Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews by Kulrak:
3.05/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-04-2007 11:24:38 | More by Kulrak
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3.05/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-29-2012 15:41:09 | More by deebo
United Kingdom (England)
2.1/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
08-10-2002 05:07:16 | More by rastaman
2.45/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
02-14-2011 01:45:23 | More by Wegomlegging
2.83/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-07-2009 01:05:29 | More by tempest
2.7/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
01-19-2013 05:25:35 | More by HalfFull
2.28/5 rDev -17.4%
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!
10-14-2009 21:38:37 | More by RobeyStreet
2.8/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-07-2005 22:45:49 | More by Paddez
United Kingdom (England)
2.65/5 rDev -4%
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.
08-13-2008 17:03:26 | More by BlackHaddock
3/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
09-07-2010 12:12:11 | More by ThaCreep
1.7/5 rDev -38.4%
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.
04-18-2007 05:39:55 | More by rec
3.33/5 rDev +20.7%
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
Lager number two in Belgium, without strong business and great flavor without much originality. At deserves better than her big sister, Jupiler.
02-10-2011 17:00:06 | More by CyR
3.58/5 rDev +29.7%
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
11-17-2012 09:17:50 | More by Cozzatoad
3.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
06-11-2013 13:12:43 | More by jlindros
2.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-06-2004 02:56:59 | More by marcellaproust
Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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