Church Street Brewing Company Reviews




seymour
3
Church Street Lublinskie Polish Pilsner
Shared from a 12oz brown bottle. Clear, straw coloured with white foam. A grainy light lager, clean except for this slightly coarse hop variety. Herbal and black peppery like Saaz, but muskier, like dank weed. Light body, thin mouthfeel, intense carbonation. Not deeply flawed (for instance, zero DMS and diacetyl, as with any Mark Naski brew) but not as smooth and easy-drinking as classic German and/or Czech Pilseners.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

muzzlehatch
1.8
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
12 ounce bottle from Woodmanís in Rockford, IL, consumed around cellar temp from a pint glass. Largish fizzy head dies almost instantly - like soda - over a clear bronze body, leaving not a trace of foam....sweet, lightly smoky, caramel malts, a hint of oregano on the nose...body is overly sweet at the front, with a bit of burnt/caramelized malt coming through in the middle, somewhat dry and smoky finish...syrupy mouthfeel, almost no carbonation - flat and cloying. Unless this is from last yearís batch thereís no reason this should be so flat, apart from being improperly capped or just badly brewed. No date on the bottle, of course...as is, undrinkable.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

vyvvy
3.3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
The beer pours copper with a white head. The aroma has floral notes, mandrin oranges and mild malt. It has a medium body with lots of soft carbonation. The taste has some sweet of malt, floral hops, mild pepper, pine and cream. Decent.
Monday, September 05, 2016

vyvvy
3
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
The beer pours copper with an off white head. N the aroma is fairly mellow with roasty malt, bread and fairly sweet. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is like a watery version of the aroma along with some mild hops. Decent.
Monday, September 05, 2016

vyvvy
3.5
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
The beer pours brown with a beige head. The aroma has toffee, brown sugar, toast, candy and smoothness. It has a medium body with fairly soft carbonation. The taste mirrors the aims pretty much and is pretty decent.
Monday, September 05, 2016

vyvvy
3.5
Church Street Continental Lager
Pours mostly clear gold with a white head. The aroma has lightly toasted malt, spicy hops and more of a richness than most pils. It has a medium body with lighter carbonation. The taste has spicy herbal hops, toasty malt and rounded lager aspect. Good.
Monday, September 05, 2016

vyvvy
2.6
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
It pours golden with a white head. The aroma has caramel, veg, mush and roundness. It has a light body with mild carbonation. The taste is pretty bad, this is unfortunate. The taste has weird sourness, rotten veggies and outputting sharpness. Something is certainly with this bottle, just came into the area, so youíd think it would be fresh at least. Maybe try again later with different batch.
Saturday, September 03, 2016

vyvvy
2.8
Church Street Lublinskie Polish Pilsner
It pours clear pale yellow with a white head. The aroma had dry pils malt, herbal/sulfur hops and crackers. It has a light body with way too much carbonation. The taste is somewhere obscured with the carbonation, but it syncs a bit less pleasant than the aroma. Maybe Iíll try a different batch later to see if the carbonation issue is fixed.
Saturday, September 03, 2016

vyvvy
3.3
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Pours clear golden with a white head. The aroma is on the malty side, lager roundness and caramel. It has a medium lightly rough body with moderate carbonation. It has a drier taste with some mildly toasted malt and dine spicy hops. Pretty good.
Saturday, September 03, 2016

jandd1983
3.3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Bottle. It poured an orange color with an off-white head. The aroma was of hops, grass and some caramel malts. The taste was similar to the aroma with citrus, like tangerine and some earth with some bitterness and a little toffee. Not bad.
Friday, September 02, 2016

seymour
3.2
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pub glass, a clear reddish copper colour with off-white foam which quickly subsided but would kick up a new head whenever swirled. At first it struck me as a just-okay caramelly lager along the lines of Shiner Bock, Negra Modelo, Killians, etc, more so than a classic Oktoberfest/Mšrzen. But, it got better and more complex as it warmed. Malty, nutty, toasty. Medium body and carbonation, thin mouthfeel, smooth finish. Tasty and approachable.
Monday, August 29, 2016

Towey1989
3.4
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) Pours a clear pale amber colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of orange, melon, some cardamon, grain, slight cracker and subtle grassy, herbal hops. Taste of orange, melon, slight cardamon, biscuit, a little cracker, a hint of pine and some grassy, herbal and earthy hops. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A dry, biscuity, grassy, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. A hoppy IPA yeah but quite unbalanced. A lot going on with herbs, citrus, sweet malts and grassy hops. Ok.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Homer321
3.3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Draft at source. Nose is super floral and tangerine and orange. Taste follows with a grant orange hop flavor with subtle bitterness. Really clean but a tad sweet.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Draft at source. Light smokey and stable flavors toffee and faint roast. Taste follows but overall seems to lack the malt complexity and mouthfeel of a Scottish export. A touch thin.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.6
Church Street Devilís Advocate
Draft at source. Crisp clean malt peppery hops and alcohol. A soft balance of alcohol and malt. Clean. Dangerously drinkable.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.5
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
Draft at source. Light peppery phenols compliment a soft malt backbone with floral and perfume notes form the yeast. The alcohol is well hidden and very crisp all around.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.1
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Draft at source. Hazy deep gold to copper. Nose is creamy vanilla with light banana. Light clove. Taste is faint citrus, creamy and smooth.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.1
Church Street Bell Tower Berliner Weisse
Draft at source. Hazy yellow. No head. Nose is grainy with faint sourness. Taste follows with modest sourness. Seemingly orange zest in flavor. Not bad. A touch creamy and needs more carbonation.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.6
Church Street Lublinskie Polish Pilsner
Draft at source. Nose is light pillowy malt bread with a faint pepper hop presence. Light mint in the flavor, grassy. Very clean. This place has to be one of the best lager makers around.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.5
Church Street Continental Lager
Draft at source. Nose is clean and neutral. Sweet malt character without any off flavors or sulfur. Super fucken clean lager. Mild hop pepper but thatís about it. Very clean.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Homer321
3.5
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Draft at source. Clean malt nose. Crisp malt flavor. Very clean and free of any faults. A touch sweet but thatís the style. A super clean lager without any faults
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

mjmoen
4.3
Church Street Continental Lager
B+. Pours A murky golden color with white head. Light and refreshing yet flavorful
Friday, July 29, 2016

johndoughty
3.9
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle. Golden with a massive head that took time to dissipate, Some fruitiness with a slightly bitter finish.Left lots of lacing.My first from this brewery and quite an impressive debut.
Saturday, July 02, 2016

bnokk
3.6
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
APPEARANCE- dark goldenrod color, thinly bubbled white head and a bit lacing. and some nice turbidity. really good looking for a hefe. a bit dark, but i blame that on íHimmel. NOSE- nice spiciness for a heffe. surprisingly good at the beginning. The beer develops an odd flavor as it warms up. FLAVOR- equally spicy and delicious. Really good hefe.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

bnokk
2.2
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
APPEARANCE- dark copper color. A bit hazy and light head with good lacing. NOSE- strong malt, littlest bitterness possible. Some kind of root beer scent to it. FLAVOR- kind of bland. A bit of maltiness, but no other strong flavors.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

kaser
3.3
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Carmel and scotchy notes. Coffee flavor and maybe some nuts. Good full flavor, just not a huge fan of the style. Dark brownish pour from draft at Beermiscuous. not bad.
Thursday, May 05, 2016

kaser
3.4
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
Golden pour from draft at Beermiscuous. A thin ring of white head. Nuts, toasty and butterscotch notes. Sweet and crisp. Not usually a fan of this style, but this isnít bad at all
Thursday, May 05, 2016

Patrickctenchi
2.8
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Bottle: Bubbly, cloudy, dirty gold with a thick white head. Slightly soured orange/banana scent. Taste is a bit tart.....wheat malt, orange, clove... A bit of raspberry?... Slightly acidic and runs a little harsh.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Patrickctenchi
3.1
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Bottle: Cloudy, medium brown with a creamy, light beige head. Toffee, slightly toasted grain scent. Buttery, cola and toffee malt taste. A bit of a tang to it.... Ok, but a little bland and weak bodied.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

weihenweizen
3.1
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a weizen glass. Translucent deep orange with small white head. Aroma is caramel may, medium body, medium/light carbonation, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is clove and bready caramel malt. I prefer more esters in hefes, more like a session weizenbock.
Monday, April 25, 2016

shrubber85
3.1
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Bottle. Butterscotch toffee malt and light straw aroma. Hazy dark brown with small head. Mildly sweet lactic toffee malt and mildly bitter dry hay flavor - not nearly as sweet as the aroma would seem to indicate. Body a bit light.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

BlackBeerPG
3.8
Church Street Devilís Advocate
Taste: complex malt and yeast notes, almost berry or sweet bananas. Tangy candy sugars. Gold/honey color, semi opaque, average head with some lace.Medium body, with a fruit aftertaste, smooth.
Monday, April 18, 2016

stepnephewjoey
5
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
This beer is unreal. Truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ericplaysdrums
5
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
A fantastic beer from a quality local brewery. Church Street Brewery has a lot of quality beers, but this one is my favorite
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pauldumais
4.8
Church Street Anglican Extra Special Bitter
Good color, nose, body. Mini.al bitterness. True to style. Could drink this all day. Needs to come in a bigger glass.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Crazy_n_devilish
4
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
Overly bitter for my taste. The husband and mom loved it. The color and aroma wss nice
Friday, April 15, 2016

Niko100
3.1
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Hazy straw/gold color; Medium body: Aroma of malt, hay/grain, and light hops; Flavor of slight sweet malt, grain, some hops, and citrus; Crisp finish; Decent.
Thursday, April 07, 2016

fluffy
2.3
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
I guess I would consider this a slightly below average Hefeweizen, kinda weak on the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

fluffy
2.7
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
A fairly decent scotch ale. I've had better, and I've had worse. The malt bill could be better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

beertholomeus
2.6
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Pours a dark amber brown color with a short lived off white head. Caramel, toffee, peat, toast, raisin and sweet malt aroma. Sweet malt, toffee, caramel and raisin flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet malt finish. Something about this beer just seems kind of off and artificial.
Monday, March 28, 2016

beertholomeus
3.1
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. Yeast, clove, banana, apple and pear aroma. Banana, clove, yeast, bread and light citrus flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fruit, yeast and clove finish.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

shrubber85
3.3
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Bottle. Banana, clove, wheat malt, and straw aroma. Cloudy golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet-tart lemon, banana, clove, light wheat malt, and straw flavor. Body light. Not bad but would have liked more of malt flavor.
Friday, March 18, 2016

tmoreau
3.1
Church Street Bourbon Barrel Aged Shony
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. as a 12 oz. serving to a Czech-pils glass, displaying a clear, mahogany tone with a modest, but rapidly diminishing layer of off white head foam to a thin ring, sparse film, and actually, no lacing to speak of. The aroma was toasted, light caramel sweetness, and subtle esters as plum skins, and raisins. The taste was similar notes plus mellow bourbon, no carbonation, thus a perception of light to medium body & thin mouthfeel. Tartness, with some finishing dryness swayed any attention from the modest hop bitterness. Caught in the same situation as the wine barreled version regarding appearance, body, carbonation, and texture. Although mild bourbon presence, Iím also confused that it didnít increase the brewery declared abv # at least a few percentage points.
Friday, March 18, 2016

tmoreau
3.1
Church Street Wine Barrel Aged Shony
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a Czech-pils glass showing a clear, mahogany color, with a modest but fleeting, bubbly, off white layer of head foam, and very light lacing. The nose was mild, toasted malt, subtle caramel sweetness, and some esters as dark & dried fruit. Light bodied, with low to almost no carbonation, and thus a perception of thin texture, the taste was somewhat similar to the aroma notes, adding subtle hints of dark berry, vanilla, some vinous character, and a touch of woodiness, with a moderate intensity of hop bitterness. A drinkable brew, as the barrel aging did uplift the base flavor a bit, but the initial look, body, carbonation & mouthfeel were disappointments.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

oskart
1.6
Church Street Lublinskie Polish Pilsner
Hazy golden color. Strong bitter aroma. Off putting floral hop bitterness and aftertaste. Large white head.
Monday, January 04, 2016

DrnkMcDermott
3.5
Church Street Fire IPA
Bought July 2015 at Famous Liquors. Nice pour with a frothy whitish head over a bright, brassy beer. Exotic hops give this a slight nose of cinnamon or cardamon, perhaps some of that is from the rye in the malt. Nose is mostly spicy and bitter, with a slight hint of pine underneath. Mild hops altogether, and not a lot of sweetness is needed to give them some balance. Strikes out in a slightly different direction than most hoppy pale ales.
Sunday, January 03, 2016

oskart
2.8
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Dark brown color with poor head. Weak aroma of toffee. Bread, toasty flavor. Slightly carbonated medium body.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Headbanger
3.2
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Sample 7/19/14 (Naperville Ale Fest)-Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of banana, wheat, clove, and vanilla. Taste of the same with some hops. This light to medium bodied brew is darn tasty for an American Hefe.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

wlajwl
3.7
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Aroma is fruit bubblegum, wheat and raspberries. The flavor is raspberries, wheat, spices and a tart finish.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Leighton
2.6
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle shared at CBC Clerks - London. Cheers, Dave! Pours hazy gold with a creamy, white head. The nose holds faded out pine and crackery pale malts. Light-medium sweet flavor with some toasted sugars, grain, stale pine. Light bodied with average carbonation. Bitter finish with hints of ash, more old pine. Pretty shabby.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015