Cristal | Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

CristalCristal
BA SCORE
4.3%
Liked This Beer
2.76 w/ 185 ratings
CristalCristal
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
Peru
cristal.com.pe

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,516
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
185
Liked:
8
Avg:
2.76/5
pDev:
21.01%
Alströms:
3.37
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -63.8%

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1/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Alpha309
1/5  rDev -63.8%

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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

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.

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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.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
1.6/5  rDev -42%

Photo of clalalive
1.71/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Noelito76
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

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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

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Photo of dacrza1
1.89/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

DATE: May 3, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Raptors Game Two after Underclass Awards at LVR--a good day... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... pours a crystal (meh pun) clear light golden body that surrounds a solitary swirling rush of bubbles... the frothy off-white head recedes to a clumpy island.... aroma is a crisp corny ping that reeks of adjunct... malty sweetness presaged, with candied fruits also suggested... not really off to a good start... body is fizzy, thin, approximating champagne but gassy and beefy at its finish... the hops agitate the teeth, while the late finish is syrupy and oily...sweet, bready, and syrupy--an adjunct/corn concoction that quenches the thirst and brings a modicum of flavor... a dull, malty candor from an import isn't a great Cinco de Mayo precursor... some apple, pear, and vinegar aspects make this a one-and-done kind of purchase...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Blumstein
2/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2/5  rDev -27.5%

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

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

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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.

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Cristal from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
Beer rating: 4.3% out of 100 with 185 ratings
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