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 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JefVerstraete (2952) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 Pale yellow colour, medium carbonation. Malty, sweet and bitter. Very watery and mettalic aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShivanDragon (3509) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaney (2423) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
a_cross (639) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (11235) - Where the wild whales are, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kraddel (6372) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18711) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SlovakSniper (5182) - Candiac, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rodenbach99 (4251) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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...

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