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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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BA SCORE
66
poor

574 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-03-2002)
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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

drabmuh, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear orange color. Produced some white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lace.

(S)- Slight green-like hop characters with corn meal/husk.

(T)- Similar to the smell in every way. Almost slightly metallic somehow.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but there is just not much here to begin with. Superb ABV integration though; drinks like an adjunct strength-wise.

(D)- Thin, light, and refreshing, though to a point since there really is not much to this.

sweemzander, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.9/5  rDev +39.8%
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.

cjacobsen, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

kojevergas, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

MrVonzipper, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of neliam24
4/5  rDev +43.4%
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.

neliam24, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The nose offers grain a bit outdated with a fine touch of alcohol, such as through any fruit liqueur. The taste is alcohol, syrupy (a bit too much) and offers an array of ripe fruit on the edge of decay. In addition, it is unfortunately not easy to drink. Many blabla finally a beer that is closely related to ordinary strong lager without any personality and originality.

ThaCreep, May 09, 2011
Photo of BeerSingh
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bomber of it as this was the best option. Yikes..!! The beer poured a dirtly straw colour with a instantly vaporized head. It smelled of corn syrup, pale malts and biscuit all along a cheap alcoholic line. The taste was nothing to write home about - just what you would expect from a mass produced lager - fake maltiness from syrup, zero hop presence and a lingering skunkiness that simply prolonged the misery. The regular Carlsberg is so much more drinkable. Its inevitable that any "strong" variant of a lager will end up tasting all messed up like this. I could finish only less than half of the bottle. Not recommended.

BeerSingh, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
1.48/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
1.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear golden color with a massive frothy white head.

S: A bit of a grassy smell with malts and what I can only describe as the pure "skunk-like" stale beer smell from college.

T: Taste is what you would expect from the smell. Has a bland malt flavor and a bit of a stale skunked flavor. To put it shortly, it was bad.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated.

D: Normally I wouldn't really review a beer that I didn't care for, but this was so bad (drain pour) that I had to give it my lowest score because it was one of the worst beers I've had IMO. The green bottle and twist off cap should have warned me. I understand that some may like it, but I found nothing good with this beer, sorry Carlsberg.

mavbrew, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of hardy008
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold with a thin white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is grain and yeast, with a little bit of sweetness.

The taste is the same as the aroma. Not much going on here. Grain, yeast, and a bit of sweetness. Not impressive.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a bitter aftertaste. A low quality beer, which I will not try again. Avoid.

hardy008, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: malts, lemon, grass

taste: sweet malts, with a dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

drinkability: Just another lager in my book. Nothing special here.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly this green bottled beer only has a mild skunkiness. The skunk is mostly in the aftertaste. Barely detectable in the smell. Its a nice bright, clear, gold with a creamy white head that fades fast and leaves no lace. Smell is slightly sweet malts, bit of corn, and some lemony edge with a tinge of skunk. The taste follows with a an over all watery taste. Some skunk in the aftertaste. a touch of lemon.

Its drinkable for a watery and skunky beer. Not on the top of my list.

It got a C from me. Most green bottles get an F.

JayS2629, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance; slightly cloudy yellow. White head that dissipates to velvety film that retains through the drink. Only the slightest lacing.

smell; wet malts and mild alcohol, a small tingle of sweetness mingles with some mild skunk. Hops reminiscent of moldy lemons.

taste; rather bland and watery upfront. Doughy malts start to take control but taper off to a dry grassy finish with a hint of bitter. Alcohol is mostly well hidden.

mouthfeel; some tingly carbonation that fizzes a bit on the tongue. Goes down rather smooth but sits unsettled in the stomach. Overall more towards the watery side.

drinkability; the alcohol is well hidden to say the least, why by malt liquor if this is available?....well if price is not an issue, a little too expensive for the quality received.

Sachsenfreude, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Giggy
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average appearance, a golden orange hue with a bubbly white head. Had a grassy, grainy aroma with some whiffs of alcohol. Moderate carbonation and a smooth, alcoholic medium bodied mouth feel, average drinkability. Had a sweet alcohol taste, a slight hop bitterness and a dry finish. All in all just an average beer.

Giggy, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with an one finger head which recedes to skim and leaves a small amount of lacing present. The smell is of hoppy bitterness and alcohol. The hop smell is generic though. The taste is a sweet malt up front with a generic hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly dry. Drinkability is okay, its an easy drink nothing to really make you dislike it. It is very generic and bland but you could take a couple. An overall okay beer.

goblue3509, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.95/5  rDev +41.6%
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

boudreaux, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a gift - part of an 8 pack of "Beers from Around the World". I guess this beer is made in both Canada and Denmark, but since my neck label says "brewed and bottled in Denmark", I guess I got the Danish version. 11.2oz green bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed golden/orange color with a 1½ finger off-white head that had both decent retention and lacing.

The smell was malty and grainy with a touch of skunkiness.

The taste was very interesting. It starts out sweet and malty, but ends up dry and bitter. The first flavors I got were sweet grain, malt, and a touch of honey, but then in a matter of seconds, the sweetness fades and it's replaced by a flood of bitterness and alcohol. Very interesting.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very bitter aftertaste.

Certainly an interesting beer that may take some time getting used to. The 7.2% alcohol kicked in even with just one bottle, so I don't think I'd have too many of these back to back.

matjack85, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly off white head of one finger. Splotchy lace with little cling. Matches a 8 on the SRM beer color chart. Aromas of wheat straw, barley, and a little citrus. Taste has flavors of wheat, barley. Starts heavy, sweet in the middle, tart at the end. Some body in the mouthfeel, sort of creamy, but just a little thin. Beer has some kick, good for a party with limited time to get a buzz.

beerprovedwright, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy, honey-colored brew fills the half liter glass mug, capped with a one-finger white head that has light lacing but sticks around for a while.

The mineral-rich Euro lager smell, with just a hint of skunk, seems right at home.

A good swallow reveals bright hops up front with a decent grain bill following. Notes of biscuits and sweet, grassy hay fight for recognition. The crisp and clean flavor is enhanced by plentiful carbonation, which sits well in the mouth and chases a bitter aftertaste past the swallow.

Drinkable and amped up, but a little rough around the edges.

tubacharlie, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of MisterE
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a six-pack of 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottles with no freshness date

A: pours a medium straw color with a thin head that vanishes quickly

S: nice sweet aroma of grain and subtle yeast , almost like a wheat beer

T: not as sweet as the smell and fairly balanced with the presence of hops remaining toward the end

M: pleasant and smooth enough, without excessive carbonation

D: I think I could happily drink a few, but because of the ABV one is probably enough

Notes: not my favorite euro strong lager, but a respectable beer when choices are limited

MisterE, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
1.45/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Rifugium, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of MNJR
3.85/5  rDev +38%
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.

MNJR, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is three thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam.

Smell: aroma has a light malt component and a fair amount of grain. It isn't sour, though, and the lightest hint of earthy hops are detectable. Not spectacular, but passable.

Taste: a bit raw. Mostly grain, but in the flavor it is sourer than the aroma. There is a good bitterness, but the malt is balances is just not that appealing.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body which is kind of sticky. Carbonation is low despite the beer's appearance and so the overall effect is that of a sweet, sticky juice drink. Not good, but at least it's not insipid.

Drinkability: this beer's flaws, combined with its high ABV, make for not much drinkability. Still, I suppose you could do a helluva lot worse.

flagmantho, Nov 03, 2010
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.