good. The food is good, and on the high end of the brewpub price spectrum. For that matter, the beers seemed a bit overpriced for such a familiar local brand. I guess they have to pay for this place somehow.