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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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$4.99 USD (including can deposit and taxes) for a 4 pack of 500ml cans was impossible to pass up in Brooklyn, NY, where that kind of pricing is largely unheard of for all but the most repugnant swill.

Pilsner. "Premium Belgian pils." 5% ABV.

Served cold into a nonic pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear somewhat vibrant yellow-gold. Devoid of yeast/lees. Could be more vibrant, and a lighter colour would help, but it's true to its intended style. Boasts a frothy cap with a good consistency and good (~10 minute) retention.

No complaints appearance-wise, but there is room for improvement.

AROMA: Helles malt/pilsner malt. Odd graininess (something I'd expect in an American adjunct lager or malt liquor, but not a pilsner). Generic grassy hop aromatics. Buttery aromatics potentially indicative of diacetyl off-flavour. Pale malt syrup.

Aroma indicates more of a Euro pale lager aroma than that of a pilsner proper. Suggests a syrupy thick simple and shallow lager instead of a delicate crisp grassy pilsner. I'm cautious going in.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has some mineral-emphatic attributes that I don't care for, and it is too thick for a pilsner (or a Euro pale lager for that matter), but it has a lovely softness to it, lending it a very approachable presence on the palate even though it isn't as light or delicate as would be ideal. It's refreshing in spite of its slightly syrupy and overly heavy feel, which is odd but it kind of works. Smooth, wet, somewhat crisp. The mouthfeel is problematic but nevertheless effective if only because of that softness.

Taste is worse than the texture but by no means inoffensive; there's no booziness or diacetyl but it is a bit buttery. Build is quite generic, ticking the boxes of the Euro pale lager style but not going for anything special: generic grassy hop character, pale malts, malt syrup, pilsner malts, 6-row...it's all very simple and basic. Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration. Mild flavour intensity.

Not imbalanced, but not dialed in either. There's little to say about it; it's a very simple no-frills Euro lager with a generic taste.

OVERALL: I've had far worse. By no means a bad little brew especially at $1.25 per pint, and certainly preferable to a lot of the American schlock available at or above the same price. I'm glad I got a 4 pack and will enjoy working my way through the others, but price has no bearing on my rating and that's probably this beer's main selling point. Average fare at best, but a beer that would please the casual drinker. Drinkable with a well-disguised ABV and more body than many budget lagers.

C (2.83) / AVERAGE

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.49/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Taste: crisp, fermented grain, yeast. Bread nose. Gold color, clear for the most part, with a foamy white head and ringed lattice. Medium body, average for a Pils.

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Photo of DerekP
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The usual golden, pale appearance with an average head. Smells of cereal grains and mildly grassy hops; some sweetness. It tastes like Warsteiner's pils, but less hoppy, assertive; and plus a tad bit of twang. In a good way, it's like the PBR of Belgium, ha.

Note: Bought a flat of these 16.9 oz fl oz cans for $19.99 before tax. I was skeptical, obviously, and asked the clerk whether they had received a bunch of them at a good price because they didn't sell elsewhere. He told me that they had a German couple that swore by the beer, and so they kept in stock for that reason.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wrayb
2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Haybeerman
2.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MinisterCurry
2.66/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of boxer0029
1.25/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of IPhantom
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +14.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +1.4%
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
2.86 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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