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


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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stevoj (4033) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Buckeyeboy. True to the South American style, tons of corn sweetness, sticky feel, pale golden body with small foamy head. Not horrible, just kind of bland, and a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BuckeyeBoy (6155) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle pours out a pale straw topped with a white head. Nose is grain corn and grass. Taste is more of the grain and corn.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Homer321 (4327) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle from Nassau on a cruise. Nose is malty sweet. Sort of honey, light bread. Soft floral hop notes. Perfectly clear with minimal white head. Taste is lightly sweet up from with a slight carbonic bite. Pretty malty and bland sweetness but otherwise non offensives.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Maits (179) - ESTONIA - SEP 4, 2016
Light golden lager with small white head. Aroma is little bit bready. Taste is metallic, watery. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Not much to cheer about it, but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biir (838) - Berlin, - AUG 24, 2016
Bottle - I dont know what happened but I liked it. Bready, doughy, a bit sweet. A drinkable Pale Lager.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Splitenz (368) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2016
Typical beer from a large brewer in a hot country. There’s very little taste to speak of, this is a beer you drink to drink something cold in a bar that offers little else, or the local water would actually kill you. Pretty bottle and hey, I’ve had a beer from Peru!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wombat23 (767) - Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2016
11.2 oz. bottle. Pale yellow with an initially aggressive fizzy white head. Carbonation quickly dies out. Corn, metallic notes, watery finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ron (3619) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with small white head. Light aroma of corn ans adjunk. Light body, thin texture. Average carbonation. Not much to it. But... it is country #50 for me.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
solidfunk (7714) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Admitedly I’ve been spoiled this week with beer, but this is heavily terrible on any metric. Kind of like treated sewer water. Tangy mash white out finish. Reminds me of the polluted river that rolls through Lima. Anything but crystal in any case... Bottle at a Peruvian party.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Typical cheapo import. A bit more bitter than the American but also a bit sweet and oxidized. Tastes pretty fine to me but I still prefer a PBR.

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