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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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72
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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Turkey

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 96
Photo of wholesaler
3.96/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reading the review of others, I was surprised that no one called out the distinct molasses aroma. My glass has been empty for quite a while and I can still detect it. Also, it seems that the ratings are low because the reviewers expected this beer to be something it is not. It is actually a fine representation of a dark, malty lager. This is a very enjoyable beverage. Give this beer a try, ignoring the pseudo-intellectual critics who have complained.

Photo of elNopalero
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a caramelly-cola color. Malty-sweet smell, with a off-putting “musty car” note. Cloying and syrupy.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear glass bottle (ugh) bought at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark, ruddy brown, with very little head or lacing.

Smells pretty pedestrian, but at least it's not offensive, right? Some bready toasty aromas are about all I get.

This certainly doesn't taste bad, but there's not a whole lot going on here. There's a bit of carame, not much, some toasted bread, and a bit of staleness. This one's best by 7/11/14- ha.

This is light bodied, with a bready and crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. It is drinkable, at least.

Wholly uninteresting, but still, it tastes alright and is unoffensive, which is about all you can hope for with these Euro lagers.

Photo of Eloel
4.89/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The peak of pilsener brewery, the caramel content gives a distinct flavor and feel to this high alcohol beer.

Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of malt and light hops. Nothing special.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a nutty quality that seemed to vanish somehow, and hops. As it is with these types of beer, the major problem is that they're very thin and watery. The flavor here is just that.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a pretty forgettable beer. That being said, the Euro Dark Lager style does not lend itself to greatness.

Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle purchased at the Spokane Valley Total Wine for $1.99. My first Turkish beer. According to the label, this was best before “18/04/14.” Thanks for your attention to detail, TW.

Poured a dark, cola-ish color that took on a reddish hue when held up to light. A decent-sized head that was somewhere between beige and tan in color stuck around for a couple of minutes before receeding to a thin version of itself, leaving a decent amount of lace.

Roasty malts and grassy, slightly skunky hops in the aroma, in pretty much that order.

Primarily rosted malts in the flavor, with the grassy hops forming an accompaniment and then a slight aftertaste. Mostly clean finish. Tastes like a lager version of Newcastle Brown, but with slightly less flavor.

Slightly creamy yet thin mouthfeel.

An okay Euro dark lager. Not much to write home about, but not exactly offensive, either, though it could possibly be improved upon if fresher, I suppose. At least I’ve had another beer from an Islamic nation, which is something of a rarity.

Photo of Trent
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Cafe Istanbul in Dublin, OH (where else to drink a Turkish brew than in a town named Dublin, eh?).

Pours a dark yet opaque, alluding to a crisp taste. The little amount of foam that develops quickly disperses, leaving only a white foam ring around the perimeter.

The smell is mild, but has hints of malt.

The taste is surprising. Expecting a dull or bitter flavor, so the flavor of sweetness, malts, caramel and chocolate surprise and delight the senses. No one aspect stands above the rest.
Carbonation helps keep the taste profile light and crisp. A very refreshing beer for an arid climate.

Overall: Good brew, especially if you are looking to try offerings from around the globe. Put this Turkish beer on your list.

Photo of flyingpig
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle as a gift brought back from Marmaris, Turkey:
Caramel brown with a 1cm, bubbly head that is light brown & settles as a patchy lacing.

Lots of malts & roasted notes plus faint hops & grain with caramel as well. Sugar & toffee makes an appearance too with some very faint fruits towards the end.

Roasted malts & some sweetness with some caramel & toffee from the nose. A little bit of spice comes through around the middle with hints of treacle as well.

Smooth & inoffensive with some bland patches & overall the beer seems a little thin. Some bitterness & touches of sweetness throughout as well. It's an easy enough beer to drink & carbonation is about light medium in my opinion.

Not a bad Turkish offering, to be honest this is just about as good as I've tried from the country with only the odd exception. Definitely drinkable and easy going; it's one worth picking up if you're in the country but probably not if you mange to find it elsewhere.

Photo of Jeffo
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Turkish whales. After spending a month in Turkey, not once did I come across this illusive, monster rarity. Cheers to Doopie for promising unheard of deeds to his sleazy mate if he could schmooze it up with some corrupt bar keeper in order to get a bottle of this to go while on some lame cruise in the south of Turkey. This is a tick ten years in the making.

From a bottle into a pils glass
Best before 20 May 2014
6.1% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Slowly fades to a solid creamy cap and coats the sides of the glass. Clear burgundy or maroon brown in color with medium levels of carbonation. Full wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: Dark bread, light plumbs and raisins with some grainy notes, touches of honey and some floral hops as well. A little mild, but alright.

TASTE: Dark bread again, touches of raisins and dark grapes, with some honey sweetness at the swallow. Milder flavors up front get better after the swallow, with a bolder and more lingering finish of dark fruit, dark, grainy bread, some honey sweetness, caramel sweetness and a nice dose of flora, hop bitterness as balance.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A touch watery on the palate, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes crisp and dry. A touch of bitterness lingers. Not as nice as the regular pilsner.

OVERALL: This Turkish whale definitely lives up the the (lack of) hype. A solid dark lager for sure. People will give it a rough time as this style is not as well appreciated as others, but it's definitely a good example of the style, and something I would have appreciated seeing more often, or at least 'at all,' while I was in Turkey. Thanks for sending your sketchy buddy to do all the dirty work on this one Doops. Well worth it!

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Twist cap 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Just purchased but way past best by date stamped on back. With a clear bottle, this doesn't bode well. The slightly skunky aroma and moderately skunky flavor confirm that the beer is not at its best. I try to compensate for this in my evaluation.

Pours clear, dark, red-brown with a thin, weak head.

Aroma: toffee; medium roast malts; not bad.

Flavor: skunky but with an appealing

Feel: smooth; medium-light body.

O: Looking past the aging effects I see a solid dunkel worth revisiting.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Cross off another country from the list which I've tried a beer from. Efes Dark comes in a clear 330 ml bottle and has a twist-off top. On to the beer:

No false advertising, as this beer is dark colored. Cherrywood brown and topped with a thin head which has okay retention, but it leaves a checkerboard of dotted lace around the glass. Oooo, that has a stinky aroma. The base malt is pleasantly sweet, but is ruined by herbal skunked hops.

With some luck, the taste is decent. It starts reasonably sweet like a dunkel lager and for a moment, I thought that it could climb higher. Those hops, agghh, they're not exactly in good form. It gives the beer a sulfur note, along with the added skunkiness. Adding to injury is the beer's slick feel in the mouth which sticks around.

Efes could have been on the verge of being a surprise if it were in prime condition. Clear glass is usually not a beer's friend, more so in the sunny climate of Turkey.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A thin head on a brown colored body.
The aroma had a hint of roasted malt and a lot of dry grain.
The taste starts okay with a little roasted malt and then descends into super malty sweet hell.
The texture was sticky with moderate carbonation.
Stay away until it's the only game in town... then find another town.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330mL bottle, best before 29/09/12. I guess the store had some old bottles.

appears very dark brown, red highlights, thin off-white head, good head retention. malty aroma, no hops. fairly sweet taste, smooth, easy drinking. mild. lingering aftertaste. thin to medium body, medium carbonation. overall - not bad, it has a good mild flavor and high drinkability.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 4/27/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and a brewed tea aroma. Taste is mainly of toasted bread and slightly burnt caramel. There is a very mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is decently drinkable but nothing too exciting.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Efes Dark has a thick, cream-colored head, a dark brown, tea color, and some decent lacing left down the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, brown bread, and there’s a little hop spice in the nose upon a deep inhalation. The flavor is similar, with lots sugar, some coffee, and a relatively strong alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and Efes Dark finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

Photo of burri
3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the drink is orangy yellow with quick lining formed at the top gives it a unique glistening look
smell is not much flavoured. smells of citrus and alcohol
tastes dry. alcohol not really hidden. Just so you know what you're getting. There's the taste of vodka that it's been mixed with
mouthfull is heavy, and it fills your whole mouth giving you a dry taste, however i liked it in this one because it wasn't very sour.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown with a minimal flash head that doesn't leave behind any lacing. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes partially skunky, but there is some mild toasted bread in there in the background of the flavor and some mild floral hopping in the aroma. And that's it. A simple beer with not much going for it other than the very basics. Overall it's not very good, but not quite bad enough for me to call it terrible. It is, however, completely forgettable and most certainly not good enough to actually seek out.

Photo of rarbring
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark chestnut colored beer. A grey tan head with some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of molasses, dark dried fruits, somewhat floral.

Tasting of dark bread crust, fig marmalade and some grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, a sticky texture. A medium body with a somewhat dry finish.

Some character through the burned notes.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, 6,1% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 06/07/13

Thanks to my buddy Jon for bringing this back from Turkey for me.

Appearance: Medium brown body (a back light shows it to in fact be deep red) topped by a large off white head. The head lasts pretty well and coats the glass in beautiful sheets of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: This actually smells half decent. Notes include: Toasted grain, some caramel, a touch of chocolate and sweet maize.

Taste: Nowhere near as good as the nose, with a lot more sweet adjunct character noted. Maize and stale grain are about it, with almost no dark malt character noted.

Mouthfeel: Light body, with a high level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Efes Dark is certainly drinkable and better than some other dark lagers I have had, but I think I prefer their standard pilsner.

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear but a very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down very rapidly leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of dark malts with notes of burnt caramel and molasses. The latter two flavors particularly linger though the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and has a nice amount of flavors.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that almost instantly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of burnt sugar, caramel, and molasses. There is almost a little hint of nuttiness.

T: The flavor of this beer is mild with some light sweet malts - there are hints of caramel and molasses.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: The flavor of this beer almost reminds me of an English mild but a little sweeter. This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink, might be a little too high ABV to be sessionable but definitely one I would have again.

Photo of djura
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Turkey. It is 6.1 % alc. now.

A-Dark cola like color,with bubbles and minute lasting darker foam.

S-Almost nothing,coffee and some sweetness.

T/M-Roasted coffee is dominate,some caramel taste,bitterness in the mouth,also some sweetness.

O-Drink it cold,worth to try it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When my local trading partner, Tone77, dropped off his latest batch for me, I was anxious to make my way through everything and that feeling has not subsided. This has been just plain fun.

This really looked like cola as it was being decanted from the bottle into a glass! Well, except for the two-plus fingers of dense deep-tan head that seemed determined to hang around. Color was a deep brown with garnet highlights and good clarity for the shade. Nose gave an initial hit of molasses and I wondered how that would translate in terms of taste. Only one way I know of to find out ... Mouthfeel was medium, at best, and the taste was somewhat medicinal, like cough syrup when I was a kid, but not necessarily in a bad way. I was still getting the molasses vibe and as long as you are okay with that flavor profile, it was a drinkable beer. Finish exuded a light tartness to go with the light astringency. Not bad, not great, but definitely interesting. Perhaps if a style descriptor is ever written, I can revise my scores as needed.

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that this is available in BC in a can ,I gave it a try. Not a bad dark lager with a nice caramel note to the finish on par with many of the Euro dark lagers. I like the full mouthfeel and the slightly nutty nose. It is also very food friendly which makes it a good BBQ beer. I will be picking up some cans of this for the Summer as it is hard to find decent darker lagers in cans.

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, toffee. Taste is good, malts, smoke, some caramel, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.