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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

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 AlexLMS


1.63/5  rDev -47.1%

Appearance: clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, moderately low and frothy. Poor retention.
Aroma: strange small malty aroma with a floral twist.
Taste: grainy and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: drying, strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength, moderate body.
Finish: bitter and short.
Overall: the label states it is entirely made from barley malty, but I strongly doubt it. Sameness, characterless, nothing special. First and last one.

06-29-2007 20:27:36 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +29.9%

Efes Pilsner pours a deep golden body that rests gently beneath a two-fingered head of creamy bright white froth. Tiny bubbles rise slowly and sporadically. The head takes its time in descending, and then maintains a creamy, solid surface covering. Some very nice lace is also left behind, as well as some fairly solid rings of lace.

The nose displays a combination of grainy maltiness, a mild grassiness, dusty earth, and even a touch of spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a sturdy medium body, and creamy smooth with just a light snap of crispness before it softens.

The flavor is decidedly malty with a grainy, cereal-like, and honeyish character . Spicy and grassy hops step in at mid-palate and help to balance it, and it finishes a touch sweet with lingering malt and swirling spicy hop notes. The bitterness is restrained, and there's just enough of a firm presence there to balance it. It's clean, and really doesn't display any yeast character at all.

Nicely done, Efes Pilsner is a sturdy European lager that would pair well with a variety of foods (pad Thai, grilled shrimp, barbequed ribs, herbed chicken) and events (sporting events, dinner parties, a night out with the lad or lasses). Certainly worth trying! Not your average Euro-pils!

06-24-2007 18:44:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of schmaldj


3.9/5  rDev +26.6%

It has been a while since I had this beer so my memory is going to have to do. I first had it in Marmaris Turkey. It was a great beer. The color was a rich gold. The head formed nicely and dissipated slowly. Very very drinkable. As it warms up the flavor is very full. It's a beer that you can drink in a large quantity and still want more. I would recommend this to anyone.

05-18-2007 21:33:43 | More by schmaldj
Photo of theopholis


3.83/5  rDev +24.4%

Aroma- Light malt base with a nice, subdued malty sweetness. Some bittering hops. Seems appropriate for a Pils.

Appearance- Crystal clear yellow with a good, bright white head with some staying power and some lace.

Flavor- Nice blend of malt, malt sweetness, and bittering hops. Overall the taste is mild with no off-tastes of obvious flaws.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty darn good for a beer made in a Muslim country.

04-06-2007 15:15:26 | More by theopholis
Photo of scoobybrew


3.88/5  rDev +26%

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden, straw color with a decent head that settles but is retained well enough. There is a slight hop aroma, but the scent is mostly light malt. The flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops, but slightly towards the malt. It has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsner. It's light and refreshing and great with just about any food. It reminds me of a cross between a Czech and German pils because it seems a bit malty for a German pils, but a bit hoppy for a Czech.

04-06-2007 13:07:00 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of cproioi


2.03/5  rDev -34.1%

The beer pours a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation present. Atop the beer sits a nice looking white head that left little lacing. The aroma was slightly of floral hops with a sweet juicy fruit malt aroma. The taste follows suit closely however, there was an off taste in it that made it close to un palatable. I don't know how to describe it, it was like something I have never encountered before. The body was light with a semi-dry finish. This beer left me not wanting another one at all.

03-29-2007 15:56:07 | More by cproioi
Photo of tgbljb


3.53/5  rDev +14.6%

Selection of the Beer-Of-The-Month Club.
Poured a pale golden colcor with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is on the sweet side with a light fruitiness present.
Taste follows through on the fruitiness and is moderately refreshing.
The ending is more sweetness with a distinct lack of any hops.
An average beer at best.

03-14-2007 23:11:30 | More by tgbljb
Photo of tugdriver7


3.05/5  rDev -1%

Familiar look and flavor if you've had one of the many similar styles from the Baltic or eastern Europe. Looks and smells in the glass like a sparkling cider. Bright yellow, thin, bubbly. Taste is very subtle malt and hops, with a spritzy carbonation; slightly watered-down taste and a bit of metallic aftertaste that would probably be less pronounced if fresh, from the keg. A Eurasian macro, but much cleaner taste than American (macro) pilsners. Definitely a drinkable beer and one that would go great with local fare in Istanbul. Or Constantinople. Or is it Istanbul?

03-06-2007 01:45:10 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a very clear, golden, straw color with a flimsy white head. Smells faintly of hops and pilsener malt. Not a whole lot of aroma here. Flavor is similar. Watery at first, then a brief appearance of hops and then a blast of sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel with super tiny bubbles scrubs the palate clean. Not much going on here. Definitely drinkable though.

02-27-2007 01:47:31 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of RBorsato


3.53/5  rDev +14.6%

Nice clear bright straw color with a nice pillowy white head. Light malt and light adjunct-like aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Pretty typical Euro lager with a touch of grain and a touch of butter. Light-medium bodied with a lightly dry finish.

Tasted: 02/06/07

($1.99 / 330 ml / 11.2 oz. light brown bottle with 'EFES' embossed around the neck 4 times)

02-06-2007 20:53:55 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Kulrak


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a light golden yellow with no head whatsoever, even pouring into the middle of the glass. Smells mostly of citrusy and a tiny bit of floral hops. Tastes very clean, hardly any sweetness of any kind, not really very bitter either. Not really much in the way of taste at all. But, very clean. Mouthfeel is very watery, but otherwise not too bad. Overall, it's fairly drinkable because there's no real flavor to disagree with. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot day, I guess.

02-04-2007 09:28:27 | More by Kulrak
Photo of HardTarget


3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Bottle Inspection: Pretty plain label on a raised marking brown 11.2 fl oz. bottle. Notes it is a product of Turkey, and claims a 5 cent redemption value for TX… odd. My label is slightly different than the picture, Efes is bigger, style is the same.

Aroma: Grassy hops on a light malt base. Seems appropriate for a Pils, slightly bready.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow glass holds a fair cover of bright white head that left some clumpy lace.

Flavor: Hops are the main force. They are a bit grassy, but have a definite peppery Saaz characteristic. While the hops are firm, the beer isn’t overly bitter. Some mild rice characteristic which I might be reaching too hard for. Overall the taste is mild with no glaring flaws.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very firm almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fair Pils. Not my favorite style in the world, but this is well brewed and I’d drink a number of them on a hot day.

01-24-2007 01:09:56 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Chaz


3.2/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a light, clear straw in color with a white head of medium
duration and with larger-than-average uniform bubbles. SKUNKY (can I say `kind bud'?) aroma is enough to make a dedicated ale drinker stay far away if given to try in a blind taste test. SWEET! Enough maltiness here to make you wanna brush your teeth straightaway. Yet despite this maltitude there's enough of a biting hop character to put this up on
a very low pedestal as a solid example of the pilsener style, especially given its point of origin. Body is light and alcohol is low-to-average, so once the sweetness has mellowed on the palate the hop bitterness remains with you and in a semi-dry, pleasant manner. I first really enjoyed this with a Turkish friend in a small kitchen during a crowded party in an apartment with no air conditioning, all during a scorching summer (in Minnesota that means 100F+ degrees). He's an MGD drinker but really appreciated being able to drink hometown brew (he's from Istanbul) and in the above-mentioned conditions he said the beer felt right at home. A good beer that I will pay good money for, but there are plenty of German and Bohemian Pils (e.g. Bitburger) that I prefer.

01-11-2007 23:18:35 | More by Chaz
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

2.65/5  rDev -14%

Stubby 500ml bottle

Pours with a straw yellow body, thick fluffy head with good retention. Some thick lacing down the glass

Smell, mixed grain, little bit of corn and a hint of dms too. Some sweet malt on the nose, very slight whiff of hops

Taste, fairly crisp mouthfeel, quite dry almost a rice type character. Little bitterness from the hops, a fairly dry malty finish

A pretty dull and lifeless lager

01-06-2007 00:30:03 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Shovelbum


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a thin, rapidly receding, white head over a crystal clear light golden body. Aroma is clean, with a very faint trace of malt—no detectable hops. Flavor is fairly clean as well, although there is a decent spicy hop bitterness.. Body is lean. Mouthfeel is crisp with a drying finish.

A tad light in the hop department for a true pilsner, but overall a fairly clean and refreshing brew. Perhaps this would be better fresh—no way of telling how old this bottle is.

12-05-2006 01:56:54 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Bought this bottle because I enjoyed drinking this beer some years ago, while on holiday in Turkey.

Very pale straw blond in colour.

The bottle, before I poured the beer, had a strong hop smell to it, but it disappeared once the beer was in my glass.

Pilsners from the Med don't have great flavours, or strong aftertastes, this one almost does have those qualities, but not quiet.

11-04-2006 20:30:11 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of msubulldog25


2.8/5  rDev -9.1%

I recently found this beer at Food Villa in Portland, OR, just down the street from my house. I figured I had to give a beer from Turkey a try. Poured a 33cl bottle to a pint glass.

A: Lightly straw-colored and very clear. About a 1/2 finger white head which fades to a weak film. A few splotchy bits of lace. A good amount of rising carbonation.

S: Nothing off-putting...more like nothing at all. I got virtually no scent coming out of the glass - maybe a hint of lightly bready malt.

T: Well, it doesn't impress me with anything unusual, but it's not bad tasting either. Pretty bland though benign. A little crackery malt and a spritz of some citrusy hops. About like drinking water with a lemon wedge squeezed into it...

M: I thought the mouthfeel was pretty decent. Clean and crisp. Smooth with just a hint of that lingering hop citrusness.

D: Worth the try, but mainly for the novelty. I probably would not buy one ever again (unless perhaps if I was in Turkey). Just too bland and brings so little to the table, especially when there are so many other flavorful beers out there.

10-19-2006 19:32:46 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -23.7%

At least its not Corona!

Light straw-gold in colour with a foamy white head. Sweet adjunct and malt smell, with a dry finish. A bit of solvent in the background there.

Bland, maize mash taste. Weak malts, nearly absent hops. Watery, chemically taste.

Carbonation is okay, but the flavour of this is so watery and harsh that its hard to drink.

10-17-2006 05:09:52 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Cresant


2.2/5  rDev -28.6%

Poured this undated, 11.2 oz, light brown embossed bottle into a pilsner glass. The body was a crystal clear pale yellow with one finger of head. A steady yet minimal bead slowly rose. The head quickly faded to a thin collar. The appearance did not bode well for the other features.

Smell was much stronger than I would have guessed from the faint appearance. Earthy, grainy husks. Very grassy. Sweet maltiness.

Taste was tart, bitter and mildly lemony. Hops flashed and faded quickly, a benign malt sweetness remains. This one lacked any German Pilsner coarseness in texture. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel was thin to moderate, somewaht watery. I'll drink this one if I get to Turkey but probably not before then.

10-17-2006 01:50:41 | More by Cresant
Photo of bobbybou


2.1/5  rDev -31.8%

Very clear yellow and highly corbonated.Thick head apon the pour and some lace was present on the beer glass after the tasting. Sweet and slighty malty in flavor. Very lighty hopped. The body was thin. I wouln't order this beer at a bar but would drink it if it were the only one offered!

10-05-2006 12:13:40 | More by bobbybou
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%

A very clear pale golden colour and the loose white head lasted only for seconds. Plenty of visible carbonation. In a way it reminds me of champagne.

Smells of adjunct sweetness with a touch of hop crispness. Faintly grassy. Not exciting but not offensive.

Very macro lager tasting, immediately reminiscent of bud light. Watery rice flavour and plant sweetness. The finish is the only redeeming feature as it does have a crisp and fresh bit of grainy flavour.

Mouthfeel is alright, it is not watery, and the carbonation is lively but not sharp.

I had forgotten that I'd reviewed this beer some time ago, only realizing after I'd nearly finished this review. I suppose I can look at it as an evolution in my tastes and palate.

09-29-2006 02:27:35 | More by elricorico
Photo of Byeast


3.85/5  rDev +25%

This pilsener poured clear gold , with a soapy white head of half an inch. The pilsner glass was coated with fat bubbles that rose quickly. The aroma is of bready and honeyish malt , some green and grassy/hay and herbal like hop , and fresh grains. The taste is pleasantly malty. Nice focus on fresh grains , slight straw , grassy hop and slightest bit of pepper in the dryer finish. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp with a dry finish. A very pleasant and drinkable pilsener brewed in the german style. Nice grain flavors.

09-22-2006 05:22:33 | More by Byeast
Photo of Hibernator


3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

EFES Pilsner
11.2 oz brown bottle
TZZ jet ink on the back label
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light golden yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the pilsner glass. Spotted trails of lace cling to the glass.

Light nose with whiffs of grains, sugars and sweet malts.

Sweet and grainy flavors with a smooth mouthfeel. Crisp and clean with an apple juice sweetness mixed in. Baby hop snap on the finish.

A middle-of-the-road German pilsner.

09-16-2006 00:06:46 | More by Hibernator
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.6/5  rDev -15.6%

Lightly flecked yellowish gold with slow tiny bubbles and quick large ones ascending to a rich ivory cap that looks pretty good right after the pour. It holds its own long enough to earn a little respect and deposits an attractive, wide band of pocked lace just below the top edge of the glass.

Interesting (since the bottle is made of brown glass) that I smelled 'eau de skunk' on crown cracking. Unfortunately, it hasn't completely faded now that I've gotten around to actually sticking my nose over the glass. The hops are grassy more than they are any other characteristic that's usually attributed to nobles. I've smelled a whole lot better.

Efes Pilsener is fairly well-balanced with a slight nod toward hops. Trouble is, pils oughta favor hops by a wide margin as far as I'm concerned. Frankly, it tastes like a slightly more hoppy than usual Euro pale lager. And I do mean slightly. To the grassy of the nose, I'll add musty. I was hoping for spicy or citrusy or something that could be considered a positive development.

The finish doesn't favor hop bitterness or hop flavor. It's a trifle sweet and lacks anything at all that would get one excited about the next mouthful. I really have no quarrel with the body/mouthfeel since it's medium in a general sense and has enough bubbles to get by.

I hate to greet a new beer with preconceived notions, but I didn't really expect a Turkish brewer to nail the German Pilsener style. Efes Pilsener is a barely respectable effort that might suffice if drunk fresh in an Ankara beer bar, but it leaves a lot to be desired at this particular time and in this particular place. Give this one a pass.

09-03-2006 21:15:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Pale yellow. Uh-oh. Some decent head with OK retention, but it leaves sticky trails behind in abundance. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, malty and somewhat herbal.

T: Sweet at the front (with a hint of raisins) and had a very mild hop bitterness at the end. Slightly more complicated than your basic beer-flavored beer. It has a very clean finish, with almost no aftertaste at all. Just a slight bready and raisiny taste left behind.

M: Very light, very crisp.

D: This doesn't taste like Budweiser, so leave that bias behind when you try it for the first time. It's not a pilsner Urquell, either, but that's not a bad thing. It's better with food, as the clean finish doesn't overwrite whatever you just took a bite of, but the sweetness of the beer complements the bite pretty well. Goes great with light, spicy food, like potato and chick pea kofte, or a Turkish pilaf with dried fruit in it. Do I ever crave Efes? No, but if I'm in a Turkish restaurant, I'm glad it's on the menu. It's solid. Not spectacular, but solid.

08-30-2006 00:26:57 | More by rarevos
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