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Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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BA SCORE
73
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 01-13-2005)
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +27.4%

10-21-2013 11:45:55 | More by KevinGordon
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +59.2%

10-05-2013 04:05:41 | More by Beerlover
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Darkhnum

Israel

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-15-2013 22:02:07 | More by Darkhnum
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

09-14-2013 01:03:00 | More by Phillyz
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angolmois

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

08-29-2013 10:14:49 | More by angolmois
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

08-10-2013 02:15:40 | More by beertunes
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.11/5  rDev -1%

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..

08-05-2013 00:47:08 | More by DenisKolkin
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

07-15-2013 18:56:10 | More by Bf_89
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

06-15-2013 01:48:38 | More by Vyronian
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-03-2013 20:33:21 | More by RedneckBeerz
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MacStinson

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-15-2013 01:28:03 | More by MacStinson
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jsh5771

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

03-19-2013 02:45:59 | More by jsh5771
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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...

01-31-2013 18:08:35 | More by biegaman
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stunna

Maine

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

01-10-2013 01:10:18 | More by stunna
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Kelpius


3.44/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-09-2013 06:33:44 | More by Kelpius
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mmilyko

Nevada

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-02-2012 23:18:52 | More by mmilyko
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

09-15-2012 22:31:39 | More by NightINgale
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

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....

08-25-2012 04:44:36 | More by ZAP
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crwrunner

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-18-2012 11:53:19 | More by crwrunner
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

08-06-2012 23:45:15 | More by Oboogie
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

08-06-2012 21:08:40 | More by jeremy13586
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mynie

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

06-24-2012 02:53:20 | More by mynie
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

06-02-2012 02:50:51 | More by DrDemento456
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

05-23-2012 01:52:56 | More by BeardedBoffin
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

05-22-2012 07:06:44 | More by feloniousmonk
Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
73 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.