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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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of spycow
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On-tap at Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bready and biscuit malts along with notes of sweetness and hints of grassy hops. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems like it could use a little more hops.

Serving type: on-tap

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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 jlindros
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap at some random restaurant I stopped in in Antwerp, I think it was called De Herk.

Pours a decent 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with a layer of thin lacing, crystal clear watery golden pilsner color.

Nose is very muted, just a touch of grainy toasty pilsner malts, and perhaps some grassy hops but hard to tell since it's so light.

Taste continues with light characters, faint toasty pilsner malts, light husk that isn't a good husk, little grassy hop character. At least the finish is dry and crisp, but it has to be with that little malt.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb at least.

Overall meh, not too bad as there aren't really any off flavors, but really light like they used corn or other adjuncts to fill it out, so light it's like drinking flavored water.

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Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foamy pale golden in the tall Peroni lager glass. Looks quite nice and has a carbonated mouthfeel with plenty of spritz. Just that faintly hoppy aroma that can be described as "beery."

I suppose you could compare this to Heineken as being pleasantly crisp with a slight dose of hops. Light bodied, lightly flavored. A little nose of hoppiness and a pleasant bit of fragrant hops in the aftertaste to remind you it's a beer.. Tastes more like a "Lite" beer. I cannot see any reason to order this except as an ice-cold thirst slaker, but if you're really thirsty this would go down nicely.

This seems to be a less-flavorful version of a Euro Lager with more alcohol than the American standards. It suffers by comparison in the German Pilsener category. From the one-third litre can bought somewhere in Belgium.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of smithj4
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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 tempest
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.

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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 BillRoth
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of biegaman
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Last bottle in an eight pack of twist-top 25cl brown bottles. Best before April 2009, drank August 2008.

Poured into a Veltins Pilsner glass and compared to a Bel Pils (Duvel Moortgat) which was poured at the same time and into a simular glass.

Bright and bubbley, good light golden colour with a pure white head that faded to a thin covering, but that did stay the distance.

No aroma, so my normal 3 points for a non-smelling lager beer.

Refreshing and crisp, not a great ammount of flavours though.

Watery and thin, it had that typical mass produced European lager feel to it.

Ideal for washing away the grime of the day, but not a session beer for me in any way.

Compared to the Bel Pils: Looked better, smell and taste not as good. Mouthfeel and drinkability also poorer than the Bel.

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

Photo of samEBC
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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 GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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