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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

487 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website
Turkey

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 Shovelbum
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of Cresant
2.2/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of bobbybou
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
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!

Photo of elricorico
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of rarevos
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of WMBierguy
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -50.6%
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.
Boredom.

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ridedammit
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ernie
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of scooter231
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of EvilKeith
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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