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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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435 Ratings

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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.

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Photo of msubulldog25


2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.1/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what it is: a Turkish macro. That phrase sums up all of the problems with this beer, and should keep expectations low. It basicall looked like Budweiser and tasted like a watered down Heineken except with a metallic aftertaste. Not really worth drinking for any reason other than to say that you've had a beer from Turkey.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 15:36:26 | More by WMBierguy
Photo of scruffwhor


2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hay with some par bubbling. Crisp aroma of carbonation and pale malts. But still adjuncty in both aroma and taste. Lots of grassy malts in the mouth mixed well with lots of carbonation in the palate . A little dry at times but pretty easy to drink. Perfect for a baseball game.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 04:04:42 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of jwc215


2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass...no freshness date.

Poured straw yellow with quite a bit of carbonation and a thin white head that became barely a whisp. It left a some small amount of lacing.

The smell was of some grassiness - not much else.

The taste was of some oily, faint grassiness and watery thinness.
Some adjuncts came through. Nothing much stood out.

The feel was somewhat thin, but on the refreshing side. Somewhat clean, despite slickness.

Overall - nothing especially good - nothing especially bad... a mediocre brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 03:29:30 | More by jwc215
Photo of stcules


1.53/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden blond color, few carbonation, not so big foam, average.
In the smell a light malt note, and clearly perceptible, rice. Some cooked vegetables, also.
The taste is on the same line.
Quite dry, after all, but beside that, definitely avoidable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 08:36:27 | More by stcules
Photo of Drew966


3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Efes Pisener pours a light golden color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is very mild, no off smells. Fairly light, but a nice kiss of hops near the finish. I'm not offended, which is better than I expected. Easy to drink, this would probably be a decent session beer. Worth a try, definite improvement on b/m/c for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 02:22:13 | More by Drew966
Photo of ridedammit


4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A and I were at a new (to us) beverage store in Union Square, and came across this beer. I am more of an ale drinker, but with the insane heat of this summer I was willing to druink something a bit more refreshing. Fortunately we chose well.

The beer is a nice golden color, very clean like one would expect. The smell is acutally what sold me on the beer. It has a very mouth watering malt aroma that
hits you as you take a drink. For a lagered beer, this had a great deal of body and mouthfeel, most lagered beers that I try are a bit thin (thus my preference
to ales).

Not sure why other reviewers did not enojoy the malty aroma, but to each ones own, eh? I really enjoyed the beer, but I agree with Jason, the lack of info on the bottle is kinda strange. Not too many beers in the US that come from Turkey, they should have a little something about the brewery, or the beer. Of course that could just be the bottler or importers fault.

A good pils, much better than some of the "true" pils that come from bohemia.
Especailly refreshing while trying to beat the heat with no AC

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 16:56:03 | More by ridedammit
Photo of BEERchitect


3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The good thing about this beer is that there is nothing to critisize. What's wrong with the beer is that there is nothing really outstanding about the brew. It's a simple pilsner malt brew with Euro-hops which contribute an earthy, dirty flavor and character. The malt profile, yet simple, is solid and firm, yeilding a creamy, bready, yeasty character that is uninhibited by much off-flavoring. Yea, it has a grain flavor, but it is mild, subdued, and masked by a pleasant creaminess. Finishes mildly crisp and light--just slight of clean. A good beer for a pizza or bratwurst.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 03:33:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of nlmartin


3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear straw yellow coloration. The beer has light carbonation. The head was thin and off white no staying power.

Smell: The beer doesnt have alot going on in the nose. There is a bit of earthy hops and grain.

Taste: The taste is far better than the smell. The beer has a nice bready maltyness. The maltyness combines with some grassy hops and a bit of spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer has crisp carbonation. The beer is easy to drink. Who would have thought a beer from Turkey would be so nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 04:33:12 | More by nlmartin
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been significantly improved in last decade. Bland and uninspiring in mid-90s, it finally emerged as a decent rival of big international brands. It also has become international, sold and served in countries very distant from Turkey.

Pale golden color suggests dry character and doesn't deceive you. Aroma gentle, hoppy, with some malts and herbs present. Crown modest but stable. Nice lace.

Start a bit spritzy, body slender and firm. Clear, crisp, with carbonation a bit higher than may be expected. Taste is well-balanced, on the dry hoppy side. Aftertaste hoppy with a hint of malts.

Not a bad beer at all, and with some additional improvement it can become a really good one.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 08:41:57 | More by ernie
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a light yellow color with a fluffy white head of foam. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of grass, hops, sour grain, light malt. Taste was rather bland and unexciting; light hops and grass mix with sweet grain and a slightly dry malt. Mouthfeel was kind of watery and a touch flat. Drinkability borders on average. Better examples of the style are readily available.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 00:58:37 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of scooter231

New York

2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not horrible. But it's not good, either. It's better than Bud, but not by much. The nose is boring but not offensive. Taste is decidedly bready and toasty, grainy, and cheerio-like. Weird. Mouthfeel is odd and a bit watery, but enough bubbles to not drain the score too much. Meh, good but not great, bad but not horrible. Okay.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 08:03:46 | More by scooter231
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is rather like a better, inexpensive version of Scrimshaw from North Coast. Not really my mug of beer as far as pils go but this will fit the bill when I'm in the mood for a malty lager.
Smells and tastes almost minty. Malts dominate the flavor profile; hops show up more as an agent to dry up the palate than as flavor, though there are herbal and floral notes. There are some deep, toasty notes in here. Buttered whole wheat or multigrain toast, maybe. Some roasted lemon juice is in here too.
More carbonation would make this more refreshing. This wasnt what I was hoping for but it's pretty interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 02:00:46 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of bditty187


3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sickly pale gold in hue, why so damn insipid? There is no reason a beer should have this (lack of) color. Small white head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall and the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy cap. There was some spotty, unorganized lacing. For what it is, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is a tad messy, sweet maltiness is louder than the spicy, slightly earthy hops. Boring nose, my first impression was that this beer is really a Euro Lager and not a true Pilsner. Maybe the nose is misleading me, as such I can’t call it inviting even though there is nothing inherently wrong with the bouquet.

I suppose the nose didn’t lie to me, the palate is a messy Euro Lager that has Pils qualities. I find it too earthy, too lemony, and then way too sweet. I want my Pils to be crisp; this is kind of malty and mushy. Even though I find it a tad disjointed this is flavorful and likable. And yes, it is straightforward and simple but I can’t complain.

About medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting for the flavor profile.

Plenty drinkable, I could happily drink this with fish or a burger or after a round of golf. All in all, this is a nice beer and it is growing on me the more I drink it. I still find it messy but even in its disorganized fashion I don’t mind it. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Try one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 16:11:07 | More by bditty187
Photo of EvilKeith


2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11,2 ounce green bottle- blue, white, gold and red label.

Pours into the glass a pale straw color with a short-lived fluffy white head. Lace is minimal.

Smell is a faint hops with a hint of skunk thrown in for good measure.

Taste is rather subdued, light even. Flavor reminds me of an american macro or two I won't name. Not exactly what I would have expected for the style.
Not in line with Uber-Pils or other well done Geman Pilseners.

Disappointing at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 23:37:03 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of clvand0


3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that falls quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There's almost no malt aroma there - possibly a hint of Saaz hops, but very faint - most of the aroma is skunked. Very skunked. The flavor is crisp and clean with some slight spice and hint of caramel, but the skunking is there as well. The body is very light and the drinkability would probably be better if not for the skunked character.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 15:37:20 | More by clvand0
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean light yellow/pale straw colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and some good lace. The aroma starts with a light sour grassy character with a hint of lemon in the background. There is a soft biscuity grain flavor with a hint of lemon again on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 18:55:01 | More by ybnorml
Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.