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Church Street Anniversary Special Hell Lager

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 2.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
In honor of our first anniversary, we give you a new twist on an old favorite with Special Hell: a Helles brewed with 100% Weyermann’s famous floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner Malt from Bamberg Germany, using techniques that are centuries old, to obtain the highest quality malt from the highest quality barley. Decoction mashing allows for a deep malt character and creamy, bready texture that is truly unique. Fermented using Andechs Bavarian lager yeast, and hopped with the use of 3 Noble hops: Hallertau, Hersbrucker, and Tettnang--all imported from Germany. Thanks to those who made the first years great, and those who will make the years to come even better--and prefer their lagers crafty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
355ml bottle. Slightly hazed gold pour. Smells like a mediocre helles lager. Flavor is a tarter helles, not getting off flavor jsut a tart lager. I was excited when these guys entered the market as competition ot Metro but it never materialized. They still have the best pitchman in the game.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle shared by drowland, super excited to try this one, pours a hazy gold with no head at all, the aroma is just horrible, dirty garbage water comes to mind at first, then maybe throw a dirty diaper in there as well, flavor isn’t much better as well, spices kind of mix in with the light malt and dirty dish water flavor, no thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12/24/14. 12oz bottle from the Milan Hy Vee. Hazy, almost creamy, orange pour under a decent khaki head with mild lacing. Doesn’t look bad. A myriad of aromas hit my nose... first I get the expected doughiness, a pinch of earthiness and grass, but then there’s an acidity and vegetal character that reminds me of ketchup. The flavor is much the same, doughy, reminds me of raw pizza dough, grassy, ketchup, vegetal, green. Blech.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5776) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Aroma is citrus, bread and a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus, complex malts, bread, fruit and a mildly bitter/dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle from Binny’s. Clear yellow-golden pour with a smaller foamy white head. Pils malts, yeast, mild sweet fruit. Lively carbonation. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
On tap in the brewery’s tap room, and dispensed to a house pint glass, showing a bright & clear, deeper golden color than the Heavenly’s, but with less presence to a head that was modest, soft white, and quickly diminishing, and lacing that was light and spotty. A distinct lager scent was present in the aroma, with light yeast, a hint of hop spiciness, and a touch of Pils malt corniness. The taste started with a subtle sweetness, was light to medium in body, and well carbonated to successfully propel the smooth malt and the moderate, lightly lingering, hop bitterness into a finish that was crisp & clean. Fuller in body & character than the Heavenly, but just as sessionable!

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