Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stcules on 01-13-2005)
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Reviews by RichScherle:
Photo of RichScherle
1.9/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - looked great. classic pilsner golden with pure white head.

S - smelled great too - I had high hopes being a pilsner lover. Very classic with the pilsner malts and lemony note. Touch of grassy hop.

T - this is where they lost me. cheap with the malt and awfully metallic tasting - like aluminum foil. Cheap texture too being too gassy -fakely and oddly over carbed like.

M - Bad - cheap beer big bubbled effervesence has the same nasty texture as a budweiser or natty ice.

D - low. I've never had a beer smell so great and then taste so horrible. What a disconnect!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop that left globs of lace as it settled slowly.Light aromas of honey malt and faint herb,a bit cooked veg as well.Slighty buttery on the palate along with light honey sweetness,light metallic notes in the finish.Like others have said this beat most American mass produced beer of the same style and alot of Euro trash,still is a below average lager beer in my mind.

Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can, "Consumir Antes De" dating found on the bottom of the can (06-02-09)

Pours: The expected very light, yellowy amber and clear

Lacing: plenty of thicker and scattered lacing left on the glass

Head: Very white and quickly departing puffy head, but a decent film is long lasting and coating.

Nose: Minor rice infused nose

Body: Medium body, certainly "easy drinking"

Flavor notes: Not much to comment on here, some malt picked up, minor, slightly drying hop component late. Fits in with the general scheme of beers in Mexico, light, minor flavor and basically just good to wash down the food and be refreshing. I picked this up in the local MEGA super market in San Jose Del Cabo. Very surprised to find something from Belgium in the Mexican beer wasteland (except for Negra Modelo, I better add)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can, pours straw yellow, white head, good cleanliness, aroma was a little lacking, not offensive, just didn't impart any aroma.

Taste, light bodied, minor Saaz and/or Noble hopping, thirst quenching beer. Keeps the bitterness down, this was just what I was looking for on a hot morning of disc golf, that was preceded by a thorough drunkening the night before. Appreciate the soft touch on the carbonation.

Minor floral touches complimented by such a slight amount of sweetness, never going to be a killer over the top extreme beer, but when you are looking to start your day in hot weather, this beer is worthy, especially at a price under $2 for 16oz.

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was a new find at my local place and came in a tall boy (1 pint 9 ounces standard).

A clear yellow-gold brew forms a creamy, rocky crown of head over 2 fingers highthat's pure white if not for the slightest yello tint. The head slowly fades but never gives up, and it drops sticky lacing plentifully.
The aroma is Saaz hops, mildly sulfuric, herbal and grassy, with a light pale malts balance. Smells like a pils to me (minus the regianal qualifications).
The taste is the same. Saaz hops shine, and it seems someone was really going for a Czech pils here. Especially nice is how it avoids the overly sulfuric aftertaste of some.
This beer is crisp but not as dry as I'd expect, with a very smooth flow to it. It's got a light but active carbonation in a typical light body. It really transitions to a creamy finish with a pleasant aftertaste.
I hate to disagree with pretty much eveyone on this; I don't know if it was especially fresh, there's already a negative bias toward the style with most other reviews, or I just got something others didn't. To me, though, this is great for the style.

Photo of crwrunner
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard Euro-pils appearance, pours nicely with respectable head. Slightly skunky aroma of the hops style of the region, not a bad thing. Good flavor, but nothing special. Softer mouthfeel than America-versions. Overall quite drinkable if served cold, very crisp.

Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Marstens Pils is a pretty basic Belgian pilsner. Most people don't realize that although Belgium has hundreds of really interesting beers, basic beers like this actually make up the brunt of what's consumed. Moving forward...

It looks great in the glass. The body is a crystal-clear, fairly deep gold, and I can see my fingerprints through the glass. The creamy bright-white head rises up to a two-finger thick cap, and then holds quite well, very slowly dwindling to an average collar. Surprisingly, it also leaves some pretty remarkable sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose is basic, combining straight-forward pilsen malt with noble hops. The hops are not bright or strong (and it's certainly no German pilsener), but they're very nicely floral and a touch herbal over the lightly sweet, straw-like malt.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates it will be, but the depth of the malt flavor is greater and it's got a nice grassy, and slightly nutty character to it. The floral character of the hops remains, and the herbal character is a bit fuller. A solid bitterness balances it, yet it maintains a slightly sweet and bready edge of maltiness throughout. It's balanced, but in the end the malt gets a little more of the spotlight.

Overall it's an impressively drinkable beer. It lacks the tight focus of a true Check Pilsener or their German counterparts, but it's Belgian - what do you expect? I appreciate that it's just a little bit different; and there are hundreds of Euro Pils that don't even come close to it in quality and balance. Nicely done. Worth trying.

Photo of cjgator3
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz can

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is grainy malt and a hint of hops.

T- The taste is grains up front with a moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amour of carbonation.

O- Overall, not horrible but not something I would purchase again.

Photo of plfahey
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500mL can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow golden in color and brilliantly clear. Frothy white head shows decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Light hops show minty and noble character. Lightly sweet bready Pils malt.

Flavor-Slightly sweet with a light corn/adjunct flavor along with grainy/bready malt. Light floral/noble hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through in the finish along with a tinny, metallic sharpness which lingers on the palate. Finishes very dry, but with that unpleasant metallic note.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Has a bit more heft and a bit less carbonation than I would expect, but not bad.

An average Belgian Pilsner, it would actually be a decently drinkable beer if not for the metallic aftertaste.

Photo of DerekP
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavily carbonated, glowing golden appearance with decent head retention and sticky lacing.

Smells of wet grass, a bit of booze and sweet grapes. Grainy.

Just enough bittering hops. Mild on the malt, light-medium bodied. Chalky. A touch of metallic tang. Process (pasteurization, etc) seems to have hurt the taste a little. Hop flavor delivers some spiciness.

For a $1.80/pint can, not a bad brew. I'll try it again if I see it on-tap.

Photo of BeerZack
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml green plastic bottle, mmm.

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small spotty head that does some lacing.

Sweet bready malt, slight floral hops, bit of butter.
Sweet & buttery bread with balancing hop bitterness that comes of floral and a bit minerally. I don't want to say that there is a plastic flavor, but...

Strong aggressive carbonation makes this ultra light bodied beer feel like sparkling water.

Despite all of the flaws of this beer, the cheap price and gimmicky packaging make it a viable selection.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Found at SAQ. Doesn't look too good but let's see.

Ingredients according to can: water, barley malt, unmalted cereals, hops, hop extract

A- Clear gold with a clean, white, tightly packed foam which leaves lots of fuzz-like lacing.

S- Aww. That bad Pilsner smell: Apple, grain, burnt cream of wheat. Very little desire to drink this unless you're really, really thirsty. Later on, the hops came out more which made things a little better. Might be because of temperature or because I tasted them.

T- Not that offensive while cold. Strong bitterness which I enjoy although it lacks the finesse and complexity I look for in noble hopped Pilsners. Some of that burnt cream of wheat I often despise and lots of sweetness. Too sweet.

M- Medium bodied. Medium but prickly carbonation. Very, very dry.

O- I like the fact there is a lot of bitterness but the taste isn't that good. Lots of dépanneur imported Pilsners to drink instead of this one. No need for SAQ to carry this. Still, keep going SAQ!

Photo of britemidnght777
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i bought this beer because the price was comparable to one of the 3 big American beers that i normally drink. i figured that a bottom shelf Belgium beer would still be much better than what normally drink. it is not better. it is bitter and not in a good way. it left an after-taste than is unacceptable. the buzz was only fair.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Tripphop
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden colored, light and clear with a bubbly white head. Big bubbles that quickly fade, not much lacing, very light. Aromas are bready and crisp, definitely a pilsner. Flavor is simple and refreshing. Corny sweet malt with a bicuity note, finishes crisp with a touch of hop. Simple, quaffalbe.

Photo of Richter35
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer review in quite a long time. Probably should have picked a nicer beer...

**500 ml can poured into rinsed pilsner glass.**

Appearance is standard "cheap lager" gold/straw colour. This particular beer looks somewhat lifeless. 1/2 inch foam that appears to retain well.

Initially carries a smell of vegetables, but is also sweet malt.

Taste is similar to a standard pilsner, but comes off as sugary and cheap. You can really taste the "hops extract"!

Mouthfeel is not good. Heavy, syrupy, and very dry. Drinkability? I'll finish them. But thats about it.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woodychandler comes through again with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, rather mild, some grains and malts present, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of goochpunch
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the twist-off plastic bottle a golden color with active bubbles. Head is foamy and frothy and sticks around. Also leaves some beautiful lacing. Very thick and textural looking. Such a mild and faint earthy hop and honey malt aroma combination in the nose. Flavor is extremely light and pretty well mirrors the nose. I honestly can't pick out any "bad" flavors in this one. Just a little too clean and seltzery for me, really. Kind of like it's 1 part club soda and 2 parts lager. Just a touch of butteriness in the finish, I believe. Mouthfeel is very light with some fairly smooth carbonation. While not very interesting, this is certainly a thirst quencher and wholly unoffensive. At under $1.70 for a 500 ml bottle, I might be going back to this every now and then.

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of ZorPrime
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok, this one did intrigue me quite a lot... A pilsner from Belgium... To me this sound very strange. The beer color is golden, copper with a cloudy looks foamy head on top of it. It sticks well to the glass. Nice looking beer. The aroma is floral, fruity with some cereal notes. Nothing out of this world... and a little bit simple for the aroma. A bit like a adjunct lager if you ask... The taste is not very good, slightly metallic. Taste like a pale lager... nothing to write home about. Refreshing but nothing to get a envious craft beer drinker to seek out this one.

Simple beer for simple days and simple thirst!
Cheers!

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green plastic bottle holding 50 cl (16.9 fluid ounces), screw-top, best before mid December 2007, drank 1st November 2007.

Poured into one of my Veltin Pilsner glasses ( 20cl size) three times.

All pilsners should be a clear golden yellow in colour, some are really pale, some darker, this is midway between and looked fine. A good white head, which did sink a little fast, to leave a thin covering above the beer which had a steedy stream of bubbles slowly meandering up the body towards the head.

Can you smell dry hops and dry yeast? Well most likely not, in a beer anyway. That is what hit my nose. I normally give pilsners a 3 for aroma because I rarely smell anything, but I can smell this one and it isn't to my likeing.

The dryness carries on into the taste, again not really to my likeing, it is not refreshing or as clean tasting as a German pilsner and lacks the fizz of an Italian Med Lager. It sits between the two and fails to excite me at all. Strangely, the bigger the mouthful the more I liked it, a supping beer it isn't, but a throwing or quaffing beer maybe. Trouble is a don't quaff or throw beer down my throat anymore, I like to supp and savour the taste.

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Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
73 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.