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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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 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.


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
Photo of beersensei305
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 07, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.