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


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37   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.

Mr_Vogel's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Vogel (55) - - MAY 23, 2013
Tap. Clear golden, fluffy white head with very good retention for a lager. Aroma starts malty, then hoppy but slightly musk. Taste start with some sweet-ish malt, then a very crisp bitterness emerges and takes you into a nice hoppy bitter finish. Somewhat watery, but what lager isn’t? Very very refreshing. Good lager!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hednom (100) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle 25cl, pours a clear yellow colour. Just an ordinary lager. Medium bitter, not so special

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Salmaneser (85) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2015
25 cl from tap @ Corda Campus Hasselt. Clear yellow beer, minimal white head. Pale taste, nothing to remember.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ruigo (1653) - PORTUGAL - JUL 21, 2015
33cl bottle. Clear straw colour with nice white head. Straw, grassy and cereal aroma. Average carbonation and light watery body. Taste is watery, light with some light bitterness. Overall, a refreshing lager but nothing more.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beermaris (175) - LATVIA - JUL 5, 2015
Rather ordinary lager. A bit more bitter than typically in this class. However, generally - nothing unusual.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alusmamuts (1123) - LATVIA - JUL 5, 2015
Golden with samll white head. Typical lager taste with moderate bitterness, which remains in the aftertaste,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerhunter111 (11679) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2015
Klare goldgelbe Farbe, fingerbreite weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch getreidig malzig, unangenehm hopfig. Geschmack wässrig malzig, unangenehm hopfig, getreidig, uninteressant!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thirstyrabbit (1494) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle. Pale yellow body, minimal head. Aroma has weak farty/cardboardy hop extract. Thin palate. Papery taste. Not refreshing, not good. Might even be a pilsner but a pretty bad one in this form.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Erzengel (5888) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
*Old rating, best before 20.09.07. Fresh, crisp and watery pils. Not too deep, easy to drink, hints of sweetish grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (3548) - BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2015
Classic Belgian pale lager, one of the first of its kind in this country. Michael Jackson dubbed this Belgium’s best pale lager but the current day version is just another pale golden, fizzy beer with medium, snow white head and grainy aroma with just a faint hint of grassy hops (notably stronger in the past). Malt sweetish and grainy taste, minerally carbo, thin mouthfeel, clean with mild grassy hop bitterishness in the finish. Has become as unremarkable as its congeners, but the 1928 version made in 2008 to commemorate its birthday and which allegedly had to represent the original version, was notably better. Well, nothing lasts forever, I suppose.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Marduk (4239) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2014
250ml bottle. Pale color. Bad just bad. Medium bitterness. Brrrr. Never again! 7 characters to go!

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