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Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 04-03-2002

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Photo of AraBama
1.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden very little cloudiness. No head at all. Could not get a distinct smell from this beer. I got a strong carbonated taste and not much else. Overall not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.76/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice green bottle. With an alcohol content over 7% you are expecting a kick with this brew.

Would look nice to drink cold from the bottle.

On pour a nice clear golden yellow colour, with a good foamy head which settles to a decent looking lager, no real lacing.

A real beery smell, with a very strong tinge of alcohol, and a very sweet, grainy maltiness apparent, some hints of honey.

On taste I got a creamy mouthful, with some grains

Lots of sugar, a very sweet malt after taste, too sweet in fact. I found this NOT NICE at all, too harsh to drink! Lots of alcohol in the taste

Overall, it was too strong, a bit chemical, a bit flat, very bad chemical aftertaste, is certainly a strong beer to drink!

For sure its strong and has a kick but that’s in absence of any discernible taste or flavour.
I found it very difficult to drink, lots of bitter hops, too many, and the malts kicking in to the fore. Not for me.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought 12oz from Liquor Collection $2.95
Clear Golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Smells like yeast
Taste like malt liquor, alcohol aftertaste
Overall a beer I would not drink again

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed from teh 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Kevin

This brew pours a lightly hazy golden straw color with a very light head of white foam that diminishes to a very razor thin ring and then that leaves to just light bubbles on the sides. Nose of caramel sweet malts and moderate grain notes. Flavors exceed the nose with honey and caramel sweet malts mixing with a light white bread flavor on all sides. Middle to back shows a subtle herbal hop note that lightly lingers and then vanishes against a grain aftertaste. Light on the carbonation department, lightly crisp and sweet that finishes clean. Overall an easy drinking lager that is moderately strong on the alcohol level. Nothing to get excited about, but back in the day it was a treat to behold. Being as we are now spoiled this has fallen to a much lower level on the scale from premium to mediocrity. Still great on a hot day, and an easy thirst quencher.


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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark golden amber with a small head, a steady stream of tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom but cannot maintain the head. A bit of bread in the mouth, little to no hop flavor to me. Mouthfeel is unassuming, considering the potency of the brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I was first of drinking age, Carlsberg Elephant was considered an exotic and potent beer, which may have been a fair assessment when compared with the other beers available at the time. This bottle was poured into a cylinder glass. It pours a light golden straw color with very thin, bright white head and minimal lacing. Swishing the glass produced more lacing. The smell is mostly bready malt and floral hops. The taste is basically bready with a dry hops and a slight toffee or caramel sweetness at the finish. This lager has a fairly light feel and the 7.2% ABV is barely noticeable. in an age of craft beer with high ABV. Overall, this is a rather bland lager. There is nothing special about it. I could see drinking it at a party or at a bar if nothing else is available but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Light golden pour, lots of clarity, super thin white head. Tons of rubbing alcohol and skunkiness in the aroma.

Lots of alcohol in the taste, super thin mouthfeel, high carbonation, jeez, more alcohol burn.


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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sampled last night on 12/10/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice green bottle from the Carlsberg Danmark A/S in København, Denmark. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Minnesota Vikings" flute glass.

Brew pours a hazy deep golden-amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is pretty much the same with beers that come from a green bottle for some reason, which is on the 'skunky' side. Along with that aroma, there was of sweet corn and floral hops. Pretty much can be said for the taste actually. Bit of a bitter finish also that is slightly dry. Nothing special. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a fan of this one.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Freebie from the neighbor. Not even sure where in the hell he got ahold of this brew, but I'm not here to ask questions. I'm here to review. Sight-reviewed on the spot so it likely won't be all that long.

Look - Into a generic kitchen glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a straw golden with a big frothy white head that makes me stop and them continue the pour a few times. Head eventually drops to a thickenes froth atop the yellow body and it leaves some initial soapy although sticky lacing upon the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be surprisingly low.

Smell - You know this is a Euro Lager from the second is makes its way through your nostrils. Pale malts very bready like in nature with a tinge of alcohol. Bready with an odd though not necessarily bad wheat going on.

Taste - The light malts come through in a cheap grocery store breadyness. The alcohol surprisingly doesn't make an appearance despite the fact it wasn't brewed to mask it. Very basic, though lacking skunk so it is quite tolerable.

Feel - Body tosses off a bit of the alcoholic presence though it certainly isn't bothersum. Light to medoum depending on beer temperature with a low level of carbonation.

Overall - Actually quite a bit better than I had expected. On par with if not better than the higher ABV American adjuncts. Could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with three fingers of white head that lasts a good ten minutes. Moderate lace.
Smell mostly bready sweet malt.
Taste is sweet rich bready malt with just enough noble hops to balance.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finishes mostly sweet but the hop bitterness builds as you take more sips. I am past the halfway mark in the shaker pint glass and there is still a coating of head.
Overall a tasty and refreshing beer that would be near the top in this oft neglected style. No skunk either.
Bottle says brewed in Fredericia, Denmark by Carlsberg Breweries.

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Photo of Dave97
4.7/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poor - From a 11.2 oz bottle. Nice easy poor - No head to speak of, no lacing.

Appearance - Very nice 24k gold/amber. Decent carbonation. No head. Very clear.

Nose - Nice light malt, honey/biscuit. faint caramel, light toasted malt. Brown sugar, ginger, cardamon and clove. The Noble hops are coming through as well, lemon zest and a tiny bit of orange. Hay/grass. A little spicy. A little mineral/slate. Nice light lager/pilsner aroma. Nothing off putting or funky. A little ethanol. Very floral.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body with a little fizz. Not much carbonation. Easy drinking.

Taste - Nice! Awesome imperial lager/pils. At 40 ibu's it has just the right amount of bitterness to round out the heavy malt backbone perfectly. A little ethanol, just a tiny bit; but I like that. Reminds me that I'm drinking a higher abv beer. Nice medium malt presence. Not too sweet, just bready and toasty. Accompanied by a great Noble hop taste. I'm guessing Halltertau because of the heavy floral presence.

Finish - very nice long lasting finish. Slight alcohol burn. Sticky on the sides of the tongue. Very nice sweet/sour lemon after taste. This is a nice lager for before/during and after dinner.

Overall - My favorite Euro lager to date.

Food Pairings - Veal Parmesan, Stuffed Peppers, Curry, Sashimi, Pheasant, Stroganoff, Chinese, Bratwurst, Jamaican, Eggplant Parmesan, steamed shrimp, mussels, oysters, clams and salmon.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold pour (4) with one finger of white foam; super clear with good lace and some cap. Spicy floral hop and slightly corny nose. Spicy floral hop flavor with just a little DMS; buttered cracker finish. Creamy lite mouthfeel with moderate plus carbonation. Overall easy drinking with a pleasant floral linger.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

i like the cloudy appearance of this beer, it's also pretty smooth. 11.2 ounces is obviously not as good as 12 ounces but with the ABV at 7.2% it more than makes up for it.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.54/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: One finger of white head dissipated before I finished typing this sentence. Pale straw in color and decent carbonation.

Smell: Sticky sweet malt barely covering a strong aroma of alcohol.

Taste: Yep. More of the same.

Feel: Watery with a dry finish.

Overall: Meh. At 7.2% I'd rather have this than most any AAL. Similar quality.

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Photo of mr-jj
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a green 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Brought back from Germany in my luggage - a gift from a colleague.

Color is pale straw with a decent head that fades quickly. Very little lacing. Smell is boozy, grainy with some fruit esters. Flavor is similar - it's got a stronger malt backbone than I expected and it kind of works with the alcohol and the mild hop bitterness. Not usually my favorite style, but this isn't bad. Body is medium, mouthfeel has some bite from the alcohol. Overall, it's not nearly as bad as many other reviews indicated. It's certainly better than most American adjunct lagers and is reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of infinitebruner
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

July 8, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, pilsner glass

A – Light gold to dark straw, with high clarity. A centimeter of white head with low retention.

S – Bready, grainy, slightly sweet malt, with some intensely herbal hops, a touch of floral. Just the slightest impression of fruity esters, but otherwise pretty clean.

T – Herbal-floral hops with moderate hop bitterness. Light bready malt, slightly sweet. A slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

M – A bit slick throughout, medium-bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Moderately bitter with a bittersweet finish that’s slightly unpleasant, hot.

O – Very similar to American standard lagers, without the crispness and smoothness. Highly flawed.

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Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I notice right away that the beer appears very cloudy in the green glass bottle. Odd.

The pour reveals an unexpected appearance to say the least. A beautiful hazy light orange hue is revealed. Head is initially decent though has rather weak retention. Moderate lacing observed. If I wasn't aware I was drinking a Euro Strong Lager I would guess this was an unfiltered American IPA based on appearance alone.

The aroma smacks me in the face with alcohol. Smells sweet and boozy. I do pick up a fair amount of fruitiness but that's likely due to fruity esters rather than hops.

The taste actually follows the nose surprisingly. Tastes much like a malt liquor though with a bit more fruity sweetness. A bit of nuttiness; kind of an almond thing going on. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and full. The finish is very harsh however and hurts the brew a lot overall. Just a ton of hot alcohol in the finish which lasts forever; pretty rough and not really justified considering the abv really isn't all that high.

Would actually be pretty good if not for the finish. Worth a try though since its rather unique.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I lived in England for years and lived Carlsberg, then, saw some and grabbed it even though it was strangely named Elephant. Is it not the same? Opening this app up I saw horrible reviews which was very different from the Carlsberg I used to enjoy. Pale gold with a thick head that doesn't go away after my long ass antidote to open. I'm a little stuffy, so I can't make out the ingredients but it smells fruitful and clean. Tastes more bitter than the Carlsburg I used to drink in Europe but, I mean, it's decent so I gave it an average taste. Feel was slightly above average. I just think that it's an import that was contracted out to Americans and they screwed it up (much like Newcastle).

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Photo of generallee
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 7.2% abv.

Appearance: The body has a deep yellow color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. On top it sports a bright white fluffy head of foam. It quickly settled down to a wispy thin film covering. Lacing is minimal and slick.

Smell: It has a nice bready and grainy maltiness in the nose. It smells sweet with a mild floral hop note for balance.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a light cereal grain sweetness with some mild grassy and floral hops in the finish. I had a old bottle so I didn't get much in the way of any harshness from the higher abv. The feel is smooth and full with just enough carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.01/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a smell of corn, malt and some grass. not very exciting
Appearance- Pours a golden yellow with a small thick white head.
Taste- Has a very good flavor. I was anticipating the Euro green glass skunk devil, but that was not the case. A nice caramel flavor with a strong alcohol mix.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly oily texture that goes well with the flavor.
Overall- I noticed there is not a lot of love for the "Elephant" rating wise. I thought it was really good for the style and it goes down very well.

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Photo of drtth
3.52/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear deep golden/straw color with a 1/2" fluffy white head that soon recedes to a ring and a large irregular shallow island of foam which lasts fairly long. Sipping leaves arches, speckles and legs of lacing.

The aromas include sweet malt (a bit like honey) and some grassy character.

Early on there are some nice malt flavors carried along with the sweetness of the malt but they all recede into earthy bitterness. While the alcohol is noticable in the flavor profile it is neither hot nor unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely crisp and has very faint prickly carbonation. The finish begins in the malt sweetness which then fades to leave some grassy, earthy bitterness that lingers a good while on the palate.

This is an interesting beer with some rich full but not strong flavors and one that I'd drink again. That said its not anything I'll go out of my way to find or that I expect to buy again, but I could certainly enjoy a repeat if it was the beer on offer at a party or some other hosted event. I'm also glad I bought the six pack as my opinion of the beer evolved a bit by the 4-5th bottles.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar showed a standard gold color with a white head, minimal lace to be had. Aroma was sweet with some malt hints and grain, seemed well rounded in the aroma even though it's simple. Had a nice taste with sweetness and some grain depth...overall a simple brew with some taste that's better than some of the things out there.

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Photo of timontheroad
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Mostly clear dark golden color, nice half inch white head, quickly faded to as thin film, so-so lacing. The aroma was sweet and bready, no noticeable hop smells. The flavor was very sweet, crackery, with a touch of honey, again, no noticeable hop flavor. The mouthfeel was fairly thick and quite creamy - not bad. Overall, this is not really a good beer, only passable, not a drainpour.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: May 1, 2015... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... OCCASION: attractive looping fence of white lacing; mostly clear, light yellow body that generates reasonable effervescence... APPEARANCE: clear, orange amber body with mild effervescence; thin, steady, snow-white head that frames the body attractively; appropriate lacing.. AROMA: pungent maltiness that suggests envelope gum, light floral hops, and medicinal alcohol ...PALATE: thin and oily early; lingering, warm, and carbonated respectfully... TASTE: beefy sweetness that sours slightly at the finish; largely malty; cloying graininess...OVERALL: a fat taste becomes a flat finish, with the alcohol content leaking into the profile against my will--not quite smooth and not quite flavorful; a big beer that drags...

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Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just like its name, feels heavy but still is attractive. I would compare it on par with Guinness. Not standing out that much, but not bad. Slightly better described with the word "a bit better than just fine"

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.