Head In The Clouds
Church Street Brewing Company

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
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3.97 | pDev: 12.09%
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Head In The CloudsHead In The Clouds
Notes: Formerly Zwickel
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 8 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled cereal malt, caramel and floral notes. Sweet caramel and toasted bread taste. Mild bitterness.

Feb 20, 2019
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this at a beer tasting at Friar Tucks. It was one of ten beers from Illinois breweries. This one? hands down the best in my opinion! I purchased a 16 oz-4 pack.
Great tasting German style beer!!
Well done Church Street! I will definitely be looking to purchase more!

Aug 04, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16oz draft pour into a becher shows a cloudy darkish straw colored body and supports a persistent thin cap of white foam.

Aroma is subtle but hints of slightly sweet biscuit malt dominate surrounded by a sense of funk.

Flavor is a dull malt backing a solid funky, almost citrus tinged bitterness, and finishes clean without an after taste.

Mouthfeel is light, but leaning fuller with a clean finish.

Overall a nice summer drinker that could use some distinction.

Jun 29, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale-ish yellow body with vibrant streams of carbonation and a fine white head that fades to a ring. Given the style, this could actually be even cloudier. The nose displays toasted malt and a bit of general hop bitterness without any specific aroma to it. The taste adds character to this bitterness in the form of mildly spicy/herbal flavors on the finish, while toasted/wheaty/even pilsner malt still comprise the majority of the scene without adding any sweetness; this is bone dry. I may be imagining things, but I think there may be the tiniest squeak of things like honeydew and guava in here as well. The body is light, perfectly carbonated, and supremely drinkable.
This is the epitome of German beer to me: simple, tasty, perhaps pedestrian to some, and seemingly rudimentary except for the great skill put into balancing all these delicate flavors. There's a lot to be said for soft-spoken but elemental beers like this. That being said, I have nothing more to say.

Jul 06, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a light haze, spotty lace around the edges, lasting surface coverage.
Aroma is yeasty though slightly off, it smells kind of like library books.
Taste is good, smooth and yeasty, bready malt, twinge of something medicinal in the periphery.
Dry aftertaste, light bodied with the unfiltered smoothness of the style.
Overall it's good and seems fairly fresh, though i'm concerned about that medicinal note developing into something, it was oddly similar to the Polish pilsner they made which was sour and infected.

Jun 28, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife & I decided to head over to the tasting room at Church St when Toasty Cheese food truck was there so we could do some grilled cheese and beer pairings. I saw that Church St had just come out with their Zwickel, a style that I love, and was really excited to try it since they do lagers so well.

This beer is a glowing light golden color that is mostly clear (just a slight haze) with a head that is thin, frothy, white, and dissipates very quickly. Carbonation is next to non-existent. 3.5/5 The aroma is nice and strong, especially for a lager, with a nice sweet graininess that is backed up by a bit of toasted bread and caramel. Earthy, herbal, and spicy hops all seem to come out quite nicely and provide a nice sharp antithesis to the sweetness of the malt. The malt though is much stronger than the hops here. A bit of light lemon comes out as the beer warms. 3.75/5 The flavor is every bit as enticing as the aroma and is nice and strong as well with a heavy lean towards sweet instead of bitter, although there is a light bitterness from the hops that does not linger after swallowing. On the tongue this beer is sweet and bready with a good dose of grain and a nice bit of caramel, all providing a sweetness that truly lives up the traditional style. The hops come out on the back end with an herbal spiciness as well as a bit of earthiness that keeps the sweetness down, while also emphasizing the malt bill. As with the aroma a light lemon comes through as the beer warms along with a bit of pears and white grapes. The sweetness of this beer actually comes through more on the finish than the bitterness. 4.25/5 The mouthfeel comes across as a medium-light body with very low carbonation that results in a creamy texture while also being slick and mouthcoating. The coating is not particularly heavy, but is noticeable. There is no dryness here. 4/5 This is a very easy drinking and sessionable beer that pairs well with many different foods. This one is really well crafted and holds true to the traditional kellerbier/zwickelbier style. 4/5

Apr 04, 2017
Head In The Clouds from Church Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 8 ratings