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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-03-2002

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Photo of avalon07
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a bright yellow color and a totally clear texture. There was about a quarter inch of foamy head, but not much lacing.

S: Yet again, a beer in a green bottle was skunked. Is green glass just cheaper than brown? Anyway, in addition to the skunkiness, there were traces of hops, but little else.

T: A very harsh flavor. Kind of hoppy, kind of grainy, but mainly just harsh and metallic. Bitter, but not in a good way.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a nastily harsh finish.

D: This is not a very good beer. Not much taste or personality and a very harsh quality to it. Pass.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
1.68/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours with absolutely no head. Lots of carbonation though and a sickly yellow-brown color. Seems to be a tiny bit of sediment in it too.

Smell- Whoa! Did I just sniff rubbing alcohol or beer? Alcohol notes not hidden but right up front and awful. Very metallic.

Taste- Bitter, with some sour grain notes, the alcohol, as in the nose, dominates and leaves your throat feeling like you just drank something very hard indeed.

Mouthfeel- Actually fairly full bodied, its just too bad the body is accompanied by such a horrid taste.

Drinkability- The bottle says malt liquor, thats what this is Im pretty sure. Do not buy it.

Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from a friend, poured into a pint glass. Appears a clear gold with a short white head.

First things first, there's nothing patently offensive about this beer-bravo. That's not an easy accomplishment for a high-alcohol macro lager in green glass. The aroma is pretty non-existent however, I got a hint of strange scented candle-like spice I wouldn't expect in beer. The flavor opens with smooth bready malts and finishes with a big lager tang. In most beer this tang is unpleasant and astringent, but here it comes off more like a mix of strong perfume and fruit punch. Still not something you usually demand in a fine beer, but this could be worse.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some citrus notes. The taste is malty, very slight hops, with some citrus. Medium body. Not drinkable, I would not buy this brew again.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass from an 11.2 oz. bottle with "Best Before" date clearly printed on the label -- 20724716. The last time I was in Denmark, the date format was date.month.year. Has this changed in the four or five weeks since I was there?

Appearance is a golden yellow with a two-finger white crown that disappears rather abruptly and leaves behind very little lace.

Smells floral and somewhat citrussy, with some malty sweetness coming through later on as the beer warms a little.

Faint sweet grains come through on the palate, with a solid hint of corn, and a slight hop bitterness plays in there as well, but all of this is surrounded by an overwhelming alcoholic astringency, moving into a mildly dry, fairly sweet finish.

Elephant Beer basically comes across on the tongue as exactly what it is -- a strong lager. It's like Carlsberg just took its flagship beer and poured a bit more alcohol into the mix, and the overwhelmingly alcoholic character kills any real drinkability that the beer would most likely otherwise possess.

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

330 ml bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear golden body with a cap of white foam that reduces quickly to a sheet and leaves a few scraps of lacing about the glass.

The smell of the drink is a bit malty with herbal hops and a little skunk.

The taste of the drink is lightly malty and sweet with herbal-bitter hops in a dry finish.

Undercarbonated and slick and not particularly exciting. Meh.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.94/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge off white head clung very well to my glass. I was surprised, and it laced well too. Strong aromas of alcohol, some malt and yeast. Taste is of malt up front followed by a hoppy middle and then sour mashed malt at the end. Bitter and flavors as taut as a corset, like a punchy pilsner. Don't care for the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and a light body. Too bad the flavors aren't better because otherwise this could be a very good beer.

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.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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