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

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RATINGS: 128   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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
50 cl can, bought in shop in Oostende. Golden color, ok white head. Aroma is grainy malt. Flavor is malt and sweetness, not much bitterness. Boring.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TrefwoordPunk (802) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2008
Can 25 cl. Pours a pale golden with a medium white head and not much aroma, but at least it is not a bad smell. The taste is watery, smooth maltiness with some alcohol and a a velvetty mouthfeel. Finish has a bit of hoppy bitterness, nothing special. Pretty good for a pilsener, but not thát special.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1391) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Appearance: Light clear golden, not much head. Aroma: Hops and grain. Not much. Taste: Hops and bit of malt. Not too bad, but standard. Info: 250ml bottle, 20/3-2008, 191/500

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yves (2210) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2008
Goldblond coloured beer with small white head and few carbonation. Hoppy herby aroma. Sparkling full palate. Herby and bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Tap at the Hotel Salvators in Brugge. Light fruity hop aroma. Bright gold color with a foamy white head. Thin in body with mild carbonation. Seems to have a crisp, light citrus flavor. Light pale malt with mild hop for the finish. Refreshing after the trek from the station. Could be a touch of metal, or just me.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
estpiwo (1277) - ESTONIA - MAY 21, 2008
From bottle and from tap. Golden color. Flavor is more malty but some hoppy tones can feel also. Standard beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (7570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Tap. Corn/barley malt aroma. Golden yellow color with moderate head. Corny malt flavor. Standard Belgian Pilsener.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2008
A Mes rate: Pint at the Dovetail.
Clean blonde with a well behaved white head and plenty of lace. Bland lagerish malt aroma. More lager character in the mouth. You know what to expect, and it’s not good. "Serve it lightly chilled as though it were a good Chardonnay."
Classic!

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2007
Light, clear pilsener with a earthy musty aroma and a fairly bland, slightly bitter flavour. Nothing special.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - NOV 29, 2007
Decepcionante. Completamente sem aroma. No paladar, água pura com sabor metálico. O amargor é ruim. Fuja.


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