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Premium Cristal (Peru)

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Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peru’s No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lusikka (6439) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a golden colour with large bubbles and a small creamy head. Aroma of grains, hay and some straw. Flavour of grainy malts, honey sweetness, some bitterness and cardboard. Light bodied and high carbonation. Bulky and sweet.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mzaar (1691) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
På fat. Jag minns ärligt talat inte hur den doftade, hur den smakade. Det var en klar guldfärgad öl med ett stort vitt skum och det smakade lager-öl. Inget märkvärdigt, inga minnesbilder, bara ännu en i raden av trista öl som lika gärna kunde ha låtits bli, eller ersatts av ett glas rött exempelvis.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
charlotte (4317) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle.Clear golden colour with small white head. Aroma of watery and straw, thin and slight grainy, light body and short finish with hint of hops.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Borup (6092) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, corn and fruit.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eduardovl (926) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a small chalice. A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a small white head. Low retention an few lacing left S: Sweet on the nose. Quite corny with far notes of hops. Lager yeasts T: Sweet corn upfront. Really weak. Watery with a faint carbonation. Adjunct malts giving terrible caraboard notes. Very mild bitterness in the end. In overall, a dry mouth sensation M: Light watery body and medium carbonation. Malty and cardboard aftertaste O: Please avoid it. One of the worst ones I’ve ever had [ BA Review @ 10/6/2012 ]

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
erickok (3753) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 2, 2014
Country tick time! From Peru to Spain to France... my bottle doesn’t carry the Premium name but is still 5% and called Cristal (with the same EAN barcode). Cerveza de Los Andes. Pours a pale golden body with okay head, I have seen worse. Almost aroma-less, bit cardboard, very fine dry grass (hop?) but mostly soft-sweet white bread malts. Hugely boring, of course, but I’ve had worse country ticks. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Each country seems to have its national bland lager, and this is the one from Peru. It has a stable, snow white head and a deep golden blonde colour, cristal clear as the name suggests. Simple and neutral aroma, consisting of sweetish pale malts and some grassy hops but not much else. Neutral taste, minerals, light sweetish pale malts, very light grassy hops in the finish but no actual bitterness. Very bland but correct, nothing really off-putting.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Rodriguez (264) - Quito, ECUADOR - SEP 20, 2014
What a plain beer, no aroma, no flavor, no head. A waste of time and money. The typical macro industrial adjunct lager for the ignorant masses.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
totoro76 (25) - SPAIN - AUG 29, 2014
Casi ni llega a cerveza, agua con sabor. Si hace la temperatura de la superficie del sol y la cerveza está muy fría, pues está bien. Rollo Miller o coors,,,nah

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Cantabrian (867) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2014
"Strong andean imagery"? Well, that sounds great, but tell me about it. Unless both mine and the photo above have a different label, with an egyptian type of sphynx... Anyway, I have had dozens of different beers in Peru in a different life. This is my first official tasting. Could not even finish it. Sweet as crap. Not worthwhile.


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