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Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery
Turkey | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of sAws
1.91/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Translucent golden yellow with good carbonation. Smell is musty and not very appealing. Taste starts good but progresses to an unpleasant finish, has insightful corn and floral hop tastes. Feels average in the mouth but the taste does not make me want to come back for more.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.59/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on September 14, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent pale gold colour with topns of effervescence and a thin white head which quickly dissipated to a ring. The aroma was corn, grain, and a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel was weak to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The flavour was acid, metal, grain, with an offputting bitter finish.

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Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale lager indeed. Very light golden color, faint aroma and weak taste. Taste is overall good, but could be a little stronger. For the Mediterranean climate though, I am sure this is a thirst quencher.

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Photo of ToppyBeerMaster
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Colour is a clear golden hue, large bubbles noticed which quickly dissipate with the coarse head. On the nose was grain, slight malt. Taste was watery neutral upfront, mellow, easy drinking, crisp finish.

I tried it from a can, it will most likely taste different from a stubby.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very little lacing.

S: Being that this beer came in a green bottle, a bit of skunkiness was inevitable, but there were also traces of hops and malt, too.

T: Tasted of light hops, malt, a little lemon, and the aforementioned skunkiness (though this wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be). Not necessarily a bad flavor, but hardly great.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but not particularly memorable either.

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Photo of kevanb
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I might as well try this while in Istanbul.

A: Nice appearance for a pilsner, soft golden/yellow hay color, nice foamy white head, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing is readily apparent.

S: Nothing special, lemons, some grain, some dirty hops.

T: Tastes better than anticipated, nice lemon zest character, some sweet and light grain, some dried hop flavors, but pretty watered down, not a lot of balance, and a weird cat pee aftertaste.

M: Spot on for a pilsner, bubbly, prickly, easy to drink, goes down like water, can guzzle this all day.

O: Just a run of the mill Euro lager, people drink it like crazy here in Istanbul, and I'll probably drink a few more while I'm here as it's really hard to find anything else.

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Photo of tdm168
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin layer of soft, loose, bubbly head that quickly fades. The smell is musty and grainy. The flavor is grassy and slightly malty with faint grainy notes and a corn-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is a decent beer. Lightly malty, smooth, drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of NODAK
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a bit of cereal grains with a smattering of Noble hops. Pretty much what you'd expect for the style, though it is pretty light.

Taste isn't too surprising upfront...cereal grains are certainly present...it's somewhat sweet. I also detect a bit of nuttiness there as well. What does surprise me is that I basically get no hops, which I would expect to taste in a pils. That's pretty disappointing. Just another average Euro lager as it is....I suppose worth the novelty to buy because it's Turkish and you don't see a lot of beers from Turkey.

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Photo of Efeswasmy1st
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First beer I loved so much, named my dog after it. Poured into pilsner glass, good head that dissipated quickly. Skunkier than I remember it being when I first had it years ago. Little lacing, but bubbly. Effervescent on the tongue like an Alka Seltzer. Clean finish.

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Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass the appearance is a clear straw colored yellow with a thin fizzy head that dissipates rapidly.

Smells of wet grain with some grassy hop notes. A metallic scent as well.

Taste is bready grain with a light to moderate bitterness throughout. Grassy hop flavors typical of the style. The malt flavor is this beer is actually pretty good.

Not a bad beer but overall average. A pretty good job by a country not known for beer making. I would consider getting it again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Picked up cheap from my local off-licence.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear, light-golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of light malt dominated by a harsh stewed hop note and stale undertones.

Tastes of light malt with a stewed hop flavour. Mild bitter finish. Very faint hints of noble hops, and a stale background note. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of stale stewed hops.

A fairly standard lager - bland and uninteresting. Rather stale; perhaps this bottle is a bit old. Probably goes down well in hot weather, but I can't think of any reason to chose this unless there is no alternative.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.44/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Effervescent pale yellow gold colour with no head whatsoever, just a few bubbles and no lacing.

S - Corn, floral, stale bread and coins.

T - Sweet corn and grassy hops infected by a metal flavour.

M - Crisp and refreshing, thin to medium body and high carbonation.

O - A pretty poor pilsener in my view so drink cold.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at a Turkish restaurant in DC tonight. I enjoyed it quite a bit with the food I was served, that may prompt me to give this beer a higher rating than most.

The beer pours a normal clean and clear yellow with a decent head, and a little lacing, not as much as you would normally like to see in a serious pilsner, but ok.

The aroma was weak, but had the right parts to it with a clean lager yeast and honey dipped malt aroma that also translates in to the taste, but the taste has much more body and the flavors are bright and quite easy to place. I really enjoyed the sweeter notes, not as dry as most pilsners and not overly bubbly either. It was overall solid and very drinkable and paired well with the lamb and rice dish I had. A nice beer!

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Photo of evlu1441
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turkish beer... Not sure what to expect here, but I do like the distinctive bottle!

It pours a medium straw colour with a thing head that dissipates into nothing.

The aroma is nice. Sweet with some malty backbone and grassy hops.

The flavour is light and slightly sweet with a nice hint of hops in the background and a nice amount of dryness.

Overall, this is a slightly better than average lager! I'd get it again.

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Photo of djura
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First,this one i had,as made in Zajecarska brewery in Serbia,under Efes license.

A- Pours a pale gold colour and achieves a quickly sinking, white frothy head. Looks average.

S: Fresh, malty smell of grains, citrus, and flowers.

T/M-Grassy bitter hops, some light grains, bitter finish. Nice.Medium-light body with medium, prickly carbonation.

O-Refreshing,nice lager.

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Photo of nukem5
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my favorite pilsner glass tall and proud golden ale with a thick cap of white foamy goodness. Bubbles stream to top feeding the head.

S: Fruity like apples Clean with very little hop aroma.

T: Taste is a very refreshing clean crisp wash of sweet malt with a fruity background most likely from the yeast.

M: Medium bodied and a rich creamy taste about it.

O: Overall would drink this again, had this when I was working in Turkey about 3-4 years ago and like it very much. Great to see it in the US .Very refreshing.Not the typical Pilsner.

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Photo of chetripley
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipped in luggage by a friend traveling from Istanbul. Poured from the bottle into a clear polycarbonate cup.

Poured quick and bubbly with very quickly disappearing head leaving behind extra popping from the bubbles.

Darker straw colored than most American pilseners, yet equally carbonated.

Taste was average, but without extra hit of bitterness I was expecting from the Eastern European pilsener style. Just an average brew with an average taste, body and feel.

Nothing great or bad, just average overall.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; BB date April 2012. Pours a bright, golden-honey colour, topped with a single finger of white head with poor retention. A bumpy cap and collar are the only remnants after a few minutes. The aroma is very faint but suitable for the style; light barley malts and some honey sweetness. Not much hop presence.

Taste is mostly grainy pale malts with some rice adjunct sweetness. A bit of peppercorn, lemon, and herbal hops in the finish. No aftertaste; very clean. Just the slightest bit dry; this sensation is perceptible after swallowing. Very crisp, with heavy carbonation that bites the tongue. Thin-bodied and quite refreshing.

When I saw rice in the ingredient list I was honestly expecting a brew that resembled more of an EPL than a pilsener, but most of the notes I'd expect from a German pils are present, and despite the use of adjunct there aren't really any off flavours. Nothing outstanding here, but it's very crisp and reasonably tasty - the Turks make a pretty decent pils. A good refresher for a hot day, but not something worth seeking out.

[Updated Aug. 13 2014]

Another 500 mL can. I've imbibed this occasionally over the past few years since my original review, and my opinion of it has steadily dropped over time. Is it a terrible Euro lager? Not really, but it doesn't hold a candle to the top German/Czech examples of the style, or most craft-brewed domestic lagers. Efes Pilsener is decent as far as 'national brand' lagers go, and the low price point does it a lot of favours in my book. At 2 bucks a can, you might as well give it a shot... it's the best Turkish beer I've ever tried.

Final Grade: 3.16, a C+.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks great. It's got only a slight degree of carbonation in the mouthfeel contrary to the heavy carb'ed appearance.

S - Corn, rice and subtle alcohol. Very clean and sweet smell. Nothing amazing, and no indication of taste.

T - Adjunct rice dominates the finish but the nose is all adjunct corn and alcohol bite.

M - Easy drinking but the alcohol is by far more in the picture than any other Pils I've had thus far. It's boozy at 5% but in a sweet way.

Overall: Try it. It's good but it's got an obvious amount of adjunct rice in it, as it says right on the label. It's reflected in the taste giving it something the others perhaps don't have in the overall flavor. That said, it's worth trying and if you like the sweet corn taste, you'll like it and go back for another I'm sure. For me, I'll try another but never make a night out of this beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle courtesy of my friend hammer. new country sampled to boot. pours a straw yellow, fizzy white head that disappears quickly. nose is neutral. taste is crackery sweet, corn balanced by grass. the local skunk stops to say hello. mouth is light and crisp. an interesting take but none the less yellow fizzy crap.

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Photo of hopsolutely
2.38/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I haven't seen Efes since Istanbul more than 10 years ago, so I jumped at the can in the LCBO this afternoon. I remember thoroughly enjoying this beer, but that may have had far more to do with my awestruck admiring of minarets, staring out over the Bosphorus with a pint during the muezzin's haunting call to prayer. I'd feel better knowing this was indeed brewed for the North American market, as I'd like to think my memory wasn't this horribly inaccurate.

Light golden colour with a white head full of tiny bubbles that disappears fairly quickly. Some carbonation maintained, so mouthfeel remains decent.

The aroma is of sweet grains, no sign of hops. A typical "Euro lager". The taste is overwhelmingly sweet, to the point where I have just reviewed the ingredients list on the can to see if there is anything unusual. The rice indicates an honest adjunct - so be it - but this literally tastes like sugar water. A faint hint of caramelized malts, but otherwise reminds me of syrup.

It's very rare I meet a beer I won't finish, although I still hope to try this again one day on the other side of the pond!

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Photo of nezih
1.84/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Anadolu Efes Brewery produce this beer in for 3 regions. Turkish local market, russia and europe. Main problem is, they use glucose syrup (made from corn) and rice on the turkish version. This makes efes pilsener is not an officially a beer. it's just something else. But they cannot use that formula for their russian nor european products.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pilsener glass.

A: Rich golden yellow colour. Looks like liquid honey. Small white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Slight hoppy bitterness and sweet like honey. Fair amount of malt in there too. Very nice, though a very faint metallic element to it.

T: Sweet and malty with a great balance of flavourful hops. Slight hint of adjuncts, but overall very rich.

M: Nice and smooth, no bad taste after as is typical with euro pilsners. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is actually a really nice beer. I was blinded by the stereotype of the classic "national mass produced lager" but I was extremely pleasantly surprised with this. Not the greatest beer ever but its very nice to drink. High marks for the style

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden pour with a large white foamy head. Dissipates into decent lacings.

S: Pour sweet malt, a bit grainy. Some bitter hops, faint citric notes. Faint green apples.

T: Dry bitter hops, a bit faint. Only a little sweetness from the malt.

M: Aftertaste is short, body is medium and carbonation mild. A smooth beverage.

O: A standard German Pilsener, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of deapokid
3.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 7/17/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Beer is a golden yellow (much deeper than usual), with a very light carbonation and thin flecks of white foam. There's no lacing or sediment to be seen, making for a very basic, but inoffensive, look.

Scent is sweet and buttery with a decent underlying maltiness and a slight, caramel aroma. Thankfully, there's no sun-damaged skunkiness or aluminum can flavor, though the clear, label-free bottle would have you assume otherwise.

The first sip brings on a tingly, buttery taste, followed by a mild dryness and just a hint of pepper. Oatey cereal notes are welcome making for a sweet and tasty finish. This is a really prime example of the commercial lager, completely lacking the vegetal and skunky elements that their brethren so often wear like a badge. It's also extremely drinkable; swimming down my throat with a doughy conclusion reminiscent of an English bitter.

Mouth is smooth front to back, never showing even the slightest flaw that would hinder this from being an easy sipper.

I'm pleased to say how surprised I am by this beer. Who would have known Turkey could produce such a solid pilsener?

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