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


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Abio (1785) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle from Palace Hotel, Poperinge, Belgium.
Pours a boring and flat yellow with an aroma of corn. Flavor is flat corn. Watery mouthfeel. No wonder everyone was drinking this at the bar. But hey, at least I beat a local at a chugging contest of this stuff. Yeeehaaaw! Donk!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wekker84 (1910) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2010
250 ml bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts and hop taste malts spices and bitterness a fresh beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2010
.33L can - Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Picked up at the Belgian Support Unit at Ramstein. Pours a bright gold amber color. Aromas fruit, floral, and malt. Flavor is malty, with a fine hop taste. Hop finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JLCreemers (8) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2010 does not count
Pils from Northern Belgium, in advertisement called ’the pearl of Limbourg.’ Fresh, easy drinking. Not too bitter, not sour, not too sweet either. Perfect beer for watching soccer on TV.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TaxiDriver (1553) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. The aroma of grain, light sweet. The head is small, white and fizzy, fast disappearing, the body is pale yellow. The taste is light bitter and metallic. The body is light, watery and with a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2010
Can @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Not sure who brought along this beauty. Pale gold. Quite corny aroma. Slight metallic tang in the flavour. Otherwise clean enough but pretty much devoid of interest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2009
Tap, 25 cl. Golden beer with medium lacing white head, no bubbles. Grainy and sort of skunky malty, metallic smell. Grainy taste, a bit watery, sharp grassy taste in it. I didn’t really like the beer, although I wouldn’t say this is a bad one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (1936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Stale and soapy to the nose. sweet and puffy in the mouth. The flavour has both salty and fruity notes and it comes across a well balanced. It is still quite stale and a little disinfectanty throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
From the Can at Chris O’s 05/08/2009 Floral and malt aromas. Clear golden coloured and very thin on the palate. Crisp and dry malt finish.

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