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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 39 | 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 JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice golden color with great initial head, although it fades fast, with a bit of lacing. Nice scent, extremely malty with a little sour/skunkiness. Good taste, a deep malt flavor with some good hop finishing, with bites of sweetness. It goes down fine, but a bit rough. A nice strong lager.

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

A: Clear straw yellow. Poured a thin white head that dissipated but bubbles sustained a skim. Laced thinly through the first couple tugs..

S: Kind of a sour malt smell; not too appetizing. Nothing too impressive or enjoyable.

T: Sour, not smooth. Eventually, even a little flat.

M: Light body, thin. Slightly over-carbonated.

D: Drinkable, but lots better available. Smell, taste and mouthfeel didn't make for a pleasant overall experience.

Photo of bort11
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. thick white head and has better than expected lacing. Color is a hazy straw yellow.

Smell initially has a Euro Lager skunk, but mellows out as it breaths. Strong grain character. Taste has a mild apple flavor melded with the heavy grain flavoring.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Way more body than I expected. Moderate carbonation. A lot better than I expected, but not by that much

Photo of elniko
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Standard amber, very little carbonation. Head dissipated quickly. Average looking beer.

S: Smell is all malt, quite strong.

T & M: Little skunk in the taste, bite on the aftertaste as well. Just a bit bitter. Mouthfeel is not very pleasant, leaves an unpleasant aftertaste after drinking.

D: Not terrible, but I don't think I'll be having again. Can't say that this brew is recommended.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of this stuff after my father told me about it this past Father's Day and yeah, this stuff is certainly much different that I expected.

Appearance is a strong orange color with little head retention, but very frothy around the edges.

Smell was adequate and possessed a fairly strong citrus smell, much like oranges. Overall, it wasn't bad, but not terrible.

Taste was good. It had a strong, citrusy and smooth aftertaste with a nice bite at the end to finish it off. This brew was smooth the whole way and for a malt liquor, this stuff certainly had a good taste to it.

Mouthfeel was filling, even for this stuff. The beer was highly carbonated and citrusy, but plentiful at the same time. For a lager, this was pretty thick.

Drinkability is pretty good too. My only complaint is that it's a bit high on the carbonation side. Don't drink these on an empty stomach, as they can burn quickly. Either way, this is a good malt liquor, a bit pricey, but good.

Photo of clayrock81
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An older gentleman I know well said this is a great beer (he always has a 6-pack in his fridge)
and finally talked me into trying one. I figured it might be a nice German pils w/ a huge ABV - not exactly. Poured like a pils with a pale gold body and a nice frothy head that died quickly. A rather hoppy and grainy smell, sorta like a pils or some other dry beer, but that faint alkie smell cheaper beers give off also.
Had a smooth flow with some hopiness and citrus coming off, but then a rather nasty backbite. The ABV more than crept in and overpowered the hops and the maltiness in the middle, and while this is a passible beer I'll pass when offered again.

Photo of armock
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a a golden color with a big whit head that fades quickly with spotty lacing

S - Is of sweet grainy malt

T - It goes downhill a little here grainy malt with some alcohol

M - Has a light body with light carbonation watery feeling

D - I would not recommend this beer to somebody it has a bad taste with a very weak mouthfeel

Photo of Bitterbill
1.49/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This one pours a pale gold with a large but quickly shrinking head of foam. Very bubbly looking.

The smell is of sweet malt and grain.

The taste is very sweet with a lot of grain going with it and, the way this one goes, it doesn't even come close to tasting good. There's some bitterness there as well mostly in the finish but... Wow. This is a very rough brew and I'm going to find it hard to finish the bottle and not *just* because of the abv. This is a ghastly beer. Ok, I can't take it any more....down the drain.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a very bright yellow like that first piss after you take a multi-vitamin,the head is thick and has its own yellow tint,it leaves behind a good amount of uneven lacing

S-like salty homemade play-doh,along with some sweetness,and citrusy hints

T-mostly like an above average 40oz,malty with virtually no hops,some sweet cream corn flavor and grassy notes,alcohol volume is apparent from the first sip

M-creamy,medium body that is tolerable,but way to much carbonation,decent Euro finish

D-it packs a nice punch,and the label looks kind of cool,but,I'll stick to the regular Carlsberg Pils from now on!

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this back in January at UK BA BlackHaddock's house.

Poured a clear golden color. Scent smells like every other lager that comes out of a green bottle.

Tastes like a strong Heineken; alcohol with some malts the two most prominent flavors.

My overall impression from my tasting notes were that this beer is basically a Heineken on steroids.

Photo of dippy
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought that this was a great beer. Good for session.

Golden ale with a nice light head just chillin on top.

Light hoppy smell, some grains.

I was suprised at the citrus in this brew. Very lemony. Very nice and refreshing. Some light hops followed by some graininess.

A good overall brew. Good session beer.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears to be a decent beer, fairly entertaining carbonation with (sadly) little to no head, and pretty much no lacing. Boo. That's a pet peeve of mine! 2.5 yo.

The smell is a little watered down in my opinion.
I give it props for not having any sort of alky bite.

Slightly citrus-y, lemony, and a sharp grain.

I've been nervous about this beer. Now for the first sip. A little sweetness here rolls onto the tongue. Bitter on the lips Smooth and not that bad. The alcohol is mildly present.
Not a huge fan of the aftertaste but it's nothing even close to significant enough to stop me from drinking this brew.

Mouthfeel tickles the tongue a little bit but otherwise smooth.

Like a lot of beers i've reviewed, don't go out of your way to get it but never turn one down.

Oh and pour it out, shit this stuff sucks straight out of the can.

Photo of ommegoose
2.37/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased for $.99 per 500 ml can. Cheap, boozy, malt liquor (Euro style).

Pretty yellowy, with a suggestion of orange. Enough color to not look bad. Did not have much of a head, and receded to a thin layer quickly. Eventually disappears completely.

It actually smells okay. Vaguely citrusy, with plenty of lemon. Otherwise, some crisp graininess. Simple, but focused and appealing.

And now the bad news. I don't like this very much. Not really any sweetness, lots of metallic flavor, and a heavy lingering bitterness like rust. Rather grassy, like green tea in the front end, and there are floral notes. Actually does alright in terms of masking the alcohol. But I think I'd prefer a boozy macro lager over this attempt to cover it up with bad flavor. And this is when it was pretty cold. As it warms and your tongue has been bludgeoned enough, it starts to taste like regular Carlsberg, with some dry hops and a hint of grainy sweetness. Even then, worse than Carlsberg. Best results from drinking cold, quickly. It's tolerable then. I think people who are already drunk could live with it. The more distractions from the taste, the better.

Mouthfeel is thin. I wouldn't say watery, since there's no shortage of flavor here. It's just not a tasty beer. Alcohol wears out the tongue after a little while. Still not notably less than average for the style.

Drinkability is low. A few ounces was enough, but I paid for this, so I'll suck it up. There's a market for this stuff, but it's not for me. If I want a cheap buzz, I'll drink some cheap Canadian whisky. This is too much work. If Carlsberg could do something about the finish I would probably go back to this due to value. I would assume it's better than American malt liquors, but that's not saying much.

EDIT: The reviews make it sound like the canned version is better than the bottles. It seems to alleviate the smell issues. Still, barely worth trying in this format.

Photo of bboven
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very slightly hazy light honey body with a very thin layer of head. Decent lacing.

Skunked hops. That it. So bad.

Sweet malt, lots of green apple, some hop bitterness at the very end.

Crisp and highly carbonated.

An okay beer except fo the god-awful smell. Plug your nose and enjoy?

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Light straw color with a HUGE pillowy head that lasted a minute and then settled to a nice lace. Upon drinking left the ENTIRE pint covered in sticky lace.

Smell is sulphur and dead hops. I hesitate to say skunk, but this one is the best way I can describe the aroma. The sulphur overpowers all other aromas.

Taste is of a small malt backing with a good hop at the front. Adjuncts come into the middle, mostly tastes like corn. Finishes with more adjunct and a slight alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, its a little over carbonated, but that makes it lively and dance on the tongue. Light and watery, no body. No chew.

Drinkability would be a little low to average as this one would kick your arse with the ABV.

In all, tastes like cheap, corny malt liquor with a big dash of hops thrown in that were left to sit out in the light too long...not that this is a bad thing?

Photo of cdkrenz
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Orange hazy brew with a bright white half inch of head.

Smell - Malt aroma with a hint of pineapple.

Taste - The flavor is tasted initially on the outside edges of my tongue. It's a slightly bitter malt taste that's quite unique. It does remind me a bit of a Heineken but I don't think this intentional.

Mouthfeel - The feel is somewhat uncomfortable because of the aftertaste being a lingering bitterness.

~ I can't see myself ordering one in a pub, unless that pub is in Denmark. In that case I'd certainly try one on draft. Friends, give it a try, as you might be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Gehrig
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This might be one of the last times that I have Carlsberg. Elephant just turns me off. The presentation is pretty decent, with a finger of white froth on a dark gold head. The smell, the smell, that stinking skunky smell. I've just had enough of it and, with Elephant, it doesn't fade as it often does with other green-bottle beers--a fundamental no-no. This clearly affects the taste, which isn't altogether bad with decent hops and a touch of bitterness.

This just isn't a very good beer--not a total dud, but not one I'll buy again. When cold, it's fine. But there are scores of better Strong Lagers worth buying.

Photo of Dodo2step
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

The bottle kind of got my hopes up to the the idea that i would enjoy this beer. It has a huge elephant on the label and it just looked enticing.

A- a dull, rusty golden color

S-nothing to fancy just malty

T-it reminds me of Old Milwaukee for some reason. I wasnt impressed and its ok but it just has a bitter tangy aftertaste.

D-I doubt i will have another one of these in my time. It was ok to try.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small green 275ml bottle, well in date and poured into my Corsendonk tulip glass.

Good deep golden colour with a solid white head, it looked like a strong lager should, darker than a normal lager and meatier looking.

Not a huge aroma, alcohol esters and a little malt, it gets my normal 3.0 score for lager smells.

The alcohol hits the tastebuds first and wont let go, if there is something else to discover I failed to find it.

It isn't really 'a well balanced beer' but it does have a presence that other strong lagers don't seem to have. The metalic twang some produce isn't here, nor the wet cardboard feel others have.

Overal it didn't quiet win me over and I wouldn't want a pint of it, the little bottle I had was enough. I did have a draught one years ago at a trade fair in Berlin but I can't recall much about the day let alone which beers I enjoyed the most.

Photo of mltobin
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Carlsberg Elephant is meant to stay in the bottle. And why not? I enjoy the elephant on the bottle, so I am happy to look at him while drinking the beer.

As a malt liquor, this beer is strong, but can be consumed in a quick fashion without any hesitation. When I am in New York City, I enjoy grabbing a couple of these from the bodega and drinking them prior to paying more money for a higher quality beer at a bar.

If you want a decent tasting beer, for a reasonable price, that will also get you feeling fine, this beer is for you.

Photo of maddogruss
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this out inot my glass mug.

A: Poured a yellow, straw body with a small, white head. Head held for a little bit, but eventually slowed to only a nice lacing overall. Some lacing on the side of the glass, but not much.

S: Not much of a smell either. Kind of alike a sour malt smell. Nothing too impressive or enjoyable.

T: Tasted like imported Colt 45. I noted that it claimed to be malt liquor on the bottle, so I'm not sure if the classification of this beer is correct. Taste kind of sour and not smooth our sweet like a good, malt beer. Overall, not too impressed.

M: Mouthfeel felt like it was slightly overcarbonated. Went down ok, just felt a little too fizzy.

D: You can drink this beer, and a good amount of it. The alcohol does not cut into the taste, but overall I'd pass on this beer if other beers are available. Something about the taste and mouthfeel that just did not bode well with me.

Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green slope shouldered glass bottle with a white foil collar and a label sporting an African elephant. Pry-off cap, brewed in Denmark by Carlsberg, not a Labatt copy.
Sunny copper transparent body. Huge white head of small to large bubbles. Clumpy lace and great retention.
Grassy scent sweetened with honey.
Honey grain flavor with some caramel. Shortlived aftertaste of mild hops and honey.
Medium body, some coating, harsh and slightly dry finish.
Good drinkability. One of the tastier euro lagers to be sure.


Photo of erosier
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber yellow into the glass with a short white head that had a little bit of volume to it. The aroma was of hops really with some light malts in the base. The flavor was a bit different. It had some light malty taste but I was expecting more hops from the aroma. The aftertaste is a bit strong and it has a harsh kick to it, but that is due to the higher amount of alcohol in it. I think it should be smoother but overall it's OK and OK to drink.

Photo of billybob
4.32/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first i also would like to say i'm surprised this beer has a low rating as i feel it has some good things going for it.

pours a honey golden color with a one finger white head that faded quickly to a ring on the glass with a fair amount of lacing. earthy fruity nose with a sweet fruity bready malt taste up front through the middle ending with a slight tang rather than any bitterness also hides the alcohol very well. medium to thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.

very easy beer to drink, drank five for this review and could easily have had more.

Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with a really nice looking creamy white head. Head doesn't stick around long, but does fade to a nice cap with decent lacing. Really a pretty looking beer.

Floral and fruity. A bit of strawberry. A little bit of a malty-caramely back side to it. That typical Euro Lager smell is there too, but more subtle than most. I don't know how to describe that smell other than stale, yet somehow not totally unappealing. Generally speaking though, I'm not a fan. It's not overpowering here though.

Sweet and malty early, but bitter at the back of the tongue and throat. Medium bodied, generally creamy, but also a little slick and watery at times. A little bit of alcohol mixes with that crisp Euro Lager flavor (again, I don't really know how to describe it). Actually seems slightly acidic to me - not sure if that can apply to a beer like it can a wine. Does sort of remind of a light mead. A distinctive and hard to describe taste, but not a terribly good one.

Not bad, but I don't think I'll be going for another one of these for awhile. Lots of better stuff out there, in my opinion.

Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.