Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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2.05/5 rDev -26.5%
Pours a clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells heavily of skunk (green bottle?) and some very light grain aromas. Pretty gross. Taste is of sweetened grains and some minor metallic notes. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a smooth and slightly creamy taste. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer for any style. The skunk smell is very hard to get over every time you bring the glass to your lips for a sip. Blah.
07-12-2011 04:36:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.83/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Darker golden beer with a decent head.
S: Not much here; a little bit of grain. Mild sweetness.
T: Lots of grain flavor and a little bit of sweetness. Not many hops to speak of.
M: Crisp, clean, and light.
D: Nothing spectacular about any of the individual parts, but not a terrible thing to drink.
04-24-2009 05:57:44 | More by Thorpe429
2.65/5 rDev -5%
A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The smell primarily consists of aromas of grainy malts; there are also some hints of earthy hops and honey.
T: Like the smell, malty flavors dominate the overall taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness. It's tough to taste bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is very well masked, but I'm not sure if I would try this again given the lack of interesting flavors in the taste.
05-30-2010 19:22:13 | More by metter98
2.7/5 rDev -3.2%
Dusty gold with a few larger particles swimming about. The head is yellowed elephant tusk ivory and has an intensely bubbled upper surface with an exceedingly low popping rate. It's sticky enough to leave a respectable display of lace in a 'jagged rings' pattern. Not bad, not bad.
The beer smells most like a malt liquor (which is what the label claims it is) with a corny sweetness countered by a roughly equal amount of musty hops. The alcohol is close to imperceptible, a definite plus. There isn't much to praise here. At the same time, there's nothing that could be considered an off-aroma either.
Elephant tastes like a less sweet, more hoppy/bitter version of an American malt liquor. That isn't necessarily a good thing, even for a hophead like me. The beer is deficient in hop flavor and what's appreciated isn't all that wonderful. Still, if you've always wanted a bitter malt liquor, here it is. While I have something of a soft spot for that style, I've always found that their sweetness is what makes them even semi-palatable.
I find myself judging beer like this on its degree of inoffensiveness rather than on its positive qualities. That's probably because positive qualities are usually in short supply. This one is drinkable, but I'm struggling to find much good to say about the flavor. Like most Euro strong lagers, it tastes like vodka-soaked grain. The only variables being the quality of the vodka and the freshness of the grain.
The mouthfeel isn't quite as full as expected. It's roughly medium and doesn't really make an impression either positively or negatively. Likewise the alcohol. It's an undeniable part of the flavor profile, but show me a ESL in which that isn't the case.
There's nothing at all to recommend this beer other than the fact that it isn't offensive to those who can tolerate the style. Since even passably good beer should be judged by a higher standard than that, I can't recommend Carlsburg's version of a Euro strong lager/malt liquor. It has been said that elephants never forget. That may be true, but I won't remember much about this Elephant within minutes of draining the glass.
12-07-2005 23:59:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +43.4%
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.
03-19-2006 15:20:38 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev +7.5%
What can I really say about this one. I had heard of it a while ago, and never really tried to track it down. Needless to say I was quite suprised when it showed up on the shelves after we popped the cap. I had never bought it though. Finally decided while mixing a sixer at Southern Sprits to thow one in to try it, what the hell, its over 7% afterall and I had never had a beer from Denmark, so on we go.
A - This one poured a very clear, golden yellow. A big fizzy white head was initially present but faded down to reveal nothing more then a thin layer of film like lace on the top. Lots of visible carbonation came streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it left a tiny bit of residual lace on the sides of the glass.
S - The smell was light, nice grain and yeasty bread like smell mixed in with some kinda light fruit, maybe some banana, and a touch of alcohol, but it was pretty standard lager.
T - The taste was like a really strong budweiser. It tasted like your standard fare macro lager, buch just stronger. Typical grain adn yeast, maybe some corn in the flavor. A touch of alcohol.
M - Mouthfeel was very very smooth, and clean. Non lingering aftertaste.
D - This was a very sessionable beer. Went down easy and you didnt really feel how strong it was, a dangerous combo. Best served really cold in my opinion.
Overall I was a bit underimpressed with this as a specialty beer, but as a macro lager, I was quite pleased. I would rather have this then most other macros I have tried, but I would rather not havea macro at all if you follow that, anyway, if its around give it a shot, but dont expect to be blown away.
07-20-2007 00:27:08 | More by mikesgroove
2.6/5 rDev -6.8%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a frothy, fairly lasting, white head.
Smell: Gah! Huge whiff of skunk even upon opening. Let me pay some bills online, get some laundry going and I'll be back. ... Pils malts, vague touch of grains, and musky-scented hops.
Taste: Faintly grainy pilsner malts with a fair amount of sweetness, though it dries up rather quickly. A few scant drops of peach and pear juice. Stir in a few corn cobs. Musky, earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pop of alcohol about midway through. Drying, lightly warming finish with some grainy and corny hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A bland, vapid lager gifted with a bulky alcoholic character makes for a somewhat unpleasant drink. Skip it!
05-27-2009 03:28:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
1.48/5 rDev -47%
Probably one of the first beers I had after turning 21 and haven't had it since. I was told that this beer was good from a friend of mine and I took his word on it. I picked up a 6 pack and found this to be rather gross. I asked him what he liked about it and he just said that he liked it because it was strong. On the Strong side is correct especially for someone who's just getting into beers. This brew was yellow in color, it looked like a Becks, Smelled and Tasted like one too. The only thing this beer has going for it is the 7% ABV. Other than that you can leave this one on the shelf.
03-20-2011 16:10:23 | More by Knapp85
2.99/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.
S - It smelled of corn and grain.
T - It tasted spicy and biscuity. Also, some yeast and corn flavors.
M - Crisp and and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with some strong alcohol heat.
D - This beer was strong and malty. It seemed a little unbalanced.
02-10-2007 00:47:29 | More by zeff80
3.45/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
11-19-2002 13:31:42 | More by NeroFiddled
2.3/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.
A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of grain, barley, corn, and pungent adjuncts.
T: The taste is sweet and a little bready, with flavors of malt, corn syrup. There is a thin hop character and a hint of alcohol, which I expected from seeing “Malt Liquor” on the label. Given the lack of substance, I was surprised that the alcohol was not more prevalent.
M: It is only slightly smooth due to the sweetness and not very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slick, dry and a bit sticky.
D: Not very tasty, but goes down easily in spite of that fact, not filling at all. Despite all of the bad qualities of this beer, it is not the worst that I have ever had. However, that is not to say that I liked it, because really did not. There are plenty of more flavorful beers out there with a 7.20% ABV or higher, if you are looking for a beer with a heavy kick.
01-28-2007 00:15:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.48/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
08-03-2002 11:26:42 | More by Jason
1.88/5 rDev -32.6%
Pours golden with a massive white head that drops to nothing at lightspeed. No lacing or head retention
Smell: Burly malt presence but nothing else
Taste: sickening sweet with some graininess and little alcohol as it warms. More sweetness on the finish
MF: Syruppy and thin at the same time, and way out of balance
Not drinkable. Too cloying. In a word: Horrid
02-16-2006 05:22:18 | More by russpowell
3.2/5 rDev +14.7%
At the time of this review, this beer is the #32 Euro Strong Lager beer on the best of lists on beeradvocate.com. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Russian River -tion glass.
Beer is yellow and clear, dark yellow, with a big white head of small and medium bubbles, moderate and steady carbonation, some lacing....looks good, exactly like I thought it would.
The aroma of the beer is surprisingly bitter. Still grainy and mild alcohol perhaps.
Beer is medium in body, heavier than I thought it would be on the palate. It is mildly sweet on the get go and finishes with a mild bitterness. Overall not super great. I doubt I'll ever have it again but it is not as bad as the reviews had me thinking.
This review brings me closer to one of my reviewing goals, 3 beers per style (all 104) on beeradvocate. I am now only missing one Gose review and one Bière de Champagne. Soon.
07-05-2011 15:45:01 | More by drabmuh
2.73/5 rDev -2.2%
The beer pours a light golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It has a slight malty aroma that is pleasant to the nose. The taste is not that great. It is malty with a skunky aftertaste. It has a bitter finish and a lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It goes down with a thick mouthfeel. This beer isn't that good. It has a better make-up than most commercial lagers, but it's one and done for me.
02-18-2004 20:23:21 | More by WesWes
1.45/5 rDev -48%
First had: bottle in a gift set.
I thought this was a Canadian beer. Maybe I've got this wrong. All I remember is that it had an Elephant on the label and was 11%ABV. And again, that's all I remember. Other than that, just a typical pale lager with extra alcohol for getting cheapos drunk faster.
12-14-2010 16:51:46 | More by Rifugium
2.33/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
12-30-2013 01:04:51 | More by jwc215
3.28/5 rDev +17.6%
Well the aroma is something, it is not skunked, and it actually has a dry biscuit like note to it. The beer is a brilliant gold color and pours with half way decent off-white head. The aroma has notes of lightly spicy, herbal, lemon-like hoppiness and that austere grainy character. A clean, lightly sweet taste from the malts used. Actually the taste is not as bad as I thought it might be, there is a bit of a hop bite at the end, and perhaps an herbal hop flavor in the middle as well. There is an interesting aftertaste that is a bit minty, and perhaps a wee-bit off-putting, but it is oh-so-much better than I was expecting. Certainly not something I will ever pay for again, and I am still ashamed that I bought it, but to atone for my transgression I have ordered a case of Cantillon Loerik :-)
10-16-2004 19:54:27 | More by Gueuzedude
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.