Christoffel Bier | Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered Pilsner style.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 153
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a hard time deciding whether to place this review here or in the blond section - but given my bottle looks absolutely identical to the one in the picture I'm going to place it here.

It pours a hazy blond color. The white poofy head recedes to a razor thin blanket and left some lacing behind.

The smell is surprisingly sweet and fruity. I get canned pears mixed with hops. The taste is completely different however. It's big and bold and dominated by hops. The sweetness in the smell is there as well but it's underneath the constant presence of hops. It's good and my first couple of sips reminded me of Victory's Prima Pils. If you are looking for balance look elsewhere.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation is small and light. Drinkability is good on the initial bottle but I think the strong hops and lack of balance might put a damper on further bottles, for me at least.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice blonde with a slight haziness with a decent well retaines sticky head,aroma was yeasty and lightly spicey with some appetizing apple skin thrown in.The taste to me was dominated by a granny smith flavor with a yeasty/spicey note.A very appetizing refreshing beer even with its higher alcohol content.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden colour with a big white head. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Hoppy nose.Crisp off the top but smoothes out towards the end. Rich with hopiness. Biiter finish. I enjoyed it more the first time i had it 2 years ago. Worth trying.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in bottles at the LCBO - it had me at "double hopped". Poured into a chalice glass.

Appearance is opaque orange with a thin, white head. It might be an older batch because the LCBO had marked it down in price. A little bit of lacing, but gone halfway through.

The smell is terrific, apple, citrus, hops and oatmeal. Very inviting.

The taste is quite refreshing, and certainly tart with the citrus and hops, leaves a lingering, leafy bitterness. Not terribly complex, but still quite good.

With low carbonation and a slightly thicker body, the mouthfeel is akin to pulp-free orange juice. Could have done with a bit more carbonation, but again, it could be due to the bottle's age.

A very drinkable beer, and certainly unique for its style. Worth a go.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, labeled as Christoffer Blond. Clear pale golden, with a tall, fine-grained white head with good retention. Smells like pilsner hops, honey, malt sugars and some generic hops. Bitter-sweet and as far away from a pilsener as I ever had, crisp and refreshing, with notes of bitter hops, honey, green hops and sugar. A bit spicy in the aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wjimson
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this at a local LCBO. Pours to a pale straw-yellow colour that is murky throughout. The head is around half an inch only. The beer comes with a pleasent smell of lemon and citrus, which probably comes from the generous dosing of hops. The taste of this beer is similar to a pale ale at first in terms of the malt profile. Very soon thereafter the tang of the hops dominate the pallet. The fresh taste of Saaz hops is very evident and sharp. The bitterness and freshness of the hop taste limits this beer to a sipping beer. Not very drinkable, but it would be nice to revisit this beer once in a while.

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Photo of supermantoine
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed golden appearance with a big styrofoam-like head of 3/4 of an inch. Thick lace especially on the far side of the glass when you tip it. Nutty aroma, strikes me of mostly malty impressions. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is low, gives a stolid and thicker presence. Curious flavor, honey and paper with a staunch balancing black pepper, hops asserting but not taking center stage in their own right. Finishes with a sweet light maple syrup and plenty of residual thickness. Distinct profile (almost like apple butter), approaching perfumey and inviting like thickly aromatic Spring mornings. Hmmm...Thanks to Jessica M. for this beer, part of a Costco World Market mixed six pack.

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Photo of rastaman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Hazy yellow appearance with a generous head. Hebaceaous hoppy aroma, and very hoppy bitter and dry on the palate, very good, and a great beer for thosew of you that like hops or the more bitter beers.

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Photo of schuim
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tasted a bottle of Christoffel blond from a small swing top bottle. The beer is hazy with a firm white head.
The aroma is malty and has some hop aroma. There is some fruityness in the aroma, almost as a top fermented beer.
The taste is clean, a light malt sweetness. the 6% gives the beer body but makes it more filling than a pilsener beer.
The aftertaste is nice hop bitter. It is like a pilsener with some thing extra.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice swing-top closure - makes my bottle-opener-free hotel experience that much easier...

This beer pours a cloudy golden hue, with a number of fingers of creamy, puffy, white head, which leave a decent array of webbed lace around the glass. It smells of crisp white grain and grassy hops. The taste is bitter white grain, and grassy, floral hops. The carbonation is fairly moderate, the body smoothly grainy, and it finishes dry and clammy, a wee bit of sticky graininess lingering.

A decent, heavy on the "we made this with real grain" sensibility, lager.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the stumpy 330mL swing-top into a too-big pilsener glass. Golden orange and unfiltered, with a thin head that dissipates to a ring around the edges. This looks really nice, and very different from other pilseners I've tried.

Smells herbaceous, floral and earthy. It's assertive, but not without subtlety. There's citrus, and something vaguely coniferous as well. I like it.

It tastes much the same as it smells, though the pine qualities come to the forefront. Piney hop bitterness is balanced by sweet malt in the background. A little bit of grapefruit. This tastes like a pale ale.

Body approaching medium. Very refreshing without being thin. It's heavier than the average pilsener without being heavy.

All of this adds up to an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Peachy orange color with tons of haze. Light almost doesn't penetrate it, which is weird for the style. I'm already starting to wonder if this is even supposed to be a "German Pilsener". From looking at the label it can just as easily be called a Double-hopped Dutch Lager. Creamy, foamy head sticks around a good while. Looks unique, and promising.

Aroma is super-clean and use of lager yeast is obvious. Honey, straw, very mild butterscotch in the nose. Lightly hoppy. Pils-y aroma, good and clean but nothing life-changing.

Hops definitely come forth in the flavor, not in a huge American way but they lend a flowery spiciness that offsets the buttery malt quite well. Hints of grapefruit too, which merge will with a more general tartness.

Medium body with a rounded, buttery tone, but also a bit sharp from ample carbonation. It's fine, does its job.

I can't shake the grapefruit element; it rides along with the malt sweetness more cooperatively than, say, the grapefruit rind explosion of a big-ass hoppy U.S. ale. Super-refreshing stuff. Definitely one of the most bitter lagers I've ever had, yet not quite as crisp and dry as a German or Czech pils. It's completely unique--looking forward to having one again someday.

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Photo of beerbrains
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open the 330ml swing top and poured it into the Christoffel glass that accompanies the gift pack. In the glass a golden amber color with a huge frothy white head. The sticky lacing remains long after the beer is gone.

Thousand of tiny, almost imperceptible bubbles float aimlessly through the brew. Those bubbles contribute to an impossible creaminess in the mouth. The aroma is mostly floral is a little hop thrown in.

The floral in the nose carries through onto to the pallet along with a light sweetness. It ends with a quick dash of hoppy bitterness that quickly disappears.
I would venture to say this beer is as close to a Belgian Tripel as it is a German Pilsner.

This is the best beer I've had in weeks.

Note: this bottle is labeled Christoffel Bier not Blond.

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Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber. Nice big head which settles fairly quickly. Spotty lacings.

Very floral hops aroma with a quite sweet grainy malt profile coming through. Grass.

Sweet, very grainy malt quickly hands things over to floral, slightly peppery continental hops. Very nice combination of aroma, flavour and bittering. Dry finish.

Great mouthfeel. Nice crisp carbonation makes it a fantastic summer beer.

Surprisingly hoppy. I'd echo the other reviewers in saying this is more in keeping with a Bohemian pils but with a certain pale ale character. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl Swingtop. Rich honey sweet aroma of caramel, light lemon perfume and effusive pale grape juice, warmed honey teas, and lots of luscious sweet candied malt. And astounding aroma! Crystal clear gold pour, honey-amber center and a sticky lacing cream froth of white. On the tongue, a similar profile to the aroma. Sweet cream pale malt sugars muddled with white figs and almonds. A light edge of dusty grains and a nip of bread and yeast. Sinfully drinkable. I wish I’d bought more than one. It has a real clean lemon and grass hop bite on the back end that draws out the malt sugars into a crisp finish. This doesn’t have any of that gross sticky cloying skank malt that so many pilseners have at least a tinge of. And lots of character both in malt and hops. Delightful!

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Goldorak
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer with an excellent lamb shank dinner, my thinking being the hop profile would cut through the richness well, luckily I'm a good thinker. 

It poured a very nice opaque colour, most reminiscent of apricot juice and tea. A nice white head quickly dissipated into oblivion which is strange as I've had this beer several times and previously it had quick a robust head; old bottle perhaps.

Zesty citrus hops to the forefront upon first sniff. I also detected some slight maltiness but not much. The nose is completely dominated by the "double hopped" beer. I couldn't wait to taste and pucker.

And pucker I did. There was hop bite right from the get go, very dry and astringent with mild citrus tones. This followed by some well balanced malting more interesting then I usually find in pilsners, darker malts maybe? The palate went back and forth between the hops and malt but the hops definitely took the upper hand. Notes of yeast due to the lack of filtration also crept in on occasion. Medium bodies in feel, definitely more viscous then I had anticipated. The strong hop presence gives it a bit of a rough edge but still very refreshing.

This is a fine, fine pilsner with everything you'd hope for. Very hoppy giving that nice refreshing bitterness, balanced with good but not overpowering malt sweetness. My only complaint is the lack of good head retention which also quickly dissipated the aromas. None the less it was still very refreshing and a go to pilsner for me.

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