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


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RATINGS: 140   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike_77 (4324) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2007
Light, clear pilsener with a earthy musty aroma and a fairly bland, slightly bitter flavour. Nothing special.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sayravai (4700) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jerre (3019) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wim (3274) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goozen (3562) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2007
Amusingly i drinks this one at Willems Beerstore, Grobbendonk Belgium at discharge my beers, they got a tap next to till. Clean Pilsener from Belgian Limburg with a nice amount of hop and crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Had this on tap while in Belgium thought it was better than Stella and crisp. Page 130 of Micheal Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 422 out of his Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2721) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2006
Needed something brainless to wash down my last beer, and here it is. This used to be an unpasteurised, aggressively hopped beer but after tasting it I can say that no longer rings true.
Poured a very thin, bright, yellow-gold. No head filled out though it had a little life on the meniscus and managed just a wee-bit of lacing. Lightly sour malts greet the nose with some barnyard hay and cracked pepper. Underneath it is skunky and eggy, convincing me it didn’t take the voyage from Belgium too well. Zingy, mint leaves and dusty hops seem to pop up first in the mouth. Sadly the mid-palate was lifeless and cardboardy with artificial sweetener sitting up front giving it a nasty tangy sweetness. Finish has a mild bitter edge before a sweet, rough malt swallow that showed little length. Body is light and the carbonation soft so you could slam ten of these down before your first belch and trip to the little men’s room. Not really my thing at all, though it was better than the Maes Pilsener. (25cL, 4.8% ABV, 11/04/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

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