Cruzcampo Pilsener

German Pilsener Grupo Cruzcampo SA


Cruzcampo Pilsener, a German-style Pilsener by Grupo Cruzcampo SA

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Cruzcampo Pilsener is a German-style Pilsener brewed by Grupo Cruzcampo SA, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsener glass from a can.


The lager pours a crystal-clear straw and is topped by an inch-thick cap of bubbly white froth that persists briefly. A soapy collar rings the glass following the reduction. A continuous stream of fine bubbles rise in the glass.


The aroma is a light scent of grain and grassy hops.


The palate begins with a soft taste of white bread that crests to a bite of spicy noble hops.


Its feel is mostly smooth with a touch of grain on the backend. Its body is very light with medium-light carbonation.


The malt flavor is insipid made worse by a thin, watery body that’s insufficiently carbonated. A nice bite of spicy hops on the finish isn’t nearly enough to save this brew. The Cruzcampo Pilsener is a mass-produced lager that should be avoided.

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About the German Pilsener

The German Pilsener is an adaptation of the Czech Pilsener that was first brewed in the 1870s. Its color ranges from straw to pale gold and should exhibit very good clarity. The aroma and palate should have a light grainy-sweet malt scent of cracker and honey. Should have pronounced noble hop notes that can be floral, spicy, and herbal. The palate should have moderate to high bitterness that lingers into the finish. Its feel should be medium-light with moderate to high carbonation. Its alcohol strength straddles sessionable and moderate. Comparatively, the German Pils is lighter in body and color, drier, crisper with higher attenuation and carbonation than the Czech style. It’s hoppier with more malt flavor higher bitterness than International Pale Lagers. The Pils has more hop flavor and bitterness than the Munich Helles.