Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV
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1/5 rDev -68.3%
The worse beer I ever had.
I don't know if you ever had this, but my friend baught these in Plastic (!) bottles. Its pale, weak, and bitter (which is very rare).
Its got too much gas in it and it tastes like when you first drink beer as a kid: bitter to no real purpose and tastless otherwise.
Avoid, Avoid, Avoid
11-27-2010 22:45:41 | More by anakar
1.83/5 rDev -41.9%
Rare gusher can. Not really sure why. It pours a standard gold with a bright industrial lager looking white head that leaves typical lacing.
The smell is grainy with some orange. For an EPL it isn't the worst. But where not talking a world-class pilsener here.
The flavor is not the greatest. Very watery. There is a light pinch of noble hops with some orange and a faint bit of bitterness in the finish.
Not super sure why this stuff gets imported other than it is a cheap beer.
01-03-2012 20:48:51 | More by crossovert
1.9/5 rDev -39.7%
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!
03-12-2011 19:18:05 | More by RichScherle
2.13/5 rDev -32.4%
Very disappointed in this beer. I relly wanted to like this brew, but in all honesy it tastes extremely average. The beer tastes very watered down and is over-carbonated. It is very sugary and leaves absolutely no trace of lace and/or head. The beer's aroma is remiscent of MGD or Michelob. This is definitely not a sipping beer, but more of a beer to enjoy at the river or a party. Not the worst beer I have ever had, but definitely not a beer I will drink two of...
05-30-2011 03:26:04 | More by ronniebruner
2.33/5 rDev -26%
Yellow color, fizzy appearance. Quite creamy head, white and compact.
The smell is a bit common and banal, but it's a pils smell, correct, quite grassy, with a malty background.
The smell has a decent bitterness. Acceptable basic pils.
Quite bitter aftertaste, also, with honey hints. Quite long bitterness.
06-12-2006 19:05:43 | More by stcules
United Kingdom (England)
2.42/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
Ever licked a shoe box?
11-01-2007 19:57:05 | More by BlackHaddock
2.5/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
12-14-2013 04:36:22 | More by britemidnght777
2.53/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
05-27-2011 19:55:49 | More by Richter35
2.53/5 rDev -19.7%
16.9oz can poured into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin fizzy head typical of these types of beers.
Smells of sweet grain with a slightly grassy aroma.
The taste is very grainy up front albeit a bit sweeter than many other Euro lagers. This is followed by a wet grass flavor that isn't really appealing but not off-putting either. A light bitterness pervades throughout.
Overall this is just an ok beer. It is not as crisp as I would have liked and there are many better options out there for this style. Can't really see myself getting this again.
12-28-2011 03:04:01 | More by rangerred
2.55/5 rDev -19%
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!
04-23-2012 13:55:05 | More by ZorPrime
2.6/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
09-03-2011 04:12:56 | More by cjgator3
2.63/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-06-2011 03:08:11 | More by Tripphop
2.65/5 rDev -15.9%
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)
08-25-2008 23:14:09 | More by Billolick
2.7/5 rDev -14.3%
These CANs seem to have hit the DC/BAL/NVA area in the last five months and The CANQuest (TM) was fortunate enough to happen across them at Max's on Broadway during a recent visit. I scooped up the equivalent of a sixer, but I later saw them prepackaged in shrink-wrapped four-packs. No worries because I have plenty of fellow CANQuesters who are not picky about new CANs.
From the CAN: "Martens Beer Anno 1758"; "Traditionally Brewed"; "Premium Pilsener".
The Crack & Glug came off nicely, revealing a Greg Koch special - a fizzy yellow beer, something I happen to embrace. A finger of rocky, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a very pretty golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. King Midas and Croesus both rubbed their palms together in anticipation. Nose had a dull Saaz hops presence and a touch of metallic tang. For those late to The CANQuest (TM), that metallic presence is due to the brewing process, NOT to the serving medium (a CAN). Mouthfeel was medium and I might have guessed "German Plisner" in a blind tasting, given its emphasis on malt, rather than Noble hops, although they were present. The finish was like a weak tea of malt, hops and metal. I am probably making it sound worse than it actually was, but it was not anything really special, either.
08-13-2011 15:31:44 | More by woodychandler
2.78/5 rDev -11.7%
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!
06-15-2011 03:41:27 | More by Yoonisaykul
2.85/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
03-28-2008 07:38:57 | More by BeerZack
Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
74 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.