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Brewed by Brouwerijen Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Alken, Belgium

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.39   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
True to its name, Cristal tastes at first almost like spring water; then comes a clean bit of hop bitterness; and a crisp, finish. It is a beautifully refreshing beer, lightly cleansing on the palate, with the appetising dryness that define the Pilsener style. Cristal pours with a very creamy head, leaving excellent lacing. Serve it lightly chilled as though it were a good Chardonnay.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
estpiwo (1310) - ESTONIA - MAY 21, 2008
From bottle and from tap. Golden color. Flavor is more malty but some hoppy tones can feel also. Standard beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (8526) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Tap. Corn/barley malt aroma. Golden yellow color with moderate head. Corny malt flavor. Standard Belgian Pilsener.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2008
A Mes rate: Pint at the Dovetail.
Clean blonde with a well behaved white head and plenty of lace. Bland lagerish malt aroma. More lager character in the mouth. You know what to expect, and it’s not good. "Serve it lightly chilled as though it were a good Chardonnay."
Classic!

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike_77 (3653) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2007
Light, clear pilsener with a earthy musty aroma and a fairly bland, slightly bitter flavour. Nothing special.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - NOV 29, 2007
Decepcionante. Completamente sem aroma. No paladar, água pura com sabor metálico. O amargor é ruim. Fuja.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Coloração dourada, com creme branco fraco. Lager "normal", sem gosto e sem graça. Apenas refrescante. Tente outra.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2007
(Bottled) Clear golden with a smallish, firm and lacy head. Light but grainy-malty aroma with some subdued hops, acidity and hints of honey. Quite acidic flavor with moderate, corny maltiness and some grassy hops in the finish. Light to medium-bodied, acidic palate with smooth carbonation. A reasonably-bodied, malt-accented lager, that could have less acidity in it.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
Sampled on Flashy’s tour of Brugge in June 2007 - A pretty average, sweetish, piss-yellow pilsner. Not worth mentioning any more, the Belgians should leave the pilsners to the Czechs and Germanians.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jerre (2782) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Bottle, 25 cl. RE 19-4-’08 @ Fools. Clear golden color with a creamy head. A simply pilsener. The taste is sweet, malts, light hoppy and bitter. Light body.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wim (3021) - Weelde, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 A very lacing, gold body with a white medium head and a moderate hoppy body. The flavor is heavy sweet. Finish is medium sweet.


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