Christoffel Bier | Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

Style: German Pilsener

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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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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

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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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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.

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

A good pour at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore. Not poured correctly,though. More of a dump than a pour. Anyway, huge head obviously. Nice retention and density for a blond and German pilsener. Slight stale smell, but overall a nice wheatish and coriander blend, some hops which I was glad to smell.
A yeasty taste, more of a Belgian pale. Nice anyway. Drank this pretty quick, wasn't sweet and more dry than I imagined it would be.
Nice beer, a definite retry.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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

Ripe cantaloupe that combines with a naturally cloudy complexion to appear like more of a pulpy orange juice. The beer remains bright and gleaming despite its haze. The head - where present - puffs up no thicker than a sheet of paper, which is no surprise given the less than emphatic 'pop!' heard upon releasing the flip top.

I get the impression that Christoffel Bier (or Blond, as it is now officially known) is more or less created in the mold of a Belgian pale ale. That said, the aroma unmistakably smacks of an authentic Old World style pilsner. The bouquet absolutely reeks of pungent, earthy hops. Whatever it is, this aroma puts it ahead already in my books.

Ya, it's clear to me now that hoppiness was no mistake. There is no way anyone could contribute so much pungent pine-like hop flavour without intending to do so. It turns out, as a matter of fact, the brewery uses whole fresh hops in the recipe (it shows) and leaves the beer unfiltered (it shows, literally.) The is shaping up to be an immensely flavourful, quaffable pilsner.

The beer is also unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned and brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot - all elements that benefit it exponentially. The flavour is full with a profound presence on the palate. Lightly sweet, straw-like malts take a back seat to the vivid sensation of bitter, earthy, piny Noble hops. The beer is crisp and its 6% alcohol unnoticed due to a blessed refreshing quality.

I have fond memories of this beer but seem to like it even better now. Christoffel's adherence to traditional values makes for more than just an admirable stance at mass-production methods, it also makes for a far, far better beer as well. Holland seems an unlikely candidate for world's best pilsner, a claim that I might not make just yet but have no hesitation in suggesting.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with almost a four finger thick, light tan colored head that is fairly large bubbled; as the head falls it leaves some thick, clumping, lacing patterns on the sides of the glass. The beer is a lightly hazy, orangish-gold color. Hoppy aromatic notes of hay, a light herbal notes and a touch of lemon grass mix with malty notes of crushed grain & soda crackers.

Much fuller body than I was expecting, but it is still light; this is most certainly an all malt beer. Sweet malt notes are noticeable, though not anywhere near dominant. Quite a grassy flavor profile towards the finish. An ample hop character is found throughout this; Hints of lemon grass, a big, sharp, herbal hop character and a solid bitterness that shows up from beginning to lingering end. The flavor is actually so much better than the aroma, which had me waiting to be disappointed by the flavors. This has a really good balance between malt and hop, despite being a definitely hop accented beer (even for a Pilsner). The malt provides two main components, a biscuit-like and cracker-like note and a soft malt sweetness. The former accents the grassy hop notes, while the latter provides a structure for all of the other flavors to rest on. The bitterness almost has a vibrant, green hop character to it; it is a touch astringent, certainly bracing, yet always somehow balanced just enough by sweet malt notes.

Definitely a fantastic Pilsner; I was under whelmed by the aroma, but luckily the flavor had everything I was looking for. I do believe there is a hint of diacetyl character here, which contributes positively by accenting the malt character of this beer

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Photo of John_M
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive honey gold color, with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose.... what is it about beers from Holland? Is it something in the yeast they use, or is it the water? This beer has that trademark sweet, malty skunkiness, an aroma I get from no other country. I don't mind it (in fact I kind of like it), but it just seems odd. On the palate the flavors are pleasant, if a bit light. The beer has a slightly sweet flavor, reminding me of apples and melon. There is a nice touch of bitterness in the finish and the beer has a refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. Ultimately, this beer is a bit lighter and has a bit less flavor then I would like, but it's still a pretty refreshing glass of pilsner. The beer has a pretty decent finish, and I would describe it as quite drinkable.

A good beer, but nothing outstanding. Doubt I will order it again.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some average lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, pale malts, citrus, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low to average amount of carbonation and it comes across as slightly watery. There isn't a whole lot of taste, but the taste it does have is pleasant. The flavours consists of malts, hops, and lemon juice. There are also notes of pine and a woodiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste and the alcohol is well hidden.

Drink - The beer would benefit from a slight bump in the flavour department, but it is highly drinkable and would make a good session beer.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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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!

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Photo of bylerteck
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.

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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.

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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.

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