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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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72
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with minimal head and lacing.

S: A hint of coffee to go with dark malt.

T: Slightly bitter with some hops and a bit of coffee. Perhaps some caramel.

M: Light-to-medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Not too bad; pretty good for the style.

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon decanting into the glass, the beer released an exremely Peppy-le-pue aroma tha that detered me instantly. Just because you brew a Euro-Lager doesn't give permission to release a brew that smells badly. Nevertheless, after time, the beer does out-gass and reveals a, much improved, ordinary beer. A mildly toasty brew that houses a very Amber Bock-ish flavor, falls short of the beer that I wanted it to be. Moderate in every sense at the textrue though nothing obtrusive. Finishes short of clean or crisp. Just not the ideal brew...a simple attempt at a German Dunkel that needs help.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark walnut that becomes dark crimson when held up to even a meager light source. The buff colored cap looks respectable enough and helps its cause by persisting for a good bit, as thin, smeary lace covers enough of the glass to solidify the slightly above average appearance.

I didn't know that it was possible for beer this dark (and presumably, this underhopped) to smell like skunk. It all made a little more sense when I discovered that the bottle is actually clear glass. In any event, most of the badness has faded. I'm left with an uninspiring nose of dark caramel and musty grain.

Efes Dark isn't much better than Efes Pilsener, the only other beer from this Turkish brewery that I've had. On a good note, it has a fair amount of flavor. More, at any rate, than most Euro dark lagers. It's also a bit on the sweet side, which helps. Dark caramel and watery molasses dominate the flavor profile.

It doesn't hang together all that well though. It's simple and tastes like it was brewed with a series of extracts rather than malt and hops. In addition, the flavor fades away before it really gets a toe-hold on the taste buds. A light, lacklusterly carbonated mouthfeel doesn't help either.

Efes Dark isn't one of the more stellar members of a style that struggles to be relevant in my eyes. It's a more faithful version of its style than its German pilsener wannabe brother, but that's about as much praise as I can muster.

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, 6.1% ABV, with a nasty-looking, I'm gonna say, ocelot, poised to strike on the label.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish cola hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which settles at pace, leaving a decent layered wall of lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted, grainy, and bready malt, a touch of toffee, some general black fruitiness, over-steeped tea, a metallic flintiness, and some soft weedy, dead floral hops. The taste is more sweet bready malt, mild bittersweet chocolate, a bit of oily nuttiness, middling, somewhat sour dark fruit - in the form of children's cough syrup - some persistent wet steeliness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, in a thinly frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight, a bit watery, and yet generally smooth. It finishes still mostly sweet, but tempered well enough by an adequate drying alcohol and toasted grainy malt offset.

A surprisingly quaffable, if not particularly memorable strong-ish dark lager, reminiscent at times of a low-grade dunkel. On the sweet side overall, but balanced to the point where my palate essentially just doesn't give a flying fuck, despite what my brain is telling it.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Like most EDLs, the color stands as a highly translucent dark amber-brown, with a minor white froth standing in for a beefier head. The smell here is very musty, with a strong malt character coming through, though drier than usual. There's a hint of smoke, but the darker, more foreboding style of smoke, rather than the peated variety commonly found in rauchs and schwarzes. There is also a slight, inexplicable sourness hanging in the background like a traitor of old. The taste follows the nose, with more must and more sourness, with the malts thrust into the background with some force. This is unfortunately the extent of the complexity here. Luckily, it has a very light body and does not coat the mouth, allowing the strange sour must to leave rather quickly. I'm not impressed here.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with some light passing through. Nose is dirty. Seems almost rotten in a way. Flavor is pretty decent. Smooth sweet tone with a minor earthy edge (that is kind of like dirtier water). Feel is kind of thin on liquid with a decent carbonation. Easy to drink, but not as smooth as you'd want really. Nice to try. Nice to move on.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger light brown head that leaves some lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow, not syrupy. Bought this for my 58th country and it isn't a bad dark. $1.75 for a 330ml bottle (mislabeled at 11.6oz) from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, Va.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass sept7 2009

A deep ruby red wen held too light, one finger tan head's gone instantly and leaves no lace

S dark malt, raisins and some molasses

T I expected more considering the color, not bland but not much more then you smell

M thin and over carbonated

D not bad but nothing worth bragging about

don't go out of your way for this one

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.