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

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thezythologist (15) - - MAR 7, 2013
Tap at several bars. For a pils, it's pretty hard to pour it perfect in a glass. Nice foam but doesn't stick around for more then 3 minutes or so. Still, a pils just for thrist. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kevnic2008 (7084) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Pours golden color. Thin body, malty aroma. Industrial lager and not a good one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DennisPieters (5) - BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Best Belgian pilsner. Very fresh taste. Better then Stella Artois or Jupiler

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pallieter85 (14) - BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2013
From bottle itís usually acceptable. They have it on draft in a lot of bars where I currently live, and I still have to drink a proper Cristal Alken from draft. From draft itís watery with a slight bitter note and a lot of metallic taste. Pretty disgusting. It makes me have a headache before I even get drunk.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sdmmb (486) - USA - NOV 30, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Plain tasting lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tommyxl (16) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2013
Cool yellow colour, sweet taste, lacking distinct flavour profile. Slightly stale aftertaste. To be enjoyed if very cold. Bland, uninteresting taste when compared to similar Belgian pilsners. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2013
(bottle, 25cl) Clear, pale golden colour with a blond and firm mid-sized foamy head. Strawy and delicately grainy pale malty aroma with a slightly dusty touch and a tinge of grassy hops. Mildly sweet and delicately tart flavour, light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Doughy and strawy malty taste with shy grassy accents; mildly sweet and shy bitter finish with hints of sour dough in the aftertaste. 05.X.13

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rok1024 (902) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 20, 2013
Clear yellow appearance with medium head. Malty aromas with light doughy taste. Not too sweet, overall decent lager.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Russo (1629) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 7, 2013
on tap. Pale yellow with a fuzzy white head, aroma is weak grain some hints of sweetness. Flavor is metallic hints of corn. Mouthfeel is watery low carbonation and low body.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dEnk (3456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is grainy hayish malt. Flavour is malty grains, some herbal hop bitterness. Decent.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
markextrae (680) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2013
From can. Taste is full of grain malts with no hops/bitterness in the taste. Bad smell. Lotís of water. Not good


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