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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

469 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of Sammy
1.7/5  rDev -45%
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.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -11%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold color with a medium white head.

S: Slightly sweetened with some hops.

T: Some hops and bitterness along with some grassy pilsner taste.

D: Pretty crisp with medium carbonation.

D: Pretty good overall. A fairly solid Euro light lager.

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts along with hints of floral hops, the latter of which also contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are slight hints of dryness in the finish.
O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer since it’s a relatively good German pilsener from Turkey. I wouldn’t mind drinking this beer again sometime.

metter98, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly flecked yellowish gold with slow tiny bubbles and quick large ones ascending to a rich ivory cap that looks pretty good right after the pour. It holds its own long enough to earn a little respect and deposits an attractive, wide band of pocked lace just below the top edge of the glass.

Interesting (since the bottle is made of brown glass) that I smelled 'eau de skunk' on crown cracking. Unfortunately, it hasn't completely faded now that I've gotten around to actually sticking my nose over the glass. The hops are grassy more than they are any other characteristic that's usually attributed to nobles. I've smelled a whole lot better.

Efes Pilsener is fairly well-balanced with a slight nod toward hops. Trouble is, pils oughta favor hops by a wide margin as far as I'm concerned. Frankly, it tastes like a slightly more hoppy than usual Euro pale lager. And I do mean slightly. To the grassy of the nose, I'll add musty. I was hoping for spicy or citrusy or something that could be considered a positive development.

The finish doesn't favor hop bitterness or hop flavor. It's a trifle sweet and lacks anything at all that would get one excited about the next mouthful. I really have no quarrel with the body/mouthfeel since it's medium in a general sense and has enough bubbles to get by.

I hate to greet a new beer with preconceived notions, but I didn't really expect a Turkish brewer to nail the German Pilsener style. Efes Pilsener is a barely respectable effort that might suffice if drunk fresh in an Ankara beer bar, but it leaves a lot to be desired at this particular time and in this particular place. Give this one a pass.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The good thing about this beer is that there is nothing to critisize. What's wrong with the beer is that there is nothing really outstanding about the brew. It's a simple pilsner malt brew with Euro-hops which contribute an earthy, dirty flavor and character. The malt profile, yet simple, is solid and firm, yeilding a creamy, bready, yeasty character that is uninhibited by much off-flavoring. Yea, it has a grain flavor, but it is mild, subdued, and masked by a pleasant creaminess. Finishes mildly crisp and light--just slight of clean. A good beer for a pizza or bratwurst.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.79 12 oz. bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a firm, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish pale malt nose with notes of spicy hops and ears of corn.

Taste: Sweet pale maltiness with a light taste of boiled corn. Sour graininess in the background. Spicy hops with a fair amount of sweetness-curbing bitterness. Drop of lemon. Finish crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: Eh. Not quite a turkey from Turkey, it's just a basic, simple lager.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a Mediterranean place in Madison, WI.

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a foamy, thick, one -finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains, some caramel malt, and grassy notes.

T - It was fairly carmel sweet with a nice dose of spice and hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - Not a bed effort. I feared it would not be so good but it actually had a good flavor and no skunkiness.

zeff80, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +29.4%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a better than average euro beer, I think my first from turkey. the pour is clear golden pee colored with a lively white head that actually has pretty good retention. the nose is extract and adjunct, like a crappy lager, but the yeast is different and richer, some potential here. the flavor is very clean and crisp, neat and tidy. lacking the malt profile of a traditional pilsener, this is more of an adjunct sort of malt beer, but there is some decent hopping towards the finish, a light semisweet fruitiness, and an easy drinking character that's enhanced by great carbonation and quite a bit more body than most of these have. I would have preferred a beer that speaks to the dynamic Turkish culture, one with a touch of east and west flare, but I will settle for a better than average euro brew. not bad, especially when ice cold.

StonedTrippin, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Jason, Sep 13, 2001
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very bready and kind of sweet with flavors of honey, caramel, tea, grain and a decent malt character. It's a little different for the style. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better that I've had in the style, but I suppose it would be a viable option if I didn't have much to choose from.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Given to me by a Turkish friend. Thanks Deniz.

Pours a white fizzy head that fades somewhat quickly over brilliantly clear tan yellowish water color.

Nose of light pilsner malts, light malt extract, some decent lager aromas with light fruity yeast and crisp pilsner lager. Nothing I can pick out that's wrong.

Taste is light and very crisp with some light sweetness, some pilsner malts, little toasty and some malt extract, little wheat, some light lager yeast fruit. It has a slight bitterness as well. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste that is not the greatest but not bad with a crisp lager flavor.

Mouth is very light and crisp and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent with crisp lager and dry with no sticky finish. Pretty sessionable.

jlindros, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Head here is a proud, fluffy white, and the color is a pale yellow/gold, clear as a summer's day...or a freshly flushed toilet bowl, your pick.
Nose is very clean, nearly empty, save a faint emergenge of hops. Extra smooth on the palate, that doesn't pose a problem. The lack of body, texture, malt, hops, and flavor does, however. There's a little bit of taste, I'll admit, but it thins out right quick and evaporates into nothingness.
Not much of a pilsener at all, and a sorry example of a lager, too. Needed much more of quite a bit.
Come on, Turks, I know you can make a better beer than this!

feloniousmonk, May 01, 2003
Photo of mactrail
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Attractive golden color, but doesnt have much taste.

Faint perfumey flavor. Odd bit of hops. Aftertaste vanishes. Not very beery. Malt seems to be nonexistent. I am not making this up, is there some faint hint of dog food? or industrial pickles? Label says in English ingredients are "water, malted barley, rice and hops." "Best before" date of 15/06/10 stamped on the bottom of the 50 cl can.

You could drink this, there is nothing wrong with it. But even for a cheap Eurolager, this is not the beer that made Novi Sad famous. Label doesn't actually say it is made at the Serbian brewery, and lists "Anadolu Efes Brewery, Istanbul, Turska" as well. The Taliban strikes again!

mactrail, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, pale malt scent with German hops and a bit of the green bottle aroma. The taste is good. It has an extremely smooth and creamy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn fine German style pilsner. It's smooth and flavorful with a decent aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of mdfb79
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

From 01/19/12 notes. Had a bottle of this in Chicago at Andy's, a turkish restaurant on N Clarke St. I believe. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident. Doesn't look great.

s - Smells of sweet plum wine you'd get at a Japanese restaurant. Smells of some sweet corn, sweet fruits, grains, wheat, bread. Not terrible but not what I was looking for in a beer...the sweetness is a little odd.

t - Tastes of apples, plum wine, fruity malts, sweet corn, skunky, wheat, grains, biscuit malts. A step down from the nose; seems a bit skunky and has thta weird sweet plum that the nose had.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. Skunky, but easy to drink overwise.

o - Overall I did not think this was a great beer, though not the worst. Smells and taste slike sweet plum wine with a hint of skunkiness in the taste; wouldn't seek it out again. A pretty average beer overall.

mdfb79, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of jwc215
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass...no freshness date.

Poured straw yellow with quite a bit of carbonation and a thin white head that became barely a whisp. It left a some small amount of lacing.

The smell was of some grassiness - not much else.

The taste was of some oily, faint grassiness and watery thinness.
Some adjuncts came through. Nothing much stood out.

The feel was somewhat thin, but on the refreshing side. Somewhat clean, despite slickness.

Overall - nothing especially good - nothing especially bad... a mediocre brew.

jwc215, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce brown, squat bottle. No head, only a rim of fine bubble. No lace. Yellow straw color. Clear.

Mild aroma of very pale malt grain.

Raw grain start but the hop bitterness comes quickly and strongly. Surprisingly flavorful. Raw grain finish with a good peppery bite. Full body and a high level of carbonation.

smcolw, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
1.95/5  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.

kojevergas, Oct 28, 2010
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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
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