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Cristal - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 32.89%


Brewed by:
UNICER União Cervejeira S.A. visit their website
Portugal

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AlexLMS on 06-10-2007)
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11 July 2012: 330ml can poured into a tumbler on the balcony of our holiday apartment in the Algarve after a days sun lounging.

Just what I needed: usual pale lager/pilsner look, feel and odourless nose (gets my normal score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner).

This your typical cheap European pilsner and fine for hot days in the sun, but not for serious beer drinkers.

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 08:52:28 | More by BlackHaddock
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boss302

Florida

2.48/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cristal Pilsener Desde 1890, 33l bottle, had in Portugal.

A Clear, standard Pilsner look. 3

S Clean aroma no hops or malt. 2

T Plain, very similar to mega brewery interpretations of the Pilsner style. Clean. 2.5

M Thin, no surprises based on the tasts. 2

D OK for a pils. There are limited choices for good beer in Portugal. Unfortuneately the best beers are imported to Portugal. Too bad, this country could use a good iconic beer. 3

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:04:52 | More by boss302
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The least distinctive of several mediocre brews we enjoyed in high quantity whiole renting a villa in the Algarve to celebrate my parents' fortieth weding anniversary, Cristal features a decently heady and and laced golden body with almost no smell short some adjuncty grain.

The mouthfeel is ridiculously limp and thin and the taste is nearly nonexistant. It is tasteless, inoffensive and supremely boring. Okay for sessioning if you don't value taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:43:45 | More by daliandragon
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

1.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330ml 5.1%abv

Appearance: Light golden, reasonable head that disappears a few seconds after pouring, leaving no lace.

Smell: Light maize with a tiny hint of hops.

Taste: Tastes like flour dissolved in water, with a metallic after taste. One of the worst of the macro-larger I've had.

Mouth feel: Light with good carbonation.

Drinkability: If it weren't for the taste, the light nature of the beer would make it reasonably drinkable on a very hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 19:38:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Redrover

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a .33 CL bottle into a glass, the beer is a crystal clear light gold color. It has a large soapy head (foaming agents?) and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is of pale grains, floral hops and a very slight sulfur note.

The beer is mildly hoppy with what I think are Saz hops. There is a grainy underbelly and a slightly astringent finish. Sweet but balanced. Seems more bitter than most of its Portuguese brethren.

The mouth is crisp with active carbonation. The mouth thins a bit at the end, but this is an easy drinker to have while sitting in the sun.

I actually thought enough of this beer to buy 6 packs on a few different occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 18:46:57 | More by Redrover
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AlexLMS

Portugal

1.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cristal is bottled by Unicer as a combat beer with a cheaper price than the company main beer (Superbock). So don’t expect much…

Appearance: very clear with a light yellow color. White and well formed head, although moderately low and with an impaired retention.
Aroma: weak grainy and adjuncty aroma.
Taste: confirms the smell. Very adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: dry, low alcoholic strength, good carbonation and light body.
Finish: dry that don’t last long.

Overall: one more bland macro lager. My first and last one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 12:04:06 | More by AlexLMS
Cristal from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
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