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Martens Pilsener - Brouwerij Martens NV

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73
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 17.52%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 01-13-2005)
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Photo of woodychandler
2.7/5  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.

woodychandler, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Clydesdale, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

thegodfather2701, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev +14%
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.

lackenhauser, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

Yoonisaykul, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
2.13/5  rDev -32.2%
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...

ronniebruner, May 30, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

kwjd, May 28, 2011
Photo of Richter35
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Richter35, May 27, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Tripphop, May 06, 2011
Photo of xylophonica
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
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..

xylophonica, May 05, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  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.

oberon, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

dedrinker, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of alankwak
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
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:).

alankwak, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of RichScherle
1.9/5  rDev -39.5%
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!

RichScherle, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BudWizeMan
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

BudWizeMan, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +30.6%
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!

CampusCrew, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Wegomlegging
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Wegomlegging, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of anakar
1/5  rDev -68.2%
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

anakar, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of ADZA
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

ADZA, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Pegasus, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

HardTarget, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
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)

Billolick, Aug 26, 2008
Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
73 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.