Cruzcampo Lager
Grupo Cruzcampo SA

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #372
Ranked #50,769
2.46 | pDev: 29.67%
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Harvey44 from South Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +100.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this Lager while spending my vacation in Cordoba Spain. It had the perfect amount of bitterness to bring out great flavor. Not a heavy beer at all. Really wish I could get this beer in th U.S.A.

Mar 14, 2019
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hreb from Washington

2.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Malaga (also: ubiquitous all over Andalucia). Served in a half pint (imperial) glass. Beer pours crystal clear and yellow in color, with moderate foaming from the tap, but no head retention worth mentioning. Negligible aroma. Flavor is... off-crisp? Not dry or flavorful, and only a little bit of cereal sweetness to offend the senses. Bad, but not horrible. Still, it's got enough to it to cut through greasy fried Cazon or Flamenquin (as was the case for me tonight), which I suppose is the whole point. I didn't take much in the way of notes on the various draught beers I sampled in Spain, but I suspect Alhambra Especial was the clear winner among the few.

Apr 21, 2018

1.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330ml can. Flute glass. Pale gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, brief crown, no lacing. Sugar & malt extract aromas. Cloying sweet upfront followed by floral & earthy bitterness. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Sweet/bitter finish. Flat & boring. No off-flavors are shown.

Mar 09, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

1.8/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a quickly dissipating white head.
Nose shows vegetal and hay notes, along with faint spicy hops.
Similar flavours, mostly sweet hay with some faint cardboard and metallic notes.
Watery body.
Just another generic Euro lager really.

Jul 26, 2012
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jonb5 from England

3.42/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into San Miguel glass. Golden colour, two finger head, clear. Smelled yeasty, notes of malt and citrus, not what I expected but nice. Fairly sweet taste, wheaty finish. Mouthfull was normal without too much carbonation. I thought this was decent for what it is, a crisp refreshing lager would go down well on a hot day in Spain.

Apr 05, 2012
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.94/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On holiday in tenerife. Chilled 33cl bottle poured into a wine glass.

A- Golden body with lively beading, gives a solid creamy 2 finger head with an aggressive pour. This reduces quickly to leave some lace and a steady crown.

S- Smell is moderate bitter aroma hops dominating, not much malt note.

T- Gentle hint of malt with a solid hop bite in the finish which lingers well. Its crisp and clean.

M- Moderate carbonation and body.

D- A much better experience than the last time i tried Cruzcampo. Perhaps they get better stuff in Spain ;). Certainly a crisp clean lager with a good hop bite. For me, definitely one of the better Spanish mass produced golden lagers.

Jul 28, 2010
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at Milano in Madrid.

Cruzcampo pours a clear golden color, and is topped by a white head that eventually fades to a film leaving good lace. The aroma is pretty plain: lager sweetness, graininess, and grassy and peppery hops.

This beer starts out with the standard grainy/sweet lager taste, and then moves into a mildy bitter finish that has a small dose of grassy hops. This beer is light-bodied, moderately carbonated, and crisp.

Overall this was better than some of the other lagers we had, but it was still pretty generic.

May 17, 2010
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plaid75 from New York

2.88/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed aboard Delta flight from Madrid, Spain to JFK.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was dominated by sweet adjunct grain and metal.

The taste consisted of a light corn sweetness, some doughy malts and a subtle floral hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the milkier side of the style.

Overall not something I would try again out of the can.

Mar 17, 2009
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fisherman34 from Canada (MB)

2.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of soda crackers and a bit of sweet pale malt. Quite light bodied, with fairly basic light malt and herbal, slightly minty, hop flavors. Clean tasting and finishing. No DMS or corn flavors that I could detect. Not exciting at all, but drinkable.

Oct 04, 2006
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nekronos from Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VEry drinkable, in SPain, abroad have not taste as good, it is refreshing, and pale yellow golden, very bubbling, good for a lager one, and not heavy but not annoying as other lagers. LEt us say that, with one, you can have a good time, I do not know if that can be a guarantee that with more you will like it the same.

Nov 02, 2005
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tesguino from Mexico

1.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Spanish beer that could not reconquer the Mexican ground; by their terrible flavor a pseudo american macro lager; is one of the worse Spanish beers than they have arrived at mexico, good to accompany with inlays and spanish tapas, bad for the Mexican food; flavor loaded to malt and hops; 25% recommended.

Oct 18, 2005
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stcules from Italy

2.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, tending to green. Average head, compact, white. Clear appearance.
Smell of cereal (not all malt), and some hops. There is not much to say about this one.
It's a banal macro lager, without any merits, but also without defects. Clean.
Cereals in the aftertaste too, and some hop.
Medium-light in body.

Sep 22, 2005
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

2.11/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I can smell the skunky grassy malt from about 10 inches away. Body is standard clear gold, not a lot of head, but I think I know where this beer is heading. Smell is malty, grainy, and skunky. Taste is rather unappetizing, swet and grassy, slightly skunked. Another beer that uses it's country of origin as a gimmic. Forgettable.

Jun 21, 2005
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Barraclou from Canada (QC)

2.11/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 330ml clear bottle, 5,0% ABV

Appearance: Pale golden color and an average head.

Smell: SKUNKY!!! As soon, you smell it, it is like having hit a skunk or someone smoking dope near to you.

Taste: It got some personnality, but is not exactly

Mouthfeel: The usual spanish / mexican watery light feel. Not good.

Drinkability: Pasiòn de Espana? It is still better than Corona or some equivalent Mexican guys, if you compare it to others macro adjunct lager, I will choose something else. The Spaniards offer much better wines rather than this beer. Not impressed.

Mar 13, 2005
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3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

2.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When I openned the bottle I was not impressed by the smell, a strong skunky smell who emerged from the bottle. I didnt expect much as I knew the verdict on that beer, but for the summer at 30c outside, it was refreshing, so it did the job to refresh me. Not a great beer at all, just an average brew with average everything from color, taste etc.. A skunky taste what stays for a while. The head didnt stayed long, well actually the beer in my glass the beer dissapeared right away as for my cousin it stayed for atleast 30min(same glass same condition). Taste like a big macro with no decent flavors nothing particular, smell like a macro. But she was quite cheap and I didnt expected anything special anyway

Jul 25, 2004
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mobyfann from Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $2.99 for a 6pk.

The appearence was a decent lager with small head that doesn't last and absolutely no lacing seen. The aroma was, well.... kinda there but not really.

The taste is mildly ok, but i didn't get any kicks out of it... on par with American macro brews. The mouthfeel kinda works and so does the drinkability... after you've had a few already!

Final Thought: It was worth the price in this case, but it was not much different than the American macro equivalent...

Jun 17, 2004
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tjd25 from France

2.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Long lasting head over a pale golden color body. The smell was slightly citric but mostly skunky. This beer's very sweet but very boring too. The mouthfeel is kind of creamy, thanks to the long lasting head. The taste is grainy and crisp. I guess I could drink several of those, but why would I?

Jun 08, 2004
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donnebaby from North Carolina

2.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The highlight of this beer for me is the appearance, in particular the sticky, long-lasting head. Otherwise, this beer is ordinary or below average in all aspects. Somewhat firm hop presence, which heads down the road of nastiness afterwards. Probably OK to drink with food, without thinking. Drinking, no thinking. Zen.

Jun 08, 2004
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours standard gold with a white fizzy head. Enough bubble streamers help keep a covering and collar.

Aroma - light and grainy, and amazingly with no skunkiness from this clear-bottled beer. Whew, alright!

Taste - clean, grainy taste. Some bitterness at the end, it comes off salty or sour or something. When paired with food, in this case enchiladas, some alcohol and corn flavors come through.

Mouthfeel - crisp and bubbly, finishes clean with a light residue of sourness.

Drinkability - a little peculiar, but more character than many pale lagers, and at $2.99 a sixer, it'll work.

May 23, 2004
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a pale golden yellow with a fast fading snow-white head. It has a grainy malt and husk-like smell, followed by a whiff of mild citrus.
A flat bread tasting mild malt flavor is topped by a hint of herbs.
Light citrus hops with a faint metallic bite make for a fairly drinkable, dry brew. Not a bad beer. Saddle up to the bar for tapas and order one or two.

Mar 03, 2004
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Jason from Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz clear bottle with a plastic label, the freshness of the brew would indicate that the date on the bottle was a processing date.

Appearance: Pasty big bubbled lace, perfect clarity with a bright yellow straw colour.

Smell: Clean cooked corn, mild solvent alcohol and a hint of grain.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Cooked corn all the way, not in a bad way though. Very grainy with a tight but reserved hop bitterness. The crispness goes a long way in the light body that it has. Finishes semi-dry with some lingering grain.

Notes: Is this the Spanish version of Miller High Life? Not a brew I’d go out of my way for but certainly a last resort beer if all else fails.

Nov 23, 2003
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Gavage from Nevada

2.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Comes in a clear bottle. Pours a clear yellow color with no head. No discerning aroma at all. The taste is like any other popular macro import, little malt and no hops. There was a dry aftertaste and barely a hint of bitterness. Very bland and uninteresting. I had a tough time drinking one, so drinkability is low.

Nov 10, 2003
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jackndan from Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cruzcampo, from Spain. In a clear twelve ounce bottle, with clear non-paper labels. Brewed and Bottled by Heineken Espana, hmmm. Pours a perfectly clear gold, that spewed up an impressive head, but one that left the scene as quickly as it came.

The aroma is not bad, lightly malted, without a trace of skunk.

Highly carbonated, vigorous bubble action. Initial taste is very bland, mostly bubbles and water. Leaves a light corn adjunct taste at the end, and some perfumy sweetness as well.

Remarkably light bodied, astonishing tasteless. The beer you'd drink if you were not drinking beer. Bah, better than Corona, but why bother?

Sep 29, 2003
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The appearance was a golden,and held its head quite well. The smell reminded me of Heineken. The taste was fairly bland, with nothing in particular standing out. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, this is one that could be had all day but I don't think i'd want to.

This was a single free sample sitting in the cooler, and in the spirit of Beer Advocate, I decided to give it a try. Sadly, though, I didn't think it was much better than Corona, and I don't think the bar will carry it in the future.

Jul 01, 2003
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Shiloh from Canada (ON)

2.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew has a head when poured that is as high as Marge Simpsons hair.
Colour is a nice medium golden hue with light carbonation.
The nose is ever so slight of the skunk.
Medium body.
The taste is fairly well balanced with a slight edge to the malts. There does seem to be a lingering licorice after taste which gives this brew the thumbs down.

Jun 28, 2003
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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 60 ratings