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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

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 TexIndy


2.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Got in BOMC shipment. Poured from a 33cl clear glass bottle (strike one) into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/10 on back label. Was a dark reddish brown color with slight carb streams. Looks like a flat Coke. It had a barely there head that never covered more than 1/3rd of the surface. Just the barest hint of lacing.

The aroma was sweet malt, caramel and diacetyl. No hops. Normal for these Euro lagers but not much there. The taste followed the aroma with it being a pure malt show. A bit watery tasting. Mouthfeel was light with watery feel. Very little carbonation.

Overall, a weak lager that just didn't have many redeeming qualities. Standard bland macro. Not available here in TX (though we do get the Efes Pilsener which I have at Cafe Istanbul as it's best option there). Got in BOMC. Rotation - liked the Pilsener so wanted to try this one. It's on the menu there but they never have it and can't explain why on the menu. Glad I got to try it finally but one is enough. [N;N]

05-24-2010 01:29:31 | More by TexIndy
Photo of MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +5.6%

5-23-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 36/42 mm/33 cl. twist-off, capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown with ruby red highlights when held to light. Poor head retention that slowly disperses to a thin, bubbly, white head, and then ultimately disappears.

Smell: Overall, aroma is faint, but some light, roasted malt character and a whiff of grass comes through. I also find pilsner-like sulfur notes.

Taste: This beer is a little watery with some metallic and mineral notes. Also present is grainy malt, nutty coffee, and a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Watery and particularly thin over the palate, but clean and crisp. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but relatively no complexity with this beer. This beer forces you to find its best elements.

Comments: A beer of the month selection. Although I have traveled in Turkey, I cannot remember trying this beer in country. I would like to try this beer at its freshest moment.

05-23-2010 20:50:32 | More by MarvinSnyder
Photo of rfabian


4/5  rDev +30.7%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head with light lacing. The appearance is dark brown amber. The aroma is of toasted malts and a bit of spicy hop. The taste is similar to German schwartzbier with darkly toasted hops in the forground and significant hop bitterness. It has the light body of a lager and a clean finish.

This is a very refreshing, tasty, and drinkable dark lager, as good as any other European dark lager I've tried.

05-22-2010 22:15:09 | More by rfabian
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a tall pils glass.

A: The beer is dark brown, flat cola looking, little carbonation visible. Head is light tan and 3 fingers thick.

S: Smells strange, but aroma is overall very faint. Clear bottle may have cause the beer to be lightstruck/skunked smell. Grass. Some roasted malts. Light hint of dark bread.

T: Intro is light with grainy notes.turning smooth and somewhat malty in the midpalate. Molasses. Finish is roasted malt, and maybe pumpernickel. Toast. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more astringent, though still ok.

Mouthfeel: Average. Smooth. Carbonation is evident but not cloying.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer that has a good taste to it, thought the clear glass bottle puts one off the smell. For now.

05-08-2010 18:37:34 | More by BucBasil
Photo of hmarebel02


1.73/5  rDev -43.5%

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.

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

New York

1.2/5  rDev -60.8%

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.

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


2.8/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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


2.17/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

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


2.93/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

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


1.58/5  rDev -48.4%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

District of Columbia

2.13/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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


3.05/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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


2.2/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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


2.8/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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..

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


3.43/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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


2.7/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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

North Dakota

3.45/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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