1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Itascafest - Church Street Brewing Company

Not Rated.
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

11 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 4.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-21-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of emerge077
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours placidly into a tulip glass, initial burst of cream colored foam, not much lacing but the color is nice. Bright clarity when gently poured.

Funky yeast aroma at first, later becoming slightly sweet and nutty.

Weirdly tart, and that ain't right no matter how you slice it, and on top of that, last years reviews mention the same thing. Raisin and nutty malt flavors comprise the flavor undercurrents, alongside a brief fleeting bitterness. The tart note is jarring, in an otherwise good example of an Oktoberfest.

emerge077, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Dinobambam
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Dinobambam, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Brams17
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev +7%

Azpittil57, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of hoptician
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

hoptician, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Punisher
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Punisher, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of ravger
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ravger, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Redrover
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these on tap at HB Jones in Elmhurst. HB has a good beer selection and some really nice food options.
Served in a standard pint, the beer is brown with amber highlights. The beer has terrific lacing.

It has a nice aroma of grains and a bit of fruit.

This was a beer that grew on me. The initial taste was a bit sour, but then it was quickly followed by bready malts and some spice from the hops. Malt centric pretty much right in-line for an older style O-Fest (which I like better than the new lighter ones).

Mouth has decent heft. Good combination of easy drinking & good tasting. Session beer for sure.

Redrover, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

oldvines, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

sgoro, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a willibecher at the tap room.

Gotta love it when the O=Fest sounds like a party goin' on downtown, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-topaz topped by a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted caramel, grass, a hint of flowers, light biscuit, and a drop or two of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, complete with a healthy balance between the caramel and the grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice, well-balanced O-Fest. Clearly these guys get the Germans better than most...

TMoney2591, Sep 21, 2013
Itascafest from Church Street Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.