johnnygm (55) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 3, 2013
Basically, it’s the same as Cristal Lager, with some smoked hints, but closer to carbon rather than toast. Clearly an attempt to capture a segment of the market, but using the same mass product istead of creating a new one. It feels like they just poured some black ink in the beer they already have. Rodriguez (357) - Quito, ECUADOR - JAN 18, 2012
Another watery Cristal beer, I guess they add some coke and a powder coffee to the regular Cristal, and that’s it. ogivlado (7810) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 9, 2010
Canned 350ml. -It’s nice to be the first European to rate this beer. Pale brown coloured, small off-white head that went away fast, almost neutral nose (weak, weak hint of chocolate). Sweet malty, caramel and mild chocolate taste with notes of cereals. Sugary but not too offensive finish. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2008
I love the colour of this beer. A deep copper colour with a hint of a head as it settles. The nose has a mild chocolate note but with the expected Cristal trait of corn and cereal. The adjuncts are there but a bit hidden by the darker malt. The palate is soft as could be expected of the style. Mouthfeel is good as is the flavour. The word here can only be good, not great. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Canned: Attained from Chile by my girlfriend: Pours a brownish amber which is topped by a light tan ring. The aroma has some sweet malts with a mild toasted presence and some raw dough. Decent light body with mild carbonation. Not much to the flavor other than a toasted sweet hint, almost coca-cola-like. Nothing too offensive about it. I actually picked up on some malt qualities. Has a slightly metallic finish, however. This is way better than the other Cristal offerings from Chile. (Which isn’t saying much)
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 23, 2007
Red mahogany color. Medium off-white head. Aroma of rice, cereal, sugar. Light body, roasted, watery, dryish, short finish. eltotoX (2) - CHILE - JUL 1, 2007 does not count
Bottle, 1litre. Nice beer to look at, nice head, though very little lacing. The aroma is okay, with hints of coffee, caramel or burnt sugar. I found the taste to be a bit too simple, not much going on in there. Flat body, very watery, with a somewhat bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.
It was, overall, what I expected, but then again, I wasn’t expecting much.
Panzerfaust (849) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - MAY 1, 2007
Can, 330 ml Pours a clear mahogany/dark ruby color. Head is medium off-white, mostly diminishing and leaves almost no lacing.
Aroma of adjuncts, smoked malts and a touch of alcohol. There are notes of rice, bread, cigar smoke, coffee and caramel. Faint hints of prunes and dates.
Flavor is sweet with some dryness in the end. Notes of coke, light coffee, caramel, prunes and water. Reminds me a little of Quilmes Stout but it’s slightly more drinkable.
Light to medium body, fizzy carbonation, watery texture. Typical macro, unadventorous approach to a new style. Finish is dry with a smokey aftertaste. A little of alcohol present. Despite all its flaws it is the best beer that says "Cristal" in the label. almosi (282) - Viña del Mar, CHILE - APR 21, 2007
In bottle, 1 lt.
Dark brown color, average head, turbid, very rapid. (This is very effervescent, too many gas). Very little aroma, malty and sugar. The body is very weak, watery. Probably rather alcoholic. First the coffee appears, then a soft bitterness comes, and the finish is a bad sweet, which resembles the sugar burned. Though it does not seem to have anything of the "Black Lager Style" of Bohemia, I have surprised with this beer. Undoubtedly, it is better than " Crystal Red Ale ", and much better than the "Cristal".