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Martens Pilsener | Brouwerij Martens NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV
Belgium
martens.be

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 01-13-2005

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Can_if_you_can
5/5  rDev +59.7%

Photo of jsh5771
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a can, seemed really fresh. Up there with one of the best pilsners on the market.

tastes like a fresh clean Heineken. I was really suprised that I didn't mind it. Nice hop presence and good bitternss. well balanced lager with lots of bready notes. maybe a little more malt backbone than others.

Perfect beer break from the hop bombs I love and great with burgers, pizza, and mexican. Nice lager!

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Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was a new find at my local place and came in a tall boy (1 pint 9 ounces standard).

A clear yellow-gold brew forms a creamy, rocky crown of head over 2 fingers highthat's pure white if not for the slightest yello tint. The head slowly fades but never gives up, and it drops sticky lacing plentifully.
The aroma is Saaz hops, mildly sulfuric, herbal and grassy, with a light pale malts balance. Smells like a pils to me (minus the regianal qualifications).
The taste is the same. Saaz hops shine, and it seems someone was really going for a Czech pils here. Especially nice is how it avoids the overly sulfuric aftertaste of some.
This beer is crisp but not as dry as I'd expect, with a very smooth flow to it. It's got a light but active carbonation in a typical light body. It really transitions to a creamy finish with a pleasant aftertaste.
I hate to disagree with pretty much eveyone on this; I don't know if it was especially fresh, there's already a negative bias toward the style with most other reviews, or I just got something others didn't. To me, though, this is great for the style.

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Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pint canned poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy straw colored body with bright white head 2 fingers in height. Good lace and small thin cap.

S- Malty husky grains and metallic hops. Definitely a euro lager here. Fresh.

T- Starts off with floral hoppiness and balance biscuitty notes. The finish is pretty floral and drying.

M- Good carbonation, nice and malty mouthfeel.

O- Overall, a tasty euro lager.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Marstens Pils is a pretty basic Belgian pilsner. Most people don't realize that although Belgium has hundreds of really interesting beers, basic beers like this actually make up the brunt of what's consumed. Moving forward...

It looks great in the glass. The body is a crystal-clear, fairly deep gold, and I can see my fingerprints through the glass. The creamy bright-white head rises up to a two-finger thick cap, and then holds quite well, very slowly dwindling to an average collar. Surprisingly, it also leaves some pretty remarkable sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose is basic, combining straight-forward pilsen malt with noble hops. The hops are not bright or strong (and it's certainly no German pilsener), but they're very nicely floral and a touch herbal over the lightly sweet, straw-like malt.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates it will be, but the depth of the malt flavor is greater and it's got a nice grassy, and slightly nutty character to it. The floral character of the hops remains, and the herbal character is a bit fuller. A solid bitterness balances it, yet it maintains a slightly sweet and bready edge of maltiness throughout. It's balanced, but in the end the malt gets a little more of the spotlight.

Overall it's an impressively drinkable beer. It lacks the tight focus of a true Check Pilsener or their German counterparts, but it's Belgian - what do you expect? I appreciate that it's just a little bit different; and there are hundreds of Euro Pils that don't even come close to it in quality and balance. Nicely done. Worth trying.

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3.84/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard Euro-pils appearance, pours nicely with respectable head. Slightly skunky aroma of the hops style of the region, not a bad thing. Good flavor, but nothing special. Softer mouthfeel than America-versions. Overall quite drinkable if served cold, very crisp.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear golden color with some active visible carbonation. The tall, white head has foamy texture with medium density. Retention is very good, and some attractive lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Doughy, straightforward pilsner malt in the nose. Softly grainy and sweet. Herbal and floral noble hop aromas add a characteristic touch, but with less robustness than German or Czech pilsners.

T: Some soft graininess and doughy malt sweetness up front. Pleasant. Hop bitterness is on the light end for a pilsner, but would be considered relatively high for a Euro pale lager. Floral and herbal flavors work well overall. Pretty nice balance of sweetness and bitterness throughout with this one.

M: Medium-light body. Soft overall, with somewhat light carbonation. A bit of dryness in the finish.

D: A nice, well-rounded European lager. An under-the-radar option that soundly beats out many more popular imports in my opinion. Very pleasantly balanced.

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a four-pack of cans in Iowa. The expiry date printed on the bottom of the can (which is not visible when the cans are in their plastic wrapper) says it expires the day after tomorrow. Whew!

Pours darkly into an old High Life pils glass, fizzy and translucent with a really nice, fluffy white head.

Smells rich yet delicate. Nothing too fancy--pils malt, dry floral noble hops--but the balance is excellent. Tastes like it smells. The hops are nearly dry or strong enough for this to qualify as a German pils, but it's got a bit more bit to it than your average Euro Pale. It's like the missing link between Stella and Urqell, lacking the oldtimey unfiltered character of Sam Smiths' lager, but still more interesting than, say, Carlsberg.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear light golden color. White head with a film of retention. World map lacing.

Aroma: Malts, grains, grassy notes.

Taste: Grainy and malty up front, lemongrass follows, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Not overly grassy, lots of good grains and malts. Good.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” white foam collar that dissipates to the thick film.
S: Light grainy pils malt, no fruit, diacetyl or DMS in the aroma, light hops.
T: Sweet and malty for the style with the carbonation and hops providing some balance in the finish.
F: Highly carbonated, medium light body, smooth, no warming, no astringency, slight carbonation bight on the tongue
O: This is a decent but not outstanding member of the style.

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Photo of waterbuffalo
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A light golden colour with little head. Smells like pear. A very light tasting beer but very refreshing. Tastes of light fruit. Enjoyable overall. Would be fantastic on a nice summer day.

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3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale golden straw,white creamy head with a repectable amount of lacing

S-Very light bready malt aroma,hops not quite detectable

T-Nice pleasant pilsner malt flavor,very lightly hopped,

M-Very good,excellent balance between crispness and creamyness,absolutely the best attribute of this Pilsner

D-Extremely high,great balance of mild favor,excellent mouthfeel and crisp refreshment.

A Pilsner from Belgium [email protected]#%^*!Belgium is not known for their Pilsners I very well know that!I went into this one totally blind,It was $5.99 for the 16.9oz four pack so the risk was taken.

First impression was where are the hops???I am more acustomed to hoppier Pilsners such as Urquell,Noble Pils,Radeberger,Wernesgruener even Prima Pils on two occasions.

Then the mouthfeel kicked in very creamy and lush,the more I drank the better it seemed to taste.I was pleasantly surprised I must say.

While not a great or fantastic Pils,it makes a great beer to have beach or poolside,therefore I am sure I'll enjoy more of these in the future.More enjoyable than not with absolutely no off flavors!

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3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly over copper coloured liquid with excellent clarity a moderate carbonation.

S: Somewhat metallic with grassy and earthy hops.

T: Biscuity sweet malt with grassy, earthy and citrusy flavours. Somewhat metallic.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, more enjoyable that Stella Artois.

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Photo of alankwak
3.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear and golden. Very nice head, head retention and lacing. Lacing is actually much better than expected. A good sign.

S: Light malt and hop odor. Not strong nor should it be really.

T: Smooth with medium hop bitterness with a moderate malty flavor. Medium to medium-high carbonation. Only a light grassy flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Still this seems to be a great session beer since it isn't heavy at all. Easy drinking.

I found this beer at my large local beer/wine store. I was surprised at the low price and decided to try it(I've never had a Belgian brew). This all-malt lager was a surprise. I expected a Heineken clone and basically did find that but this beer is different. Similar in taste but I can't get over the difference in head retention and lacing compared to Heineken. That speaks of the hop quality as well as the protein from good malt and a good brewing process. Very good beer although not a true pilsener IMHO(not hoppy enough...but darn close:).

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a large can, this brew is clear, deep golden, and had a tall white head. Nice head stability. The smell is soft, with some pale malt and a little lager breadlines. Fuller inbox you than expected, and nickel balanced. Solid beer.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captainhampton
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent golden color with a great foamy head that lasts all the way down as it clings to the glass. Ok aroma-mild sulfur smell to it. Pretty basic aroma wise. Decent enough malty flavor upfront. Somewhat of a mild butter like flavor. Mild hop bite fades goes right into a residual sweetness. Very solid body for the style-actually quite full. A decent Euro lager in my book. Nice flavor and the full body works well together.

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3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Green plastic bottle... weird.

Dry, toasty Euro-lager smell without the all-too-familiar sulfur.

Medium straw, good clarity, decent head.

Ample sweetness of malt. Spicy cinnamon-like flavor with an almost minty-like coolness. A little hop bitterness. Some of that dry, toasty malt comes out. Good bit of mouth carbonation.

Great flavor for a cheap Euro Lager. I love it and would definitely get it again for an easy drinker - it's quite tasty, really.

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