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Cerveza Cristal - Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 88
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Bucanero S.A. visit their website
Cuba

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 02-18-2003

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear bright yellow with a thin transient white head. Straightforward sweet grainy lager malts on the nose and tongue with a just perceptible hop bitterness. Thin watery palate. (183 characters)

Photo of YumaLaowai
4.83/5  rDev +99.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer! This is the taste of the Carribean. This and buccanero are always an imposible choice
The perfect drink. Hard, smooth, for men for woman. Salt great but not needed. (182 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.43/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Format: a light green 355mL bottle with an okay macro lager.

Appearance: a clear amber-gold with nary a head at all. Some limited visible carbonation. All together a bit average.

Aroma: the aroma is more adjunct than grain - a corn syrup predominantly. Not particuarly brilliant.

Taste: some grains on the taste - still pretty cheap but it isn't the most expensive beer in the world, so fair enough. Still plenty of cheap adjuncts.

Aftertaste: drops away apart from an awkward metal fug and some cheap grains.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with medium carbonation. Not very refreshing for a macro lager.

Overall: not the best macro lager I have ever had - not by a long shot. I think I'll skip this one in future. (717 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear golden color which is topped with an average white head that settles down to almost nothing immediately.
There's almost nothing to the smell, just a slight grainy/malty aroma which is hardly noticeable.
The taste is light, slightly watery and bland. Initial sweetness followed by a balanced body. No real bitterness in the finish.
Drinkable, but that's it. Not much to it. (386 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

350ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/9/13

A straw yellow liquid saturated with big fast bubbles, a thumbs width of foam quickly falls to a thick film that's sustained by the bubbles long enough to leave a few patches of lace

S skunky sweet grains, paper shredder in action, sour lemon, smells crappy

T more of the same really, cardboard instead of shredded bleached white paper, chemicals I can't place, nothing good going on here

M watery and foamy, wet cardboard on the finish

O about what I expected for a green bottled Caribbean brew, sweet malts, skunk and soggy cardboard

its bad but not to the point where I wouldn't drink it on a hot beach, I just wouldn't be thrilled I suppose (697 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

350ml bottle. I've gotten rather tired of late of having to entertain bemused requests for this particular offering from obviously recent vacationers to the Caribbean isles. Their typical sustained incredulity at my negatively nodding head and almost rehearsed 'excuse' made me kind of cluck with minor glee at finally seeing this available in our fair province.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of fizzy, rapidly disappearing dirty white head, which leaves nothing beyond a few specks of mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly wafts off.

It smells of pale grainy adjuncts - corn, rice, and maybe some fire-sale barley - mild hints of stale, acrid lemon, and skunky leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more grainy than I was initially ready to give it credit for, with real hints at barley beyond the still present corn and rice tropes, further nods to overripe, musty, bland citrus, and earthy, dead leafy hops - at least the skank is mostly blown off by this point.

The carbonation is light, and gamely frothy, the body a wan medium-light weight, smooth, I suppose, but only if you continue to pander to the cognitive dissonance of discounting the re-emergent skunky hops of lore.

Maybe a bit on the upper-end of worldly Corona Extra emulators, but still hardly a flavourful example of well, anything. Probably best downed as I have come to expect it to be - in vast quantities - cheaply purchased, ice-cold, pool-side, and much closer to the equator than here. (1,516 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pour is clear golden with some bubbles. The uneven white head dissipates quickly - almost no lace.

S: Adjunct malts, sweet and corny. A bit bready. Bitter hops and some citirc notes.

T: Bitter hops are quite strong, while the malt is way stronger than the corn. Bready and sweet. Citric.

M: Bitter aftertaste that lingers for some time. Body is medium while carbonaiton is rich, but this is much smoother than the most Adjunct Lagers I've had before.

O: Rather well crafted, and the corn is held to a minimum. (516 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.58/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Well Cristal is an appropriate name for it as a very pale yellow color with foamy white head reminiscent of sea-foam mark this beer. Surprisingly good retention on the find of head, but alas no lacing.

Smell: Sadly absent, as I think I might be picking up some light corn and maybe a hint of sugar or molasses but that's it. Nothing offensive, just not a lot of bang in this department.

Taste: Starts on a sweet grain note that despite my earlier comparison doesn't come across as corn. Seems a bit too sweet for barley though, but given sugar is one of the ingredients I think we have our culprit. It then turns a lot more watery and subdued before a light dust of sandy tasting hops finishes it off.

Mouthfeel: It's a little moist, but I really can't hold that against this beer. It's meant to be a hot weather drinker. The carbonation is good, it doesn't commit to any aspect which is kind odd but a good change of pace and leaves only a small hop aftertaste that sadly builds upon the last beer.

Drinkability: As much as this is what this beer was designed for, the end dusting that continues to build as more is imbibed doesn't sit right with me. It's also a bit heavier in the stomach then you'd think it would be. Refreshing all the same though.

Final Thoughts: This to me came out as the superior beer compared to Bucanero Fuerte in Cuba. Right now it holds the dubious distinction of being my bronze Caribbean beer behind Red Stripe and Presidente. That still being said, it's a guzzler and don't expect to find an epic craft beer in Cuba. Cuban Rum is really vastly superior the Cuban Beer, although that isn't really fair because I don't think anyone does non-spiced Rum as well as Cuba and Havana Club. (1,731 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
2.4/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in Cuba, pale yellow with a fluffy white head with little retention or lace, smell is stale biscuit and corn, taste follows the nose, light body with loads of carbonation, slight bitterness that lingers in the finish, not overly crisp or refreshing which is a must for this style, overall swill from a tap. (313 characters)

Photo of treque
2.68/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the beer shows a yellow pale, completely traslucent, a totally white head is generated, the carb is constant and permanent, there is no residual

A small smell some bitterness and biscuit, corn and butter

The taste is flat, some bitterness but not deep enoug, dry finish, corn flavour (285 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.17/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle 4,9% Abv.
Served cold in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Standard yellow gold body with a white, fast dissipating head. Looks dreadfully over carbonated.

Smell: Not much going on here, almost no aroma. Some stale grain and sweet adjuncts it warms a little.

Taste: Not as offensive as many lagers I have had but still dreadfully bland! Pale grain, sweet, light metallic, no hops and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light and well over carbonated.

Overall: Not as bad as some macros, but far too bland to enjoy. (522 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
3.13/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been to Cuba a couple of times and have drank far too many of these to count so will base this on memory alone.

Appearance: Very golden, clear, straw colour. Bone white cap, decent retention and lacing for a macrolager.

Aroma: Grainy & corny, slightly sweet.

Taste: The colder the better as many of these reviews have said. It's grainy and corny like you'd expect. Bit more bitterness than standard carribbean beers.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing (if cold).

Final Statement: Sure, there's a thousand beers I'd prefer to drink on a blistering hot beach, surrounded by a beautiful tropical paradise, but this beer isn't the worst. It's a drinkable macro lager which is produced in co-operation with Labatt's. It's better than most American & Canadian beers in this category. But on a beach, I'd still rather have a stout. (836 characters)

Photo of joe1956
2.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Average bubbly white head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Clear sparkling body with a pale yellow color. Aroma of cardboard, corn, grass, caramel. Over the palate soft malty sweet notes and mild grassy feel. Light bodied with an average carbonation and thin texture. Light sweet and bitter flavor. Light dry and grassy finish. (348 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in Varadero, Cuba.

Cristal is a pallid golden colour with a white soapy head that shares a great resemblance to the foamy waves that wash over this island's sandy shores. Befitting to its name, it is crystal clear and again I am reminded of the sparkling translucent waters that surround this nation. It's an appearance truly appropriate for Cuba's national beer.

The aroma is uninspired, offering only a faint hint of corn syrup. (Hint: keep it cold enough and you won't smell much of anything coming off it. Needless to say that letting it warm would be anybody's guess as to the smells you could expect to find.) No matter, the beers of hot tropical climates are not for smelling, they're for drinking.

Which is why this doesn't need to necessarily taste good either - it just needs to be drinkable and refreshing and thus, consequently, cold. For macro lagers it is often the case that temperature can be more important than flavour. This idea certainly bodes well for Cristal, its flavour can only loosely be grasped and described as 'corn water'.

But again, that's not what this beer is all about. It's meant simply as a cold refreshment amidst the humidity and never-ceasing sun. For the record I'm not one to usually drink force carbonated, palate-sullying, bland corn-syrup based macro lagers, but with white-sand beaches and lucid turquoise waters it's not hard to please me.

The Cuban Royal Palm Tree (on the label) is extremely significant to Cuban history and culture: its seeds are used for oil and as livestock feed, its leaves and wood are used to build houses and its roots are used to treat diabetes. It has many uses and serves Cubans greatly. Cristal has only one use, but it too serves its purpose (and the Cubans) well. (1,757 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 21/05/10. White sudsy head was two fingers to begin with floating atop a clear pale yellow liquid with hints of lime green. The head retreated to a half finger with foam lace but did not have a lot of retention. Smell of wet grass, very mild citrus. Tasted crisp malt middle, earthy finish, slight sweetness ... about average for the style. Keeping in mind that this doesn't try to be any more than an American adjunct lager, albeit from Cuba, it's not half bad. I imagine that on a sunny day, it has potential given a white sand beach with its light body, refreshing lemon-lime slight spritz mouthfeel and fair refreshment value. A bit gassy. Looking at the scores, I'm surprized this compared so poorly against certain macros on the list of adjunct lagers. Not a beer to seek out but one you might accept given the climate in which it's offered, a few of these might prove very quaffable in the hot sun. Thanks to Jan for bringing one home for me. (952 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.77/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Green 33cl bottle with a month of life left according to the neck.

Poured into a 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip glass, I wanted to give the beer every chance of getting a decent score.

Lives up to its name, crystal clear and very pale golden in colour. The white head consisted of large bubbles but these soon fell away to leave next to nothing sat on top of the body.

Truely odourless, gets my standard 3 for a non-smelling lager.

Sharp and crisp, not bad really. Not sure there is a great hop/yeasty/beery flavour, but it does have a taste that isn't metallic, cardboardy or nasty. It is however thin and without any body.

As I drink my way around the world I can't help noticing how crap some lagers are, this is just above the worst pile, but not very far away.

Plus points, it is my first ever Cuban beer, it is also going to be my last ever Cuban beer (unless someone buys me another one!). (898 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
3.66/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my favorite beer during my week in Varadero,Cuba november 2008

Served on tap at the bar of the Hotel,

Appearance is champagne like, medium/high carbonation, medium, white head, laced out on the glasses..over and over..
the smell is light so is the taste.
The taste is good and has something sweet. it is a very refreshing. Drinkability is good.

Altought its a light beer, it is probably the best thing you wish to drink under the tropical weather of Cuba.

Light doesnt always meens bad! (502 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
2.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

bouteille de 330ml.

cadeau de passage à cuba

bière blonde très claire, la mousse blanche est mince et disparait rapidement, le nez est très léger (normal pour ce type de bière), la bouche est rafraichissante, légère, facile à boire, le parfait étanche-soif par temps chaud. (285 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.89/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed this beer from the local market. It was a new beer selection. The label is identical to the one in the BA photo, except that it's in Italian and is labeled 'Palma Cristal' instead of simply 'Cristal'.
The brew pours a clear yellow color with an unimpressive head. It's an unremarkable and uninteresting beer by apperance. The smell and taste, however, are actually a step above the typical macro lager. There's a light, but notable malt theme that runs through the beer. It's fairly clean, and there are no real adjuct flavors at all. It's a faint and simple beer, but it's solid. There's a little floral hops as well, but they're really toned down. It's light and clean. A bit watery in the finish. Acutally, this is not a bad brew...average, but not bad. (767 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.61/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From my notes 6/10/07 pours a one-finger white head that quickly goes to a ring, leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is hoppy and rough, unpleasant lager, lingering dry, bitter aftertaste. S.Fr. 3.80 ($3.09) for a 330ml bottle from Drinks of the World Lucerne, Switzerland. (347 characters)

Photo of AlexLMS
1.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer poured with a pale yellow color and was sufficiently clear. The head was white, moderately low with an impaired retention and no lacing.

The smell was unpleasant and very grainy. Its taste, which confirmed the smell, was grainy and husky (no hops). The mouthfeel was gassy, low-strengthed and dry. Light body. The finish was short and a little astringent.

Definitely my first and last try. (405 characters)

Photo of elricorico
1.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Brought by a friend on her 14th trip to Cuba. This beer is a fairly pale golden colour, and generated a big loose white head. The head fades, leaving a touch of lacing. Almost a champagne appearance.

The smell consists of a lemony citrus tang and some sugar. Simple but unoffensive.

The taste is sugary sweet, this could be more of a soft drink than a beer. Odd lemon pledge flavour in the finish. Not good at all.

Feels like carbonated sugar water. Something about the carbonation reminds me of soda.

I'm not sure who snuck the strange tasting ginger ale into the can but I wouldn't recommend it to a beer drinker. (627 characters)

Photo of Viggo
1.76/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very clear and very pale straw/golden, almost no colour at all, big white head, very small bubbles, lots of lace and good retention. Smell is sweet and malty with some citrusy hops, not much else. Taste is very sweet, citrus, grainy finish, not very much flavour at all, kind of a sharp finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. (353 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
2.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the beer I had most frequently in Cuba (mainly because it was EVERYWHERE!) and had the chance to sample it in bottles, cans, and on tap. While the bottled sample was quite the gross and the can only slightly less so, the on tap stuff wasn’t too bad at all. Gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Light aromas of pilsner malt and noble German hops. Straightforward flavors of more light malt and green hops, but without any of the astringent gross adjuncty flavors (bubble gum, creamed corn, etc.) that many North American macros seem to have. There was a bit of corn flavor on the finish, but it had a nice toasted quality to it... almost like a tortilla chip. It’s still not all that great or special a beer, but still passable in its draught form (761 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
2.13/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How does this stuff make it out of Cuba? Paid 89 cents for a single. Standard caribbean lager smell, beer and other "special" ingredients - sweat socks? Tastes a lot like Presidente from Dom. Republic, maybe a bit sweeter. Heavy carbonation. Thicker than most in the category. (276 characters)

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Cerveza Cristal from Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.