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


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MoritzF (8726) - looking for a flat around Munich, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2013
(bottle, 25cl) Clear, pale golden colour with a blond and firm mid-sized foamy head. Strawy and delicately grainy pale malty aroma with a slightly dusty touch and a tinge of grassy hops. Mildly sweet and delicately tart flavour, light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Doughy and strawy malty taste with shy grassy accents; mildly sweet and shy bitter finish with hints of sour dough in the aftertaste. 05.X.13

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rok1024 (1270) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 20, 2013
Clear yellow appearance with medium head. Malty aromas with light doughy taste. Not too sweet, overall decent lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Russo (1902) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2013
on tap. Pale yellow with a fuzzy white head, aroma is weak grain some hints of sweetness. Flavor is metallic hints of corn. Mouthfeel is watery low carbonation and low body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is grainy hayish malt. Flavour is malty grains, some herbal hop bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
markextrae (2179) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2013
From can. Taste is full of grain malts with no hops/bitterness in the taste. Bad smell. Lot’s of water. Not good

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mile (3448) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2013
Can. Golden, average and mostly diminishing head. Light to moderate malty - lightly grainy and lightly sweetish aroma, light notes of sharp metal.. Body is light, malty - lightly grainy and lightly sweetish, light sharp metal. Finish is short to average, malty - lightly grainy and dryish, some sharp metal and and light cardboard with faint hoppyness. Lager with notes of metal. "Cristal tastes at first almost like spring water". Yes, spring water with notes of sharp metal. Unfortunately true.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MichaelAwesome (5839) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2013
SImple Lager with no surprises. Bit sweety with malt in the aroma. Easy to go, great as a company to a meal and very non-spectacular. Classy classic

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
McTapps (5840) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2013
Can. Clear light golden-yellow colour with low airy head and thin body. Nose of light bitter hops. Taste of light hops, grass

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dedollewaitor (14690) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Can. Thanks Claus A. Pours clear yellow with a frothy head. Lots of corn and grain. Sweet with a sulphurish touch. Thin and bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Vogel (55) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2013
Tap. Clear golden, fluffy white head with very good retention for a lager. Aroma starts malty, then hoppy but slightly musk. Taste start with some sweet-ish malt, then a very crisp bitterness emerges and takes you into a nice hoppy bitter finish. Somewhat watery, but what lager isn’t? Very very refreshing. Good lager!

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