At first pour (or one might say at first blush) Crest Super Premium Lager, an English brew produced with German hops, is a rich yellow colour with virtually non-existent head and lacing. The carbonation is not intense but it has good staying power for the time it takes to drink a 500 ml can. No sense of flatness here at all! Thank goodness for that because there isn't much else that one can favourably say about this beer.
My first sip impression was a powerful combination of the bitterness of the hops with an unidentifiable sweetness. If I thought about it very carefully, I might be tempted to suggest that there was notes of caramel but that may have been only in my imagination. The thing that I definitely didn't imagine was that intense sweetness that remained quite powerful even when juxtaposed with the bitterness of the hops. There was even a certain cloying oiliness in the drinking that was quite unpleasant!
When I took a peek at the label on the can, I was appalled to discover that corn syrup and sugar were two of the main ingredients. Suddenly, I thought I was drinking a liqueur or something like rum where sweetness became the raison d'être for this powerful beer (10% alcohol/volume).
Final judgment ... an interesting beer for about half a can! Split one with a friend if you're forced to drink it but don't seek this one out. No thirst quenching ability at all and, with all of the competing alternatives available, not one to seek out.
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