Church Street Brewing Company Reviews




Jpmercer
2.7
Church Street Devil’s Advocate
Devil’s Advocate begs the question: What happens when you take a ton (literally) of Pilsner malt, put it through a decoction mash, boil it up, add another 500 lbs. of Belgian candy & cane sugar, and then some of Duvel’s world famous yeast? The answer: A spicy, sweet, and dangerously drinkable, Belgian Golden Strong Ale! Does have a bit of a sugary taste. Note the 8.8%! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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

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

balloonbuffoon
2.8
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
NO freshness dating evident on a 12floz bottle purchased as a single in a mix-six for $10. 6.8% ABV, 22 IBUs. Consumed from a nonic glass 03.25.2017. Appears practically black with a soft light-brown head. Graham cracker and malt ball aroma completes the staging phase of this beer. Onto the tasting phase. It is characteristic for the style, but it does not impress me. Body is slick and medium-full. Brown sugar and a roasted malt-chocolate flavors do not come together well, and a residual sweetness presides after. Not bad, but definitely ho-hum.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Scipio
2.6
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Pours brown with a thick, full, off white head that settles slowly. I really didn’t get a whole lot of aroma. I happened to find bread and toffee. The taste is sweet and a bit tart. Toffee and nuts are most prevalent, with brown sugar, bread, earthy malts, and light floral hops as flavors that are detected as well. A light toffee is the aftertaste. This is light in body, with a thin texture, and with a softer carbonation. I wasn’t a fan of this, and it strikes me as rather boring.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

thegreenrooster
2.1
Church Street Anniversary Special Hell Lager
Pour is a clear golden with almost no head at all. Aroma is a doughy sweet malt with not much else. Flavor is again a way too sweet malt with no bitterness. This is boarding on a malt liquor feel with the syurpy sweet malt. Not a good example of the style by a long shot.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

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.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bif
3.3
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
Nitro tap. Pours deep brown color with a big head. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and bit of nut. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt and trace of vanilla. Some bitterness and fairly clean finish. Medium body, creamy with a toasted malt feel. Not too bad.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

vyvvy
3.3
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has cream, anise and heavy roast. It has a medium light body with soft carbonation. The taste has heavy roast, cream, dark chocolate and light apple. Decent.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

crossovert
2.9
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
Nitro. Brown pour. Creamy tan head with a cascade looks beautiful. Flavor is a tartish mil stout. Bitter roast and berry. Ehh. Looks nice.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bif
3.4
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some caramel and bit of brown sugar. taste of roasted malt, dark fruit and bit of caramel. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, smooth with a nice toasted malt feel. Enjoyable beer.
Friday, January 13, 2017

zebra
4
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
1st, on nitro, of flight of 4 @ worldofbeer Evanston. opaque black, sweet dark fruit, creamy though only medium body.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

hayduke
3.7
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
This 12 oz bottle was sent to me by Strykzone. Thanks Dave. Pours amber to brown with a tan head and thick lacing rings. Nose is rich caramel malts with some light fruit. Medium to full in body with as almost oily mouth feel. Flavor runs to malts and the finish is sweet. Very tasty and quite enjoyable.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

JPDIPSO
3
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Dark copper to brown in color. Diminished head of light tan bubbles. Malty, meaty, earthy aromas. Sweet dark toffee start. Grainy breads in the middle. Just a hint fo herbal hops. Sweet finish. A strong amber. Simple. 4/14
Saturday, December 31, 2016

JPDIPSO
3.1
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Lightly hazed light golden liquid. Small head of somewhat creamy looking white bubbles. Pale malt and light ester, especially bananas. Hint of herbal hops and actually caught a touch of alcohol. Very soft fell, nearly light a mild cask ale. Light pale malt, mild wheat, creamy. Most interesting and likely the best beer I’ve have tonight, but not much of a helles lager. Cream ale, golden ale, pre-pro lager/ale, damn near tastes like a good American wheat. Enjoyed it for what it was not what they told me it was. 1/14
Saturday, December 31, 2016

JPDIPSO
2.7
Church Street Continental Lager
Ready for a righteously good beer. Dark golden color with a near white head. Strong aromas, with toasted biscuits, light phenols, and heavy herbal hops, Light sweetness. Hints of pale malt, followed by floral and herbal hops. Hints of ripe light fruit. Too many esters, and not a crisp clean lager as I would hope for a continental lager. 1/14
Saturday, December 31, 2016

wlajwl
3.7
Church Street Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale
Aroma is fruit/berries and mild sugar/sweetness. The flavor is strong fruit/berries, malts, mild sweetness and a dryish/slightly astringent finish.
Friday, December 30, 2016

tmoreau
3.8
Church Street Holy Cow Milk Stout
Just put on tap at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. and nitro served to a tulip displaying a darkest brown color, with a thick & creamy, almost solid looking, brownish tan layer of head froth that lasted to the end, with an equally lingering coating of clingy foam as lacing. The nose was toasted, roasted, baker’s chocolate, and quite malty, combined with a touch of soft woodiness/nuttiness that gave off a non-offensive, light scent reminiscent of freezer burn. The taste was similar, medium+ bodied, with soft carbonation, creaminess to the mouthfeel, earthy & roasted bitterness, and more of a favorable dryness than sweetness. Very nice!
Saturday, December 24, 2016

hayduke
3.1
Church Street Continental Lager
Courtesy of Strykzone Poured gold with a white head. Nose of grassy hops. Medium body. Flavor light malts and grassy hops. Finishes sweet not bitter. Easy drinking and simple.
Friday, December 16, 2016

thegreenrooster
2.1
Church Street Lublinskie Polish Pilsner
Pour is a clear golden with a huge white head. The head overflowed the glass even with a gentle pour. Aroma is a adjunct laiden lager with a corn syrup sweetness the most predominant. Flavor is again a sweet and cloying sweetness. The sweetness is almost to much to handle. Too much adjuncts in this beer to even recommend to the most passionate lager drinkers
Saturday, November 26, 2016

BlackBeerPG
3.3
Church Street Bob’s Your Dunkel
Taste: rich roasted malts, hint of sweet, tangy smooth and balanced. Dark bread roasted nose. Brown color, clear, with a delicate head and lace in taster glass. Medium body.
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bif
3.1
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
On tap. Pours reddish amber color with a good head. Aroma of caramel, bit of malt sweetness and nutty. Taste of caramel sweetness, some malt and bread. mild bitterness and a slightly sweet finish. Moderate body, smooth, with a malty touch. Decent but a little sweet.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Johnstledger8
3.4
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
Draught. Pours a hazy amber with an off white bubbly head. Aroma is of toffee, citrus, light pine, hint of spice, slightly metallic. Taste is of toffee, clove, orange, slightly metallic finish. Watery to oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Friday, November 11, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.2
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Pour is a dark brown with some red highlights and almost no head at all. Aroma is a decent dark fruit with some brown sugar. Flavor is more dark sugar and dark fruit with an earthy malt finish. This was a flavorful Scottish ale boarding on German dopplebock territory. vanilla,
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Strykzone
3.1
Church Street Continental Lager
12 ounce bottle. Honey gold with a big almost white head. A Euro hop aroma is light. The flavor is gently hopped with light bitterness. Soft spice and sulfur. Grain is just as light. Honey, bread, and, cereal hops add sweetness. This is on the dry side but finishes quite sweet.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

thegreenrooster
3
Church Street Itascafest Marzen
Pour is a clean tan with a large white head. Aroma is a nice, bready malt with a little chestnut in the backround. Flavor is more of a dry bready malt with a little roasted nuttiness. A bit thin in the look and mouth feel but this has some flavor and depth to it.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

thegreenrooster
2.8
Church Street Heavenly Helles Lager
Pour is a clear gold with a large white head. Aroma is a big malt with some sweetness and a bit of plastic. Flavor is a nice rich malt. Very clean with some grain and grassy hops. I don’t get any of the plastic in the flavor like I got in the aroma. Very true to style with a nice malt profile
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Strykzone
3.4
Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
12 ounce bottle. Deep amber brown and opaque. A beige head leaves rich lacing. The aroma is of a Scottish ale and is rich to the nose. The flavor is also authentic and classic. A sweet maltiness. Sweet toffee and a dry bitterness seems to be an Americanization. Some fruit and a little floral, too. Toast and bread, almost fruit cake.
Monday, October 3, 2016

wlajwl
3.7
Church Street Devil’s Advocate
Aroma is pineapple juice, very perfumed/slightly off and slight sweetness. The flavor is pineapple/pineapple juice, tropical fruit/fruit, pale malts, Belgian yeast and an alcoholic/warming finish.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

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 Woodman’s 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 year’s batch there’s 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 you’d think it would be fresh at least. Maybe try again later with different batch.
Saturday, September 3, 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 I’ll try a different batch later to see if the carbonation issue is fixed.
Saturday, September 3, 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 3, 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 2, 2016