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Maes Pils | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 108
Reviews by eulerthegrape:
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Brend91
2.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Cvdl42
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Wegomlegging
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of tempest
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of RobeyStreet
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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!

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Photo of Kulrak
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On-tap at Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bready and biscuit malts along with notes of sweetness and hints of grassy hops. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems like it could use a little more hops.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Paddez
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Noelito76
3.59/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of rec
1.73/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of CyR
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
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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2/5  rDev -27%

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Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
68 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.