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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thirstyrabbit (1751) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle. Pale yellow body, minimal head. Aroma has weak farty/cardboardy hop extract. Thin palate. Papery taste. Not refreshing, not good. Might even be a pilsner but a pretty bad one in this form.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Erzengel (7928) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
*Old rating, best before 20.09.07. Fresh, crisp and watery pils. Not too deep, easy to drink, hints of sweetish grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2015
Classic Belgian pale lager, one of the first of its kind in this country. Michael Jackson dubbed this Belgium’s best pale lager but the current day version is just another pale golden, fizzy beer with medium, snow white head and grainy aroma with just a faint hint of grassy hops (notably stronger in the past). Malt sweetish and grainy taste, minerally carbo, thin mouthfeel, clean with mild grassy hop bitterishness in the finish. Has become as unremarkable as its congeners, but the 1928 version made in 2008 to commemorate its birthday and which allegedly had to represent the original version, was notably better. Well, nothing lasts forever, I suppose.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Marduk (6437) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2014
250ml bottle. Pale color. Bad just bad. Medium bitterness. Brrrr. Never again! 7 characters to go!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (14174) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 20, 2014
250ml bottle (Wines of Galilee, Tallinn)
Smells like a cheap LA, corny. My god, it looks pitifully pale. Rough chemical acrid palate, thin and fizzy. Scrape it off the tongue. Deffo in the horror zone.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mikske79 (1500) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Het enige pilsbier in België waarvan ik de volgende dag barstende hoofdpijn heb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Watje2010 (37) - - AUG 4, 2014
Goldenyellow. Medium carbonation. Sligthly bitter, some sweet touches. One of the best Pilsener type belgian beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
Quite fine light pils with a gentle bitterness on palate. Summer beer, clear like a crystal. C@H

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rozsoma (866) - Győr, HUNGARY - JUN 15, 2014
On tap at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske, Antwerpen. Lager, májkrém, fémdoboz. Ez minden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackisle (2094) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle 25cl. Clear pale golden, nice white frothy head, disappears after a while; malty nose, grain, corn, dough, grass, floral; moderate sweet, light bitter taste; light to medium body, oily to watery texture; mild bittersweet finish

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