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.

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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 doopiedoopiedoo
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swing top bottle picked up from the local supermarket.

Poured into my Keizer Karel goblet.

It's beautifull golden, straw hazy yellow. One finger white head.

A hoppy citrus smell with grains and malt.

Some malt sweetness and hops. Not too complex but the flavors present are balanced.

It's smooth in the mouth with a medium body with plenty of carbonation.

This is notone that gets me overly excited. It's one of those OK beers probably wouldn't pick it up again.

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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 dasenebler
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl swing-top, purchased in Netherlands, best by 8/11.

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a very nice, pillowy and frothy head. The lacing is superb.

The aroma is fine, with some spicy and somewhat fruity hops, plus whole-grain bread.

Flavor has a wonderfully smooth bitterness, and above-average hop notes for the style: herbs such as sage, rosemary, and orangey fruits, too. The malt body is light, but still kind of grainy. I'm not wild about the light diacetyl and vegetable notes, but I can live with it. The alcohol is also a tad noticeable, even at 6%. Creamy, naturally carbonated mouthfeel is excellent, as is the overall package and drinkability of this unfiltered pilsner beer.

This is the same exact beer as Christoffel Blond, just check the brewery's website or Because it's unfiltered and pretty hoppy, I think it's well categorized as a Kellerbier and not as a German Pilsener, actually. Good stuff.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot body with an off white head.

Fruit comes up big on the nose, almost like an IPA but more pear , apricot and peach than citrus.

The flavor is fruity too. Think marmalade. Honey, white tea, and floral notes. It says Noble hops and this beer is hoppy, but I have never had Noble hops express themselves in this way. Maybe I am crediting the hops with flavors that are yeast derived? Bitterness is balancing, but low to medium.

Creamy smooth body that is surprisingly full and round.

If only more lager was like this. I say it everytime I have a kellerbier. This is the hoppiest example of the style I have had but not very bitter. Note to general public: embrass unfiltered, do not be scared, kellerbier is your friend.

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Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. swingtop bottle, pours a hazy pale yellow colour, kind of a wheat beer, with a big head that never fades completely. Aroma has orange peels, herbal hops, flowers. Medium body, it feels astringent in the mouth, dry, citrusy, with hints of honey, flowers and clove. Dry finish that keeps you asking for more.

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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 crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown swing-top bottle.

It opens with a loud pop. It pours a murky golden brown with a sudsy white head. The head leaves a lot of intricate lacing.

The smell is very nice. It is deep and honey-like with a noticeable noble hop kick with some lemon, lime and grapefruit rind. There is also a noticeable grassiness.

The flavor is deep and rich. It has nuttiness, fruitiness, some nice citrus and grassiness form the hops, and some nice malty graham cracker/bread flavors. This is a nice fuckin lager, who says they can't have depth. I love the hoppiness here as well.

I haven't had many Kellerbiers and it seems I always don't get them at optimal freshness, this one was a new one at the store and sold in the cooler, and it was great.

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Photo of speter
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a muddy gold with one-finger head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Pilsner and/or Vienna malt with a hint of noble hops.

T: The "double hopped" apparently means two times the buttering hops, rather than aroma hops. So this is in line with a northern German Zwickel, but nothing out of the ordinary. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just nothing special.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The hops leave a slight coating on the tongue.

D: A very pleasant European non-macro lager.

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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 megahurts4
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christoffel Bier

Appearance: Cloudy golden, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, malty, and grains.

Taste: IPA-like hops, yeast, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Dense, yet smooth.

Is it an IPA or a lager? It seems to be both, but not quite an IPA. It is full flavored and pleasant.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden amber with a thin white head.

S - Sweet with spicy hops and maybe a touch of citrus.

T - Hops are a little more dominant in flavor than aroma. Grassy and fruity with some malt sweetness.

M - Medium body due to the sweetness and light carbonation. Dry lingering finish.

D - The hoppiness and sweetness contrast each other more than they compliment but still not a bad beer.

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Photo of decimator
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a cloudy yellow with a thick bubbly head. Head slowly reduced to a thin cap. Decent lacing is produced.

S - Sweet malts, grass and fruit (mostly grapefruit).

T - Lots of sweetness, citrus (mostly grapefruit again), plenty of hops with a lasting bitter finish. Very flavourful and well balanced.

M - Creamy, tangy, sticky, crisp and a drying finish.

D - The higher carbonation greatly improved this beer.

Notes: First review was on July 2nd. The second bottle I tried on August 25th was more carbonated and livelier. Judging by the other reviews it seems the carbonation levels are inconsistent in this beer.

Original Review:
330ml bottle poured into a mug.
A - Poured a cloudy gold with a very thin head. Some lacing is produced. 3.5
S - Very fruity like grapefruit and apples. There's also a bit of grass in the aroma. 4.0
T - Quite sweet and malty upfront, more grapefruit like fruitiness and a bitter finish. 4.0
M - Tangy, sticky and the finish is dry. 3.5
D - The flavour was unexpected on the first sip. It's pretty delicious but not something I could have many of. 3.5

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Photo of andrenaline
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale hazy straw colour with two thumbs of light, fluffy, egg white head. Really impressive retention and solid amount of lacing.

S - The scent is rather mild and I struggled to identify the hops. I'm inclined to think saaz hops, but my unfamiliarity with the style may lead my nose astray!

T - The taste is a mix of sour and skunk. Could likely be the result of poor storage, however, the verdict remains the same. Sour lemon, grassy hops, sweet corn and a very dry and bitter finish.

M - A little too dry for my liking, however, some may not be offended. This rating is a personal preference.

D - This one was quite tasty, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. It was rather weak on the hops for my liking, but it did offer a tasty twist on the style. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to explore the style, though I doubt it would blow you away if it were your stye of choice.

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Photo of cratez
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a faint amber hue, one finger of rocky, bone white head, and sheets of lacing on the lager glass. Smell is honeysuckle, flowery and herbaceous hops, doughy sweetness, a bit sweaty, lemon aromas, basil, and mint. Taste is mildly grainy and cookie-like malts, honey, white grapefruit, lemon juice, clove, spicy Saaz hops, and a lasting, citric bitterness. Medium palate is creamy, low carbonation, chalky dryness, moderate astringency, bitter, slight alcoholic burn. A bold and tasty offering with more layers than your typical pilsener. Having sampled this and the Nobel, I plan to seek out the Robertus and Bokbier. Bravo!

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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 kwjd
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at the LCBO and it says it is "Christoffel Blonde", but the bottle says "Christoffel Bier" as the picture for the beer with that name. I'm pretty sure they are the same beer though, as the other rating site seems to put them together. I assume this is the correct place to review the beer.

Pours a pale yellow with huge white head and some lacing down the glass. Smell is of grassy hops and a pleasant yeasty aroma. Taste is a bit subdued compared to the smell. A nice bitterness level of the saaz hops with a faint bready malt. Nice carbonation level. A well made pilsener.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty, hazy brown-orange colour with decent white head, modest and sinky but nice, tight bubbles. Lowers in the middle to leave some aero-style bubbles and thin foam, but nice sticky lace around the edge. Yeah, pretty nice.

Smells very fruity. Rich and sweet like a fruit cake. Elements of orange peel, apricot and other stone fruits, plus a tart currant character underlying. Slight pound cake sweetness as well. Slight, mild herbal hop just rises from underneath. A bit over-sweet, hops could basically be more pronounced.

Taste is pleasant, beery. Starts sweet with lots of caramel malt and some cereal grain character. Mid-palate becomes fruity with more stone-fruit, apricot and hints of lemon zest, then develops into a pleasant hop bitternes on the back. Largely grassy with some more citrus zest and a slight phenolic medicine character that lingers a bit too long on the back. Aftertaste is slightly unwanted, otherwise it's a pleasant sweet palate with a nice cleansing effect from the flavoursome hops. If the hang weren't so noticeable it would almost be marvelous.

Feel is sticky, definitely leaving an impression on the mouth. A little bit of carbonation sizzle but gives me the overall feeling of being a bit thin. Stylistically decent though, matches the palate quite well.

Very decent beer for the most part, but still, could have been marvelous.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of soju6
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the sound of opening a swing-top bottle of beer. Beer is a hazy golden yellow color with a decent head. The aroma is that of citrus with a bit of sweetness. The taste has that bitter crispness. It has a medium body that goes down easy and is refreshing. Very enjoyable beer. One of the best Dutch beers I have tried. The blond in the name is deceiving as it packs a lot of flavor.

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Photo of mullenite
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Not sure of the freshness this beer, the A on the label is marked and but none of the years are. They go up to 2009 though so I imagine it's about a year old? Maybe? I really bought it for the empty bottles and the glass.

Glassware - Christoffel Tulip

Appearance - Pours a dark, hazy amber color with very little head. Not very much lacing, just some little spots on the glass.

Nose - Has a really weird sweet smell to it. The smell is kind of like a mix between caramel and sweet aroma hops. Kind of banana-y, mango and butterscotch.

Taste - Very similar to the nose with a weird, diacetyl thing going on. Very bready as well with a kind of toasted cracker taste going on.

Mouthfeel - Awesome. Nice solid medium body with a good tingle of carbonation.

Overall - I'll buy it again to see if I get a better bottle but not really feeling it. Tastes weird to me and I'm not sure if it is supposed to or not.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out gushing from the bottle conditioning. Produces a proud and sticky off white head, and the body is a hazy golden color. This is full of lively carbonation, which helps the head to retain for a few minutes.

This beer boasts of being double hopped on the bottle, and it comes through well in the aroma. Somewhat spicy and a little citrusy from the Saaz variety. Freshly mowed hay is detectable too.

The taste is nothing like what I expected. It is a lot sweeter, and has a caramel like flavor to it upfront. Afterward the hops kick in with spicy and prickly hops that gives a slight grassy tinge to the the brew.

Mouthfeel wise, it is slightly prickly upfront. Next a little syrupy, and finishes with an odd warmness (unlike an alcohol warmth, maybe tobacco like.

Overall this beer was a lot more complex then I expected, and made for an enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a great affliction for the swing top bottles ever since I saw Grolsch on the stands. This one too looks attractive in the brown one with a stark yellow label. Poured into a pilsner glass. The liquid is full of sheen as if it were mustard oil to the unknowing. The head is a clear white, starting with a 2" width, but quickly settling into a thin coaster over the shiny body. A leafy hop smell is pervasive in the nose, balanced with a doughy / yeasty aroma, all subdued though. The taste is in contrast with the style - its pilsner fed through a Marshall amplifier. Simply put, the malt and hops scream out louder than the style usually indicates. There is a strong herbal, leafy taste that accompanies the palate as well. As the liquor warms on your tongue, you can feel the butteriness (or lack of coarseness due to less carbonation) lacing your buds. Is it diacetyl - I don't know - but the buttery mouthfeel was very noticeable (nothing offensive though).

Overall, the beer was quite a revelation. The Sint Christoffel Blond packs quite a punch for its style. Highly recommended for those looking out for an easy drinking beer packed with flavour.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up on a trip to Ontario, in a random LCBO excursion while I was down. Given my recent enjoyment of high hopped beers, I was looking forward to this "Double Hopped" bundle. Best before data was marked as April 2010.

Pours a cloudy grapefruit color with a finger of fluffy white head. Head quickly evaporates. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Smell was slightly of citrus and hops.

Initial flavor is a deep, strong malt flavor - unexpected for the color, but in character of the "Strong Beer" label. However, despite the "Double Hopped" label, I couldn't really detect much in the way of hops. They were very faint under the malt flavor.

Strong aftertaste. Reminds me of something closer to a barleywine than of a pilsner. Or, honestly, like a cross between a pilsner and a barleywine. Not something I would drink a lot of.

As a pilsner and as a doubly hopped beer, the bottle I had was a bit of a flop. As a "Strong Beer" it is actually pretty good.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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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