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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
71
okay

267 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 537
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

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 thegodfather1076
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of migwell
2.24/5  rDev -26.8%
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! (518 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

RJT (479 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3/5  rDev -2%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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). (739 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 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 ToppyBeerMaster
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Colour is a clear golden hue, large bubbles noticed which quickly dissipate with the coarse head. On the nose was grain, slight malt. Taste was watery neutral upfront, mellow, easy drinking, crisp finish.

I tried it from a can, it will most likely taste different from a stubby. (279 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very little lacing.

S: Being that this beer came in a green bottle, a bit of skunkiness was inevitable, but there were also traces of hops and malt, too.

T: Tasted of light hops, malt, a little lemon, and the aforementioned skunkiness (though this wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be). Not necessarily a bad flavor, but hardly great.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but not particularly memorable either. (635 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I might as well try this while in Istanbul.

A: Nice appearance for a pilsner, soft golden/yellow hay color, nice foamy white head, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing is readily apparent.

S: Nothing special, lemons, some grain, some dirty hops.

T: Tastes better than anticipated, nice lemon zest character, some sweet and light grain, some dried hop flavors, but pretty watered down, not a lot of balance, and a weird cat pee aftertaste.

M: Spot on for a pilsner, bubbly, prickly, easy to drink, goes down like water, can guzzle this all day.

O: Just a run of the mill Euro lager, people drink it like crazy here in Istanbul, and I'll probably drink a few more while I'm here as it's really hard to find anything else. (757 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin layer of soft, loose, bubbly head that quickly fades. The smell is musty and grainy. The flavor is grassy and slightly malty with faint grainy notes and a corn-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is a decent beer. Lightly malty, smooth, drinkable, but ultimately forgettable. (334 characters)

Photo of NODAK
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a bit of cereal grains with a smattering of Noble hops. Pretty much what you'd expect for the style, though it is pretty light.

Taste isn't too surprising upfront...cereal grains are certainly present...it's somewhat sweet. I also detect a bit of nuttiness there as well. What does surprise me is that I basically get no hops, which I would expect to taste in a pils. That's pretty disappointing. Just another average Euro lager as it is....I suppose worth the novelty to buy because it's Turkish and you don't see a lot of beers from Turkey. (552 characters)

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First beer I loved so much, named my dog after it. Poured into pilsner glass, good head that dissipated quickly. Skunkier than I remember it being when I first had it years ago. Little lacing, but bubbly. Effervescent on the tongue like an Alka Seltzer. Clean finish. (267 characters)

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