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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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72
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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 tpd975
3.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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 nick76
2.2/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of TLove
3.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
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..

Photo of toolbrew
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Natural510
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
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 scoobybrew
1.9/5  rDev -38.1%
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

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Shadman
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Photo of theopholis
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very dark burgundy/lack. Looks like Coca Cola until held up to the lights. Then it is a dark ruby color. Head is off-white and has some staying power.

Aroma- Mostly roasted malts. Takes on a coffee nose as it warms.

Taste- Very smooth; but not much taste. Mostly, roasted malts with some bittering hops. Odd puckering in the after-taste. Not great, but not bad.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth. Medium body. Carbonation is good accent on flavor.

Drinkability- Not bad. Not great.

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, brown in hue with some influences of red and black; beige foam, at the apex the bubbles were merely a half finger tall. Head retention was unimpressive, the foam collapsed to a soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was spotty and not all that widespread. Overall, the appearance is fair.

The nose was faintly skunky, moronic clear bottles. I smell roasted walnuts soaked in cola spiked with caramel. Honestly, this doesn’t smell very beery to me. No true maltiness, no clear hoppiness, no real alcohol aroma either… is this some kind of Malta Goya of Turkey? At least the nose makes me curious to take a sip. Here I go…

The palate isn’t too bad. Caramel, cola, nuts with a trace of dark fruits, hints of earth, and smattering of flowers. Hell, this is a very good Euro Dark Lager. Okay, maybe it is a tad boring and “flat” tasting. There isn’t much going on. It does taste good but it isn’t very balanced. Some sort of bitterness would be nice, maybe some alcohol too. 6.5% abv, fooled me. This is the Malta Goya of Turkey.

Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is fairly filling but a tad sluggish. Long, sweet cola-nutty aftertaste… it is nice actually.

I found it surprisingly drinkable considering the sweetness, lack of carbonation, and the lack of balance. To me this is sort of a dessert lager. Who would have thought that? Not me. Even though I thought this beer was kind of interesting I don’t really think I’d go back to it. It was worth trying… once. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA as part of a mix six-pack.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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 beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with a thick tan head and spotty lacing. Nose is of sweet malts and some fruity, yeasty characteristics. Palate is a smooth, moderately sweet malty dominance with only a faint hop balance. Finish is surprisingly dry. Body is light-medium and has moderate carbonation. I find this beer easy to drink, but a bit unmemorable. Wouldn't go out of my way for it, but wouldn't turn it down if offered either ... it's okay.

Photo of ernie
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark but transparent, the color is not SO deep. Ephemere head.

Smells nice - malts and all thing aromatic, can be described as 'perfumed beer'.

Taste is not bad, but rather thin for a brew with relatively high alcohol content. Bitterness seems artificial, malty tones are generally OK. Aftertaste - bitter.

Not a bad try, but needs improvement.

Photo of Gattopardo
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had intended to try this Turkish beer while in Istanbul a few months ago as I had tasted the passable Efes Pilsener and was told the dark version was superior, yet I never quite got around to sampling it. I suspect the omission was due to the ready availability of cheap and tasty Rakı, the Turkish national liquor, though I hesitate to theorize. Recently, I found it at a Turkish grocery store in my neighborhood in Queens and decided to purchase a bottle.

The brew has a rich, dark color a bit like dark chocolate and lots of visible carbonation. A decent head dissipated quickly. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. I can’t say much for the taste; the malty sweetness hits immediatly, followed by the bitterness of hops. It could use a lot more complexity, balance, and flavor besides simple sweet and bitter, and it feels rather thin in the mouth. I wouldn’t necessarily say I like it better than Efes Pilsener, which I think is an honest Pils. I freqently find that baseline indigenous beers like this one find their place mated with regional food (like Indian lagers with spicy curries), so I drank the Efes Dark with a selection of Turkish vegetable appetizers and flat bread (again from the Turkish store, natch). The pairing didn’t yield the greatest results, but perhaps one would have better luck drinking it with something more meat-based like a good spicy kebab. To anyone who would choose to go this route, I would only say: Afiyet olsun!

Photo of clvand0
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color, but looks watery, as I can see through it. Not much head, poor retention, no lacing. The aroma is fairly malty with some caramel and hints of spicy hops. The flavor is quite smooth and there is quite a bit of caramel malt present. The finish is fairly bitter. The body is light and the drinkability is good. Fairly light, but there's really nothing special here.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish nut-brown color that had a small 1/8" head at first pour. I thought that the head was going to be around for a little while, but this didn't turn out to be true. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the super thin layer on top of the beer. There is some lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Some caramel and toasty malts are the only things that I notice initially. There is a little bit of a roasty aroma in there somewhere that smells like kettle carmelizations or some such. It smells a little like a Scottish beer. As the beer warms, there is a much more dry and roasty aroma becoming more of a player.

Taste: The flavor is really dry and grainy. I didn't see this coming at all from the aroma. There is a definite papery component that I would guess is from oxidation, but I didn't get it in the nose...it is also lacking the Sherry notes that so often accompany this flavor. The finish is dry and pretty bitter.

Opinion: I am pretty disappointed in this beer. The aroma was a lot more pleasant than the flavor. This dry grainy thing is really distracting. I don't think that the bitterness in the finish is made up as much of hops as it is from the base malts and the roast.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark mohogany with a thin head that disapears into a few stray bubbles. the aroma is clean, a little sweet, hint ofchocolate. the flavor is prune, malty, chocolate, spicy, hint of hopsack, little peppery in the finish. the mouthfeel is a little thick, i did not like that, it had the consisticy of a big stout or barleywine. great beer for a cold night.

Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with amber hues and a full creamy light brown-tan head, decent carbonation, and sporadic lace. Strong dark malt aroma without being roasty, caramel, or chocolate. Dark malt flavors and a bit nutty. Medium-light bodied with a decent balanced finish.

Decent dark lager but not a standout considering ABV...

(330ml / 11.6 oz bottle)

Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.