Bel Pils | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Bel PilsBel Pils
35 Ratings
Bel PilsBel Pils

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2004

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1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bark
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is pale yellow with a tint of gold. The white loose white foam dissolves quite fast.

The smell is rather weak; some hits of fresh hops are present.

The taste is mild with a light body from the pilsner malt. There is a growing bitterness that disappears surprisingly fast for the place of a dry finish.

An average pils. Very average…

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Photo of SleepyMonk
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Beck's branded rounded bottom stemmed Pilsner glass.

Very pale straw color that almost compares to a chardonnay or verdelho. One finger worth of creamy head that fades to a thin surface covering. Patches of lacing cling to the glass.

A minute amount of malt and hops move into the nose but one also senses that not a lot of effort was put into building a strong aromatic profile in this one. IMO it smells very similar to a Kronenbourg 1664.

Taste is well rounded without any strong characteristics of anything in particular. The mouthfeel starts of crisp only to fade off yeasty aftertaste. In summary nothing to jump up and down about.

Perhaps something to drink with a pizza or hamburger.

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of drpimento
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, sudsy, white head and lots of lace. After the head settled a bit the remnants were kind of scummy. Color is a clear, yellow gold with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is beery, bitter, grain. Flavor is similar to nose with bitterness predominating, followed by a little malt, I think some multiple sweet characteristics, and a bit of tang. Body is good, and carbonation is on the soft side. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Middle of the road pils.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An ok lager, had it at the "Manneken Pis" bar in Brussels, right in front of the, uh, Manneken Pis.

The pour, medium body straw translucid small head that fades easily, no key nose connotations aside from regular malty/hoppy presence. Mediocre taste for a pils, rather watery lacks hoppyness (for a pils, IMO). This certainly is a try-once-in-brussels sorta lager. Not gonna go further on it.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color sporting a bright white one finger head that lasted a while. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: grass tones are very soft and the lone aroma picked up by the nose.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grassy tones. Bitterness levels are mild, and for a pilsner I did not find any refreshing qualities about it.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer's flavor profile seemed weak overall and grew tiring to drink as the glass emptied. Not impressed.

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3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : a yellow color with a small white head.
Smell : sweet malty aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : grainy and yeasty flavors, with some bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Pilsener.

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3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 25cl bottle drank 17 days before its best before date. Poured into a Veltins Pilsner glass and compared to a Maes Pils (Alken-Maes) poured into a simular glass.

Dull golden colour with bits floating in, not used to lagers/pilsners with floaters! The huge white head retained its size and depth very well, it's the flotsum I was worried about.

This pilsner had an aroma, some hops and yeast smells could be detected, makes a change. Normally I struggle to pick up anything in a lager/pilsner.

This pilsner had a presence, not sure what of, but it was a lot better than its fellow Belgian Maes Pils.

Depth and strength of body was impressive compared to other European lager/pilsner beers. I could drink this if proper beer wasn't available!

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3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(ed. note - Never had this before so not sure if I got a bad bottle or not, beer was carbonated bt not sure if flavor was off, will write review and pick up another bottle at some point and re-review.)

Pours a hazy red-honey color with no head, few carbonation bubbles and no lace. Unfortunately during my pour some sediment made its way into the glass. Aroma of honey and citrus fruit. Flavor was grassy with little crispness and bittering. Mouthfeel was sticky sweet and somehwat flat. Have to call drinkability average. Expected mch more based on brewery.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution, served in a standard tall glass. Can also be found at 1600 or 1410 Bier Haus last time I checked. A Belgian pils brewed by the famous purveyor of Duvel, this is a very pale lemon yellow brew, maybe just a shade darker than straw-colored, with around an inch or so of stark white foam. My initial impression is that this one does have some unique features, even if it falls short of "world beater" standards. Smells almost buttery, with a distinct spicy note that recalls coriander seed even though I am pretty sure there is no such spice in this beer. I also get some standard grainy pale malt and grass notes along with some less standard Belgian yeasty funk, although the latter is so subtle that it could purely be a phantasmal inference of my brain alone. Taste includes all these features as well, along with the fruity character typical of European lagers that registers as "white grape" on my palate, some lemon rind, a tinge of sour berry, and a dull white pepper spice ... Still getting that coriander-type huskiness. Light, crisp, and dry, almost carbolic, with a mellow bitter finish that features the tangy spice note from the initial impression. Body is light and just a little dextrinous, with the requisite aggressive carbonation. Leaves a rather nice lacing on the glass. Can't say this was a negative experience, as I seem to get some unique tastes and smells vis a vis most pilseners.

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