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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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610 Ratings

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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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Ratings: 610 | Reviews: 291
Photo of smcreator
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head, no lacing. Very unappealing yellow.
S: Slight smell of alcohol but for the most part not much of a scent with a faint malt aroma.
T: Light start but finishes with a slight malt taste. Interesting sweet flavor after it has settled in the mouth. Balanced in the sense that it is difficult to distinguish any particular flavor.
M: Medium to thick bodied beer with slightly more carbonation than I prefer.
D: Not bad... not great. Probably will not purchase again since it is so expensive and only average overall.

Photo of kajerm
1.06/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This review is from a taste over two years ago, but there are mitigating circumstances:
1.) That taste traumatized me for life.
2.) This is the beer equivalent of dropping the soap, then being drawn and quartered.
3.) They sell this vile substance at fancy grocery stores and ritzy liquor stores as a "premium import."

With that out of the way, the review:

Pours fizzy and yellow, basically looks like what most of the world considers to be beer. Surprisingly, it does not look like pure evil.

Then I smell it. Oh god. The ugliest lager aroma in the entire world, an ammonia-like smell that (and I NEVER make this analogy about beer) just like piss. This godawful smell plagued the beer for the years of torture spent drinking it.

Tastes like it smells. I don't think I need to say more about this.

Looking back, it was probably a little adjuncty, but I didn't have much of a palate back then, so it'd be an educated guess at best.

Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated, and suffers somewhat from the fact that I'm trying to swallow this beer in massive gulps to make it go away faster.

Drinkability? I'd rather take this beer as a suppository.

NOTE: I've entertained the idea that maybe this beer was lightstruck; it is imported and the bottles are green. If someone wants to send me a bottle of Elephant to prove that it really is Denmark's greatest gift to the world, that's fine, but I sure as hell won't pay money for this stuff.

Photo of uncggop06
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I am reviewing this beer as compared to other malt liquors, but I will make note of the comparison to other Euro lagers.
Out of an 11.2oz green bottle (brewed and bottled in Denmark)

Beer pours well with a nice large head that dissipates quickly, but leaves decent lace on my Stella Artois glass. Very pale yellow that is very similar to most premium lagers. Smell is more Euro funk than malt liquor funk, which should make sense as this is inherently a Euro lager; grainy and slight alcohol, hard to tell this has considerably more alcohol than other Euro lagers, but on par with most "high gravity" malt liquors.
It is taste where this beer departs from the nomenclature of "malt liquor" and into the Euro Strong Lager category. Most malt liquors are very sweet, malty, and frankly, blah. This beer really hits home with its similarity with Euro lagers. Granted, there is MUCH more malt to this beer, but it is complemented with a nice citrusy twinge of hops to balance it out. Mouthfeel is also good, more along with a malt liquor's fullness, but drinkability is much better when thinking about the taste and smell. This is one beer that will get you drunk, but won't leave you with as bad a taste in your mouth as with a crappy malt liquor.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mine looks different from the BA pic and it says "Brewed and bottled in Copenhagen, Denmark"....it seems may reviewers have samples bottled in Canada. Is it the exact same recipe?

A - Hazy gold with a greenish gray tint. The head is soapy and very short lived....by the time I set the bottle down it was already pretty much gone. Wispy haze and a few bubbles are all thats left. Suddsy lace slides back down into the brew after a swirl.

S - Malty and sweet with some crisp and salty hop notes. Toasted corn flakes and sand. Refreshing.

T - Nicely balanced sweet bready malt and crisp but light hops. The sweetness can be overwhelmingly cloying at times, and this starts to get nasty as it warms.

M - Full bodied and chewy with a moderately dry finish with some alcohol noticeable.

D - I could drink one of these if I just wanted to catch a buzz. The best Danish brew I've had. I like this more than I thought I would.

Photo of mithrascruor
1.53/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

330 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold color. Head is a fluffy white one, but is reduced to a white film within a minute. Wait another minute and there's nothing whatsoever.

Smell: Generic malty aroma with some sweetness and grains. Odd aroma to it as well, which I realize is alcohol.

Taste: Boring malt flavor, relatively generic, with a bit of florals and alcohol. Malty, alcoholic aftertaste. After a bit, all you can taste is alcohol with a malty body.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, yet with a bit of viscosity. Generally smooth, though with a bit of grainyness. Light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Too much alcohol, and too little taste, for a lager of this calibre. I can hardly bear to drink this.

Why is this the only Carlsberg I can find in the store? I just want some of the original stuff... Rest assured that I won't get this again. One of the worst beers I've ever hard.

Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. I got this because it seemed interesting and it was something I hadn't tried in the create-your-own-6-pack section of World Market. Pours a very nice orange-yellow with very little head and not so much lacing, but decent carbonation. The smell didn't impress me, it smelled a lot like cheap beer and only after it warmed a bit did some sweetness come through in the smell. I was generally surprised at the taste after I smelled it. It has a good amount of sweeness with some citrus flavors. It's a little acidic in the mouth but it goes down easily and I may even detect a bit of hops in the aftertaste. Overall not a bad brew for something that's oftent classified as a "malt liquor."

Photo of Drew966
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Carlsberg Elephant Beer pours a light yellow with a thin white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit skunky, but mostly just grainy. There is a decent hop taste and a bit of grain. Not as bad as I remembered it, but I still wouldn't want to drink more than one or two.

Photo of mynie
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, cloudy yellow with a small white head. Kind of like an unispiring weizen pour.

Smells like harsh alcohol and very sweet light malt. Syrupy, kinda like malt extract.

Tastes like it smells only stronger. Not bad, but intense. A very sweet, fruity, syrupy malt up front, getting bland in the middle, and ending on a pasteurzied euro lager taste and a light hint of spicy euro hops

What's with the hate up on this brew? I despise regular malt liquors, but this is totally decent, a big malt profile countered with a surprisingly nice and dry hop. It's not exceptional, but it's certainly not bad.

Call it your advocate's Natural Ice. Really, I'd say it's cheaper tasting, pastuerized forerunner to Dogfish Head's excellent malt liquor. For what it costs, well worth it.

Photo of Poser
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange gold with continuous fizzing from carbonation. Thin head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is mostly a sour tinge with some sweetness hidden. Noticable alcohol content in the taste with little else. Much like a Miller High Life with a little more grit and sweet. I can tell hops are hiding in there somewhere, but it's very light. Moderate to light bodied, the alcohol content is the one attribute this has over an American macro.

Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain.

T - It tasted spicy and biscuity. Also, some yeast and corn flavors.

M - Crisp and and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with some strong alcohol heat.

D - This beer was strong and malty. It seemed a little unbalanced.

Photo of Cresant
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this 11.2 oz. green bottle into a pilsner glass. Best by: 20612307, not sure what that means? there was a sediment haze in the pale golden body. The head was white, creamy, and about two fingers tall. It left clumpy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell was grain husks. Strong floral smell and sweetness.

Taste was tangy. Very sweet and strong alcohol. Corn. Rather simple and "high octane".

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Medium carbonation. I have positive feelings about this one because once upon a time I drank this with a Danish friend, I remember him being proud of this Danish beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of stephendr
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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%

Photo of kosmoraios
1.53/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of HopsHops
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of neenerzig
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of biegaman
1.18/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of theozag
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of steinlifter
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of karengarys
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rousee
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hunteraw
2.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of reasoncreated
4.35/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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