Heavenly Helles - Church Street Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
3.16/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
01-20-2014 22:40:36 | More by barnzy78
4/5 rDev +11.1%
From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None, assuming from very late end of 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass
While not a perfect replication of the Munich Helles Lager style (I'd increase the hops slightly and put more towards aroma to get there, but the malt body is right there), Church Street's Heavenly Helles is a solid take on it. The malt is made complex through the brewery's decoction mashing and the hops are able to shine and counterbalance nearly as well as in a good, fresh German version. This is as good as and more authentic than Surly's Hell, with a more robust body and overall "feel" to it. A good representation and take on the style, one that I will be picking up again or trying on tap (and this is far, far more flavorful than Beck's; anyone doubting this should do a side-by-side).
Pours a 1cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting around one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is average-good, with a moderate number of dots and thin lines clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer is a bright, golden orange color with light bringing out yet brighter, golden orange hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body (10-20% opacity), fairly low in number, moderate in activity.
Aroma is a fairly rich mix of grainy and biscuit-like sweetness, with slightly floral, grassy, and grape-like hop scents.
Flavor is of mild noble hops that contribute a slightly spicy, dried grass and low lemon citrus, and slightly grape-like flavor joined to a robust grainy and bread-like malt sweetness. Front of palate picks up bread-like sweetness joined to lightly floral and dried-grass like hops. Mid-palate of a sweet pale malt background, slight grain, bread and biscuit flavors, with a good hop showcase of dried grass and lemon citrus. Back of palate tastes grain, bread, light dried grass and lemon citrus, low hop bitterness. Aftertaste of grain, bread-like sweetness from malts, lemon and grass from hops.
Beer is medium in body, with carbonation of low intensity, leading to a full, smooth (4/5) and slightly foamy (1/5) mouthfeel that's good for the beer and the style. Closes dry, with light to medium-light stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.
01-24-2014 16:44:31 | More by falloutsnow
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
3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
02-07-2014 22:03:22 | More by steveh
Heavenly Helles from Church Street Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.