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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

460 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | 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 wordemupg
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%

330ml bottle poured into pint glass feb8 2010

A pale straw yellow with a few bubbles that give no head or lace

S smells like sour apple and some grassy hops

T like it smells kinda tastes like sour apple juice

M very light with a fair bit of carbonation that isn't visible in the glass

D I'm just not feeling this one, not an awful beer but it's leaning in that direction

I doubt I'll drink this one again it's nothing special don't go looking for it

wordemupg, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

.33L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours golden with a fluffy 1-finger head which quickly shrinks to a trace ring. Some lacing in the upper third of the glass.

S: Slightly skunky on the first whiff, then the malt and hops begin to appear, as well as a note of grass.

M: Light body with very little carbonation.

T: Quite light, with the hops providing much of the flavor here, with the barley/rice making up the remainder. Slightly acrid aftertaste.

D: This goes down very quickly and with little fuss because there is so little to savor. However, I've had this on tap and in bottles before and it was quite a bit better. Perhaps this particular bottle was just a bit too close to it's sell-by date.

sunrisesolara, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear and rather pale gold color. Small off-white head quickly becomes a film. Light carbonation bubbles visible coming to the surface.

Smell: Aroma of malts, grains and grasses, but with a bit of honey or sugar.

Taste: Honey and floral hints, a bit of fresh grass, then a hint of spices like pepper, and then a bit of hop bitterness at the finish, which carries into the aftertaste with the honey.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with light tingly carbonation. There's a bit of syrupy viscosity to it, though.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, tasty, refreshing, and no skunk taste!

I was really pleased with this and I'm sure I'll get it again. A bit of on the sweet side, but it is great just having a pilsner without any skunk.

mithrascruor, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of rarbring
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%

This beer is very clear and light yellow, a very thin head, little lacing.

Smelling of some malts, corn flakes, a little citric but on a very low level.

Light, on the acid side, taste, some fresh lemon. A quick receding bitterness.

The carbonation is high, watery yet rather refreshing.

A decent beer for a warm day, could go with a standard hamburger. But isn't this really an adjunct lager?

rarbring, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +11%

Notes are recent. Giving the seemingly vast range of experiences, I had to try more than one at different times, temps and moods. I've made this one as consistent as possible.

The appearance was always pretty appealing: a deep clear golden yellow in color, this brew pours out a respectably sized fluffy white head that dissipates pretty slowly to a deep, pocked pillow. A small ring and some sticky patches of lacing cling pretty well to the glass.
The nose may be a little subdued, but all the attributes of the style are there: grains, light malts, hops with a very light peppery spice, and the earthy / grassy note I've come to expect, though it is a bit musty.
The taste follows suit, with all the elements there but somewhat weak. I would really have enjoyed a stronger hops presence in here. To its credit, that grassy / earthy flavor that belongs in a good pils is not only present but avoids the slightly skunky characteristic that tends to accompany it. The finish is not as dry as I'd like and fades fairly quickly. Just the faintest note of citrus would have been of some benefit as well, but there's none of that here.
This one doesn't have as crisp a feel as some other pilseners, but that's not to say it isn't crisp. It does come off a little flat in feel despite a moderate carbonation. Body is medium, and it does maintain a sturdy character.
I'm not reaching for this one over a Prima, but I'm not downright rejecting it, either. I'd have no problem trying this one again or having a few in a session.

Brenden, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Sammy
1.7/5  rDev -45%

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 katan
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%

12 oz into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a light golden to almost straw color. Very clear, no hazing. Light (1mm) head is formed, bright white in color. Doesn't appear to be very carbonated, only light bubbling.

S - Strong, clean pilsner malts. No hops detected. By style, this one is so simple but so easy to screw up.

T - Starts off with a pilsner malt note that is more grainy and astringent that malty. Mid-stream gets more bitter, no hopping however. Finishes with a pilsner malt that shows just a very light hint of cardboard - indicating some potential oxidation. Aftertaste is edgy bitter.

M - Medium to light bodied beer, but a very potent carbonation bite. The negative attribute I would cite is that the finish is very biting, almost acidic. I prefer my pils clean.

D - Pretty easy drinking. Manageable ABV. Flavors are are just a bit "in your face" to consider this a long session beer.

katan, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

This is a decent beer, with a mediocre head, that is quickly reduced to the top of the beer. Very drinkable, and light this beer is a good start for Turkish beer. Nothing fantastic, but a decent beer to serve for something different. I suggest to serve this chilled, and paired with spicy food. This is a good beer to have around when you want to impress your co-beer lovers of something new.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%

In my travels I've noticed that Efes Pilsener comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes of bottles, but this review is going to be from the 12 oz. slender brown bottle version. The bottle a simple blue and gold oval label with the name of the beer in big bold white letters. The back label is the same color as the one on the front, but it's a square instead of an oval. I can't read Turkish, so I don't know what it says. What I can read is a clearly marked best before date of 08.09.10 at the bottom. The neck label is blue and white with three gold coins in the front and the barcode in the back.

When poured into a pint glass, this Pilsener was a pale lemon yellow with no highlights along the sides. It was just a solid lemon yellow colored beer. What it lacked in the color department, it made up with its head of foam. On top of this beer was a 3/4 of an inch creamy and fluffy cloud white head of foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a milky white film and quite a few sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. The color wasn't much to look at, but at least had something to say.

To be honest, I thought the aroma was going to be a joke. I'm glad it wasn't. This beer had a straight up malty aroma with a minimal grassy hop bitterness toward the back. This malty aroma wasn't filled with cheap malted grains. A majority of the aroma was the malted barley with just a subtle whiff of malted corn. I guess you can say it was pretty much a standard Pilsener aroma.

This beer had a slightly crispy straight up malty taste that was clearly all about the malts. It was kind of like the aroma, it was a was malty taste that was mostly about the malted barley with just a touch of malted corn lurking around in the background. After the malts pass, in comes a quick splash of fruits, and then this beer finishes up with a minor grassy hop bite. Overall, it wasn't a bad Pilsener taste. I liked how it was mostly all about the malted barley instead of cheap grains and with some hops toward the back.

This was a light bodied Pilsener with a lack of carbonation. I felt that it needed more carbonation to make this Pilsener a little more crispier. It also would have helped if there was more of a aftertaste to this beer. The aftertaste was just a faint taste of malted barley and that was it. As you can tell, this aftertaste didn't stick around for very long.

Is a must have and must try Pilsener? Nope! Is it a bad Pilsener? Nope! it's one of those beers in case you ever want to try a beer from a country that you don't usually see a lot beers come from. If you want to do that, then yeah! Pop open an Efes. It's not going to cost you much.

AltBock, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a clear yellow with a modest head that rapidly reduced to a collar. The aroma was free of the skunky smell I associate with a lot of lager/pilseners, but had little else going for it. The taste was malty sweet with a light lemony taste at the back of the throat. The feel was light bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was good. The light lemon flavor I perceive sets Efes a little apart from it's counterparts in style.

kegger22, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Fizzlybear
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%

L - Pours a dark yellow with plenty of carbonation and a large head that disappeared fast.

S - Smell is not very strong but has some hints of malt and a tiny amount of hops.

T - The main tastes are of malt and wheat. Not too bland but the taste isn't great.

M&D - A slightly thin beer that is very fizzy, and due to it being watery isn't a great drink.

Overall there is worse beers out there, there most definitely is, but its got nothing that makes me believe I'd buy it again.

Fizzlybear, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

330mL bottle with bottled-on date printed on neck. Poured into pilsner glass.

Pours a very pale, clear straw with a generous white head. A rocky ring retains well, and leaves some sticky lacing as I drink.

Lightly sweet herbal nose. Simple, but pleasant enough.

Taste is light, tea-like herbals and sweet malts with just a touch of earthy nuts and biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is a medium body with low carbonation, starting sweet and finishing on the dry side. Crisp and refreshing.

A drinkable brew, this beer is thirst-quenching and decently tasty.

nighthawk, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of gfreed
1.95/5  rDev -36.9%

Had this at Pasha in Arlington, MA. Marvelous food. On a menu that featured Bud, Miller, Coors, etc., this was about the best beer I could find. But that's speaking relatively. Thin, watery, aromaless and one step sideways from the average Indian lager. Feh! Better than water, but not by much. Stick with Pasha's excellent Turkish coffee.

gfreed, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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 02, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%

Poured from 11.2 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear straw color with a nice effervescence. Thick, foamy head which left a very attractive lacing as it dissipated.

Smell: there was a tiny whiff of skunk when I opened the bottle, but after pouring it is gone completely. This beer has a light but complex aroma of grain, floral hops and some notes of tree fruit; more than I normally expect from a pilsner.

Taste: mild, not very bitter and not much hops flavor. The malt flavors are nice, however, and I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: as a tasty pilsner, I could drink this stuff like water.

flagmantho, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

My go to beer with a kebab after having tried this on a whim.

Appearance is a bit thin but not fizzy or yellow. Appropriate levels of carbonation yield a proper head. Smooth body with a faint bitterness and more prominent sweetness. Non offensive. Clean finish with out residual notes of sugar.

Not something that would stand on its own in the eyes of a discerning beer drinker, but something that would go well with meat on the go.

allboutbierge, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured from an 11.2 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass. No idea how old this bottle is, my thumb accidentally wiped off the date on the neck.

Appearance: Off-white head drops a little too fast. Golden body had modest carbonation.

Smell: A little skunky, but there's a nice pilsener behind the skunk.

Taste: Maltier than I thought it would be. Definitely a good and enjoyable pils.

BierFan, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a light golden with a fairly decent sized white head that is a couple inches to start and sticks around a bit before fading to a thick ring. Smells light, somewhat grainy, quite soft. The taste is also soft, somewhat grainy, a little nutty. Not bad, but on the very soft side for a German Pilsner, and without the flavor profile of a softer Czech Pilsner. Still, noticeable Pilsner taste, unlike a vapid Euro-lager. The mouthfeel is also soft, rather than crisp, but with a light bitterness in the finish. Nott terrible.

Georgiabeer, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a cold 330ml bottle into a Stella Artois lager glass.

A - Pale golden in colour, with a high level of carbonation. Poured with a big head, but faded very quickly.

S - Mild grassy hops, just noticeable malty scent.

T - Weak body and taste. More malty than most pilsners, with a bit of an aftertaste. When served cold the taste is crisp, and slightly bitter.

M - As I said, it is quite weak, and watery in the palette, which is a bit of a disappointment.

D - Can't deny that this pilsner has a thirst quenching quality, that I find is common to German pilsner. However, I don't think the Turkish have quite nailed the taste and feel that you get from the German brewed pilsners.

PartyBear, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, grainy smell. Taste is crisp, somewhat hoppy, slight bitter finish. Decent in the mouth and very drinkable. Overall this makes for a pretty good brew.

tone77, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

About the only beer you can find in Turkey. After upteen bottles I figured I would give it a review.

A: Pours a very pale yellow hue with a tall fizzy white head. Okay retention with some light spotty lace.

S: Simple aromas of sweet malt and hint of grassy hops.

T: Nice sweet bready malt, light hints of corn. The end has a nice bitter blast of grassy green hops.

M: Light in body, okay carbonation.

D: Well since there is nothing else I keep drinking them. It is nothing to write home about though.

tpd975, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of lstokes
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

I've had this on-tap, from-a-bottle, and in-a-can since arriving in Turkey, but since I usually drink it from the can, I'll review it as that.

It pours pale with an acceptable two-finger head which fades quickly but not immediately, and the smell is--well, I've never liked pilsner smells, but this does seem a bit grainier even than I'd like.

The taste is pretty pleasantly hoppy, although the malts are sweeter than I'd like, and the grain is definitely present.

The finish is somewhat unpleasant, with a bit of a metallic taste no matter how far out of the can (or even the tap!) you are, which brings down the drinkability and the taste.

But the mouthfeel is full but light, which is refreshing, and it washes down Turkish food nicely. I can't complain too much.

lstokes, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Spotted this one in a single section and figured I'd give it a whirl. Not much in the way of a label/info.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Very pale gold with a chunky two finger head hat left decent lacing. Pretty fizzy in the carbination deprtment.

S- Very bland, faintly sweet.

T- Pretty much identical to the smell as well as a little grassy hint.

M- Surprisingly thicker and creamier than it looked.

D- Not sorry I tried it but wont be picking it up again. Pretty easy to drink though.

tatoodkelt, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.83/5  rDev +56.3%

Honey hued apperance and cloudy. No lace or head and an abesence of bubbles. The smell is yeasty and pungent alchol aroma. The taste is delicious. Very mellow taste of vanilla and syrupy nectars. Suprisingly tingly even though there was the absence of carbonation in the apperance. Tingled the entire mouth especialy the tip of the tounge. Mouth feel was a strongpoint. Upon the first sip my mouth was so overjoyed that i wanted more and more.

FrothyBeverage, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Nice, thick, pure-white head of 2-3 fingers. Nice and bubbly, almost resembling a Belgian pale in texture.

Smells like a pilsner, not much unusual here.

Tastes good, some sweetness and bitterness playing off each other. Gets a bit skunky further down the glass with the bitterness winning out.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both average. Not a bad beer, considering it's a German-style pilsner from Turkey. It's not tremendous, but it is decent.

fullsweep, May 20, 2009
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