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Efes Extra - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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70
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 27.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2003)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AtLagerHeads:
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a gift from a friend and I know not where she came up with it as no one at the local beer tasting group had seen it in the area. The group is an accomplished set of folks with real beer knowledge and senses. Surprisingly this little number was one of the hits of the evening, perhaps because of its unique placement among superb ales and barleywines.

Poured out hard it forms a massive cream colored head that is moderately longlasting above the dark gold body. Good clarity and quite attractive. The green body imparted a lightly skunked aroma but was very reminiscent of Pilsner Urquell hopping. The flavor imparts an adjunct finish with some noticeable harshness. Smooth body and reasonable drinkability on a hot day.

AtLagerHeads, Jun 12, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful bright orange in color with gorgeous yellow hues around the edges and a full, lingering, lacing head.

Smell – The dull grain aroma is heavy and mixed with tons of juicy orange rind. There’s also a stiff alcohol note to announce the style.

Taste – The booze picks up a bit at the taste and the grain is kind of stale, but otherwise this lager delivers on what it promises.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a stinging alcoholic bitterness at the very end.

Drinkability – This Turkish ghetto juice went down OK.

RoyalT, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of zidibi
1.03/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I used to drink this beer with friends because it was so cheap and has so much alcohol in it
to be honest worst beer ever drank

although it has a fair colour, it has an awfull sugar taste and strong alcohol taste
maybe it suits to those who want to drink cheap and get drunk

Surely it is a beer to forget

zidibi, May 19, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The combination of a beautifully rich-but-not-overdone maltiness, and perfumey, floral and spicy hops makes this one a winner!

It pours a clear, brass-colored body beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam that holds well and leaves rings and sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose is mainly malty, grainy and lightly sweet, with a nutty side. Floral and spicy hops back it up, and there's a suggestion of alcohol there as well, but it never actually manifests itself.

The mouth is supple, smooth, and bordering on becoming creamy with a full body and a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that just lightly massages the tongue.

Malt again dominates in the flavor, with a nutty and caramelish edge to it leaves it quite intriguing. It's sweetish, but superbly balanced by a solid bitterness; a spritz of drying alcohol; and its spicy & floral hop flavors. It finishes dry with some lingering fruity malt, a wash of drying alcohol, and then some spicy, grassy, and floral hops.

Overall, it's a very nicely done strong lager with a beautiful maltiness and hop character.

NeroFiddled, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of WoodBrew
1.68/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had a can of this which I shared with my neighbors as part of a beer tasting. The color was yellow with decent carbonation. The carbonation yielded a white head that did not lace. There really wasn't much to smell outside of teh alcohol....some thought they could smell faint plumb. The taste was just alcohol and grain to me....I did not like this beer. The mouthfeel was yuck and I will not drink this beer again. However, when in Turkey...one should at least try it.

WoodBrew, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of ebrupessoa
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

ebrupessoa, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of emincems
2/5  rDev -29.3%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My 7.5% ABV, 50cl can had no 'E' in its 'Xtra'. It did however have an alcoholic blast from start to finish.

It poured a solid looking deep golden colour, the head had gone within 10 seconds and 'The Headache waiting To Happen' just sat there staring back at me in my hotel room (Ovacik, Turkey).

This beer had no substance or style, just an alcoholic front, back and sides.

Could have been any of those terrible extra strong lagers dotted about Europe, all of which should be avoided.

BlackHaddock, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I didn't think it was so bad. Maybe the Efes brewery in Moscow does a better job with this beer than Efes in Turkey. Maybe my sample benefitted from the fact that I tried a really, really bad Ukrainian strong beer right before it. In any event, I thought it was OK. Came in a tall dark brown bottle with a dark label of nothing but lettering. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 7/31/04, I opened it on 1/23/04.

A hard pour generated a 3 fingered white head that was nice and firm, with plenty of contour, but still managed to fade fairly quickly, leaving just a bit of lace behind. This sat above pale bubbly gold liquid. The nose was sweet and mild, definitely not skunky. The mouth is fairly heave and lightly carbonated. The taste starts smooth and sweet, with barley and corn competing for dominance. This battle is followed by a mild but astringent metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste was more sweet than bitter, though, much smoother than most of its Soviet cousins. Certainly drinkable.

Globetrotter, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of nebs
5/5  rDev +76.7%

nebs, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of breweryaprntc13
2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Copper with a golden hued, thick white head, leaves small lace clumpings.

Malty sweetness, slight roast malts, grain, floral and spicy hops, alcohol smell.

Strong alcohol taste, malted grains, citrus hops, but overall alcohol in flavor.

Medium carbonation, mild to smooth, but again the alcohol is the most noticeable.

One bottle was enough, too much alcohol and not enough real flavor.

breweryaprntc13, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I nearly shat a brick when I realized that this was 8%abv, it looked so innocent sitting on the shelf between Belgians and barleywines, I picked it up almost on a lark ("hey, Turkey, I can find that on a map..I should buy this beer").
Bold golden color and snowy white head that quickly dissipates to a skullcap. Nose is balanced with alcohol lace and hint of non malt additives (corn?). Surprisingly, hop character is reasonably decent. Respectable lacing becomes evident as the drink commences.
For the style, which is generally one of the less prestigious ones (as far as rankings on this site, anyway), this is good effort. The alcohol is a little strong but the basic but good malt and hops make this go down smooth and satisfying. Something of a nuttiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little flat but the texture is pretty good overall.
Too bad I picked this up in Brooklyn, I would definitely go get more soon if it was more local.

daliandragon, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of Yalcin
2.84/5  rDev +0.4%

Yalcin, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another gift from Uncle Cherry (Kirsch)'s trip to Turkey for The CANQuest (TM)! It reminds me of a birthday card someone once gave me that read: "People who say that I am hard to shop for must not know where to buy beer." Ha! He reported that it was somewhat tough to find a place to find alcohol of any stripe, but he happened upon a store that at least sold beer. One last one to go.

The Crack & Glug produced barely two fingers of fluffy bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a very pretty sunshine yellow on this sunny Thanksgiving afternoon. Nose was quite malty sweet, but seemingly free of adjuncts like corn. Xtra is not extra, at least not with adjuncts but with a nice pop to its ABV. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a pleasant enough lager sweetness and only about half the heat that I kind of expected to be hit with. Finish was fairly dry, again not surprising given its relatively high ABV, simply suggesting that the fermentable sugars were all, as the Amish might say.

woodychandler, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +6%

cfalovo97, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev +6%

Metz, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of rale
1.75/5  rDev -38.2%

rale, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of hmarebel02
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the strongests beer that I could find in Turkey. Efes beers are pretty much the only ones you can get in Turkey. Beer culture is o0bviously 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.

hmarebel02, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of celikelf
2.24/5  rDev -20.8%

celikelf, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Grebdioz
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bckayaalp
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

bckayaalp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light yellow hue with a small foamy head. Little retention with real nice lace.

S: Simple sweet aromas of fruit, malt, vegatables, and corn.

T: Not too bad. Light sweet toasted grain, corn, and and sweet apples.

M: Rather light for the ABV, good carbonation.

D: Not too bad really. One of the best Efes offerings.

tpd975, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From an old bottle brought back from overseas. Sharing it with friends at Bodega in La Crosse. Ok head and lace. Very slight hazy amber. Likewise mild nose. The flavor is malty sweet without much distinction. But, where the beer really shines is in the body - Luscious!! Silky, mouthfilling, softy, very satisfying. maybe even too much. a bit warming from alcohol. decent finish.

drpimento, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of flyingpig
1.39/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

500ml Can in Ataturk airport, Istanbul:
Clear yellow straw with a small, bubbly head that is bone white and slowly turns patchy.

Very sweet sugar, lots of alcohol and grain plus a hint of butterscotch that I wasn't expecting. There is some honey and faint lemon as well. Bad but not disgusting.

This one tastes truly awful and is very hard to drink. The taste is sweet with tonnes of alcohol, a lot more than the 7.5% abv. on the can suggests. There is a lot of grain, a slightly skunky taste and some faint lemon. There is a hint of hops and a strong, syrupy sugar taste that results in nothing more than drain pour.

Very sweet and thin with a lot of sugar that makes the drink seem more like a watered down syrup than a beer. Cheap tasting and over carbonated resulting in a gassy body that was making me feel sick after only a few sips.

I'm not sure what I was thinking buying this and thankfully it counts as a new style that I have tried because it had nothing else going for it. Granted it is strong and cheap but why this one was on sale in an airport is beyond me, and since it was an airport it wasn't all that cheap. Disgusting from start to finish with too much sugar, alcohol and grain throughout and on top of that I was drinking it from a plastic cup on an airport floor so that didn't exactly help it any. That being said, nothing was saving this one.

flyingpig, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of dandelin
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

dandelin, Jul 15, 2014
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Efes Extra from Anadolu Efes Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.