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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (40417) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Draught. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Nice lace. Aroma is vegetables, some malts and hops. Flavour is malts, hops and yeast. HAs pretty much a pils should have and is wellbalanced. The carbonation bites bigtime though, being very crisp.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Very pale golden with a small, creamy head. Very refined floral nose from the hops. Medium body and a rather bitter finish. 050298

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
omhper (23429) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2005
Bottled. Pale yellow, brief head. Foul compost heap aroma. Sweet and fruity with lots of decomposing vegetables and some unpleasant saccharine. Soem stale hops leads to an inky finish. An awful industrial lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Can. Pours a very pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma. Thin dry grainy flavor. Has a dry malty slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2009
Tasting at Chris-Os Pre gbbf 09 ... yellow ..sweet drassy nose ... gain jut light and grassy ...poor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear yellow, lightly effervescent, with a weak white foam. Nose holds a bit of sugary cereal malts. Medium sweet flavor with cereal malts, some metallic zip, a bit of hay. Light bodied with average carbonation. Crisp finish with some more metallic bite, more cereal, light dough, very mild paper and faint white sugar. It’s a very basic pale lager. Not overly sweet, which is a plus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2011
Draught. Golden beer, small head. Malty aroma, malty flavor. Rather boring.

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