Church Street Brewing Company Reviews




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 Iíve 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 Ellynís 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, bakerís 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 Bobís 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 donít 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 Devilís 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 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 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 youíd 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 Iíll 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

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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 5, 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 5, 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