Maes Pils
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #829
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
68
Ranked #49,797
Avg:
2.81 | pDev: 19.57%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
124
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Brouwerij Alken-Maes
 
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Gots
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SCORE
68
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Well it finally happened…….desperate to avoid a Rain Shower it meant sampling this brew in a non-descript bar in Ostende who’s name wasn’t even worth writing down. Served in one of those straight sided tumblers so ubiquitous for the golden Belgium elixir known simply as “Pils”.

Appearance: Slick pale yellow body that screams bloody murder with a plethora of streamers that support a foamy white head that lasts throughout the drink and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose: Sweaty socks, malt grain and a funky corn sweetness that has a metallic character to it.

Taste: Extremely light bitterness, but not much else. Watery feel, bloating at times, yet seemingly drunk in inordinate volumes by the locals, how do they do it???

Mouthfeel: Utterly amazing volumes of dissolved Carbon Dioxide explode through the beer up the nose and support my belches for a good 30 minutes after the 33cl glass.

Drinkability: Well….its not exactly repugnant, I’ve had worse…but it lacks taste, is over-carbonated and feels way too fizzy. <Burp>

Overall: I’ve sampled this on Draft, from the Bottle and extracted it with a vacuous slurp from the Can…..they’re all just as bad.

I tend to think of brews called “Pilsners”, as high end quality Germanic or Czech brews……but when I see a brew simply labeled as a “Pils”….I think of mass-produced Belgium light blonde ales that purport to have a link to the year 1842 yet exhibit a distinct blandness with little affiliation to anything except diuretics.

This is definitely a “Pils”.

May 10, 2005
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FLima from Brazil

2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of malt sweetness, glucose and faint hops.
Flavor with notes of corn syrup, mild generic hops, cardboard and oxidation. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Unpleasant Adjunct Lager with sweet and mineral-oxidized notes, even though being recently canned.

Oct 08, 2019
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vfgccp from New York

1.64/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

May 10, 2019
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nov 29, 2020
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rastaman from England

2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a passable lager, not really a pilsener. Really faint aroma, nothin much picked up. Sweetish and very light palate, thin bodied and bland, i don't know why this is so popular in Belgium, when you consider the amount of good beer they have.

Aug 10, 2002
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stcules from Italy

2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep blonde color, quite carbonated. Average foam, white. Quite sticky.
In the smell a noticeable maltiness. No defects, but anonymous
Same for the taste.
Clean, a little carbonated.
No good values, but no defects.
Hints of hop, light, in taste and aftertaste.

Nov 28, 2006
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francisweizen from Alaska

1.08/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

16oz can, on a corner with a baguette sandwitch in Brussels, Be. I've seen people drinking this at the bar, and if you pour it into a glass it is a piss-yellow colour with a small white head. The aromas are all corn, vegetable, and metallic notes. The taste is corny, metallic, and almost unbearable. The mouthfeel is light, watery, and horrible. As for the drinkability? I threw out the second half of the can!

May 17, 2004
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JohnnyDuvel from Florida

3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

None of the sweetness or skunkiness of the common pils, but also none of the brightness or bite of the best of the style. I like this better than Stella, which I thought tasted like an American macro-lager. This tastes as much like a lager to me, as the malt (albeit slight) is in front of the mild hops. Not bad, but there are too many others that are better.

Jan 13, 2004
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3/5  rDev +6.8%

Jul 05, 2013
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Pepeton from Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have to have, let's say, two sets of standards.

One for what I call big beers, the second for little beers.

Big beers are of course Belgian Strong Pale Ale; wits; hefes; krieks; etc...

Little ones obviously come from macros, both Mexican and American.

Since big beers here in México are not only expensive but also hard to find. Plus, in my city, a big metro with almost 4 million people, there's only one brewpub (expensive) and one microbrewery (also expensive).

So, I have to stick with the little beers most of my time.

Local weather is another fact: Since March thru November temperatures go from 90° to 120°.
This climate thing makes you prefer lagers with a rather low alcohol content.

And Maes Pils is this type of brew.

It's clear yellow color is of a typical lager; nice lasting head with a distinctive lace.

Light malt smell, attractive though.

Refreshing mild hop taste that reminds me another beer which I can't identify right now.

Good and consistent malt aftertaste, light fizziness.

In my weather I could drink six bottles of this one easily.
Hope other local lagers be like this one because for me this is a Summer beer.

May 22, 2005
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marcellaproust from Washington

2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A drinkable, pleasant beer, but not pilsworthy. Maes has nearly no smell, a slight yeasty opening which promises a heartier pils than is delivered. Hops do emerge, though bashfully mid to end. There is a puzzling metallic finish, but this doesn't detract from the beer's potential as a good, summer accompaniment to picnics and beach bumming days.

Apr 06, 2004
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Kulrak from Australia

3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with lots of fluffy white head that laces the glass all the way down. Doesn't smell like much at all, slightly yeasty and that's about it. The taste is very clean, not very sweet, no bitterness to speak of. Not much in the way of flavor either. Finishes very clean as well. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and light. Not too bad at all. Overall, it's very drinkable, mostly because there isn't much in the way of flavor good or bad, so it doesn't offend at all.

Aug 04, 2007
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Paddez from Belgium

2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maes pils is incredibly clear and looks rather uninspired. If sparkling water would be yellow, it'd look like this. The smell and taste are both sweet with mainly malts & corn. Way too sweet and unbalanced. There's not too much evidence of any hops residing in the brew. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Moderately drinkable.

An average to poor lager. Stella would be a better choice if you would want to opt for a Belgian macro-lager to quench your thirst on a hot day.

Aug 07, 2005
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Noelito76 from New York

3.59/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 21, 2015
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whartontallboy from New York

2/5  rDev -28.8%

Jan 04, 2012
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janubio from Spain

2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 m. bottle. Clear glolden colour, medium head with that dissappears quickly, leaving rings on the glass as you drink. Smell is nothing but grain and hops. Light palate, watery. Taste of grains, herbs and it reminds me somehow of Heineken because of some taste of pear. Metallic notes and some citrus in the end. Just your average mass market beer.

Dec 26, 2012
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tempest from New York

2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine wanted to find a good PBR substitute in Belgium and here it is. A smooth, clean, light bready malt flavor with no hops or adjunct flavor. On a hot day you could drown yourself in pitchers of this. Today in Belgium, we'll settled for a platter of glasses. This is no German pils, maybe a weak Czech pils, more likely an American adjunct lager, and a good one at that.

Apr 07, 2009
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therica from Maryland

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in Leuven Belgium. My first thought was, "Busch." A fine beer if you're just drinking while talking or partying, and without paying attention.

A= fine-bubbled lifeless styrofoam head

S= reasonable bouquet with malt nose

T= mild hops, malt; a staleness typical of a US Macro-beer.

M= stale US-beer-mouth

D= drinkable but that's about it.

Jan 06, 2008
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garcia2a from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, this is not my idea of a Belgian, that said, lets go.

Had this at the Floris bar in Brussels. for 6 euros, I somehow ended up with 60oz. of this ditty.

Pours a medium golden tone with a three finger head that held for about 3-4 minutes. The clarity is crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

The bouquet is what I would expect for a German pilsner, a liitle hops, a little malt, nothing that really treats the old schnozola.

The taste has a malt bite and again, I'm thinking a German pilsner. It does however have a slightly odd back taste, not sure what it was.

Mouthfeel is fine as this is a beer that after you taste the first few ounces for noting, its is time to drink and drink another, and another and so on. This is not a beer geek's brew!!

I like to think of this as the Schmidt's of Belgium!!!

Mar 12, 2008
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Off tap. A generous, overly active stream of steady bubbles that continuously shoot up - looks like something that could be used at a science center exhibit. A healthy complexion - crisp yellow, clear as day with an ocean of fluffy white head.

The smell is not offensive. To the contrary is nearly - but not quite - pleasant. A straight up blend of Saaz hops and pilsner malt, (in other words - what it should be!) I was pleased to find no adjuncts or stale notes to spoil this one. To have these lagers fresh in Europe is entirely different from skunked, dated, green bottles found dusty on shelves in North America!

The mouthfeel is a little cardboard-like. A little stiff, not as smooth as other pilsners. The carbonation is bloating. The flavour is corn filled! Corn adjunct rings out far more than any malt. It wasn't enough to compromise the drinkability but it certainly did not make for a tasty brew. All considered, this might be an option on a hot, sunny day.

Oct 08, 2007
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tesguino from Mexico

1.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A beer from Alken in belgium, i try better things than this but only one thing is good, its smell, little spice and herbal; taste slowly bitter, and grassy, little heavy; its color talk about its high fermentation; i try with mexican food; serve in a pint glass.

Dec 08, 2005
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +6.8%

Dec 08, 2011
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BillRoth from Maryland

3/5  rDev +6.8%

Nov 29, 2013
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Latarnik from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jul 06, 2014
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Feb 22, 2012
Maes Pils from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 124 ratings