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

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.39   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.


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   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 ípintjeí. Gentle and TASTEfull

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
diabel (1608) - 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.

2.9
   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.

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   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 Iíve 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2002
Just yesterday I told someone from Belgium that they brew the best beers in the world but that they canít brew a good pilsener. And guess what happened: today Iím trying Cristal Alken and I like it! The aroma is not a good start. Just a bit malty. Itís pale golden with a nice head but nothing special. Itís fresh and light, malty and hops. In the end a little bitter. Good pilsener.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2210) - 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 Iíve 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 very much maize in this beer? Quite watery and thin. Nothing special really.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2001
Oh my, does this baby go down smooth and easy. The body is extremely soft and gentle, drying out just a bit towards the end. I could drink this pilsner by the tankard for days on end.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (9717) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 14, 2000

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2000
The tast is truly like itís name Cristal clean and fresh, classic pilsner. Decent hops and a fine malt nose with a trace of the hop flowers. terrific beer, hard to find here. Got mine from a beer club.


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