Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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73
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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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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +60.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kelpius
3.44/5  rDev +10.3%
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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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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