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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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Kelpius
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If there was a category for value, this would score highly. Even as an import, it is $4.99 for a four pack of tallboys at Total Wine. With an abv of 4.8, it's a definite improvement over American competitors. It is smooth, has no aftertaste to speak of (okay, I did taste the can), is not too sweet or hoppy, and is very affordable. If you tried craft beer because you were tired of PBR and the like, you can revisit the best of your past with this working man's import, without an obnoxious price point, skunkiness, or unexpected flavors from added impurities. Just good beer, pure and simple, unadorned and great on ice. Somewhere, a Belgian truckdriver knows what I mean.

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Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of NightINgale
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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

A-Nice light golden color...clear...

S-Grainy malt....sweeter, breadier impression...not spicy at all..maybe a little musty

T-Grainy...bready....lightly hopped for a pilsner...just a light saaz like hop note late..

M-Light side of medium bodied....maybe high side of light bodied :)
Easy drinking....nice light malt flavor with just a kiss of hops..lower carbonation makes this drink real easy..

O-This is a real nice drinking lager...not an assertive pilsner by any means and I first I was a little disappointed as I was hoping for that. But if you accept it for what it is, it is still enjoyable. I wonder if this is what American Lager tasted back in the day....

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Photo of crwrunner
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jeremy13586
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a local bottle shop. Pounder can with a 25/6/12 date on the bottom.

Poured a pale golden color. Formed about two fingers of fluffy head that slowly disappeared in to some pillowy foam. It left plenty of thin lacing along the glass.

Really not too much going on in the nose. Some hops and an aroma of grains. Some light lemon. Kind of drab, but clean and inoffensive.

Grain and a light sweetness. More flavor than in the nose. A bit grassy in the hop department. Light on the flavor, but it was consistant and didn't taper off.

Very smooth with an incredibly clean finish. Light body. Seemed to have pretty mild carbonation for a pilsner.

Pretty decent and inoffensive pilsner. The aroma and flavor were there, but it was a little bit on the delicate side. Might make for a nice tailgate or BBQ beer if you're looking for something light that will still have some decent flavor.

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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 DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a can mixed-n-match for $1.75

A - Pours a light straw colored yellow with some damn impressive head/lacing for a Pilsener.

S - Smells of mild grains, really mild hops, some sour apple funk and a touch of lemon grass.

T - It's really not that bad in fact it taste better than most Euro lagers I have had. In no way offensive when it gets warm. Taste is mostly grain forward, sweet malts, and a touch of sour apple/tart lemon.

M - Light to medium as expected.

Overall not something I would seek out again but 3x better than your miller lite BMC.

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

The beer pours a crystal-clear light golden color with the requisite cap of white foam. The modest aroma conveys hints of various grains. Light on the palate, a little bread here and there. Sweetness accompanies the filler. The beer is a standard Euro style golden brew.

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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 WhatTheAle1973
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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 Abrengle
4/5  rDev +27.8%

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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Martens Pilsener from Brouwerij Martens NV
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 140 ratings