Burgkopf Pils | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Burgkopf PilsBurgkopf Pils

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Brouwerij Martens NV

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerIsland on 10-10-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 9
Photo of wrayb
2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Curious, a Belgium brewer selling beer via small distributor that lists only cider on their web site: spiritsgroup.com. Ok for a cheap pils. If you can get it cheap. If not, then not. I found it reasonably priced at the local grocer. Not sure if I'll get it again. Would rather try some of the Brouwerij Martens own featured brews next.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of grains and malts. Taste is lighter than the smell, grains, some malts, a touch of sweetness, kind of mild. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For those who may have been sleeping, The CANQuest (TM) is so famous that people bring me CANs for review, unbidden and unexpected. My colleague, BeerIsland, brought this for me and I was both stunned and overjoyed! I just love CANned beer.

The tab was a little old-school, preventing me from getting a good Crack, but it was not expolsive, either, paving the way for an inverted Glug. This netted me a finger of soft, soapy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a beautiful deep-gold (SRM = a solid 5) and the Three Stooges (Mammon, Croesus and King MIdas) were fighting for a taste. Nose had a soft Noble hops presence with a light grassiness. Mouthfeel was soft, not thin, but not full, either, with a light grassiness along with a honey-like lager sweetness and an unfortunate metallic twang. Finish was semi-dry and I was glad for the opportunity to try it, but it was not going to make my Top 10.

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Photo of BeerIsland
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was directed toward this beer by the counterman at Wyoming Valley Bev, one of my favorite case stores. At $25 for 24 500ml cans, it looked like a good deal for a “Genuine Belgian Pils”. After purchasing, I looked it up on BA and found that it was listed as a German Pilsener, brewed at Darguner Brauerei in Dargun, northern Germany. The logo and picture on BA looked the same except for the markings “Belgian” and “Belge”. The brewer listed on the label is Bockhold NV which has the same address as Brouwerij Martens NV and is imported by Spirit Group. So, I can safely say, it’s the same (or similar) beer; brewed in a different country. It would seem this change is pretty recent.

So, how’s the beer? In its current incarnation, BurgKopf pours a nice clear gold, topped with a frothy head; which eventually gave way to a surface scud. Sounds awful, I know. There’s a decent malt nose. It’s a lighter bodied beer, bitterish at first; then a sweeter finish. It seems like there are some corn notes in there; not sure what the malt bill consists of. There is ample carbonation. Martens brews a number of inexpensive pilseners and it would seem this one is in that general group, based on the BA and RateBeer reviews. It’s not a bad beer, just not distinguished in any way. Probably barely worth the price.

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Burgkopf Pils from Brouwerij Martens NV
2.91 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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