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Continental Lager - Church Street Brewing Company

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 30
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Church Street Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-14-2012

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12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Another lager from Church Street Brewing. I have higher hopes for this one, because I wasn't a big fan of the other one. My bottle lists a 5.30% abv, instead of the 5.70% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a nice bright golden yellow colored body with three big fingers of sticky fluffy white foam for a head. Nice clarity with just a bit of yeast sediment. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of floral and grassy hops, husky graininess, some honeyed biscuit malts, and some musty yeast funk. Smells nice, I can't wait to try it. There is actually quite a lot of funk present, as the beer begins to really open itself up.

T - Taste is of crisp pilsner malt, grain, corn, husk, some grassy / floral hops, fruity lemongrass, a hint of coiny metallics, and lots of funky yeast, almost brett like. There is actually quite a lot of funk going on here at times, but other times it's more tame and held back.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, light, and refreshing. Mild earthy hop bitterness / bready malt aftertaste.

Overall, a very nice lager. I'm not sure why my bottle was so yeasty at times, but it was quite nice. I don't know if this beer is bottle conditioned or not, but there was a very thin layer of sediment left behind in the bottle, also. Light, crisp, and refreshing. This would be a good go to lager for the summertime.

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Sampled on-site at in the Church Street tap room last week (retyped from my handwritten notes). First impression - a very hop-forward take on the style.

Appearance: Pale gold. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma: Medium hop aroma

Flavor: Slightly sweet, malty. Grainy - but good grainy. Again, hop flavor and bitterness forward - more so than would be expected in a munich helles. But I like very very much. Clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium to medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A unique interpretation of the munich helles. In terms of hop aroma and bitterness, its aggressive for a helles. But who cares - its a really really good beer for a style that difficult to craft/balance. Not sessionable at 5.7%, but I would still drink the hell out of this beer. I'm getting again if I see on tab. If I lived closer to Itasca, it would be come a regular in the growler rotation. Nicely done Church Street.

Side note: Met the owners. Really pleasant/passionate people. (996 characters)

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Continental Lager from Church Street Brewing Company
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