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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of watchnerd
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
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
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of sleazo
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the only beer available at a mediocre Turkish place on 9th Ave.

A_Pours slightly darker than one would expect from a pils. Lacks the efferevescence needed for the style to look harp. Minimal head.

S_Sweetened cereal grains, maybe even corn. A bit light.

T_Cereal grains also dominate the taste while cold showing through with a strong sweetness. The hops really don't make it through here either and only are mildly bitter in the finish. A slight metallic taste appears as it warms.

M_Slightly watery without enough bubbles for a pils.

D_This is drinkable and is not too offensive so in that I suppose it is more than the sum of its' parts. To me this tasted like a typical run of the mill American Macro lager and tastes like it has fillers in it(not positive either way). The sample could have been old from the long voyage from Istanbul so I might give it another shot if I were in Turkey.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours straw yellow with bubbly white head that retained well leaving small amounts of lace behind

S-a little doughy,with some light hops and an odd skunkieness that is a little bit like moldy bread

T-pretty good balance of sweet malts along with some hoppy earthy undertones,a hint of lemon twist and same as the nose,slightly skunky

M-pretty nice,soft and a little creamy with a strong crisp finish

D-if you enjoy other Euros Pils(which I do)give this one a shot,its nothing to get excited about,but its a whole lot tastier than your average Macro brews

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance : clear, pale golden color, with a small white head (lacing).
Smell : malty aroma with a floral notes.
Taste and mouthfeel : Dry, lightly hoppy finish
Drinkability : an average beer in the style German pilsener

Photo of kenito799
4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass at Wish Ne Turkish restaurant, Bayside, NY.

Crystal clear pale gold with white foamy head, 1/2 inch at first, fades to a ring.

Aroma is crisp malt and hops, with hints of some more citrus or floral notes--unexpected.

On the palate, crisp, carbonated, dry and refreshing. The flavor was quite a surprise--where I expected a typical euro-macrolager there was a real foral and citrus hoppy aroma and flavor married to the refreshing dry malt. it actually is a pilsener, and a pretty good one! Nice!

Photo of karengarys
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours fairly clear straw green, little head.

smells like lime and skunk a bit. maybe some smoke.

Taste is dry, citrusy and seltzery. that's about it.

Mouthfeel is a bit coarse, but acceptable.

Finish is clean. Refreshing, actually.

Given the combination, I can drink 'em, and have another, but only if they are stuck under my nose. I wouldn't seek this out.

Warning #1: I am not a pilsner fan. This seems fairly typical of a pilsner. Maybe this is what pilsner people like. Since I'm not much of a skunk person, I can't rate this very highly, even if it is supposed to be that way. I just must not get it.

Warning #2: I like darker beers that often taste different or even better warmed up a bit. DON"T DRINK THIS ONE WARM! The skunk really comes up, the mouthfeel goes flat, the taste becomes asprin bitter and the finish is rank. Duh. well, i'm used to being able to drink a beer throughout the temperature ranges, not this one. Ice cold it is at least refreshing, keep it that way.

Photo of ttu94
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from Turkey? I was some what skepticle at first. I mean they are a majority islamic country and alcohol is a no no right? However after seeing all the Turkish bars in Munich I thought I would try this out. Crystal clear ultra pale yellow beer with a small white head that fades quickly. The smell is very grainy too much so for my taste and a little off putting. Taste is ok a little watery and not much hop flavor but easy drinking and an average beer. Much better than a bud or miller lite

Photo of CrazyMike
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden appearance, a bit dull but has a thick head. Little or no scent from this beer, a hint of malt.

Has a light taste and thin body, malt is evident. Descent carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry and bitter, kind of ruins what could be a simple but refreshing beer.

Overall the beer is pretty mediocre, worth a try if you are curious but wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of btmo
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Turkey in November 2007, and as is my habit, drank the local beer everywhere I go.

I found Efes to be an ordinary but perfectly acceptable macro.

IF you are in Sultanamet - the old town of Istanbul - there is a very special something extra for this beer.

Worth a try....

... if you are in Istanbul.

Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.