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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of yesyouam
1.2/5  rDev -60.8%
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.

yesyouam, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Rhettroactive
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Rhettroactive, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -51%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of adammills
1.58/5  rDev -48.4%
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.

adammills, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of hmarebel02
1.73/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

hmarebel02, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of dlin0sbb
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of scoobybrew
1.9/5  rDev -37.9%
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

scoobybrew, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of dtivp
1.93/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

dtivp, May 31, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
1.98/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Sachsenfreude, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of emincems
2/5  rDev -34.6%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -34.6%

mrfrancis, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Travlr
2.13/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Travlr, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of crossovert
2.17/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

crossovert, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of nick76
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

nick76, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Arithmeticus, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Fatehunter, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of kirkpjr
2.48/5  rDev -19%
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.

kirkpjr, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of slitherySOB
2.48/5  rDev -19%
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.

slitherySOB, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of shamrok
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

shamrok, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of SpartyJoe
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

SpartyJoe, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of SimonTja
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

SimonTja, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of bckayaalp
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

bckayaalp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

bsuedekum, Jun 03, 2013
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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.