Cerveza Cristal | Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

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Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WVbeergeek on 02-18-2003

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by jcbogantes:
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.89/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.34/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.16/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of grubdunkman
3.56/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FadetoBock
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of DeanBB
3.33/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hrgomar
3.49/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of talbotjf99
2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of innominat
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev +34.9%
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!

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Photo of Tarks
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of MJ63
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.52/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of k47k
3.83/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of benmiliron
2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of Imbiber
1.79/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of elricorico
1.63/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
3.3/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good taste, color and the foam remain long time.

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Photo of Foulon
1.25/5  rDev -52.1%

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