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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.34%

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Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 01-09-2004)
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Photo of Jeffo


3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
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
Photo of DoubleJ


2.74/5  rDev -10.2%
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
Photo of Fatehunter


2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:45:41 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of jmdrpi


3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330mL bottle, best before 29/09/12. I guess the store had some old bottles.

appears very dark brown, red highlights, thin off-white head, good head retention. malty aroma, no hops. fairly sweet taste, smooth, easy drinking. mild. lingering aftertaste. thin to medium body, medium carbonation. overall - not bad, it has a good mild flavor and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 01:46:58 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 4/27/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and a brewed tea aroma. Taste is mainly of toasted bread and slightly burnt caramel. There is a very mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is decently drinkable but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 05:25:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.43/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

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


2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:52:50 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of rarbring


3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark chestnut colored beer. A grey tan head with some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of molasses, dark dried fruits, somewhat floral.

Tasting of dark bread crust, fig marmalade and some grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, a sticky texture. A medium body with a somewhat dry finish.

Some character through the burned notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:02:43 | More by rarbring
Photo of metter98

New York

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear but a very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down very rapidly leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of dark malts with notes of burnt caramel and molasses. The latter two flavors particularly linger though the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and has a nice amount of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 12:34:46 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that almost instantly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of burnt sugar, caramel, and molasses. There is almost a little hint of nuttiness.

T: The flavor of this beer is mild with some light sweet malts - there are hints of caramel and molasses.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: The flavor of this beer almost reminds me of an English mild but a little sweeter. This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink, might be a little too high ABV to be sessionable but definitely one I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:22:18 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of woodychandler


3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When my local trading partner, Tone77, dropped off his latest batch for me, I was anxious to make my way through everything and that feeling has not subsided. This has been just plain fun.

This really looked like cola as it was being decanted from the bottle into a glass! Well, except for the two-plus fingers of dense deep-tan head that seemed determined to hang around. Color was a deep brown with garnet highlights and good clarity for the shade. Nose gave an initial hit of molasses and I wondered how that would translate in terms of taste. Only one way I know of to find out ... Mouthfeel was medium, at best, and the taste was somewhat medicinal, like cough syrup when I was a kid, but not necessarily in a bad way. I was still getting the molasses vibe and as long as you are okay with that flavor profile, it was a drinkable beer. Finish exuded a light tartness to go with the light astringency. Not bad, not great, but definitely interesting. Perhaps if a style descriptor is ever written, I can revise my scores as needed.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 23:27:52 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 13:14:29 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 18:00:20 | More by flagmantho
Photo of jsprain1


3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a thick light tan head. Lsats fairly well and leaves a good bit of lacing.
S- The aroma is not that pleasant. Sweet grain and a really off caramel aroma.
T- Fairly sweet with a light cocoa flavor. Caramel is pretty strong.
M- Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.
O- It's a bit better than your average Euro Dark Lager. Not overwhelmingly so, but only a bit so. Worth a try, but maybe not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:08:00 | More by jsprain1
Photo of chetripley


3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a clear plastic polycarbonate cup. Poured smooth and bubbly with a thin beige head that disappeared quickly. Bottle was shipped in luggage by friend traveling from Istanbul.

Dark brown color, with sparkles of yellow thanks to the occasional bubble, and aroma of malt and an unrecognizable spice.

Tasted like a dark lager, very slight bitterness, with no unexpected flavors. Just average mostly.

Compares to macro darks I have had, Michelob Amber Bock, Becks Dark comes to mind.

If there was something missing I would say that with its slightly elevated alcohol content there is not any extra alcohol flavor, which I think would be a plus.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 13:12:17 | More by chetripley
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 13:01:06 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, white head that disappears quickly.

S - Roasted malts mostly, maybe a slight coffee note.

T - Malty, hints of dried fruit, but mostly dark malt flavors.

M - Light, moderately carbonated, overall mouthfeel of an average macro.

O - Pretty good for what it is, would have never guessed the 6.1% abv. Overall a smooth dark beer that has good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:25:53 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear (!) bottle. Pours dark reddish- brown with a short lived, off-white head. Nose is grassy hops, hints of toffee and cherry. Medium, slightly crisp body. Caramel malt, toffee balanced on the palate by grassy hops, some hints of raisins and mineral water. Medium, semisweet finish. Pleasant, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 13:21:38 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Mora2000


3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the malt with some toffee and a little bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is equally malty. I get some cocoa and toasted malt, as well as some toffee and a little bit of grass. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:52:16 | More by Mora2000
Photo of claytong


2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 17:00:54 | More by claytong
Photo of SisuPride


2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 14:09:24 | More by SisuPride
Photo of breweryaprntc13


3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Walnut body under a thick tan head. the head retains for quite some time before settling to a thin frothy layer, leaving adequate lacing.

Caramel malts lead, floral hops present, sweet, slight roasty smell.

Thick malty sweetness, caramel, slight liq-our taste, floral bitterness slight but adds a good balance. rich overall

Smooth, creamy, rich, mild carbonation.

Decent for the style, impressive for the Efes family, overall enjoyable but not noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:30:00 | More by breweryaprntc13
Photo of Sachsenfreude


1.98/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 07:04:29 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of tubacharlie


3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very clear brew of a dark red-brown color with a small but creamy off-white head.

A slight scent of mineral water is detected, with overtones of freshly toasted bread and a little maltiness.

While it has a bit more flavor than its lighter counterpart, it is not what would be termed robust, but more reserved. A slightly sweet toffee and hazelnut introduction to the warm malt presence is chased by decent hop bitterness, mellowed by creamy carbonation in the mouth. Somewhat dry in the aftertaste, with buttery notes of yeast lingering.

This would easily wash down some fresh bread with figs and cheese, or sustain a long evening with some Turkish coffee at the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:17:39 | More by tubacharlie
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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.