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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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498 Ratings

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 24.29%

Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

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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Photo of Douberd


3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can of 500 ml, bought in Germany. ABV is 7,5% on my can. Poured into a lager glass.

Colour is very deep golden-yellow/ light copper-orange. Two fingers of white soapy head, with very good retention. Very light lacing on the glass. Great and continuous activity in the glass.
Malts, malts and more malts on the aroma, with a very faint hops smell.
Malts all the way on the taste too. It has a "dirty" taste, in combination with the smell. If you ever go into a mill or into a storage room where bags or barley are stored, you'll get what I mean, this beer has the taste of the air at those places, which is not necessarily bad. The alcohol is very well hidden under all the malts, it just bites your tongue at the end of the sip.
Great mouthfeel, thick and with just the right carbonation, dry on the palate. Very easily and quickly drinkable which, for a beer with 7,5% alcohol is not a wise thing to do.
Overall, a nice and sneaky beer, will get you there before you know it.

Serving type: can

10-29-2012 23:07:49 | More by Douberd
Photo of PancakeMcWaffles


3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden colour, white and thin head, the head disappears fast.

S: Strong but typical Pilsner smell

T: Definetely a stronger Lager, rich maltyness, well balanced hops and malt, the higher alcohol kicks in, the alcohol is taste-able, leaves a nice rich and sort of fruity aftertaste, not too much hops on the aftertaste, quite a lovely and relatively long lasting aftertaste.

M: Feels richer than a "normal Pilsner/Lager", average carbonation.

O: It is quite a nice beer if you want to stay in the Pils/Lager style but want a slightly different or more interesting taste experience. Due to its high availability in Supermarkets it is a good alternative to your "Standard Pils/Lager", it will probably not become my favourite beer, but it is worth a try.
I would call it an "above average" Lager, although not too far away from average.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 20:50:59 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
Photo of kojevergas


2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can acquired in Bamberg, Germany, and poured into a Guinness brewhouse series true imperial pint glass. My can shows clearly "7.5%", not 7.2.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and pretty incredible retention for 7.5%. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Clean but stale barley. A mild strength scent.

T: Crap barley, awful unhidden alcohol, and stale cream. Bleh. Simple and garbage. Largely unbalanced and poorly built for the style.

Mf: Too smooth and wet. A bit watery. At least it slides the nasty flavour right along for you.

Dr: Very easily drinkable, low quality, and high ABV. A great chugging beer for a night in with the lads if ye're seeking to get bollocksed, but not worthy of a proper serving if you're wanting a good beer. Pretty cheap, at least by German standards, especially for an import.

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 15:19:19 | More by kojevergas
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carlsberg Elephant has a medium, very white head with a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, and a good amount of carbonation. There is not much lacing left down the glass. The aroma is biscuity, and I detected some vegetable smell as well. Taste is mild initially, but at mid-sip a lot of bitterness comes across. Mouth-feel is moderate, and Carlsberg Elephant finishes fairly refreshing and semi-dry. Overall, this is an okay beer, and I'd say it's worth a try.


Serving type: can

02-13-2011 18:27:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Sunnanek


2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 33 cl. white can, with a green Carlsberg logo and an elephant in grey. Looks really dull.

A: Dark golden color with lost of medium sized bubbles. The head is off-white and large, and takes some time to dissipate and leaves some lacings.

S: Macro-beer! Malt and corn, alcohol, bitter hops, unbalanced yeast and kind of chemical.

T: Sweet malt, but unbalanced. Some corn in there as well. Bitterhops and a bready taste.

M: Aftertaste is medium-long and bitter. Body is medium and the carbonation is medium to rich. A very alcoholic feel.

D: I can't find a reason for anyone buying this beer, besides the obviuos: it makes you drunk faster compared to macro-beers at 5% ABV...

Serving type: can

03-12-2010 21:09:00 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of Dubbercody


2.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500mL can found in the 'closeout' bin post Saint Patrick's Day. I don't know how it got mixed in with a bunch of UK beers...but another interesting beer to try on the cheap.

Makes me remember Carlsberg beers consumed in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer and think back that none of them were this bad.

It's just a lot of alcohol in a golden yellow delivery product. I'd rather drink an IPA with the same abv if alcohol was the only reason to drink.

Serving type: can

03-29-2009 02:54:58 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of DoubleJ


2.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"If I had a perfect day, I would have it start this way, open up the fridge and have a tall boy, yeah." 500 ml can poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Whoa, that's a big head. Good sticking, good retention, creamy, all on top a body of pale yeellow-orange. I like the look. The smell...i could care less for. Smells like cold pasteurized apple juice that comes in cartons. Uhh, too sweet. As I put this drink to the mouth, now it's in the mouth...not a lot going on here. Very dull for the most part, every now and then you get subtle notes of sweet stuff, but the mild kick of sharp booze comes in. Somewhat metallic. Quick twitch of pinneapple. Easy carbonation in the mouth, and the body is light.

Not a lot of life here, which I was surprised by given the ABV on this. Even a sharper feel of booze might have been welcomed by me. I think the elephant forgot to bring flavor into its own beer.

Serving type: can

12-29-2008 06:45:22 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF


2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears to be a decent beer, fairly entertaining carbonation with (sadly) little to no head, and pretty much no lacing. Boo. That's a pet peeve of mine! 2.5 yo.

The smell is a little watered down in my opinion.
I give it props for not having any sort of alky bite.

Slightly citrus-y, lemony, and a sharp grain.

I've been nervous about this beer. Now for the first sip. A little sweetness here rolls onto the tongue. Bitter on the lips Smooth and not that bad. The alcohol is mildly present.
Not a huge fan of the aftertaste but it's nothing even close to significant enough to stop me from drinking this brew.

Mouthfeel tickles the tongue a little bit but otherwise smooth.

Like a lot of beers i've reviewed, don't go out of your way to get it but never turn one down.

Oh and pour it out, shit this stuff sucks straight out of the can.

Serving type: can

03-26-2008 18:09:07 | More by BleedBlueUSAF
Photo of ommegoose


2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased for $.99 per 500 ml can. Cheap, boozy, malt liquor (Euro style).

Pretty yellowy, with a suggestion of orange. Enough color to not look bad. Did not have much of a head, and receded to a thin layer quickly. Eventually disappears completely.

It actually smells okay. Vaguely citrusy, with plenty of lemon. Otherwise, some crisp graininess. Simple, but focused and appealing.

And now the bad news. I don't like this very much. Not really any sweetness, lots of metallic flavor, and a heavy lingering bitterness like rust. Rather grassy, like green tea in the front end, and there are floral notes. Actually does alright in terms of masking the alcohol. But I think I'd prefer a boozy macro lager over this attempt to cover it up with bad flavor. And this is when it was pretty cold. As it warms and your tongue has been bludgeoned enough, it starts to taste like regular Carlsberg, with some dry hops and a hint of grainy sweetness. Even then, worse than Carlsberg. Best results from drinking cold, quickly. It's tolerable then. I think people who are already drunk could live with it. The more distractions from the taste, the better.

Mouthfeel is thin. I wouldn't say watery, since there's no shortage of flavor here. It's just not a tasty beer. Alcohol wears out the tongue after a little while. Still not notably less than average for the style.

Drinkability is low. A few ounces was enough, but I paid for this, so I'll suck it up. There's a market for this stuff, but it's not for me. If I want a cheap buzz, I'll drink some cheap Canadian whisky. This is too much work. If Carlsberg could do something about the finish I would probably go back to this due to value. I would assume it's better than American malt liquors, but that's not saying much.

EDIT: The reviews make it sound like the canned version is better than the bottles. It seems to alleviate the smell issues. Still, barely worth trying in this format.

Serving type: can

03-26-2008 06:30:37 | More by ommegoose
Photo of SargeC


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
Photo of atigerlife


3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can.

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Light carbonation rising.

Aroma is rather grainy with malt and light hops.

Taste is crips, light hops. Sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is cleansing, light bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, quite drinkable and hides its alcohol contect quite well [which might be dangerous]. Goes down very easy. Good session brew.

Serving type: can

08-13-2007 00:46:33 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Bookseeb


2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a light murky yellow-orange, with a light head that quickly goes away. Smell of sweet malt and orange honey. Taste of light malt, hops, and slightly sweet with a hint of orange honey. mouthfeel is light - medium with a good amount of carbonation. Not a beer I think I'd buy again, although it was at a good price at the local grocery outlet store, so for the money it was worth a try.

Serving type: can

06-19-2007 02:51:44 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of smcreator


3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head, no lacing. Very unappealing yellow.
S: Slight smell of alcohol but for the most part not much of a scent with a faint malt aroma.
T: Light start but finishes with a slight malt taste. Interesting sweet flavor after it has settled in the mouth. Balanced in the sense that it is difficult to distinguish any particular flavor.
M: Medium to thick bodied beer with slightly more carbonation than I prefer.
D: Not bad... not great. Probably will not purchase again since it is so expensive and only average overall.

Serving type: can

06-10-2007 10:52:54 | More by smcreator
Photo of mynie


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

Pours a very dark, cloudy yellow with a small white head. Kind of like an unispiring weizen pour.

Smells like harsh alcohol and very sweet light malt. Syrupy, kinda like malt extract.

Tastes like it smells only stronger. Not bad, but intense. A very sweet, fruity, syrupy malt up front, getting bland in the middle, and ending on a pasteurzied euro lager taste and a light hint of spicy euro hops

What's with the hate up on this brew? I despise regular malt liquors, but this is totally decent, a big malt profile countered with a surprisingly nice and dry hop. It's not exceptional, but it's certainly not bad.

Call it your advocate's Natural Ice. Really, I'd say it's cheaper tasting, pastuerized forerunner to Dogfish Head's excellent malt liquor. For what it costs, well worth it.

Serving type: can

03-16-2007 01:49:51 | More by mynie
Photo of Frozensoul327


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
Photo of scottum


3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the can as a super clean light amber with a quick fade of a bright white head. Not bad, but nothing special. I was expecting bad though. The malts lend out a good mouthfeel with an easy going flavor. There is a small bitter balancing in the finish. This is not a brew which I would seek out, but I certainly do not mind drinking it.

Serving type: can

06-21-2004 04:58:02 | More by scottum
Photo of Tyler_Sly


3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 05:37:58 | More by Tyler_Sly
Photo of Brenden


2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 22:43:34 | More by Brenden
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:58:24 | More by FLima
Photo of jwc215


2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:04:51 | More by jwc215
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:50:03 | More by Botulizard
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 04:31:04 | More by LXIXME
Photo of mschram72


2.34/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:59:50 | More by mschram72
Photo of Beerwolf666


3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 13:36:10 | More by Beerwolf666
Photo of Ryan_Graham


2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A: little to no head. Light urine color.

S: Hardly any scent.

T: Tastes like Corona but a little bit less offensive.

M: You can feel the carbonation. It goes down like a cheap domestic beer. For how much alcohol it has, it certainly goes down smooth.

O: Imagine Corona with 7.2% alcohol. It's not terrible but I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:25:14 | More by Ryan_Graham
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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.