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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
71
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267 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 267
Hads: 537
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Reviews: 267 | Hads: 537
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.79/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honey hued apperance and cloudy. No lace or head and an abesence of bubbles. The smell is yeasty and pungent alchol aroma. The taste is delicious. Very mellow taste of vanilla and syrupy nectars. Suprisingly tingly even though there was the absence of carbonation in the apperance. Tingled the entire mouth especialy the tip of the tounge. Mouth feel was a strongpoint. Upon the first sip my mouth was so overjoyed that i wanted more and more. (443 characters)

Photo of Eloel
4.71/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

With the dozens of supposedly European beers around, Efes stays one of the best imported beers, with a soft feel on an amazing taste and alcohol content. (153 characters)

Photo of meecrob
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing, smooth turkish pilsener. This brew has a light golden color and a thick, white head. I tasted a pleasant citrus aroma with some hints of honey mixed with a nice grassy, floral hop bitterness. Amazing to drink on hot summer days or to wash down some Kebap or other turkish delights. One of the best european pilseners and the best turkish beer. I absolutely recommend this brew! (394 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.19/5  rDev +36.9%
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! (537 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +34%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of ridedammit
4.1/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A and I were at a new (to us) beverage store in Union Square, and came across this beer. I am more of an ale drinker, but with the insane heat of this summer I was willing to druink something a bit more refreshing. Fortunately we chose well.

The beer is a nice golden color, very clean like one would expect. The smell is acutally what sold me on the beer. It has a very mouth watering malt aroma that
hits you as you take a drink. For a lagered beer, this had a great deal of body and mouthfeel, most lagered beers that I try are a bit thin (thus my preference
to ales).

Not sure why other reviewers did not enojoy the malty aroma, but to each ones own, eh? I really enjoyed the beer, but I agree with Jason, the lack of info on the bottle is kinda strange. Not too many beers in the US that come from Turkey, they should have a little something about the brewery, or the beer. Of course that could just be the bottler or importers fault.

A good pils, much better than some of the "true" pils that come from bohemia.
Especailly refreshing while trying to beat the heat with no AC (1,094 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Efes Pilsener has a thin, white head, and a clear, golden appearance with an abundance of carbonation. There is essentially no lacing with this one. Aroma is faint, but sweet, white bread and a tiny hop zing can be picked up. Taste is of the same, with a paper aspect. Some grass is present as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Efes finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a really good beer. I recommend giving it a try.

RJT (479 characters)

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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! (1,280 characters)

Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yello white
Aromas are sunny, with brassy, yellow cereals, lemon and cream. It is a rich mouthful of biscuity breads, tangy, over-ripe citrus, and a rather aggressive fizz. Very well balanced flavors -- an acheivement considering the intensity. Underlying sweetness becomes predominant as it warms, but the hyper-gas and a well-paced, bitter hop extraction keep it dry enough. Pepper, flint and leaf elements can be discerned. No green, sulfery notes can I detect. Very nice beer. Hard to compare to existing iterations of the Pilsner genre... vaguely southwestern German, I'd guess. (584 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking pale golden color, shiny and clear in the clarity. Nice firm head is well formed and hangs around…
On the nose there is an ever so slight pepper tone in the aroma. Mouth feel is smooth. On the palate light peppery notes up front, maybe light tones of orange peels also… or perhaps lemon? I must say this is very clean and crisp though... Overall I really enjoyed this brew, very refreshing and cleansing to the palate! (442 characters)

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is better on tap than in a bottle or can, and even then it's good. On tap in Turkey, it's fresh, crisp, clean, with good flavour.

It's golden with a medium white head, slowly shirnking to a wispy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is nice, clean grain with hints of herbal hops and apple.

The taste is like the taste from the bottle or can but cleaner, freshr, more aromatic, with clean, strong grain taste throughout, hints of apple and herbs, a light herbal hop bitterness to balance out the light sweetness and give a crisp, clean finish. (557 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, creamy head that pops away pretty quickly. Light, but a darker yellow than most pilsners. Smells spicy and a little minty. Typical crisp, clean taste for a pilsner, but a little thicker than usual. Fine mouthfeel, pretty rish, and very drinkable. Better than your average pils. (290 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear and rather pale gold color. Small off-white head quickly becomes a film. Light carbonation bubbles visible coming to the surface.

Smell: Aroma of malts, grains and grasses, but with a bit of honey or sugar.

Taste: Honey and floral hints, a bit of fresh grass, then a hint of spices like pepper, and then a bit of hop bitterness at the finish, which carries into the aftertaste with the honey.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with light tingly carbonation. There's a bit of syrupy viscosity to it, though.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, tasty, refreshing, and no skunk taste!

I was really pleased with this and I'm sure I'll get it again. A bit of on the sweet side, but it is great just having a pilsner without any skunk. (796 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at the Bha Bha persian restaurant in Naples, FL, only because American options available were pretty grim, and I thought, "when in the area of Rome, do as ...

Bought to the table and poured into a goblet. Almsot crystal clear pale yellow, with a generous bright white foamy head. Lacing was good and continous.

Smell was crisp and clean, slightly fruity, nothing strong.

Taste really surprised me. I don't often drink lagers or pilsners, but this was deliciously subtle, clean, no harsh adjuncts, corn, or heavy carbonation taste. Perfectly meshed with the lamb shanks.

Mouth was light, refreshing

Overall, a very pleasant surprise, and one I certainly wouldn't say no to if it popped up somewhere here in PA. (727 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my favourite mainstream lagers.
Pours with a clear golden color and a generous white head that settles down to a lacing around the brim.
The aroma is pleasantly mild, with some grainy hops dominating it.
The taste is initially slightly on the sweet side, followed by a nice and refreshing bitterness. The finish is hoppy and bittery. The taste is light, but not watery. Very drinkable and extremelly refreshing. (427 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin film. Nice distinct rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bread/biscuit, honey, tea, and some prune aromas. Taste is very bready/biscuit-like with a distinct tea and tannin flavor. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a surprisingly good pilsener from Turkey. Until I joined BA I didn't even know they had beer from Turkey. Good stuff. (544 characters)

Photo of 86sportster883
3.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing and thirst quenching qualities of the Efes Pils. It poured crystal clear and pale straw in color, with a moderate white head that rapidly settles to a thin cover. This Turkish version of a German pilsener has a very mild, pleasingly sweet, grainy aroma. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the taste is clean, crisp & refreshing with little aftertaste. The Efes pils is the perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day, just after you finish mowing the lawn. (514 characters)

Photo of USAF77
3.91/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Im going back to 1978 when The War Corp sent me to S/E Turkey for an 18 mos visit. Efes Pilson was the first "non-swill" beer I ever drank and it was a delight to an 18yo airman on his own for the first time, not being forced to drink 3.2 kool aid. Efes was sold in huge bottles and in 24 bottle plastic cases.

I remember a refreshing taste of hoppy honey in a beer that was lovely to look at in your glass. Light but not so much you couldnt taste the grain. A nice pour to a very nice head. It was good cold or warm and was leagues ahead of what was available in the BX.

It went nicely with food as well. Efes brings back fond memories of being young, being somewhere exoctic, and having a really good "go to" beer to wash down lamb kebobs or sea food on the Med coast. Ive never seen it since but would buy it if I did. It was Efes that started a lifelong love of Pilsner for me. I sure hope its the same now as it was back in 1978. (936 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer brings back memories. I used to drink this by the gallon while I spent a month traveling around Turkey back in 2004. One of the most enjoyable, care-free periods of my life for sure.

From a bottle into a pils glass.
Best Before 12 May 2014 at 7:42 pm

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium looking, fluffy, foamy white head with very good retention. Perfectly clear maize yellow in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A full cam remains the whole way and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of grainy malts, a honey-like note and some flowery hops on the nose. White bread and honey are most prevalent here, with some hints of lemon in the back. Perhaps not quite as bold as the flavors, but still well balanced.

TASTE: Some grainy malts with white bread and caramel sweetness up front, then more grains and a honey-like sweetness at the swallow. Medium and dry finish with honey, caramel, and a nice grassy, floral hop bitterness as well. Well balanced bitterness matches the malt sweetness very well.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes crisp and dry. A touch of bitterness lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: Definitely still a quality pilsner, and one of the better examples of the style. If this style were held in higher esteem, this brew would get a lot more press. It's not quite the same drinking this at age 34 on a cold, rainy afternoon as it was ten years ago in the Turkish sun, but quality is quality, and it's just as good as I remember it. Give it a try with an open mind. (1,647 characters)

Photo of schmaldj
3.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a while since I had this beer so my memory is going to have to do. I first had it in Marmaris Turkey. It was a great beer. The color was a rich gold. The head formed nicely and dissipated slowly. Very very drinkable. As it warms up the flavor is very full. It's a beer that you can drink in a large quantity and still want more. I would recommend this to anyone. (374 characters)

Photo of Byeast
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold with about 2 fingers of white head.

S: Malty, slightly cloying sweet smell.

T/M: Nice honey sweet taste with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness. Crisp, largely watery with low carbonation.

D: Great crisp and sweet lager to relax to. (259 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear straw color with a nice effervescence. Thick, foamy head which left a very attractive lacing as it dissipated.

Smell: there was a tiny whiff of skunk when I opened the bottle, but after pouring it is gone completely. This beer has a light but complex aroma of grain, floral hops and some notes of tree fruit; more than I normally expect from a pilsner.

Taste: mild, not very bitter and not much hops flavor. The malt flavors are nice, however, and I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: as a tasty pilsner, I could drink this stuff like water. (666 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden, straw color with a decent head that settles but is retained well enough. There is a slight hop aroma, but the scent is mostly light malt. The flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops, but slightly towards the malt. It has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsner. It's light and refreshing and great with just about any food. It reminds me of a cross between a Czech and German pils because it seems a bit malty for a German pils, but a bit hoppy for a Czech. (576 characters)

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.