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


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (13192) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2011
Draught. Golden beer, small head. Malty aroma, malty flavor. Rather boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
77ships (5299) - 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
txspartan (980) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2011
Another pale lager like there are so many. Few stand out; many, like this one, disappear in the masses.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bierkrug (2132) - - 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 .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sebletitje (7498) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
psilosophy (555) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11440) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17899) - , 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Muggus69 (1506) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2010
One of the "house" pils beers on tap they have in Belgium. All quite similiar too; pale gold, soft malt flavour, dry bready finish with a bit of aromatic hop character.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Abio (1770) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2010
Very lightly golden colour. Medium, pretty good holding white head. Sour citrus a bit spiced smell. A bit to watery taste. Cirtus and some spices.

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