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Christoffel Bier - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered Pilsner style.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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Photo of TMoney2591


3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Christoffel cervoise.

Gotta admit, I'm a sucker for random new beers that come with a cool glass. This one pours a cloudy straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, pine sap, and sharp grass. The taste brings in more of the same, the grass really coming into its own, soaring above the biscuit. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a pretty nice hoppy pils, a minor surprise, given the distance it had to travel to get here.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 05:27:24 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of FLima


3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a thin head with good retention. Got murky once the yeast was poured.
Nice aroma of sweet oranges, herbs, flowers and lots of honey.
Very flavorful for a Pilsner. Clear taste of Saaz hops, sweet oranges, honey and bready malt. Notes of tea and a mild tartness. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant bitterness.
Light to medium body with a low carbonation.
Excellent pilsen, not to be forgotten. What a nice surprise, it's got a character of its own. Creative on a dry land. Fruity, refreshing and elegant. After drinking this I was under the impression that Broklyn Lager got inspiration on this beauty. Highly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 20:42:22 | More by FLima
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruity and hoppy presence.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 02:38:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Douberd


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown swing top bottle of 330 ml, poured into a footed pilsner glass. ABV is 6%. Beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized.

First time I see such a pilsner. Yellow colour, very hazy body. Nice two fingers in height, white and soapy head. Good retention.
Lots of the Saaz hops on the aroma, some bread maltiness too.
Wow, taste is amazing! Is this really a pilsner, I ask again? Just an initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue and then is bitterness and hops all the way! A light apple taste somewhere in the middle.
Medium body, average carbonation and a very dry and long finish.
What a surprise this was! Definitely worth every penny, will keep it in mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 14:32:35 | More by Douberd
Photo of DoubleJ


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are swing-tops really necessary for tiny 330 ml bottles? I have a feeling that this bottle will be gone, pronto. On to the beer:

Looks murky on the pour. In a glass, the beer looks a browish, yellowish and muddy color. Given that this is an unfiltered lager, I'll give them some benefit. There's a small head on top which sprays dotted lace around the glass. The nose feeatures a sizzle of hops, raw leaves, husky pilsner malt; overall very raw.

"Double Hopped" was no marketing gimmick. Reasonably hoppy and more. Some parts of the beer are rough at a few points, otherwise this is quite a ride. The flavors of hop tea, leaves, woody notes, and a mild sweetness from the malt make this very different from many of the beers that I've tried. The beer is medium bodied with a refreshing bite of carbonation.

Unique. A good alternative to standard pilsners if you're looking for a more intense experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 20:34:14 | More by DoubleJ
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United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33ck Flip-top bottle taken at Cafe de Grendelpoort, Valkenburg during a stay over in Oct 2012.

The beer pours a cloudy/hazy orange colour: on top a white covering of thick foam, which stayed for the whole tasting. This is not a German Pilsner, never has been and never will be (even if that is the style someone on BA has decided to put it in).

The nose was yeasty and hoppy with a strong fruitiness to the fore, a semi-sour citrusy smell became more apparant as the beer warmed in the glass.

Taste wise it was a pleasant blend of hops and malts, each around the same in their strength of flavour. So, well balanced and neither sweet or dry. Refreshing and easy to drink with enough hop bite to excite and plenty of malty sweetness to counteract those bittering hops.

The alcohol sits nicely within the brew and is just about noticed in the mouth feel, wouldn't want it any stronger.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 11:00:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33ml flip top bottle. Opens with a nice popping sound. Pours a cloudy dark brownish amber with a small short lived beige head. Aroma is very malty, bready yeast with some light fruity notes. Taste of caramel malt, yeasty bready with some fruity notes and some light peppery hops bitterness. Palate is a smooth medium body with mild carbonation. Finishes with a nicely balanced combination of sweet caramel malt yeast, fruity notes with some light peppery hops bitterness ending is long and malty. Overall a good tasty and easy going brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:15:08 | More by Samp01
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2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is very hazy with a pale golden color. Can't look through it. The head is modest and dissolves within approximately twenty seconds into a very thin layer.

Apples dominate the smell so that it is hard to notice other smells. Also some honey and some woody (cedar?) character and a notable amount of earthiness from hops.

Tastes like bread covered with a bit of honey. Some earthy/grassy hops at the end and apple-freshness. Little interesting but refreshing. Aftertaste is balanced but with a strange musty aspect.

Overall it is refreshing thanks to the apples but nothing special really. Opacity is too high for the style and both taste and smell aren't really interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:47:59 | More by supermantoine
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North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rather modest head that fades quickly, leaving just a film and a few spots of lace

Smell: Green apples, a hint of honey/raisin and an odd, cedary character

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing green apple tartness that overwhelms the underlying hint of honey-like malt; the grassy hops appear after the swallow but the finish is rather metallic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Really rather different and hard to know whether the apple tartness/underlying raisin/honey sweetness was intended or is the result of an extended shelf life

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:16:53 | More by brentk56
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, continuing to clean out the fridge.. best by date of 02 of 2009.. Brought this home from a trip to europe in 2008.

Cloudy copper color into a tumbler.

Has that sweet raisiny smell of a beer that is too old.

Slight pepper phenolic taste. A hint of hop in there too. Some overripe fruit malty sweetness as well.

Heavy mouthfeel, possibly due to age. Reminds me of homebrew.

Overall this was probably a good year in its prime. I'm learning my lesson on beer hoarding.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:36:39 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy orange color with a solid, bubbly head of creamy froth. Pale, floral aroma...lots of honey, lemon, grass, and somewhat crackery malts along with an almost Belgian fruitiness. The flavor follows suit: satisfying pale malts, honey, tea, bready yeast. Lightly bitter and drying, but not too thin at all, coating the mouth a bit.

Quite the tasty and interesting unfiltered lager. Very, very drinkable...the little swing-top bottle isn't big enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:54:33 | More by wedge
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Over five fingers of head in my pilsner glass. Sticks around for quite a while and leaves fantastic lacing. Pours a beautiful hazy light golden straw color with very visible carbonation.

S- Grassy, herbal hops with a light pepper note. Malt is soft and smells like fresh bread.

T- Slight hop bitterness. Hops are floral, herbal, and earthy. Just a tad bite of white pepper and very mellow citrus. Malt is subdued but represents itself in the form of a fresh baked loaf. Lovely dry finish. Drinks incredibly clean and smooth.

M- Medium to full for the style. Probably the thickest/chewiest German pils I can remember. Good level of carbonation. No alcohol heat.

O- One of the best pilsners I have tasted. Truely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:59:43 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid all around pilsener. Deep golden color with just a touch of haze. One finger of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Nice noble hop aroma that gives a spicey and grassy kick to the cracker like malt. The flavor overall is dry which I enjoy in a pilsener. The hops are well represented with a pepperish flavor. The malt gives a solid foundation of grain and bread. Light body with the carbonation perhaps being the only fault I could find. Just a little undercarbonated. Would like to try a super fresh example of this beer someday.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:26:30 | More by morimech
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown swing top bottle, served into a pilsner glass. BB aug 2012

A- nice frothy white head with good lace, foggy golden color.

S- citrusy, lemon/grapefruit, hints of pine, hoppy aroma.

T- a really well balanced beer with rich malt that lends a touch of sweetness, nice floral/grassy hops add good bitterness and lingering aftertaste, quite hoppy actually. Good.

M- medium bodied fairly crisp with prickly carbonation on the tongue.

D- solidly drinkable

Overall after both Christoffel beers I tried I enjoyed the Nobel better, but the blond is great itself. I would like to try more from this brewery, they make some of the best pilsners in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:43:48 | More by drinkininthewood
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4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: The beer pours a clear orange-yellow color with a nice white head
Smell: Malts, grass, pine and spicy hops
Taste: Malts, lemon, citrus, pine and a nice long bitter hop aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: What a great beer for the style, one of the best and hoppiest out there (rated by style)

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 13:12:45 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those interesting styles that you don't come across too often. It's unpasteurized, unfiltered and subjected to open fermentation. So it's going to be cloudy, gritty and sour. However, someone at BA has, in their infinite wisdom, changed this to a German Pilsener for the style despite it being listed as a Keller Bier just last week. Did they do this because the BJCP doesn't recognize the style? No, there are plenty of other beers listed under this style. Their website refers to it as an "urbier", which just means "old beer", which leads me to believe that "keller bier" may have been the correct style for this one. Whatever.

After popping the flip top and getting a nice little hiss I knew that the beer was still in good condition. The pour did show the classic cloudiness within a body of honey orange brew with a set of white bubbles floating on top. The bubbles go away before you can say Don Ho.

The taste and the smell are very similar with sour citrus and tropical fruit notes and a little bit of fancy cracker as a base. The hops presence isn't as great as I had expected and the bitterness is pretty mild. There's a wet hay funk to it, which is explained by the open fermentation mixed with the Saaz hops. Those Saaz do express themselves in the aftertase, again as wet hay rather than the grass you get from a Bohemian pilsner. It's not due to a different strain of Saaz but, I think, the combination with the yeast strain.

The mouthfeel is a not what you typically get in any beer. There seem to be minerals from water chemistry as well as particulates from the unfiltered dead yeast. The overall effect is a bit of grittiness on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this the first time I had it and not so much right now and I don't know what the difference is. Maybe the little bit of sour in this one makes me yearn for the uber sour of Flemish reds and oude guezes and has led to disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:01:40 | More by Naugros
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy straw-orange with a fluffy white head. Looks more like a wheat beer than any sort of pilsner I've ever seen.

Smell - bitter and herbal noble hops aromas with sweet and fruity Belgian-style yeast over a subtle but rich caramel malt aroma.

Taste - Soft Belgian yeast character with a strong bitter hops punch on the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 21:52:14 | More by
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow colour, dense white head with good rentention and lacing. Not over-the-top but still very pleasant-- lots of noble hops with a sweet graininess and light yeasty spice. Sweet honey/pils malt up front that's balanced with lots of herbal, grassy noble hop flavour. Finishes slight sharply with a bit of citrus tang. Seems alot like a more restrained and drinkable version of their "Nobel". Medium body and carbonation. I found this quite enjoyable, a light'ish summer style whilst packing a decent noble hop punch (which I'm starting to enjoy more and more)

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:20:19 | More by MattyV
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic open fermentation. Maturation of 8 weeks.

Pours a hazy, slightly orangey wheat-gold with lingering white head. A nice web of lace is left after each sip.

Loads of noble hops and estery Belgian yeast on this one.

Seems more like a yeasty summer Weiss than a Pils..regardless- sign me up for another!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 21:26:35 | More by zachariaIPA
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( 31/50, 6% alc/vol, Home) Opaque with orange sediment, this orange-brown pilsener is extremely beautiful for the style. The head of pearl is rockey, well carbonated and lasting chaotically with a beautiful lace. German hops and belgian yeasts? Sure smells sweet and yeasty, but with that cutting hops citric acitidy that seems to meld well with the yeasts strain used in this case. Lemon, orange, cinnamon, sugar cane. Abundant spice mix akwardly with the yeast. The citric hops bite comes in a bit hard, but in true pilsener style. Feels like a belgian pilsener. If such a thing exists. Soft bready, lemony and grapefruit-floral bitterness. Soft and yeasty. Spicy and creamy pilsener. Hard to grasp the true mouthfeel as it shifts almost every second. Soft and warm, you can definitely feel the sediment's effect on the tongue. Finish is soft and dryish. Complexity and an eyeopening mix of belgian yeasts and german hops make this pilsener truly something unique. Try it with some cream corn dishes, and sweet dishes,to finish the job that the brewer could have. Though it would not have kept it's pilsener style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:19:39 | More by iguenard
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a branded chalice on tap at Cafe 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam

A - Cloudy darkish orange, with a foamy two-fingered head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S - Czech hops and a bit of yeast off the nose, along with something else I can't quite place - another type of malt perhaps?
T - Well, that's interesting....so this is a pretty bitter (in a good way) example of a pils, but I also get something that I can't describe any other way except "smoke". This almost has a Rauchbier quality to it; it became less noticeable as I had more sips, but there's definitely a flavor in here I have never noticed in a pils before. Otherwise, this is a very good example of the pils style, with a nice sharp, puckeringly bitter finish.
M - Heavier than the average pils, partially b/c of the higher ABV and lack of filtering, I'm guessing. Hangs around for a while after each sip.
Asked the knowledgable bartender about the "smoke" flavor and he had no explanation, but did note that the brewery had recently changed hands. So, don't know if I got an "off" example of this beer, but it was tasty nonetheless. Would be interested to see other if other reviewers get this....

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 17:41:28 | More by bosox941827
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Platinum Liquor at Bellevue Hill.

Pours a lovely cloudy yellow colour, bright and bulbous in the glass, with tiny streams of vibrant carbonation running up the edges. Head is full, and boisterous. Lacing honeycombs down the side of the glass as the head collapses to a fine mesh. Looks great.

Ooh yes. Nice noble hop characters on the nose, with a few dusty grain characters and a sharp phenolic bite--a classic Keller note. It's that lovely blend of freshness and cellar mustiness that makes it such a unique style. I think this is a cracker.

Taste is also very good, and very much in keeping with the unfiltered lager style. Raw grain notes, with a crisp phenolic bitterness and a husky finish. It's like a riproaringly pure pilsener, pared down to the bare bones and then with the volume turned up. Throughout this, it maintains a balance, resulting in a crisp-bodied and refreshing beer for all its primal power.

This is an absolutely top drop. A fantastic unfiltered German-style pilsener which really strikes all the right chords for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:39:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swing top bottle picked up from the local supermarket.

Poured into my Keizer Karel goblet.

It's beautifull golden, straw hazy yellow. One finger white head.

A hoppy citrus smell with grains and malt.

Some malt sweetness and hops. Not too complex but the flavors present are balanced.

It's smooth in the mouth with a medium body with plenty of carbonation.

This is notone that gets me overly excited. It's one of those OK beers probably wouldn't pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 18:59:39 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that took a long time to fade away.
S: The smell isn't overly strong but is quite complex, having aromas of buttery malts, floral hops and yeast.
T: Flavors of buttery malts and spicy hops are well balanced in the overall taste, which has a medium (but never overpowering) amount of bitterness. There are notes of pepper in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and is slightly filling. A light amount of dryness is perceptible from start to finish.
D: I will definitely drink this beer again because its unique smell and taste are interesting and stimulate your palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:14:48 | More by metter98
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl swing-top, purchased in Netherlands, best by 8/11.

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a very nice, pillowy and frothy head. The lacing is superb.

The aroma is fine, with some spicy and somewhat fruity hops, plus whole-grain bread.

Flavor has a wonderfully smooth bitterness, and above-average hop notes for the style: herbs such as sage, rosemary, and orangey fruits, too. The malt body is light, but still kind of grainy. I'm not wild about the light diacetyl and vegetable notes, but I can live with it. The alcohol is also a tad noticeable, even at 6%. Creamy, naturally carbonated mouthfeel is excellent, as is the overall package and drinkability of this unfiltered pilsner beer.

This is the same exact beer as Christoffel Blond, just check the brewery's website or ratebeer.com. Because it's unfiltered and pretty hoppy, I think it's well categorized as a Kellerbier and not as a German Pilsener, actually. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:42:51 | More by dasenebler
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Christoffel Bier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.