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:
29
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
25.48%
 
 
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Photo of BlackVeg
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of YvesB
2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
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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2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RMentair
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
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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1/5  rDev -68.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -60.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
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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1/5  rDev -68.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

30cl bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale straw body with a finger of frothy white foam. Ok retention, nice lace. Pretty good looking Pils.

S: Clean, light, crisp mix of herbal hops and dry bready malt. Lightly sulfurous yeast. Simple and solid.

T: Follows the nose: crisp hoppiness, clean malt, light minerality, dry finish. Not great, but pretty good. Refreshing.

M: Smooth light body, lots of soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This was the favored cheap beer of the Belgians I stayed with, and I have to admit that it was not unpleasant for me to drink multiple bottles after a night of sampling more intense beers. God I loved Belgium.

Cheers!

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3.14 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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