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


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RATINGS: 126   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.

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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
vickey9 (448) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
Quite fine light pils with a gentle bitterness on palate. Summer beer, clear like a crystal. C@H

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rozsoma (462) - HUNGARY - JUN 15, 2014
On tap at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske, Antwerpen. Lager, májkrém, fémdoboz. Ez minden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackisle (610) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle 25cl. Clear pale golden, nice white frothy head, disappears after a while; malty nose, grain, corn, dough, grass, floral; moderate sweet, light bitter taste; light to medium body, oily to watery texture; mild bittersweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Icedwarf (265) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Helder geel bier met gemiddeld schuim. Smaak is bitter en sterk. Uitstekend bier! Gedronken op terras in Maaseik.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kevnic2008 (7653) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Pours golden color. Thin body, malty aroma. Industrial lager and not a good one.

   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

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pallieter85 (14) - BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2013
From bottle it’s 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sdmmb (717) - USA - NOV 30, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Plain tasting lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MoritzF (8402) - 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

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