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Maes Pils - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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67
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +9.1%

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

Netherlands

3/5  rDev +9.1%

11-28-2011 21:02:31 | More by rekel
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +45.5%

11-14-2011 15:17:44 | More by jonb5
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treque

Mexico

3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:09:23 | More by treque
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benfons

Belgium

3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 21:09:34 | More by benfons
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Poured a clear yellow golden color with a white head
Smell: typical pilsner smell, noting special
Taste: typical pilsner taste as well, cereals, lightly bitter, but bit weaker taste than average pilsners.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin body
Overall: Bit too watery, cheap beer for teenagers to get drunk.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 15:44:35 | More by rvdoorn
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 01:45:23 | More by Wegomlegging
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CyR

Belgium

3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Serving type: can

02-10-2011 17:00:06 | More by CyR
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-07-2010 12:12:11 | More by ThaCreep
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soju6

Missouri

2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was a light golden color with a nice white head. No real smell to speak of. Taste was crisp & refreshing. Feel was light, more like a an American style beer than a pilsner. Saying that, it was a nice break from sampling wines all day with my wife.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 12:01:05 | More by soju6
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RobeyStreet

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 21:38:37 | More by RobeyStreet
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 01:05:29 | More by tempest
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LittleCreature

Australia

3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of white head that gradually reduced to a thin layer over a clear body of pale golden-orange.

Smell - 2.5
Even with warming there is almost no discernable smell. Slight pale malt sweetness, some grain, no hops on the nose at all.

Taste - 3.0
Slightly sweeter than your average pilsener and very light on both malt flavour and hop bitterness. Just plain grain and husk flavour, no real off flavours, quite crisp, finishes dry. Nothing special, especially for a Belgian (although let's face it - they are not famous for lagers are they?!).

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Quite light in the mouth with a low to moderate level of carbonation. Slightly astringent.

Drinkability - 3.5
Probably quite high for the uneducated masses, it is certainly sessionable, but for me this is so boring that I will probably never get it again.

OVERALL - 2.95
Wow, how boring is this beer!? I feel that it deserves lower than the score I gave it, but, in a similar way to Budweiser, it does not have any real flaws to mark it down for. There is very little smell or taste, but (unlike Michelob and others) it is immistakably a beer and it is easy to drink. A real supermarket white bread of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 10:13:17 | More by LittleCreature
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 17:03:26 | More by BlackHaddock
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 07:00:03 | More by garcia2a
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therica

Maryland

3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in Leuven Belgium. My first thought was, "Busch." A fine beer if you're just drinking while talking or partying, and without paying attention.

A= fine-bubbled lifeless styrofoam head

S= reasonable bouquet with malt nose

T= mild hops, malt; a staleness typical of a US Macro-beer.

M= stale US-beer-mouth

D= drinkable but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 22:46:43 | More by therica
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thierrynantes

France

3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 14:45:20 | More by biegaman
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animal69

Louisiana

4.58/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 02:22:42 | More by animal69
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Kulrak

Australia

3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 11:24:38 | More by Kulrak
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vancurly

Australia

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow straw. Heavy set white head, persists briefly. No bubbles.
S: Husky grain. Skanky, skunky hop nose.... not good. Flour & dough.
T: Malty. Dull, nothing redeeming.
M: fair
D: I'll drink it over "dry" or "cold-filtered" beer, but other than that, has little going for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 11:07:29 | More by vancurly
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rec

Australia

1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 05:39:55 | More by rec
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stcules

Italy

2.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Mexico

1.93/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A beer from Alken in belgium, i try better things than this but only one thing is good, its smell, little spice and herbal; taste slowly bitter, and grassy, little heavy; its color talk about its high fermentation; i try with mexican food; serve in a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 19:35:46 | More by tesguino
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Paddez

Belgium

2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 22:45:49 | More by Paddez
Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
67 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.