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


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
skortila (4816) - 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 (140) - 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 (1629) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2002
Just yesterday I told someone from Belgium that they brew the best beers in the world but that they can’t brew a good pilsener. And guess what happened: today I’m trying Cristal Alken and I like it! The aroma is not a good start. Just a bit malty. It’s pale golden with a nice head but nothing special. It’s fresh and light, malty and hops. In the end a little bitter. Good pilsener.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2365) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 1, 2001
An oily surface, no oxidized Saaz stench, a hardy soft feel, this is Pilsener done right -- too bad this is a rare interpretation. This is the best Pils I’ve ever had. I think my second favorite Pils is from Bavaria. Just like the IPA and pizza, the pilsener is done best right now outside of its depressed homeland. It certainly makes sense.

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