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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 26.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 183
Photo of yesyouam
1.23/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Efes Dark is a very sparkling, solid dark reddish brown beer with a small, turbulent, khaki head. It has a skunky aroma... Yeah, it's just skunk here-- can't really pick up on anything else. It has a medium light body that's lively in the mouth with a rough finish. A poison chemical flavor overpowers everything. I'm pretty sure that's fusel. There is a faint sweetness and bitterness in there but I really have to pay attention to detect it. This gave me a headache. At least it looked nice. I'm going to chalk this up to a light-poisoned bottle.

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Photo of adammills
1.59/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a brilliantly clear dark brown with a surprisingly large rocky head that fades rather quickly. The bubbles are tan and smallish. Aroma wise I get a faint graininess and stinky cabbage along with a touch of roast. The beer is thin and lifeless with a slight toasted note but it finishes very dry in the back of the palate, not a pleasing dry but borderline astringent. No hop aroma, flavor, and just the slightest hint of bittering. Not an appealing beer at all. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of hmarebel02
1.76/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Efes beers are pretty much the only ones you can get in Turkey. Beer culture is obviously not a big component in this country, but this beer in particular makes Miller light seem drinkable. Quite simply even for its style profile, its boring, bland, under-carbonated, and doesn't feel right.

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Photo of scoobybrew
1.87/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - deep, dark, transparent amber color with a decent head that settles quickly into a lacing

S - diacetyl and green apple; roasted grain in the background

T - mellow roasted character with yeast off-flavors on the finish

M - light to medium body with moderately high carbonation

D - very disappointing, their pilsner is quite nice, this is a let down

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Photo of dtivp
1.93/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beer of the month selection

Poured a cola brown with a small light tan head that dissipated quickly into a lace ring.
Aroma was very faint some malts and a little skunk y.
Taste was metallic, some malt and very watery.
Very light body, no carbonation and did I say watery.
I really didn't like this beer and probably was generous on the ratings. If this is Turkey's best, I hope they have a good beer import.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
1.98/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown-red with little lacing and a bit of retention.
Taste like bitter molasses upfront, some adhesive strip and sterile medical bitterness dominates, finishing with an old raisen malty sweetness....did not like this one much.
Acceptable on the palate and drinkable enough if the flavor suits the drinker.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.12/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in water glass in hotel in Sofia, . Ingredients include barley and rice!

A: dark molasses color, foamy big head, little carbonation (all goes to the head)
S: macrostink; stale malt smell
T: roasted grains prominent, sweet, not very bitter; yep, a strong lager, sort of in the classic British tradition but on the craft-less side.
M: watery, unlively

No need to hunt this one down. Efes's pilsener is better.

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Photo of Travlr
2.14/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was dark maroon in color, very little head, not much lacing.
Smell was of simple sugars and caramel.
Taste was on the sweet side, not very complex, not well balanced. Little finish.
Body was a bit lacking for a dark beer. Not a good effort, just a sweet and syrupy beverage that misses the mark.

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Photo of crossovert
2.16/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz clear twist off bottle (why oh why?)

Pours reddish brown with a small immediately dissipating white head.

Skunky smell. Other than that some light fruity dark malts.

It is ultra carbonated. The flavor is metallic and crappy. If Budweiser were dark.

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Photo of nick76
2.24/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The aroma is sweet like maple syrup and brown sugar combined with some toasted gains throw in. The appearance is dark brown with a super small head. The flavor is like the aroma with medicinal, bitter, and cardboard elements. The palate is thin. Overall it's bad.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first beer I had at my pool bar while on holiday in Ovacik (Turkey).

33cl brown bottle, poured into an Efes half pint glass (one and a half times).

Tasteless, odourless and no body, slight malt hints but weak throughout. The beer was very cold, the sun was very hot, I needed a drink, this didn't work.

The first and worst beer I had on the hot holiday trip 2010.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ehh, not too bad. Poured kind of a caramel dyed with red food colouring. Reminded me of Werther's candy a little. Decent, 1 finger head that actually lasted, surprisingly. Sweet smell. Malt, caramel, sugar and butter. Kind of a bland taste. The butter seems dominant. Which is too bad, as I was hoping for something with a bigger malt backbone. Bit if a cloying sweetness, like candied sugar or... Lollipops? Bit of a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. It's nothing to bitch about, but it certainly deserves no praise either.

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Photo of kirkpjr
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thin dark coffee brown with light making its way through most of the edges. 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates fairly quickly with very little lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Some twangy sweet malts and some breadiness.

T: Sweet malts with a twang. Kind like a macro with a twist. I guess the dark color might give it an appeal, but I'm not buying it. Corn, malt, and sugar is all I taste.

M: Standard. Medium to light body and moderate to high carbonation.

D: Got this in the BotM shipment. Guess I enjoyed the other 2 because I had a few too many beers before...but this one isn't impressive at all after I sat down to review it.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of SisuPride
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I went to restraint row in new York city and experienced Turkish food for the first time. When I asked for a Turkish beer they offered fees and fees dark. I went with the dark and I would compare it to new castle which I love. Unfortunately it was not as creamy and it was a hint skunky. I would like to give a fresh efes beer a try but the initial smell ruined my experience with this beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of claytong
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - thick dark pecan color, a mediocre head

smell - caramel, sugary, floral

taste - caramel, light hops bitter, sugar, a cheap production

mouthfeel - goes down quickly, i like the style a lot more than the pale, so the drinkability for me is a step up

not bad for the area, but nothing i would ever get out of the area.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.59/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a dark brown/reddish colour. It's reminiscent of a glass of newcastle if that means anything. The head is frothy and forms a nice layer on top.

Some slight roasted and sweet/molasses aromas come through, but it is mixed in with some mass-produced chemical smell. Not digging it.

The Flavour is slightly aromatic and has hints of orange peel. It has a kind of diluted/adjunct flavour that is accented with a tinge of astringency (I assume alcohol).

Overall, this is a bit of a mixed bag. I'm personally not too into it, but I see how some people might be.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tall 50cl Black and Red can, with a picture of a stalking panther, or other big cat. Serve cold, it says... Ingredients listed as (watch out!): Water, Barley Malt, Rice, Glucose Syrup, Malt Extract, CO2, Selected Hops, Yeast... Hmm...

Very opaque dark amber red, which is only apparent at the edges. Light bubbled off-white head which fizzles and collapses to a pretty tame ring.

Very little on the nose, no fragrance, no richness, no toastiness. Maybe only a hint of carbonated water smell.

Taste is actually a fair bit better. Initial sweetness, organic, then a decent but not overpowering toasty malt finish. Feels a bit thin in the mouth though, and the lingering sweetness gets a bit cloying.

It's not bad. It's ok to drink, but it's pretty mediocre overall.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruddy-brown color with little head but a nice ring of lacing to coat the glass.
Smell was...interesting. Like roasted malts with a cola backing. Fairly sweet, with a twinge of something else, like wood.
Sweet & sour flavors...dark roasted malt sweetness with a sour hop backing. Again, the flavors of cola and woodiness come through. Buttery aftertaste; noticeable alcohol kicks around in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but the bitterness from the hops (and cola-like malts) do give it a bit of kick.

This was a different experience from a country I generally don't associate with beer, which is why I tried it. I like some of the ideas going into it, but the variety of components are a bit too much and it feels unbalanced and a bit unpleasant.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a can of this beer that I shared with others at a beer tasting. I borought this back from Turkey. The can is quite cool...black with a red panther. The appearance was a darker amber, almost a caramel color. Decent carbonation lent to a nice head that did not lace. There really was nothing on the nose....perhaps some malt, but that was it. The taste did have some malt and sweetness to it, but mostly grain. This beer wasn't too bad, but I probably just pefer to drink the standard Efes.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cola dark brown with a prodigious three finger khaki head of rocky and pitted foam. Lots of really nice sticky lace is left on the glass. This is clear and dark nut-brown...the color of chestnut wood varnish. Head retention is nice; it stays at a good 1/2 inch cap for the duration.

S - Musty, mineral laden, and funky. Like a dirty nickle soaked in Heineken. This smells like a beer bottle cap off of a brown ale. definitely has that cheapo Euro dark lager note.

T - Slightly tangy notes over a slightly nutty and roasted base. Nowhere near as bad I I expected from the nose. Light maple syrup and almond.

M - Light, semi-dry, and lightly carbonated but prickly on the tongue. Seems far too thin for the relatively high ABV.

D - Pretty much average. Good? No. But it's not bad either. Bland I would call it.

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Photo of Schwab
2.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer as a part of a mix & match from World Market...probably would not have buy it otherwise. Came in a clear twist off bottle. Same bottle as Zwiefalter Exclusiv.

A - Pours no head. Color is very dark, almost black. No sign of carbonation.

S - Somewhat fruity small shortly after I poured beer in glass that lasted for 1-2 minutes.

T - Flat. Other than that medium-full body, malty no real hop flavor which matches malt and style.

M - Again: Flat. Somewhat better mouthfeel once beer warmed up from 34 to 40 but still flat obviousy

D - Could be better with some more carbonation. I would consider this great tho

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.