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Heavenly Helles - Church Street Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-09-2013)
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Photo of SteveKay
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.

SteveKay, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Zanderech
1.96/5  rDev -45.3%

Zanderech, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of daveh88
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.

daveh88, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Rhettroactive, Aug 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

smartassboiler, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of krome
3/5  rDev -16.2%

krome, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of steveh
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.

steveh, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
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.

barnzy78, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

ruckus232, Sep 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Knoxrb12, Jul 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Jd2391, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of BRami127
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

BRami127, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

77apm, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

WoodBrew, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

oso, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

enelson, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

matjack85, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
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

mfnmbvp, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Azpittil57, Jan 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

thornburyslasher, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

brandoman63, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BrewClint, Apr 05, 2014
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Heavenly Helles from Church Street Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.