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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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549 Ratings

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 25.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.3/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, barley, corn, and pungent adjuncts.

T: The taste is sweet and a little bready, with flavors of malt, corn syrup. There is a thin hop character and a hint of alcohol, which I expected from seeing “Malt Liquor” on the label. Given the lack of substance, I was surprised that the alcohol was not more prevalent.

M: It is only slightly smooth due to the sweetness and not very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slick, dry and a bit sticky.

D: Not very tasty, but goes down easily in spite of that fact, not filling at all. Despite all of the bad qualities of this beer, it is not the worst that I have ever had. However, that is not to say that I liked it, because really did not. There are plenty of more flavorful beers out there with a 7.20% ABV or higher, if you are looking for a beer with a heavy kick.

01-28-2007 00:15:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of stephendr


3.05/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. bottle- color of clear bright yellow , with a white medium head - nose of hay , skunk , slight hopps , banana , sweet corn and copper – taste of hay , skunk , hopps , and sweet - body well carbonated , and light – aftertaste of sweet corn , bitter , and gummy – but love the 7.2%

01-19-2007 05:48:32 | More by stephendr
Photo of kosmoraios


1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Upon opening and pouring the first bit of this beer, my immediate thought was that this is the Euro version of Schlitz Malt Liquor. I was right.

Pours a sickly pee-yellow colour into my pint glass with absolutely no head whatsoever. Aroma is immediately of skunk and corn. Smells like an Old English 800. Taste is no better - absolutely dominated by corn and who knows what other adjuncts. Ethanol smell was prevalent. In all fairness, I think the bottle may have been a bit old.

Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated and unpleasantly greasy. Not a drinkable beer, simply because of the poor taste.

01-13-2007 22:15:55 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of Byeast


3/5  rDev +7.5%

This "malt liquor " pours a very slightly hazed , golden color , with a half inch of whit foam sitting atop. The smell is a little malty , some light struck aroma , maybe the slightest tinge of floral hop and some alcohol. The taste is also of slightly malty grain , some warming alcohol , and a touch of balancing hop. This is a drinkable brew that definatly packs a punch , but it's kind of one dimensional and thin. Goes down easy enough , but it nothing that special in my book.

10-29-2006 02:36:21 | More by Byeast
Photo of HopsHops


2.13/5  rDev -23.7%

Sorry , this one is just not kool

i mean its not that bad i just am not big on the heineken

skunk style ...
it doesnt smell that good to me..it just isnt there man...

im going to drink it because im thirsty and it isnt the worst thing ive ever had but at this point im just stammering out characters so i can end this review...

i just dont have alot to say about it other than it tastes like heineken only stronger it looks like some regular domestic stuff and it just plain isnt what i look for in a beer

10-25-2006 02:08:00 | More by HopsHops
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.73/5  rDev +33.7%

Pours a hazed pale gold with a dense and creamy two and a half finger head. Great retention that will leave delicate spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and saaz in the nose, an nice strong aroma. Pale base malt and pilsener malt are immediatly sweet, but are quickly overshadowed by an assertive adjunct flavor. Possibly corn or rice, or a combination, but not neccesarily bad; passable for the style anyway. Semi-dryng aftertaste, with a saaz/tettnanger hop flavor and bitterness that fails to balance out the strong adjunct taste. Medium body, and lighter carbonation allow a creamy smooth mouthfeel. However, a highly crisp carbonation might have softened the blow of the cloyingly sweet adjunct better. An good drinkability for a euro strong lager/malt liquor though, the off-flavor is restricted to the aftertaste and the finish shows only some saaz flavor and mild residual sweetness. This is a great alternative to most american malt liquors.

10-17-2006 01:07:28 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of neenerzig


3.35/5  rDev +20.1%

A friend recently gave me a 12 oz. bottle for this for free. I remember seeing this beer availabe in pint cans at many stores and pubs in London, England when I visited there back in May of this year. I never tried it in England though. This is the first lager of this particular style I have ever reviewed here and quite possibly the first lager of this style I have ever had period. If the clear/green skunked bottle this beer at all is impossible for me to determine. This beer pours a clear light to medium golden color with a nice foamy looking white head about half an inch thick. The head has very good staying power indeed. Leaves some pretty decent lacing too. Not much going on in the smell department but sweet aromas of malt, grain and maybe some fruit are present. It tastes exactly the same as it smells, malty and somewhat sweet, with just a touch of hops also present. Not a horrible taste by any means, but certainly nothing special either. Has a sort of dry and bitter aftertaste too that I did not particularly care for. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and sort of creamy, but also rubbery (yuck!). I did not care for the rubbery mouthfeel at all! Has moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Worth a try I suppose, but certainly nothing special.


10-13-2006 04:56:07 | More by neenerzig
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Ontario (Canada)

1.15/5  rDev -58.8%

Poured with an awful tarnished colour. No head. Aroma badly skunked (green bottle) but like no other skunk sensation before! Harsh alcohol is the first feature that sticks out. Skunking has removed any dimension of malt so you're left with a mouthfeel of rubbing alcohol. Low carbonation doesn't help. Gross really. This was quickest drain pour (and drain pours are very rare for me). Simply one of - if not the - worst beer I've ever tried. Do not recommend what so ever.

09-30-2006 15:55:47 | More by biegaman
Photo of theozag


2.83/5  rDev +1.4%

I seem to concur with most of the reviewers for this beer when I say it's somewhere between marginally good and okay. Pours and settles a slightly ruddy, golden yellow. Thin white head fades to a cloudy solid film over the top of the brew. Smell is sweet, sharp, and fruity. Starts creamy and calm, but immediately full-bodied. Settles with a slight caramel flavor and malt smoothness which is quickly replaced by a bland but unmistakable group of bitters. Finishes sharply hoppy and almost wet. Sandy texture has a lasting but somewhat pleasant aftertaste.

09-01-2006 15:06:21 | More by theozag
Photo of steinlifter


3.73/5  rDev +33.7%

Poured a hazy yellow, sudsy head that left a thin collar.

smell was rather sweet clove-like aroma.

Taste: slight hop bite up front, followed by a sweet but spicy citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel was decent, rather slick on the tongue, and spritzy.

Drinkability: I would rate as good, I didn't fall in love with this beer, but it did have an interesting flavor, and I might try em again?

08-31-2006 13:10:58 | More by steinlifter
Photo of karengarys


3.43/5  rDev +22.9%

This pours amber, very slightly hazy, and my slow pour leaves little head, but what is there is very fluffy white.

Smells malty and sweet.

Taste is quite subdued but refreshing. It is malty, somewhat light in the hops. There is a pronounced sting of some acrid bitter flavor, not sure what that is, but it detracts from the taste a bit. That is more of an aftertaste though.

Very rich body.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

Finish is also creamy, it does not water out at the end.

I'd never guess that this beer was a high alcohol beer, the alcohol is completely hidden. I'm not real fond of the aftertaste, but it is really a good beer to try.

08-27-2006 20:37:44 | More by karengarys
Photo of rousee


3.58/5  rDev +28.3%

Gold straw color with a slight orangey hint. Fairly murky. Sour grassy smell. Taste is sweet and bready-- not bad up front- but the finish is a little too sweet.

Some metallic elements are also noticed. Dry clean and crisp mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable but a little too sweet. Overall, I think this is an okay beer and would have it again. I dont think its anything to write home about but I do feel that the ratings for this are autoimatically low due to Carlsberg being perceived as somewhat of a macrobrew of Europe.

08-20-2006 22:28:49 | More by rousee
Photo of hunteraw


2.45/5  rDev -12.2%

whoa! I picked this up on a whim not realizing it was "malt liquor" at 7.2% abv. classified as a euro strong lager here, I'm hoping it's just complying with some labeling laws.

Appearance: pours golden, darker than your average EPL, big white head with good retention and nice lacing. about as good as you can expect from this style, really.

Smell: skunky, sweet, not appealing at all. i think i'm picking up corn, but that might be a result of having seen "malt liquor" on the label.

Taste: doesn't taste quite as bad as it smells, but not good either. kind of sweet, hops toward the tail that are kind of harsh. alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel: more syrupy than the pilsner/EPL i was expecting here, too thick, really. that said, carbonation seems okay.

Drinkability: man am I sorry I got suckered into buying this one. I wanted a nice pilsner before going out tonight, and I wound up drinking a malt liquor.

08-01-2006 21:19:51 | More by hunteraw
Photo of reasoncreated


4.38/5  rDev +57%

I normally drink heavier beers, but when I had this one I was in the US Virgin Islands, there are no dark beers there. I was told that this used to be a local beer, but was bought out by a Danish brewer.

Anyway, out on a charter fishing boat, I had a six pack of this, 85 degrees F, sittining in the sun. This beer was perfect. Even when the cooler couldn't keep it cool, it was a refreshing drink. A little bit of a bite to it, but I'd have never guessed it was 7.2%. It had a bit of a hoppy flavor, I thought, which reminded me of some of my favorite ales.

06-23-2006 00:37:12 | More by reasoncreated
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Color is golden with a moderate level of carbonation. Head is medium height, creamy, and on the thick side for a lager. Aroma has a grainy sweetness alongside mild skunking. Herbal hop is noted as well. Taste has a pleasant grainy sweetness that actually works well with the adjunct flavors noted here. The herbal hop flavor is the star here, strong and tasty. Drinkability is high, even at 7.2% ABV.

06-18-2006 19:32:05 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.83/5  rDev +37.3%

Pours out to a slightly hazed light yellow color with a head of foam that remained consistant at about a half inch. Lots of lace. Aromas were buttery, with malt and sweet creamy notes. Nice. Taste was quite quaffable; yeasty bread and buttery malts mixed with a touch of hops and sweet citrus well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and kind of creamy. Definitly not what I was expecting. Drinkability is good for a so called "malt liquor". I'd have this again, no question. Recommended for sampling.

05-05-2006 23:19:40 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +43.4%

Surprise to find the ratings so low. I rather enjoyed it. Has a bright golden - straw color with a lightly oily appearance. A fluffy, stark white head that held it's retention rather well. Smells sweetly malty (pilsner malt) and hopped particularly high. The malts take on fruity characters of peach, pears, apples, and a light corn sugar flavor. Hops start off a little musks, and almost light-striken, but balances well to contribute a well balanced bittering and an earthy flavor. Full and creamy (almost thick) to the mouth. Would finish very clean and crisp if not for such bold sweetness. Alcohols contribute a warmth and drying quality from midpoint into the finish. Surprised the corn flavors never become dominant or distracting. One of my favorite lagers.

03-19-2006 15:20:38 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of jamie2dope


2.13/5  rDev -23.7%

I heard about this beer on one of my favorite directors, Roger Avary's, website so I decided i'de see what it was all about. Comes in a green bottle with a pretty cool looking elephant on the label. Poured an unimpressive golden color with a light white lace that lasted throughout. Smell was very grainy and a bit salty as well, giving it a less then inviting nose. Taste wasn't much better, lots and lots of malt on the tongue and cereal grain, but not a whole lot more. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Drinkability? If you want a stronger beer that will probably get you wasted, then by all means, but not much in the flavor department with this brew. Can't say I too fond of this one...reminded me of a heinken crossed with malt liquor.

03-02-2006 11:23:30 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of russpowell


1.88/5  rDev -32.6%

Pours golden with a massive white head that drops to nothing at lightspeed. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Burly malt presence but nothing else

Taste: sickening sweet with some graininess and little alcohol as it warms. More sweetness on the finish

MF: Syruppy and thin at the same time, and way out of balance

Not drinkable. Too cloying. In a word: Horrid

02-16-2006 05:22:18 | More by russpowell
Photo of TastyTaste


3.65/5  rDev +30.8%

Appearance: Dark gold body, clear with a small, fast fading white head.

Smell: Grainy and sweet, alcohol also noticeable.

Taste: Not too offensive, for a euro strong lager. Grassy and grainy, alcohol is strong, but the flavors are not over the top. Above average for the style.

Drinkability: Good versus the styl, not too good against a good craft brew.

02-03-2006 22:47:57 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of SetarconeX


2.3/5  rDev -17.6%

Rather cloudy, unremarkable yellow color. Not straw, not gold, this one is just plain old yellow.

It has a scent remarkable in its similarity to the drainage ditch behind my home. With a bit of skunk to boot.

Considering the heft of the stench coming of this brew, I actually expected it to taste a lot worse. Taste is a weird sort of syrupy corn and malt mixture. I think I detect a hop in there somewhere, but it's a rather anemic one.

At heart, it's a malt liquor. I've had worse, but this wasn't created to be art. It's the sort of beer you buy if you're trying to get whammed in a hurry. Not something I think I'll buy again.

01-06-2006 22:33:48 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of Suds


2.85/5  rDev +2.2%

Crystal clear gold liquid pours from a green bottle, and produces a soft white head of moderate size. Moderate carbonation. The appearance is fairly unremarkable. The aroma is laden with corn and sulfury hop smells, there’s also alcohol, a bit of malt, and a grass and grain quality. It’s not particularly enticing. The taste follows the aroma: sweet and alcohol, with some pale malt flavor. Moderate body, which is maybe just slightly tilted to the watery side. As far as malt liquors go, this is decent. Unfortunately, it’s still forgettable.

12-24-2005 13:20:16 | More by Suds
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.7/5  rDev -3.2%

Dusty gold with a few larger particles swimming about. The head is yellowed elephant tusk ivory and has an intensely bubbled upper surface with an exceedingly low popping rate. It's sticky enough to leave a respectable display of lace in a 'jagged rings' pattern. Not bad, not bad.

The beer smells most like a malt liquor (which is what the label claims it is) with a corny sweetness countered by a roughly equal amount of musty hops. The alcohol is close to imperceptible, a definite plus. There isn't much to praise here. At the same time, there's nothing that could be considered an off-aroma either.

Elephant tastes like a less sweet, more hoppy/bitter version of an American malt liquor. That isn't necessarily a good thing, even for a hophead like me. The beer is deficient in hop flavor and what's appreciated isn't all that wonderful. Still, if you've always wanted a bitter malt liquor, here it is. While I have something of a soft spot for that style, I've always found that their sweetness is what makes them even semi-palatable.

I find myself judging beer like this on its degree of inoffensiveness rather than on its positive qualities. That's probably because positive qualities are usually in short supply. This one is drinkable, but I'm struggling to find much good to say about the flavor. Like most Euro strong lagers, it tastes like vodka-soaked grain. The only variables being the quality of the vodka and the freshness of the grain.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as full as expected. It's roughly medium and doesn't really make an impression either positively or negatively. Likewise the alcohol. It's an undeniable part of the flavor profile, but show me a ESL in which that isn't the case.

There's nothing at all to recommend this beer other than the fact that it isn't offensive to those who can tolerate the style. Since even passably good beer should be judged by a higher standard than that, I can't recommend Carlsburg's version of a Euro strong lager/malt liquor. It has been said that elephants never forget. That may be true, but I won't remember much about this Elephant within minutes of draining the glass.

12-07-2005 23:59:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of danielharper


2.1/5  rDev -24.7%

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours an orange-yellow shade with a thin, barely-there head. Carbonation rises continually from the bottom of the glass.

Sweet, not too-grassy aroma. Smells like malt liquor, but at least it smells like a decent malt liquor. Decent.

Flavor is like highly astringent orange juice, with some carbonation for good measure. No hop or malt presence noticeable -- all I can really taste is alcohol and oranges. Strong astringent aftertaste.

Weak and thin mouthfeel. Overcarbonated.

Not a very good beer. I'm not even sure I'm going to finish this bottle.

12-01-2005 22:55:34 | More by danielharper
Photo of Hibernator


2.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Carlsberg Elephant
11.2 oz green bottle
Best before 20512911 printed on the back label
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden bronze yellow color. Decent thin white lace for a head. Major carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

A rather uninteresting nose with whiffs of skunk and sulpher. Slight aroma of imported hops.

Sweet grainy, grassy taste, very typical for a Euro lager. The major difference here is that the Carlsberg Elephant has a funky rubbing alcohol kick on the finish that leaves an unpleasant flavor on your tastebuds. It's great that this beer has a 7.2% ABV, but the flavor of this beer isn't so great. An average to below average beer with some power to it.

11-05-2005 00:39:59 | More by Hibernator
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.