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Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by Cozzatoad:
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

More User Reviews:
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 rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a passable lager, not really a pilsener. Really faint aroma, nothin much picked up. Sweetish and very light palate, thin bodied and bland, i don't know why this is so popular in Belgium, when you consider the amount of good beer they have.

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 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 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 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 Kulrak
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with lots of fluffy white head that laces the glass all the way down. Doesn't smell like much at all, slightly yeasty and that's about it. The taste is very clean, not very sweet, no bitterness to speak of. Not much in the way of flavor either. Finishes very clean as well. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and light. Not too bad at all. Overall, it's very drinkable, mostly because there isn't much in the way of flavor good or bad, so it doesn't offend at all.

Photo of Paddez
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maes pils is incredibly clear and looks rather uninspired. If sparkling water would be yellow, it'd look like this. The smell and taste are both sweet with mainly malts & corn. Way too sweet and unbalanced. There's not too much evidence of any hops residing in the brew. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Moderately drinkable.

An average to poor lager. Stella would be a better choice if you would want to opt for a Belgian macro-lager to quench your thirst on a hot day.

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 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 rec
1.73/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A truly horrible beer.

The pour creates a small head and lame pale yellow body. The head does however lace remarkably well - most impressive.

The aroma is typical macro, a strange metalic vibe with hopps and yeast.

The taste is a vile one, exceptionally poor. Generally speaking, a pils of this nature will neither taste bad nor good, rather be fine and drinkable. Unfortunately that's not the case with MAES due to a horrible bitterness and watery plain finish.

Steer clear of this one, it's a waste of money.

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 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 marcellaproust
2.66/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A drinkable, pleasant beer, but not pilsworthy. Maes has nearly no smell, a slight yeasty opening which promises a heartier pils than is delivered. Hops do emerge, though bashfully mid to end. There is a puzzling metallic finish, but this doesn't detract from the beer's potential as a good, summer accompaniment to picnics and beach bumming days.

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 animal69
4.58/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ahh, my favorite german pilsner, crystal pale yellow color w/ a slight creamy white head & some lacing; very malty aroma for a pils; has a perfect balace of malt/hop flavor w/ some pleasing (prob. from the yeast),yet indescribable undertones (fresh cement?), nice light, dry palate which makes this a very drinkable(yet expensive,i paid $12.00 for a six) 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 tesguino
1.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A beer from Alken in belgium, i try better things than this but only one thing is good, its smell, little spice and herbal; taste slowly bitter, and grassy, little heavy; its color talk about its high fermentation; i try with mexican food; serve in a pint glass.

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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Well it finally happened…….desperate to avoid a Rain Shower it meant sampling this brew in a non-descript bar in Ostende who’s name wasn’t even worth writing down. Served in one of those straight sided tumblers so ubiquitous for the golden Belgium elixir known simply as “Pils”.

Appearance: Slick pale yellow body that screams bloody murder with a plethora of streamers that support a foamy white head that lasts throughout the drink and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose: Sweaty socks, malt grain and a funky corn sweetness that has a metallic character to it.

Taste: Extremely light bitterness, but not much else. Watery feel, bloating at times, yet seemingly drunk in inordinate volumes by the locals, how do they do it???

Mouthfeel: Utterly amazing volumes of dissolved Carbon Dioxide explode through the beer up the nose and support my belches for a good 30 minutes after the 33cl glass.

Drinkability: Well….its not exactly repugnant, I’ve had worse…but it lacks taste, is over-carbonated and feels way too fizzy. <Burp>

Overall: I’ve sampled this on Draft, from the Bottle and extracted it with a vacuous slurp from the Can…..they’re all just as bad.

I tend to think of brews called “Pilsners”, as high end quality Germanic or Czech brews……but when I see a brew simply labeled as a “Pils”….I think of mass-produced Belgium light blonde ales that purport to have a link to the year 1842 yet exhibit a distinct blandness with little affiliation to anything except diuretics.

This is definitely a “Pils”.

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 vancurly
2.26/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow straw. Heavy set white head, persists briefly. No bubbles.
S: Husky grain. Skanky, skunky hop nose.... not good. Flour & dough.
T: Malty. Dull, nothing redeeming.
M: fair
D: I'll drink it over "dry" or "cold-filtered" beer, but other than that, has little going for it.

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Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
67 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.