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Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery
Turkey | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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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.

Update. I just found some locally in a foreign type grocery. Its not the same formula as back in the '70s when it was brewed with honey and tasted sweeter with more alchohol. But its still pretty good. Different bottle, back then we drank the wide bodies, and mush driers and bitter then I remember. But still refreshing. I'll still occasionally buy it to remember being 19yo again.

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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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Photo of JCBears
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Golden with an almost green look unique to say the least. Head dissipates quick but I think that was me

smell: Not the hard smell of a pils actually like this better than the usual pils from around

taste: There isn't much actually a bit watery for a pils, but I could drink this faster than most

mouthfeel: It stays with you for a bit, not as bitter as a central European pils bit weak but that seems to be the style

overall: NOT BAD. Truth be told I was a little apprehensive about this brew but I would definitely take one if offered.

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Photo of downes51
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is served from a bottle with a blue label and is NOT to be confused with the similar bottle with a different brown label which contains the inferior draft (fici) version.

I live in Turkish North Cyprus and for me this is the best Pils regularly available on this part of the island (though believe me, that's not saying much.)

It has a nice pale-golden colour, the smell is hop-laden, the taste is nothing out of the ordinary and as for the mouth feel... some say it's too gassy but I think it's all right.

All in all, and taking into account that it's just a mass-produced pils I don't think it's too bad at all. But please remember to read this review in the context of the Beer Desert that is North Cyprus.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classy looking green bottle with a basic but eye-catching label and neck label. Bottle is embossed with “EFES” as well as “Premium Beer”.

Appearance: Poured from 12oz bottle into a 14oz Pokal glass. Pours out a crystal clear pale hay color with a 2 finger light airy white foam head. Head retention was 3min 16sec. Good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very light with a sweet grain and corn malt scent along with a slight white wine aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very big on corn malts with a skunky grainy touch. Also has a slight fruit essence with hints of apple and white grape. Interesting.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Light bodied with a average carbonation. Light and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was and average beer overall that really didn't stand out in any way at all. Very light not overly filling. Glad I tried this Turkish beer to broaden my horizons. Classified as a German Pilsner @ 5% ABV. Consumed 4/24/2013.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

300 ml

Pours a clear light gold, inch of white head dissipates to a film.

Smells of crisp barley malt and light grassy and citrus notes.

Flavor is of light barley malt and some mild dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation across the tongue.

A highly drinkable Euro lager, good flavor, easy going and refreshing. Definitely a good brew to throw back with some spicy eastern Turkish food.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
Best before 21/10/11
A- this beer pours a clear golden yellow with a swirling microcarbonation and a creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The green slightly sweet sulfur aroma blends with a corn hint in the finish and some Pils malt hints as it warms.

T- The clean taste has some soft slightly dry sulfur hints but not any malt or hops really come through.

M- The light mouthfeel has crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice Pilsner smell but that doesn’t translate at all in the flavor. It is very clean and washed out.

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

Had it a lot during a trip to Turkey but never had paid attention to it, so decided to get one for an evaluation. Bright pale golden color with three fingers of fluffy head with low retention.
Light aroma of non-malted cereals (not corn) with notes of lemon, vanilla and bread.
Although it tastes like an adjunct lager, there is something different going on. Besides the malt and cereals base, hops can be felt and there is some citrusy to it. It does help the fact they used rice as opposed to corn as adjunct. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste with residual herbal notes.
Medium body which is news for the style and good carbonation.
Above average adjunct lager, crisp, clean and refreshing. If you like the style it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of migwell
2.24/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Spent several months bicycling in Turkey in 2010, and this is the monopoly beer there. One bottle after a long hot day is tolerable, two bottles and you're reminded what a poor quality adjunct brew this really is. I had some New Zealander friends spending 6 months in Istanbul who had arrived shortly before I did, and initially we complained about Efes. When I saw them later on my way out of the country, they had given up drinking beer completely, and I was wildly scrounging for anything NOT Efes.

Give it a pass!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been pleasantly surprised with the crispness and character in this mainstream Turkish pilsner. Fills up my Pokal with golden fluid and white head quite nicely. Nose is reasonably solid bready malts and a touch of spicy Saaz hops.

As far as the taste is concerned, this hits the style pretty well. Not overly flavorful, but it is crisp and quenching. Maybe a touch overcarbonated, which affects the finish somewhat. High drinkability here, much higher than the origin or packaging would have you believe. Competitive with most of the better German and Czech examples of the style.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The Bud Light of Turkey, apparently. I know what I’m getting myself into. Thin, fizzy, yellow (Turkish) lager.

This pours a light golden yellow with bright foam that rapidly dies down. There’s a nasty aroma of cereal malts & adjuncts and the flavor has that not-so-wonderful skunked adjunct flavor.

Highlights in addition to the musty aroma and the corn and cereal malt notes include the sweetish flavor, off finish, and just all-around ‘moral of the story is drink something else’ of this beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very pale straw colored body with crystal clear transparency. Almost looks like colored water. Bubbly white head that hangs around.

S- Damp grains and adjuncts. Not much going on.

T- Some pilsner flavor, crisp, grainy taste.

M- Crisp, light bodied, medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

O- Not a great example of a German pils, but passes as an easy drinking euro pale lager.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A half finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice grain and lemon scent.
The taste starts with a mild, but good, bitterness; then moves to a sweet middle and end.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Pretty average overall.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +32.9%
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.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Not absolutely sure this is the Efes pilsner. It came in a squat 500 ml bottle that only says "Efes Beer". The ABV is correct and it appears to be a light pilsner type adjunct beer. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipaters quickly to a ring around the glass. Light aroma of biscuit and grassy malt, hint of hops and corn sweetness. Taste is very light biscuit malt, slightly sweet with a faint wisp of hops in the finish. No off flavors, but very attenuated flavor. Light bodied with nice carbonation. This would be adequate if nothing else was available, but otherwise a typical mass produced bland commercial beer. I hope I can try something a little more exciting from Turkey next time. An unexciting, but drinkable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw colour with a rather generic, sweet, inoffensive nose. The beer itself is surprisingly flavourful and tangy, slightly bubblegummy, with enough hop strength to feel like a proper beer. Not outstanding but much better than I had anticipated.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 330mL green bottle, pretty ordinary looking macro label.

Appearance: pale golden yellow with a thin layer of loose bubbly head that disipates quickly.

Aroma: the aroma is grassy and slightly malty with faint grainy notes and a corn-like sweetness. Not terribly appealing.

Taste: cereal grains up front with a touch of grassy hops. Not overly sophisticated, but not bad.

Aftertaste: lingers slightly. The cereal disappears and more of the grassy hops come through.

Mouthfeel: light body, per the style. Reasonably high in carbonation, nice and refreshing.

Overall: Quite a good standard pilsener. Doesn't try to blow its trumpet too hard - just a good quality, refreshing beer for a good price (AU$43 a case in 2012).

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Photo of sAws
1.91/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.