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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kraddel (3115) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 can @ groezrock 2011 festival ( still traumatized, though ) so here it is, the worst brew known to man. they told me its even worse than meas pils, wich i didnt believe, wich than again made me curious. this was baught for my group of staff, instead of jupiler pils because this was cheaper. logical, i think this WAS jupiler but had been drunk before. firts sip went ok. second one was bad, third one made me throw it away and never ever take this one again. i heard its less worse from draft, and even a ’not bad lager’ than. but i’m not gonna check it out ! had this on draft now , very much times . its actualy my favourite lager on draft ( thats is available easely ) . who would have thought ? certainly not me .. i feel like rating this 3,7 now, its a very good lager on draft , but in can it was SO bad ... so rating this 3 for now ... DONT DRINK THIS FROM THE CAN

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear yellow, lightly effervescent, with a weak white foam. Nose holds a bit of sugary cereal malts. Medium sweet flavor with cereal malts, some metallic zip, a bit of hay. Light bodied with average carbonation. Crisp finish with some more metallic bite, more cereal, light dough, very mild paper and faint white sugar. It’s a very basic pale lager. Not overly sweet, which is a plus.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SlovakSniper (3167) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
(Une dégustation offerte par rodenbach99) Une blonde cristalline. Une petite tête qui ne résiste pas. Un nez et une bouche de malt pâle. Aucun houblon. Des parfums et des saveurs légèrement sucrées. Un corps léger et un pétillement qui n’est pas agressif. Une finale sur les grains. Aucune note amère.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Description: Lager blonde industrielle à 4,8%.
Comment: Bouteille de 250ml. achetée en Belgique et partagée avec Patrick.
Visuel: Classique dorée avec une mousse blanche chétive.
Olfactif: Un nez simple avec des arômes de sirop de maïs. Il est très sucré.
Gustatif: L’absence de houblon se fait sentir. Les saveurs sont simples. Il y a du maïs et comme le laissait sous-entendre le nez ; la finale est sucrée.
Résumé: Sans grande surprise c’est bière commerciale sans intérêt pour le dégustateur avertit.
Note: 4/10

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Countbeer (4425) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2012
Had this beer many times, specially in Belgium, when in a bar, at a festival or party. It made me decide to look around for other beer when this was served. Anyways... Next to the Primus pils, this is another one I totally forgot about! (Guess THAT is good)! Kind of difficult to forget, specially when living so close to Belgium and when visiting Belgium the signs of this beers are all over the place. Guess since it is the style this beer is, the availabilty of this beer and the hops and malts used in this beer, no wonder that it’s just another one of the many beers in this style that are far from interesting. It’s cheap, it’s dirt cheap...

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
Belgian version if I read the label correctly, marked 4.8% ABV. Boring yellow body, modest head. Fruity aroma, slight malt hints. Flavour is weak and watery with a hint of bread on the back-end. The advertising’s right - this stuff does taste like spring water!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2011
Golden yellow colour, white head. Aroma of malts, slight paper tones. Flavour malty. Not the best of pilsners.
(Draught @ ’t Galerijke, Turnhout)

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HermanW (1030) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2011
0,25 liter fles. bagger bier. Bouwvakkers bier. drie keer niks.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Medium head with a citrus aroma. Smooth taste with some orange and peach flavor. Not a bad finish.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Cuso (4571) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2011
Can, somewhere in Belgium. Golden color with medium white head. Aroma of grain, malt and something strange. Taste, grain, malt, some artificial strange aftertaste. Bad.


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