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Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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67
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 38
Photo of wasmachien
2.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Maes tastes like it suffered from malnourishment during birth, and consequently didn't get the attention it needed.

Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this at Tomorrowland, served in the can even though I asked for the draft several times -maybe the taps were for show(?) poured in a cup chilled.

The color is golden with light hazed look thick white head with average bead and thick lace sticks. The smell is herbal and lightly fragrant of lager yeast with a mild sweet pils malt and light bready +mineral accent with slight peppery nose in the background. The mouthfeel is slight spiciness...can't tell if hops or yeast with medium carbonation with light body and low sweetness with a crisp, mostly dry finish .

The flavor of toasted grain starts fresh with light spice of hops and mild mineral taste from the yeast with gentle malt sweetness and the flavor recedes to a dry finish with mild alcohol -very low flavor of hops even though it is hinted at in smell and mouthfeel. The main flavor is grainy sweet pils tinge but the flavor doesn't stick around long. Neither bad nor good overall, better than expected for a mass produced 'pils'. It is lager like but lacking flavor or bitterness of hops which is dissapointing.

Photo of jlindros
3.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap at some random restaurant I stopped in in Antwerp, I think it was called De Herk.

Pours a decent 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with a layer of thin lacing, crystal clear watery golden pilsner color.

Nose is very muted, just a touch of grainy toasty pilsner malts, and perhaps some grassy hops but hard to tell since it's so light.

Taste continues with light characters, faint toasty pilsner malts, light husk that isn't a good husk, little grassy hop character. At least the finish is dry and crisp, but it has to be with that little malt.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb at least.

Overall meh, not too bad as there aren't really any off flavors, but really light like they used corn or other adjuncts to fill it out, so light it's like drinking flavored water.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

On-tap at Celtica, on to the beer:

Pale golden color so commonly found in pale lagers. The head on top had decent retention and whisps a few spots of lace. There is little to smell. First the nose is greeted with vague grain, and it is also greeted with photomaking chemicals. That's worrying.

This is not a good pilsner. Belgium not being a land of pilsner is no excuse for this beer. My first mouthfull brings overboiled grain and photomaking chemicals. I was hoping my second mouthfull would bring something different, but it didn't. My third mouthfull,the same. Maes Pils has a very rough flavor. A light body and solid carbonation are appreciated, but utimately this is unpleasant and I can't finish my pint.

You'd think that the makers of a solid lager like Cristal could replicate the process with this other lager. This is just a waste of barley, hops, water, and yeast.

Photo of HalfFull
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. can poured into a pils glass. This little can opens with a soda like carbonation and pours a clear deep straw with a large creamy white cap. Good retention and lace, firmly carbonated.

Aroma is standard pils though perhaps a bit light with regards to yeast and hop notes. Otherwise neutral grain and subtle lemon notes.

Tastes of pale malts and a touch of coarse spice. Simple and neutral with nothing pushing me away nor pulling me in.

Feel is full and bready with a moderate carbonation on the finish, that being lighter than expected given the pour and allowing for a smoother than expected close.

Overall a clean and average beer that stands up to a bit of warming given the lack of detracting factors, making it a fairly drinkable brew. Decent bready pils character but with a rather faint dose of hops.

Photo of janubio
2.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 m. bottle. Clear glolden colour, medium head with that dissappears quickly, leaving rings on the glass as you drink. Smell is nothing but grain and hops. Light palate, watery. Taste of grains, herbs and it reminds me somehow of Heineken because of some taste of pear. Metallic notes and some citrus in the end. Just your average mass market beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a Maes pilsner glass in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010.

A: Pours a light soft creamy half finger head. Fair thickness but laughable retention. Body colour is a clear yellow with abundant bubbles - potentially indicative of overcarbonation.

Sm: Light cream and moderately full-bodied barley are the only notes my broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream and minimal floral hops over a moderately full-bodied barley foundation with a crystal malt climax and a slick boring finish. Pretty simple. Off-balance but seemingly built to style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit dry/coarse right on the finish. Complements the flavours.

Dr: Slides down pretty easily, but this is rather forgettable. Price is a bit high by local standards. Quality it just not up to par. Pedestrian as hell.

D+

Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foamy pale golden in the tall Peroni lager glass. Looks quite nice and has a carbonated mouthfeel with plenty of spritz. Just that faintly hoppy aroma that can be described as "beery."

I suppose you could compare this to Heineken as being pleasantly crisp with a slight dose of hops. Light bodied, lightly flavored. A little nose of hoppiness and a pleasant bit of fragrant hops in the aftertaste to remind you it's a beer.. Tastes more like a "Lite" beer. I cannot see any reason to order this except as an ice-cold thirst slaker, but if you're really thirsty this would go down nicely.

This seems to be a less-flavorful version of a Euro Lager with more alcohol than the American standards. It suffers by comparison in the German Pilsener category. From the one-third litre can bought somewhere in Belgium.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Pale golden, perfectly transparent. Head is decently big (let's say 2 fingers) and frothy. Suprisingly shows good retention and lacing

S- Light but very fresh aroma. A touch of malt sweetness on the back. Upfront a fresh and pleasant herbal/fresh cut grass feel. Plus, also a slight, mild yeasty/fruity kind of feel

T- It's not a style of course, but if something could be called a belgian pilsner, then this is. Sweet, crackery malts upfront, not as crisp as in most pilsners though, plus also a hint of caramel. Refreshing herbal notes on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste. As the smell suggested, some fruity flavours are showing up on the tongue (apple is my main pick). Not as bitter as your average pilsner

M- I felt like some more carbonation could have helped, the beer was very light in feel and easily drinkable, but maybe a tad too flat, expecially on the tongue

O- Very refreshing and easy going, plus decently flavourful and a bit different from the standard pilsner, i enjoyed it. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, and possibly just as far as macros can go (which means, as good as beer can be when it's main purpose is to be just another classic pale lager). Plus, great price for value

Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Free with moules frites at Chez Leon in Brussels-first beer on 1st Brussels trip in 2010-wouldn't have been 1st pick but couldn't turn down a free brew.

This one reminded me of Old Style. Standard pils-nothing outstanding-decent body and taste-well balanced-but there are just so many other options to try...lets move on.

Photo of treque
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: watery, traslucent, pale straw in color, there is no head at all, just a tiny one, and disspates quickly

S: some sweet malt, buttery, not so deep

T: light body, sweet notes, biscuit taste, acceptable bitterness, chewy end, something between a macrolager and a real german pilsner

Photo of benfons
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First and for all it's a bit strange that this thread hasn't been split. A couple of years ago they changed their recipe quite aggressively which really improved the beer.

A: Looks like it should, decent head, maybe a bit light colour.

S: Not much there, but nothing disturbing too.

T: a bit like the smell, a bit hoppier then its two main competitors in Belgium. A bit bready

M: slightly thin, but fine for thee style

O: Of the big three Belgians i prefer this one over Jupiler or Stella Artois. Is it a great beer no, but its OK.
Don't really think this is a German Pilsner

Photo of rvdoorn
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Poured a clear yellow golden color with a white head
Smell: typical pilsner smell, noting special
Taste: typical pilsner taste as well, cereals, lightly bitter, but bit weaker taste than average pilsners.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin body
Overall: Bit too watery, cheap beer for teenagers to get drunk.

Photo of Wegomlegging
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with decent head. Smells of classic pils of the region, slightly skunky. Flavor is not pronounced, mostly water and some small amount of wheat. Finishes slightly vomitous , which is not pleasant. Softness of water is nice and makes it go down fast. Would be easy to drink if not for the flavor. Every country has its bad beer, this honor in Belgie goes to our man here.

Photo of CyR
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A: Transparent

S: Smells of classic Pilsener

T: Pilsener basic, better than the previous version

M: not last long, slightly bitter with a little grain

D: Getting drunk easily but without much flavor

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Lager number two in Belgium, without strong business and great flavor without much originality. At deserves better than her big sister, Jupiler.
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Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review concern the new version of Maes Pils: Maes Pils be.music ABV 5.2%

Recognizing the limited potential of the former Maes taste, the brewery has decided to release a new version, this time with a lot more malt (about 35% more). Do not ask why the former was so tasteless. In short, always an easy entry on the palate, quite watery but here finally found the bitterness and slightly fruity when cereals have their say. The piquancy of malt adds his strength and power to give a taste similar to lager Jupiler but without the aftertaste dirty and characteristic of the latter.

Photo of soju6
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was a light golden color with a nice white head. No real smell to speak of. Taste was crisp & refreshing. Feel was light, more like a an American style beer than a pilsner. Saying that, it was a nice break from sampling wines all day with my wife.

Photo of RobeyStreet
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There isn't a whole lot to say about this particular beer. It was a pretty run-of-the-mill pils that didn't actually taste that great. It didn't have any particular good notes and mostly just had a bitter aftertaste. I would not recommend this... probably not worth it, and I even had this in Belgium!

Photo of tempest
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine wanted to find a good PBR substitute in Belgium and here it is. A smooth, clean, light bready malt flavor with no hops or adjunct flavor. On a hot day you could drown yourself in pitchers of this. Today in Belgium, we'll settled for a platter of glasses. This is no German pils, maybe a weak Czech pils, more likely an American adjunct lager, and a good one at that.

Photo of LittleCreature
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of white head that gradually reduced to a thin layer over a clear body of pale golden-orange.

Smell - 2.5
Even with warming there is almost no discernable smell. Slight pale malt sweetness, some grain, no hops on the nose at all.

Taste - 3.0
Slightly sweeter than your average pilsener and very light on both malt flavour and hop bitterness. Just plain grain and husk flavour, no real off flavours, quite crisp, finishes dry. Nothing special, especially for a Belgian (although let's face it - they are not famous for lagers are they?!).

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Quite light in the mouth with a low to moderate level of carbonation. Slightly astringent.

Drinkability - 3.5
Probably quite high for the uneducated masses, it is certainly sessionable, but for me this is so boring that I will probably never get it again.

OVERALL - 2.95
Wow, how boring is this beer!? I feel that it deserves lower than the score I gave it, but, in a similar way to Budweiser, it does not have any real flaws to mark it down for. There is very little smell or taste, but (unlike Michelob and others) it is immistakably a beer and it is easy to drink. A real supermarket white bread of a beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Last bottle in an eight pack of twist-top 25cl brown bottles. Best before April 2009, drank August 2008.

Poured into a Veltins Pilsner glass and compared to a Bel Pils (Duvel Moortgat) which was poured at the same time and into a simular glass.

Bright and bubbley, good light golden colour with a pure white head that faded to a thin covering, but that did stay the distance.

No aroma, so my normal 3 points for a non-smelling lager beer.

Refreshing and crisp, not a great ammount of flavours though.

Watery and thin, it had that typical mass produced European lager feel to it.

Ideal for washing away the grime of the day, but not a session beer for me in any way.

Compared to the Bel Pils: Looked better, smell and taste not as good. Mouthfeel and drinkability also poorer than the Bel.

Photo of garcia2a
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, this is not my idea of a Belgian, that said, lets go.

Had this at the Floris bar in Brussels. for 6 euros, I somehow ended up with 60oz. of this ditty.

Pours a medium golden tone with a three finger head that held for about 3-4 minutes. The clarity is crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

The bouquet is what I would expect for a German pilsner, a liitle hops, a little malt, nothing that really treats the old schnozola.

The taste has a malt bite and again, I'm thinking a German pilsner. It does however have a slightly odd back taste, not sure what it was.

Mouthfeel is fine as this is a beer that after you taste the first few ounces for noting, its is time to drink and drink another, and another and so on. This is not a beer geek's brew!!

I like to think of this as the Schmidt's of Belgium!!!

Photo of therica
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in Leuven Belgium. My first thought was, "Busch." A fine beer if you're just drinking while talking or partying, and without paying attention.

A= fine-bubbled lifeless styrofoam head

S= reasonable bouquet with malt nose

T= mild hops, malt; a staleness typical of a US Macro-beer.

M= stale US-beer-mouth

D= drinkable but that's about it.

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : biére pilsener, mousse blanche, robe blond clair
Smell : houblonnée
Taste and mouthfeel : goût franc, bouche sèche, amertume agréable
Drinkability : une bière dans le style pils, correcte mais sans plus

Photo of biegaman
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Off tap. A generous, overly active stream of steady bubbles that continuously shoot up - looks like something that could be used at a science center exhibit. A healthy complexion - crisp yellow, clear as day with an ocean of fluffy white head.

The smell is not offensive. To the contrary is nearly - but not quite - pleasant. A straight up blend of Saaz hops and pilsner malt, (in other words - what it should be!) I was pleased to find no adjuncts or stale notes to spoil this one. To have these lagers fresh in Europe is entirely different from skunked, dated, green bottles found dusty on shelves in North America!

The mouthfeel is a little cardboard-like. A little stiff, not as smooth as other pilsners. The carbonation is bloating. The flavour is corn filled! Corn adjunct rings out far more than any malt. It wasn't enough to compromise the drinkability but it certainly did not make for a tasty brew. All considered, this might be an option on a hot, sunny day.

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Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
67 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.