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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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563 Ratings

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Ratings: 563
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 ThickestHead
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ThickestHead, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

BedetheVenerable, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
1.7/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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).

CrazyDavros, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of RollingRocker
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


RollingRocker, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

wesbrownyeah, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

PsychoJedi, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!

ChainGangGuy, May 27, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

biggred1, May 27, 2009
Photo of mareth01
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mareth01, May 22, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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: Very light bodied, with huge carbonation - very crisp, tangy on the palate; carbonation probably saves this from being watery - its more like club soda

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

Elephant is alright, but nothing more. It's priced the same as Carlsberg's flagship lager (at least where I live) and its crisp, 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.

Buschyfor3, May 06, 2009
Photo of Portertime
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Portertime, May 05, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Dubbercody
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Dubbercody, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of JayNH
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

JayNH, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of magnj
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

magnj, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden with creamy, pillowy head that leaves a creamy lace. Head sustains longer than I would have imagined. Smell upon opening the green bottle was mildly skunk-pungent-marijuana-funk. Taste is suprisingly clean, crisp and dry. No discernable taste other than the hint of high ABV. Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery but there is something there, slight graininess that keeps it from having no flavor at all. Recommended only if you've never tried it.

mashedpotatoes, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of AleWatcher
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a rich, dark yellow with lots of fine bubbles working their way up to a big frothy head. Leaves heavy-looking clumps of lacing that cling to the side of the glass for quite a while.

S: Some floral and citrus notes are almost lost to the strong smell of alcohol.

T: A lemony/citrus flavor hit me first, A slight hoppy bitterness follows but quickly gives way to an after-taste of grassy alcohol.

M: The fine bubbles create a very smooth feel as it slides around.

D: Not something I would go out of my way for, but not something I would completely avoid. At over 7% ABV this beer could pack a punch, but the overall taste wouldn't allow it to be one of those beers that sneaks up on you. You'd see it comin.

AleWatcher, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear, fizzy yellow color with a moderately large, frothy white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Grain husks, some dry white grape, cooked vegetables, and alcohol.

T: Thick, astringent grain huskiness up front. Cooked vegetable flavors are prominent, along with a champagne/white grape flavor. Somewhat herbal hops. Some solvent/boozy alcohol as well.

M: Crisp and medium bodied. Astringent and drying, almost puckering.

D: This is no better or worse than any other Euro lager. At least it's robust - that sets it apart from many other lagers in this style, even if it doesn't necessarily make it better. I'd be curious to see how this stands up to an American macro ice beer or malt liquor - how much of the appeal here is its Euro label?

Clydesdale, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice fluffy, two finger head with an off yellow body that is hazy and carbonated. The head sticks around for quite some time.

S - Others will think this is the smell of a great beer but I beg to differ. The smell is of strong malts, faint corn and brings to mind of old skunky beer.

T - Corn and a smooth malty flavor. If you can get past the natural skunky flavor, you will be impressed to know that the 7.2% abv is completely masked.

M - The beer is rather smooth first entering the mouth but is finished up with a skunky taste.

D - The skunky taste is too much for me. For those who can handle the skunk smell and taste this one might not be bad.

Wisconsin, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of simonjohansson
1.93/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Smell: sweet malt, booze, grain, bread, no fresh smell at all. Bad.

Taste is bad as well, boozy, bready, sweet in a musty way. Couldnt find much hops.

Overall: another bad beer from Carlsberg. Avoid. They should put more money into Jacobsen and spend less on these kind of products.

simonjohansson, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
2.17/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"If I had a perfect day, I would have it start this way, open up the fridge and have a tall boy, yeah." 500 ml can poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Whoa, that's a big head. Good sticking, good retention, creamy, all on top a body of pale yeellow-orange. I like the look. The smell...i could care less for. Smells like cold pasteurized apple juice that comes in cartons. Uhh, too sweet. As I put this drink to the mouth, now it's in the mouth...not a lot going on here. Very dull for the most part, every now and then you get subtle notes of sweet stuff, but the mild kick of sharp booze comes in. Somewhat metallic. Quick twitch of pinneapple. Easy carbonation in the mouth, and the body is light.

Not a lot of life here, which I was surprised by given the ABV on this. Even a sharper feel of booze might have been welcomed by me. I think the elephant forgot to bring flavor into its own beer.

DoubleJ, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange color with a frothy, sticky white heat that lasts forever. The aroma is of cereal grains and some blunted, spicey hops. Alcohol creeps into the nose as well, but not as prominently as other malt liquors oth this strength. The taste is grainy and sweet with some doughyness and more alcohol kick then the nose led on. Hops are restrained and one dimensional, but they manage to ward off the prospect of cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty full and somewhat numbing frome the booziness. The finish is sweet and shows some corn.

This is a pretty boozy, strong tasting lager. It could be worse, but its pretty unworthy of actively seeking out.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of MadTown1000
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a glass with about an inch of foam that disperses over a minute or so, leaving a little bit of lace and a millimeter or so of residual foam on top. Looks kind of like Miller Lite (that particular comparison was probably prompted by the official Miller Lite pint glass I poured it into, but it's still pretty accurate.) Not too much of an aroma at all. It's definitely on the bitter side, which hurts its drinkability score, but also a little bit of sweetness. Doesn't taste as alcoholic as it is.

Overall impression: This malt liquor tastes like malt liquor. That's really about all there is to say about it. Not a repeat buy.

MadTown1000, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy straw with a little orange tint and tiny white head that went away quickly

S - Toast and malts with some light floral as well

T - Little bitter with good malts. A little floral and citrus in the back

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Not bad but won't be on my list to get again

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Rayek
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Gold color with fair clarity. Soapy head has OK retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Malt heavy and quite sweet. A little musty too.

T: Think malt presence up front tastes mostly of raw grain. There is a decent bitter kick in back that balances, but doesn't really add much flavor.

M: Medium body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Not really a beer I want to revisit. I remember thinking this beer was a big deal back in the 90's. Not so much now.

Rayek, Nov 20, 2008
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.