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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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: 171 | Reviews: 96
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wholesaler
3.96/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

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2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +58.8%
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.

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3.72/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.3/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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2.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.08/5  rDev 0%

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3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +10.4%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.17/5  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.

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.