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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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BA SCORE
66
poor

617 Ratings
THE BROS
59
awful

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-03-2002

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Ratings: 617 | Reviews: 294
Photo of TheDaveman77
1.53/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Really not a great beer...that's all I can say.

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...

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not too much to note here

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"

Photo of Winston3737
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer tastes nothing like Carlsburg.

Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly just wanted to tick off the style and went into it with the least of expectations.
Looks ok.
Smells like bread and honey.
Tastes the same. No noticeable hops.
Medium bodied, feels about right.
Not really my thing, but not that bad either. You could do worse.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of the style. I like this beer quite a bit but have no in styles comparisons thus the rating would be higher.

A- cloudy

Photo of Treyliff
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A- pours a clear dark golden color with a small creamy white head that retains a long lasting film on top

S- cooked corn with lots of booze up front, caramel, faint grassy hop, sweet finish

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel, vegetal flavors kick in mid-palate with faint grassy/floral hop, slightly harsh finish with some booze and lingers of malt liquor

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy, full-bodied finish, linger of alcohol

O- this was actually much more drinkable than I expected, the finish was a little harsh but not as bad as its rating

Photo of Gear54
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Gold color with no head and no lace. Lots if carbonation.

Smell is floral both bread and yeast. All are faint in the nose.

Taste is sweet and bread like. Bitter yeast on the tongue that fades fast. Taste like smell is faint except for the bitterness.

Overall weak flavor and smell with short thin mouth feel. Price wasn't bad.

Photo of charlzm
3.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass from an undated bottle purchased yesterday. Consumed on January 27th, 2015.

Beer pours a slightly hazy clear golden/amber. A moderate pour produces a two-finger white head that provides some sheeting during the drink-down. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass even 30 minutes later.

Aroma is lightly floral. Solventy alcohol note present. Honey and grain husks also in the mix.

Flavor is much like the nose: sweet and thin up front with a slightly boozy honey kick at the end. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation provides a slight creamy texture. Nice.

Overall, this is not something I would go out of my way to drink again, but it was not at all as bad as I feared after reading some of the reviews here.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-yellow-orange color with a small head of fizzy white foam. The head fades very rapidly, leaving a bit of foam on the surface of the brew and very little lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grainy and bready smell along with some other aromas of a hay smell. A little bit of a grass smell and some aromas of a very light, almost smoky, and salty smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a very smooth bready taste that has some hints of light fruit of orange and pear mixed within. As the taste advances some light hay and grain come to the tongue all while the fruit fades and is replaced by some caramel. At the end, just the slightest hint of alcohol and a tiny bit of a floral taste are joined by a little resurgence of the fruit, and end up leaving one with a rather pleasant and somewhat smother and sweet lager like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a brew of 7.2 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body makes this a much more approachable and refreshing brew and really matches well the more lager like flavors of the brew, making this one an easy drinker even with its slightly higher abv.

Overall –This brew actually delivered much more then I was expecting form the look or smell. It was a rather enjoyable brew overall. While not something all that exceptional, it was both rather refreshing and flavorful. Not a bad one to at least try.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nearly nothing after a minute or two

S: A bit of sweet maltiness, some graininess, and light fruitiness. Not too much else, but what's there is actually decently enjoyable

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the maltiness which is mostly sweet and a little bready. The husky graininess comes in next, followed by a bit of fruitiness and a touch of solventy alcohol. Finishes with more light malty sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Luckily got a few non-skunked bottles and I think that made it quite a bit more enjoyable. Not complex by any means, but as a higher abv brew that's meant to taste like a fizzy yellow beer, it's not bad at all. I like to think of this style as the Euro style of American malt liquor. With that outlook, this is actually a half-decent brew. I wouldn't risk multiple purchases just because of the green bottle and high risk of skunkiness, but I have no shame in rating this with a score that is quite a bit higher than average

Photo of Caveworm
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S. Oured from the bottle into a glass, it's got no head or lacing, and the average pale golden of "Euro" brews.

The scent is robust with malt. Not much else going on here

Bold malt taste with not very much hop presence.

Clean finish on the mouthfeel. No lingering elements.

Overall a 3 for Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S. I won't buy this brew again.

Photo of nicholas2121
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Elephant Beer brewed by Carlsberg Denmark A/S with an ABV of 7.2%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. This brew has a the look of an American Lager. Keep in mind this brew was pours out of a green bottle. The smell is skunky with some grains and hops. The taste is smooth with some skunkiness. For having an ABV of 7.2% it is really smooth. I'm not big on the taste of this brew. The mouthfeel is ok but it has some skunkyness. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out of 5. Not the best but far from the worst. I may by this brew again. I may buy this brew again. I would like to try this brew in a can.

Photo of DouglasWalk
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Surprisingly nice and smooth

Photo of mralphabet
2.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Quick review from notes..
Not much of a head.. Very little lacing to speak of..
Very euro lager... Sweet malt just a touch of hops.. Really hides the higher ABV. Pretty thin but cool and refreshing. Overall not a bad euro lager.. Really makes me think that this is a higher ABV version of Heineken.

Photo of Jerrod-Scott
3.54/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A nice head and crisp mouthfeel, this strong Euro-lager is refreshing on a hot day. The aroma is distinctive, with a toasted biscuit hint. The taste hides the alcohol well, finishing clean. Not the best beer, but not as poor as many of the reviews suggest.

Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoyed the slightly sweet, crisp and moderately dry aftertaste. Taste on the front end...it was okay; nothing to write home about. I've had only a few kolsch beers but this wasn't my favorite. It reminded me of a blended white wine. In one hand, its refreshing on a hot Summer's day. But on the other, you really can't do much or get much out of it. It's obviously supposed to be paired with lighter foods but there's still nothing that I'd pair it with. A couple by the pool wouldn't be bad, though.

Photo of Brenden
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bright though mildly hazed, Elephant is gold-orange in color with a thin cap of head that nevertheless sticks around as it is and manages to drop thin spotting in moderation.
The smell is odd; indistinct sweetness, graininess and chemical cleaner notes make for some unpleasantness, though if I try hard there's a nice pale peach to the sweetness and a touch of grass hinting of hops.
It's grainy with some corn husk and fruits but, again, grassy hops do sneak through and graininess is toned down to something more like earthiness. Fruity sweetness up front leads to some cracker and gets a little drier as both malt and hops assert themselves to a point.
The graininess makes the otherwise crisp and not-quite-smooth feel a little harsher, while alcohol thins the back end.

Photo of FLima
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with apparent carbonation and a thin head with medium retention.
Relatively bold aroma of grassy hops and bready malt.
Flavor of sweet malt, grassy hops and booze. Not much else there.
Light body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is felt more as a flavor rather than a warming sensation which would not be pleasant in this style.
This one seems to be fresh and it tastes much better than average Malt Liquors, though a style that is far from my favorite. It did not get repulsive after warming up, norm for the style and most Adjunct Lagers (just as a reference). I actually liked this Imperial Pilsner, I could have a few.

Photo of jwc215
2.37/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours golden with a thin head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell is of grain, some grape and plenty of booze.

The taste is of solvent alcohol, some grain. Alcohol spicing drying out the mouth.

Slick with a thick-ish body.

It's imbalanced and not good. There are much cheaper malt liquors that will do the same.

Photo of Botulizard
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Seeing as it comes in a green bottle, it's prone to skunkiness, and mine is a bit skunky- although not as horrifying as a Heineken or a (shudder) Grolsch. It lacks any real complexity, but if you want "bang for your buck", it's $9-10 for a sixer at 7.2%.

If you want to get a buzz on without really thinking about it, I wouldn't advise you against Carlsberg Elephant. If you want to really get deep into a complex beer- skip this one and try something else.

Edit: Seems like only some of mine were skunked. I took another one out of the fridge tonight, and found it pleasantly unskunky. When it hasn't been ravaged by the light, it's not half bad. It's still pretty generic-tasting and nothing to clamor for, but it's good for what it is. I'll up the taste and overall rating by a little bit.

Photo of LXIXME
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Big white head quickly dies above a clear orange-golden colored beer.

Light citrus and malt aroma.

Light sort of citrusy taste with some light grain malt hints coming through.

A bitter almost sour dry aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

Better than their pilsner but I still not impressed with these guys.

Photo of mschram72
2.32/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle is nothing special to behold, and the beer has no real distinctive color when poured.

Extremely light, with a Heineken-esque sweetness, but lacking in any real depth of flavor. I suppose some would describe it as "skunky."

At 7.2% ABV it's quite a bargain where I purchased it ($9.99 for a 6 pack)

Overall it was rather disappointing, but certainly isn't a "bad" beer. Just nothing overall special about it.

Photo of Beerwolf666
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my First Review on this site,so please Excuse my less then stellar Review style,But I have been a Huge "Beer Enthusiast" for over 30 years, so I am no Noob when it comes to the frothy goodness of the wonderful world of Beer & Ales,I Know this does not qualify me as any type of expert in the least,but I do know what I Like..with that said,I Honestly can not understand why "Carlsburg Elephant" seems to be slagged and hated on so much,by so many..I mean this is a damn good beer![IMHO] It's Crisp,nice and hoppy & not too bitter,a perfect brew for these Hot Humid days of summer,very refreshing,with a nice finish,perhaps it does have a slight Alcohol taste that lingers a bit too long & a Head that is nothing to brag about,but overall I find it to be a Very Nice Refreshing Brew and quite drinkable,not the horrid stale, skunky swill so many reviewers make it out to be here in these forums,but thats the thing with Beer,what I enjoy and find to be a decent brew,the next guy may very well Hate,anyway my point is do not dismiss this brew if you have not tried it,because IMHO it's well worth checking out for yourself~Cheers.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.