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Heavenly Helles - Church Street Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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SteveKay

Illinois

1.95/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 22:39:18 | More by SteveKay
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

12-16-2013 21:17:42 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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daveh88

New York

2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What d'ya know? Another locally-brewed German-style lager! Excited to see this in my neighborhood. Brown longneck with a spot on the label for a bottling date... left blank.

A -- Rather hazy god with a thick, dense white head.

S -- Mildly spicy - nearly earthy - hops. Light breadiness coming through with a good swirl.

T -- Hmm. Somewhat sour, vegetal character. Mild citrus, some bready malts fighting the good fight, but not winning the battle. Some nice, spicy bitterness in the finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- Just a little disappointed That this isn't clean and malty, as a good Helles ought to be. I have the feeling this beer didn't get a good fermentation or lagering; shows how difficult it really is to make a good Lager.

Also wish the dating machine had hit the labels on this sixpack, but the store proprietor assured me this beer hit the store last week.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:03:22 | More by steveh
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - golden and hazy with a thin white head that fades to a foam quickly
S - sweet aroma, grain, grass, yeast, fresh air
T - sweet, Munich malt, vegetal, grassy, nutty yeast, spicy Noble hops, slightly sour finish
M - smooth, creamy body, lighter than medium body, crisp finish with a faint pepperiness tingling the palate
O - If I'm going to drink this style I would choose something from Germany. I really wanted to like this more, but it's pretty average in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:40:36 | More by barnzy78
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-27-2014 19:51:58 | More by Knoxrb12
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-25-2013 21:34:54 | More by Kaveman
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Jd2391

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

02-19-2014 03:59:31 | More by Jd2391
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77apm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-01-2013 02:12:39 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-28-2014 02:40:17 | More by thornburyslasher
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-16-2014 06:11:18 | More by MrMcGibblets
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dedbeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-30-2013 18:04:34 | More by dedbeer
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SCZ

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-02-2013 02:09:48 | More by SCZ
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Kempski

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-23-2013 09:08:29 | More by Kempski
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Heavenly Helles from Church Street Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.