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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Brouwerij Martens NV visit their website
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 xylophonica
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a glass.. purely for the purposes of reviewing!

A - Pale golden colour, little head and what there is of it quickly subsides.

S - Sweet sugary wheat and grass. Also a touch of malt.

T - Fairly mild malty taste at first. There's plenty of malt around so it does soften the palate somewhat. Sweeter honey-ish aftertaste which contrasts to the general bitterness.

M - Solid carbonation give some spiciness to the palate. Overall it's mildly above average but not great.

O - Well it's drinkable but if you're looking for a cheapish Belgian lager then go for something like Maes Pils or even the ubiquitous Juplier over this drink.. (656 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop that left globs of lace as it settled slowly.Light aromas of honey malt and faint herb,a bit cooked veg as well.Slighty buttery on the palate along with light honey sweetness,light metallic notes in the finish.Like others have said this beat most American mass produced beer of the same style and alot of Euro trash,still is a below average lager beer in my mind. (457 characters)

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

Light straw color with a white head.

Aromas of light - LIGHT toasty grain and a dash of hops.

Light grassy flavors with a little subtle hop bitterness on the finish.

Light-medium body.

This is how most Belgian pilsners rate - better than Stella, better than most Dutch pilsners, way better than anything in the American macro-lager tradition, but falling short of the quality of merely decent German and Czech pilsners. (423 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Marstens Pils is a pretty basic Belgian pilsner. Most people don't realize that although Belgium has hundreds of really interesting beers, basic beers like this actually make up the brunt of what's consumed. Moving forward...

It looks great in the glass. The body is a crystal-clear, fairly deep gold, and I can see my fingerprints through the glass. The creamy bright-white head rises up to a two-finger thick cap, and then holds quite well, very slowly dwindling to an average collar. Surprisingly, it also leaves some pretty remarkable sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose is basic, combining straight-forward pilsen malt with noble hops. The hops are not bright or strong (and it's certainly no German pilsener), but they're very nicely floral and a touch herbal over the lightly sweet, straw-like malt.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates it will be, but the depth of the malt flavor is greater and it's got a nice grassy, and slightly nutty character to it. The floral character of the hops remains, and the herbal character is a bit fuller. A solid bitterness balances it, yet it maintains a slightly sweet and bready edge of maltiness throughout. It's balanced, but in the end the malt gets a little more of the spotlight.

Overall it's an impressively drinkable beer. It lacks the tight focus of a true Check Pilsener or their German counterparts, but it's Belgian - what do you expect? I appreciate that it's just a little bit different; and there are hundreds of Euro Pils that don't even come close to it in quality and balance. Nicely done. Worth trying. (1,585 characters)

Photo of alankwak
3.64/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear and golden. Very nice head, head retention and lacing. Lacing is actually much better than expected. A good sign.

S: Light malt and hop odor. Not strong nor should it be really.

T: Smooth with medium hop bitterness with a moderate malty flavor. Medium to medium-high carbonation. Only a light grassy flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Still this seems to be a great session beer since it isn't heavy at all. Easy drinking.

I found this beer at my large local beer/wine store. I was surprised at the low price and decided to try it(I've never had a Belgian brew). This all-malt lager was a surprise. I expected a Heineken clone and basically did find that but this beer is different. Similar in taste but I can't get over the difference in head retention and lacing compared to Heineken. That speaks of the hop quality as well as the protein from good malt and a good brewing process. Very good beer although not a true pilsener IMHO(not hoppy enough...but darn close:). (986 characters)

Photo of RichScherle
2.06/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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! (572 characters)

Photo of BudWizeMan
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale golden straw,white creamy head with a repectable amount of lacing

S-Very light bready malt aroma,hops not quite detectable

T-Nice pleasant pilsner malt flavor,very lightly hopped,

M-Very good,excellent balance between crispness and creamyness,absolutely the best attribute of this Pilsner

D-Extremely high,great balance of mild favor,excellent mouthfeel and crisp refreshment.

A Pilsner from Belgium What?@#%^*!Belgium is not known for their Pilsners I very well know that!I went into this one totally blind,It was $5.99 for the 16.9oz four pack so the risk was taken.

First impression was where are the hops???I am more acustomed to hoppier Pilsners such as Urquell,Noble Pils,Radeberger,Wernesgruener even Prima Pils on two occasions.

Then the mouthfeel kicked in very creamy and lush,the more I drank the better it seemed to taste.I was pleasantly surprised I must say.

While not a great or fantastic Pils,it makes a great beer to have beach or poolside,therefore I am sure I'll enjoy more of these in the future.More enjoyable than not with absolutely no off flavors! (1,090 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a can, seemed really fresh. Up there with one of the best pilsners on the market.

tastes like a fresh clean Heineken. I was really suprised that I didn't mind it. Nice hop presence and good bitternss. well balanced lager with lots of bready notes. maybe a little more malt backbone than others.

Perfect beer break from the hop bombs I love and great with burgers, pizza, and mexican. Nice lager! (405 characters)

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard Euro-pils appearance, pours nicely with respectable head. Slightly skunky aroma of the hops style of the region, not a bad thing. Good flavor, but nothing special. Softer mouthfeel than America-versions. Overall quite drinkable if served cold, very crisp. (264 characters)

Photo of anakar
1/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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 (313 characters)

Photo of ADZA
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a carton of this pretty cheap the only downfall its in cans anyways it pours a golden amber see thru colour with nice carbonation that leaves a bubbly two finger head and sporadic lacing,the aroma is pretty macro with grains and a feint bubblegum aroma,it has a thin mouthfeel with a rather grainy taste and isnt nothing to write home about,its definately better than the macroswill that sells for much more and easier to down but its not a beer that i would drink if i wanted a nice beer with character. (516 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a massive white cloud top head, which retains very well, thick patchy lacing, and numerous streams of slow-rising carbonation. Tide marks form as the beer is consumed.

Aroma: Very prominent noble hops, with strong cracker malt notes, in all, the prototypical Pils aroma. No skunk is evident, as the bottle was protected from llght.

Taste: Crisp hop notes dominate the open, as the taste progresses, sweet pale malt notes rise throughout the taste, although remain a bit subdued. Finishes with a mild, lingering noble hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of the Euro Pale Lager style, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml green plastic bottle with a twist-off plastic cap, served in a standard Pilsener glass. (849 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plastic green bottle.

A) Nice snowy white head that lasts and laces in deep tide marks.

S) Earthy hop leaf with hints of corn and a mild peppery Saaz like hop.

T) The bitter hop level is firm but not quite where I expect it for a Pils (note the BA style of Euro Pale Lager which might be more accurate, but I'm gong with the Pils on the label). There is a little green apple acetyladehyde but it's not unpleasant.

M) Light body which leads toward the carbonation level being a bit fizzy.

D) Great looks, fair taste, and beyond the green apple, no real flaws. Just a little under-hopped. (591 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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) (812 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours from 50CL plastic bottle a very bubbly and foam straw gold. The foam is a +2 finger and it leaves some nice lacing. Excellent head retention and the lacing is amongst the best I've seen for the style.

The nose is on the light side but I get some notes of bread and citrus. I hope the taste is more assertive.

The taste has some bread, a touch of caramel, minimal citrus, and some earthiness that joins in the finish with a bit of bitterness.

Light bodied and not nearly as carbonated as it looked in the glass, I find it pretty tasty and pretty drinkable and, on this warm day in Casper, quite refreshing so I think it succeeded to satisfy me but there are many others I would opt for before this one. Isay, if you see it, try it. (749 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Green plastic bottle... weird.

Dry, toasty Euro-lager smell without the all-too-familiar sulfur.

Medium straw, good clarity, decent head.

Ample sweetness of malt. Spicy cinnamon-like flavor with an almost minty-like coolness. A little hop bitterness. Some of that dry, toasty malt comes out. Good bit of mouth carbonation.

Great flavor for a cheap Euro Lager. I love it and would definitely get it again for an easy drinker - it's quite tasty, really. (457 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (520 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.14/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a big ole head, and lacing is fine too... smell is similar to heineken, some call it skunky- i call it skunkarific!... a basic beer, but it seems to do the job... For the price, a real bargain! ... I liked it, but it falls just short of classic heiny! (262 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the twist-off plastic bottle a golden color with active bubbles. Head is foamy and frothy and sticks around. Also leaves some beautiful lacing. Very thick and textural looking. Such a mild and faint earthy hop and honey malt aroma combination in the nose. Flavor is extremely light and pretty well mirrors the nose. I honestly can't pick out any "bad" flavors in this one. Just a little too clean and seltzery for me, really. Kind of like it's 1 part club soda and 2 parts lager. Just a touch of butteriness in the finish, I believe. Mouthfeel is very light with some fairly smooth carbonation. While not very interesting, this is certainly a thirst quencher and wholly unoffensive. At under $1.70 for a 500 ml bottle, I might be going back to this every now and then. (781 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.44/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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? (1,207 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.
Light body. (323 characters)

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