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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

433 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 00:22:05 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

08-18-2012 14:02:27 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:05:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -11%

11-22-2012 21:38:46 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:31:16 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 21:15:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 00:23:50 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 03:33:11 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:39:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-28-2013 01:16:38 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:01:15 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

10-02-2009 23:09:27 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 18:44:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:38:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 23:01:44 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 00:23:18 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 00:30:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 21:32:47 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 00:28:27 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 16:51:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 20:10:53 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

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!

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 15:41:24 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 03:29:30 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:58:39 | More by smcolw
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this bottle because I enjoyed drinking this beer some years ago, while on holiday in Turkey.

Very pale straw blond in colour.

The bottle, before I poured the beer, had a strong hop smell to it, but it disappeared once the beer was in my glass.

Pilsners from the Med don't have great flavours, or strong aftertastes, this one almost does have those qualities, but not quiet.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 20:30:11 | More by BlackHaddock
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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.