Brewed by Cerveceria Bucanero (InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
Holguín, Cuba


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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Cerveza Cristal - la preferida de Cuba

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
thopkins (4) - Shanghai, - JUL 28, 2012
Cuba has two beers on the dollar market and for export, Cristal and Bucanero. Cristal is big with the tourists, but you give a Cuban a choice and they will go with Burcanero. Cristal is a typical lager, passable, given the alternatives in Cuba. Light, characterless, sip it cold, forcus not on "palate" but the waves,sand, and what you are waiting for to walk down the beach. They sell Heinken and Corona in Cuba now. GIven these alternatives...go native.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
blankboy (7584) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2017
[Can (355ml)] Pours a clear pale gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Aroma of grain, vegetal notes, sugar, hay and a just a hint of grassy hops. Not a pleasant flavour, just drinkable: Grainy and sweet along with pale malt and again, a hint of grassy hops. Iffy finish. Watery mouthfeel and light bodied. Maybe I’d drink this in Cuba, maybe, but I certainly wouldn’t drink this at home.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
drsandman (1315) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2017
Lots of cans in Havana. Pours clear gold, white soapy foam. Aroma is grain, soap, metal, straw. Flavor is the same. I mean, it's a pale lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
themightyjag (525) - - FEB 25, 2017
Can thanks to Amy & Mark. Thin white head disappears quickly, no lacing. Clear golden body. Nose of cereal and straw. Flavour is straw, malt, biscuit. Medium carbonation, clean mouthfeel. Standard lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
kraddel (7493) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2017
Thnx to Ben. Pours very clear blonde. small white head. Smell is sweet, chemicals, apples - but not by far in a good way. Taste is bitter, damn chemical, harsh maltsyrup comming across as rather stale, chemical , chemical ( did I say chemical ) and not fresh. Finish is chemical, bit sweet. The mild bitterness it has is chemical, and fades instantly. So yeah, pretty bad. Almost as bad as AB-INB... oh wait... what a surprise --’

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vipinvelp (4252) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2017
It’s because of the weather associated with this the score is what it is. Clear yellow, white foam and it smells and taste like cheap beer. (Havana 201701)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WingmanWillis (235) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden with a thin lacing head. Aroma is malt, grass and a little straw. Taste is really malty with a hint of straw and citrus. Not too gassy. Standard Pale lager

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Cokemonkey11 (768) - - JAN 8, 2017
Green skunk bottle. Pours pale yellow with a medium white foam subsiding fast. Scent is skunky, odorous lager. Metal. Taste is light tin notes and otherwise quite like water. Finish is empty. Poor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
koshack (1720) - Gdañsk, POLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Słomkowe. Piana biała, bardzo szybko opada do zera. Aromat słodowy, typowy koncernowy lager. W smaku nijaki, nie jest bardzo słodowy, ale też nie czuć za bardzo chmielu. Dość nisko wysycony. Pije się bardzo lekko. Wypity bez przyjemności.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
flying_pig (1530) - SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2016
355ml Can in Santa Clara, Cuba (30 pesos):
Quite a basic & fairly poor lager but not unlike what I was expecting going in really & at least it wasn’t offensive or off-putting. There was a few skunky touches early on but for the most part the beer featured the usual corn, hay & basic adjunct flavours but not much else. It was easy to drink throughout though, probably due to the heat in Cuba & as such I can’t imagine it’s one I’d have again if I were in the UK & it was more readily available here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Poured bright golden with a thin frothy head which promptly disappeared. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavour is of sweet, innofensive malt with not much aftertaste

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