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


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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.97/5   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 28, 2002
Very light straw color with a head that disappears quickly. Musty malt aroma with medium hops. Dryer finish.

cmacklin (1176) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow with a medium, foamy, long lasting, white head that laces nicely. Skunky aroma of grainy malt and vegetables. Sweet flavour of corn, grainy malt and cardboard with a dry, bitter grass finish. Light body with a watery texture and average carbonation. Not very good.

Ritzn (1412) - GERMANY - JUL 4, 2017
Aroma is straw old hops mustyness. Taste is sweet malt with bitter accents. Metallic old hops still coming through. Medium drinkable a bit too bitter. Could be much worse.

MarcoBasile (429) - DENMARK - JUN 7, 2017
Pours pale straw colored with little to no head. Head only forms around the edge of the glass. Aroma is light. Little to moderately bitter. Malts. Cardboard. Not much to talk about. Watery to oily texture, soft carbonation and dull.

Dacrza (981) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2017
DATE: May 3, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Raptors Game Two after Underclass Awards at LVR--a good day... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... pours a crystal (meh pun) clear light golden body that surrounds a solitary swirling rush of bubbles... the frothy off-white head recedes to a clumpy island.... aroma is a crisp corny ping that reeks of adjunct... malty sweetness presaged, with candied fruits also suggested... not really off to a good start... body is fizzy, thin, approximating champagne but gassy and beefy at its finish... the hops agitate the teeth, while the late finish is syrupy and oily...sweet, bready, and syrupy--an adjunct/corn concoction that quenches the thirst and brings a modicum of flavor... a dull, malty candor from an import isn’t a great Cinco de Mayo precursor... some apple, pear, and vinegar aspects make this a one-and-done kind of purchase...

gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2017
From old tasting notes. Light gold color. Decent white head. Average clean grainy malt flavor. Very little hops. Thin and watery.

Aggiebob (1134) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle. It poured a clear gold with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Very light grain - corn - aroma. Light sweetness. Drinkable but not very flavorful.

PilsnerDoctor32 (263) - madrid, SPAIN - MAR 3, 2017
Color clarito,dorado, espuma muy inestable y desaparece sin rastro en seguida. Contiene mucho oxido de carbono. Nada aroma, nada amargor, nada especifico.

luttonm (6282) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle in Lima. Quickly dissipating soapy head. Very pale yellow. Rather sour malt body with a cardboard, mineral water base. For a pale macro lager, it works well enough, and is refreshing. Not much flavor, fairly fizzy, cardboard essence. I’m sure I’ll be drinking it again.

kraddel (8156) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2017
Thnx to Ben ! Pours Cristal (!) clear blonde, small white head. Smell is weak. touch of malts, but not that natural. Taste is bitter, rather intense. Some yeast. no real maltyness. rather chemical, especially the bitterness doesn’t taste right ! it is drinkable though ( very weak, I must say )

Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Aromas of corn, grainy. Clear gold with a mostly fading white head. A little sweet, corny. Light bodied.

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