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Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Maes PilsMaes Pils

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 22.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002)
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Photo of Beerstorian
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Beerstorian, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

HalfFull, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of janubio
2.15/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

janubio, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -17%

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.


kojevergas, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.58/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

mactrail, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%

330ml bottle

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

Cozzatoad, Nov 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

GRUUMSH, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

agaloco9, Oct 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

warpedrevolution, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of BelgiumBob
3/5  rDev +8.3%

BelgiumBob, Aug 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

od_sf, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Anacross, Jun 01, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

petluo, May 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

AlexM, Apr 20, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

DARIVA, Apr 10, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 22, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

Campodog, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

deebo, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Gregwa, Dec 27, 2011
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

dankrutgers, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
67 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.