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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle with Bart, whose father used to work here. Lightly hoppy aroma, soft malt. Sweet malt taste with a light bitterness. Drinkable. Better than your average Belgian pils. A little.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Koelschtrinker (10643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Muffig-herber Antrunk, dominiert von tiefer Wässrigkeit. Etwas hopfig, grasig, zum Ende hin herb. Unendlich langweilig! Test vom 22.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 5,4,6,4,5,4 - 4,45

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2011
Draught. Golden beer, small head. Malty aroma, malty flavor. Rather boring.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2011
draft@bar: average euro pale lager, watery, lots carbonation, grassy, wheat, watery grains, cheap corn, slightly crisp, decent enough, gets worse second glass

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
txspartan (966) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2011
Another pale lager like there are so many. Few stand out; many, like this one, disappear in the masses.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - MAR 3, 2011
250 ml bottle in Germany. Pale golden yellow, with a soft medium lacy head. Wheat’y, cheep corn like aroma. Some fiz and a moderate dry Palate. Really no better then your average macro larger and this is proof that not all beers from Belguim are good .

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
De nombreux verres bu sur Hasselt lors d’un concert. Ceci étant dit, cette bière reste dérisoire dans la lignée des pale lager. C’est facile à boire, léger au palais sans complexité, malt de type pils ou cara avec assez d’amertume du houblon. Rien de mémorable.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
psilosophy (491) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - SEP 10, 2010
Bouteille de 25cl, titre à 4,8%. Une lager somme toute honnète avec une amertume assez longue et prononcée. Dommage que la mousse s’estompe rapidement. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Beermerchants.com.
Very pale golden with a fine, staying, creamy, white head. Good lacings. Aroma is sweet, light grassy, some maize, fairly mild. Small bubbles, prickly carbonation, light watery palate. Flavour starts heavily metallic, but settles with some sweetness and a fair grassy touch. Not the worst pale lager I’ve come across. Light citric in the far finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2010
6th March 2010. Pale gold beer that is very slightly hazy. A thin white head. Light carawayish malt. Crisp, fresh, light. A decent lager! Thanks to Harrisoni for introducing me to something that goes down easy at the end of along days drinking or tasting. Cheers Ian!


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