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


on tap


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (43888) - 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]

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2009
At Chrisoís pre GBBF Shindig í09. From a can. Pale gold. Virtually no aroma. Metallic, slightly fishy taste. Didnít like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (5655) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - 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 (5755) - 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, itís one of the most enjoyable Pilsener-beers I know. It was the first beer I ever drank, so Iím pretty much as biased as you could get. It doesnít 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 (754) - 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 (40453) - 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 (13234) - 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.

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