Church Street Brewing Company Reviews




thegreenrooster
3
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
Pour is a motor oil black with almost no head at all. Aroma is a decent roast/char malt. Flavor is again a roasted and charred malt. Finish is light but leaves some roasted malt on the tongue. As a stout this is fine but this is totally missing the lactose sweetness you want to have in this style. Decent malt used but barley any lactose.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

phoner2
2.1
Church Street Brimstone IPA
pours a frothy golden amber, taste is muddy pine needles, slight malt sweetness and a zing of horseradish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, January 6, 2018

stevoj
2.6
Church Street Wee Heavy
Guest tap at Bella. Murky brown pour with small ring of head. Boozy aroma, peat, earth. Taste too is earthy, dark malts. Thin. No finish.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

tmoreau
3.7
Church Street Bourbon Barrel Aged Paint It Plaid
Shared bomber sampled soon after the non-barrel aged version, poured to snifters displaying a ruby highlighted, almost black/brown hue, a presentable layer of tan froth, with foamy spots of lacing. The nose was ready booze, and barrel induced vanilla & tannins that seemed to diminish the presence of the maltiness, dark fruit, and light peat that were noticeably prevalent in the base brew. Medium+ bodied, with low carbonation, and some syrupy texture, the taste remained sweet, with roasted, earthy & tannic bitterness, and bourbony booze. Robust and hearty, but the barrel didn't necessarily do any more favors than raise the abv a bit.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

tmoreau
3.8
Church Street Paint It Plaid
On tap at Ellyn's Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and snifter served showing a deep brown color with some ruby highlighting, a finger's width of dark tan froth, and foamy spots & strands of lacing. The nose presented a strong roasted character, cocoa & caramel, a touch of peat, dark fruit as prune & raisin, and treacle. The taste was similar notes, medium+ bodied, with modest carbonation, a bit of syrupy/sticky texture, pronounced booze, and a lingering bitterness that was roasted/coffee-like astringency, earthy, and slightly tannic dryness. A bold Wee Heavy, and a far cry from where the "Shony" began.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ajnepple
3.2
Church Street Brimstone IPA
12 oz single bottle from Hy Vee Wine & Spirits - Urbandale. Orange colored and pretty clear in appearance with a white head. Aroma of resinous hops, pine, toasted malt and light citrus zest. Similar flavor, adding moderate hop bitterness and a mild malt sweetness. Medium body with a balanced finish. Decent.
Friday, December 1, 2017

Finhead
3.4
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Clear, yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has some floral notes along with cereal grains. It has a light, crisp body with lively carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a quick finish.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

therealjeribro
2
Church Street Brimstone IPA

Thursday, November 23, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3.2
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
Taste: Crisp, bready, snappy notes of clove, banana, and wheat toothy feel and herbal notes. Nice semi fruit like nose. Gold/Amber in hue, mostly clear, with a soft white head and some rings of lace on taster glass. Medium body.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

BlackBeerPG
2.6
Church Street Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale
Taste: crisp, toasted grain, balanced with some hop to the malt. Slightly funky hop nose I did not expect. Copper hue, semi clear, small head and lace. Medium body. Grainy, just OK.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Taste: roasted grains, caramel malts, herbal, crisp finish. Semi sweet malt nose. Mahogany red hue, mostly clear, with a tan creamy head and some lattice of lace. Medium body.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3
Church Street Fire IPA
Taste: dry hopped citrus,and a bit toothy with some sharp notes. mild floral hop nose. Amber, mostly clear, average head and lace. Medium to Med/full body.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aurelius
3.4
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Hazy, dark tea color with a carpeting off-white head. Muted, stewed fruit malty aroma. Malt-forward, sweetish, low bittering, straw, some woodiness and bandaids. Holds carbonation, slightly heavy body. Drinkable but disappointing. Craft Bar, on tap, Panama City.
Friday, October 27, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.4
Church Street Ctrl + Alt + Beer
Pour is a dark brown with some red highlights. Aroma is a dark fruit malt with some molasses. Flavor is a little roasty with some treacle and raisin. A little watery would be my only knock against the beer but this is pretty spot on for the style. Almost like an English style ale with a bit more bitterness.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

JDBaker11058
3.6
Church Street Devil's Advocate
Honey smacks, yeasty spice, some clove and wet stone. Slightly rough around the edges, but decent.
Monday, October 16, 2017

wxman
3.5
Church Street Devil's Advocate
Pours a clear yellow/gold with a nice lasting white head. Aroma is Belgian all the way with banana and spices. Taste is sweet pale malt, banana, rock candy, coriander and some breadiness. Smooth and very good. ABV not really noticeable, other than warmth after the swallow. Pretty good.
Friday, October 13, 2017

muzzlehatch
3.6
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
12 ounce bottle from...Schnucks in Roscoe, IL, I think. Served a bit above fridge themp in a König Pils glass. Pours a burnished gold-brass with a moderate-to-large but rather quick-diminishing snow-white head...aroma bready-grassy; a couple of bottles had a vague soapiness to them but that fades quickly; hints of tarragon and pepper are there for the asking when I work at it...the body has no problematic or off characteristics, thankfully, it's just a full-on thick malty layer of goodness with some nice light grassy-weedy bitterness towards the finish and a very light sweetness throughout; a near-perfect Helles on the tongue, this is. Perhaps in the end it's just a slight bit heavy and could use a tiny bit more carbonation, but that's quibbling. This is solid stuff in the end and I'm glad that more quality local examples of this style are available nowadays.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

balloonbuffoon
2
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
12floz bottle, BOD: 08.10.2017, bought as part of a mix-six for $10, poured into a pint glass where almost no head quickly turns to no head atop a red-orange body. Plasticity caramel nose is not very appealing, but I've come to expect it from this brewer. The palate hits with a bland honey-biscuit flavor over a medium body. Finishes with a seltzer-like quality, even though it isn't very carbonated. Oh well, it's only single.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

balloonbuffoon
2.7
Church Street Ctrl + Alt + Beer
12floz bottle, BOD: 06.27.2017, $1.50 unit cost, pint glass. Appears medium-dark brown in color (glows with translucence in the light), and has a ring and spotty head. Smell is fine, consisting of darker German malts - some caramel, plastic, and bread. The palate is watery, and has little oomph as it conveys a taste one might find if they eat liquefied Wheaties from a rusty kettle. Drinkable, but not very good.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Scipio
3.2
Church Street Ctrl + Alt + Beer
Pours a clear and deep amber with w thin tan head. The aroma is sweet, consisting of heavier caramel, raisin, and nuts. Its a little toasted and bready as well. The taste is mildly bitter and has a light sweetness to it. The main theme here is caramel with a touch of molasses. Some mild earthy malts are found, with lesser nuts, bread, and slight brown sugar. A short caramel aftertaste completes this one's profile. Medium in body, with a chewy texture, and a little softer in carbonation. Not bad, but a bit bland actually.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

edgallow
3.4
Church Street Head in the Clouds
Draft pours golden with a white head. Aroma is bready, malts and some grass. Taste is malts, grains and a hint of citrus.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Bif
3
Church Street Ctrl + Alt + Beer
On tap. pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small head and bit of lacing. Aroma of caramel, bit floral and grain. Taste of light caramel sweetness, trace of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and fairly dry finish. Medium body, with a slightly gritty feel. Not sure about being "traditional" but like the name.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

edgallow
3.2
Church Street Brimstone IPA
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of floral, citrus and earthy. Taste is citrus and caramel
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

tmoreau
3.6
Church Street Mosaic Ministry
On tap at John's Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield, IL., and dispensed to a logoed, Church St. pint glass, showing a lightly hazed, amber/gold color, with a rocky layer of soft white froth, and doily-like lacing. The nose was soft grain/wheat, preserve-like sweetness, with esters as citrusy grapefruit & orange. Medium bodied, with good carbonation, the taste was similar, with some intermittent surfacing of subtle graininess, lingering citrus, rind-like, and earthy bitterness, and a bit of tanginess to the finish. Decent.
Sunday, September 3, 2017

seymour
2.8
Church Street Ctrl + Alt + Beer
Shared from 12oz brown bottle into nonic half-pints, a clear deep reddish-amber colour with beige foam, fairly long-lasting. Malty, nutty, caramelly, faint noble hoppy bitterness. Fairly true-to-style, although much sweeter than authentic examples, making it seem unfinished. Medium body and carbonation, lingering sticky sweet aftertaste. Clever name for a mediocre beer.
Sunday, September 3, 2017

edgallow
3.1
Church Street Continental Lager
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grass, biscuit and floral notes. Taste is malts, grass and a hint of bitterness.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bif
2.7
Church Street Bob's Your Dunkel
Bottle. Had excessive gushing head when I opened the bottle. After the initial excitement I ended up with a clear dark amber color with "ample head". Aroma of malt, bit of caramel and grain. Taste was similar to the aroma. Mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish. Light body and bit watery. My beer came from the same 10.21.2016 batch as the previous rater. The beer was drinkable but...
Sunday, August 27, 2017

jejensen23
3
Church Street Brimstone IPA

Thursday, August 24, 2017

thegreenrooster
3
Church Street Head in the Clouds
Pour is a hazy yellow with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is bready malt with some creamy yeast nutrients. Flavor is more of a heavy lager malt and a bittering finish. Decent beer, you defiantly get the unfiltered malt and yeast presence.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

phranq
3
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Earthy in the nose from a clear dark yellow pour. Taste is sweet malt and bitter hops. Palate is two distinct flavors.
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jpmercer
2.5
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
One of Germany’s quintessential beverages, now in Chicagoland. Utilizing old world decoction mashing techniques for a truly sweet malt character. This gentle drink also features a straw-colored clarity that’s clearly heavenly! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

balloonbuffoon
1.7
Church Street Bob's Your Dunkel
12floz bottle, BOD: 10.21.2016, $5 for a six-pack (discounted), mug glass. I lost about a third of this beer because of gushing foam upon opening. After settling I poured what remained, where it appears a translucent amber-brown with head that settles to a ring. Smells like dishwater (soap and food bits), so I’m thinking combined with the excessive head that this may have been a bad batch. I’ll still will review though despite a possible QC issue (I know it happens to respected craft breweries), others I’ve had from Church Street have been fine. Taste is off needless to say - band aid, estery, and then some gritty grains. I am able to drink it, probably a 3ish beer if not for the inherit problem. I will re-review whenever I can get a single from a different batch.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

crossovert
3.2
Church Street Ctrl + Alt + Beer
355ml bottle. They proclaim this to be a "true" "traditional" altbier. We will see... It pours a deep hazed amber brown with an off-white head. Aroma is bready spice, some honey, floral, dark fruit. Flavor is caramel, herbs, lighter bitterness, fruity, cinnamon. Maybe a touch traditional but I like my alts hoppier and this is a bit too yeasty. ok.
Sunday, July 30, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3.4
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
Taste: crisp snappy, piney hops with cracker notes and clean finish. Mild hop nose. Gold/Amber color, clear as crystal, delicate lace to head. Medium body.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HardtotheCoreCider
5
Church Street Devil's Advocate

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jpmercer
3
Church Street Devil's Advocate

Friday, July 7, 2017

jb
3.8
Church Street Devil's Advocate
Extremely solid. Bottle from Andy and Kathy - beer club. Cloves, spicy and yeasty notes in nose. Big thick mouthfeel syrupy, sticky sweet, a bit of booze. Carbonation tingles at back end helps balance. Dry / yeasty finish balances sweet. Well done.
Friday, June 30, 2017

rubbishystuff
3
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
At brewpub. Toffee, creamy, roasted, and slippery mouth feel. Sweet. Serving: Tap
Sunday, June 25, 2017

rubbishystuff
3
Church Street Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale
At Tap room. Nice no frills Irish ale, concentrates on the roasted malt than on the hop. Serving: Tap
Sunday, June 25, 2017

rubbishystuff
3
Church Street Mosaic Ministry
At Tap room. For a style Im not overly in to this was not bad, the hop choice and levels keep things interesting. Serving: Tap
Sunday, June 25, 2017

rubbishystuff
3
Church Street Hauch Von Himmel
At Tap room. Yeast, and banana clove instead of crisp, Nice summery. Serving: Tap
Sunday, June 25, 2017

rubbishystuff
3
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
At Tap room. Malty, a little sweet, mildy carbonated. A little toasty. Serving: Tap
Sunday, June 25, 2017

rubbishystuff
3
Church Street Lublinskie Polish Pilsner
At Tap Room. Nice a little malty, lemony. Nice Pils not a grassy as some others. Serving: Tap
Sunday, June 25, 2017

josedw
4
Church Street Devil's Advocate

Sunday, June 18, 2017

seymour
2.8
Church Street Mosaic Ministry
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pub glass, slightly hazy golden amber with white foam, basic American wheat beer grainbill, slightly bready mouthfeel, plus big hit of dank musky Mosaic hops. Light body, moderate carbonation, lingering hoppy aftertaste, Not my kinda thing but not terrible. Pass.
Monday, May 29, 2017

tmoreau
3.7
Church Street Head in the Clouds
On tap at John’s Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield, IL., and dispensed to a Church Street logoed pint glass showing a fairly clear, orangey gold color, with a healthy layer of soft white head froth, and foamy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was light lager/pils scent, soft grain/straw, subtle hints of apple & corn, and slight malt sweetness. Ditto on the flavor, light to medium bodied, with lively effervescence that pleasantly perked the sessionability, subtle tartness & tanginess, and a crisp finish. Very refreshing.
Friday, May 26, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3.5
Church Street Brimstone IPA
Taste: balanced of semi sweet malt and dry citrus hops. Mouth-feel is smooth. Fermented earthy floral hop nose. Gold, semi clear, delicate lace to foamy head. Medium to Med/lite body.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

wxman
3.3
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
On tap at Microfest 2017. Pours a pale yellow with a decent white head. Bready spicy aroma. Taste is sweet pale malt, caramel and biscuits. Signature maibock taste profile. Quite good.
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bif
3.1
Church Street Magisterium Maibock
On tap. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small head. Aroma of malt, nuts, and trace of citrus. Taste of malt sweetness, caramel and bread. Mild bitterness and fairly clean finish. moderate body, smooth but seems a tad sweet.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

wlajwl
4
Church Street Mosaic Ministry
Aroma is Mosaic hops, citrus and slightly perfumed. The flavor is fruit/candy, Mosaic hops, malts and a mix of tart, slightly spicy and mild sweetness in the finish.
Monday, April 24, 2017