Cerveza Cristal
Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

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From:
Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
 
Cuba
Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #203
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
64
Ranked #29,918
Avg:
2.65 | pDev: 26.79%
Ratings:
122
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 25, 2021
Added:
Feb 18, 2003
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  21
SCORE
64
Poor
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4 by VILJ from Florida on Oct 25, 2021
 
2.61 by JonnoWillsteed from England on Jul 04, 2021
 
2.84 by balizz on Jun 09, 2021
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3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Nass from Florida

The pour is golden yellow with a steady flow of carbonation. The taste was refreshing with a mild herbal note. Oh well, it was interesting to try a beer from Peru. Cheers! B-

Apr 26, 2021
 
2 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Aug 31, 2019
 
3 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Jun 08, 2019
 
2.62 by bsp77 from Minnesota on Feb 25, 2019
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1.47/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
by DasBrew84 from Canada (BC)

Seems to be a cheap knockoff Labatt, or it seems to be. Nothing special or worth noting. Very bland and relatively flat.

Jun 08, 2018
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2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

You can say what you want about this beer, it is not the greatest of beers by a long shot. However, it is certainly a great beach beer, and I am drinking the hell out of it while I sit on a Cuban beach.

Feb 27, 2018
 
3.2 by paulish from New York on Nov 22, 2017
 
2.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Aug 13, 2017
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3.34/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

Drank my moneys worth of this stuff while in Cuba for 8 days...

Serving Type: Can, Bottle, and Draught

L- Pours a bright hay yellow topped by a 1/2 finger fluffy white head. Half decent retention (great for an AAL).

S- Faint aroma of pale grain, corny sweetness, and a slight grassy hopiness. Nothing bad here, just nothing particularly noteworthy.

T- Same as the smell. Very mild flavours of grain and a grassy hoppiness.

F- Light body and fairly high carbonation. Refreshing would be a solid descriptor.

O- Compared to most AAL's, this brew is fantastic. It doesn't have anything offputting and doesn't really have much to offer. Refreshing and cheap. If I make it to Cuba again, you can bet I'll be putting back some Cristal on the beach.

May 04, 2017
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2.89/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

Had countless cans of this as well as on tap samples while away in Cuba for a week. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

Appearance -Pale golden color, clear with plenty of carbonation. A small cap of white head is poured and sometimes lingers.

Smell - Not a lot here, some faint graininess in general and no off aromas, so that's a plus.

Taste - Again not a lot of flavor, light grassy flavors and a hint of grain with nothing off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and watery, light bodied with just enough crisp carbonation to make things interesting.

Overall - While not a great beer, it really does hit the spot and when laying on a beach or poolside for hours under the hot Cuban sun. A beer that very much can get some positive ratings due to the memories it invokes. For what it is, it is quite good. Dos cervezas por favor!

Jan 08, 2017
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2.16/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by flyingpig from Scotland

355ml Can in Santa Clara, Cuba (30 pesos):
Quite a basic & fairly poor lager but not unlike what I was expecting going in really & at least it wasn't offensive or off-putting. There was a few skunky touches early on but for the most part the beer featured the usual corn, hay & basic adjunct flavours but not much else. It was easy to drink throughout though, probably due to the heat in Cuba & as such I can't imagine it's one I'd have again if I were in the UK & it was more readily available here.

Dec 07, 2016
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2.54/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Can from Cuba.

Jul 31, 2016
 
3.83 by k47k from New York on Jul 04, 2016
 
3 by Socialiste from Canada (QC) on May 30, 2016
 
2.05 by talbotjf99 from Canada (QC) on May 11, 2016
 
3.14 by spycow from Illinois on May 07, 2016
 
3 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2016
 
2.99 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON) on Apr 21, 2016
 
2.52 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Apr 19, 2016
 
3.56 by grubdunkman from Canada (QC) on Mar 21, 2016
 
2.36 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey on Mar 16, 2016
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2.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by canucklehead from Canada (BC)

If you visit Cuba you will end up drinking this at some time as it is everywhere. Light and refreshing but devoid of any real character it tastes better than Corona and not as good as Pabst Blue if that helps. After waiting 4 hours for a bus to Varadero from Havana it tasted like Heady Topper lol but in the light of a normal day it is pretty average

Mar 03, 2016
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2.94/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

Appearance - pours a pale straw color with a finger and a half of head. Crystal clear.

Aroma - Normal adjunct lager smell with a slightly stronger bitterness than american and european variants.

Taste - Fresh crisp lager yeast flavor with some light malt first followed by a nice balancing bitterness. its an ok adjuct lager from a can, from a bottle it was skunky (green bottle :/)

Feel - light crisp and clean, again nothing more or less special than other adjuncts.

Overall - This is the most popular beer in Cuba, and just like anywhere its a crisp easy drinking party beer without much flavor. It fits the style and as much as adjuncts arnt my thing, I kicked back more than a few of these during my time in Cuba. Try and get it in a can but otherwise sit back with some friends and hammer down.

Feb 22, 2016
 
2.55 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Feb 21, 2016
 
2.5 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON) on Feb 12, 2016
 
3.49 by Hrgomar from Colombia on Feb 10, 2016
 
3 by fortyfield from Canada (ON) on Jan 25, 2016
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3.14/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by Benny_Efkola from Canada (ON)

Honestly, a very refreshing adjunct whilst chilling on tropicoco beach.

Jan 17, 2016
 
2.25 by al_al1357 from Canada (ON) on Dec 30, 2015
 
3.33 by DeanBB from South Africa on Dec 18, 2015
 
2.8 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON) on Nov 30, 2015
 
3.25 by theDuck from Canada (QC) on Nov 28, 2015
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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by papat444 from Canada (QC)

Flashback #324

Aug 19, 2015
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2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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4.65/5  rDev +75.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by broncoshock from Kansas

Until you have had this beer on Valadaro beach you just don't get it! Viva Cuba!

Jul 02, 2015
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3.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Andrewharemza from Australia

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.

Jun 18, 2015
Cerveza Cristal from Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 122 ratings