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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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267 Reviews
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Reviews: 267
Hads: 537
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 14
Gots: 66 | 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 pootz
1.2/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Can from the 'BO:

Pale yellow, no cap to speak of, aroma of wet cardboard, tastes sweet uneventful, flat with all the insipid dextrin sub compounds. Total extract beer brought up to gravity with dextrin syrups. Complete shite! Quite possibly the worst pilsner I ever tasted, certainly one of the worst beers I ever tasted. (323 characters)

Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden blond color, few carbonation, not so big foam, average.
In the smell a light malt note, and clearly perceptible, rice. Some cooked vegetables, also.
The taste is on the same line.
Quite dry, after all, but beside that, definitely avoidable.
Boredom. (260 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
1.59/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on September 14, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent pale gold colour with topns of effervescence and a thin white head which quickly dissipated to a ring. The aroma was corn, grain, and a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel was weak to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The flavour was acid, metal, grain, with an offputting bitter finish. (435 characters)

Photo of AlexLMS
1.63/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, moderately low and frothy. Poor retention.
Aroma: strange small malty aroma with a floral twist.
Taste: grainy and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: drying, strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength, moderate body.
Finish: bitter and short.
Overall: the label states it is entirely made from barley malty, but I strongly doubt it. Sameness, characterless, nothing special. First and last one. (448 characters)

Photo of Sammy
1.68/5  rDev -45.1%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.71/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color pils with a medium white foamy head with light retention and light lacing. Aroma of light sweet adjunct notes is pretty bland. Taste is also dominated by sweet adjunct notes with limited character. Body is light with good carbonation. Just another bland adjunct based pils. (306 characters)

Photo of dickroop
1.72/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We bought this for a pilsner and lager tasting fest. It poured very pale, little color. Smell was like swamp water, distinct sulfury aroma present, kinda skunky. Taste included some indistinct sweetness, no hops in eveidence, a suggestion of some honey. Mouthfeel was watery. Drinkability? Not again, please! Maybe if I was in Turkey, it would be be fresher and better appreciated. (381 characters)

Photo of rastaman
1.78/5  rDev -41.8%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
1.78/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very pale , flat no head . Suggesting this is going to be dull.
It smelt of stale tank water an tasted like stale malt infused water.
It had no crispnes or sharpness at all No hops were discernible.
It felt oily and soft in the mouth.
A disppointing beer , given that a cold crisp ale would go magnificently with , the standard Sydney Road fare of bread , dips lamb and salad. This was ordinary (398 characters)

Photo of nezih
1.84/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Anadolu Efes Brewery produce this beer in for 3 regions. Turkish local market, russia and europe. Main problem is, they use glucose syrup (made from corn) and rice on the turkish version. This makes efes pilsener is not an officially a beer. it's just something else. But they cannot use that formula for their russian nor european products. (341 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
1.88/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

bouteille, cadeau de Turquie

bière blonde commerciale classique sans grande distinction, couleur paille pale, odeur sucré de mais-malt, presque pas de houblon, très aqueuse en bouche, finale rapide, désaltérante par contre ce qui l'aide, à boire avec des mets très épicés. (282 characters)

Photo of sAws
1.91/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Translucent golden yellow with good carbonation. Smell is musty and not very appealing. Taste starts good but progresses to an unpleasant finish, has insightful corn and floral hop tastes. Feels average in the mouth but the taste does not make me want to come back for more. (274 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.93/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on October 28th, 2010. Pours a overcarbonated, clear yellow. Head is of decent thickness but doesn't retain well. Generally unappealing.

Smell: A smell of moderate strength: bland barley. I fear a note of water will be present.

Taste: Unexpected. A strong open that slides through the generic barley/macropilsener taste into an unfulfilling finish. That opening note is nasty, but I am very impressed by its strength. It's difficult to get an opening note as strong as this one, whatever the flavour. There isn't a note of water like in American macrolagers, so that's a plus.

Mouthfeel: Far too wet, especially towards the finish. It smoothly slides in; it's a bit too slippery for my liking. The finish should be a touch dry to make me want a second sip. The best part of this beer is its 'crispness'.

Drinkability: I could down another at this price, but would I really want to? I will say that this beer tries to do some interesting things and I'd have no hesitation to reach for Efes' other offerings on that basis, but this beer isn't built like a pilsener needs to be. (1,174 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
1.95/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

(330 ml bottle). Very pale yellow colour, decent head. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavour is, uh, thin... some alcoholic/fusel notes, like Norwegian "hjemmebrent" (="moonshine"). Might be drinkable ice cold at the beach of Antalya. Anywhere else: Avoid! (246 characters)

Photo of Alex-Alkis
1.95/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

In bottle. Have nothing against beers that has a rich taste of yeast, unless there are other flavors in the beer, which this Turk is obviously lacking. Smells nice, but the taste is not as good as the aroma. (207 characters)

Photo of gfreed
1.96/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this at Pasha in Arlington, MA. Marvelous food. On a menu that featured Bud, Miller, Coors, etc., this was about the best beer I could find. But that's speaking relatively. Thin, watery, aromaless and one step sideways from the average Indian lager. Feh! Better than water, but not by much. Stick with Pasha's excellent Turkish coffee. (339 characters)

Photo of brother_rat
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Endured across my honeymoon in Turkey. Did not like, was not impressed. Tried repeatedly, and found myself questioning my order each time--oftentimes the only beer on the menu, so what are you going to do? Better than raki, but that's saying very little. Too sweet, too yeasty, no body, no smell . . . the best thing I can say is that it poured a nice light golden color, and had a foamy head. (397 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours the prototypical unclouded pilsner gold color with the head portly in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a brilliant white and the lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose is the standard pilsner sweet malt, crisp and clean with the archetypal sweet malt start and thin top. Quintessential pilsner finish, crisply acidic, hops apropos to the style, dry and linger aftertaste, not a very good “Standard Pilsner” at that. (448 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
2.09/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I first tried Efes in Istanbul back in the mid-90s. Didn't like it then, on it's home turf, so have avoided it like the plague ever since. It (or it's Russian-brewed namesake) is everywhere in Moscow, however, so I'm not surprised that it eventually caught up to me. I had this in a Jamaican-themed bar downtown.

Came out (in a Carlsberg glass) clear medium gold under a two-fingered white head with decent contour and clumps of lace. the nose is heavy with malt and corn, while the mouth is slightly prickly and heavy with grain. There is a strong corn taste, followed by a bit of hps. I couldn't help but think this is a classic macro. (That's not a compliment.) (668 characters)

Photo of ThaBobfather
2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nearly clear yellow color. High carbonation gives is thin, white, but quickly dissipating head.
The flavor has a very small pilsner beer taste, but otherwise nearly water.
If it wasn't for the fact that the label was Efes, Made is Turkey, I'd think it was Miller Light.

It is very drinkable and smooth, but not tasty. (326 characters)

Photo of bobbybou
2.11/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear yellow and highly corbonated.Thick head apon the pour and some lace was present on the beer glass after the tasting. Sweet and slighty malty in flavor. Very lighty hopped. The body was thin. I wouln't order this beer at a bar but would drink it if it were the only one offered! (288 characters)

Photo of cproioi
2.11/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation present. Atop the beer sits a nice looking white head that left little lacing. The aroma was slightly of floral hops with a sweet juicy fruit malt aroma. The taste follows suit closely however, there was an off taste in it that made it close to un palatable. I don't know how to describe it, it was like something I have never encountered before. The body was light with a semi-dry finish. This beer left me not wanting another one at all. (500 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 6/17/2007 (50cL bottle):

Pours a yellow clear colored body, with a huge bright-white head with big bubbles. Effervescent malty aroma. Watery taste with a malt taste. Acidic aftertaste. Very watery witn little flavor. Tastes like flavored fizzy malt water. Not Good. (275 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.15/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle in Istanbul at some corner store stand in Sultanhamet cause there was nothing better to do.

A head that shows up big almost three fingers, but dies instantly. Decent not sickly too yellow gold color with lots of carbonation and clear.

Smell is weak chemical like and soda, no hops at all. Luckily it's not to offensive, but there is very little "beer" characteristics other than the typical chemical like macro US stuff that is so common.

Taste is all carbon dioxide and no hop or any beer like characteristics at all. Weak... extremely watery and wet, like a typical macro chemicaly laced to death. Finish disapates and disappears instantly leaving you gaseous. After having one that was all I ever wanted. Really not that great but I know I've had worse... (784 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.15/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

*The bottle of Efes I had said "Best before 01/03/13", so I don't know if that had something to do with my unpleasant experience I had with the beer.*

A- This thing looks like it has sea monkeys floating around in it! Not cool. It has a dark, gold, appearance with an OK looking head that died down to nothing. The "paticulates" floating about in the beer was not appealing at all.

S- Mineral like. Maybe that's from the water they use in the beer. Caramel sweetness. Grains. Rice. Cooked veggies. Smells like a Budweiser from a green bottle. That mineral scent is real off-putting.

T- Taste is horrible! It's got such a minerally, dirty water taste. It's got a syrupy kind of sweetness (but not overly sweet), rice & cooked veggie flavor, with a good bit of graininess. The finish is what really makes this beer taste so offal. It finishes harsh and minerally. I don't know how to describe that off flavor other than minerally. It just taste like the water came from a well and has nasty stuff in it that wasn't filtered out very well in the brewing process. The only remotely redeeming quality to the beer was this caramel kind of malt thing going on. But the finish is so harsh and nasty that it supersedes anything else going on.

M- It's a light to medium bodied pilsner beer. Just like with the taste, there is some kind of syrupy quality that is probably not supposed to be there that isn't creating a pleasant mouthfeel.

*I don't know if this beer being a little over 2 years past the "Best By" date has had any affect on the beer itself, but I wouldn't buy this beer ever again. I think Carlsberg and Heinkein have this beer beat hands down in flavor and drinkability. If for some crazy reason I decide to buy Efes Pilsner again, it would be to see how a fresher bottle tastes. But this stuff is on the verge of being gross. (1,838 characters)

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