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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
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510 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 510 | Reviews: 268
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled bottle that my pal and BA Stopper brought over last nite. I pour into a pint glass and the beer is ultra light gold color with just a hint of fizzy bleached white head foaming up. The head fades pretty quickly and leaves little evidence of its presence.
The aroma of the beer is husky grain and general sweetness, kind of caramelly but also like cane sugar.
First sip reveals a lite bodied average carbonation beer. The beer is crisp and clean and generally refreshing.
Flavor starts off rather sweet and sugary but not overwhelmingly so. Rolls to a lite grainy malt and ends with just a hint of spicy hops.
The beer is decent and better than I anticipated upon pouring. I could drink several of these and not get tired of them. PRobably very nice on a hot day!

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pleasing beer and I am not a fan of pilsners in general.

An Afghani man turned me onto this one some time ago and it has since become one of my favorite beers for paring with Mediterranean or central Asian cuisine.

Appearance: light and effervescent, crisp and clear, plenty of running bubbles and a thin lasting lace. Translucent golden in color.

Smell: Crisp, frsesh citrus rind, mostly lemon. Pepper and mint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mmm… Very healthy body for a pilsner, sweet malts bring a honey front smoothness and a healthy dose of hops leave a crisp, bitter, herbal lemon finish. Some grassy or grainy residue.

Drinkability: Through the roof, especially with slightly spicy food. Well balanced.

Photo of migwell
2.24/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Spent several months bicycling in Turkey in 2010, and this is the monopoly beer there. One bottle after a long hot day is tolerable, two bottles and you're reminded what a poor quality adjunct brew this really is. I had some New Zealander friends spending 6 months in Istanbul who had arrived shortly before I did, and initially we complained about Efes. When I saw them later on my way out of the country, they had given up drinking beer completely, and I was wildly scrounging for anything NOT Efes.

Give it a pass!

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz slender green bottle, no freshness date. No info about the beer or the brewery is given on the label, it only gives obvious advice “serve cold”.

Appearance: Richly hued yet pale golden with a bright clarity, a powdery white lace stay well forms from the steady stream of tiny bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: Honey sweet malt aroma similar to a raw unrefined orange blossom honey. Slightly spicy, peppery and almost minty herbal hop aroma with a clean snappish grain in the back.

Taste: Pleasing mouth feel from just as much smoothness as there is crispness produced by a moderate carbonation, surprising creamy medium body show that this beer has some character. Sweet malt brings suggestions of honey and grain to the table, good amount of dextrins in the body. Refreshing twang from the hops with a vagueness of mint and lemon with light peppery undertones, bitterness is mildly sharp and cleansing to the palate. Grain lingers far with grassy flavours, a pinch of residual sweetness is leftover also.

Notes: A decent Euro-style pils, better than some of its better known counterparts without a doubt. Very well balanced and showing both malt and hops in a perfectly blended way.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall lager glass. The brew is a fairly nice golden colour, if not a little washed out, and leaves a generous inch of foamy head. Flecks of lacing grace the top layer of the glass, while the head itself dissipates into a thin little ring. Constant visible carbonation throughout.

The nose is pretty mild, with only the faintest notes of bready malt, lemon and grassy hops.

The taste is sweet and malty up front, finishing slightly dry with a mild hop taste. A touch of lemon in there as well. Bready, and with a flavor that leads me to assume that there is some rice involved in the brewing process. The hop presence is muted to the point that it's hard to really identify this brew as being a 'pilsner', but still I must say this is going down pretty well.

The carbonation is never overbearing, but towards the end of the pint becomes fairly weak, too weak to keep the malty sweetness in check. Then again, if it were too carbonated, I'd be complaining about drinking seltzer water, so really what I think this brew needed was a bolder hop profile, which is something I realize very few big breweries are wont to do. The body, I have to say, is fine for the style, in the medium-light range.

Pilsners are a tricky brew for me to review, especially mass-market ones, because they really seem to taste identical to one another. Hard to praise, oh so easy to slam. In this case, however, I found Efes Pilsner to be a very drinkable little brew, something I would gladly have several of in a single session. While it may be a bit sweet and lacking in a bold hop presence, there still isn't much wrong with it, which for a cheaper import brew I have to give credit. If you just want a good-tasting brew from country you wouldn't normally associate with beer (and to knock another country off your list), Turkey's Efes is certainly a fine way to go.

Photo of Byeast
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pilsener poured clear gold , with a soapy white head of half an inch. The pilsner glass was coated with fat bubbles that rose quickly. The aroma is of bready and honeyish malt , some green and grassy/hay and herbal like hop , and fresh grains. The taste is pleasantly malty. Nice focus on fresh grains , slight straw , grassy hop and slightest bit of pepper in the dryer finish. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp with a dry finish. A very pleasant and drinkable pilsener brewed in the german style. Nice grain flavors.

Photo of btmo
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Turkey in November 2007, and as is my habit, drank the local beer everywhere I go.

I found Efes to be an ordinary but perfectly acceptable macro.

IF you are in Sultanamet - the old town of Istanbul - there is a very special something extra for this beer.

Worth a try....

... if you are in Istanbul.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Picked up cheap from my local off-licence.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear, light-golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of light malt dominated by a harsh stewed hop note and stale undertones.

Tastes of light malt with a stewed hop flavour. Mild bitter finish. Very faint hints of noble hops, and a stale background note. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of stale stewed hops.

A fairly standard lager - bland and uninteresting. Rather stale; perhaps this bottle is a bit old. Probably goes down well in hot weather, but I can't think of any reason to chose this unless there is no alternative.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer, with a mediocre head, that is quickly reduced to the top of the beer. Very drinkable, and light this beer is a good start for Turkish beer. Nothing fantastic, but a decent beer to serve for something different. I suggest to serve this chilled, and paired with spicy food. This is a good beer to have around when you want to impress your co-beer lovers of something new.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears straw tawny gold with a fizzy white head seems to be a mass produced pils from Turkey. Aroma when I cracked this bottle smelled of skunk cabbage with a slightly floral edge to it and an off flavor that sends chills up my spine for being straight putrid almost a burnt rubber quality to it in my opinion. Taste has a strange carboard like sweetness to it, don't let me sound weird here but the sweetness is a good thing bit caramelly just a touch with a good bit of balancing bitterness mixed in here not bad taste at all. Mouthfeel is thinner than I like but standard for any mass produced European pils, couldn't drink more than one mainly due to the scent when I cracked the bottle.

Photo of Shovelbum
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, rapidly receding, white head over a crystal clear light golden body. Aroma is clean, with a very faint trace of malt—no detectable hops. Flavor is fairly clean as well, although there is a decent spicy hop bitterness.. Body is lean. Mouthfeel is crisp with a drying finish.

A tad light in the hop department for a true pilsner, but overall a fairly clean and refreshing brew. Perhaps this would be better fresh—no way of telling how old this bottle is.

Photo of rastaman
1.78/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not that bad, i mean its pretty light and all, and fairly sweet. Some grassy hops dry it out towards the end, and its quite crisp. Theres not too many positives to come out of it, but it wasn't as bad as i was expecting, or even the aroma suggested. Still nothing to write home about. A little too sweet.

Photo of JohnW
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had in brown glass bottle with no label on the body of the bottle, but the name Efes moulded into the glass, and a neck label giving the beer name, brewery and imgredients (unlike the photo shown here)

Poured clear golden colour, not a great deal of head from the pour, but crystal clear, and looked fairly good. Smell, not much of anything - grassy, typical of some mass produced cheap pilsner beers and very similar to "Bud" I thought.

Taste was very reminiscent of Bud too, thin, metallic, slighty acid, hint of hop bitterness in the finish, not much character or depth of flavour at all. I guess easy to drink on a hot summers day, and if you enjoy Bud am sure you would enjoy this too, but comes nowhere in the league of true Czech and German pilsners, just a pale Bud-like imitation. Not recommended.

JohnW
B'ham UK Nov 2008

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
Best before 21/10/11
A- this beer pours a clear golden yellow with a swirling microcarbonation and a creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The green slightly sweet sulfur aroma blends with a corn hint in the finish and some Pils malt hints as it warms.

T- The clean taste has some soft slightly dry sulfur hints but not any malt or hops really come through.

M- The light mouthfeel has crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice Pilsner smell but that doesn’t translate at all in the flavor. It is very clean and washed out.

Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes are recent. Giving the seemingly vast range of experiences, I had to try more than one at different times, temps and moods. I've made this one as consistent as possible.

The appearance was always pretty appealing: a deep clear golden yellow in color, this brew pours out a respectably sized fluffy white head that dissipates pretty slowly to a deep, pocked pillow. A small ring and some sticky patches of lacing cling pretty well to the glass.
The nose may be a little subdued, but all the attributes of the style are there: grains, light malts, hops with a very light peppery spice, and the earthy / grassy note I've come to expect, though it is a bit musty.
The taste follows suit, with all the elements there but somewhat weak. I would really have enjoyed a stronger hops presence in here. To its credit, that grassy / earthy flavor that belongs in a good pils is not only present but avoids the slightly skunky characteristic that tends to accompany it. The finish is not as dry as I'd like and fades fairly quickly. Just the faintest note of citrus would have been of some benefit as well, but there's none of that here.
This one doesn't have as crisp a feel as some other pilseners, but that's not to say it isn't crisp. It does come off a little flat in feel despite a moderate carbonation. Body is medium, and it does maintain a sturdy character.
I'm not reaching for this one over a Prima, but I'm not downright rejecting it, either. I'd have no problem trying this one again or having a few in a session.

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can. Beer from a predominately Muslim country such as this sort of surprises me.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a couple of fingers of weakly puffy, bubbly, and soapy off-white head, which leaves some spotty, remote isle lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of grainy rice cakes, a touch of pilsener malt, and floral, musty, and almost fruity hops. The taste is more rice pudding breadiness, a certain corn cereal essence, mild stripped apple cores, dusty Moscato wine grapes, and earthy, fruity, floral hops.

The carbonation is rather plain, offering nothing beyond a simple fizzy edge, the body a sordid medium weight, the kind propped up by adjuncts and the like, with a tacky chalky smoothness, not salvageable by any means. It finishes dry, floral, and musky, all of a seemingly Dardanelles sort.

A less than adequate old(er) world pilsener - the lack of clean crispiness here being the utmost dead giveaway. Add in some pithy cheap graininess, and the deal is (un)done. Maybe somewhat agreeable if it was ice-cold, and you are sweating under the Mediterranean sun, but otherwise, not worth any serious Pilsener fan's time.

Photo of Sammy
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This might be a Turkish made beer, found at the LCBO, bit efes in another language means nothing, and that is the extent of it. Pale yellow lager, with some white foam. Cheesy aroma. Light, almost astringent mouthfeel. Not very drinkable, but not the most horrible beer I have ever tried.

Photo of tdm168
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin layer of soft, loose, bubbly head that quickly fades. The smell is musty and grainy. The flavor is grassy and slightly malty with faint grainy notes and a corn-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is a decent beer. Lightly malty, smooth, drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Efes Pilsner pours a deep golden body that rests gently beneath a two-fingered head of creamy bright white froth. Tiny bubbles rise slowly and sporadically. The head takes its time in descending, and then maintains a creamy, solid surface covering. Some very nice lace is also left behind, as well as some fairly solid rings of lace.

The nose displays a combination of grainy maltiness, a mild grassiness, dusty earth, and even a touch of spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a sturdy medium body, and creamy smooth with just a light snap of crispness before it softens.

The flavor is decidedly malty with a grainy, cereal-like, and honeyish character . Spicy and grassy hops step in at mid-palate and help to balance it, and it finishes a touch sweet with lingering malt and swirling spicy hop notes. The bitterness is restrained, and there's just enough of a firm presence there to balance it. It's clean, and really doesn't display any yeast character at all.

Nicely done, Efes Pilsner is a sturdy European lager that would pair well with a variety of foods (pad Thai, grilled shrimp, barbequed ribs, herbed chicken) and events (sporting events, dinner parties, a night out with the lad or lasses). Certainly worth trying! Not your average Euro-pils!

Photo of WoodBrew
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying a beer from Turkey that I have heard was decent...and its not bad. The labeled is a Pilsner....but it can be thought of as an American Adjuct Ale as well...sort of along the same family....I suppose. Pours a nice head that doesn't last too long. Color was clear and golden. Smell some malt and hops not too complex. The taste is light with spice and malt flavors and a bit of hops after taste. The mouth feel is fuller then you might expect. I can't call this an outstanding beer, but it is good enough to have again.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A half finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice grain and lemon scent.
The taste starts with a mild, but good, bitterness; then moves to a sweet middle and end.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Pretty average overall.

Photo of kenito799
4.19/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass at Wish Ne Turkish restaurant, Bayside, NY.

Crystal clear pale gold with white foamy head, 1/2 inch at first, fades to a ring.

Aroma is crisp malt and hops, with hints of some more citrus or floral notes--unexpected.

On the palate, crisp, carbonated, dry and refreshing. The flavor was quite a surprise--where I expected a typical euro-macrolager there was a real foral and citrus hoppy aroma and flavor married to the refreshing dry malt. it actually is a pilsener, and a pretty good one! Nice!

Photo of jackndan
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

EFES from Turkey: A deep golden pilsner beer. Very generic labeling, “SERVE COLD”! Very little head, but what’s left clings to the sides. Mild aroma of buttered toast. This beer has a pleasant taste of somewhat spicy, sweet malt flavor, with strong carbonation. As the beer warms, there is a faint but noticeable taste of vinegar. Best beer from Turkey I’ve ever had.

Photo of bditty187
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sickly pale gold in hue, why so damn insipid? There is no reason a beer should have this (lack of) color. Small white head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall and the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy cap. There was some spotty, unorganized lacing. For what it is, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is a tad messy, sweet maltiness is louder than the spicy, slightly earthy hops. Boring nose, my first impression was that this beer is really a Euro Lager and not a true Pilsner. Maybe the nose is misleading me, as such I can’t call it inviting even though there is nothing inherently wrong with the bouquet.

I suppose the nose didn’t lie to me, the palate is a messy Euro Lager that has Pils qualities. I find it too earthy, too lemony, and then way too sweet. I want my Pils to be crisp; this is kind of malty and mushy. Even though I find it a tad disjointed this is flavorful and likable. And yes, it is straightforward and simple but I can’t complain.

About medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting for the flavor profile.

Plenty drinkable, I could happily drink this with fish or a burger or after a round of golf. All in all, this is a nice beer and it is growing on me the more I drink it. I still find it messy but even in its disorganized fashion I don’t mind it. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Try one.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

pours a clear gold color and shows very little head. The aroma is very light and maybe getting a touch of hops?. the flavor is malty and there is a carbonated fizziness that shines through. Overall, a decent beer but lacks a little more boldness in the flavor. Not bad for a Turkish beer !!

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.