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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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553 Ratings

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 MisterE
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of beersensei305
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%

This beer pours a pale yellow with a thin white head that dissapears quickly with little lacing out of the bottle. Clean aroma with you can smell some alcohol and grains. Starts a little bitter and grainy tasting, then turns to some sweetness and noticeable alcohol kick. I felt this beer is kind of thin and watery, not very good. Nice to taste once.

beersensei305, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%

Can't find a best by/bottled on date.

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is mostly sweet malt, the sweetness is actually quite prevalent, no hop aroma at all.

Taste has an odd alcohol sharpness to it without the heat or burn, hard to explain, cloyingly sweet from the malt and barley, carbonation is on the softer side but that actually works in it's favor.

The grain alcohol taste of it makes it disappointing, especially considering I rather like the creamy soft carbonation otherwise.

deltatauhobbit, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%

A. Pours a pale orange-yellow with a three finger creamy white head that dissipates to a fluffy one finger with dollops of residual lacing.

S. Grains and expected green bottle hop skunkiness.

T. Sweet malty grain with some pepper. Some grape like sweetness starts to show through as the beer warms.

M. Thin to medium body with a fairly low carbonation.

D. The smell and taste are acceptable and it looks good for what it is, but the mouthfeel really lets this one down. It isn't crisp and refreshing like one would expect. It's unlikely that I'll pick this up again.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Ah, this reminds me quite a bit like a toned down version of their Carlsberg Special Brew, which is a bit on the side of airplane fuel. Alright for what it is though. Really, what this beer, and most of the other examples in the style, come off as or most closely resemble is (North) American strong malt liquor, aka the 'forty'.

So, as you can imagine, the basic run down of this beer goes as such:

A: pale, bland copper color, clean and clear, with a vigorous, yet not generous head

S: solvent-like, musty grain

T: zippy spiciness dominates, grain husky, mild-to-moderate cider-like fruitiness, with a little bit of a alcohol burn (I suppose this last one can be applied to mouthfeel as well). Somewhat dry finish with the fruity notes lingering a little.

M: covered that a bit above; in the ballpark of light-medium body, moderately smooth, fairly clean but not exactly crisp

D: if I'm trying to tie one on quick, I could see this coming in handy - couldn't drink more than maybe two in one sitting as I could anticipate tasting more paint thinner than lager as I go on. But, honestly, its okay for what it is

Bouleboubier, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.35/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a big frothy head of white. Lots of fine carbonation, and the head leaves some pretty decent lacing. Overall, it's hard to admit it's a good looking lager.

Nose is sharp and a little peppery, with a decent whack of that classic euro skunkiness, which I have to say I don't mind. The sharp peppery characters are more prominent though, and there's a slight lingering sweetness which undermines everything. It's pretty much par for the course for the style.

Taste is definitely sub-par, however. Thin beginning, that wells with sharp phenolic booze characters and an unpleasantly rigid bitterness through the centre. Flavour-wise, the sweet, mulled-grain character comes forward too much, leaving a cloying feeling throughout the mouth. Feel is wise but overly sharp through the centre.

This falls away significantly as a drinkable beer, leaving it too harsh and too unpleasant. For all its aggressive characteristics, it doesn't have the quality in the base beer to support it. It ends up feeling overblown and harsh.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of mnrider
2.93/5  rDev +5%

11.2 oz. green bottle. No date. Brewed and bottled in Denmark.

A: Golden color with large clouds of carbonation shooting to the top. Head is large and creamy, but does go down fast. Lacing is known.

S: Alcohol is noticeable. Pretty clean aroma. grains are sweet.

T/M: Smooth and crisp. Gives me a warming feel. Mostly malts are tasted, with faint hops. Aftertaste is dry but not to bad.

D: Not the best drinkability.


mnrider, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%

I poured into a pint glass to a couple fingers of white head. The beer is a beautiful golden color. That's where my compliments end. It has a bready malt aroma and of course the initial skunk smell because it was in a green bottle. I get a strong bitter metallic taste. I had this beer probably ten years ago and couldn't remember how it was. Now I realized that I had repressed the memory of the ordeal.

buschbeer, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of NODAK
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%

Smells of some adjuncts...grassiness...and perhaps a bit of alcohol. This'll be interesting.

There's a medium initial crispness from the hops....fading into a grassy/husky finish that has an alcoholic/boozy astringent character to it. It isn't pleasant. I was grimacing a bit as I put this one down.

I'm not really impressed. I cannot imagine including this on any rotation of beers in my fridge.

NODAK, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
2.93/5  rDev +5%

Yeah, I'm a freakin' deviant! I'm supposed to be married to The CANQuest (TM), but I keep being led astray by random bottles. I'm so ashamed. It is a good thing that I am able to go to confession with Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder. He forgives so many of my CAN sins that I begin to wonder if he isn't some kind of deviant, also.

I had a nice finger of bone-white head, but the humidity here is astounding and it took a powder. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I could definitely smell alcohol heat along with the lager sweetness on the nose. Standing by to have my butt kicked for my transgression. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight heat on the tongue. I noted the burnt popcorn mentioned by EwaldEichstaett, but as a taste rather than a smell. It was odd, but I have tolerated far worse. Finish had the immediate dryness associated with Malt Liquors and the manipulation of the yeast to produce a high ABV quickly. Whew! One unexpected result of The CANQuest (TM) is that I have become quite familiar with (and let's call a spade a spade here) cheaply made lagers and the flavors they produce. I would be interested to try this from a CAN, but I CANnot recommend it to the casual lager drinker. There are just so many better lager-style beers available that to foist this on someone would be too much for even Bro. Woody to forgive.

woodychandler, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a very average beer. Smells malty and a bit like wet cardboard. I know nobody will believe this, but there is a hint of burnt popcorn smell... how that got there we will never know.

The beer tastes decent, at least there is some flavor to the beer, malty with a touch of hops. You can taste the alcohol a little, although it is not as present as I expected. The beer has quite a bit of body to it. All in all it tastes like a regular carlsberg with a bit of alcohol added.

EwaldEichstaett, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of canadianbrew82
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%

I actually really liked this beer. As a Carlsberg fan in general, I figured I'd give Elephant a shot when the opportunity presented itself to me at a Swiss "Beers of the World" shop. I bought it in bottle form, and was instantly surprised to see its relatively high alcohol content, 7,2%. Now, as a Canadian beer aficionado, this instantly made me curious, and upon tasting it I wasn't disappointed. It tastes a lot like the usual Carlsberg, meaning quite carbonated, strong taste of corn and hops which I do quite appreciate. Overall a really nice beer, catches up with you surprisingly quickly for a beer, so be mindful of the alcohol content. Give it a try!

canadianbrew82, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden brown with a fluffy white head that hangs around. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Sweet malts and hops. Also smells somewhat grainy.
Taste: Initially dominated by sweet, buttery malts like the smell, however finishes pretty grainy. Alcohol content is uninhibited. Only moderately bitter.
Mouthfeel: Pretty medium-bodied, somewhat carbonated. Fairly smooth considering the ABV.
Drinkability: The sweet taste doesnt do much to hide the higher ABV content of this beer, however I did not find it hard to finish. Overall, its a fairly simple, mediocre lager that delivers the punch when its needed.

darkmartin, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Bottle into a pint glass.

The look is nothing special, tons of straw clear, white head, nothing special at all...The aroma is light skunky but not terrible (shocking especially how bad the regular Carlsberg is), light hops...Taste is ok, nothing good, nothing bad, better than your average American macro. A bad alcohol finish though.

Nothing to seek out but if your caught in a bad spot better than most marcos.

jrallen34, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%

Pours a rich, amber-gold with plenty of head and lacing. This nice 7.2% ABV lager has a nicely floral nose and a balanced malty flavor profile -- not too challenging or challenging but certainly enjoyable and easy-going. A good, solid beer with a surprising alcohol kick.

secondtooth, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of benfons
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%

A: blonde, golden colour. Almost no head.

S: Hops, hint of citrus, pretty normal smell for a lager, but without a skunky smell you sometimes get with lagers.

T: Sweet hops and grains, and a bit of alcohol. Nothing special. If you drink more the sweetness gets kind of boring.

M/D: Thin carbonation, very alcoholic though. The alcohol and sweetness doesn't make this a beer to drink loads of.

Not exactly my favourite lager.

benfons, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
1.83/5  rDev -34.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color with a large, foamy, white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet and grainy, not unlike an American macro lager.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter and grainy. Develops into a sweet, grainy flavor towards the end. Has a very noticeable alcohol kick to it. This beer makes almost no effort to mask its high alcohol content. Honestly, this tastes like slightly maltier American malt liquor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: This is little more than a slightly-tweaked malt liquor in a European label. Don't be fooled.

wahhmaster, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, May 30, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 7.2% ABV, number printed on the neck but no clear date.

A - The lightly hazed golden yellow beer has bubbles floating up at a constant pace but not a profuse amount. The bone-white head reaches a four-finger height and drops slowly leaving thick collars of lace all the way down.

S - Not surprisingly, a dense mist of skunk spray shot out of the green bottle upon prying the cap off. The nose is nearly consumed in the animal-spray smell. Sweet light candi sugar and honey with a pilsner malt nose and a touch of corn makes it's mark but it's all but drowned out. Hops are no where to be found in the aroma.

T - The intrusive skunkiness doesn't hinder the flavor as much as the aroma. Although 90 percent of my taste IS coming from that. Pale and pilsner malts make up the basis for the flavor and blend decently with a subtle honey sweetness. A champagne-like dryness might be coming from the hard mineral water flavor I taste upon the finish.

M - Elephant is certainly lighter than the name suggests as it's medium-light bodied; however, it packs an alcohol punch that's very lightly felt on an exhale though the nose. A dryness finishes the beer out with a touch of hardness.

D - In the end it'll pack an unexpected punch for how light and moderately refreshing it is, and for what it is, it's definitely drinkable. A fair session beer to get drunk off of if that's what you're shooting for. Otherwise it's much like any other Euro-style lager.

BeerFMAndy, May 09, 2010
Photo of markb33
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

P--Green bottle with little collar label reading "Carlsberg Elephant Premium Beer."

A--A very hard pour into a beer stein yields a bubbly head about 1 finger tall which quickly dissipates leaving patchy sticky lacing. The beer itself is a nice light honey color, but the chunks of sediment suspended in the body make me wish I left it in the bottle.

S--Very sweet at the nose with some fruity esters. Maybe a little plum or cherry.

T--This is a very sweet beer. I wish there was some hop character to balance it out. Some of the fruit flavors try to come through at the finish but are overwhelmed by the sweetness.

M--Mild carbonation is nice, but the body is a little too thick. It's actually a little slimy, especially at the back of the tongue.

D--I couldn't have too many of these without something to cut the sweetness in between. At 7.2 percent, it will get the job done.

I'll confess when I bought this I wasn't looking for quality, but quantity. It was on sale at the liquor store and some buddies and I had a party coming up. It kept me from buying a 30 of Natty, so I can't complain. That said, this isn't a good beer.

markb33, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of lester619
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%

Golden yellow honey color with some chunks of sediment floating around. Pretty respectable head. About two inches of thick white foam. This beer does not smell good. I don't want to be one of those guys that compares a beer's characteristics to puke, but that's pretty much what we have here. A vomit smelling beer. The taste is very grainy and chemical. Alcohol is presant which makes for an astingent solvent like flavor. It's not good but you can get it down. It kind of reminded me of an old english 800 or some other hard core forty ounce malt liquor. The only reason to drink something that tastes like this is for a quick cheap buzz. The problem is this stuff is not cheap. If you want a cheap drunk, go for a forty in a paper bag. If you want to spend the money on a six pack of quality beer don't go anywhere near this.

lester619, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.33/5  rDev -16.5%

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...

Evil_Pidde, Mar 12, 2010
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.