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Heavenly Helles | Church Street Brewing Company

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3.75
pDev:
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Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 06-09-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 97
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd drink this again

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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Stange Glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly but levels out at about a half finger in height. Head is white in color. Beer itself is a bright golden color with massive carbonation rising very quickly towards the surface of the glass. Beer is clear in appearance. 4/5

S - The aroma is rather buttery and grainy with a heavy dose of clover honey. The aroma reminds of a breakfast featuring a buttered biscuit next to a biscuit with honey on it (Very appetizing). It also reminds me of several of the lagers I tried while in Prague this past November. A bit of floral hops and pear round out the aroma. 4/5

T - The taste follows the aroma dead on featuring a not overly sweet clover honey beginning which transitions to a buttered biscuit flavor and also grainy cereal malt. The malt profile is rather sweet as compared to earthy which complements the honey. A bit of pear shines through in the middle adding a light fruitiness to the flavor. Floral hops make up the back end of the beer but impart only limited bitterness, instead leaving the drinker to remember the grainy and honeyed sweetness of this lager. Very little lingering bitterness. 4.25/5

M - Light carbonation tickle rather than a carbonation burn despite the appearance of massive carbonation. Maintains a buttery smoothness throughout that is reminiscent of the buttery flavor. Very light but leaves a velvety coating on the tongue that is retained on the finish which ever so briefly transitions to a drying note (nice touch Church St). 4.25/5

O - I don't often give lagers scores above a 4.0 but this one is exceptional. Very true to the Czech style of lagers and it is a beer that brings back good memories, which not all beers are capable of. Balanced with a lean towards the sweeter end of the spectrum allows the buttery flavor and texture to shine through. 4/5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice helles lager that has a decent amount of flavor and body to it, while still remaining drinkable enough to toss back a few with some friends.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Heavenly Helles from Church Street Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.