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Cristal - Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

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BA SCORE
66
poor

123 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston visit their website
Peru

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002)
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dertyd

California

1/5  rDev -63.8%

05-04-2013 20:22:13 | More by dertyd
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colts9016

Idaho

1.15/5  rDev -58.3%

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A white one finger head that has no retention to it. The body of the beer is a light pale straw color. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. There some effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A light grainy aroma with rice, there is a kinda of a meaty aroma, phenols, and floral bouquet.

Taste: The beer is grainy, has a very funky off flavor like cooked sausage, and phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated. The body of the beer is light and the finish light. This beer has been light struck and then some. This just doesn't taste right. A drain pour.

11-14-2009 00:37:03 | More by colts9016
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

09-04-2013 02:57:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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stcules

Italy

1.53/5  rDev -44.6%

A very pale yellow color. Big bubbles, in carbonation, and even in the scarce foam.
The smell is, well, unpleasant. Very. Shoddy malt, corn, just a hint of hop, if you try to find it very hard.
Even something chemical.
Well, awful. Almost undrinkable.

03-24-2008 13:45:51 | More by stcules
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jujubeast6000

Texas

1.58/5  rDev -42.8%

Reviewed 12/12/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a big foamy head which diminishes quickly. Body is pale yellow-clear in color. There is an aroma of malts. Fizzy tasting, clean, almost balanced, but slightly acidic. Can't detect an aftertaste.

11-26-2008 23:49:13 | More by jujubeast6000
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

02-26-2014 21:53:22 | More by JIMTRK16
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Noelito76

New York

1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

08-06-2013 01:52:14 | More by Noelito76
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

1.78/5  rDev -35.5%

330ml bottle served in a small chalice.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a small white head. Low retention an few lacing left

S: Sweet on the nose. Quite corny with far notes of hops. Lager yeasts

T: Sweet corn upfront. Really weak. Watery with a faint carbonation. Adjunct malts giving terrible caraboard notes. Very mild bitterness in the end. In overall, a dry mouth sensation

M: Light watery body and medium carbonation. Malty and cardboard aftertaste

O: Please avoid it. One of the worst ones I've ever had

10-06-2012 10:16:49 | More by eduardolinhalis
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tjd112

New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -31.9%

I poured this into my Flying Fish pint glass. The appearance is basically a transparent piss yellow. In fact, I could probably read the label on a deoderant stick that was behind this beer. Head is fizzy, leaves no lacing, and the smell is skunk. The taste as well as the mouthfeel are like a club soda with some cereal grains in there. Unthinkable, undrinkable.

02-03-2010 03:44:57 | More by tjd112
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

1.93/5  rDev -30.1%

Trying to make my way through a "Beers of the World" sample pack I received from my mom-in-law. This is number 3 out of 8 and by far the worst one yet.

Pours a clear, very pale golden yellow with a big white head. Wait a minute...where did the head go? I know I saw one. Oh well.

The aroma is of a skunky sweet pils. There is a slight hop scent coming through when that damn skunk keeps his tail down.

The taste...well...this one is a drain pour. I made it half way through the glass, but I can't take anymore. Not much of a flavor besides sweet skunky rotten hops. Yeah, it's that good.

Thin body with decent carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer is the mouthfeel. I can't finish this one and would never get another one even if I was in Peru.

03-26-2007 16:55:00 | More by Imstillthegman
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blackc5

Washington

1.93/5  rDev -30.1%

Latin BMC. Not much else to say. Fizzy, pale straw yellow with minimal lacing or head retention. Aromas are typical grain with some wonderful metallic undertones. Taste is flat and expected - corn and a lacking aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery and overly high carbonation. Drinkability is simply ugh.

02-22-2010 06:59:31 | More by blackc5
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Beernoisseur

Utah

1.98/5  rDev -28.3%

I have never encountered a lighter beer. In every respect. It Poured with a paper thin head, it had the color and substance of your pee after about a two hour drinking binge (almost clear). If you could make a beer out of a single spoonful of cornflakes, this would be the result. There was OK carbonation and mouthfeel. that modest attribute was the highpoint of this exbeerience.

10-14-2008 18:13:25 | More by Beernoisseur
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Amalak

New York

2/5  rDev -27.5%

I had a bottle and it was a light, clear gold--American Macro style. Slightly bubbly with a head that dissipated quickly and no lace. 1/2 bitter, 1/2 sour scent to it.

Not surprising, it's quite bad. Too sour. Kind of like a very bad pilsner taste because most American lagers taste better.

02-14-2009 00:39:17 | More by Amalak
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -27.5%

09-24-2013 02:14:48 | More by TheBigBoy
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2/5  rDev -27.5%

05-12-2014 01:00:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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Knuckles

Washington

2/5  rDev -27.5%

"Bobby Bob beer, best beer in Vietnam."

There is a whole lot of something going on with the aromas in this beer, but I'll be damned if I could tell you what in the hell they were. It reminded me of walking into high school biology class on the first day, and being greeted by the smell of old formaldehyde from the specimen jars (yes, I too dissected a fetal pig). Formaldhyde nose, formaldehyde finish, and very little going on in between.

11-19-2004 19:42:41 | More by Knuckles
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genaro

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -27.5%

The best features of the beer are its brown bottle, drink by date and a twist cap. Other than those things there is not a lot going on here. Once poured you have a very clear light gold beer with a bit of soapy head. The aroma is one of cheap corn grain and medicine-like and it is not a big aroma. The taste is a little metallic and dry with very little hop bite and just a bit of sweetness. The finish I didn't care for. It was little more than a little grainy taste and some astringency. But, it might not be a bad beer in its native environment.

01-01-2004 16:09:40 | More by genaro
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -26.4%

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a...normally I would call it a clear pale straw, but there's hardly any straw in there at all, more like a clear sallow, a clear jaundice. The head is thick and solid for a decent while before disappearing into the pale, leaving some nice thick lacing behind. The nose is burnt rice and toasted grains, a hint of vegetation creeping from the undergrowth. The taste follows, but pushes the notes from the nose to the back, reserving the van for a sharp aluminum foil. Seriously. I apparently chewed some foil while drinking my adjunct lager. Damn. And I was gonna do that afterward... Anyway, the body is decidedly light, with highly active carbonation and a very watery texture. Overall, a very disenchanting brew, whose drinkability necessarily falters with the highly objectionable taste. Come on, Peru!

03-11-2010 01:16:35 | More by TMoney2591
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roblowther

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -25.7%

Well...It is, as you might expect....a beer from a country where they don't grow hops. But let's not prejudge. It is ultra-ale, almost Coors Light-esque. It smells of....nothing. Slight smoke. No, cigar butts. Wow. That's just not good. The taste is slight malt, a bit of caramel. VERY mild. The mouthfeel has decent body, OK carbonation. You could probably drink a lot, if you weren't paying attention. Basically, if you're in Peru, pay the extra soles for Cusquena.

09-25-2008 02:56:33 | More by roblowther
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shadow1961

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -25.7%

Cristal, a Peruvian lager, pours a big white head over a pale yellow brew.
Carbonation is steady, and the nose is a tiny whiff of barley malt. The flavor
is is a teensy bit of barley, a teensy bit of corn, with a barely noticable hop
finish. There's this really subdued cornflake aftertaste too. Nothin' special
here.

08-23-2007 07:40:07 | More by shadow1961
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.13/5  rDev -22.8%

This review conducted from notes from my traveling journal, which I finally found after almost a year of looking.

Last year I spent a month in Peru, which was amazing. The Peruvian beer exceedingly less so. Cristal is one of Peru's biggest labels, I noticed it especially in the capital of Lima. The orange sphinx on the label is kind of cool.

When you could find a glass, this pours a light golden color with no head. The nose has a hint of hops but more adjuncts. The "taste" is smothered in carbonation and has very little malt or hops. Like sour seltzer. The upside to this is that the finish is relatively clean. Quite easy to get down but what could possibly be your motivation?

07-14-2010 03:32:57 | More by daliandragon
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Samp01

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet grains, cereal, some grass notes. A lightly carbonated brew, mildly crisp, light and sweet on the palate. Not too bad for what it is, good to try new beers. Good for a hot humid summer day.

03-31-2014 20:55:15 | More by Samp01
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HoustonTX

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Reminds me a lot of Corona. In the bottling and flavor. Here goes the review.

A - Golden yellow, small head on pour, decent retention. No lacing, and carbonation is severly lacking.

S - Adjuncts fill the nose.

T - Ultra sweet unripe corn, with stingy hops, and light malts. No bueno.

Better then a Corona, but not by much. Way too sweet for my tastes. Couldn't even finish 12ounces.

08-03-2006 21:29:44 | More by HoustonTX
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beerpadawan

California

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

08-25-2012 20:09:37 | More by beerpadawan
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

05-24-2014 22:20:51 | More by Latarnik
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Cristal from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
66 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.