Martens Pilsener | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Martens PilsenerMartens Pilsener

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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 stcules on 01-13-2005

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Photo of anakar
1/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The worse beer I ever had.
I don't know if you ever had this, but my friend baught these in Plastic (!) bottles. Its pale, weak, and bitter (which is very rare).
Its got too much gas in it and it tastes like when you first drink beer as a kid: bitter to no real purpose and tastless otherwise.
Avoid, Avoid, Avoid

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Photo of flyingpig
1.3/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

330ml bottle bought in Trinidad, Cuba (1.10 CUC):
This one was terrible from start to finish, cheap & nasty with very little in the way of flavour; I was surprised to learn that this one is also available in Belgium & not just for the Cuban market. There was a generally bad taste running through the beer with some skunky bitterness & cheap adjuncts distracting you at times but this really was a terrible beer & one that should definitely be avoided.

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Photo of crossovert
1.9/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

500ml can.

Rare gusher can. Not really sure why. It pours a standard gold with a bright industrial lager looking white head that leaves typical lacing.

The smell is grainy with some orange. For an EPL it isn't the worst. But where not talking a world-class pilsener here.

The flavor is not the greatest. Very watery. There is a light pinch of noble hops with some orange and a faint bit of bitterness in the finish.

Not super sure why this stuff gets imported other than it is a cheap beer.

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Photo of RichScherle
2.06/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - looked great. classic pilsner golden with pure white head.

S - smelled great too - I had high hopes being a pilsner lover. Very classic with the pilsner malts and lemony note. Touch of grassy hop.

T - this is where they lost me. cheap with the malt and awfully metallic tasting - like aluminum foil. Cheap texture too being too gassy -fakely and oddly over carbed like.

M - Bad - cheap beer big bubbled effervesence has the same nasty texture as a budweiser or natty ice.

D - low. I've never had a beer smell so great and then taste so horrible. What a disconnect!

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.15/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very disappointed in this beer. I relly wanted to like this brew, but in all honesy it tastes extremely average. The beer tastes very watered down and is over-carbonated. It is very sugary and leaves absolutely no trace of lace and/or head. The beer's aroma is remiscent of MGD or Michelob. This is definitely not a sipping beer, but more of a beer to enjoy at the river or a party. Not the worst beer I have ever had, but definitely not a beer I will drink two of...

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Photo of stcules
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yellow color, fizzy appearance. Quite creamy head, white and compact.
The smell is a bit common and banal, but it's a pils smell, correct, quite grassy, with a malty background.
The smell has a decent bitterness. Acceptable basic pils.
Quite bitter aftertaste, also, with honey hints. Quite long bitterness.
Light body.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.44/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green plastic bottle holding 50 cl (16.9 fluid ounces), screw-top, best before mid December 2007, drank 1st November 2007.

Poured into one of my Veltin Pilsner glasses ( 20cl size) three times.

All pilsners should be a clear golden yellow in colour, some are really pale, some darker, this is midway between and looked fine. A good white head, which did sink a little fast, to leave a thin covering above the beer which had a steedy stream of bubbles slowly meandering up the body towards the head.

Can you smell dry hops and dry yeast? Well most likely not, in a beer anyway. That is what hit my nose. I normally give pilsners a 3 for aroma because I rarely smell anything, but I can smell this one and it isn't to my likeing.

The dryness carries on into the taste, again not really to my likeing, it is not refreshing or as clean tasting as a German pilsner and lacks the fizz of an Italian Med Lager. It sits between the two and fails to excite me at all. Strangely, the bigger the mouthful the more I liked it, a supping beer it isn't, but a throwing or quaffing beer maybe. Trouble is a don't quaff or throw beer down my throat anymore, I like to supp and savour the taste.

Ever licked a shoe box?

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Photo of Richter35
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer review in quite a long time. Probably should have picked a nicer beer...

**500 ml can poured into rinsed pilsner glass.**

Appearance is standard "cheap lager" gold/straw colour. This particular beer looks somewhat lifeless. 1/2 inch foam that appears to retain well.

Initially carries a smell of vegetables, but is also sweet malt.

Taste is similar to a standard pilsner, but comes off as sugary and cheap. You can really taste the "hops extract"!

Mouthfeel is not good. Heavy, syrupy, and very dry. Drinkability? I'll finish them. But thats about it.

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Photo of rangerred
2.52/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin fizzy head typical of these types of beers.

Smells of sweet grain with a slightly grassy aroma.

The taste is very grainy up front albeit a bit sweeter than many other Euro lagers. This is followed by a wet grass flavor that isn't really appealing but not off-putting either. A light bitterness pervades throughout.

Overall this is just an ok beer. It is not as crisp as I would have liked and there are many better options out there for this style. Can't really see myself getting this again.

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Photo of brightmidnight777
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i bought this beer because the price was comparable to one of the 3 big American beers that i normally drink. i figured that a bottom shelf Belgium beer would still be much better than what normally drink. it is not better. it is bitter and not in a good way. it left an after-taste than is unacceptable. the buzz was only fair.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz can

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is grainy malt and a hint of hops.

T- The taste is grains up front with a moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amour of carbonation.

O- Overall, not horrible but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of Tripphop
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden colored, light and clear with a bubbly white head. Big bubbles that quickly fade, not much lacing, very light. Aromas are bready and crisp, definitely a pilsner. Flavor is simple and refreshing. Corny sweet malt with a bicuity note, finishes crisp with a touch of hop. Simple, quaffalbe.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok, this one did intrigue me quite a lot... A pilsner from Belgium... To me this sound very strange. The beer color is golden, copper with a cloudy looks foamy head on top of it. It sticks well to the glass. Nice looking beer. The aroma is floral, fruity with some cereal notes. Nothing out of this world... and a little bit simple for the aroma. A bit like a adjunct lager if you ask... The taste is not very good, slightly metallic. Taste like a pale lager... nothing to write home about. Refreshing but nothing to get a envious craft beer drinker to seek out this one.

Simple beer for simple days and simple thirst!

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Photo of Billolick
2.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can, "Consumir Antes De" dating found on the bottom of the can (06-02-09)

Pours: The expected very light, yellowy amber and clear

Lacing: plenty of thicker and scattered lacing left on the glass

Head: Very white and quickly departing puffy head, but a decent film is long lasting and coating.

Nose: Minor rice infused nose

Body: Medium body, certainly "easy drinking"

Flavor notes: Not much to comment on here, some malt picked up, minor, slightly drying hop component late. Fits in with the general scheme of beers in Mexico, light, minor flavor and basically just good to wash down the food and be refreshing. I picked this up in the local MEGA super market in San Jose Del Cabo. Very surprised to find something from Belgium in the Mexican beer wasteland (except for Negra Modelo, I better add)

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Photo of woodychandler
2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

These CANs seem to have hit the DC/BAL/NVA area in the last five months and The CANQuest (TM) was fortunate enough to happen across them at Max's on Broadway during a recent visit. I scooped up the equivalent of a sixer, but I later saw them prepackaged in shrink-wrapped four-packs. No worries because I have plenty of fellow CANQuesters who are not picky about new CANs.

From the CAN: "Martens Beer Anno 1758"; "Traditionally Brewed"; "Premium Pilsener".

The Crack & Glug came off nicely, revealing a Greg Koch special - a fizzy yellow beer, something I happen to embrace. A finger of rocky, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a very pretty golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. King Midas and Croesus both rubbed their palms together in anticipation. Nose had a dull Saaz hops presence and a touch of metallic tang. For those late to The CANQuest (TM), that metallic presence is due to the brewing process, NOT to the serving medium (a CAN). Mouthfeel was medium and I might have guessed "German Plisner" in a blind tasting, given its emphasis on malt, rather than Noble hops, although they were present. The finish was like a weak tea of malt, hops and metal. I am probably making it sound worse than it actually was, but it was not anything really special, either.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Found at SAQ. Doesn't look too good but let's see.

Ingredients according to can: water, barley malt, unmalted cereals, hops, hop extract

A- Clear gold with a clean, white, tightly packed foam which leaves lots of fuzz-like lacing.

S- Aww. That bad Pilsner smell: Apple, grain, burnt cream of wheat. Very little desire to drink this unless you're really, really thirsty. Later on, the hops came out more which made things a little better. Might be because of temperature or because I tasted them.

T- Not that offensive while cold. Strong bitterness which I enjoy although it lacks the finesse and complexity I look for in noble hopped Pilsners. Some of that burnt cream of wheat I often despise and lots of sweetness. Too sweet.

M- Medium bodied. Medium but prickly carbonation. Very, very dry.

O- I like the fact there is a lot of bitterness but the taste isn't that good. Lots of d├ępanneur imported Pilsners to drink instead of this one. No need for SAQ to carry this. Still, keep going SAQ!

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Photo of DaveBar
2.81/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny white head that is gone in no time. Medium gold and clear

S- Fair amount of hops and malt here. Not what I expected after seeing the pour

T- A bit woodsy. Metallic. Mushroom flavor.

M- A typical Pilsner.

O- Not one I enjoyed very much. Weird touch of wood flavor. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Beef and barley soup with carrots and beans


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Photo of BeerZack
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml green plastic bottle, mmm.

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small spotty head that does some lacing.

Sweet bready malt, slight floral hops, bit of butter.
Sweet & buttery bread with balancing hop bitterness that comes of floral and a bit minerally. I don't want to say that there is a plastic flavor, but...

Strong aggressive carbonation makes this ultra light bodied beer feel like sparkling water.

Despite all of the flaws of this beer, the cheap price and gimmicky packaging make it a viable selection.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and small hop, standard pils like. In the taste, sweet maltiness, faint hops, but still a standard European pils. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Just a standard European pils with a sweeter malt, no more, no less.

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Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before February 25, 2012.

Poured a golden yellow with a short lasting white head, that leaves no lace behind - the only remnants of which are a thin collar and film. Nose has some European hops, light grassiness and notes of corn or other adjunct. A general stinkiness about it as well. Taste has some grass, graininess, adjunct malts and some skunkiness even though this was canned - sulfuric character dervied from other aspects of the beer methinks. Fairly high carbonation, that fizzles like a macro. MOderate bitterness hangs around. Pretty light mouthfeel, and average drinkability at best. Passable, but not something I'd grab again.

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Photo of ADZA
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a carton of this pretty cheap the only downfall its in cans anyways it pours a golden amber see thru colour with nice carbonation that leaves a bubbly two finger head and sporadic lacing,the aroma is pretty macro with grains and a feint bubblegum aroma,it has a thin mouthfeel with a rather grainy taste and isnt nothing to write home about,its definately better than the macroswill that sells for much more and easier to down but its not a beer that i would drink if i wanted a nice beer with character.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the twist-off plastic bottle a golden color with active bubbles. Head is foamy and frothy and sticks around. Also leaves some beautiful lacing. Very thick and textural looking. Such a mild and faint earthy hop and honey malt aroma combination in the nose. Flavor is extremely light and pretty well mirrors the nose. I honestly can't pick out any "bad" flavors in this one. Just a little too clean and seltzery for me, really. Kind of like it's 1 part club soda and 2 parts lager. Just a touch of butteriness in the finish, I believe. Mouthfeel is very light with some fairly smooth carbonation. While not very interesting, this is certainly a thirst quencher and wholly unoffensive. At under $1.70 for a 500 ml bottle, I might be going back to this every now and then.

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Photo of Douberd
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this in the Netherlands and it doesn't say anywhere that it is imported, also everything on the bottle is written in Dutch. I have reported a change for the ABV as on my bottle says it's 5.0% but now I am not sure if that's the case for all Martens or it's because this is for the Dutch market. Bottle is also different, the usual dutch beer bottle. Anyway.
Second beer I buy this week and its appearance (of the bottle) looks so fake, like someone made a fake label and glued it on the bottle of another brand. . When poured it produced a golden yellow coloured beer, with a two finger soapy head, with very good retention though. Lots of bubbles rising to the top too.
Aroma is of malts and hay.
Taste is slight bitter, with some corn traces and also sort of metallic.
Medium thickness on the body and very carbonated.
Overall, an average pilsener and with that bottle's appearance, not so attractive too.

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Photo of plfahey
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500mL can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow golden in color and brilliantly clear. Frothy white head shows decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Light hops show minty and noble character. Lightly sweet bready Pils malt.

Flavor-Slightly sweet with a light corn/adjunct flavor along with grainy/bready malt. Light floral/noble hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through in the finish along with a tinny, metallic sharpness which lingers on the palate. Finishes very dry, but with that unpleasant metallic note.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Has a bit more heft and a bit less carbonation than I would expect, but not bad.

An average Belgian Pilsner, it would actually be a decently drinkable beer if not for the metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clear golden yellow color with less than 1/2 inch of white head that low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a benign version of the style. Slightly grainy and with very low hops. Same dealio on the tongue, just a generic tasting Pils.

The body may have been just a touch fuller than I like in the style, but was still crisp. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone quickly, and without memory. Overall, not a bad beer, but not a notable one either. Try it for the tick, or just have a fresh, local Pilsener.

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