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

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.41   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.


3.1
   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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PieterPV (1) - Meeuwen, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2013 does not count
One of the best beers ever! First of all, it has a nice appearance. For the rest, really tasty!

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
KarelCascade (10) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2013
Bitter en flets smakend bier. Eén van de minste Belgian lagers die we hebben in ons land. Typisch festival bier.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thezythologist (15) - - MAR 7, 2013
Tap at several bars. For a pils, it's pretty hard to pour it perfect in a glass. Nice foam but doesn't stick around for more then 3 minutes or so. Still, a pils just for thrist. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2013
HOME 20130217 (25 cl bottle): A clear yellow beer with a nice white foam. Some aroma of malt (wheat-like) en some hops. The same in the taste with a slightly bitterness in the aftertaste. It is a standard pilsener. Good, but not extreem.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JefVerstraete (1253) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 Pale yellow colour, medium carbonation. Malty, sweet and bitter. Very watery and mettalic aftertaste.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShivanDragon (1523) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 @Antwerpen
Dit is denk ik wel de minst lekkere Belgische pils,
Aroma wat moutig en iets van brood,
Smaak graan, metaalachtig, bitterheid maar verder weinig bijzonders. Afdronk te bitter, en hier ook weel vlak en flets
Verder heeft het geen enkele indruk achtergelaten

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2012
#645 Ein recht herbes Pils mit leichter Alunote. Der Hopfen ist leider grobschlächtig und nicht sehr aromatisch. Nichtsdestotrotz kann man es gut trinken. Test vom 2.12.2010, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,9,10,9,9,9 - 9,15

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
Light yellow, thin white head; floral malty sweetness on the nose; a better than average pale lager; malty, lightly fruity, dryish, a slight bitterness.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (4922) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2012
Draft at Groote Witte Arend. Pours clear golden with an off white head. Aroma of light hops, light fruit and citrus with a touch of malt. Flavour is light sweet and bitter. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.


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