Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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BA SCORE
66
poor

636 Ratings
THE BROS
59
awful

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 54 | 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: 636 | Reviews: 304
Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love me some Carlsberg, especially when cold!

Photo of reasoncreated
4.35/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally drink heavier beers, but when I had this one I was in the US Virgin Islands, there are no dark beers there. I was told that this used to be a local beer, but was bought out by a Danish brewer.

Anyway, out on a charter fishing boat, I had a six pack of this, 85 degrees F, sittining in the sun. This beer was perfect. Even when the cooler couldn't keep it cool, it was a refreshing drink. A little bit of a bite to it, but I'd have never guessed it was 7.2%. It had a bit of a hoppy flavor, I thought, which reminded me of some of my favorite ales.

Photo of billybob
4.32/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first i also would like to say i'm surprised this beer has a low rating as i feel it has some good things going for it.

pours a honey golden color with a one finger white head that faded quickly to a ring on the glass with a fair amount of lacing. earthy fruity nose with a sweet fruity bready malt taste up front through the middle ending with a slight tang rather than any bitterness also hides the alcohol very well. medium to thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.

very easy beer to drink, drank five for this review and could easily have had more.

Photo of Jordan1985rec
4.22/5  rDev +50.7%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best malt liquors out there. I feel many people see 'malt liquor' and flag it, but it's a quality beverage, style in mind. I really enjoy the Elephant.

A- A brilliant, shimmering gold, no head to speak of.

S- Sweet, mild bready malts, no hops. The good parts of Old English make their way here.

T- Fantastic. Crisp, clean, mild;y bready, a treat. Taste is sweet, crisp, and leaves just enough to have you take another sip.

M- For the style... can't get better. 5 of 5... so crisp and clean for a malt liquor.

D- Insane. Earns its points with ease.

I suggest you all re-review, style in mind, because up against most malt liquors, this is got-damn gold in a glass.

Highly recommended.

Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green slope shouldered glass bottle with a white foil collar and a label sporting an African elephant. Pry-off cap, brewed in Denmark by Carlsberg, not a Labatt copy.
Sunny copper transparent body. Huge white head of small to large bubbles. Clumpy lace and great retention.
Grassy scent sweetened with honey.
Honey grain flavor with some caramel. Shortlived aftertaste of mild hops and honey.
Medium body, some coating, harsh and slightly dry finish.
Good drinkability. One of the tastier euro lagers to be sure.

-Oelergud

Photo of Bierschenker
4.08/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Bottle: 33ml
*Place beer was reviewed: Op kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3, B-2800 Mechelen

This beer has a very strong malt odour. The smell is very strong. The beer has a very clear golden colour. And it produces a normal head. But the head disappears quite quick. The taste is just like the smell very malty and a little bit sour. The aftertaste is bitter.

Though not a lot of people on the website like this beer. I find it very enjoyable. I have known this beer since I was a little boy. My grandmother is a Carlsberg and Tuborg drinker. The normal Lager, because the Elephant is not sold in a lot of bars.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Photo of Arenbeer
4.04/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out of 12 0z into Glass

Golden honey yellow hue on the body with a bright white 2 finger head that disapeared quickly. Has a real sweet and floral hoppy smell to it thats real defined and strong. The second i poured the bottle i smelt it right away.

Has a very rough bitter mouthfeel, very carbonated, But the flavor is definitely there to make up for it. Has a real strong pale malt/ pilsner flavor, with that hint of hops and sweetness to back it up. I could probably drink a 6 of these easy, they go down much easier than most malt liquors i've come across. Really worth buying IMO

You know what they say, Happiness is being danish! In this case im proud

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.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. No discernible date.

Appearance - Clear copper body. One finger white head with low stick and decent retention.

Smell - Mild corn. Musk. Very adjunct. Pretty sweet smelling.

Taste - Smooth. Mostly balanced. Some alcohol in the finish, which is quickly covered by the sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Light bodied, but feels medium bodied due to the head. Some slight alcoholic/acidic sharpness.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent. Well balanced. No off characters. Smooth. Easy.

Photo of neliam24
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got purchased this beer as part of a mix and match six pack that I got at a Wegmans grocery store. I thought that it was a pretty decent European lager. However, it is a tad overpriced if you're buying it here in the states. It reminded me of a Heineken, only with much more kick since it is 7.20% ABV. I would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprise to find the ratings so low. I rather enjoyed it. Has a bright golden - straw color with a lightly oily appearance. A fluffy, stark white head that held it's retention rather well. Smells sweetly malty (pilsner malt) and hopped particularly high. The malts take on fruity characters of peach, pears, apples, and a light corn sugar flavor. Hops start off a little musks, and almost light-striken, but balances well to contribute a well balanced bittering and an earthy flavor. Full and creamy (almost thick) to the mouth. Would finish very clean and crisp if not for such bold sweetness. Alcohols contribute a warmth and drying quality from midpoint into the finish. Surprised the corn flavors never become dominant or distracting. One of my favorite lagers.

Photo of boudreaux
3.92/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally got around to this one after avoiding it for almost a year. I'm not a huge Euro Strong Lager fan, but this one had been on my list for a while, and it's always available at the Alcove International Tavern. Here we go.

A: pours well, with a firm, white, 3/4 finger head

S: definitely a potent, hoppy nose; boozy notes present as well, which almost mask a hint of maltiness

T: definitely malty, fulfilling the possibility of sweetness suggested in the nose; also, slight estery (nail polish) notes and alcoholic taste; dry hop bitterness pretty much dominates after that

M: Starts off kinda heavy, but quickly returns to the middle/light body typical of traditional Euro Lagers; refreshing and biting

D: A little to bitter for consistent consumption; not bad, but borderline skunky hoppiness keeps me on the fence with this one

Photo of ackleydg
3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a strong, foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

Noble hops on the nose with a hint of spice.

Taste takes me back to Europe. A pilsener for sure - not much of an alcohol taste - but it sure hits you after a few sips. I think it's slightly extra bitter to hide the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard - prickly carbonation.

A little surprised at the low scores on this one. But to each his own....

Photo of cjacobsen
3.89/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Fairly clear, golden yellow, straw like color. Slight white head on it.

(S) There are a lot of citrusy and acidic fruits like orange peel and some lemon. It is almost a bit earthy.

(T) Light malts and some citrus bursts in there. Lemon and orange peel throughout the flavor. The hops are present at the end. Almost a hint of bread, maybe sweet bread.

(M) It's pretty well carbonated but still pretty smooth. It's very crisp but light bodied.

(O) This beer doesn't get any love on here. In all honesty, this is one of my go-to imported beers. It could scale back just a hint on the lemon and orange peel, but other than that I think this is pretty good.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.89/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had not seen this beer in years and spotted it at a local bottle shop. Had to pick up a six pack.

Neck says the beer was brewed in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maybe the bad word of mouth got back to Carlsberg; the brewery listened, decided to make some changes and only brew this baby at home.

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Typical golden lager color. Almost no head when poured. Strange: once poured the surface of the beer was clear, but the more I drank it, the more a thick, white foam appeared. I also saw small bubbles appearing in different places all over the beer.

-Smell 4.0: Really good aroma/ bouquet. I smell hops, barley and just a general appealing sweetness. Promising.

-Taste 4.0: First taste is of a medium-bodied sweetness that is quickly followed by a very intense hop/ barley/ grassiness. After swallowing there is another very intense combination of the three flavors that ends on a hoppy note. Very good.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Carbonation is almost perfect, but there is a slight over-carbonation at times. Still, very refreshing and the carbonation helps to lift the beer's almost syrupy texture. Great interplay.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer and worth tracking down. This is almost like a "dubbel German lager" in that it tastes like the a condensed version of the best German lager you've ever had. All those flavors are here and intensified. If you like the German lager style, you will really love this beer. Be sure you remember that this is a 7.2% ABV.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a slightly hazed light yellow color with a head of foam that remained consistant at about a half inch. Lots of lace. Aromas were buttery, with malt and sweet creamy notes. Nice. Taste was quite quaffable; yeasty bread and buttery malts mixed with a touch of hops and sweet citrus well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and kind of creamy. Definitly not what I was expecting. Drinkability is good for a so called "malt liquor". I'd have this again, no question. Recommended for sampling.

Photo of MNJR
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the real stuff brewed in Denmark, not the Canadian version. Nothing special in the appearance category. Pale gold-yellow, little to no head and scant lacing. But, Scandinavian beers pretty much follow this appearance in general. Smells not bad - some doughy orange rind and faint lemon. The flavor is good. Very smooth carbonation and great mouthfeel. A little spicy, vanilla cream or orange cream flavors. More malty than hoppy. Sweetness comes through nicely, similar to some Belgian ales I've tried. The booze quotient is high, but I hardly notice it. In fact it's pretty refreshing and I can happily down a few of these without getting tired of the flavor. The downside to the taste is a bit of an astringent bite, but the overall positive taste wins me over. I buy this on occasion and I'm never let down. Compared to Canadian "strong" beers or malt liquors I've tried this is exceptionally good.

Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't find this as offensive as the majority to. In fact I find this rather enjoyable.
The aroma is classic Danish lager with a sweet and softly skunky aroma (I should try a Carlsburg from a can to get a sense of freshness), with a little doughiness.
Smallish white head. A very clear classic pale lager straw color.
I get a grainy, doughy malt forward taste with hop flavor and bitterness laying on the tongue early on and throughout the finish. A mild sweetness intermixes with the graininess and is pleasing to me.
Fully carbonated. Shots of warmth in the gut, but I don't pick up heat in the taste as others have claimed. Carbonation, while abundant, is prickly on entry, but softens on ingestion.
I like bigger lagers and this one is better than most. Nice summer lager, and probably a good winter one too. In either season, dangerous, as it drinks close to a lighter lager.

Photo of SargeC
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant, deep gold with a low-density head and moderate carbonation.

Smell: Features a malt aroma with a bit of hops. Deep undertone of alcohol.

Taste: The initial malt flavor finishes with hops and alcohol. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Drinkability: Great drinking, medium-strong brew. Easy and enjoyable to drink, but can hit like a herd of elephants.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed pale gold with a dense and creamy two and a half finger head. Great retention that will leave delicate spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and saaz in the nose, an nice strong aroma. Pale base malt and pilsener malt are immediatly sweet, but are quickly overshadowed by an assertive adjunct flavor. Possibly corn or rice, or a combination, but not neccesarily bad; passable for the style anyway. Semi-dryng aftertaste, with a saaz/tettnanger hop flavor and bitterness that fails to balance out the strong adjunct taste. Medium body, and lighter carbonation allow a creamy smooth mouthfeel. However, a highly crisp carbonation might have softened the blow of the cloyingly sweet adjunct better. An good drinkability for a euro strong lager/malt liquor though, the off-flavor is restricted to the aftertaste and the finish shows only some saaz flavor and mild residual sweetness. This is a great alternative to most american malt liquors.

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.

Photo of steinlifter
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow, sudsy head that left a thin collar.

smell was rather sweet clove-like aroma.

Taste: slight hop bite up front, followed by a sweet but spicy citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel was decent, rather slick on the tongue, and spritzy.

Drinkability: I would rate as good, I didn't fall in love with this beer, but it did have an interesting flavor, and I might try em again?

Photo of uncggop06
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I am reviewing this beer as compared to other malt liquors, but I will make note of the comparison to other Euro lagers.
Out of an 11.2oz green bottle (brewed and bottled in Denmark)

Beer pours well with a nice large head that dissipates quickly, but leaves decent lace on my Stella Artois glass. Very pale yellow that is very similar to most premium lagers. Smell is more Euro funk than malt liquor funk, which should make sense as this is inherently a Euro lager; grainy and slight alcohol, hard to tell this has considerably more alcohol than other Euro lagers, but on par with most "high gravity" malt liquors.
It is taste where this beer departs from the nomenclature of "malt liquor" and into the Euro Strong Lager category. Most malt liquors are very sweet, malty, and frankly, blah. This beer really hits home with its similarity with Euro lagers. Granted, there is MUCH more malt to this beer, but it is complemented with a nice citrusy twinge of hops to balance it out. Mouthfeel is also good, more along with a malt liquor's fullness, but drinkability is much better when thinking about the taste and smell. This is one beer that will get you drunk, but won't leave you with as bad a taste in your mouth as with a crappy malt liquor.

Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was new at my local shop, so I figured I'd give it a try. Then I looked at the reviews ... and nobody seems to like it. Pours a yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Very clean color. The aroma is very grainy with some hints of sweet malt. Very skunky smell at first, but that aroma disappears very quickly. The flavor was a surprise. Smooth and slightly sweet with a nice malt character and a bit of hopping. I honestly enjoyed the flavor of this one. It was smooth and had a crisp and clean flavor.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.