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


on tap


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.36/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
psilosophy (613) - 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 (11728) - 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 (20074) - , 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 (1767) - 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 (1823) - 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 (2031) - 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 (3448) - 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 (1655) - 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.

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