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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-03-2002

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Photo of benfons
3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of wahhmaster
1.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of markb33
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of lester619
2.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.32/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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...

Photo of sk8russ
1.64/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I've been on a beer tasting kick for the last few months or so and so far I have tried about fifty beers and this is the worst one yet. It doesn't ever really taste like beer honestly. It tasted like it was rotten. I don't recommend it. Cool bottle though...

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce green bottle with no freshness date. Golden rod yellow murky color. Almost no carbonation and no head. All lot of malts, honey and spices in the smell. Flavor has a lot of yeast, some honey, clove flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Alcohol well hidden. Drinkable nature is okay.

Photo of BeerMasterD
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thnx to the danish SOB below me for a bottle of this, good guy.
Green 12 OZ. into a pint guy. Not so crystal clear light honey color with 2 fingers of fluff white that receedes to a super thin layer atop with some lace. Smells sweet, thats about it. First sip i took i thought "tootsie-pop" for some reason, sweet and bitter, the alcohol does show through some. Med. bod and decent carbonation, i could see a couple of these on a hot day its not a bad beer, but i feel if they toned down the alcohol content a bit this would be a more enjoyable brew.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.04/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out of 12 0z into Glass

Golden honey yellow hue on the body with a bright white 2 finger head that disapeared quickly. Has a real sweet and floral hoppy smell to it thats real defined and strong. The second i poured the bottle i smelt it right away.

Has a very rough bitter mouthfeel, very carbonated, But the flavor is definitely there to make up for it. Has a real strong pale malt/ pilsner flavor, with that hint of hops and sweetness to back it up. I could probably drink a 6 of these easy, they go down much easier than most malt liquors i've come across. Really worth buying IMO

You know what they say, Happiness is being danish! In this case im proud

Photo of hustlesworth
2.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- clear pale golden with a surprisingly dense creamy white head. retention isn't bad either for a beer of this nature. i notice on the label that this beer contains sulphite preservatives. i don't know whether that effects the foam, but it hold firm at a thick disk with its edges up on the glass like a paper muffin cup. even after a few drinks.

S- simple pilsener-esque aroma, floral grassy hops, some pale malt sweetness, but with a faint hint of banana/clove yeast in the background.

T- this is where things get interesting. sharp zesty bitterness from start to finish, sometimes getting a little annoying. seems artificial. pale malt flavor is concentrated and sweet, offset only by the strange hoppiness, and this is without a doubt a euro malt liquor. i had hops of treating it like a juiced up pilsener, but all hope is gone. taste of mineral water in the background. the hop flavor really seems to be what is messed up here. finishes unpleasantly bitter.

MF- thin and fizzy, some sturdiness to the body from ample malt, but the bubbles thin out quickly leaving for a flat uneasy swallow.

D- didn't expect much, but i hoped for something a little better. the beer isn't skunked, thanks probably to the oxide killing sulphites, but being aware of preservative content is also a turn off. i just can't finish this glass.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of bnes09
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thekanna
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of colts9016
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ThickestHead
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.26/5  rDev +16.4%
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

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.71/5  rDev -38.9%
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).

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.