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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

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 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
Photo of Boto
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle: This is straw yellow in color. There was a fairly large white fizzy head. There was some aroma. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it just wasn’t there. There was some taste also, just not much of one. Faint malt, hops, and alot of water. On the up-side, it is drinkable.

Boto, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of 57andcounting
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect out of a beer from Turkey. It's not bad.
It’s a pilsner and as such it doesn't have the complexity or body of a heaver beer, so I wouldn't hold it to that standard.
Pours a nice head that doesn't last too long. You can see a pink cast in the pour as you do with some Czech pilsners have. In fact this taste much like a Czech pilsner.
Smell some malt and hops not too complex. The taste is light with spice and malt flavors and a bit of hops after taste. The mouth feel is fuller then you might expect, quite nice in fact.
I can't call this an outstanding beer, but it is good enough to have again. Certainly is as good as most pilsners.

57andcounting, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this refreshing lager is quite surprising. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous when I saw the label state SERVE COLD. But even when warming, it's a decent, refreshing lager. Poured a light gold/yellow colour, with an ample 2 finger head. Lace coated the glass and slowly crept down to the bottom. Smells malty, hoppy, citrusy, bit of pepper, various spices, and spearmint? Surprisingly, the spearmint was a nice addition. Legitimate malt sweetness, followed by lemon, orange and grapefruit. After the swallow, the spices kick in as an aftertaste. If you breathe out, the mint is noticable on the tip of the tongue. It's possible to use this to freshen your breath. Light, smooth mouthfeel. Very refreshing, pick-me-up beer. I like it.

slitherySOB, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is clear and a rich yellow. Smell is faintly sweet malt. Not much lacing nor head to speak of really. The taste was really not interesting, speaking macro pilsener to me. However, the mouthfeel was very nice, which lent a overall smoothness and softness to it. Carbonation is strong up front but smooths out and is not ever aggressive. Easy to drink, but I'd reach for the Efes Dark.

I had one of these at Aycha, a Turkish bar in Sapporo, Japan. The owner, Turkish himself, informed me that Turkish people are enormously proud of this beer. I was also unaware that Efes equals the english Ephesus, city of the Roman Empire.

donnebaby, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours the prototypical unclouded pilsner gold color with the head portly in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a brilliant white and the lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose is the standard pilsner sweet malt, crisp and clean with the archetypal sweet malt start and thin top. Quintessential pilsner finish, crisply acidic, hops apropos to the style, dry and linger aftertaste, not a very good “Standard Pilsner” at that.

Gusler, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I first tried Efes in Istanbul back in the mid-90s. Didn't like it then, on it's home turf, so have avoided it like the plague ever since. It (or it's Russian-brewed namesake) is everywhere in Moscow, however, so I'm not surprised that it eventually caught up to me. I had this in a Jamaican-themed bar downtown.

Came out (in a Carlsberg glass) clear medium gold under a two-fingered white head with decent contour and clumps of lace. the nose is heavy with malt and corn, while the mouth is slightly prickly and heavy with grain. There is a strong corn taste, followed by a bit of hps. I couldn't help but think this is a classic macro. (That's not a compliment.)

Globetrotter, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
1.95/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

(330 ml bottle). Very pale yellow colour, decent head. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavour is, uh, thin... some alcoholic/fusel notes, like Norwegian "hjemmebrent" (="moonshine"). Might be drinkable ice cold at the beach of Antalya. Anywhere else: Avoid!

Sigmund, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of diablo14
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

too hoppy to be a german pilsener, efes is another light beer thats perfect for drinking with the food of the region. be it with bread and dips or something off the char grill, it goes very nicely, tho it is a little stronger in flavor that other beers of this nature.

typical golden color with a light frothy head and reasonable retention. aromas of straw and potent floral hops jump right out, with a trace of lemon zest. flavor quite similar, a nice level of malt present, marginally sweet, with the hops really kicking in at the end. had a fairly dry finish that was a little overpowering at times and the hops flavor goes like green tea in the aftertaste. funny tho how when im eating turkish or lebanese food this tends to be tempered quite substantially. usually the beer needs to stay in check as not to interrupt the character of the meal too much. instead its the food toning down the beer in this instance. still they work wonderfully together.

i have had this occasionally on its own, and its o.k. not something id choose over others. but if im eating a meal from the middle east, its a top drop to go alongside. another great food vs beer matchup.

diablo14, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, green bottle, capped. Not dated.

This pilsner (tasted more like a Czech pilsner than a German Pilsner to me) poured a clear, light amber color with good carbonation and with white foam that settled fairly quickly but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a mild, lightly sweet, malty aroma. The taste was lightly sweet and malty, slightly tangy, with some floral hops and a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. The sweetness became more pronounced as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and carbonation. This was an easy drinking plisner. Not bad. Better colder.

UncleJimbo, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale straw gold, excellent clarity, with a thick frothy white head. Decent head retention.
Aroma is very....pilsnery. Crisp pilsner malts, slightly corn-like, with strong herbal spicy hopping. Probably a blend of saaz and spalt, maybe hallertau. Light and clean.
Flavor is sparkly and crisp. Very light pilsner malts give way to a good spicy hoppiness. A bit of corn like flavor to the malt. Very clean, with defined flavors. The malts are light, the hops coming in very quickly, with a sort of bluntness in the transition. Highly carbonated, with a tingling sensation that adds to the spicy hoppiness in the finish. Very crisp and extremely light bodied.
A good pilsner, similar to the more mainstream german pilsners, like Spaten and Warsteiner. Tasty, but unremarkable. I could never pick this out in a blind test of german pilsners.

UnionMade, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasing German-style hops aroma that's light and fresh but with a slight watery quality. Clear gold, bubbles rising. Big white fizzy foamy head and settles fairly slowly. Little short on the flavor. Fair amount of bitterness, but little to no not malt for support. Thin and a bit watery.
Bet this might work well in a hot Turkish sun, but not much more impressive than that. Nice heavy green bottle.

garymuchow, Jul 19, 2003
Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
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