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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 25.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +49.8%

This is one of the best malt liquors out there. I feel many people see 'malt liquor' and flag it, but it's a quality beverage, style in mind. I really enjoy the Elephant.

A- A brilliant, shimmering gold, no head to speak of.

S- Sweet, mild bready malts, no hops. The good parts of Old English make their way here.

T- Fantastic. Crisp, clean, mild;y bready, a treat. Taste is sweet, crisp, and leaves just enough to have you take another sip.

M- For the style... can't get better. 5 of 5... so crisp and clean for a malt liquor.

D- Insane. Earns its points with ease.

I suggest you all re-review, style in mind, because up against most malt liquors, this is got-damn gold in a glass.

Highly recommended.

12-04-2009 02:05:29 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of bnes09


3.73/5  rDev +33.7%

Bought this beer as part of a six pack sampler by mistake. I was pissed at my own stupidity when I finally read the label and saw it was a malt liquor. But I can't judge it until I try it.

Pours a pale straw color with a white head that maintains itself fairly well.

Smell is nothing special. Pure skunk as are most Euro lagers I have had.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the taste which is very similar to the original Carlsberg lager. The pale malt flavor comes through along with a mild skunky flavor and faint hops which add a hint of orange and lemon flavor. The taste begans bitter and finishes smooth and sweet with a small dose of skunk in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not present in the taste at all.

The brew is medium-bodied with mild carbonation and delivers a touch of warmth to the chest.

Drinkability is actually quite good. It goes down smooth and painlessly and has enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer. It goes without saying that there are far better brews out there but this is actually quite good for a malt liquor. Well done.

10-31-2009 03:30:31 | More by bnes09
Photo of mdwalsh


3.05/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Golden pale amber and very clear with a white head of about a finger. Very standard and the head has some good retention. Even came back after being poured from a bottle which was open for several hours.

S: Even fresh, this beer smells a little stale and skunked. Corn and rice sourness.

T: Very similar to the smell, but hints of hops linger and some true malt as well. But weak, and just not good.

M: Not watery, actually, very nice.

D: The smell and flavor kill it. After a few of something else, this would be a great way to keep going...though at 7.2 you might regret it in the morning.

10-26-2009 23:23:22 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of thekanna


1.88/5  rDev -32.6%

A: Pale, clear yellow with frothy, bubbly head and almost no lacing.

S: Lagery yeasts and some adjunct malts. Phenols hit the nose faintly; hops are even fainter, nigh undetectable.

T: Adjunct malts slam onto the palate with a strange, bitter, almost artificial hop taste that's somewhat medicinal. Ends with a highly unpleasant rubbing alcohol-like twang and sting, followed by an even stranger chemical bitterness that I can't attribute to hops at all.

M: Distinct thinness with some syrupy sensation and faint carbonation. Like the texture of honey mixed with water.

D: This tastes like someone took regular Carlsberg and re-fermented it in his basement to up the alcohol content. There are so many better beers I can think of that have higher ABV levels and taste delicious, all of them ales. I don't think lagers were meant to be high-alcohol. I can't say I'm a fan at all of this one.

10-12-2009 02:39:45 | More by thekanna
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


2.85/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a pale yellow with a big head that dies into a ring. Leaves some lacing. Decent bubble action.

Smells a bit more adjuncty than I imagined it would. Hints of malt and hop are hiding. I also get a faux pilsner scent.

Sweet up front with some generic Euro beer taste muddling about. Not bad, but not great. My rating was a bit kind, probably closer to a 2.5.

In the mouth it was a bit thicker than I anticipated, syrupy even. The carbonation hits late, but it's there. Too thick for the lighter flavor. Not too good, actually, but I managed to kind of enjoy it.

I honestly can't see what my dad sees in this. It's one of his favorites and I'm struggling through a bottle. I don't think I would pay for this again, but I could see myself drinking a free one in the name of father-son bonding.

10-11-2009 06:11:00 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.05/5  rDev +9.3%

Elephant beer pours a sickly yellow color. A long lasting, fluffy white head leaves some lace on the glass.

The aroma is grassy euro hop and grains. .

Fairly well rounded flavors, skunk-ish grassy euro hop drops a good bitterness. Minerally at times. Sweet grains and some buttery diactyl that doesnt take away from the beer too much. Light malt body, definate euro taste. A vague roasted flavor rounds things out and I found it to be the saving grace of this brew.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but some of the sweetness becomes cloying. Chalky finish.

Drinkability runs strong here. I liked Elephant beer actually, and think it would go great with seafood dishes.

10-07-2009 17:01:24 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BeerCon5


2.9/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some thin, white fluffy head.

The scent is of motsly grains and some light alcohol.

Dominant grainy taste with some alcohol and light hops.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink, though not really much flavor or anything else noteworthy.

10-05-2009 20:23:58 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of tone77


3.23/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a rich, golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of hops and malts. Taste is of alcohol with some hoppiness. Feels rather light in the mouth. Drinkability is about average. Considering the ABV this is a fairly decent brew.

09-21-2009 22:04:47 | More by tone77
Photo of laituegonflable


2.9/5  rDev +3.9%

Slightly orange-tinged golden beer with angry carbonation upon pouring, and still a frantic bead through the glass. Head is a healthy thickness and quite dense, sinks leaving a nice lace curtain on the sides. Very impressive lager appearance.

Nose is predominantly sweet, malt with a side order of honey, but then taken over by a sour carbolic character and a whiff of grassy hops. Slightly phenolic, boozey character hides at the back, adds to its complexity but I'm not sure it should be there. Fairly good, still a bit simple though.

Taste has very little of the sweetness from the nose - malt is there to create alcohol, not flavour, it seems. Starts off sour-ish, with a very alkaline edge, gets more bitter towards the mid, mixing with some medicinal and boozey phenols, gets a slightly citric character in there, or at least a zesty character from somewhere. Finished fairly short, slight yeastiness and a mostly bitter aftertaste, slightly dank which gives it a slight hang and makes it a bit dirtier than it might have been.

Mouthfeel is quite heavy and sticky, with a dryness towards the back, slight tingle from the bubbles is most welcome however.

I think Carlsberg beer is one of the most drinkable pale lagers out there and to make Elephant I think they just inject it with steroids. Not a lot of character or nuance, just a big boozey hit. It's interesting but flavour-wise I don't think it's wholly successful.

09-02-2009 06:25:42 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of colts9016


2.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a polkal glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger creamy off white head that has some retention to it. The body of the beer has the color of a medium straw. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A lot of malt in the beer with subtle floral and yeast aroma in the background.

Taste: A lot of malt with some sweetness. There is some floral and yeast flavors.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is medium and coating. The body of the beer is medium heavy and the finish is medium. This beer overall is just okay at best. The flavor are all over the place and there is no uniformity.

08-29-2009 06:17:22 | More by colts9016
Photo of ThickestHead


3.23/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours a golden amber color with a frothy, quickly disappearing, white head.
Smell and taste of grainy malt, dank euro hops, and alcohol.
Medium body that is slick. Not great.
I only was as generous on the scoring as I was because I was comparing it to other malt liquors which I have had.

08-19-2009 04:37:57 | More by ThickestHead
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Presentation: 12oz green pop top with no freshness date

Appearance: Bright dark golden beer with a bright white soapy cap with good retention

Smell: Skunk fades with a couple minutes of oxygen..nice grassy hops and lots of cereal grain malts in the background

Taste: Big cereal grain sweetness, a touch of alcohol is clearly present, just a bit of grassy hops on the finish keep this from becoming way too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: It's like an American Malt Liquor...but with a bit more depth/character

08-08-2009 05:41:30 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of CrazyDavros


1.7/5  rDev -39.1%

Amber pour, mid-sized head fades to a thin layer.
Aroma is quite weak, there's some grassy European hops, boring grainy malt and cardboard.
Flavours show the same grassy hops before the alcohol and metallic bitterness take over in a horrible finish.
Prickly mild carbonation takes away some of the flavour (thank god).

07-29-2009 08:49:49 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of RollingRocker


3.03/5  rDev +8.6%

If i still drank malt liquor this would be it, beats King Cobra and Steel Reserves ASS! Color is much darker than any malt liquor on my menu but very nice (for malt liquor) Taste is slightly sourish with a hoppy after taste very little malt flavor and that hoppy flavor really lingers (still better than malt liquor) mouthfeel is okay little heavier than expected (from malt liquor) In the end it is still more drinkable than malt liquor and a better after morning taste.

Look every once in awhile i wanna have a ghetto night. I usually like Hurricane or Mickey grenades...tastes like shit and hurts later, but it gets you fucked up when you know where you wanna go. That alcohol nudge that makes you bang that fat chick. But if you wanna class it up a bit buy some Elephant, nice looking bottle that says "MALT LIQUOR" on the front.


07-07-2009 23:05:50 | More by RollingRocker
Photo of wesbrownyeah


2.63/5  rDev -5.7%

A- The appearance is decent with a heavy orange hue that glows in the light. Small foamy head settle to a ferment like top on the beer leaving nice lacing from top to bottom.

S- No frills smell, with obvious estery alcohol notes. Light scents of malts and maybe alittle yeast.

T-M- Heavy flavors of alcohol ands malts hits the tongue first, this is then followed by light tones of hoppy bite and dry yeasty taste.
Medium body, but quite hard with the amount of alcohol in this one.

D- Drinkable on occation if you need a beer for the buzz and dont want to go for a malt liquer deal. A-Ok with me.

06-27-2009 20:51:41 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of PsychoJedi


3.15/5  rDev +12.9%

It looks good for the color, which is golden with a nice thick head. The smell is by far nothing to write home about with only hints of the ingredients. The taste is mediocre as it gets which seems to me it would be a Canadian light beer, but it does taste like a beer. Another mediocre on the feel too. It goes down smooth so there is another positive. Assessment: drink this beer if you want to play a drinking game in Denmark, but save your money in being a beer condenser.

06-07-2009 14:11:52 | More by PsychoJedi
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of biggred1


3.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Golden bodied with a big pillowy white head that leaves wispy rings of lace behind. A big whiff of skunk hit my nose as I cracked the cap, that has since dissapated after decanting into a glass and waiting a minute. Now I get euro hops, toasted grain and alcohol in the nose. This beer tastes like a euro version of a malt liquor, more hoppy and less sweet grittiness than U.S. versions though. Finishes a little hot. Medium light bodied with a creamy carbonation. I would drink this if it was $2.00 a 40 OZ., but not for ten bucks a sixer.

05-26-2009 23:25:55 | More by biggred1
Photo of mareth01


3.45/5  rDev +23.7%

This beer had a very clear golden amber color that produced a medium size white head that left a nice lacing through out.

I could smell a hint of hops and citrus

The taste was not that bad, it started off with a little bitterness in the beginning with a note of sweet bread like taste in the middle and finished with a dry like feel.

It was mildly carbinated and was clean and smooth to the palate

This beer is very drinkable, with a 7.2 abv it packs a little punch for a little bottle.

05-22-2009 13:17:44 | More by mareth01
Photo of Buschyfor3


3/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a crisp, clear golden body with a 2 finger tall, foamy white head... a perfect pour really since the head started right at the line marked on the glass. Very clean body. Leaves rings of lacing on the side of the glass. Nothing spectacular... looks like every other pale euro lager.

S: Not a whole lot to the smell. That familiar, "skunky" Euro lager aroma dominates, with some booziness peaking through. Just a faint hint of a husk-like, grain note.

T: Pretty clean flavor profile, if not a bit bland. A faint bitterness up front is quickly surpassed by a strong, grainy, very stale bread flavor that lingers well into the finish. Alcohol is present throughout. Finish is slightly drying.

M: Light bodied, with huge carbonation - very crisp, tangy on the palate.

D: 7.2% ABV and the alcohol is fairly prominent from the first sip - definitely packs more punch than its regular strength sibling.

Despite a lot of reviews to the contrary, I think Elephant is an alright beer for what its worth. It's priced the same as Carlsberg's flagship lager (at least where I live) and its crisp and refreshing, but with a bigger, boozier punch. Would I go out of my way to buy it? Probably not, simply because there are any number of macro-style Euro lagers that I would opt for if that's all I had to choose from, along the lines of a Stella Artois or Heineken/HL on draft.

05-06-2009 03:18:43 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of Portertime


3.13/5  rDev +12.2%

So at the liquor store I work at I have people buying this stuff by the case and I have got to try and see what the hype is about. Pours a rich golden color with a fizzy short lived head. The smell is mostly sweet malts with a faint cereal aroma. The taste was mellow with a sweet corn and cereal grain quality and a warming but stingy finish.

05-05-2009 04:38:17 | More by Portertime
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of Dubbercody


2.03/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

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

New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -5%

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a generous foamy head. Leaves some decent lacing in the glass.

S- A mild alcohol scent followed by a sweet grainy maltiness. It seems like an almost artificial grapey syrup sweetness.

T- Definitely has a bit of an alcohol zip in the flavor. A grainey bready sweetness followed by a bit of an earthy hop note.

M- Feels slick and syrupy.

D- The warmer this beer got the more I can taste it. The more I can taste it, the less I like it. One's enough for me.

02-22-2009 19:07:16 | More by JayNH
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -9.3%

a - Light gold, slightly darker than BMC Lager. Big chunky head falls to a sticky scum that leaves lot's of lacing.

s - Smells pretty foul. Really sweet, almost sour, grassy, fruity.

t - Kind of sour, sweet, fruity. Really tastes like it smells. Any flavor it might have drops off pretty quick which is nice in this case.

m/d - Thin enough. Drinkable, but only because it doesn't make you sick and will get you drunk

This is really quite bad. It will get you drunk, it doesn't taste horrible but really undesirable. I will not drink this again unless it is a last resort. I'm not going to finish this.

02-18-2009 00:26:19 | More by magnj
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.