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


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.39   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (3681) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
25cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, not complex brew, yet refreshing, balanced, clear, small head, simpel brew

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bontus (648) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2009
Bottles. Very crispy fresh flavors and aromas. Dry aftertaste. Thin bodied and watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (33077) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2009
From tap at Domus. Pours clear and golden yellow with a huge white head. Mild cornish and caramel malty aroma. Mild sweetend malt flavoured. Subdued caramel mixed with a light metallic note. Medium dry and light fruity finish. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SkyCop32 (287) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Shared this with Oldrtybastrd. This poured a pale golden with a little white head. This had a little skunky aroma but tasted good for what it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
imdownthepub (10777) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2008
Bottled, pasteurised, 250ml from BEERmerchants, Kent.
Pale gold with white head, carbonisation. Quite a sharp, tinny start to this, a breadcrust malt with a yeasty background. Cleans up after a while and sharp citric notes come through with a dry bitterness. Not disastrous unless you are stuck with the early flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ogivlado (6031) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 2, 2008
On tap at De Groote Witte Arend, Antwerpen.
Pale golden coloured, airy white head, dusty hoppy nose. Weak malty, and hoppy with salty and bready notes. Some grainy notes in the finish.Drinkable but in other hand typical industrial beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Borresteijn (5009) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2008
On tap in Bruges. A bit skunky smelling pilsener, grainy and sharp. Dry and drinkable.

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