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Christoffel Bier - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Samp01
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Samp01, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

HoistinBrews, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of cornucopia
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cornucopia, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of supermantoine
2.88/5  rDev -25%
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.

supermantoine, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -21.9%

oldp0rt, Dec 11, 2011
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

brentk56, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +4.2%

bigox420, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +4.2%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jsnoek, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

wedge, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

YourMomDrinksBud, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

morimech, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

drinkininthewood, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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)

rvdoorn, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Naugros
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Naugros, Jul 24, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of MattyV
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

MattyV, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

zachariaIPA, May 20, 2011
Photo of iguenard
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Christoffel Bier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.