Brewed by Brouwerijen Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Alken, Belgium


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
True to its name, Cristal tastes at first almost like spring water; then comes a clean bit of hop bitterness; and a crisp, finish. It is a beautifully refreshing beer, lightly cleansing on the palate, with the appetising dryness that define the Pilsener style. Cristal pours with a very creamy head, leaving excellent lacing. Serve it lightly chilled as though it were a good Chardonnay.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Golden yellow pour with a medium sized head. Hoppy aroma to it with a nice sweet finish to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Pale malty pils with some fresh bread in the nose, and appetisingly bitter finish. Displeasingly metallic aroma (sardines anyone?)and feeble head, but more character than Belgian pilseners in the same vein such as Primus and Jupiler. Rich mans Cara Pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2006
Clear gold blond, light sprankling. Average white head. Fresh hoppy aroma, some fruityness. Medium body, somewhat flat taste. Finish is also rather flat, just a second some sharp bitter, but that ends quickly, leaving a sweet dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marko (5414) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2005
First beer of my trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Brought from Belgium by my friend Botjan. A huge thanks to him.

0.33l bottle if I remember correctly. It poured a huge thick but fluffy white head that went fast, leaving tons of thick lacing. Pale golden colour with lazy carbonation. The aroma was basically, dusty lemon. Interesting. Generic grainy taste with some dusty honeyish malt with an underlying herbal hopiness and lemoniness. Weak lemony aftertaste. Ive had a lot of worse pilseners than this. Better than Stella too.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
omhper (24645) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2005
Bottled. Pale yellow, brief head. Foul compost heap aroma. Sweet and fruity with lots of decomposing vegetables and some unpleasant saccharine. Soem stale hops leads to an inky finish. An awful industrial lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (751) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Not a very good pilsner but not bad either. The taste is hoppy and bitter. In this weird situation is the taste of the can the best. (Bottle 25cl,can,tap)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Very pale golden with a small, creamy head. Very refined floral nose from the hops. Medium body and a rather bitter finish. 050298

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (9881) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2005
draught (Yellow) golden beer, clear; good white head, not very lasting. Rather hoppy nose, very faint cigar smoke aroma. Again faint smokey, hoppy flavours, overlying pilsner and crystal malts. Bit duff ending, less lively; getting sweeter too with warming up. Light, slight burning. Thanks to the hoppy flavours & aromas, definitely amongst Belgium better industrial pilseners. Which is still not saying a great deal. And I hear from the pubowners, A/M are harsh masters, with only eye for quantity, instead of quality. Which bears evil for the Cristal.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005
A rather sweet and light beer, very drinkable. Looks like all other pils. The flavor is slightly better than an average pils. Best known in Belgium for being the "pukkelpop"-beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
25 cl bottle, bbe August 05. A typical, clear, pils look - with a little head. The prevailing component in the nose is rubber/solvent, with some hops in the background. The malty aroma and taste are more pleasant. Hops are there, too, but the aftertaste is that of malt.

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