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Cerveza Cristal - Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

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BA SCORE
62
poor

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Bucanero S.A. visit their website
Cuba

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 02-18-2003

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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 40
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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow with a big head that left a little lacing.

Smell – Lots of grain and corn with a light sweetness of some kind.

Taste – There’s a clean flow to this grainy brew. The sweetness at the finish is hard to define, but nothing fancy for sure.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation and absence of any intrusive flavors helps this one along.

Drinkability – In this market, being not bad is being good. There’s a lot of also rans in the pale lager category that are definitely one notch below this one, although Cristal is not a quality beer by any stretch.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Being from America, when I saw a Cuban beer on the menu at the Esplanade Bier Market, I had to try it. My brother and friend went to Cuba and they enjoyed Cristal and Mayabe while staying there. It pours a pale golden hue with a very thin white head and very little lace as the glass emptied. A nice sweet two row barley based aroma, but I am sure there are some adjuncts in this mass produced Cuban brew. Not much of a hop aroma, but a very refreshing beer. Perfect for the summer time, and if in Cuba any time. The flavor is so simple, yet it just puts a smile on your face with a sweet lemon grass finish. The lighter bodied beer is definitely not a quaffer, but a high quantity beer for the masses (about 80% of Cuba). Very very Drinkable!

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.52/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah! a unique pleasure to Canada, going down the block to enjoy a Cuban beer or cigar. The beer - Ok, better than North American national brands. Aggressive carbonation, quite a bit of malt. Perfectly clear appearance after the head dissipitates. Good with spicey food or at the end of a hot day. Thin, bitter, but lemony.

Photo of benmiliron
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of Imbiber
1.79/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Brought back from Cuba by a friend (thanks Jennifer).

From a green bottle. Very pale, very gassy; big fluffy head. Horrible aroma, strong corn and week-old-fish-and-chip-wrappers (well, I am English...). Little flavour, a slight sweetness and virtually no hop; lots of extraneous gas. Burp. A bit of burnt corn at the end. Gets a little more drinkable when the gas diminishes, but it is very thin in the taste department.

Basically, Cuban dishwater with few redeeming features.

Photo of elricorico
1.63/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of Stocean1
2.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

No head whatsoever when I pourred the beed into my glass. The beer also seems flat and taste was very neutral. This is a beer to drink when your in Cuba and it's really really hot... but then again, don't kid me and say that you would drink a scotch ale beside the swimming pool, right?

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.77/5  rDev +10.8%
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!).

Photo of Noelito76
1.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had to try this while in Canada just for the sake of it being from Cuba. Big mistake. Pale yellow in color, and a skunky smell to me. While it is pretty carbonated, the head came and went quickly.

Besides the taste of corn, I got what to me tasted like sour apples, the kind that surprise you and make you cringe. Mouthfeel was poor as a result and drinkability was worse as the slight detection of hops was overwhelmed by that sour apple taste. Maybe I got a skunky batch.

Photo of baiser
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy pale yellow colour, with no head. Looked like ginger ale. Aroma? Slight sugar cane. Tasted like soda water, with some sweetness. A bit of bitterness at the back. There's nothing that offends you, but nothing that makes it taste like a beer either.

Photo of Shiloh
1.78/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a very light offering from Cuba and I was impressed. the colour is a light straw, probably the weakest colour I have seen in a pale lager, the head is very pleasent and has some serious glass cling...The aroma is very skunky when first opened but quickly disappears and the taste is highly sweet malts on a thin body, very nice for dining, not a stadium brew...

I first reviewed this brew in March of 03, approx 10 monthes ago.
Now I find this brew to be much less than my original opinion.
Previous was a shade above average, now well below due to the taste which now seems oddly thin then vibrant, sweet raspberry, papery, cooked sweetcorn and not recomended.

Photo of jdhilt
1.61/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Photo of Andreji
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No. 2 stop in the retrogressive crappy long standing communist empire's products. This time: cuba.

An absolute piece of crap product from the small nation that looks forward to isolating itself even more. Did the EU members try this beer before condemning cuba? Evidently this is a nation that should stick to booze (see aguardiente or rhum).
Crappy macro lager sorta perception; and the taste, acidic pisswatery has evidently had no quality control and lacks that taste of liberty [ale].

Preemptive strike, america, bomb their breweries, they produce weapons of mass distastefulness.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of tesguino
1.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A poor quality beer, a friend recommended me this and bucanero, but this is bad, abuse of grains and malt, poor carbonation, this is like the mexicans wanna make sake or something; i try from the bottle, good for drink without food; taste is hard, very very soft; smell is like plastic, or acetone. 0% recommended.

Photo of Suds
2.89/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of treque
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of YumaLaowai
4.83/5  rDev +93.2%
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.

Photo of Viggo
1.76/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of jesusfgcadiz
3/5  rDev +20%

Perfecta para un día de calor.

Photo of putnam
3.45/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could this have sugar cane in it? I mention it not only because that crop must be cheap in Cuba and therefore practical as an adjunct to beer, but it has a cane fruitiness on the nose. Slightly woody and dripping with brightly sweet, green floral aromatics... it is unique even if subtle.

The texture only confirms my assumption. Vigorous, protein-poor gas plants a deeply etched impression on my tongue with only the barest suggestion of grain in the background. Nevermind. The gas keeps it fresh and dry tasting. Resourceful...it's good "beer." Viva Cuba!

Photo of MMansfield
3.13/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
2.56/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Cerveza Cristal from Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
62 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.