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:
#43,772
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
117
pDev:
19.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of francisweizen
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!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of Campodog
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of rec
1.73/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A truly horrible beer.

The pour creates a small head and lame pale yellow body. The head does however lace remarkably well - most impressive.

The aroma is typical macro, a strange metalic vibe with hopps and yeast.

The taste is a vile one, exceptionally poor. Generally speaking, a pils of this nature will neither taste bad nor good, rather be fine and drinkable. Unfortunately that's not the case with MAES due to a horrible bitterness and watery plain finish.

Steer clear of this one, it's a waste of money.

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Photo of petluo
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of DARIVA
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of tesguino
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.

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Photo of dankrutgers
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of andreshp
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Donny12
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of rastaman
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

On-tap at Celtica, on to the beer:

Pale golden color so commonly found in pale lagers. The head on top had decent retention and whisps a few spots of lace. There is little to smell. First the nose is greeted with vague grain, and it is also greeted with photomaking chemicals. That's worrying.

This is not a good pilsner. Belgium not being a land of pilsner is no excuse for this beer. My first mouthfull brings overboiled grain and photomaking chemicals. I was hoping my second mouthfull would bring something different, but it didn't. My third mouthfull,the same. Maes Pils has a very rough flavor. A light body and solid carbonation are appreciated, but utimately this is unpleasant and I can't finish my pint.

You'd think that the makers of a solid lager like Cristal could replicate the process with this other lager. This is just a waste of barley, hops, water, and yeast.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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”.

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Photo of stcules
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.

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Photo of janubio
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.

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Photo of wasmachien
2.17/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Maes tastes like it suffered from malnourishment during birth, and consequently didn't get the attention it needed.

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Photo of RobeyStreet
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There isn't a whole lot to say about this particular beer. It was a pretty run-of-the-mill pils that didn't actually taste that great. It didn't have any particular good notes and mostly just had a bitter aftertaste. I would not recommend this... probably not worth it, and I even had this in Belgium!

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Photo of vancurly
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow straw. Heavy set white head, persists briefly. No bubbles.
S: Husky grain. Skanky, skunky hop nose.... not good. Flour & dough.
T: Malty. Dull, nothing redeeming.
M: fair
D: I'll drink it over "dry" or "cold-filtered" beer, but other than that, has little going for it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a Maes pilsner glass in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010.

A: Pours a light soft creamy half finger head. Fair thickness but laughable retention. Body colour is a clear yellow with abundant bubbles - potentially indicative of overcarbonation.

Sm: Light cream and moderately full-bodied barley are the only notes my broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream and minimal floral hops over a moderately full-bodied barley foundation with a crystal malt climax and a slick boring finish. Pretty simple. Off-balance but seemingly built to style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit dry/coarse right on the finish. Complements the flavours.

Dr: Slides down pretty easily, but this is rather forgettable. Price is a bit high by local standards. Quality it just not up to par. Pedestrian as hell.

D+

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Photo of stevoj
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nothing special here, but they have to compete with Jupiler I suppose. This was bought for me, I certainly wouldn’t have ordered it myself. Bland pale lager.

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Photo of Luklaer
2.37/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IBUQT
2.44/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rvdoorn
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Poured a clear yellow golden color with a white head
Smell: typical pilsner smell, noting special
Taste: typical pilsner taste as well, cereals, lightly bitter, but bit weaker taste than average pilsners.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin body
Overall: Bit too watery, cheap beer for teenagers to get drunk.

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Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev -11%

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