Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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4.58/5 rDev +65.9%
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.
10-03-2007 02:22:42 | More by animal69
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
3.55/5 rDev +28.6%
I have to have, let's say, two sets of standards.
One for what I call big beers, the second for little beers.
Big beers are of course Belgian Strong Pale Ale; wits; hefes; krieks; etc...
Little ones obviously come from macros, both Mexican and American.
Since big beers here in México are not only expensive but also hard to find. Plus, in my city, a big metro with almost 4 million people, there's only one brewpub (expensive) and one microbrewery (also expensive).
So, I have to stick with the little beers most of my time.
Local weather is another fact: Since March thru November temperatures go from 90° to 120°.
This climate thing makes you prefer lagers with a rather low alcohol content.
And Maes Pils is this type of brew.
It's clear yellow color is of a typical lager; nice lasting head with a distinctive lace.
Light malt smell, attractive though.
Refreshing mild hop taste that reminds me another beer which I can't identify right now.
Good and consistent malt aftertaste, light fizziness.
In my weather I could drink six bottles of this one easily.
Hope other local lagers be like this one because for me this is a Summer beer.
05-22-2005 00:19:22 | More by Pepeton
3.4/5 rDev +23.2%
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
07-02-2011 21:09:34 | More by benfons
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
3.29/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
08-13-2014 16:38:34 | More by Slatetank
3.23/5 rDev +17%
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
08-02-2011 01:09:23 | More by treque
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
3.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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!!!
03-12-2008 07:00:03 | More by garcia2a
3.1/5 rDev +12.3%
None of the sweetness or skunkiness of the common pils, but also none of the brightness or bite of the best of the style. I like this better than Stella, which I thought tasted like an American macro-lager. This tastes as much like a lager to me, as the malt (albeit slight) is in front of the mild hops. Not bad, but there are too many others that are better.
01-13-2004 02:29:47 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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
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
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
Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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