Church Street Brewing Company Reviews




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

Leighton
2.7
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - London. Thanks to Dave! Pours unclear gold with a thick, off-white cream head. The nose holds citrus, light grain and pith. Light sweet flavor with off notes of cigarette, some crackery pale malts, old pine. Light bodied with average to lively carbonation. Piney bitter finish with notes of citrus rind, off ash, more old pine. Meh, not great.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

mR_fr0g
2.8
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle shared at Craft Beer Co. 10/09/2015. Thanks to The Wingman. Hazed golden / orange coloured pour with a halo of white head. Aroma is weird soy, grassy pine hop and caramel malts. Flavour is composed of dirty grassy hop, astingent and dirty, some caramel malts. Palate is grainy, highish carbonation. Lingering aggressive bitterness.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

mR_fr0g
3.7
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Bottle shared at Craft Beer Co. 10/09/2015. Many thanks to The Wingman for this one. Translucent golden / orange coloured pour with a lasting off white frothy head. Aroma is nice midget gem hop, fruity citrus, parma violets. Flavour is composed of semi-sweet bready malts, light biscuit, tropical citrus, pine and wood. Assertive hop bitterness. Palate is frothy, chewy with airy carbonation. Grainy finish. I liked this.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

zebra
3
Church Street Bell Tower Berliner Weisse
4th of flight of 4 @ brixies. cloudy pale yellow. not very sour. balanced. easy to drink.
Monday, September 14, 2015

madmitch76
3.2
Church Street Fire IPA
10th September 2015
Craft Clerkenwell Bottle Share. Thanks to big Dave. Lightly hazy gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and dry with mild fine carbonation. Light malts, modest sweetness. Mild hop skunk. Very mild hop spice and bitterness. Light dry finish. A bit ephemeral but okay.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

madmitch76
3.4
Church Street Brimstone IPA
10th September 2015
Craft Clerkenwell Bottle Share. Thanks to WMW. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Airy palate, mild fine carbonation. Fluffy malts, mildly sweet, light dry cream. Hop spice. Trace of sweet pine and floralness. More hop spice. Airy finish. Not bad.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Scopey
2.6
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle thanks to the Wingman. It pours murky deep orange with a small off-white head. The nose is earthy, burnt pale grain, straw, light plastic, apricot and peach. The taste is bitter-sweet, alcohol, burnt plastic, grassy bitterness, toasted/charred grain, soap and some minerals. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Flawed and a bit messy. íTis a shame.
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Scopey
3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Bottle thanks to the Wingman. It pours murky orange-amber with a thick off-white head. The nose is earthy, bitter-sweet, doughy, wood, lemon verbena and mild astringency. The taste is bitter, earthy, pine, dough, resin, dirty, alcohol boost, rough astringency and lemon verbena with a slightly hot, resinous finish. medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit dirty. OK at best.
Saturday, September 12, 2015

The_Osprey
3.3
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Dave. 6.2%. Hazy orange, still, small foamy white head. Aroma is tangerine, chalky, light floral and toffee notes. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is dirty pan, dried on dirt, astringent hops, chalky and floral, dry finish. I prefer this over their íBrimstoneí IPA.
Friday, September 11, 2015

The_Osprey
3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Dave the Rave. 6.8%. Hazy dark orange, lightly sparkling, big foamy dense white head. Aroma is astringent pot pourri, banana peel. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is floral, astringent, chalky minerals, dry and also sort of estery. Weird. Just about passable for the style.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Theydon_Bois
2.7
Church Street Fire IPA
Bottle split at CBC Clerko, thanks to my Wingman, 10/09/15. Lightly hazed golden orange with a moderate off white covering. Nose is bready, light spice, earthy hops, melon, bitter orange pangs. Taste comprises melon, bread dough, citric tingle, bitter orange, dirty come earthy notes, caramel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Boring, offers nothing, hops almost non existent.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Bottle split at CBC Clerko, thanks to my Wingman, 10/09/15. Hazed golden amber with a well appointed egg shell white covering. Nose is light plastic, orange, straw, bready notes. Taste comprises tangerine, melon, light spice, dull hop, bread dough. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a tickle of hop bitterness. 2nd rate pedestrian IPA.
Friday, September 11, 2015

kaser
3.4
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Orange pour from draft at lucky monk. White head. Floral and dank fruits. Not bad and not great
Sunday, August 30, 2015

wlajwl
3.4
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
Aroma is fruit, pale malts and slightly perfumed. The flavor is fruit, pale malts, slight earthiness and a mix of mild tartness and warming alcohol in the finish.
Monday, August 24, 2015

ARH
3.1
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
On tap, poured into a hefeweizen glass. The aroma is that of light bananas, vanilla, and a light, background clove with intermittent hints of citrus. The appearance is murky, yet effervescent, with a dull gold hue and a big, foamy white head that has good retention and a light lace. The taste is a medium sweet and slightly less, medium bitter. Itís creamy and fuzzy with a medium body thatís flavor is bready with bananas, cream, and a light spice as well as some light notes of underripe bitter stone fruit. The finish is smooth with a mild clove clean that leads to an aftertaste of honey and stone fruit.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Travlr
2.8
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Draft at GTMW 2015. Hazy golden amber color, white head. Aroma of toasted caramel. Taste is light sweetish toast. OK
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Travlr
3.4
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Draft at GTMW 2015. Hazy light golden color, medium white head. Aroma of peppery crackers. taste is bready and lightly bitter. Easy drinking.
Sunday, August 09, 2015

crossovert
2.5
Church Street Anniversary Special Hell Lager
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.
Thursday, August 06, 2015

tmoreau
3.2
Church Street Bell Tower Berliner Weisse
Some traveling samples from Chet, but also a 5 oz. serving at Warrenís Ale House in Wheaton, IL. Displayed a hazed, light gold/straw color, with a modest layer of off white foam that quickly reduced to a bubbly ring, leaving light dots & dashes of lacing on the glass. The nose was lightly sour, with lemony notes, and a hint of yeasty banana. Light bodied, with a bit of seltzery nature to the fairly lively carbonation, the taste continued the citrusy tartness, but lacked the necessary flavor punch. Refreshing, but more as a "Berliner Light".
Friday, July 24, 2015

sawbuck
2.9
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Faint aroma of citrus and some hops. nice orange yellow color with a huge tan head. Toasty caramel up front with average sweetness. Bold bitterness sets in next. Loud at first but mellows through the finish. Caramel reappears at the finish also. Slightly dry finish, with the bitterness echoing in the aftertaste. Average American IPA.
Sunday, July 19, 2015

chicagobears
3.7
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Pours a murky brown into Old Thumper pint glass. Nose of caramel, smoke, and raisins. I found the flavor to be a bit more complex. Get a strong flavor of salted caramel, along with a earthy flavor, raisins, vanilla and a slight sour note in the finish. It all works together nicely. A good example of a Scottish ale minus the lively carbonation. This is my fourth offering from this brewer; Helles lager, IPA, and Maibock all were good to very good. Not sure this brewery gets a fair shake in the ratings but to each their own.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

sawbuck
2.8
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Some notes of caramel, and some toffee in aroma. Dark brown color, with a tan head that fades quickly. Super sweet malt up front. Almost like candy. Very malty with some hints of chocolate of toffee. Bitterness cuts in to balance somewhat. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Average carbonation.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

sawbuck
2.9
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Nice aroma of bubble gum, some banana, some spice. Nice deep gold color, thin white head fades quickly. Sweet wheat up front. Followed quickly by some sour notes? Banana bread flavors, followed by a nice peppery, spicy bitterness. Watery mouth feel.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015