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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

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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Photo of Dapperticus


4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

04-17-2013 19:49:56 | More by Dapperticus
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.43/5  rDev +44.8%

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.


01-06-2013 15:57:33 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.08/5  rDev +33.3%

Efes dark pours a clear, ruby-accented, very dark mahogany body beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is limited, and it only leaves minor lacing about the glass.
The nose offers a welcoming combination of caramel-soaked malt and floral hops. Once its smooth, medium body has crossed the lips, its lightly fruity and superbly caramelish, cocoa-ish, and lightly cola-like flavor appears and widens as it warms. A firm bitterness becomes apparent, and its floral and spicy hop flavors appear in the finish along with some lingering, residual bittersweet chocolate. As you progress through the glass, its alcohol starts to show, but it never becomes more than an attractive, additional asset to the beer. It's not real complex, or even that rich, but it is a very nicely done dark beer with an interesting maltiness. Kudos!

08-06-2005 12:24:37 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +31.7%

This was my first brew from Turkey. Very nice one at that. I was expecting something skunky and wimpy. Instead, I got a nice dark lager, with a dark malty backbone. Had a nice amount of alcohol in the brew, but was hardly detectable. A bit chocolatey up front and clean afterwards. Very nice brew, it's dark and it's light. What more could you want? I can't think of any.

04-03-2005 03:51:22 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Keegan


4/5  rDev +30.7%

06-28-2012 19:45:58 | More by Keegan
Photo of ebrupessoa


4/5  rDev +30.7%

08-02-2014 20:32:19 | More by ebrupessoa
Photo of phaedrusovchaos


4/5  rDev +30.7%

02-28-2012 11:27:45 | More by phaedrusovchaos
Photo of rfabian


4/5  rDev +30.7%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head with light lacing. The appearance is dark brown amber. The aroma is of toasted malts and a bit of spicy hop. The taste is similar to German schwartzbier with darkly toasted hops in the forground and significant hop bitterness. It has the light body of a lager and a clean finish.

This is a very refreshing, tasty, and drinkable dark lager, as good as any other European dark lager I've tried.

05-22-2010 22:15:09 | More by rfabian
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +30.7%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The label says 6.1% ABV rather than the above-listed 6.5%.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a hazeless body and two fingers of creamy tan foam. A good looking beer!

Smell: malty, slightly sweet caramel and roasty aroma. There's also a nice graininess to it; sometimes the grain can be annoying, but I find in this beer it works quite well. It reminds me of brewing grains right at dough-in.

Taste: mild and slightly sweet malt flavor. Roasted malts bring in a touch of chocolate and a hint of astringency at the end. Overall, this is an exceptionally clean beer with an enticing and fulfilling flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a damn fine level of creaminess, especially for the style. Capital!

Overall: I don't know why this beer doesn't get more love. I'm finding it very satisfying and tasty.

11-25-2011 18:00:20 | More by flagmantho
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

02-09-2014 04:22:21 | More by Garrett092112
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +27.5%

Turkish label: 6.5%, described as a "strong dark beer". There's a glaring red cougar on the label.

The beer pours very still into the glass; there's nice tan head which surprised me for its lack of carbonation. The smell is a rich, sweet molassas.

The taste is a fruity coffee, with sweet molassas and apples. There's also some caramel, a little nutty...maybe snickers? The taste is heavy and full, non-aggressive without the carbonation.

Despite it's heaviness, I could drink several. It's memorable, far better than the pilsener.

02-27-2004 09:41:24 | More by donnebaby
Photo of tone77


3.85/5  rDev +25.8%

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.

03-15-2012 13:14:29 | More by tone77
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%

From the aft-forementioned 'beers of the world' section of a local 'Hat liquor store. Asked the cashier if anyone had tried this beer..."no sir, you are the first". Alrighty then...

Marketed as a dark beer and in appearance it lives up to that billing as it was a very rich, cherry-hued brown. Managed a 2.5 finger head that was tan, bubbly, and receded somewhat quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing for you lacing fans out there.

Caramel malt is one of the ingredients and lo-and-behold you can easily pick that up in the aroma. Almost a sweet raisin smell with the floral hop was also noted.

Certainly has a strong malt backbone with the caramel malt taking it's rightful place in the lead with some nice hop providing interest in the background. A hint of metallicness keeps me from scoring it higher. Great malt aftertaste with a hint of choclate and raisins.

Smoother than I would have guessed given the ABV...fairly light in body, maybe a touch on the watery side..still very smooth and easy drinking here.

Will have to tell the cashier Lady to keep stocking this one.

05-31-2007 02:13:39 | More by Shadman
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.78/5  rDev +23.5%

pours a dark mohogany with a thin head that disapears into a few stray bubbles. the aroma is clean, a little sweet, hint ofchocolate. the flavor is prune, malty, chocolate, spicy, hint of hopsack, little peppery in the finish. the mouthfeel is a little thick, i did not like that, it had the consisticy of a big stout or barleywine. great beer for a cold night.

01-29-2006 05:21:58 | More by plaztikjezuz
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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

07-17-2013 00:44:06 | More by ImperatorScab
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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

05-20-2014 00:43:41 | More by KevMo84
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

10-08-2012 00:13:27 | More by liverpoolcanuck
Photo of burri

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

11-11-2012 12:51:37 | More by burri
Photo of Lukass


3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

04-12-2013 17:01:37 | More by Lukass
Photo of tgbljb


3.73/5  rDev +21.9%

Selection of beer of the month club. poured a deep brown, reddish highlites noted, with foamy tannish head. Smell is of roasted malt and sweet caramel. taste is smooth and a mixture of malt and caramel. Finishes with a dry coffee bitterness. a Decent brew.

08-13-2005 02:58:56 | More by tgbljb
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +21.9%

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.

03-29-2012 23:38:17 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Offa


3.7/5  rDev +20.9%

This is a good dark lagar, not great, with fairly good flavour and body and quite drinkable.

Very dark brown, almost black, with a little red, it has a medium light tan head that steadily shrinks to leave a foamy ring and a hint of lace.

The aroma is light roasty grain with hints of prunes and licorice.

It is has mostly a lightly sweet, roasted toffee flavour with hints of herbs, prunes, and nuts in the finish. It's easy to drink, smooth, and has fairly firm character.

10-28-2008 19:27:39 | More by Offa
Photo of tjd25


3.68/5  rDev +20.3%

Opaque dark almost black color. The short head disappeared quickly. Some sweet dark malts in the smell. In the taste, dark orasted malts, almost caramelized. Slightly smoky caramel with some fruity notes of cherries, and a sweet aftertaste, almost like soda. Hops only add some thickness. The mouthfeel may be as bit light and watery. Still a decent beer.

06-13-2004 02:28:35 | More by tjd25
Photo of RBorsato


3.63/5  rDev +18.6%

Brown with amber hues and a full creamy light brown-tan head, decent carbonation, and sporadic lace. Strong dark malt aroma without being roasty, caramel, or chocolate. Dark malt flavors and a bit nutty. Medium-light bodied with a decent balanced finish.

Decent dark lager but not a standout considering ABV...

(330ml / 11.6 oz bottle)

08-29-2005 17:34:36 | More by RBorsato
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +18.6%

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted barley. It has a dry, fruity lager yeast aroma as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a thick and rich malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and dry. This is a pretty good brew, but it's a little too syrupy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew despite the fact that it leaves a lot of residual sweetness in the finish.

08-04-2005 21:44:36 | More by WesWes
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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
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