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


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.41   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2003
Bottled. Pale golden yellow, with a soft medium lacy head. Wheat’y, cheep corn like aroma. Some fiz and a moderate dry bite. Really no better then your average continental larger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2003
Malty, almost creamy aroma with a touch of hopbitterness. Hopbitter, just a bit salty flavor with a hint of apple.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2003
Okay Belgian pilsener, bit skunky smell, very hoppy and a little weak perhaps.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2003
A quite normal Belgian Pilsener. Not the best and not the worst. A bit bland and watery though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2002
Blond beer with a medium creamy head. Sweet hop aroma. The taste is slightly sweet passing to yeasty and finally a light hop finish. A good pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2002
This is a good pils, if more were like this one.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goviken (12) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2002
One of the best Belgian pilseners. Pale golden colour & nice bitterness, which is hard to find in other Belgian pilseners (now brewing for the Coca-Cola generation). Very good combination of maltiness / bitterness and a little dry at the end. My favourite Belgian ’pintje’. Gentle and TASTEfull

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
diabel (1606) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Bottle Lightly sweet, somewhat hoppy aroma, not attactive at all. Very palish yellow. Lightly bitter, moderately sweet flavour. Has some medical sirupy taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2002
Surprised me a bit, at least it had a nice sort of edgy bitter flavour to make up for the thin body, i suppose it was good it came in the 250ml bottles coz i kind of got a bit board of it, but still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2002
This beer is everywhere in supermarkets and bottle shops in the East Flanders region of Belgium but I’ve always ignored it because I thought it was some kind of local macrobrew. Also paying a whole 30 cents for a 250 ml bottle I expected something quite ordinary but was overall pleasanty surprised. Anemic pale blonde clear colour with a somewhat disappointingly tiny head that lasted only for about 5 seconds. Pleasant fresh hoppy, caramel malty and bready aromas. Medium to light bodied with smooth soft malty start moving to a more bitter middle and stronger bitter dry finish. Personally I like my pils just a little sharper and with a bit more oomph. Otherwise quite good and more than definitely worth what I paid for it.

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