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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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden-yellow color with abundant white puffy head. Smell is sweet and a bit hoppy. Taste matches the smell with an enjoyable sweet malty crispness meeting a nice hop dryness. At the finish the hops begin to take over leaving a pleasant dry sensation in the mouth. Not quite what I was expecting, but still very good and refreshing.

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Photo of Severum27
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting bottle. I saved it and put it on my shelf. I drank this one from the Christoffel glass that came with it. I have a dark waiting to sample.

The beer poured gold with a cottony thick froth. I tasted malt and light hops. Slightly bitter. i would try it again if I could buy it alone and not in a special gift pack.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, this brew pours with an enormous, frothy head. The liquid is deeply golden, with a slight haze. The aroma is distinctly malty, with a bit of fruit, spice, pepper, and syrup. Not what I expected. There’s a little hops in the smell, but they’re in the background for sure. The taste is bready and yeasty, with pepper and a little more herbal hoppiness creeping in. It’s fairly full bodied and heavy for the style. Pretty high carbonation. This brew hit the spot.

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

330ml swing-top poured into a pilsner glass.

As soon as I poured this one I liked it. I like the straw coloured cloudiness, I like the big fluffy head, and the very pretty carbonation viciously filling the glass. On to the smell. As the bottle popped I got a skunky aroma, but that went away as soon as I poured it. Zesty citrus notes in the nose, a nice hoppiness in there. Malts are subtler, this is not a sweet-smelling beer.

First taste is really amazing, there's a very grapefruity hop presence there, much more bitter than I would expecting from a Pils, but very welcome and refreshing. Also some grassy notes in the back, and a very subtle honey malt sweetness that stays in the background, but comes more the fore as the beer warms. There's a lot of spiciness present as well, peppery. This is totally unlike any pilsner I've ever tasted, but I really like it. Dances on the tongue a little, sticks and stays pretty dry in the throat. I could keep drinking these all night and I'm planning on picking up some more. An outstanding and unusual (to me) brew.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in colour with a slight amount of haze and strong carbonation. Strong German noble hop aromas, with notes of grass, spices, and menthol. A fair bit of heft in the body. There’s a good malty punch to go with the grassy hop flavor and bitterness. A little bit of a yeasty note in there too, but it’s mild enough for it to come actoss as "character" rather than a flaw. Somewhat homebrew-ish, but I like that. Good stuff.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy white with a thin head with little lacing. Certainly not characteristic of a pilsener. Smell is a little earthy, delicate. Reminds me of a Saison more than anything else, quite nice. Taste is really good. Delicate flavors of herbs lead to a slight bitterness, with a really smooth finish. Smooth but still quite nice, I don't think this was labeled properly as a Pilsener, Should be labeled as a Saison or Belgian pale ale. Nonetheless, this is a nice brew, and definitely worth some recognition as such.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL swingtop stubby with A 02/2005 notched on the label - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a clear gold with very active carbonation and a 2 inch white head that slowly recedes and leaves a sheet of lace down the glass. It smells fruity (grapes) with grains, pine, and maybe spicy/citric hops. It tastes about the same with some malt sweetness, paper/cardboard, herbal notes?, grapefruit?, and yeast. It has a medium to light body and a medium hoppiness that lingers pleasantly. Good, but tastes like it might be past its prime.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 granger10
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly a magnificient pils. Pours a ginger clover honey color with a mountainous soapy white head. Tons of thick lace along the glass.

Aroma begins with fruity sweetness and Belgian hay but more spices come forth and then an intense, raw herbal bitterness and finally some honey. Nice.

Taste has the herbal fruitiness I might expect in a pils but is much more hoppy. Some breaded characteristics hold the intense bitterness from truly coming forth and keeps everything from getting out of hand. I still feel the hops. A sour twang hits the mouth along with some light fruits and cloves. Carbonation is much softer on the mouth here. Hops turn somewhat grassy on the end but never harsh. Finish is light honey along with a little spicy hop. Amazing.

This is by far the best pils I have ever had. I want to get a case of this. If you see it, get it.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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