Christian Moerlein Select LagerNovember 1, 2000 Cincinnati, OH
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Available: OH, KY, IN, IL, MI, PA, VA, WV, MD, FL, AR
Christian Moerlein, a Bavarian blacksmith, emigrated to the United States in 1841 and founded to brewery to produce German style beers. Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. introduced this Munich-helles style lager in 1981 to honor the largest pre-Prohibition brewery in Cincinnati.
Original gravity: 1048.8
One of the first revivalist lagers of two decades ago, Moerlein now sports a serious package more in keeping with the pre-prohibition version, one of America's most famous. The light, golden robe has a dense head of petite bubbles. An impressive nose of bread-like malt precedes a hoppy flavor, unfortunately slightly acidic on the palate. The mouthfeel itself is round and firm and the aftertaste is long and clean. Recommended with spicy chili, enchiladas verde or homemade lasagna.
- Charles Finkel
Pleasant sweet hop and malt floral aroma introduces the light crisp flavor of Select. Golden, light in body, low in hop flavor but a definitive notch above typical American light lagers in flavor, body and character. Designed to refresh, yet offer some character, this brew is a great shot at brewing an American style light lager with all-malt ingredients.
- Charlie Papazian
Behind a somewhat forbidding label, with a cove who looks like Edward G. Robinson positively daring you to drink this beer, there's a splendid Bavarian-style pale lager with a hint of bronze in the color and a lilting, spritzig aroma of corn flour, perfumy hops and light citrus fruit. The palate is rounded with a hint of toasted malt⎯a feature of double decoction mashing⎯and bitter hops. The finish is long, with creamy malt dominating but balanced by tart hops that finally make the beer dry and bitter. A beautifully crafted lager beer that is wonderfully refreshing. It would go well with pasta dishes, cream cheeses or light fish.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.