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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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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hmarebel02

Maryland

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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2010 17:06:08 | More by hmarebel02
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yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 09:38:08 | More by yesyouam
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Schwab

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:58:09 | More by Schwab
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crossovert

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 21:13:43 | More by crossovert
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 08:16:10 | More by TMoney2591
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adammills

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 19:32:06 | More by adammills
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Brettster

Indiana

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Turkey. Though I would revisit it. Well, I think it was better in Turkey, maybe it was more fresh. This pours dark but not not thick at all. Doesn't have much nose at all, maybe a hint of coffee. The taste is somewhat lacking but is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 18:07:40 | More by Brettster
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Travlr

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 14:54:17 | More by Travlr
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astout

British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really not much going on here

Ruby black translucent colour promises to be a lighter but hopefully well roasted beer

Nothing, like almost nothing at all on the nose here, maybe the faintest hint of roasted malt coffee type thing going on

Much more coffee character here but not very good, more instant coffee than good espresso.

Insanely light, and very easy to drink but not good enough that I would like to drink that much.

I guess I can say I've tried it but I won't be going back

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 23:16:58 | More by astout
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:24:18 | More by wordemupg
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lstokes

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a pretty nut brown, actually, with minimal head, and it smells a little bit like candy with all the caramel.

The taste has some complexity with tangy malts over darker malts, even a little bit of a porter taste, but over half a liter it starts to feel sloppy and I've never found myself wanting a second one.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, zingy carbonation, very refreshing, so points for that. A nice Efes option for beer geeks in Turkey who want something maltier.

Serving type: can

08-14-2009 20:42:03 | More by lstokes
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tpd975

Florida

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer another Efes. Does anyone else make beer in Turkey?

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue. Very light cream colored head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas are malt laden. Mostly caramel malt with light notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

T: Nice sweet malty flavor as well. Mostly caramel, with hints of dark molasses. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate hide beneath.

M: On the lighter side, okay carbonation.

D: Not bad. Lots of pretty good flavors, they don't seem to come together to create a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 15:04:32 | More by tpd975
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-28-2009 23:28:16 | More by Thorpe429
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nick76

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:39:59 | More by nick76
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brickskeller a few days ago and it brought me back to the first time I tried this in Istanbul two years ago in a bar in the small neighborhood of Galatasaray Lisesi near Beyoglu. It was better than the regular Efes and mildly more drinkable, but the smell and first few sips were crisp and went down really well.

After a while, the beer gets a bit generic, perhaps even a little sloppy, with a musty head and grainy body. Pours a solid brown with no special features. The mouthfeel is more comforting, with a little bit of spice and a little bit of cocoa and a whole lot more of porter feel than a typical knockoff dark. All in all, though, because of its crispness, it is quite refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:57:30 | More by TLove
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 19:31:42 | More by pmcadamis
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Offa

California

3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good dark lagar, not great, with fairly good flavour and body and quite drinkable.

Very dark brown, almost black, with a little red, it has a medium light tan head that steadily shrinks to leave a foamy ring and a hint of lace.

The aroma is light roasty grain with hints of prunes and licorice.

It is has mostly a lightly sweet, roasted toffee flavour with hints of herbs, prunes, and nuts in the finish. It's easy to drink, smooth, and has fairly firm character.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 19:27:39 | More by Offa
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer.

Tastes of a generic dark beer. Lots of malts, good mix with spices. Smokey flavor with a lot of caramel mixed in. Reminded me of another beer that I had, couldnt put my finger on it. I would recommend it to try, I was happy with one. Wouldnt go as far as a six pack..

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 00:36:05 | More by nrpellegrini
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown color. With a small white head that dissipated mostly. Slight head retention and some lacing on the side of the glass.

Grainy smell with a sweeter back. Almost detect a sweet, corn aroma. (not 'sweet corn').

Grainy taste, but with a hint of mild chocolate.

Tingles the back of the mouth, but goes down well with a light coating on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Not a bad beer to throw back. I do enjoy the Efes lager better.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 02:57:49 | More by toolbrew
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Natural510

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 08:45:27 | More by Natural510
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was pretty average all the way around, with hthe exception of taste. I was really surprised. Poured up a clear dark brown and almost looked like a furniture varnish. Smell was like most any other lager with a tiny bit of toasted malt way down inside. You really have to be looking for it. Mouthfeel is pretty average being neither unpleasant nor note worthy. The taste, though, really caught me off guard. This actually had a fair hop bitterness to it and a lovely, dry, dark malt flavour on the finish. Nice indeed. Still not an amazing beer, but somewhat better than I was anticipating.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 00:38:14 | More by SilentSabre
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 10:38:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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scoobybrew

Indiana

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

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 04:15:55 | More by scoobybrew
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2007 06:35:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the aft-forementioned 'beers of the world' section of a local 'Hat liquor store. Asked the cashier if anyone had tried this beer..."no sir, you are the first". Alrighty then...

Marketed as a dark beer and in appearance it lives up to that billing as it was a very rich, cherry-hued brown. Managed a 2.5 finger head that was tan, bubbly, and receded somewhat quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing for you lacing fans out there.

Caramel malt is one of the ingredients and lo-and-behold you can easily pick that up in the aroma. Almost a sweet raisin smell with the floral hop was also noted.

Certainly has a strong malt backbone with the caramel malt taking it's rightful place in the lead with some nice hop providing interest in the background. A hint of metallicness keeps me from scoring it higher. Great malt aftertaste with a hint of choclate and raisins.

Smoother than I would have guessed given the ABV...fairly light in body, maybe a touch on the watery side..still very smooth and easy drinking here.

Will have to tell the cashier Lady to keep stocking this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 02:13:39 | More by Shadman
Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.