Christoffel Bier | Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

Christoffel BierChristoffel Bier
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Christoffel BierChristoffel Bier

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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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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 153
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -5.5%
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 brentk56
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.7%
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 smcolw
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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 -2.3%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of John_M
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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