Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 01-13-2005

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Photo of DerekP
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of crossovert
1.9/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

500ml can.

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. (494 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (580 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and small hop, standard pils like. In the taste, sweet maltiness, faint hops, but still a standard European pils. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Just a standard European pils with a sweeter malt, no more, no less. (344 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear light gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with a faint hint of noble hops. The taste is similar to the aroma. However, the finish is nonexistent, and there is no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture, and nice high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I can't see myself drinking it again. There are just far too many better golden lagers out there to waste my time drinking something that is only decent. (548 characters)

Photo of Jaxxon61
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An erstwhile confident to the Heineken / Grolsch / Becks / Stella gang...but at a lower price point (less than 2 bucks a pop at the BCL in the 500ml can). If anything, it gains points on the aforementioned Euro-pilsener giants in terms of noble hoppiness and less skunk-funk. However, a touch too cloying for the lager/pils style, IMHO. I especially don't like the mention of the old el cheapo 'hop extract' and 'unmalted cereals' on the ingredients label >> sounds like crappy adjuncts to me. All-in-all, a better than average Euro macro that's less expensive than its main competitors. (593 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pils pours a bright pale golden colour with a substantial rocky white head that has surprisingly decent retention and does leave some very pretty lacing on my glass.

Smell is nothing out of the ordinary - grassy hops with some light caramel malts.

The taste, however, is relatively complex. I definitely get the typical grassy, grainy, flavours of a euro pale but, I guess because it's a Belgian, there's more sugary, fruity complexities in the background to ponder over. I do detect some apple/pear with just a hint of the bubblegum-y profile that comes through in so many Belgian brews.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a good amount of cleansing carbonation.

Overall, a simple pils with a decent amount of complexity on the palate. Would I buy it again - yes sir. (777 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +29.5%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before February 25, 2012.

Poured a golden yellow with a short lasting white head, that leaves no lace behind - the only remnants of which are a thin collar and film. Nose has some European hops, light grassiness and notes of corn or other adjunct. A general stinkiness about it as well. Taste has some grass, graininess, adjunct malts and some skunkiness even though this was canned - sulfuric character dervied from other aspects of the beer methinks. Fairly high carbonation, that fizzles like a macro. MOderate bitterness hangs around. Pretty light mouthfeel, and average drinkability at best. Passable, but not something I'd grab again. (691 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce can - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Hopefully this is going in the right spot, labelled as Martens Premium Pilsener on the can with 4.8% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear, deep yellow body with a tall, bubbling, white head. Looks nice.

Smell: Pils, pale malts, lightly aromatic and with the faintly spicy, herbal hops gives a hint of crouton.

Taste: Lightly grainy, lightly sweet pilsner malts with just a smidge of tanginess. Then, a bit of dried lemon. Herbal, lowly spicy hops with some balancing bitterness. Soft finish, as the carbonation peters out before the end, and, failing to help accentuate the bitterness, leaves the beer to close out a skosh sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Fairly mild, but, sure, it's near passable for a pils. This one could use just a hair more carbonation though, as the body is a bit flat and unexciting. (916 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to BC as it comes in a 4 pack for $8 of tallboys. At $2 a can that brings in range with Holsten and a few other euro lagers. This is a decent lager redolent of Carlsberg and Stella. Some hops though not as hoppy as a german pils. The finish is slightly sweet but fairly well balanced. Drinkable beer that is good value for the price. (337 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear golden color with some active visible carbonation. The tall, white head has foamy texture with medium density. Retention is very good, and some attractive lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Doughy, straightforward pilsner malt in the nose. Softly grainy and sweet. Herbal and floral noble hop aromas add a characteristic touch, but with less robustness than German or Czech pilsners.

T: Some soft graininess and doughy malt sweetness up front. Pleasant. Hop bitterness is on the light end for a pilsner, but would be considered relatively high for a Euro pale lager. Floral and herbal flavors work well overall. Pretty nice balance of sweetness and bitterness throughout with this one.

M: Medium-light body. Soft overall, with somewhat light carbonation. A bit of dryness in the finish.

D: A nice, well-rounded European lager. An under-the-radar option that soundly beats out many more popular imports in my opinion. Very pleasantly balanced. (971 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Straw with a decently thick white head.

S-Grassy Noble hops, and some sweet malts. No skunk notes and nothing overpowering.

T-Noble (grassy flavored hops) are present but the sweetness of the malt dominates. It is much sweeter than other versions of the style.

M-Seems a bit more syrupy and thick than most of the style which is nice.

D-The sweetness cuts into the drinkability for me so this is probably a one and done.

Overall, a decent version of the style, just too sweet for me. (490 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent golden color with a great foamy head that lasts all the way down as it clings to the glass. Ok aroma-mild sulfur smell to it. Pretty basic aroma wise. Decent enough malty flavor upfront. Somewhat of a mild butter like flavor. Mild hop bite fades goes right into a residual sweetness. Very solid body for the style-actually quite full. A decent Euro lager in my book. Nice flavor and the full body works well together. (424 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, floral, hops, bread

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with floral notes and a bit of hop bitterness. There is also some corn flavour and some yeasty notes. The beer finishes with a grainy lightly hop aftertaste.

Overall – A better than average euro beer. It has a nice light taste with a little bit of a hop bite to it. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn it away if offered. (705 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.74/5  rDev -13%
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! (1,000 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
2.15/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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... (467 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw-yellow colour with thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly to blotches on top of the beer. Some small amounts of lacing on the glass. Smells of very mild grassy hops, with some grainy and bread malt. Small bitterness in the flavour, fairly clean. Smooth enough mouthfeel, maybe a tad more carbonated than I prefer for a lager. Overall a nice enough beer. (381 characters)

Photo of Richter35
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (294 characters)

Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
74 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.