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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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 thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec. 15 2014.

Pours a deep, translucent golden-yellow colour; similar to, but perhaps slightly darker in tinge than most comparable imports. A frothy eggshell-white head erupts at the surface, reaching two fingers in thickness before gradually settling into a thin, lumpy cap over a few minutes' time. Retention is decent, and the stringy lacing left behind on the sides of the glass is of respectable quantity for the style. The aroma is acceptable, but offers nothing very interesting - grainy malts, some light sweetness, with some weedy, vaguely-sulfurous/skunky hop notes.

The taste isn't bad, but I'd hesitate to call it particularly good. Light barley malt sweetness is probably the most dominating facet of the flavour, with some (thankfully subtle) corny notes in the background. Slightly herbal, with vaguely noble hoppy bitterness coming forward toward the finish. Dryness blends with lingering barley malt sweetness in the aftertaste, along with an unfortunate and unmistakable metallic twinge. Light-bodied and refreshing, with lighter carbonation levels than I expect from the style.

Final Grade: 3.14, a C+. Martens Pilsener isn't a very good pils, but as far as generic, cheap Euro lagers go, it's probably above average in the category. Imported lager fans on a budget will be hard-pressed to find something distinctly better - I'd take this over Heineken and a lot of low-end EPLs, but it lacks the impressive hop presence of most true German or Czech pilseners.

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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 DaftCaskBC
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 BeerDocT
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out with an inch tall, soapy-looking head. This quickly dissolved and left frothy goodness on the sides of the glass.

-Smell 3.0: Good bouquet. I smell a very subdued barley and hops and that is about it. Somewhat standard.

-Taste 3.5: Above average taste. Front is cool liquid with a middle that is dry and slightly hoppy with vague barley notes. Finish is all watered-down hops and barley with a vague metallic taste. However, this all disappears quickly and the aftertaste is a quite pleasant dry hoppiness that fades out post haste.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Carbonation is average. Very "liquid" feel to this brew, which is refreshing.

-Overall 3.0: Nothing spectacular here, but nothing awful, either. A respectable session beer that will not disappoint. Excellent with food or on its own. Slightly reminiscent of Beck's and I mean that as a complement.

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

Heavily carbonated, glowing golden appearance with decent head retention and sticky lacing.

Smells of wet grass, a bit of booze and sweet grapes. Grainy.

Just enough bittering hops. Mild on the malt, light-medium bodied. Chalky. A touch of metallic tang. Process (pasteurization, etc) seems to have hurt the taste a little. Hop flavor delivers some spiciness.

For a $1.80/pint can, not a bad brew. I'll try it again if I see it on-tap.

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

This beer pours a clear light gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with a faint hint of noble hops. The taste is similar to the aroma. However, the finish is nonexistent, and there is no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture, and nice high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I can't see myself drinking it again. There are just far too many better golden lagers out there to waste my time drinking something that is only decent.

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Photo of Jaxxon61
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An erstwhile confident to the Heineken / Grolsch / Becks / Stella gang...but at a lower price point (less than 2 bucks a pop at the BCL in the 500ml can). If anything, it gains points on the aforementioned Euro-pilsener giants in terms of noble hoppiness and less skunk-funk. However, a touch too cloying for the lager/pils style, IMHO. I especially don't like the mention of the old el cheapo 'hop extract' and 'unmalted cereals' on the ingredients label >> sounds like crappy adjuncts to me. All-in-all, a better than average Euro macro that's less expensive than its main competitors.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pils pours a bright pale golden colour with a substantial rocky white head that has surprisingly decent retention and does leave some very pretty lacing on my glass.

Smell is nothing out of the ordinary - grassy hops with some light caramel malts.

The taste, however, is relatively complex. I definitely get the typical grassy, grainy, flavours of a euro pale but, I guess because it's a Belgian, there's more sugary, fruity complexities in the background to ponder over. I do detect some apple/pear with just a hint of the bubblegum-y profile that comes through in so many Belgian brews.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a good amount of cleansing carbonation.

Overall, a simple pils with a decent amount of complexity on the palate. Would I buy it again - yes sir.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to BC as it comes in a 4 pack for $8 of tallboys. At $2 a can that brings in range with Holsten and a few other euro lagers. This is a decent lager redolent of Carlsberg and Stella. Some hops though not as hoppy as a german pils. The finish is slightly sweet but fairly well balanced. Drinkable beer that is good value for the price.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can, pours straw yellow, white head, good cleanliness, aroma was a little lacking, not offensive, just didn't impart any aroma.

Taste, light bodied, minor Saaz and/or Noble hopping, thirst quenching beer. Keeps the bitterness down, this was just what I was looking for on a hot morning of disc golf, that was preceded by a thorough drunkening the night before. Appreciate the soft touch on the carbonation.

Minor floral touches complimented by such a slight amount of sweetness, never going to be a killer over the top extreme beer, but when you are looking to start your day in hot weather, this beer is worthy, especially at a price under $2 for 16oz.

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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 thegodfather2701
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Straw with a decently thick white head.

S-Grassy Noble hops, and some sweet malts. No skunk notes and nothing overpowering.

T-Noble (grassy flavored hops) are present but the sweetness of the malt dominates. It is much sweeter than other versions of the style.

M-Seems a bit more syrupy and thick than most of the style which is nice.

D-The sweetness cuts into the drinkability for me so this is probably a one and done.

Overall, a decent version of the style, just too sweet for me.

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Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
3.13 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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