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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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 194
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of DerBayer
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is a beautiful golden honey - very cloudy looks like its full of flavour. The look and smell promise floral hops with noey, spice and grape-apple notes
However the taste falls slightly short of this an does not quite deliver depthn and complexity promised.

Mouthfeel is OK but nothing to write home about - I could have this again just because it looks and smells beautiful

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on August 23, 2009. Received in a trade with Bobsy.

Color is yellow/orange with lots of haziness. Can't see through the beer. The aroma is fruity and some hops presence. There is also that sweet aroma of a barleywine... or is it the yeast? The taste is orange and I would say the beer is complex. Hard for me to get everything. I get some grapefruit. The bitterness is light. Very refreshing and a nice beer to sip. Medium body. Oh, and no head on mine! Drinkability is good.

Thanks to Bobsy for sending me this wonderful beer.

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

Picked this up randomly from the local lick-bo. (LCBO)

Appearance: I can't remember the last time I saw such a unique colour in a beer. It was yellow/brown, similar to custard, with a thick haziness.

Smell: Very earthy and floral, with saaz featured prominently.

Taste: The German malts are in the forefront, followed by that floral saaz aftertaste. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: A bit thicker than a "typical" pilsner

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one and hope to find it again

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy copper with a creamy head that reduced to a ring around the glass. Not a lot of lacing. I probably drank this out of the wrong glass, I had it from a brandy snifter but somehow it seemed ok.

Quite a strong dose of hops in the nose. Light sour green apple and a lot of distinctive German pale malts.

The hops are used pretty liberally and are pretty classic Saaz, not so much aromatic but flowery, bitter and drying. Perfect balance was maintained with the malt which is sticky and bready and pretty typical. Grainy, baked bread, but also herbal. There is a hint of orange peel. The lagering has softened everything and blended it all so well.

The finish is pretty long and full. Crisp and sharp carbonation with a medium body. This is a really great pilsener.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice swingtop bottle. There's something extremely satisfying about cracking these open. Anyway... on to the beer. Radiant golden color with a frothy head, that leaves rings of lace as it slowly drops. Excellent appearance for a pilsener. A nice bouquet full of wheat and grass presents itself to the nose, and when I pass it to my wife she remarks that she gets a lot of clover and honey from it. You can tell that this is a highly hopped pilsener, and a fresh one too. Far too many European versions we get in North America and old and with their glory faded. I have high hopes for this one.

Very strong saaz flavour mixed in with citrus and honey, and a long finish. Really its all about the hops, and this beer would put a smile on the face of any IPA lover who has discounted pilseners in the past. The lemongrass aspects mix really well with the herbal elements and I'm happy. The malt backbone is very much secondary, but does provide some great body and sweetness.

Far more hopping than I would have expected, but perhaps the better for it. I usually like a nice big soft malt body in my pils, but the freshness and vibrancy of Christoffel cannot be overlooked. Recommended.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy head that dies down, way down, to just a ring at the outer rim. Minimal lacing.

Smells like candy, all sweet malt and citrus fruit hops with a hit of fresh dough.

Taste is a grainy malt with a tart, herbal hop bitterness. It tastes great and it's in good balance. The hops are orange rind and fresh cut grass. The malt is sweet but biscuity. Just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and medium bodied.

An easy drinking and refreshingly good beer.

If this is indeed a pilsener then it's something of an oddity having a fruity sweetness to it as it does.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Pours a hazy, ruddy gold with a huge, substantial white head. Nice staying power. Smells of a fantastic blend of fruit, light grainy malt, and herbal, floral hops. Tastes of bready, grainy, lightly toasty malt and extremely floral hops that give a perfectly balancing bitterness. Really well refined. Medium, though velvety, body with low-medium carbonation. Fantastic, balanced beer with a ton of character. What's most amazing is that all of this comes from a 'pils'.

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

pour is a murky gold with a milder soapy head that first forms large bubbles then a nice lace. smell of lemon, honey malt, a wonderful apple and mild grass. this all balances well on the palate. with a drying hop finish of astringent pilsner like straw. a good blond. not a german pils. too thick, layered and sweet for a german pils. doesn't have the earthy backbone but more so a honey pollen what is set with a thicker but still dry body.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange gold body. Large, frothy white cream that lasts. Immense nose hints of spicy fresh hops and bright fruit. Hop flavor is mind-blowingly intricate. Peppery, spicy, super fruity, herbal, fresh. Very noble-like, but great utilization. Brilliant lager!

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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. hazy golden color, dark orange at center. bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. little bubbly lacing.
Smells of fruity and citrusy fresh hop, orange peel, sweet malt and yeast.
fresh hop taste, drinks with tangy and citrusy bite, orange peel, sweet blond bready malt flavor, tangy bitter hop aftertaste.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Old school, classy-looking Euro flip-top 11.2oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The bottle notes that there's a guaranteed 8 week maturation for this beer, that it conforms to the Reinheitsgebot, and that it's "double-hopped." Bring it on.

Appearance: A medium pour produces a cloudy (this is an unfiltered beer) light golden-orange beer, capped by a white ice-cream-like head that has good staying power and nice lacing. There's also lively, very fine beaded carbonation.

Smell: Much like the appearance, quite nice, but somewhat different from what you usually get from a Pilsener. The sharp grassy hop notes are present, along with the sweet grainy light malt and bready tones; but here everything's much more abundant, rich, and robust. I think it's maybe the yeast presence that's the kicker though, something you don't really get in a lot of German Pils beers; here it's fruity, spicy, and just a little bit untamed. All in all, I think I'm in for a treat...

Taste: This beer just keeps surprising me. I don't really know what I was expecting from the aroma, but it wasn't quite this. Hop bitterness is strong and pronounced, yet somehow delicate and not at all overdone. As the beer warms slightly, the classic Pilsener flavors emerge; there's the somewhat simple, clean husky graininess expected, as well as a spicy bitter kick from the Saaz...and something else, almost Pale Ale-ish. I know that sounds odd, but from looking over other reviews, I saw at least one other person that mentioned this, so I don't think I'm completely crazy. Anyway, it's crisp, clean, and intriguing; I have to admit, I'm hooked. It ends with a crisp, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Much more substantantial than typical for the style, but still...

Drinkability: Quite drinkable; maybe not sessionable as it's rich and 6.0% abv, but one could easily toss 2-3 of these back.

Conclusion: I'm going to be completely and totally honest; I picked up this beer in a 2-pack Christmas set with a glass because...I wanted the glass. I had never even heard of this brand before. This is what we call "impulse buys," friends. That being said, I was extremely pleased with this beer. From start to finish, though it's definitely a bit odd, this beer is the best of the style I've yet come across.

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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 currysage1
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz swing top into a Imp Pint. How sad.

Pours a hazed up, yeast in full suspension, orange centered yellow edged, topped with a short lived one finger white head. Drops to a good film and good lacing.

Smell is of spiced honey, caramel, heavy malt, and fruity alcoholic esters. Much heavier than expected for a G pils.

Taste is of huge caramel, sweet malty wort. Yeast is in there in a serious way. I should say this is a 2005 bottle, not ideal but it was free. I will re-review to see the difference. Not much in the way of a hop bite. Slight oxidation.

Feel is nice and full bodied, not as refreshing as I would expect from this style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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 schuim
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GrimmReaper
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool pop off top to this one,Poured a very cloudy hazy orangey color with a decent off white bubbly head and nice sticky lacing.Aroma is quite pleasant,malts and biscuits really coming at you with toffee and caramel and some sweet mild prunes.Taste is malty and very creamy,the caramel and some pine blending in with the sweet prunes and some raisins blending in with the alcohol all at a medium mouthfeel that finish's off with some dryness at the back and mild bitterness.Overall,quite enjoyable,will definitly try again well worth trying if you havn't, would'nt call this a lager though,more like an ale.Oh,best before date on bottle and mine was already past,maybe a better appearance on a fresh one,will have to pay more attention next time,still tasted good though.

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Photo of shamus
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting so much more from this based on the lovely wood, cinnamon and incense smell. It's just not that great. Pretty average. Nothing wrong with that just not what I was expecting when I first caught it's fresh bakery aroma when i opened the bottle.

Later: I let this sit for a while and the flavours came out. Once some of the carbonation dissipated turned into more of a treat.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange-gold cloudy colour with a nice thick head. This looks more like a belgian ale than a pilsner.

Decent fruity aroma with a nice malty graininess.

Sweet and fruity up front then turns very bitter manages to satisfy me, very well carbonated and smooth, the head is still there, slowly diminishing.

I could drink a few more of these, one of the best pilsner's iv'e ever had for sure.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 Antilochus
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cute little swing top from a London, ON LCBO. Fridge temp into a wine tumbler.

Hazy orange/amber body, good white head with lace, remarkably good retention. Nice.

Earthy, citrussy hop notes, sweet maltiness, mango, yeast, sourdough. A bit of noble spice too.

Palate is very spicy, less citrus, aggressive carbonation, finish is tropical fruit and a bit hot. Yeasty bitterness makes up for spice and malty sweetness.

A good pils.

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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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Christoffel Bier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
3.84 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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