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Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 67
Photo of Graham5161986
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Photo of plfahey
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
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!

Photo of ronniebruner
2.15/5  rDev -30.6%
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...

Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Richter35
2.48/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Tripphop
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of xylophonica
3.07/5  rDev -1%
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..

Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of alankwak
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
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:).

Photo of RichScherle
2.06/5  rDev -33.5%
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!

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