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Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
67
poor

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002)
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

02-22-2012 04:56:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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mactrail

Washington

2.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

12-05-2012 02:52:01 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +8.7%

12-08-2011 19:28:14 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BlackHaddock

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
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kojevergas

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -16.7%

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+

12-05-2012 18:29:31 | More by kojevergas
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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
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DoubleJ

California

2.08/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

05-23-2013 05:22:43 | More by DoubleJ
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BillRoth

Maryland

3/5  rDev +8.7%

11-29-2013 19:06:23 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +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.

10-08-2007 14:45:20 | More by biegaman
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

07-06-2014 03:08:11 | More by Latarnik
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GraduatedCashew

California

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

08-28-2013 17:51:54 | More by GraduatedCashew
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3/5  rDev +8.7%

07-04-2013 23:11:33 | More by WOLFGANG
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stcules

Italy

2.13/5  rDev -22.8%

Deep blonde color, quite carbonated. Average foam, white. Quite sticky.
In the smell a noticeable maltiness. No defects, but anonymous
Same for the taste.
Clean, a little carbonated.
No good values, but no defects.
Hints of hop, light, in taste and aftertaste.

11-28-2006 22:33:35 | More by stcules
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francisweizen

Alaska

1.08/5  rDev -60.9%

16oz can, on a corner with a baguette sandwitch in Brussels, Be. I've seen people drinking this at the bar, and if you pour it into a glass it is a piss-yellow colour with a small white head. The aromas are all corn, vegetable, and metallic notes. The taste is corny, metallic, and almost unbearable. The mouthfeel is light, watery, and horrible. As for the drinkability? I threw out the second half of the can!

05-17-2004 21:35:10 | More by francisweizen
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.13/5  rDev -22.8%

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”.

05-10-2005 07:09:32 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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whartontallboy

New York

2/5  rDev -27.5%

01-04-2012 03:14:49 | More by whartontallboy
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cdwil

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

12-30-2011 21:28:45 | More by cdwil
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dcmchew

Romania

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

11-05-2013 17:23:54 | More by dcmchew
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

11-02-2013 14:32:46 | More by Ciocanelu
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rastaman

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
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thierrynantes

France

3/5  rDev +8.7%

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

11-24-2007 19:39:28 | More by thierrynantes
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animal69

Louisiana

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
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HalfFull

California

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
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Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
67 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.