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Heavenly Helles - Church Street Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-09-2013)
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Reviews by SteveKay:
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SteveKay

Illinois

1.95/5  rDev -45.8%

Had this at the brewery. Not sure what they are trying to accomplish with this. I understand that the whole pale ale ipa thing may be getting over done but trying to micro brew German lagers is a tough row to hoe.

The beer had typical German lager bitterness on the front an a sweet funk on the back end. Not full flavored at all. I had a sample and then ordered a pint just to be sure I wasn't missing anything. Drank most of it and left the rest.

Tasted like a Becks.

10-25-2013 22:39:18 | More by SteveKay
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77apm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-13-2014 18:21:11 | More by 77apm
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Dinobambam


4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-05-2014 08:36:36 | More by Dinobambam
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kristenrae8

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2014 00:16:42 | More by kristenrae8
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mjc3151

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

07-30-2014 05:02:44 | More by mjc3151
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-02-2014 03:42:50 | More by oso
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Pale straw gold, compact head of bubbly white foam that seems to dissipate to a thin skim after a minute or so. Second pour yielded a much longer lasting head and some irregular spotty lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is clean and slightly scented with honeyed malt. Nothing too wild, and definitely nothing off to speak of.

Taste is clean, mild apple esters from the yeast, a very light malt sweetness, though it tapers off quickly. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, and a somewhat substantial feel. Dry aftertaste of grain husks and crackery malt. As it warms up the taste improves slightly. Pairs well with just about any food except sweets.

Helles lagers are simple by design, no one is trying to reinvent the wheel here. Ignorance of the style is one thing, but to convey that ignorance into a "review" does a disservice to everyone.

Thanks to Dan for the recommendation.

03-21-2014 23:42:50 | More by emerge077
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-25-2013 19:06:45 | More by enelson
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-24-2014 20:44:16 | More by matjack85
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new local brew from Church Street Brewing, out of Itasca, Illinois, acquired at the local beer store. Expectations are moderate based on my experience with Church Street Brewing Brimstone IPA.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear golden straw colored body with just under a finger of white foam that fades quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles lazily floating topside. Leaves no lacing. Clearly, it doesn't look like much, but a classic appearance of the style.

S - Smell is of corn, grain, wheat, grass, and bready pilsner malt.

T - Taste follows the nose: grainy corn, wheat, grass, faint lemon, dried bitter earthy hops, and a metallic mineral presence. A nice drinking beer, but there has always been something about the coarse grainy corn presence about this still that puts me off just a bit. Still, befitting of the style.

M - Feel ends grassy and dry with some lingering dried hop bitterness / stickiness clinging to the palate. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice Chicago example of a traditional German styled beer. Lager lovers be on the look out for this one.

Church Street Brewing Heavenly Helles Lager ---3.5/5

11-13-2013 18:54:48 | More by mfnmbvp
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-17-2014 05:22:11 | More by MaxOhle
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-03-2013 22:45:27 | More by Rhettroactive
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bing1985

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

The finest example of the style I've had outside of Munich. Instantly reminded me of Augistiner - which is the yardstick by which I judge all Helles. I believe you could serve this in Munich without shame. I would rate this far ahead of the dreck that hofbrauhaus is peddling around the states as "export" helles.

BRight but rich. Disappears off the tongue with a flash of sweetness. Can be enjoyed by the gallon.

12-05-2013 03:53:24 | More by bing1985
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schleprock

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Had this at the brewery. The guy who rated this a 1.95 out of 5 doesn't seem to know beer if you look at the other beers he trashed like Delirium, Westmalle and such.

Anyhow, this is far and away the best beer at this brewery. I wasn't impressed with anything else there but this beer is top notch and as good as any German beer I've had like Ayinger.

It pours a really nice gold color with a decent head. Lacing doesn't seem to stay and leaves quickly.

Smells as you'd expect, grainy, hints of corn and bread.

The taste is awesome and this may become a major summer beer for me. I could drink a ton of these, they go down that easy. The only thing that kept me from turning this back into my college pounding days was it was so hard to get a beer at the brewery. They were filling growlers in the same place as a regular glass and those growlers take forever to fill

Has good carbonation and didn't really seem to be overly hopped, which for me was just great.

Overall, this is one hell of a beer that you can get anyone to drink and they'll come back for more. Hats off to the brewery on this one.

02-05-2014 03:49:34 | More by schleprock
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-01-2013 02:12:39 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-15-2014 20:03:21 | More by smartassboiler
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-19-2014 14:43:53 | More by Azpittil57
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krome

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-02-2014 00:25:27 | More by krome
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thornburyslasher

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-28-2014 02:40:17 | More by thornburyslasher
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Served in a willibecher at the tap room.

Finally getting a chance to enjoy a pint from the source. Good people. The beer pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises fresh grass, light flowers, and dry, wheaty biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the hops shining brightly without coming across as something younger folks might deem "hoppy". The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn solid helles, one of the better American versions I've had. I look forward to seeing more of this around.

06-09-2013 23:39:16 | More by TMoney2591
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-22-2013 01:59:12 | More by brandoman63
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BrewClint

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-04-2014 23:07:38 | More by BrewClint
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daveh88

New York

2.51/5  rDev -30.3%

So, I really wanted to like this. This beer is brewed fairly close to where I grew up and I was excited to see this brewery start to bottle and flourish. Unfortunately, when drinking this beer all I think about is how this isn't anything better than a Budweiser. It's a fine lager and does the job, but there are much better craft beers out there.

02-15-2014 20:03:56 | More by daveh88
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-17-2013 22:13:59 | More by KingBiscuit
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-27-2014 19:51:58 | More by Knoxrb12
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Heavenly Helles from Church Street Brewing Company
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