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Cristal - Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

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BA SCORE
66
poor

132 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -63.6%

dertyd, May 04, 2013
Photo of colts9016
1.15/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

colts9016, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

ygtbsm94, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

stcules, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.58/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of getkrunkhoe
1.6/5  rDev -41.8%

getkrunkhoe, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of JIMTRK16
1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

Noelito76, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

eduardolinhalis, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of tjd112
1.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

tjd112, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Imstillthegman
1.93/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Imstillthegman, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of blackc5
1.93/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

blackc5, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Beernoisseur
1.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Beernoisseur, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Amalak
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Amalak, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Blumstein
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Blumstein, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
2/5  rDev -27.3%

TheBigBoy, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of Knuckles
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

"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.

Knuckles, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of genaro
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

genaro, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of TMoney2591
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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!

TMoney2591, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of roblowther
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

roblowther, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

shadow1961, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

daliandragon, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Samp01
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Samp01, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of HoustonTX
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

HoustonTX, Aug 03, 2006
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Cristal from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
66 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.