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Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 17.61%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV visit their website

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 alankwak:
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3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear and golden. Very nice head, head retention and lacing. Lacing is actually much better than expected. A good sign.

S: Light malt and hop odor. Not strong nor should it be really.

T: Smooth with medium hop bitterness with a moderate malty flavor. Medium to medium-high carbonation. Only a light grassy flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Still this seems to be a great session beer since it isn't heavy at all. Easy drinking.

I found this beer at my large local beer/wine store. I was surprised at the low price and decided to try it(I've never had a Belgian brew). This all-malt lager was a surprise. I expected a Heineken clone and basically did find that but this beer is different. Similar in taste but I can't get over the difference in head retention and lacing compared to Heineken. That speaks of the hop quality as well as the protein from good malt and a good brewing process. Very good beer although not a true pilsener IMHO(not hoppy enough...but darn close:).

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 01:53:21 | More by alankwak
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

03-08-2014 21:51:44 | More by djrn2
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-11-2014 20:47:23 | More by BJSmit
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3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Pretty damn good looking!

Smell: sweet and grainy; reasonable for the style but not terribly character-ful.

Taste: similar to the aroma; lightly sweet malt with a bit of graininess. The balance is pretty good, though, and it comes off as more appealing than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a reasonably good creaminess.

Overall: the flavor is pretty good and its refreshment quotient seems pretty high. It's a darn drinkable beer; I'll have to remember it for tailgating!

Serving type: can

01-16-2014 23:03:58 | More by flagmantho
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

01-04-2014 15:11:45 | More by Bromine
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

12-29-2013 19:51:15 | More by Shy5
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-25-2013 00:45:17 | More by magpieken
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-14-2013 04:36:22 | More by britemidnght777
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-15-2013 23:07:27 | More by Subliminal64
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with some light notes of bready malts as well. There is a light presence of grassy hops and just a touch of skunkiness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts combined with some light flavors of sweet bready malts. That is followed by light amounts of grassy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: While I am reviewing this beer, it is currently listed here on BA as a Euro Pale Lager while the brewer describes it as a Pilsener (German not Czech) but I am still comparing it to a Pilsener as the brewer describes it... It is easy to drink and not offensive but it certainly does not stand out as one of the better examples of the style in my opinion. I can't say that I would recommend this one but I also would not suggest that one should avoid it either.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 01:30:18 | More by dbrauneis
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +25.8%

10-21-2013 11:45:55 | More by KevinGordon
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5/5  rDev +57.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clear golden yellow color with less than 1/2 inch of white head that low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a benign version of the style. Slightly grainy and with very low hops. Same dealio on the tongue, just a generic tasting Pils.

The body may have been just a touch fuller than I like in the style, but was still crisp. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone quickly, and without memory. Overall, not a bad beer, but not a notable one either. Try it for the tick, or just have a fresh, local Pilsener.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 02:15:40 | More by beertunes
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Ontario (Canada)

3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can purchased from LCBO, served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance- Nice clear golden color. 1.5 fingers of white head with minimal retention time and lacing. Some bubbles present.

Smell - Not much here, some grassy notes and some sweetness. Also some hop bite after a couple of whiffs.

Taste - Clean and crisp with some pepper elements but very sweet for a pilsener although more appropriate for a EPL. Sweetness to me is reminiscent of Munich Helles Lager. Keeping with the theme ,there is sweet aftertaste too.

M- Clean, crisp, nicely balanced and not exessively carbonated. Medium finish.

Overall - too sweet for repeated consumption, but a nice change and a better alternative than many an EPL..

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 00:47:08 | More by DenisKolkin
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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03-19-2013 02:45:59 | More by jsh5771
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Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
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