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Cristal or Bucanero beer in Cuba?

What beer you like when you go to Cuba Cristal or Bucanero?
I personally used to like Cristal but few years ago I tried Bucanero and now that is my favorite cerveza in Cuba. What about you which one you prefer Cristal or Bucanero?

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Oh dear, what can I say. I’m a german born gal named Cristal who hates beer. Shame on me!

I have one Bucanero left and plan to consume it this weekend.
Terry and I have had this conversation before so here is my side first:

The breweries in Cuba were set up as a JV by Labbat and the beer recipes were Labbat50 for Cristal, Labbat Liite for Mayabe and Labbat Ice/Blue for the stronger/Bucanero. P-)
That was the original set up. Everything drifted over the years. Cuba still uses Cane Sugar while north american breweries switched to Hi-Fructose Corn Sugar for their fortifier.
The can and bottle colours stayed the same for years until Bucanero came along and a newer design was developed.
Unlike the Pilsners found in other Caribbean countries, the Canadian Style Lagers in Cuba are still the most comfortable for Canadian beer drinkers.
The main difference, now, is the lack of a corn syrup after-taste in Cristal compared with our current, Canadian home-brews.
Bucanero is a very good plonk when added to a Bubba full of ice and consumed quickly, otherwise, best said is, these beers are tastier than US brands.
LOL :sunglasses:

[quote=@yvrck]I’m a german born gal named Cristal who hates beer.
[/quote]Oh my gosh… I just can’t get my head wrapped around that…

Cristal, you need help. Professional help. Fortunately I am a 100% professional drinker and I volunteer to supply the first 10 kegs of frothy medicine to get you on the road to recovery, thus [i]saving your soul!!!

[/i]Let me get my fur-lined handcuffs and a large funnel… :smiley:

Cheers,
Terry

self edit. off topic

Cristal, you told me you had to wash your hair tonight. LOL

Washed my hair this morning and rinsed it with beer!

So, back to answering the OP question:- Which beer do you prefer?

Interesting info Spunky! I knew Labatts had a hand in Cristal but didn’t know it was connected to the others.

For me, I find Cristal a little too lite. Bucanero is my goto in Cuba,when I have the choice. Of course, back home I like darker, stronger beer like Guinness. However, I would never refuse a Cristal!

Geoff, was it you or sssnakes who first posted the “Lot’s 'o Ice” idea?

You all forgot to mention TINIMA and POLAR beers. Personally i prefer Cristal

I prefer Cristal, especially at lunch when I plan to do something other than sleep in the afternoon. I am a very cheap drunk on beer, and find Bucanero a tad strong for me. And at night I like wine with dinner. I don’t drink a lot of hard stuff, so Cristal is perfect on a hot day.

I prefer Guinness in cold winter days as well but lately hoppy beers is what I prefer such as Mad Tom

[img src=“http://www.bonappetit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/hop-blossoms.jpg” alt=“Hop Blossoms”]

Could not even finish 1/2 of the polar, just bad…

Mad Tom? Where are you located Admin? Muskoka Brewery has a “Mad Tom” is that what you are refering to?

[a href=“http://www.muskokabrewery.com/mad-tom-ipa.php”]Mad Tom[/a]

[quote=@admin][quote=@gefm]back home I like darker, stronger beer like Guinness. [/quote]I prefer Guinness in cold winter days as well but lately hoppy beers is what I prefer such as Mad Tom

That is exactly one that I am talking about. Mad Tom from Muskoka

[quote=@gefm]Mad Tom? Where are you located Admin? Muskoka Brewery has a “Mad Tom” is that what you are refering to?

[a href=“http://www.muskokabrewery.com/mad-tom-ipa.php”]Mad Tom[/a]

[quote=@admin]I prefer Guinness in cold winter days as well but lately hoppy beers is what I prefer such as Mad Tom

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mmmmm…ok. just to hijack this thread even further…you ever try any beer from Lake of Bays Brewery? An excelent micro brewery. [a href=“http://lakeofbaysbrewing.ca/”]Lake of Bays[/a]

[quote=@gefm]mmmmm…ok. just to hijack this thread even further…you ever try any beer from Lake of Bays Brewery? An excelent micro brewery. [a href=“http://lakeofbaysbrewing.ca/”]Lake of Bays[/a]

[quote=@admin]That is exactly one that I am talking about. Mad Tom from Muskoka
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Never had a chance to try that one. I will check if local LCBO has it :slight_smile:

I’l take credit for that. The beer is never cold enough, especially if it’s on tap at the bar.

During the day, when I go hiking and birdwatching, I sometimes bring a few Cristals just for refreshment. Later in the day it’s Bucanero.

What’s the joke about why Cristal is like making love in a canoe, because they’re both ******* close to water.

Thought that was the Budweiser joke, LOL

Cristal all the way…but I am not a beer drinker when away or home. Can’t stand the dark stuff, way too heavy.

Much prefer rum or rye.

But that first can of Cristal when I arrive in Cuba is defn very enjoyable!