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


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RATINGS: 379   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 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Cokemonkey11 (665) - - 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 (1549) - Gdańsk, 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 (1466) - 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 (559) - 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
UXO (1653) - CANADA - NOV 5, 2016
Appearance: clear straw with a thin, short-lived white head, no lacing. (2/5) Aroma: grainy pale malt, adjunct sweetness, grassy, light skunk. (3/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (4/10) Medium-light watery body, moderate carbonation, sweetish short duration finish. (2/5) All I can say is, it’s a damn sight better when you’re drinking it before noon on a hot beach. If anything, I may be being generous in the rating here. (7/20)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
dfearnley (1896) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
Can to tulip I’ve been waiting to drink this one for months. Not in eager anticipation, but because every other beer that’s rotated through my cellar has been so much more appealing. This has sat in the fridge too long, so tonight I drink, perhaps just to taste, before emptying this tulip and filling it with a spontancherry. My reward for forcing such a shitty brew onto my palate. Consummation: Oh wow...it’s apple, then wheat, then corn. I kid you not...every sip of this caused me to hiccup. That’s truly impressive. Adjunct: Smells like lemon and apple, maybe malt; clear light yellow with a thick white head that quickly dissipates to nothingness; palate...so shitty, it causes hiccups

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
darioklc (729) - Karlovac, CROATIA - SEP 15, 2016
Blijedo zlatna boja, okusom ništa bolje ili lošija od naših žuja ili karlovačkih, ali ono što joj daje plus je naravno to da je došla sa Kube!! Prva ikada sa Kube. :-D

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ferrinche (79) - Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN - JUL 14, 2016
Es fresquita, poco más que decir, como todas las cervezas del estilo, le falta cuerpo y personalidad, genial para días de calor, no soy muy critico con cervezas del estilo, porque tienen su momento. Poco que decir, es un refresco con alcohol.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
mjs (6739) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2016
(Bottle, 0.35 l, at a Cuban themed bar in Prague, 20160616) The beer poured pale golden and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had sweetness. Palate was light bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, paper and low bitterness. Aftertaste was watery and lightly bitter. A poor pale lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bbertels (436) - NORWAY - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Well, what can you say? Another industrial lager with no real character.

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