Christoffel Bier - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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86
very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

Unfiltered Pilsner style.
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Photo of mullenite
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Not sure of the freshness this beer, the A on the label is marked and but none of the years are. They go up to 2009 though so I imagine it's about a year old? Maybe? I really bought it for the empty bottles and the glass.

Glassware - Christoffel Tulip

Appearance - Pours a dark, hazy amber color with very little head. Not very much lacing, just some little spots on the glass.

Nose - Has a really weird sweet smell to it. The smell is kind of like a mix between caramel and sweet aroma hops. Kind of banana-y, mango and butterscotch.

Taste - Very similar to the nose with a weird, diacetyl thing going on. Very bready as well with a kind of toasted cracker taste going on.

Mouthfeel - Awesome. Nice solid medium body with a good tingle of carbonation.

Overall - I'll buy it again to see if I get a better bottle but not really feeling it. Tastes weird to me and I'm not sure if it is supposed to or not.

Photo of brentk56
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
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

Photo of bark
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The liquid is somewhat cloudy; the colour is pale yellow with a tint of orange. The head is white, airy and rather large.

The smell is a bit… stuffy with notes of honey, banana-flavoured marshmallows and some metallic bitterness. Doesn’t sound that good, does it? But I liked it; the combination of flavours gave an inviting smell.

The carbonation is very fresh and quite strong, as one could have expected from a bottled conditioned lager. Big bubbles!

The taste is quite mild and fresh with a sweet body, some metal, and banana sweets. I think they have used more aroma than usual for a lager. It is not very bitter. The aftertaste is soft with some sweetness and a soft fading bitterness.

A different, but not convincing lager beer: I cannot really put my finger on why I didn’t like it more, I just didn’t.

Photo of ybnorml
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazey light yellow beer with a big foamy bright white head. Has good lace from the foamy head.Has a light grainy aroma with ahint of spiceyness. There is a light biscuity flavor which is overpowered easily by a dry bitterness that just lies on your tongue. I just could not get into this one.

Photo of
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, golden color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Aroma was yeast and bread dough. Touch of toffee. Citrus - mild. Floral notes.

Bitter more than sweet, herbal and grassy. Crackery middle. Toffee again, picks up as temp increases. Herbal and grassy at finish. Decent balance.

Light to medium body. Low carbonation, needs more. Refreshing.

OK, nothing special. As previously noted, could use more carbonation.

Photo of jubnat
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very cloudy. Strong sweet, alcohol aroma. Tastes very sweet, like raisins. Also tastes grainy, much like corn. Not liking it very much. I hope I didn't get an old bottle. But I would not try this one again. It certainly didn't seem like a pilsener.

Photo of supermantoine
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger white head that goes quickly and leaves a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is non-existant. Starts sweet and finishes with a late hoppy kick. Light-medium bodied. $10 for a 2-pack of 330s with a glass.

Photo of smcolw
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive white head with a light head. Straw gold color with a lot of yeast haze

Barnyard aromas along with some dry cardboard. Very dry smells of fully fermented malt.

Very dry brew! Astringent in flavor with a lot of unmalted grainy tastes. The aftertaste is very bitter, but not from floral hop flavors, not sure what it is. Fairly full body with a slightly high carbonation. This reminds me of the non-alcoholic brews that aren't quite beer.

Imagine a beer brewed with half malt and half unmalted grains--the result would be similar to this.

Photo of speter
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a muddy gold with one-finger head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Pilsner and/or Vienna malt with a hint of noble hops.

T: The "double hopped" apparently means two times the buttering hops, rather than aroma hops. So this is in line with a northern German Zwickel, but nothing out of the ordinary. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just nothing special.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The hops leave a slight coating on the tongue.

D: A very pleasant European non-macro lager.

Photo of Conrad
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loved the pop top bottle. Very classy.
A: Poured a cloudy orange/gold. Most pils I have had are clear, so this looked more like a weiss, and got me to pay close attention to the rest of the characteristics. the thick head settled quickly and left a thin film. I really enjoyed the sparkle of the carbonation bubbles as they dissipated in the lacing.
S: Not much smell, so it required study. ....Hmmm, let's see.
hops upfront, a gentle malt background, ...sniff sniff. Nope. That's it.
T: A surprisingly good mild taste for a cloudy pils. I wasn't expecting this. Some tart bitters, maybe some cilantro, grass.
M: Very smooth medium body. Good tingly carbonation.
D: Not bad at all. I paired this with a stick of spicy pepperoni for a most enjoyable beer and snack.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in Netherlands. Unfiltered, Unpasteurized & classic open fermentation.

A: Poured a dense orange with some lemony highlights. The head is soapy, a bit fizzy and dirty white in color, being short in retention. Spacious light carbonation of macro-bubbles rise moderately. No lacing supported.

S: Slight funky hints at first being succeeds to dry malted oranges. Some fresh leafy green hop leaves along with some screwdriver scents (oj and alcohol) are followed by a yeastiness of damp pale grains. The overall strength is light and limited in appeal.

T: The flavor opens with some sugary candy oranges and a bit of spiciness coming compliments of the Saaz hops with a bit of fresh greenery. Slight tartness moves in with some grapefruit juice hints being finished out by a spicy citrusy and Saaz bite with lingering orange juice notes on the close.

M: The mouthful is fairly sharp with a lush orange juice like fullness. Easily smooth in texture it finishes off a bit tart.

D: Average drinkability, not bad going down just lacks some excitiment and incentitive. Not a bad beer by all means, just lacks in other visual and aromatic departments which may make it appear that way.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up on a trip to Ontario, in a random LCBO excursion while I was down. Given my recent enjoyment of high hopped beers, I was looking forward to this "Double Hopped" bundle. Best before data was marked as April 2010.

Pours a cloudy grapefruit color with a finger of fluffy white head. Head quickly evaporates. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Smell was slightly of citrus and hops.

Initial flavor is a deep, strong malt flavor - unexpected for the color, but in character of the "Strong Beer" label. However, despite the "Double Hopped" label, I couldn't really detect much in the way of hops. They were very faint under the malt flavor.

Strong aftertaste. Reminds me of something closer to a barleywine than of a pilsner. Or, honestly, like a cross between a pilsner and a barleywine. Not something I would drink a lot of.

As a pilsner and as a doubly hopped beer, the bottle I had was a bit of a flop. As a "Strong Beer" it is actually pretty good.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a squat brown flip-top Euro bottle, the best before marking on the label says I'm right in time before this stuff supposedly passes its peak. Good timing.

Pours out a deep hazy marmalade, lots of carbonation, along with a tall spongy head, becomes more foamy over time, great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Herbal and fruity on the nose on first whiff. Sweet yet crisp grains, floral, grassy. Some alcohol makes itself apparent as well.

Quite the mouthful at first, and that's not even applying the thick and creamy mouthfeel. Grainy malt, somewhat musty and dry, along with herbal, nearly astringent hops. Dried grass aftertaste. The musty notes replace the usual crispness found within the style, which still provides a certain dryness to it.

A curious take on the style, more of Belgian twist to this pilsener from Limburg than anything. Not quite session beer material, but still quite enjoyable in small doses. Thanks to rudge75 and fisherman34 for providing the sample, this was a nice suprise in their CANBIF package.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy, yellowy-orange body with no visible carbonation and a quarter finger head.

S - Very citrusy. Zesty, with some hops in there too. Smells really nice and inviting.

T - Kinda yeasty, musty, funky bitter at the end, and citrusy. Not as great as the aroma.

M - Smooth. Medium bodied. Bubbly on the tongue.

D - That musty sort of taste really holds this back as a repeater. If you can get through that it could be worth returning to.

Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 330ml brown swing-top bottle, BB 10/2008, served chilled in a straight glass.

A: a murky dark golden hue comes with a well-lasting, puffy white head, on top of rather lively but never OTT carbonation.
S: very different for any lager... the yeastiness has endowed the beer a distinctly sticky touch like banana-oil, wet leather, overripe papaya, and sticky-sweet maltiness. Very unusual... or weird, all thanks to the yeastiness I presume?
T: a mouthful of grapefruit-peel like chewy-bitterness with a high level of tannin floods the palate from the very beginning... followed by overripe green guava and even a touch of stinky touch of papaya seeds, on top of diluted bready malts. More chewy and tangy-tannic bitterness follows suit, finished rather bitter and not like any lager I've tried in the past.
M&D: pretty refreshing with an abundant feed of microscopic fizz, while the body remains medium and never thin. All in all, this double-hopped, unfiltered and unpasteurised lager bier proves to be not just intriguing, but also drinkable more like a yeasty Kellerbier with a far-more assertive bitter-hoppy profile like a bitter ale!

Photo of currysage1
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz swing top into a Imp Pint. How sad.

Pours a hazed up, yeast in full suspension, orange centered yellow edged, topped with a short lived one finger white head. Drops to a good film and good lacing.

Smell is of spiced honey, caramel, heavy malt, and fruity alcoholic esters. Much heavier than expected for a G pils.

Taste is of huge caramel, sweet malty wort. Yeast is in there in a serious way. I should say this is a 2005 bottle, not ideal but it was free. I will re-review to see the difference. Not much in the way of a hop bite. Slight oxidation.

Feel is nice and full bodied, not as refreshing as I would expect from this style.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pop goes the cap, and into the glass she goes...a cloudy, thick orange, underneath a huge, lush, creamy white head
Aroma: understated, dry, herbal, straw, floral hops, but mostly muted.
Uninspiring in the taste, too, but seems to be fine for the style they're shooting for, a dry, simple, just a tiny bit tasty pilsner. There's a decent texture, a brief hoppy tingle, then it fades back before developing, and dries out.
There's a chalky, somewhat citric characteristic in the mouthfeel that loses a few points for the taste..., I like it less the more I drink.
Not bad, though, just not very good.

Photo of Goldorak
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque yellow, barely a veil of lace.

Smell: Good hop presence, it smelled rather soapy, maybe a little straw in there too.

Taste: Sort of reminded me of a lighter version of Duvel, some spicy yeast, and a bitter finish with a piquant of alcohol.

This is a Pils?? You could have fooled me! But I liked it.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  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.

Photo of bort11
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz swing-top bottle that came in a gift set I got for Christmas. Poured into the stemmed glass that was also part of the gift set. Thin filmy head, but does do a good job on the lacing. Color is a hazy apricot.

Smell has a citrus fruit sweetness, with a bit of rind bitterness. The taste is still full of citrus, but the bitterness is enhanced. More orange zest and a bit grassy.

Mouthfeel is is light, with a mild carbonation. A very interesting pils

Photo of cyrenaica
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.0%
I tried this beer on August 12, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. It poured a hazy gold colour with a small head into the glass. The bottle described the beer as 'double-hopped' but this was not detected in the aroma to any extent. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was slightly hoppy and mild.

Both the appearance and taste of this beer was more reminiscent of wheat beers than a Czech Style Pilsener.

Photo of andrenaline
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale hazy straw colour with two thumbs of light, fluffy, egg white head. Really impressive retention and solid amount of lacing.

S - The scent is rather mild and I struggled to identify the hops. I'm inclined to think saaz hops, but my unfamiliarity with the style may lead my nose astray!

T - The taste is a mix of sour and skunk. Could likely be the result of poor storage, however, the verdict remains the same. Sour lemon, grassy hops, sweet corn and a very dry and bitter finish.

M - A little too dry for my liking, however, some may not be offended. This rating is a personal preference.

D - This one was quite tasty, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. It was rather weak on the hops for my liking, but it did offer a tasty twist on the style. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to explore the style, though I doubt it would blow you away if it were your stye of choice.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. hazy golden color, dark orange at center. bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. little bubbly lacing.
Smells of fruity and citrusy fresh hop, orange peel, sweet malt and yeast.
fresh hop taste, drinks with tangy and citrusy bite, orange peel, sweet blond bready malt flavor, tangy bitter hop aftertaste.

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Christoffel Bier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
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