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Martens Pilsener | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Brouwerij Martens NV
Belgium | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 01-13-2005

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright straw color with a good amount of activity. Slightly frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of leaves, sweet grains, caramel, lemon, skunk, noble hops, floral spices. Pleasant sweetness, and lots of sharpness. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light bitter finish, quite hoppy and malty, lingering smoky grass and skunky feel, with a sugary touch. Pretty good pilsener, lots of character and quality ingredients. Decent freshness and well balanced flavors. Pleasant to drink, but a little thin and flat in the mouth. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of waterbuffalo
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A light golden colour with little head. Smells like pear. A very light tasting beer but very refreshing. Tastes of light fruit. Enjoyable overall. Would be fantastic on a nice summer day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow pour, white head, 3/5", clarity up there. Aroma was neutral.

Taste hit all the usual noble hop notes, mild super mild malt notes, lively carbonation appropriate for style. Floral. Cheap beer if you need your Euro lager kick, this one doesn't have the skunky vibe so much though.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

I was thirsty and this beer quenched that thirst. It certainly looks nice my Samuel Adams glass. No appreciable aroma. It tasted slightly honey-sweet but finished with a strange but not terribly unpleasant metallic twang. Pleasant velvety mouthfeel. Not bad. Probably a summer beer or something to be sampled when thirsty.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a decent Belgian take on the German pils. Rather sweet as pilsners go, and a little watery, but a good refreshing summer beer to wash off the heat. Also had a nice fluffy white head.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a light straw, almost yellowish color. Minimal aroma, reminds me of a decent laer on the nose. The flavor is biscuity, with just a hint of pilsner funk. The texture is where this beer really shines. Large, plentiful bubbles make this an awesome thirst quencher on a hot day. Is it the best pilsner around? No way, but it is certainly good option when you want something fizzy and simple

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” white foam collar that dissipates to the thick film.
S: Light grainy pils malt, no fruit, diacetyl or DMS in the aroma, light hops.
T: Sweet and malty for the style with the carbonation and hops providing some balance in the finish.
F: Highly carbonated, medium light body, smooth, no warming, no astringency, slight carbonation bight on the tongue
O: This is a decent but not outstanding member of the style.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow color. Fluffy white head. No visible carbonation present. Aroma is mild, biscuity, gummy, and some kind of hops are noticed. Flavor is what you would expect out of an import pilsener. Overall its good/average, but as a craft beer fan just not my favorite style.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.81/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny white head that is gone in no time. Medium gold and clear

S- Fair amount of hops and malt here. Not what I expected after seeing the pour

T- A bit woodsy. Metallic. Mushroom flavor.

M- A typical Pilsner.

O- Not one I enjoyed very much. Weird touch of wood flavor. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Beef and barley soup with carrots and beans


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear light golden color. White head with a film of retention. World map lacing.

Aroma: Malts, grains, grassy notes.

Taste: Grainy and malty up front, lemongrass follows, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Not overly grassy, lots of good grains and malts. Good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of britemidnght777
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
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..

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The fact that Martens Pilsener is a bit cloudy is a good sign. Many of the best pilsners I've had were unfiltered (or otherwise just clouded). And that's not to take away from the fact that this golden, solid-looking beer is in fact transparent and well burnished. Factor in the decent amount of head and it's safe to say that this is a decent, if conventionally aesthetic beer.

The aroma, though respectable enough for a mass-produced lager, is not immune to the tarnish of adjuncts (nor, alarmingly, of alcohol). Sugars were definitely added. The corn syrup-y musk is not sufficient to turn me away entirely, but we're not off to the best start and it's certainly enough to enforce the sense that this is going to be a pretty run-of-the-mill offering.

Martens Pilsener is for those people who prefer plain toast and unflavored potato chips - its flavour is light and basic. Though largely insipid, it has some cereal grain notes, a most welcomed trace of earthy hops and a surprising amount of body. In a way it drinks more like a true pilsner - as opposed to swill lager - albeit one with all the frills cut out.

It is in the aggregate that unseen details become visible; while the flavour is palatable enough, the use of corn and sugar adjuncts gives the mouthfeel a terribly starchy texture and also creates an overly sweet, off-putting aftertaste (one that fortunately fades in the time it takes me to make a few strokes on the keyboard). Still, I'm bizarrely left with a parched sensation.

Martens Pilsener is way closer to an actual pilsner than most commercial Belgian or Dutch brands advertised as such (cough, Stella, cough). Despite being “like” a pilsner, however, it isn’t - it falls foul to the same off-putting adjuncts and incompleteness as most every mass-produced lager. I honestly didn't mind the few tall cans I drank, but let's call a spade a spade...

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Photo of Kelpius
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If there was a category for value, this would score highly. Even as an import, it is $4.99 for a four pack of tallboys at Total Wine. With an abv of 4.8, it's a definite improvement over American competitors. It is smooth, has no aftertaste to speak of (okay, I did taste the can), is not too sweet or hoppy, and is very affordable. If you tried craft beer because you were tired of PBR and the like, you can revisit the best of your past with this working man's import, without an obnoxious price point, skunkiness, or unexpected flavors from added impurities. Just good beer, pure and simple, unadorned and great on ice. Somewhere, a Belgian truckdriver knows what I mean.

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Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice light golden color...clear...

S-Grainy malt....sweeter, breadier impression...not spicy at all..maybe a little musty

T-Grainy...bready....lightly hopped for a pilsner...just a light saaz like hop note late..

M-Light side of medium bodied....maybe high side of light bodied :)
Easy drinking....nice light malt flavor with just a kiss of hops..lower carbonation makes this drink real easy..

O-This is a real nice drinking lager...not an assertive pilsner by any means and I first I was a little disappointed as I was hoping for that. But if you accept it for what it is, it is still enjoyable. I wonder if this is what American Lager tasted back in the day....

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a local bottle shop. Pounder can with a 25/6/12 date on the bottom.

Poured a pale golden color. Formed about two fingers of fluffy head that slowly disappeared in to some pillowy foam. It left plenty of thin lacing along the glass.

Really not too much going on in the nose. Some hops and an aroma of grains. Some light lemon. Kind of drab, but clean and inoffensive.

Grain and a light sweetness. More flavor than in the nose. A bit grassy in the hop department. Light on the flavor, but it was consistant and didn't taper off.

Very smooth with an incredibly clean finish. Light body. Seemed to have pretty mild carbonation for a pilsner.

Pretty decent and inoffensive pilsner. The aroma and flavor were there, but it was a little bit on the delicate side. Might make for a nice tailgate or BBQ beer if you're looking for something light that will still have some decent flavor.

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a four-pack of cans in Iowa. The expiry date printed on the bottom of the can (which is not visible when the cans are in their plastic wrapper) says it expires the day after tomorrow. Whew!

Pours darkly into an old High Life pils glass, fizzy and translucent with a really nice, fluffy white head.

Smells rich yet delicate. Nothing too fancy--pils malt, dry floral noble hops--but the balance is excellent. Tastes like it smells. The hops are nearly dry or strong enough for this to qualify as a German pils, but it's got a bit more bit to it than your average Euro Pale. It's like the missing link between Stella and Urqell, lacking the oldtimey unfiltered character of Sam Smiths' lager, but still more interesting than, say, Carlsberg.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a can mixed-n-match for $1.75

A - Pours a light straw colored yellow with some damn impressive head/lacing for a Pilsener.

S - Smells of mild grains, really mild hops, some sour apple funk and a touch of lemon grass.

T - It's really not that bad in fact it taste better than most Euro lagers I have had. In no way offensive when it gets warm. Taste is mostly grain forward, sweet malts, and a touch of sour apple/tart lemon.

M - Light to medium as expected.

Overall not something I would seek out again but 3x better than your miller lite BMC.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a crystal-clear light golden color with the requisite cap of white foam. The modest aroma conveys hints of various grains. Light on the palate, a little bread here and there. Sweetness accompanies the filler. The beer is a standard Euro style golden brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Martens Pilsner. Martens Beer Anno 1758, Traditionally brewed Premium Pilsner.

Clear, golden hued, head starts huge, shuffles down, leaves a little lace.

Aroma: cereal and straw. Highly hopped with traces of corn. Largely inoffensive.

Taste: Tasty hop profile up front, lean bodied, soft and supple. Drinks easy, with an insistent hoppy edge. A little lemon-y now, a touch of fruit. But, overall, dry, with a slight bitterness.

Not bad at all. Even good. I don't often drink lagers and pilsners, but I wouldn't turn one of these down.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec. 15 2014.

Pours a deep, translucent golden-yellow colour; similar to, but perhaps slightly darker in tinge than most comparable imports. A frothy eggshell-white head erupts at the surface, reaching two fingers in thickness before gradually settling into a thin, lumpy cap over a few minutes' time. Retention is decent, and the stringy lacing left behind on the sides of the glass is of respectable quantity for the style. The aroma is acceptable, but offers nothing very interesting - grainy malts, some light sweetness, with some weedy, vaguely-sulfurous/skunky hop notes.

The taste isn't bad, but I'd hesitate to call it particularly good. Light barley malt sweetness is probably the most dominating facet of the flavour, with some (thankfully subtle) corny notes in the background. Slightly herbal, with vaguely noble hoppy bitterness coming forward toward the finish. Dryness blends with lingering barley malt sweetness in the aftertaste, along with an unfortunate and unmistakable metallic twinge. Light-bodied and refreshing, with lighter carbonation levels than I expect from the style.

Final Grade: 3.14, a C+. Martens Pilsener isn't a very good pils, but as far as generic, cheap Euro lagers go, it's probably above average in the category. Imported lager fans on a budget will be hard-pressed to find something distinctly better - I'd take this over Heineken and a lot of low-end EPLs, but it lacks the impressive hop presence of most true German or Czech pilseners.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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!

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Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
74 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.