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Efes Dark - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -2%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of dlin0sbb
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of djura
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Turkey. It is 6.1 % alc. now.

A-Dark cola like color,with bubbles and minute lasting darker foam.

S-Almost nothing,coffee and some sweetness.

T/M-Roasted coffee is dominate,some caramel taste,bitterness in the mouth,also some sweetness.

O-Drink it cold,worth to try it.

djura, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Deatrick
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Deatrick, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of fisherbray
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

fisherbray, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

woodychandler, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that this is available in BC in a can ,I gave it a try. Not a bad dark lager with a nice caramel note to the finish on par with many of the Euro dark lagers. I like the full mouthfeel and the slightly nutty nose. It is also very food friendly which makes it a good BBQ beer. I will be picking up some cans of this for the Summer as it is hard to find decent darker lagers in cans.

canucklehead, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

tone77, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -2%

mmurphy525, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of nate1357
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

nate1357, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of bckayaalp
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

bckayaalp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4/5  rDev +30.7%

phaedrusovchaos, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -2%

AndrewMichael, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of YalovaIA
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

YalovaIA, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -2%

s4s, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

flagmantho, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

jsprain1, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a dark brown/reddish colour. It's reminiscent of a glass of newcastle if that means anything. The head is frothy and forms a nice layer on top.

Some slight roasted and sweet/molasses aromas come through, but it is mixed in with some mass-produced chemical smell. Not digging it.

The Flavour is slightly aromatic and has hints of orange peel. It has a kind of diluted/adjunct flavour that is accented with a tinge of astringency (I assume alcohol).

Overall, this is a bit of a mixed bag. I'm personally not too into it, but I see how some people might be.

evlu1441, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of chetripley
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

chetripley, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Arithmeticus, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

stephenjmoore, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mikeg67, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a can of this beer that I shared with others at a beer tasting. I borought this back from Turkey. The can is quite cool...black with a red panther. The appearance was a darker amber, almost a caramel color. Decent carbonation lent to a nice head that did not lace. There really was nothing on the nose....perhaps some malt, but that was it. The taste did have some malt and sweetness to it, but mostly grain. This beer wasn't too bad, but I probably just pefer to drink the standard Efes.

WoodBrew, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of claytong
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

claytong, May 30, 2011
Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.