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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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BA SCORE
66
poor

499 Ratings
THE BROS
59
awful

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 24.64%


Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-03-2002)
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reasoncreated

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +56.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 00:37:12 | More by reasoncreated
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +55.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 00:44:04 | More by billybob
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Jordan1985rec

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +51.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:19:25 | More by Jordan1985rec
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +49.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 02:05:29 | More by ShogoKawada
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.13/5  rDev +47.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 17:12:26 | More by Bierschenker
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oelergud

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 04:11:59 | More by oelergud
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +44.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 17:15:55 | More by Arenbeer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 15:20:38 | More by BEERchitect
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neliam24

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 15:47:52 | More by neliam24
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 22:49:26 | More by ZenAgnostic
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 06:49:22 | More by boudreaux
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 13:02:29 | More by cjacobsen
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ackleydg

Virginia

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....

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:42:41 | More by ackleydg
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:06:39 | More by BeerDocT
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MNJR

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:17:45 | More by MNJR
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2006 23:19:40 | More by Frozensoul327
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:10:54 | More by garymuchow
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SargeC

Japan

3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-17-2007 04:01:23 | More by SargeC
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uncggop06

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +35%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 04:26:23 | More by uncggop06
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 18:15:32 | More by clvand0
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

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

This is fairly pale with a good head and better than average retention. Good bittered malt nose. Hearty body with bite but not rough. not a great bear but better than average

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2002 18:57:06 | More by canoehornpoint
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 13:10:58 | More by steinlifter
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 01:07:28 | More by PBRstreetgang
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bnes09

Illinois

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

Bought this beer as part of a six pack sampler by mistake. I was pissed at my own stupidity when I finally read the label and saw it was a malt liquor. But I can't judge it until I try it.

Pours a pale straw color with a white head that maintains itself fairly well.

Smell is nothing special. Pure skunk as are most Euro lagers I have had.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the taste which is very similar to the original Carlsberg lager. The pale malt flavor comes through along with a mild skunky flavor and faint hops which add a hint of orange and lemon flavor. The taste begans bitter and finishes smooth and sweet with a small dose of skunk in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not present in the taste at all.

The brew is medium-bodied with mild carbonation and delivers a touch of warmth to the chest.

Drinkability is actually quite good. It goes down smooth and painlessly and has enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer. It goes without saying that there are far better brews out there but this is actually quite good for a malt liquor. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:30:31 | More by bnes09
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank a couplle of 11.2oz bottles last night. When I got on to write my review tonight I was very surprised at the ratings The Elephant has received up to this point. It makes me wonder if everyone got a hold of old or badly handled/stored beer. I am usually reluctant at the site of imported green bottles, but I wanted to give this a try. It just came back to town after a long absence from SA. Carlsberg has their place in beer history so I wanted to pay homage.

The beer poured a golden color with a decent white head that left good lace in the glass. My first whiff was very slight hops and bigger malt. The flavor is malty, almost a sweet flavor. I was very surprised at how fresh this beer tasted. The second bottle was every bit as good as the first! The 7.2% alcohol was not evident at all in this strong lager. I hate that malt liquor label crap! It conjures up immediate visions of Mickeys or Colt .45. This is not in that category. I would put this up against Checkvar or Pilsner Urquell anyday. I know they are not exactly the same style but as far as an imported lager goes they are close. I would strongly recommend anyone who rated this poorly in the past to give it another try. You may be pleasently surprised, I was!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 03:01:47 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.