Maes Pils | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Maes PilsMaes Pils
BA SCORE
2.81/5
117 Ratings
Maes PilsMaes Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,686
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
117
pDev:
19.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of animal69
4.58/5  rDev +63%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ahh, my favorite german pilsner, crystal pale yellow color w/ a slight creamy white head & some lacing; very malty aroma for a pils; has a perfect balace of malt/hop flavor w/ some pleasing (prob. from the yeast),yet indescribable undertones (fresh cement?), nice light, dry palate which makes this a very drinkable(yet expensive,i paid $12.00 for a six) beer.

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Photo of andy1701
4.5/5  rDev +60.1%

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4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of dubmax
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of Anacross
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of Noelito76
3.59/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Pale golden, perfectly transparent. Head is decently big (let's say 2 fingers) and frothy. Suprisingly shows good retention and lacing

S- Light but very fresh aroma. A touch of malt sweetness on the back. Upfront a fresh and pleasant herbal/fresh cut grass feel. Plus, also a slight, mild yeasty/fruity kind of feel

T- It's not a style of course, but if something could be called a belgian pilsner, then this is. Sweet, crackery malts upfront, not as crisp as in most pilsners though, plus also a hint of caramel. Refreshing herbal notes on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste. As the smell suggested, some fruity flavours are showing up on the tongue (apple is my main pick). Not as bitter as your average pilsner

M- I felt like some more carbonation could have helped, the beer was very light in feel and easily drinkable, but maybe a tad too flat, expecially on the tongue

O- Very refreshing and easy going, plus decently flavourful and a bit different from the standard pilsner, i enjoyed it. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, and possibly just as far as macros can go (which means, as good as beer can be when it's main purpose is to be just another classic pale lager). Plus, great price for value

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Photo of Pepeton
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.

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Photo of Bokanovski
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of agaloco9
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Spezz
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benfons
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First and for all it's a bit strange that this thread hasn't been split. A couple of years ago they changed their recipe quite aggressively which really improved the beer.

A: Looks like it should, decent head, maybe a bit light colour.

S: Not much there, but nothing disturbing too.

T: a bit like the smell, a bit hoppier then its two main competitors in Belgium. A bit bready

M: slightly thin, but fine for thee style

O: Of the big three Belgians i prefer this one over Jupiler or Stella Artois. Is it a great beer no, but its OK.
Don't really think this is a German Pilsner

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Photo of desint
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this at Tomorrowland, served in the can even though I asked for the draft several times -maybe the taps were for show(?) poured in a cup chilled.

The color is golden with light hazed look thick white head with average bead and thick lace sticks. The smell is herbal and lightly fragrant of lager yeast with a mild sweet pils malt and light bready +mineral accent with slight peppery nose in the background. The mouthfeel is slight spiciness...can't tell if hops or yeast with medium carbonation with light body and low sweetness with a crisp, mostly dry finish .

The flavor of toasted grain starts fresh with light spice of hops and mild mineral taste from the yeast with gentle malt sweetness and the flavor recedes to a dry finish with mild alcohol -very low flavor of hops even though it is hinted at in smell and mouthfeel. The main flavor is grainy sweet pils tinge but the flavor doesn't stick around long. Neither bad nor good overall, better than expected for a mass produced 'pils'. It is lager like but lacking flavor or bitterness of hops which is dissapointing.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CyR
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A: Transparent

S: Smells of classic Pilsener

T: Pilsener basic, better than the previous version

M: not last long, slightly bitter with a little grain

D: Getting drunk easily but without much flavor

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Lager number two in Belgium, without strong business and great flavor without much originality. At deserves better than her big sister, Jupiler.
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Photo of constantine_272
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of randylangford
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BJSmit
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of KristofH
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of treque
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: watery, traslucent, pale straw in color, there is no head at all, just a tiny one, and disspates quickly

S: some sweet malt, buttery, not so deep

T: light body, sweet notes, biscuit taste, acceptable bitterness, chewy end, something between a macrolager and a real german pilsner

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Photo of Cvdl42
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Dactrius
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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