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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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BA SCORE
66
poor

623 Ratings
THE BROS
59
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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 623 | Reviews: 296
Reviews by Jordan1985rec:
Photo of Jordan1985rec
4.22/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In reading through the reviews of this beer, I think some people 'get it,' and others simply do not. I don't say this to be inflammatory, or in anyway mean, I just think that this beer is more of a sense-memory kind of beer, more akin, therefore to somebody liking Narraganset because it reminds them of their father or sharing a beer with friends. For me, this beer reminds me of Europe. It sends me back to sitting under an umbrella in Ghent, Belgium. There is a definite headiness to this beer, and for those of you who may remember their first attempt at drinking European beer after trying weak American lager will know this feeling.

I know this is not a perfect beer. I, and many other Euro-fans on here enjoy this beer it seems for similar reasons, it reminds of us a time when beer was something new, and was directly tied to locality. To me, this beer is terrific in its unpretentious attitude and overall European confidence.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- The appearance is decent with a heavy orange hue that glows in the light. Small foamy head settle to a ferment like top on the beer leaving nice lacing from top to bottom.

S- No frills smell, with obvious estery alcohol notes. Light scents of malts and maybe alittle yeast.

T-M- Heavy flavors of alcohol ands malts hits the tongue first, this is then followed by light tones of hoppy bite and dry yeasty taste.
Medium body, but quite hard with the amount of alcohol in this one.

D- Drinkable on occation if you need a beer for the buzz and dont want to go for a malt liquer deal. A-Ok with me.

Photo of RoyalT
1.92/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – The body is light orange and crystal clear with a nice, big foaming head that went down slowly and laced the glass well.

Smell – This really does smell like an elephant. The sharp grainy aroma is there along with some gut-wrenching alcohol notes, but there’s also a stank that smells like BO meets the elephant cage.

Taste – Oh, God, is this horrible. I guess I could try to describe the grain and small hops, but the BO dominates everything. This tastes like somebody’s rotten feet.

Mouthfeel – This one was actually a bit on the creamy side.

Drinkability – Sorry, I’d like to think of something positive to say but this stuff is horrible.

Photo of Jason
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date, this sample was brewed in Canada by Labatt. Thin creamy looking lace, very mild haze within the orange golden brew.

Clean solvent alcohol aroma with an underlying cloying sweetness and a rough graininess.

Pretty smooth with a moderate body and light carbonation. Thick husky grain flavour comes to the taste buds as the alcohol sneaks in with its solvent warmth. Faded hops in the back, sweet start to middle then the graininess and alcohol kick in and throws down a lightly astringently dry finish.

Bit more malt than the usual American malt liquor but still thin, not much to taste … it is more or less a beer that has a kick and sadly that is its greatest attribute.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from Denmark, best before 05/05/05, it's a bit after that but 7.2% abv, should be all right.

Appearance: Doesn't pour with much head and what is there dissipates fast. A small amount of lacing. Gold/orange colour with very few bubbles escaping.

Smell: Pretty ordinary alcohol smell very evident, subtle hops, not much else. Smells like I'm about to drink it and don't care that much.

Taste: Smooth but strong, no efforts to hide the 7.2% abv. Sweet on the palate, again unsubtle. Hops aren't especially tastable here, except in the mild global bitterness. I'll drink it, it's not too bad, but nothing too great at all.

Mouthfeel: Flat and rough. Pretty dodgy actually - not designed to stay in the mouth or in the glass long. Interesting, in fact, for its conspicuously poor effect on the tongue.

Drinkability: In spite of its commonness, it's OK to drink, especially if you're with a large group of footy fans at an inner city English pub. Goes down pretty easy, and isn't here to be savoured. A temporary beer.

Photo of Byeast
3.02/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This "malt liquor " pours a very slightly hazed , golden color , with a half inch of whit foam sitting atop. The smell is a little malty , some light struck aroma , maybe the slightest tinge of floral hop and some alcohol. The taste is also of slightly malty grain , some warming alcohol , and a touch of balancing hop. This is a drinkable brew that definatly packs a punch , but it's kind of one dimensional and thin. Goes down easy enough , but it nothing that special in my book.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It looks good for the color, which is golden with a nice thick head. The smell is by far nothing to write home about with only hints of the ingredients. The taste is mediocre as it gets which seems to me it would be a Canadian light beer, but it does taste like a beer. Another mediocre on the feel too. It goes down smooth so there is another positive. Assessment: drink this beer if you want to play a drinking game in Denmark, but save your money in being a beer condenser.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Swear it seems like I've reviewed this before, but ok. Gold pour, thin white head, no lace. Big fusel alcohol aroma.

Big fusel alcohol taste, while 7%, this one drinks like its 11% alcohol, the thin, super thin corny adjunct possible body doesn't do anything to cover up the taste of alcohol, that's what this beer is all about, water and alcohol.

So hot, like imperial Heneiken, but without the good skunkiness.

Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent gold with an extremely white head of 1/4 of an inch. Actually laces the glass in some rings. Malty and untoasted grain aromas, buckwheat and timothy hay. Mouthfeel is decent, silky and lighlty carbonated. There's little sense of hop balance to this brew, not surprising, but still, this had a decent start. Gets cloying at the third sip. Finishes decently dry with a slight sense of alcohol. I suppose if it HAS to be a Malt Liquor...but this beer does not deserve to command its "premium" price...

Photo of timontheroad
2.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of frankiepop
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't drink this often, but I am giving this a positive review. This is, if not anything else, a unique malt liquor. A strong alcohol aroma with an underlying cloying sweetness and a rough graininess.and a sweetness comes through.

Fairly smooth medium body and lighter carbonation which all are a plus for me.

Taste is malty alcohol flavor with a hint of black licorice faded into the background. It kind of reminds me a bit of a Schnaaps.

Elephant carries a good kick so I recommend you drink this with Music For Gardening
Maja S.K. Ratkje & Lasse Marhaug

Read more: http://www.emusic.com/artist/maja-s-k-ratkje-lasse-marhaug/12645144/#ixzz1xBAhtFau

Photo of thatruth
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a 1" frothy off-white head with moderate, lasting lacing. from the bottle a slimy yellow turns to a proper, full golden body.

smells like your typical hoppy, boozy, "green" lager. strong.

tastes might pale and mighty hoppy. pungent. dense like a euro lager it's suppose to be.

mouthfeel is mighty boozy. tantalizing, bright on-bringing to a crisp, dry finish.

boozy beer. in the smell, taste, feel, and after effects.

Photo of rastaman
1.7/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Kind of oily alcohol flavour. Really thin, but its easy to drink and you can get drunk quick off it, which in my opinion isn't a good thing, i'd rather like what i'm drinking and get pissed off that, than this tasteless oily crap.

Photo of LXIXME
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Brenden
2.81/5  rDev +0.7%
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 SetarconeX
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather cloudy, unremarkable yellow color. Not straw, not gold, this one is just plain old yellow.

It has a scent remarkable in its similarity to the drainage ditch behind my home. With a bit of skunk to boot.

Considering the heft of the stench coming of this brew, I actually expected it to taste a lot worse. Taste is a weird sort of syrupy corn and malt mixture. I think I detect a hop in there somewhere, but it's a rather anemic one.

At heart, it's a malt liquor. I've had worse, but this wasn't created to be art. It's the sort of beer you buy if you're trying to get whammed in a hurry. Not something I think I'll buy again.

Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with a really nice looking creamy white head. Head doesn't stick around long, but does fade to a nice cap with decent lacing. Really a pretty looking beer.

Floral and fruity. A bit of strawberry. A little bit of a malty-caramely back side to it. That typical Euro Lager smell is there too, but more subtle than most. I don't know how to describe that smell other than stale, yet somehow not totally unappealing. Generally speaking though, I'm not a fan. It's not overpowering here though.

Sweet and malty early, but bitter at the back of the tongue and throat. Medium bodied, generally creamy, but also a little slick and watery at times. A little bit of alcohol mixes with that crisp Euro Lager flavor (again, I don't really know how to describe it). Actually seems slightly acidic to me - not sure if that can apply to a beer like it can a wine. Does sort of remind of a light mead. A distinctive and hard to describe taste, but not a terribly good one.

Not bad, but I don't think I'll be going for another one of these for awhile. Lots of better stuff out there, in my opinion.

Photo of mschram72
2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
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 dacrza1
1.86/5  rDev -33.3%
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 Tyler_Sly
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
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 MrVonzipper
2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice unfiltered golden straw color like a Hef. Decent white head with little retention.

Smell of skunk immediately after opening. Smells like I just opened a bag of weed. As I stick my nose in the glass I get less skunk and more sour-pale maltiness.

Flavor has the euro pale malt flavor with a touch of caramel an bongwater. Has a little odd sourness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, this another bottle I bought just cuz I needed the bottlecap. I use to buy this sometimes about ten years ago when I was 21 and broke, because of the 7.2% ABV. I'd only recommend this to someone who happens to like Heinekin because of the abv.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.69/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mine looks different from the BA pic and it says "Brewed and bottled in Copenhagen, Denmark"....it seems may reviewers have samples bottled in Canada. Is it the exact same recipe?

A - Hazy gold with a greenish gray tint. The head is soapy and very short lived....by the time I set the bottle down it was already pretty much gone. Wispy haze and a few bubbles are all thats left. Suddsy lace slides back down into the brew after a swirl.

S - Malty and sweet with some crisp and salty hop notes. Toasted corn flakes and sand. Refreshing.

T - Nicely balanced sweet bready malt and crisp but light hops. The sweetness can be overwhelmingly cloying at times, and this starts to get nasty as it warms.

M - Full bodied and chewy with a moderately dry finish with some alcohol noticeable.

D - I could drink one of these if I just wanted to catch a buzz. The best Danish brew I've had. I like this more than I thought I would.

Photo of secondtooth
3.54/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, amber-gold with plenty of head and lacing. This nice 7.2% ABV lager has a nicely floral nose and a balanced malty flavor profile -- not too challenging or challenging but certainly enjoyable and easy-going. A good, solid beer with a surprising alcohol kick.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another pseudo-import to the U.S. brewed by Labatt's in Canada. At least it's in a brown bottle. It pours a bright golden robe with a thick and frothy bright white head ...that shortly drops to a decent collar and lacy surface covering. On the up side, it does leave some very nice lace (which is not normally present in American malt liquors). The aroma is of a grainy maltiness and mild grassy hops. The body is medium/full with a very fine and mild carbonation. The mouthfeel starts lightly crisp at first, and then becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor reveals much more hop flavor than the aroma indicates, and the bitterness is quite bold as well. Were it not for the solid, sweetly grainy malt underneath, this could be an IPA. It's well balanced with the malt and hops tasting seperately, but also playing against each other. Quite lively and interesting. The alcohol is well cloaked, but becomes more apparent towards the end of the glass. It finishes drying with a lingering combination of malty sweetness and bitter hop character. A full and rich beer with lots of character. Interesting, and enjoyable, but not very drinkable beyond one or two.

Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from a friend, poured into a pint glass. Appears a clear gold with a short white head.

First things first, there's nothing patently offensive about this beer-bravo. That's not an easy accomplishment for a high-alcohol macro lager in green glass. The aroma is pretty non-existent however, I got a hint of strange scented candle-like spice I wouldn't expect in beer. The flavor opens with smooth bready malts and finishes with a big lager tang. In most beer this tang is unpleasant and astringent, but here it comes off more like a mix of strong perfume and fruit punch. Still not something you usually demand in a fine beer, but this could be worse.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.