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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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270 Reviews

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 550
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 29.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

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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Photo of mikeg67
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, fluffy, white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of fresh bread and some grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is short and dry. Inoffensive macro brew.

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Photo of puck1225
3.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has some very nice qualities. It was poured from the bottle into a frosted mug. Nice head with excellent curtain lacing that matched a silky smooth mouth feel. Honey taste that was light and crisp. Surprisingly, it is served at a local downtown pizzeria. This beer goes very well with supreme pizza!

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Photo of meecrob
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks Darrell. Sunday Dinr.

Golden transparent body with a thick, white head. Aromas of grain, adjuncts. Uneventful and bland. Light bodied and meh.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, bright yellow with a tall, hollow, white head. Yikes, that's a skunky Lager. Defunct noble hops, lager yeast, grain and skunk. Flavor is all that the nose insinuates. Really, really skunky. Light bodied and watery. Not very good.

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Photo of ordybill
3.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pilsner glass.
Aroma- has a citrus and hops.
Appearance- Pours a golden clear color with a small white head.
Taste- Slightly yeast flavored with a small hop bite.
Palate- Dry finish for a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- An average beer, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.22/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold pour with thick white head; good clarity. Smells like a Miller Lite. Lite floral hop taste but not much otherwise. Crisp, cold and watery. Overall, easy to drink lightly flavored beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.76/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent light bodied Pilsner. Decent malty sweet and fruity aromas. Sweet fruity taste with a hint of lemon finish and mild hop kick. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under that magical $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is one in 30sec. Nearly colorless- extremely light gold. Clear

S- Metallic

T- Metallic. Slight bready flavor to it. Yeasty. Bitterish

M- Creamy but dry aftertaste.

O- Not so good. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok brew went ok with..... Potato chips. Wasn't interested in cooking something to pair it


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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.71/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.15/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of Eloel
4.71/5  rDev +53.4%
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.

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Photo of brother_rat
2/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
1.95/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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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Photo of jadpsu
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear pale golden with a pure white head with decent retention and lace.
Smell: not a lot there, earthy and some faint citrus fruit.
Taste: Clean, crisp, refreshing, a touch of honey.
Pilsners are pretty simple beers and this one is good but not a lot to separate it from other
mundane Pilsners except its $10.00 a six pack price tag.

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Photo of Majawat
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

From a short and fat brown bottle, some drank from, most poured into a nucleated pint glass. Bottle hand-imported by a friend of mine direct from the source, Turkey.

Appearance - Golden and completely clear throughout. No head to speak of. Just perfect for this style.

Smell - Nothing much on the nose. Sweet malt, not too much hop aroma.

Taste - A lot of malt for how light it is, something I was craving at the time. Not really any hops to speak of, but it has been aging in my fridge door for about a year. A cigar previous to this is tainting the whole taste. Very good, light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Almost purely water feel with only a slight carbonation. This is evident by the small, quiet bubbles coming from the nucleation.

Overall - I think a wonderful example of the style of beer. Top class and glad I have another bottle.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very good on this beer. Streaming carbonation and very good lacing and head retention.

The aroma is sweet and has notes of herbal hops, mineral water and sugar.

The taste is sweer with a slight bitter finish. One can tell it is attempting to emulate a good German pilsener. The taste is a little light with no off notes but nothing outstandingly pleasing either.

Mouthfeel is of mineral water,

Overall this beer is a lesser version of a German pilsner. They've added rice and made the flavour a little more bland. It is, however, an ok tasting beer and would suffice as a session beer with more quality than many European macro lagers. Better than Stella, Heineken etc.

My mark out of one hundred would be 75.

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Photo of BWED
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

.5L can into craft pint

A- Light gold, and clear. White head looks good after pour, but doesn't retain well.

S- Sweet malt, a bit of honey. Not much hop aroma.

T- Malt forward, sweet bread. Slight hop snap to balance.

M- Sweet, light, smooth, wet. Easy, easy drink.

O- Sweet pils, lager. It's really nice.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.93/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked the green bottle but I have heard concerns about how that can hurt the beer inside. Since the beer went from the local beer store to my beer fridge, I wasn't worried about that. I did not realize that it was a beer from Turkey until coming here and then finding it on the label.

Label says it contains rice.

A nice light yellow look with a small amount of head. It dissipated quite quickly but did leave lacing behind. There was a bit of a hop taste to it but otherwise nothing stood out in the smell or taste of it. It felt good in the mouth and had a decent taste to it.

This would be a good beer on a hot day. It would also be good for when you did not want something complex to drink about. Given the colour and taste, this would serve as a good beer to transition friends away from "regular" beers.

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Photo of USAF77
3.91/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of mscudder
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have been in Istanbul for a few weeks and have yet to see anything I would deem 'craft,' with the exception of Duvel at a few locations. They view "good imports" as a synonym for "Miller Draft." So very sad. Onto my first local review!

A - Transparent straw hue with a fair frothy head. Reasonable lacing and retention.

S - Pale malts and a light hop presence.

T - Pale malts, sweet corn and a touch of lemon.

M - Watery and relatively light on the carbonation for a pils. Some body would go a long way.

O - Turks drink the hell out of this beer and, relative to the light lager a stereotypical American consumes, this brew is a win. By no means memorable, this dominates the 'norm' back in the states.

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.