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


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ogivlado (7254) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 2, 2008
On tap at De Groote Witte Arend, Antwerpen.
Pale golden coloured, airy white head, dusty hoppy nose. Weak malty, and hoppy with salty and bready notes. Some grainy notes in the finish.Drinkable but in other hand typical industrial beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Borresteijn (6491) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2008
On tap in Bruges. A bit skunky smelling pilsener, grainy and sharp. Dry and drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2008
Possibly the least tasty Belgian lager--a bit of grain in the taste, but little else of note. Lacking in any personality, soul or taste--was fortunate that it was served cold at the very least!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
oh6gdx (25453) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Draught. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Nice lace. Aroma is vegetables, some malts and hops. Flavour is malts, hops and yeast. HAs pretty much a pils should have and is wellbalanced. The carbonation bites bigtime though, being very crisp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Swert fruity aroma with caramel notes. Sweet flavor with fruit and cardboard. No hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
50 cl can, bought in shop in Oostende. Golden color, ok white head. Aroma is grainy malt. Flavor is malt and sweetness, not much bitterness. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TrefwoordPunk (983) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2008
Can 25 cl. Pours a pale golden with a medium white head and not much aroma, but at least it is not a bad smell. The taste is watery, smooth maltiness with some alcohol and a a velvetty mouthfeel. Finish has a bit of hoppy bitterness, nothing special. Pretty good for a pilsener, but not thát special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1993) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Appearance: Light clear golden, not much head. Aroma: Hops and grain. Not much. Taste: Hops and bit of malt. Not too bad, but standard. Info: 250ml bottle, 20/3-2008, 191/500

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yves (2850) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2008
Goldblond coloured beer with small white head and few carbonation. Hoppy herby aroma. Sparkling full palate. Herby and bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Tap at the Hotel Salvators in Brugge. Light fruity hop aroma. Bright gold color with a foamy white head. Thin in body with mild carbonation. Seems to have a crisp, light citrus flavor. Light pale malt with mild hop for the finish. Refreshing after the trek from the station. Could be a touch of metal, or just me.

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