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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Turkey

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004)
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Gattopardo

New York

3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had intended to try this Turkish beer while in Istanbul a few months ago as I had tasted the passable Efes Pilsener and was told the dark version was superior, yet I never quite got around to sampling it. I suspect the omission was due to the ready availability of cheap and tasty Rakı, the Turkish national liquor, though I hesitate to theorize. Recently, I found it at a Turkish grocery store in my neighborhood in Queens and decided to purchase a bottle.

The brew has a rich, dark color a bit like dark chocolate and lots of visible carbonation. A decent head dissipated quickly. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. I can’t say much for the taste; the malty sweetness hits immediatly, followed by the bitterness of hops. It could use a lot more complexity, balance, and flavor besides simple sweet and bitter, and it feels rather thin in the mouth. I wouldn’t necessarily say I like it better than Efes Pilsener, which I think is an honest Pils. I freqently find that baseline indigenous beers like this one find their place mated with regional food (like Indian lagers with spicy curries), so I drank the Efes Dark with a selection of Turkish vegetable appetizers and flat bread (again from the Turkish store, natch). The pairing didn’t yield the greatest results, but perhaps one would have better luck drinking it with something more meat-based like a good spicy kebab. To anyone who would choose to go this route, I would only say: Afiyet olsun!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 13:46:43 | More by Gattopardo
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miqchan


3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

07-20-2014 18:57:49 | More by miqchan
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woemad

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 20:10:10 | More by woemad
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Trent

Michigan

3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 18:19:27 | More by Trent
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 08:36:39 | More by flyingpig
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2%

05-27-2014 14:21:18 | More by Latarnik
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

05-20-2014 00:43:41 | More by KevMo84
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GatorCoop

California

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-16-2014 00:06:08 | More by GatorCoop
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2014 17:15:12 | More by Bobhoya
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SpartyJoe

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

04-15-2014 00:36:51 | More by SpartyJoe
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2%

03-25-2014 03:08:28 | More by schopenhauerale
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SimonTja

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

03-04-2014 21:37:31 | More by SimonTja
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 15:12:31 | More by Jeffo
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:38:04 | More by chinchill
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Garrett092112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +30.7%

02-09-2014 04:22:21 | More by Garrett092112
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-19-2014 23:02:53 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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DoubleJ

California

2.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 06:02:12 | More by DoubleJ
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2%

01-15-2014 14:21:59 | More by Exeter
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comrade_tony

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -2%

12-21-2013 01:54:03 | More by comrade_tony
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-19-2013 21:21:21 | More by Ciocanelu
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-01-2013 20:04:18 | More by dcmchew
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DKHNOVA

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

09-17-2013 15:46:00 | More by DKHNOVA
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

09-15-2013 00:43:26 | More by dmorgan310
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RockinRob925

Florida

3/5  rDev -2%

09-03-2013 00:44:36 | More by RockinRob925
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2%

08-20-2013 13:52:03 | More by CurtisD
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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.