Martens Pilsener | Brouwerij Martens NV

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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
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
18.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of jaydoc
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop that left globs of lace as it settled slowly.Light aromas of honey malt and faint herb,a bit cooked veg as well.Slighty buttery on the palate along with light honey sweetness,light metallic notes in the finish.Like others have said this beat most American mass produced beer of the same style and alot of Euro trash,still is a below average lager beer in my mind.

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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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with some light notes of bready malts as well. There is a light presence of grassy hops and just a touch of skunkiness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts combined with some light flavors of sweet bready malts. That is followed by light amounts of grassy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: While I am reviewing this beer, it is currently listed here on BA as a Euro Pale Lager while the brewer describes it as a Pilsener (German not Czech) but I am still comparing it to a Pilsener as the brewer describes it... It is easy to drink and not offensive but it certainly does not stand out as one of the better examples of the style in my opinion. I can't say that I would recommend this one but I also would not suggest that one should avoid it either.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce can - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Hopefully this is going in the right spot, labelled as Martens Premium Pilsener on the can with 4.8% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear, deep yellow body with a tall, bubbling, white head. Looks nice.

Smell: Pils, pale malts, lightly aromatic and with the faintly spicy, herbal hops gives a hint of crouton.

Taste: Lightly grainy, lightly sweet pilsner malts with just a smidge of tanginess. Then, a bit of dried lemon. Herbal, lowly spicy hops with some balancing bitterness. Soft finish, as the carbonation peters out before the end, and, failing to help accentuate the bitterness, leaves the beer to close out a skosh sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Fairly mild, but, sure, it's near passable for a pils. This one could use just a hair more carbonation though, as the body is a bit flat and unexciting.

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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 tdm168
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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 feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Martens Pilsner. Martens Beer Anno 1758, Traditionally brewed Premium Pilsner.

Clear, golden hued, head starts huge, shuffles down, leaves a little lace.

Aroma: cereal and straw. Highly hopped with traces of corn. Largely inoffensive.

Taste: Tasty hop profile up front, lean bodied, soft and supple. Drinks easy, with an insistent hoppy edge. A little lemon-y now, a touch of fruit. But, overall, dry, with a slight bitterness.

Not bad at all. Even good. I don't often drink lagers and pilsners, but I wouldn't turn one of these down.

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Photo of 22Blue
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of BEER88
2.02/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woodychandler comes through again with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, rather mild, some grains and malts present, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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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 flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Pretty damn good looking!

Smell: sweet and grainy; reasonable for the style but not terribly character-ful.

Taste: similar to the aroma; lightly sweet malt with a bit of graininess. The balance is pretty good, though, and it comes off as more appealing than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a reasonably good creaminess.

Overall: the flavor is pretty good and its refreshment quotient seems pretty high. It's a darn drinkable beer; I'll have to remember it for tailgating!

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The fact that Martens Pilsener is a bit cloudy is a good sign. Many of the best pilsners I've had were unfiltered (or otherwise just clouded). And that's not to take away from the fact that this golden, solid-looking beer is in fact transparent and well burnished. Factor in the decent amount of head and it's safe to say that this is a decent, if conventionally aesthetic beer.

The aroma, though respectable enough for a mass-produced lager, is not immune to the tarnish of adjuncts (nor, alarmingly, of alcohol). Sugars were definitely added. The corn syrup-y musk is not sufficient to turn me away entirely, but we're not off to the best start and it's certainly enough to enforce the sense that this is going to be a pretty run-of-the-mill offering.

Martens Pilsener is for those people who prefer plain toast and unflavored potato chips - its flavour is light and basic. Though largely insipid, it has some cereal grain notes, a most welcomed trace of earthy hops and a surprising amount of body. In a way it drinks more like a true pilsner - as opposed to swill lager - albeit one with all the frills cut out.

It is in the aggregate that unseen details become visible; while the flavour is palatable enough, the use of corn and sugar adjuncts gives the mouthfeel a terribly starchy texture and also creates an overly sweet, off-putting aftertaste (one that fortunately fades in the time it takes me to make a few strokes on the keyboard). Still, I'm bizarrely left with a parched sensation.

Martens Pilsener is way closer to an actual pilsner than most commercial Belgian or Dutch brands advertised as such (cough, Stella, cough). Despite being “like” a pilsner, however, it isn’t - it falls foul to the same off-putting adjuncts and incompleteness as most every mass-produced lager. I honestly didn't mind the few tall cans I drank, but let's call a spade a spade...

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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 spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, floral, hops, bread

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with floral notes and a bit of hop bitterness. There is also some corn flavour and some yeasty notes. The beer finishes with a grainy lightly hop aftertaste.

Overall – A better than average euro beer. It has a nice light taste with a little bit of a hop bite to it. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn it away if offered.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours from 50CL plastic bottle a very bubbly and foam straw gold. The foam is a +2 finger and it leaves some nice lacing. Excellent head retention and the lacing is amongst the best I've seen for the style.

The nose is on the light side but I get some notes of bread and citrus. I hope the taste is more assertive.

The taste has some bread, a touch of caramel, minimal citrus, and some earthiness that joins in the finish with a bit of bitterness.

Light bodied and not nearly as carbonated as it looked in the glass, I find it pretty tasty and pretty drinkable and, on this warm day in Casper, quite refreshing so I think it succeeded to satisfy me but there are many others I would opt for before this one. Isay, if you see it, try it.

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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 Hohnbaum
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow pour, white head, 3/5", clarity up there. Aroma was neutral.

Taste hit all the usual noble hop notes, mild super mild malt notes, lively carbonation appropriate for style. Floral. Cheap beer if you need your Euro lager kick, this one doesn't have the skunky vibe so much though.

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