Cristal - Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

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BA SCORE
66
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154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Peru

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 92
Photo of colts9016
1.16/5  rDev -58%
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.

Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.56/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

Photo of tjd112
1.8/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.8/5  rDev -34.8%
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

Photo of blackc5
1.95/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of Beernoisseur
1.97/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
1.98/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of Amalak
2/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of roblowther
2/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of Nine_Tails
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very bad, like all beers canary ... sorry

Photo of Knuckles
2/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of genaro
2/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
2.06/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
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!

Photo of daliandragon
2.19/5  rDev -20.7%
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?

Photo of HoustonTX
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of Samp01
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of deadliest
2.31/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The clear yellow of an adjunct lager, but with a head that lasts quite a while and leaves a good bit of lacing.
S: Not a lot of smell. Sweet grain, a little corn type smell.
T: Light malt and sweet graininess, barely. Just nothing going on in any quantity. Lacks enough flavor to have any bad tastes to bump the score down.
F: Crisp light feel. A little bit of stinging carbonation.
D: I was able to finish it, but I won't be finishing another.

Photo of Foxman
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours an absolutely clear and rather carbonated pale, pale, pale straw yellow. A finger of tight white head settles soon to a spring-fed froth quilt. Scarce runes of lacing mystify the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a mild sweetness wafts about from Adjunct City, with Mayor Birdseye delivering boiled frozen corn. A pepper-fed skunk was apparently run over as well.

Upon tasting, there's actually the briefest flash of sweet malt that shape-shifts into a muddled hash of corn and rice. The hops are metallic, skunky, and barely bitter. The finish is a quick leap from crisp to pretty much nothing. The key here is the incredible speed with which the flavor appears and then disintegrates.

Very light bodied, the carbonation makes it feel like fizzy mineral water.

Maybe beer like this is why the Incas fell from grace. I didn't pour it down the drain-that's the best I can say. It drinks like water minus the blissful lack of flavor, or what passes for flavor in this case. In deed, in this case, no flavor would beat this flavor. Sure, I'd be willing to travel to Peru, but if I ever do, I think I'll drink the wine.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On layover in Lima trying to get back home from Sao Paulo and taking advantage of the time to try Peruvian beers. The second beer I tries was Cristal and it was OK.

A-2 pale golden color no head and seemingly no carbonation
S-2 no much happening
T-2.5 carbonation become present once on the palette. Grain powers the
flavor
M-3 is easy to drink!

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Pokal glass. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White & brief crown leaves some lacing. Floral & yeasty aromas & slight sulphur & cabbage odors. Grainy & crispy at first followed by dried rice sensation. Light body. High carbonation. Watery texture. Clean floral bitterness. Dried finish. Avoid !!

Photo of dbrauneis
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: A fairly strong aroma of skunk with a lighter underlying aroma of sweet corn adjunct malts.

T: Light flavors of adjunct malts, specifically grain and corn but the main flavor of this beer is bitterness (which I can not attribute to anything specific).

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink but really nothing special - very similar to a lot of other semi-macro American Adjunct Lagers from South and Central America. Would be a really refreshing beer on a hot summer day but not a beer I would go out in search of finding to have again.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a slight step above some of the latin American Imports or cheaper US Macro brews, but not much. Poured to a pale golden yellow, with snow white head that dissipated quickly to little lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy, as was the flavor, but not much else there. I actually enjoyed the mouthfeel, which was tingly and the finish was fairly long and somewhat pleasant.

Okay from an area not known for beer, but doubt that I’ll have many more.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.46/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this sitting in the world beer shelf and had not seen it before so I decided to give it a try. Nice foil covered twist off cap on the top.

A - Poured a very clear, extremely pale golden, hay colored yellow. One of the palest beers I have ever seen. Big white frothy gead formed on the top and actually hhad some damn fine staying power. Tons and I mean Tons of carbonation bubbles were rippling up from the bottonm of the glass.

S - Typical light lager smell, very light grain and malt smell, maybe a hint of yeast, but very light.

T - Very bland and muted. Did not even have that typical light grain flavor that a light lager has. Only a someht muted grain taste, anda weird moldy bread like back to it. A rather odd taste, it almost had like a seltzer water flavor to it, very very bland.

M - Feel was not too terribly bad. Had pretty decent carbonation feel on the tongue and was smooth, Not very crisp though as it had a kind of oily feeling when drinking.

D - Its definatly a sessionable macro like lager, however the taste really doesnt do it for me so I wouldn't really want to drink alot of them, even though I probably could.


Overall very forgettable. Not sure I would really order or ever really try this one again. I am sure there are better beers out there that would better justify the country, this one is just simply blah.

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Cristal from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
66 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.