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Efes Extra - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 28.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2003)
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Korea (South)

3.75/5  rDev +32%

07-15-2014 08:13:22 | More by dandelin
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5/5  rDev +76.1%

07-05-2014 21:08:40 | More by nebs
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2.5/5  rDev -12%

11-01-2013 20:04:38 | More by dcmchew
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.39/5  rDev -51.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 15:22:36 | More by flyingpig
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South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

08-05-2013 22:54:27 | More by herrburgess
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2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

07-17-2013 10:35:17 | More by Sinfull
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

02-02-2013 19:51:09 | More by Metz
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +5.6%

12-04-2012 15:08:06 | More by cfalovo97
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1.03/5  rDev -63.7%
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

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 22:41:59 | More by zidibi
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Quebec (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -38.4%

04-22-2012 14:57:22 | More by rale
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -12%

03-03-2012 02:35:09 | More by bckayaalp
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

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

3/5  rDev +5.6%

01-10-2012 04:30:38 | More by mattyrubes
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2.5/5  rDev -12%

12-27-2011 00:51:37 | More by Grebdioz
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3.48/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 20:26:56 | More by woodychandler
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1.68/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 12:53:29 | More by WoodBrew
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2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:39:38 | More by breweryaprntc13
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United Kingdom (England)

2.3/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 20:36:02 | More by BlackHaddock
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2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 17:08:14 | More by hmarebel02
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3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2009 18:53:22 | More by lstokes
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3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2009 13:10:42 | More by tpd975
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3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2009 19:23:48 | More by Offa
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3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 04:22:50 | More by drpimento
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3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 23:57:19 | More by daliandragon
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Efes Extra from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.