Heavenly Helles | Church Street Brewing Company

Heavenly HellesHeavenly Helles
BA SCORE
52.7%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 110 ratings
Heavenly HellesHeavenly Helles
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
churchstreetbrew.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,280
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
110
Liked:
58
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
13.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium golden yellow with fair head.
Smell is sweet malt, grassy and some light floral notes.
Taste is malty sweet grains and a bit of citrus.

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Photo of hozersr
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, yeast, and earthiness. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of floral notes, slight citrus hops, yeast, and earthiness. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma and feel, with a great body and blend.

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Photo of BrewSTL
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good Helles. Church Street has done a good job staying close to the style, yet offering their rendition.
Looks true. Smells sweeter than Munichs do. Taste is mostly malty, but has hops for balance. Refreshing.
I had a not-so-good experience with church Street several years ago. I'm glad I tried them again. And I will explore their offerings again, perhaps only waiting a few weeks instead of years.

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Photo of khargro2
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Riosj68
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewAskew
1.61/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

Infected

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wybest
1.72/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is obviously infected. I was looking forward to a cold Helles on a hot day. Unfortunately, the beer was very sour. Hopefully the beer is better next time around.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, semi opaque straw yellow color. Momentarily there was a white head, but that quickly dissipated. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation continue to stream upward as I drink it.

Smell has aromas of straw, grain, honey and malt. The smell is almost sweet. Undertones of a bit of skunk, clover, and homemade lemonade.

Taste is crisp sweet grains, bready malts, honey. Very sweet flavor throughout. Definitely get some undertones of sweet lemon. Very tasty, but a bit on the sweet side for me. The more I drink it the more I get this sweet homemade lemonade undertone thats a bit odd.

Feel is very nice - crisp, light, supremely drinkable. This would be great on a hot summer day.

Overall a nice offering from Church Street. Decent helles style lager, but for me, I'll stick to the imports.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris48083
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd drink this again

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SPD656
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwood06
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Stange Glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly but levels out at about a half finger in height. Head is white in color. Beer itself is a bright golden color with massive carbonation rising very quickly towards the surface of the glass. Beer is clear in appearance. 4/5

S - The aroma is rather buttery and grainy with a heavy dose of clover honey. The aroma reminds of a breakfast featuring a buttered biscuit next to a biscuit with honey on it (Very appetizing). It also reminds me of several of the lagers I tried while in Prague this past November. A bit of floral hops and pear round out the aroma. 4/5

T - The taste follows the aroma dead on featuring a not overly sweet clover honey beginning which transitions to a buttered biscuit flavor and also grainy cereal malt. The malt profile is rather sweet as compared to earthy which complements the honey. A bit of pear shines through in the middle adding a light fruitiness to the flavor. Floral hops make up the back end of the beer but impart only limited bitterness, instead leaving the drinker to remember the grainy and honeyed sweetness of this lager. Very little lingering bitterness. 4.25/5

M - Light carbonation tickle rather than a carbonation burn despite the appearance of massive carbonation. Maintains a buttery smoothness throughout that is reminiscent of the buttery flavor. Very light but leaves a velvety coating on the tongue that is retained on the finish which ever so briefly transitions to a drying note (nice touch Church St). 4.25/5

O - I don't often give lagers scores above a 4.0 but this one is exceptional. Very true to the Czech style of lagers and it is a beer that brings back good memories, which not all beers are capable of. Balanced with a lean towards the sweeter end of the spectrum allows the buttery flavor and texture to shine through. 4/5

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Photo of jedk
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice helles lager that has a decent amount of flavor and body to it, while still remaining drinkable enough to toss back a few with some friends.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Soneast
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aussiebeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Heavenly Helles from Church Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.7% out of 100 with 110 ratings
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