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

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RATINGS: 126   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Can at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. Decent pale lager. Very nice, very drinkable, very light. Just so drinkable as to be untrue.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2009
Tasting at Chris-Os Pre gbbf 09 ... yellow ..sweet drassy nose ... gain jut light and grassy ...poor

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Christian (11029) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2009
Pale yellow with a small white head. Grainy aroma with sulphur and a metallic touch. Sweet and thin malt flavour

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle 25cl. @ home.
Clear medium yellow color with a average to large, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, grain , corn, floral. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light metalic. Borring .. [20090314]

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2009
Chriso Shindig Aug 2009. From a can and tasting of tin. A drinkable and refreshing everyday lager. No off flavours, nothing offensive. Like water, but just that bit better!

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2009
At Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09. From a can. Pale gold. Virtually no aroma. Metallic, slightly fishy taste. Didn’t like it.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (3756) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle in Brussels. Golden colour with large white head. Standard Belgian pilsener with corny nose. Taste of malts and slight fruity. Watery texture. Not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
25cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, not complex brew, yet refreshing, balanced, clear, small head, simpel brew

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 When drinked from the new super-chilled taps that the brewery of Alken-Maes has invented, it’s one of the most enjoyable Pilsener-beers I know. It was the first beer I ever drank, so I’m pretty much as biased as you could get. It doesn’t have a lot of taste, but drinks away pretty well.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bontus (625) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2009
Bottles. Very crispy fresh flavors and aromas. Dry aftertaste. Thin bodied and watery.


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