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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | 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 ridedammit
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
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

ridedammit, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

nlmartin, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

ernie, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Frozensoul327, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of scooter231
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

scooter231, May 24, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

ommegangpbr, May 17, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

bditty187, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
2.75/5  rDev -11%
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.

EvilKeith, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of clvand0
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

clvand0, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ybnorml, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can brought back from Turkey

A - Color is light clear gold. Produces quite a large head of yeasty foam. Head dissipates after a minute and does not leave a lot of lacing.

S - Aroma of light hops and something (corn?)

T - It has a good balance between the malt and hops and has more flavor than the aroma would suggest. You’ll have to wait a bit to find the malt sweetness hops have normal bitterness for a pilsner. There is a distinct aftertaste of grassy hops. As the beer warms to 50 degrees the sweetness comes through stronger

M - Good clean mouthfeel. Though I’m drinking it without eating anything I’m sure it would hold its own with food.

D - It didn’t strike me as outstanding but it was refreshing and clean well balanced and I would look forward to drinking it again.

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: An aggressive pour gives me a brief 1/4" of head that didn't last but a few seconds. There are some bubbles rising through the crystal clear pale straw liquid, but they don't manage to maintain the head.

Aroma: A bit of corn-like vegetal aroma along with some Pilsner malt. There are a lot of esters from the yeast that is odd for a Pilsner. The hops are very light, and one that I don't recognize.

Taste: The taste is really grainy also. I get a bit more hops in the flavor than the nose, but still they make an unusual contribution. There isn’t much but this grainy malt in the beginning and the middle of the flavor profile. You get a taste of the hops somewhere in the middle, and then it fades to let the malt run the show in the finish. The finish is a bit dry and well attenuated, with only a tad of residual sweetness to linger for a minute or so after drinking.

Opinion: This is not my favorite Pilsner. It is very oddly adjusted, so the flavors don't really meld. It tastes like there is an adjunct addition that is very out of place, and has no business here. Overall...it is drinkable, but not great.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very pale , flat no head . Suggesting this is going to be dull.
It smelt of stale tank water an tasted like stale malt infused water.
It had no crispnes or sharpness at all No hops were discernible.
It felt oily and soft in the mouth.
A disppointing beer , given that a cold crisp ale would go magnificently with , the standard Sydney Road fare of bread , dips lamb and salad. This was ordinary

jarmby1711, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pleasing beer and I am not a fan of pilsners in general.

An Afghani man turned me onto this one some time ago and it has since become one of my favorite beers for paring with Mediterranean or central Asian cuisine.

Appearance: light and effervescent, crisp and clear, plenty of running bubbles and a thin lasting lace. Translucent golden in color.

Smell: Crisp, frsesh citrus rind, mostly lemon. Pepper and mint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mmm… Very healthy body for a pilsner, sweet malts bring a honey front smoothness and a healthy dose of hops leave a crisp, bitter, herbal lemon finish. Some grassy or grainy residue.

Drinkability: Through the roof, especially with slightly spicy food. Well balanced.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled bottle that my pal and BA Stopper brought over last nite. I pour into a pint glass and the beer is ultra light gold color with just a hint of fizzy bleached white head foaming up. The head fades pretty quickly and leaves little evidence of its presence.
The aroma of the beer is husky grain and general sweetness, kind of caramelly but also like cane sugar.
First sip reveals a lite bodied average carbonation beer. The beer is crisp and clean and generally refreshing.
Flavor starts off rather sweet and sugary but not overwhelmingly so. Rolls to a lite grainy malt and ends with just a hint of spicy hops.
The beer is decent and better than I anticipated upon pouring. I could drink several of these and not get tired of them. PRobably very nice on a hot day!

sulldaddy, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, pale malt scent with German hops and a bit of the green bottle aroma. The taste is good. It has an extremely smooth and creamy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn fine German style pilsner. It's smooth and flavorful with a decent aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of wl0307
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Obtained this bottle from a local supermarket and it was sold at 1.15pounds a bottle--not so expensive for a bottle of imported beer over here in London, I thought, and I dared to give it a try. The beer is said to be brewed with rice in addition to usual ingredients, which further arouses my interest as I was prepared to compare this with my experience of some dryish Japanese rice beers.

The beer comes in a pale yellow colour and pours a totally negligible white beerhead with very low carbonation. Looking a bit weird for a bottled "Pilsener", isn't it? The smell suggests mildly sweetish and doughy lager malts and refreshing grainy nose mixed with rice and maize; at the back is a tinge of soft hoppyness. Overall the nose is a bit too restrained for my taste. On the palate the first thing detected is rice's slightly sharp/crisp edge against a very implicit mouthfeel of malts, with a little hints of grassy hops in the background which leads to a quite clean but short, bitter finish. But after the first and second sips the body and taste turn from flat and thin to watery and even acidic. Very little aftertaste of anything is there, thus not pleasant at all. The beer is below average by standards of any rice beer, and, just how can it claim itself to be a Pilsener in the first place? Not impressive and not recommended.

wl0307, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Efes is golden yellow in color with an average-sized head. The head body is a combination of fluffy and creamy. Average carbonation. The aroma is sweet with an appealing honey-tinged grassiness. The taste is a hair sweeter than the average euro pils. Malts are almost honey-like and have a very "fresh" taste. A mild grain taste provides balance and complexity. Hops give the beer a nice bite and provide a welcomed crispness. This is a very tasty and refeshing pilsener from a somewhat surprising location. Recommended for fans of the style.

Gagnonsux, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My general bias against Pilseners (except Pinkus Organic) usually keeps me from picking one up, but my friend brought these to an "International Beer Party" and wanted me to try it, so...

Bright yellow, almost iridescent, with a very small head. Smelled like candy corn, thin sugary malty taste, almost a bubblegum sweetness, with a strange salty finish and a watery mouthfeel. And totally flat - possibly this sat on the shelf too long, I doubt many people go "Oooo Efes!" and snatch it off the shelves.

All in all I really couldn't hang with this beer.

PopeJonPaul, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, leafy aroma. Very smooth, with a substantial caramel malt at the finish. The caramel pushed the beer outside the style a bit, but the flavor was nice, so who cares? A touch of grapey hops calls to mind a Bavarian influence. Surprisingly easy to drink - low key, switch hitter going well with food, but has enough character to stand on its own.

Brent, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yello white
Aromas are sunny, with brassy, yellow cereals, lemon and cream. It is a rich mouthful of biscuity breads, tangy, over-ripe citrus, and a rather aggressive fizz. Very well balanced flavors -- an acheivement considering the intensity. Underlying sweetness becomes predominant as it warms, but the hyper-gas and a well-paced, bitter hop extraction keep it dry enough. Pepper, flint and leaf elements can be discerned. No green, sulfery notes can I detect. Very nice beer. Hard to compare to existing iterations of the Pilsner genre... vaguely southwestern German, I'd guess.

putnam, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a crystal clear straw with no visible head and barely any lacing of the glass.

The aroma was saaz hops and a slight alchol aroma.

The flavor was nearly none with a light bittering, a slight grainy flavor and a slight sourness.

The finish was crisp and dry with a very light body.

50 cl bottle brought back from Turkey. Date of 11.08.05.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation. Clear, light golden amber color. Light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts sweet and crisp; smooth but with some lingering hops. $1.75 for a 330ml bottle at Vintage Cellar, Blackburg, VA.

jdhilt, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slighty more opaque than the other national beer of Turkey, Troy. Pure white head that lasts a half a minute.
Very light sweet aroma
Slight bitter that lasts, light malty flavor. Crisp refreshing with lemony flavors hiding somewhere..
A dry finish on yhis light bodied beer.
Very refreshing

Naerhu, Aug 11, 2004
Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.