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Hertog Jan Pils - Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2004)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beer Temple, on to the beer:

This pilsner has a pale gold color with thick soapy head which retains well and leaves patchy lacing around the glass. Its aroma gives a kiss of hoeny, hay, grass, the three mixing together well. A little more intense in the mouth as the nose, the sensation of crisp hops hits along with a modest pale malt base and a snap of grass.

I liked this quite a bit.

DoubleJ, May 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tir Nan Og in Kingston. A new addition to the tap lineup for the summer season that they ended up continuing.

Poured into a branded Hertog glass (sort of a stein with concave sides). Light golden, good head of froth, decent lacing. Carbonation visible.

Nose is faint malt, bittering hops, apple and herbs. Emphasis on the faint.

Not a bad macro pilsner by any stretch. Tastes fine, nothing jumping out at me as being out of place. A touch above the usual canned suspects out there. A touch of hop bitterness to the finish. Light bodied, mild-to-vigorous carbonation.

There's some flavour here, I'll give it that, and I drank the pint happily with incredible ease. Still, I can't help but feel that his brew could really have been something special, if it had gone more than a single trepidatious step beyond the run-of-the-mill.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Sinedd
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Sinedd, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Tomblerone
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of GentleKnight1
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

GentleKnight1, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of RCH1
3/5  rDev -9.6%

RCH1, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -9.6%

brinch, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of jeroen2555
3.75/5  rDev +13%

jeroen2555, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Beer-Ed
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Beer-Ed, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of biernack
3/5  rDev -9.6%

biernack, May 17, 2014
Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Sabaai
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Sabaai, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Douberd
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 300 ml, poured into a pokal glass. Ingredients are water, barley, corn, hops. I didn't know that Hertog Jan used corn in their beer, must be a recent change.
Pours a golden yellow colour with a white, froathy head, with average retention, which leaves some light lacing behind. Average activity in the glass.
Nice sweet smell. More malts than corn, thankfully and maybe it smells more as it has rice instead f corn.
On the taste you find again more malts than any corn, although you may taste some between sips, nothing too insulting though. On the contrary, makes drinking it more interesting. It finishes with some bitterness, but it;s a very smooth and crisp beer.
Medium to thick body and average carbonation.
I think this is one of the best widely available pilseners in the Netherlands.

Douberd, May 16, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the pilsener of the Arcener brewery and it is a fine example of a Dutch pilsner, being not very outspoken, but certainly not bland.
It pours a golden color with minimal lacing and a constant carbonation stream. I could not smell a lot, maybe some malty tones, but that is about it.
The taste however, was very pleasant, malty, slightly bitter and a little sulfur. The aftertaste was dry and refreshing, which is exactly what a pilsner should be.

Absumaster, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -9.6%

bostonryan, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Thunder
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Thunder, Jun 08, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of vollie
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

vollie, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of IPA35
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is sold at every Dutch supermarket together with the other readily available Dutch macrolagers such as Amstel, Heineken, Bavaria, Dommelsch, Brand, Grolsch and such. This one is the most expensive, the crate price is like 50 cents more than most others. A very minimal difference but as a result this one together with Grolsch I think is considered 'premium'.


It is more dark than most other macrolagers. Ofcourse all our macrolagers are more dark than BMC and that Mexican swill but this one to me is more dark than Heineken or Grolsch.
A white head with surprisingly good lacing. Slightly German-like rocky. Good.

It smells grainy with some hops. Nothing special obviously but it smells better than most other macrolagers.

It tastes better than most other Dutch macrolagers too, it has quite a strong grainy flavour and it has a good amount of hops, again, for the style. No chemical flavours or anything as you get with Heineken, despite the use of corn. Good. Even as it warms up a little it does not taste too unpleasant.

Thin mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Probably the best of the Dutch macrolagers.

IPA35, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of cypressbob
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a yellow body, creamy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, little bit of rusk, some fresh grain, grassy almost

Taste, fairly crisp. Little dry on the finish, little sweetness. Some hint of corn on the finish also, but not excessive

A fairly ok pils, drinkable.

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

supermeniscus, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of thefenst
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good example of the style, I prefer it to more well-known examples such as Beck's, Bavaria, and St. Pauli Girl. Malty and very carbonated, with a slight hops bitterness at the end that isn't as noticible as many others of this style. Crisp and refreshing overall. Give it a try!

thefenst, Sep 02, 2006
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

RueSailmana, May 20, 2013
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Hertog Jan Pils from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
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