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


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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.97   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
erickok (4340) - 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)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alengrin (3549) - 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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Rodriguez (322) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Cantabrian (954) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
liinis (1728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2014
Simple low-ingredient beer for thirst quenching on a hot day. not a culinary experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
miquelcrush (1860) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ffaoe (354) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
light malt aroma. golden and clear with a fast fading head. taste is slightly malty and a little watery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mile (3506) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Light golden, small and fully diminishing head. Light, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, some corn, light alcohol. Body is light, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, some corn, faint alcohol. Finish is short, malty and lightly sweetish, some corn and light metal with light alcohol. Lacks character and taste. Waste of water and malt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
alex_leit (779) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle in Barselona. Average watery lager for refreshing for hot weather, clear cereal taste and aroma.

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