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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (742) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Not a very good pilsner but not bad either. The taste is hoppy and bitter. In this weird situation is the taste of the can the best. (Bottle 25cl,can,tap)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Very pale golden with a small, creamy head. Very refined floral nose from the hops. Medium body and a rather bitter finish. 050298

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (9471) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2005
draught (Yellow) golden beer, clear; good white head, not very lasting. Rather hoppy nose, very faint cigar smoke aroma. Again faint smokey, hoppy flavours, overlying pilsner and crystal malts. Bit duff ending, less lively; getting sweeter too with warming up. Light, slight burning. Thanks to the hoppy flavours & aroma’s, definitely amongst Belgium better industrial pilseners. Which is still not saying a great deal. And I hear from the pubowners, A/M are harsh masters, with only eye for quantity, instead of quality. Which bears evil for the Cristal.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005
A rather sweet and light beer, very drinkable. Looks like all other pils. The flavor is slightly better than an average pils. Best known in Belgium for being the "pukkelpop"-beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
25 cl bottle, bbe August 05. A typical, clear, pils look - with a little head. The prevailing component in the nose is rubber/solvent, with some hops in the background. The malty aroma and taste are more pleasant. Hops are there, too, but the aftertaste is that of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3801) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2004
Tap. Gold, thin white head and moderate condition. Grassy hops dominate some low malt in the nose, malt fights back in the mouth but both collapse in a heap part way through the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 24, 2003
more drinkable than stella or jupiler. some saaz in the aroma, light, lacking in adjuncts

   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 (12383) - 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 (5284) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2003
Okay Belgian pilsener, bit skunky smell, very hoppy and a little weak perhaps.

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