Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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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
2.08/5 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
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
2.15/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
12-26-2012 16:51:42 | More by janubio
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.
12-05-2012 18:29:31 | More by kojevergas
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
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
Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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