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Itascafest - Church Street Brewing Company

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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 4.79%
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Church Street Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-21-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Very dark amber in color with a dark khaki head that is a half finger in thickness. Some visible yeast in the beer. Not the typical Oktoberfest appearance that I am used to. Head disappears very quickly. 3.5/5

S - Major notes a wheat bread and a yogurt tanginess. Maybe a hint of some dark fruit as well. Very little in the way of hops. A bit peppery. Once again, very different for an Oktoberfest. 4/5

T - Yeasty and bready right of the bat with a yogurt tang/funky finish. I am also getting notes of molasses, green apple, and a bit of a buttery note. Very interesting profile. 4/5

M - Clean and crips. Does not linger on the palate. 4.25/5

O - Definitely not the typical Oktoberfest offering. Reminds me more of a wild ale without the high abv. Throughly enjoyed discovering this one of a kind Oktoberfest. Even better that it's a local brewery! 4/5

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Itascafest from Church Street Brewing Company
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