Cristal Pils | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
25.08%
 
 
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look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25cl bottle, red label, 4.8% ABV

A pale straw coloured beer with a foamy white head.
Lots of visible carbonation with big bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smells quite hoppy with some light malts. Not bad.

Tastes very clean, watery.
I don't get much flavour at all. A very, very light hoppiness and a light maltiness.

Not overly watery and well carbonated.

A clean refreshing lager but very bland.

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2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not to bad. On the drier side of the scale which is always good, thin body, but very nice dry slightly hoppy finish, bit of an edgyness, which didn't make it great, but made it less boring, drinkable, though boring.

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer (25cl) fermentation low, tasted in 2004.
Appearance: golden yellow color, beautiful white foam
Smell: nose of hops
Taste and mouthfeel: freshness in the mouth
Drinkability: an average Belgian pilsener, but without further

Review added 12-08-2007, translated from french 2-27-2008.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice tasting pilsener with a decent look to it as well as an okay smell. The taste has a good bit of bitter to it. Good freshness when served cold.

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3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the tap, it poured a clear golden with a nicely formed head. A bit of lacing as you enjoy it. Pleasant enough scent, followed by a pleasant flavor. Decent, enjoyable Belgian Pils.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I would expect a name like "Cristal" to be found on the label of many different lagers of South and Central America, so I find it strange to find such a name on a Belgian beer. This beer was consumed from tap at Aba Jour. On to the beer:

A rocky 1½ inch head rests on top this yellow straw colored beer.Good whispy lace decorates the glass, which is helped by the good retention of the head. The nose is that of a "plain" lager; hay, minerals, no off-flavors. Sometimes less is more. It's a simple lager with a decent flavor; little flavors of bread, touch of biscuit, and decent grassiness bring this beer a little character while being easy drinking. It's light and easy with moderate crispiness.

To the region's great beers, Cristal won't stand out as a favorite, but I did think that it was a decent alternative when you're looking for something lighter and different from ale.

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Cristal Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.15 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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