Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christoffel Bier

I picked this beer up on a whim while browsing my beer store . . . primarily because it is double hopped and I like hoppy beer.  For me, that's as good enough a reason as any for me to buy a beer!

Christoffel Bier is imported from the Netherlands and is an archtypical German style beer . . . bottom fermented, unfiltered and unpasteurized.  As Sint Christeffel Brewery says it's "beer as a pilsner was meant to be."

I popped open the gasket on the swing top anticipating the zippy aroma of hops but that didn't happen.  It was more of a deep, rich grainy smell which kind of surprised me.

It's a pilsner unlike what I generally think of when a pilsner comes to mind . . . which is pale and clear.  It pours a cloudy golden blond with lots of sediment towards the end . . . mmmm, that's where all the good stuff!  Gotta love an unfiltered beer!  

The taste?  Again, not what I have typically experience in a pilsner.  As hubby says, this is old school European style beer.  It has a big taste but not BIG IPA like I was expecting from a double hopped beer.  It is rich, bready, sweet . . . almost chewy.  It finishes surprisingly clean with just a touch of bitterness in the end.

The flavor brought me back to a long ago summer that I spent in Sweden touring the countryside and getting happy on European beer.

Quite good but, yeah, not at all what I was expecting but then again I was not at all disappointed.  Christoffel Bier wasn't what I thought it would be but it was damn good beer.  

If you're looking for a traditional German style pilsner . . . this is it . . . go for it.  You're in for a delicious beer drinking experience.

6% ABV

Visit Sint Christoffel's website for more information on the brewery and their other beers.

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