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

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.39   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PieterPV (1) - Meeuwen, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2013 does not count
One of the best beers ever! First of all, it has a nice appearance. For the rest, really tasty!

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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2000
The tast is truly like it’s name Cristal clean and fresh, classic pilsner. Decent hops and a fine malt nose with a trace of the hop flowers. terrific beer, hard to find here. Got mine from a beer club.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2001
Oh my, does this baby go down smooth and easy. The body is extremely soft and gentle, drying out just a bit towards the end. I could drink this pilsner by the tankard for days on end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goviken (12) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2002
One of the best Belgian pilseners. Pale golden colour & nice bitterness, which is hard to find in other Belgian pilseners (now brewing for the Coca-Cola generation). Very good combination of maltiness / bitterness and a little dry at the end. My favourite Belgian ’pintje’. Gentle and TASTEfull

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goozen (2991) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2007
Amusingly i drinks this one at Willems Beerstore, Grobbendonk Belgium at discharge my beers, they got a tap next to till. Clean Pilsener from Belgian Limburg with a nice amount of hop and crisp finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Watje2010 (37) - - AUG 4, 2014
Goldenyellow. Medium carbonation. Sligthly bitter, some sweet touches. One of the best Pilsener type belgian beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Icedwarf (347) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Helder geel bier met gemiddeld schuim. Smaak is bitter en sterk. Uitstekend bier! Gedronken op terras in Maaseik.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2002
Just yesterday I told someone from Belgium that they brew the best beers in the world but that they can’t brew a good pilsener. And guess what happened: today I’m trying Cristal Alken and I like it! The aroma is not a good start. Just a bit malty. It’s pale golden with a nice head but nothing special. It’s fresh and light, malty and hops. In the end a little bitter. Good pilsener.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13828) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Can at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. Decent pale lager. Very nice, very drinkable, very light. Just so drinkable as to be untrue.


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