Hertog Jan Pilsener
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #776
Ranked #49,272
3.18 | pDev: 16.98%
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
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Notes: Formerly Hertog Jan Naturzuiver Bier
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FLima from Brazil

3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a thin head
Aroma with mild notes of malt sweetness and grains.
Flavor with notes of spicy hops, crystal malt sweetness, tea bags and grains. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Regular Pils with a mild bitterness.

Oct 10, 2019
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Martin194 from Iowa

2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pale, clear gold with a fluffy white head.

Smell: The first thing I notice is sort of a musty smell, similar to mushrooms, followed by sweet corn.

Taste: Overpowering taste of corn, kind of grassy, grainy notes as well.

Feel: Medium body, sort of a sticky feel in the mouth, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall: I'm from Iowa so of course I don't mind my corn, but I'm not sure I'd seek this out. It's fine easy drinking, what I'd call a "campfire beer," but nothing special.

Oct 05, 2018
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atomicbeer from New Mexico

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 30 cl. bottle brought back from the Netherlands. Decent foamy head on a bright slightly dark gold body. Decent carbonation. Aromas of grain, corn, and grass hops. Pretty sweet and corny but actually a very drinkable beer. Very soft in the mouth. Slammed the first in no time at all and ready for more. Brought half a case back - won’t last long. Pilsner? Not really because of too much corn but still as said very drinkable and refreshing.

Jul 08, 2018
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Alexrdvz from Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Corn should not be part of beer. I gave it a 2 for the 5.1% alcohol volume (better than the 3.2% rule in some US states). This is one of those beers you drink super cold to numb your taste buds and just get the alcohol effect afterwards.

Aug 22, 2017
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schavuytje from Netherlands

2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Is not a pils drinker but this is one of the better of Dutch light gold blond with a nice little pussy, just a little more flavor; Very soft bitter and far away, what a good malt is best to drink

May 31, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl can. Pale golden colour, with a white head with poor retention. Smells sweet, like a cheap pilsner, which it is. The taste is a bit better than the aroma suggests. Bitter pilsner hops, sweet caramel. A nice carbonation and light body. Pretty refreshing, as far as pilsners go.

Feb 02, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A rather bland and dull pilsener. Aroma and flavor are very subdued. Pours with a nice frothy head, but color is a pale gold. Tastes like a watered down beer....

Jan 08, 2016
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djura from Serbia

2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can, 0,33 l
A - Golden with white foam, staying couple of minutes. High carbonation.
S - Adjuncts, corn, citrus, bad aroma.
T/M - Cheap and watery malt. Medium bitterness with citrus at the back. Medium carbonation.

O - Classic cheap lager, far behind real Pilsener.

Oct 19, 2015
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Zet from Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a thick and steady head of foam. Fresh grassy smell with some malt. The hop shows itself well in the taste and gives this beer a nice bitterness. Other flavour is lacking though. A decent pilsener, but a bit standard.

Sep 13, 2015
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BeerDrinkersWorldTour from Northern Ireland

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Appearance – Pale golden colour in the glass with a soapy head. The head starts off large but dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing but not much. Plenty of carbonation is evident.

Smell – It smells very like Becks with maybe a slightly stronger sniff of the booze in it. Malts dominate the nose but it is all rather faint and hard to determine what flavour to expect from the smell alone.

Taste – The malts are again here but they do not jump out of the glass. There is some floral/leafy freshness to the taste and maybe a tiny hint of bitter hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated so there is plenty of tingle and the body is medium as you would expect.

Overall – Once again I have to begin by saying I am a fan of this beer. If sipped then this one is sharp, even bitter on the tongue. The grain and malt is not over powering but definitely they are there none the less. I would probably describe this one most accurately as crisp.

Given what it is supposed to be this beer does its job well.

Sep 23, 2014
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Brewhemoth from Netherlands

2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 300ml bottle into a Hertog Jan pilsner glass.

A: Pours a pale, golden yellow. Frothy head of a couple of fingers, which stays for a minute or two. Leaves some lacing. The head retention is minimal, but it's there. No visible activity.
S: Some sweet maltiness and a bit of grassy hops.
T: On par for a standard (euro) lager. Some sweet malt flavor, but not much. There is a VERY light bitter aftertaste.
M: Drinks smoothly, is refreshing and crisp. Clean finish. Carbonation is within range for style..

Overall: Maybe a little sweet, but more pleasant to drink than other mainstream beers avaiable in The Netherlands. A solid standard lager that is easy to drink...a lot of.

Apr 18, 2014
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MTNboy from Germany

2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I think I am going to rate this a little better than most people did. I am not saying that it wasn’t a little plain but this style is supposed to be a little bit neutral. It poured golden and transparent with not much carbonation to the body. The head was minimal but the lace was not bad. The aroma was more malty than hoppy but both were pretty mild. The flavor was a little bit grassy like a pils with some hop tones. The mouthfeel was medium and a little slick.

Aug 05, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beer Temple, on to the beer:

This pilsner has a pale gold color with thick soapy head which retains well and leaves patchy lacing around the glass. Its aroma gives a kiss of hoeny, hay, grass, the three mixing together well. A little more intense in the mouth as the nose, the sensation of crisp hops hits along with a modest pale malt base and a snap of grass.

I liked this quite a bit.

May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the better pilseners out there. One of the more popular, and somewhat more premium, beers in The Netherlands. Fresh, tasteful and easy.

It won't be like any special beer or anything, but it's better then the Weihenstephaner original which has like 90+ rating here ... Hard to understand.

Jan 26, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh dear: 30cl bottle, best before Apr 2013. Brought back from Holland to drink at leasure: poured into a Duvel glass on 10 Dec 2012.

Bland and boring: looked your typical Pilsner/lager but lacked the sparkle or crispness to carry off the appearance. Odourless and almost tasteless: a slight hop bitterness towards the end of each gulp but nothing at all to get excited about. It may well quench your thirst after cutting the grass or hedge but for the beer hunter, forget it!

Dec 12, 2012
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tir Nan Og in Kingston. A new addition to the tap lineup for the summer season that they ended up continuing.

Poured into a branded Hertog glass (sort of a stein with concave sides). Light golden, good head of froth, decent lacing. Carbonation visible.

Nose is faint malt, bittering hops, apple and herbs. Emphasis on the faint.

Not a bad macro pilsner by any stretch. Tastes fine, nothing jumping out at me as being out of place. A touch above the usual canned suspects out there. A touch of hop bitterness to the finish. Light bodied, mild-to-vigorous carbonation.

There's some flavour here, I'll give it that, and I drank the pint happily with incredible ease. Still, I can't help but feel that his brew could really have been something special, if it had gone more than a single trepidatious step beyond the run-of-the-mill.

Oct 17, 2012
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much just a very ordinary pilsner.

Pours deeper yellow than many other pils, moderate head, some decent lacing early on.

Undistinguished nose and taste, but stands up better than your typical macro brew.

Take it or leave it. The kind of thing pretty much anybody will drink.

Jul 11, 2012
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Douberd from Netherlands

3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 300 ml, poured into a pokal glass. Ingredients are water, barley, corn, hops. I didn't know that Hertog Jan used corn in their beer, must be a recent change.
Pours a golden yellow colour with a white, froathy head, with average retention, which leaves some light lacing behind. Average activity in the glass.
Nice sweet smell. More malts than corn, thankfully and maybe it smells more as it has rice instead f corn.
On the taste you find again more malts than any corn, although you may taste some between sips, nothing too insulting though. On the contrary, makes drinking it more interesting. It finishes with some bitterness, but it;s a very smooth and crisp beer.
Medium to thick body and average carbonation.
I think this is one of the best widely available pilseners in the Netherlands.

May 16, 2012
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Morningstorm from Netherlands

2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical session beer in The Netherlands. A lot of people consider it superior to Heineken and Jupiler but that's an opinion in the end.

A: Pours a pretty average pale lager color. Slighly golden. Pours a 1-2 cm head which dissappears after a minute. A tiny lacing stays.

S: Smell is not really present. Smells quite sweet and a bit of malt.

T: Quite sweet, nothing spectacular.

M: A bit of carbonation. Between light and medium bodied.

O: Beer that you can drink 6-7 of and still taste nothing.

Mar 25, 2012
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IPA35 from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is sold at every Dutch supermarket together with the other readily available Dutch macrolagers such as Amstel, Heineken, Bavaria, Dommelsch, Brand, Grolsch and such. This one is the most expensive, the crate price is like 50 cents more than most others. A very minimal difference but as a result this one together with Grolsch I think is considered 'premium'.


It is more dark than most other macrolagers. Ofcourse all our macrolagers are more dark than BMC and that Mexican swill but this one to me is more dark than Heineken or Grolsch.
A white head with surprisingly good lacing. Slightly German-like rocky. Good.

It smells grainy with some hops. Nothing special obviously but it smells better than most other macrolagers.

It tastes better than most other Dutch macrolagers too, it has quite a strong grainy flavour and it has a good amount of hops, again, for the style. No chemical flavours or anything as you get with Heineken, despite the use of corn. Good. Even as it warms up a little it does not taste too unpleasant.

Thin mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Probably the best of the Dutch macrolagers.

Dec 11, 2011
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czfreeman from California

2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"naturzuiver" means "naturally pure" in Dutch.
I like Hertogs Weizen quite alot, hope this one defies the previous reviews.
Pours a pale lager color, pale straw like, head is decent.
Smells of...cheap lager, unfourtunatley. Corn, sweet sugar, light malty notes.
Smells almost entirely of extract, little to no hops detected, only a light bitterness on the finish.
Flavor is better than expected. Light malt, lightly bitter, finishes rather light and refreshing. Some of the maly extractlike notesin the aroma come through, but not overwhemlingly so.
Light, goes down easliy, light and not complicated.
For the price, I will stick with Hertog's Pils, it is by far way more superior.

Apr 19, 2011
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sfprint from Germany

2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Looks like a barely carbonated European lager. A somewhat orangey urine color.

S: Although the smell is weak, what's there is a nicely sweet malt smell, almost radler esque.

T: Almost more like childrens apple juice than beer. That's how the sweetness translates. Seriously, it tastes like a direct cross with a very mild beer and childrens apple juice. And I guess that wouldn't be too bad, but I must emphasize that it's what makes the apple juice flavor kiddie like is what makes it gross.

M: Almost no carbonation. Almost medium bodied.

O: Pretty bad beer.

Jul 27, 2010
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Dutch beer! Drank this one in a normal dutch beerglass. Nice head and and light yeasty smell. This is how the dutch beer taste. Drank a few today and everytime the quality is A OK.

The head is nice white and stays a while in the glass. This one can be compared with a Dommelsch.

Dec 20, 2009
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rudyarmand from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recently spent a couple of days touring the north part of the Netherlands and had never heard of Hertog Jan. But, since trying new beers was my goal, I drank this beverage almost every day in cafes in Groningen, Zwolle and Apeldoorn.

I know that some people who review beers are pretty snobby about what beers get an excellent rating, but I have to say that if this beer was available in the states and as inexpensive as it is in the Netherlands, it would be my everyday beer. I was very impressed with the drinkability and the taste.

I always have one or two Westmalle Tripels each day, but they are pretty powerful and the Hertog Jan Pils was a nice surprise.

May 20, 2009
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JanM from Sweden

2.06/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This should be a traditional beer but I found it to be a boring eurolager. It smelled just like it: sweet, wet cloth, and poured golden yellow with lots of carbonation and semi-thick foam. I'm not exactly sure what naturzuiver stands for in Dutch but I'm sure that a traditional beer was not made with maize like this one is. The taste was sweet, bitter, watery, and somewhat musty. My general impression was that the beer was not balanced between the taste notes. So, a not so very interesting and thin eurolager of the kind there are already too many of.

Sep 15, 2008
Hertog Jan Pilsener from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 122 ratings