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Christoffel Bier - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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86
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V visit their website
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 mattcomstock213
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the first pour this beer seemed special. It had a darkish, honey like color with a nice, but not exceptional, head on it. The smell was fruity and hoppy, but not overpowering. The flavor was just the same and was very tasty. This was an excellent beer.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is the best Pilsner Ive ever tried.

After the loud pop of the swingtop opening, this beer pours a hazy gold color. The head is a gigantic creamy monster that lurks till the last sip. Lacing consists of thick craggy swathes of creamy bubbles. The aroma is hoppy with some grainy maltiness. In the background theres a slight wet hair yeast smell; thats the only way I can describe it. The intense flowery hoppiness nearly buries this strange smell.

The taste is very hoppy, as expected with the 'double hopped beer' written on the label. Im betting these are Styrian Goldings, or something continental. Theres some spicyness, citrus, melon, and a surprisingly brash bitterness. The malt play second fiddle finely. Its nearly as complex as the hop profile of this beer with a grainyness that develops into a pancakes with maple syup and cookie dough flavor. Yeast flavors are prominent and estery, even phenolic. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick with microscopic carbonation. The high hop bitterness also gives a mouthcoating sensation that reminds me of DIPAs.

This is one kick ass beer. Its hoppier than Prima Pils. Its also incredibly complex. It may be unconventional for a pilsner, with the strong yeast flavor and the hazy color from the yeast in the bottle, but its still all pilsner. Excellent stuff that everyone should try once, at least.

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 2009.

When I had this a couple years ago, I really wasn't fond of it. The lager yeast was producing plenty of sulfur (though not nearly as much as their Winter Bock) & the hopping just wasn't very pilsner-like.

I think this has really come around. The hopping is very fresh & the bottle-conditioned yeast flavour is reminds me of a fresh kellerbier, vom fass!

The hop variety still isn't to my taste, but I certainly appreciate this well-crafted brew.

Original review 10/10/2005...Best before: C, 04, 2006.

Flip-top bottle popped open like a champagne.

A3: Hazy gold (although it was carefully decanted), some head (no retention), some lace.

S4: Grassy hops, with a bready-malt background.

T3: Initial hop attack, with the balance slightly tipped towards bitterness. A distinct earthy flavour, I'm not sure if it's from the yeast or the hops. A slight chewy, bready maltness, finishing with a lemon grass flavour. This citrus tang isn't very consistent with the Pilsner style.

M4: Moderate body, moderate-to-high carbonation. Slightly oily from the "double" hop additions.

D3: Average. There's a little more flavour than most, but it's not very smooth.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, a good beer. Christoffel pours a hazy orange, with a nice, fluffy head. Bit of lace sticks to the glass. A bit of bitter hops and straw on the nose. Somewhat malty smell as well, though the bittering hops are most dominant. Ahh, good taste. Pleasantly bitter, with a malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit oily and dry. Not alot going on here, but I like it.

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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy yellow color beer with a huge soft foamy head with great retention. Aroma of floral hops is clearly apparent but I couldn’t really detect any crisp malt and hops as with other pilsner. Taste is very refreshing with lots of malt and a mild bitter ending. Does not fit in my usual description of a pils but this was very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour topped by a creamy, bright white head. Nice lacing. Spicy noble hops combine with citrus very well in the aroma. Stronger bitterness than expected, lots of citrus and herbal hop flavour, and some malty sweetness as well. Finishes off-dry and bitter. Moderately high carbonation provides some initial crispness, but the texture is buttery. Tasty, highly drinkable, and quite interesting all around.

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty full bodied pils with a nice hit of hops to go with it. Slightly hazy with a big head this beer is not your run of the mill Eurolager. It has a considered finish to it which promotes a certain depth to the taste. A good example of the style.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a hugeass jug courtesy of pootz. Very hazy amber, lots of white head and good lacing. Smells like candy, and fruit like peach/nectarine. Taste is sweet and fruity, with a bitter finish, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very full, with perfect carbonation. Second time I've had it and would go for a third no questions asked. Thanks pootz.

Photo of putnam
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm convinced my first sample of this beer was slightly tired and possibly from another regime at the brewery. By contrast my several cases this year are richly fruity and unencumbered with the damp earth flavors (brettanomyces?) of the older samples. Long, cool lagered tropical fruits and nut sap are evident on the nose along with a chewy, tender impression of cool, resinous herbs. Lots of honey, toasted nuts, bitter greens and outstanding, whipped rich texture, especially at close to room temperature.

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Here is my original note from 7/17/2003:
4.45 -- So this is "pilsner." Not racy, minty,clear pilsner, but rather densely packed with honeyed malt and seasoned with lots of green cone. I smell soapstone and clay upon cracking the paper seal. The malt actually seems to dominate the nose with slender, milk-and-honey sweetness struggling to emerge from the shards of heavy, wet slate aromas. This rockiness comes from boiled hops, something I confirm by taking a sip. It is a jagged, cold bitterness and offers evidence of a pile of greens extracted over a long boil.
The flavors released by the warmth of my palate are spicy and herbal. These are dried, parched herbs, weathered and concentrated. They are carried by the silky, nectar-rich body admirably.

Context might improve the beer's drinkability. Being in Holland or another lowland country might help. The nourishing richness and bold flavor might nicely foil the persistent damp air there. In Detroit it's too hot just right now. The inherent quality of this liquid does make its point though.

Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the "big dutch jug" ...A mild pour into my tulip glass reveals a cloudy honey colored beer with a fantastic fluffy long lasting cap...great lacing. Moderate carbonation. This is an elegant pilsner...unfiltered with lots of aroma and flavor. The aroma of peach and pine fill the nose..and the room with an opulant odor from hop and yeast. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy..substantial malts and infused or dry hopped process give a honey-citus/pine taste departure...finish is dry and the bittering in the finish grows. Notcher average pilsner.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not your humdrum pilsner. In the large fancy growler container.Cloudy yeasty head of creaminess. Very smooth and well rounded drink with honey and lemon and orange citrus notes and peach mid-sip and bitterness in finish. Herbal tea and yeast. Thanks for sharing Pootz.
Had again 2.5 years later, and more yeasty and a tad metallic.

Photo of FirstMan
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first it looks like I'm going to get a clear dark golden/amber pour, but near the end the yeast mixes in and it winds up slightly cloudy.

Definite notes of honey and yeast in the nose. Something else there too that I can't quite put my nose on. I'm getting the same happy feeling as cut grass tends to give.

A nice frothy white head eventually laces down the sides of the glass and leaves a even coating across the top.

Very even-handed taste with initial notes of honey smoothly receding into a very nice hoppy finish. Slick, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Full body with a clean and refreshing taste. Me likey.

I am definitely enjoying this beer. Makes me want to go back over to Europe and spend some time racking up beer karma.

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 cokes
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frosty brass bodied, crowned with a drifted snowbank of pure, wet white.
Perfumed of lime leaves, lilacs, newspaper, leaf buds, and lemon pith.
Enters with a saltine cracker dryness that expands into raw honey, bread crusts, and pear skin, with a vanilla pod notion arrising late. Snaps back immediately, returning to a slightly parched notion with wavering salinity. Explodes in hops, full of lime rinds, lemon juice, orange pulp, green tea, and burnt herbs. Stalks, buds, grasses, and leaves, both growing and fallen. Ever opened your mouth and swallowed an entire arboretum? Now you have.
Cushioned sharpness in the mouth. A bright carbonation permeates a round, gentle, medium, replenishing body.
Easily the best pils I've ever had. It's also one of the hoppiest...but its never cumbersome in that regard because it is just as deeply malted. This carries so many nooks and crannies, that its subtle complexity may be unmatched anywhere.
Seek this at all costs.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Superb looking squat brown glass bottle with a whiter ceramic swing top. 11.2 fluid ounce it has a listed strength of 6.0% with a nicked freshness date A-02-2005.

Appearance: Monster head at first, this one leaves a monster looking crevice encrusted relief head that is very appealing. Lacing is immense and sticky, the head crusty. The body is a cloudy hazed orange with some lemon hints. This looks bloody good.

Smell: Slight immediate hint of diacetyl is soon smothered by a more buttery-bitterness aspect which doesn’t have any “bad” feel but I think that this brew would still benefit from a less margarine odor if you know what I mean. As it warms thought this thankfully rescinds. Wow, then it develops a more stringent Saaz hop aroma, but it still has a lingering cardboard odor of sorts. Some grapefruit. Strange nose on this one.

Taste: The immediate impression is of a great bitterness, a sharp pungent dry bitterness. Has a lot of sweet honey malts, some sharp-cum-sweet Pilsner malts all wrapped up in a thick bitterness. As the hops rescind, this finishes with a sharp rind citric bitterness. A self-proclaimed and promoted “Pilsener” - it’s very weird - yet I love it.

Mouthfeel: Thick bitterness rings the mouth and strokes the cheeks. Solid in the body, creative in the feel and smooth in the comfort zone. Has a creamy and fluffy feel.

Drinkability: Downed in quite literally no time at all. It just went South in a few gulps.

Overall: This is not German, it is Dutch, and it is classed as a Pilsener – WTF?? - I would like to say that this is the best Pilsener produced in the Netherlands, but I'm not sure I can, because I can't speak Dutch.

I really enjoyed this one, incredibly appealing and rather unique. A solid Dutch brew that should be sought out. Superb!

Photo of paterlodie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting this one in a 33 cl botle and good till C-06-05.
Great appearance with a nice head that lasts forever. Not quiet clear but label says unfilterd so ok! Great smell of hops( is it Saaz, must be?) and full malty. Not much yeast and spice but hey for a lager we don't want that.
Full of taste also, very malty and maybe litle sweet before it goes fastly into a nicely bitter taste, and stays bitter for quiet a while. Great brew that can hold up with the best german ones, maybe for some too bitter but for me just a great pilsener!

Photo of yen157
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy yellow beer with touches of orange in the thicker parts. Stiff, marengue-like head. Very white. Lemony hop nose with underlying bready notes. Crisp bitterness trailblazes and a slight biscuity malt lingers. The two fight for last word on the back of the tongue and the back of the palate. Great, moderate body and fine carbonation. Pretty damn great beer.

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 alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden, light haze, and a cushiony white head.
Nose consists of lightly sweet biscuity malt. Big spicy, peppery, medicinal, herbal hops. This is a hoppy lager!
Light, sweetish (honey) malt flavors up front. They don’t last long; Big, big hops stomp in. Bitter, citric, herbal, zesty, and sea-side funky. Nice. Medium-bodied, oily, with lively carbonation. Deliciously bitter and appetizing. My kind of lager! One of the hoppiest lagers I’ve had. Highly recommended, especially for hopheads.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Extremely drinkable, quite complex for a pale lager! Stretches stylistic bounds. This is a wonderfully crisp quenching brew. Pours a gorgeous hazy honey-yellow with a nice fluffy head (33cl bottle). Served in a Cristoffel glass. Quite smooth, spicy, hoppy goodness. Touch of lemon present. Mouthfeel is quite pleasing. Extremely drinkable. I enjoyed this beer immensely while watching a football game, though my team is currently losing.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL swingtop. Stunning hazy honey looks with a humongous white head generously unleashing the rocky belgian lace, long-lasting. Big hoppy aroma, like a lemon pie, both sweet lemon and meringous included. Well defined spice character, salt and pepper, various herbs, maybe even a touch of garlic. Husky notes. Sufficient malt backbone proposes convincing honey flavors. Palate is all dry, with fruity pinapple/orange/lemon overlapping spicy and herbal components. Ample body, spongy, malleable on the tongue with less carbonation than I was expecting from the lively spectacle seen through the glass. By the taste of it, I'd have swore this was bottle-conditioned. Glowing yeast flavors all through. Perhaps the finish could be a bit cleaner, here displaying suggestions of chalk/pencil shavings alike astringency. Very dry and quite bitter. Delicious pilsner transcending established limits, immensely drinkable while being very stylish and funky. Brings the spring back with every sip.

Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold, reminded me of a Belgian wit, topped with a two finger puffy white head, left webs of lacing.
Sweet grain and apricot aroma, note of pine and flowers.
Nice taste, sweet but a lemony bite to offset and a bit of pepper, grassy, and again a pine note.
Light bodied and crisp, a bit off the wall for the style.

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(330 ml fliptop bottle, bought in Denmark). Hazy pale golden colour, moderate head, leaves some lacing. Aroma is yeasty like a blond ale and flowery (Saaz?) like a Bohemian pilsener. Flavour and aftertaste have a distinct hoppy bitterness, notes of pine needles, eucalyptus and grapefruit. Very nice. One small bottle is not enough!

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.

Christoffel Bier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
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