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Efes Extra - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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71
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 28.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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nebs


5/5  rDev +75.4%

07-05-2014 21:08:40 | More by nebs
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +41.4%

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.

08-06-2005 13:02:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +34.4%

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.

04-27-2006 23:57:19 | More by daliandragon
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dandelin

Korea (South)

3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

07-15-2014 08:13:22 | More by dandelin
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tpd975

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +23.9%

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.

07-21-2009 13:10:42 | More by tpd975
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ebrupessoa

Turkey

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

08-02-2014 20:32:47 | More by ebrupessoa
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

11-24-2011 20:26:56 | More by woodychandler
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

09-30-2005 00:35:00 | More by RoyalT
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +18.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly orangish golden color with a small ¼” head of fluffy white foam. The head was active for about 20-30 seconds until it fell to a small ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: I got a dominant grainy aroma along with a corny presence that may actually be corn or a flaw. We’ll see. Some floral hops are noticeable, but this beer is pretty subtle for an “extra”. As the beer sits some more, the graininess gets more aggressive.

Taste: The flavor is still grainy as the aroma suggested, but the beer is much heavier bodied than I expected. There is a syrupy sweetness “under the brush” that adds to the overall mouthfeel. There is still a strong vegetal thing going on that isn’t necessarily bad, but it is rather strong. There is some noticeable alcohol in this one, and that doesn’t surprise me with it coming in at 8%. The finish is pretty balanced…I guess. It finishes rather abruptly with a bit of syrupy sweetness to try to mask an influx of alcoholic warming that takes over late in the finish.

Opinion: Well, this beer has been a bit better than some of Efes other offerings. This beer is a bit hollow for as big as it is. I think that the gravity was increased by the use of adjuncts, and in this case a bit too much. If this is all Barley, I would be surprised. I may drink this beer again if it is given to me free again as this one was…otherwise I will stick to something more well-rounded.

07-01-2006 03:17:43 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

01-24-2004 20:07:34 | More by Globetrotter
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lstokes

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +16.8%

For a high ABV-beer from a country that doesn't do beer well, I'm pretty impressed. It's pale gold with a very small head and smells like toffee malts and some grain with a bit of alcohol--but there's nothing unpleasant about it, it's above average for sure.

The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, although there is an unpleasant burn at the end, and the taste is nice, I suppose--the alcohol is there, but so are the hops, and the malt is predominant, nice and sweet with some nuttiness in the finish.

I'm used to hops and alcohol from the styles I drink but this is a nice malt-and-alcohol concoction--maybe the first Euro Strong Lager I've ever had? And honestly it makes me want to drink more. It beats the hell out of the rest of the Efes line.

07-23-2009 18:53:22 | More by lstokes
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dannyboygaga

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +14%

08-06-2014 05:33:37 | More by dannyboygaga
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Offa

California

3.13/5  rDev +9.8%

This is ok but not great. It's better than a number of strong lagers or malt liquors I've had, but not nearly as good as others. It's pleasant enough and easy to drink but a bit bland and rough in the feel.

Pale orange, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a tiny ring.

The aroma is fermented grape juice and grain, with hint of fruit candy and a vague hint of orange juice.

The taste is a bit alcoholic, but not overly so, with only a hint of roughness and with a definite warming quality. It tastes mostly of fermented white grape juice with white bread, a hint of fruit candy, and a light grain quality with a vague hint of grapfruit and orange juice. It has a slightly candy-like sweetness up front, followed by a vague bitterness and spicey bite to balance out in the end. It's mostly rather bland and a bit thin in the feel.

03-02-2009 19:23:48 | More by Offa
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev +7%

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.

04-07-2007 04:22:50 | More by drpimento
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +5.3%

12-04-2012 15:08:06 | More by cfalovo97
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Metz

Maryland

3/5  rDev +5.3%

02-02-2013 19:51:09 | More by Metz
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mattyrubes

New York

3/5  rDev +5.3%

01-10-2012 04:30:38 | More by mattyrubes
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Campodog

Spain

3/5  rDev +5.3%

02-04-2012 14:40:58 | More by Campodog
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

06-12-2004 14:58:10 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Grebdioz

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-27-2011 00:51:37 | More by Grebdioz
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bckayaalp

New York

2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-03-2012 02:35:09 | More by bckayaalp
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Turkey's answer to Olde English 800? The clerk said this is drunk straight from bottle. Well, for a proper review, I poured it in a glass. Hmm, a transluscent liquid copper pours out of this. The head, at first, foams up to a gargantous foam, only to subside to nothing. A ring of lace is left on top where the head reached it's peak. Strong, malt liquor alcohol smell. But around that, the nose detects a good indication of malt, hops, and even a peppery aroma. First taste is very harsh and coarse. The alcohol is evident on the epiglotis(the hangy down thing on the back of the throat). After the second sip, it's not too bad. Strong alcohol flavour, but their is a malt sweetness. It reminds me a little of cheap scotch whiskey. Course, almost granular mouthfeel. Leaves the throat refreshed, though.

03-15-2004 23:09:27 | More by slitherySOB
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dcmchew

Romania

2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

11-01-2013 20:04:38 | More by dcmchew
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breweryaprntc13

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

01-31-2011 00:39:38 | More by breweryaprntc13
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.3/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

07-23-2010 20:36:02 | More by BlackHaddock
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Efes Extra from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.