Brewed by Cerveceria Bucanero (InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
Holguín, Cuba


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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.77   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Cerveza Cristal - la preferida de Cuba

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
thopkins (4) - Shanghai, - JUL 28, 2012
Cuba has two beers on the dollar market and for export, Cristal and Bucanero. Cristal is big with the tourists, but you give a Cuban a choice and they will go with Burcanero. Cristal is a typical lager, passable, given the alternatives in Cuba. Light, characterless, sip it cold, forcus not on "palate" but the waves,sand, and what you are waiting for to walk down the beach. They sell Heinken and Corona in Cuba now. GIven these alternatives...go native.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mjik83 (755) - - FEB 12, 2015
35cl flesje bij La Cubanita, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 4,9% Gedronken uit de fles Pilsener conclusie: Weinig smaak, wat mouten, doordrinkbier ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Piw (179) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
350ml Flasche. Klar und golden. Minimale Krone. Fast keine Kohlensäure. Sehr wässrig. Mild.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (5529) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015
24/XII/14 - 33cl can @ home - BB: 9/I/15 (2014-1532) Thanks to Erwin and Johan for the can!

Clear pale yellow beer, creamy white head, unstable, falls down immediately, non adhesive. Aroma: bit malty, grains, hay, cow fodder. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: some citrus, little bitter, grains, bit malty, some grassy hops. Aftertaste: little bitter, refreshing, bit malty, not too bad, nice finish. Was expecting way worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borresteijn (5068) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2015
35cl bottle at La Cubanita Haarlem, as Palma Cristal. Straight from the bottle. Aroma is grainy, malty, light grassy. Flavour is malty, light grainy, light fizzy, light bitter finish. Light bodied. Standard macro lager, but nothing off here. OK for what it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BreWedge (353) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
355 ml can @ La Loma de la Cruz restaurant in Holguin, Cuba. Pours a clear gold with a large, white, short-lived head. Standard lager aromas, principally light grain. Taste is fairly watery with a little bit of malt, grain presence. Light body, medium carbonation, little to no finish. Better than Mayabe but still a pretty weak beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Zwiebel88 (285) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2014
Grasig, süßlich, Süßungsmittel. Pappig, heuig. Ging gut runter, sonst aber auch nichts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Vighals (1536) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Lys brun klar med lavt hvitt skum som forsvinner fort. Honning og maltlukt. Vannete med noe sødme og lett, lett bitter avslutning. Mye kullsyre

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vaiz (3617) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle at a tapas bar. Pale yellow pour, sweetish grainy pour, some unfermented sugars, hay and soap. Strange brew, but not as bad as the ratings made me fear. Probably the ambiance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (4375) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Drank quite a lot of this stuff on a holiday in Cuba. Crystal cleat pale yellow coloured pour with a fleeting effervescent white head. Aroma is grainy with a slight apple notes and plenty a lager yeast character. Palate is pretty abrassive carbonation, light and somewhat refreshing. Flavour is pale grains, some evident adjunct, rice and a semi sweet grain. No hops detected. Some carbonic acid bite in the finish. Pretty clean and inoffesive. Helped me out on the some of the 35C and 100% humidity days. Exactly what i needed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mile (3203) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle. Light golden, small and fully diminishing head. Light, malty - lightly grainy and lightly sweetish aroma, light cardboard and faint - light hoppyness. Body is light, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light metal and faint hoppyness. Finish is short, malty and dryish, light metal and faint hoppyness. Watery lager with notes of sharp metal- that’s it.

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