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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of germanbeer1
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in a snifter while at a club in Istanbul. The color is amber with a very thin head, which is not at all how a German Pilsener should appear. This beer doesn't have much of a smell and it goes down very smooth without leaving any negative after-tastes in your mouth. I actually thought it was closer to a lager than a Pilsener in taste. For a country and region that is not known for producing much beer, Efes stands out.

Photo of BucBasil
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 500 mL stubby bottle into a branded Efes pint glass. The beer is a clear, light golden color with a 2 and a half finger pure white head that sticks around for a while and leaves lacing on the glass...

Smell: Sweet smell of light honey and sugar, with a bit of light malt in there and a balancing hop note. Hops not prevalent, but there in some form or another,

Taste: Light and sweet with a clean introduction leading into a very sweet midpalate of honey and light malts. Very little hops here, leaving a very clean finish with almost no bitterness.

Drinkability: You could make a night of this... sessionable both in ABV and taste. Light enough to consume in large amounts, but tasty enough to make you want to,

Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I would see a lot while I was in Germany and it is well suited to Turkish Food. It honestly is not a bad beer. Taste is a little bit different but not bad. It has a transparent yellow body with tiny bubbles in it. The head and lace are both very nice. The head is just right and lace is not frothy. It is thin and stays on the side of the glass the whole way down. It smells of sour fruit and grass. The taste is straw like and earthy with the same little bit of sour fruit. There is a gentle sweet and bitter blend as you start to drink more. It has a light body that goes so well with a Donner Kebab.

Photo of Douglas88
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is full of grasses, some sweet malts, honey and some floral hops. A very clean flavor, oddly though I can detect a good bit of alcohol. Crisp malts, some apples and floral hops. A fairly dry finish. Somewhat fruity and a decent flavor. Not bad.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pils are not my favorite type of beer. But I do enjoy a good one, if such a rare case occurs. This is a story of such an occurrence.

It was an early evening and looking over my choices I remembered the beer guy saying that this Efes Pils would be the best beer I ever tried. He was ultimately wrong on that suggestion, but did get it right that I would enjoy this pils and be able to fully appreciate its pure golden color with a very thin, but active head. Lots of carbonation were dancing in the golden liquid to fuel this head. I bet each little bubble has a great story to tell about its short existence. The smell is a little boring in that its a floral scent is plain. The taste is not all that hoppy, but does support the scent in bringing to life a small piney taste. The lack of bitterness really makes this pils an enjoyable beer. Well that and the light body that the liquid presents. Enjoy this one because it will be gone fast.

Photo of JohnW
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had in brown glass bottle with no label on the body of the bottle, but the name Efes moulded into the glass, and a neck label giving the beer name, brewery and imgredients (unlike the photo shown here)

Poured clear golden colour, not a great deal of head from the pour, but crystal clear, and looked fairly good. Smell, not much of anything - grassy, typical of some mass produced cheap pilsner beers and very similar to "Bud" I thought.

Taste was very reminiscent of Bud too, thin, metallic, slighty acid, hint of hop bitterness in the finish, not much character or depth of flavour at all. I guess easy to drink on a hot summers day, and if you enjoy Bud am sure you would enjoy this too, but comes nowhere in the league of true Czech and German pilsners, just a pale Bud-like imitation. Not recommended.

B'ham UK Nov 2008

Photo of watchnerd
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

Poured into a pilsner glass (of course). Has a good, clear yellow color. Had a bit of a pure white head, but it dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell is quite light, with a grassy scent and a touch of hops.

Taste is dry, slightly bitter, and carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is good, with a nice sparkle on the finish.

Drinkability is high due to the crispness of the beer, on par with the quaffability of Japanese rice lagers.

A good, but not great beer. Would go well with most foods, especially spicy ones.

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear straw hue with a thick two finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Light cereal-like grain aromas with a touch of spicy hops.

Very light sweet grain flavor with a little bit of diacetyl. The hops are barely there, just adding a slight bitterness. Light bodied with high carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of grains in the end.

Pretty solid Pilsner from a country that isn't well known for beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer I have not had for a long time. Back before BA I was in the USAFE and stationed at Incirlik AB in Turkey and this was basically the Budweiser of Turkey.

I wasn't a BA back then but there were already signs, Efes is what we drank when the NCO club ran out of Bitburger and Warsteiner.

So lets see if this is as I remember it.

Ultra clear yellow colored beer with a tall white head.

Smell is sweet and quite grassy with a light sweet straw aroma that reminds me of Saffron. Slightly fruity with a good herbal aroma but it lacks spice.

The taste begins sweet and grassy with a mild bitter finish, closer to Lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

About as I remember it, sweet and grassy. Nope not as good as the German beers we got there, but better than Budweiser.

Photo of Jwale73
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for bringing this back from Turkey. Appearance was bright translucent yellow. Head with white and fleeting. Nose was light grain and corn. Taste was basically the same as a nondescript macro-lager. Also picked up wet cardboard and wheat. Mouthfeel was light and lively, easy drinking with a clean finish.

Photo of ThirstyBird
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale light golden color - not much of a head.
Smell is sweet and light malt
Taste is light cereal sweetness with a light bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is a little charged.
Overall it is easily drinkable (I drank a bunch of it when I was recently in Istanbul) but not a great beer by any means.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light yellow with virtually no head and very soft carbonation.

S: Faint malt and maize on nose.

T: Sweet buttery malt palate, with a sweet finish. Hops difficult to detect. Flavor is decent from the start and fades nicely towards the finish. Some sour malt and vegetables upon warming.

M: light mouthful, gentle carbonation.

D: Overall decent drinkability for this style considering its from turkey as well.

Photo of Nickls
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, clear gold color with a few noticeable bubbles rising to the top (would've expected more of the style). Thin white head, that quickly dissipates

S - Very muted hop bitterness, with cereal grain aroma that reminds me of most macro lagers / pilsner approximations

T - Light citrus flavors, pretty clean with some malt flavors

M - Very thin, and pretty crisp. Not as drying as would be expected

D - I had no problem getting through this beer, and it was lightly refreshing, but almost short of a good, basic brew.

Overall, this was pretty average, but certainly not the worst attempt at the style. Reminded me more of a Euro Lager than a Pilsner. I would have it again, if I were visiting Turkey and there were few other options.

Photo of westsidemiller
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Well, to give this beer some credit I drank at a much warmer temperature than I should have. Pale golden color with an unusual smell. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what I was smelling but I didn't really like it. Taste was blah, watered down and unexceptional. Very drinkable but why bother. Can't say that I would give this beer another try, maybe if I was burning up at a disco and it was ice cold I could handle it. Definitely not something I would keep around the house.

Photo of SickBrew
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Turkish pilsner (my first) pours beautifully clear with a bright white but small head. Nose is subdued but it is slightly sweet, malty with some hops in the background. Flavor is a bit off for a pilsner and it is more like a lager. The flavor is fair, though, with some caramel sweetness in the front a bit crackers in the middle and then something else at the end that's familiar and yet I can't quite place. Hmm? Anyway this OK and could be significantly improved with some Saaz hops thrown in.


Photo of smanders
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Turkish restaurant (La Mezza) from a Turkish citizen. Freshness date - 01/04/2009

Appearance: Crystal clear, amber body with a firm head.

Smell: Grain emphasis with a hint of honey.

Taste: Crisp, with buttered rice notes.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a light finish.

Drinkability: medium/high - especially on a hot, humid afternoon.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with moderate carbonation and a small white head. Head fell quickly though.

Sweeter fresh-fruit scent.

Clean sweet yet tart flavor. Has a dry finish. Leaves a sweet citrusy type flavor.

Goes down easy. Can sense the carbonation on my tongue. Feels more carbonated than it looks.

A refreshing pilsner that goes down easy and would be a good session beer. Also a good beer for coming in after a hard day's work.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a light golden straw body with a steady trickle of active carbonation, capped with four fingers of fine-bubbled white foam that retains well and leaves foamy broken rings and little patches of lacing.

Smell is thick with light malts and earthy, herbal hops.

Given the macro-lager appearance, the beer boasts a surprisingly substantial presence in the mouth, loaded with light malts and grassy, earthy hops. Somewhat sweet with a solid bitter finish.Very drinkable.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: nice fluffy white head on a straw colored body

s: light and fruity malts w/ some grainy malted dryness

t: raw wheat w/a blend of dry and sweet malts; light fruitiness

m: light and fizzy with watery body

d: a worse pilsener than some american macros in my humble opinion

Photo of avaulteriam
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Turkish Cuisine, NYC: I didn't feel like this was a pale lager, had more of a pilsener taste to it, in my opinion. Reminiscent of Urquell in that it was a bit buttery, but less bitter. Also kind of fruity with something I couldn't quite grasp. Quite good, in my opinion.

Photo of soupyman10
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was fairly nuts - not what I expected at all. Appearance is standard, but nose right off the bat is all over the place. Huge fruit flavor, a candy-like sweetness that wouldn't have been out of place in a bock. Taste is likewise; cotton candy, grapes, oranges, honey. No real hop character to this one, which was unfortunate, because there wasn't really much else going on besides the sweet. Feel was mediocre, no complaints about the carbonation. Overall, a better beer than expected, although nothing too exciting.

Photo of baos
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into glass

Had this one at Shallos in Greenwood, Indiana.
April 26, 2008

A: Looks like a pilsener. Nice clarity and lacing.

S: Sweet clover blossoms and a bit o' honey.

T: Malty and a bit of a green taste very nice and refreshing.

M: Almost creamy. Very nice.

D: Please pace a small cooler on the bar full of ice and a twelve pack of these also place friends at bar with there own 12 pack equipped coolers and then add belly dancers and bbq lamb kebabs. yes drinkability is good!

Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
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