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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

487 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; BB date April 2012. Pours a bright, golden-honey colour, topped with a single finger of white head with poor retention. A bumpy cap and collar are the only remnants after a few minutes. The aroma is very faint but suitable for the style; light barley malts and some honey sweetness. Not much hop presence.

Taste is mostly grainy pale malts with some rice adjunct sweetness. A bit of peppercorn, lemon, and herbal hops in the finish. No aftertaste; very clean. Just the slightest bit dry; this sensation is perceptible after swallowing. Very crisp, with heavy carbonation that bites the tongue. Thin-bodied and quite refreshing.

When I saw rice in the ingredient list I was honestly expecting a brew that resembled more of an EPL than a pilsener, but most of the notes I'd expect from a German pils are present, and despite the use of adjunct there aren't really any off flavours. Nothing outstanding here, but it's very crisp and reasonably tasty - the Turks make a pretty decent pils. A good refresher for a hot day, but not something worth seeking out.

[Updated Aug. 13 2014]

Another 500 mL can. I've imbibed this occasionally over the past few years since my original review, and my opinion of it has steadily dropped over time. Is it a terrible Euro lager? Not really, but it doesn't hold a candle to the top German/Czech examples of the style, or most craft-brewed domestic lagers. Efes Pilsener is decent as far as 'national brand' lagers go, and the low price point does it a lot of favours in my book. At 2 bucks a can, you might as well give it a shot... it's the best Turkish beer I've ever tried.

Final Grade: 3.19, a C+.

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
2.2/5  rDev -29%
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
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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 innominat
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of btmo
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 fionn13
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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
2.48/5  rDev -20%
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 valkyre65
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of timontheroad
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Photo of Miha
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Shovelbum
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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
1.8/5  rDev -41.9%
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
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
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 JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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 jimbob25
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev +21%

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.