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Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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561 Ratings

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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 MarcGetty
1.3/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Elephant is one of the worst beers I have ever had. Unfortunately I bought an entire case of it and was stuck with 24 bottles of it.

The best way to describe the taste is "strong skunk". It comes off as if was intended to be a mediocre beer but it was over fermented and left stitting around for a while.

Of the 6-8 people I tried to pawn my 24 bottles of Elephant off to, nobody liked it.

MarcGetty, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of Tang07
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer that I had was probably not very fresh.
I can say that I didn't order another one.
It was skunky and well, tasted like malt liquor.

It had a sorry head and left no lacing on the glass.
The taste was just short of bad, but definitely not good.
I can't recommend this brew.

Tang07, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well the aroma is something, it is not skunked, and it actually has a dry biscuit like note to it. The beer is a brilliant gold color and pours with half way decent off-white head. The aroma has notes of lightly spicy, herbal, lemon-like hoppiness and that austere grainy character. A clean, lightly sweet taste from the malts used. Actually the taste is not as bad as I thought it might be, there is a bit of a hop bite at the end, and perhaps an herbal hop flavor in the middle as well. There is an interesting aftertaste that is a bit minty, and perhaps a wee-bit off-putting, but it is oh-so-much better than I was expecting. Certainly not something I will ever pay for again, and I am still ashamed that I bought it, but to atone for my transgression I have ordered a case of Cantillon Loerik :-)

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz dark green bottle. A Best Before date - 20413116 (huh?)
Its pours the goldest golden gold with a medium-sized white head and some sliding and trailing lace.
A little sweet malty and lightly grainy smell fades fast as does the vodka-like alcohol smell. Just the faint smell of cut wet grass remains.
This brew presents an initial sugary sweet taste and a flavor reminiscent of pound cake.
A fairly potent Euro-hop flavor pushes through the malty sweetness. The sweetness doesn't actually diminish, it's just that that metallic bite and mild alcohol punch begin to vie for attention.
I sort of like this beer, and I wonder whether some of the lower scores are based on the Canadian version. I'll have to compare and contrast.

BeerResearcher, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
2.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden pilsener color with a fluffy white head. Bready, malty aromas with a touch of hops in there, too. Alcohol punch in the start and finish, with some maltiness in the middle. Not entirely enjoyable in the sense of it's inbalance towards the alcohol side while not retaining "beer" qualities. I'm not biased against malt liquors, just not this one.

crookedhalo, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of koolk
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden pale in colour, firm carbonation, no head, no lacing.

Nose is dominated with grains and malt, with only some green leaf notes from teh hops.

Strong alcohol on the side of the palate, with strong nut and malt flavours on the mid palate and finish. Very strong nut aftertaste (with hints of a strange chemicalness).

An amazing plain and placid beer for the alcohol volume. Very 1 sided and boring. Don't bother.

koolk, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of scottum
3.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the can as a super clean light amber with a quick fade of a bright white head. Not bad, but nothing special. I was expecting bad though. The malts lend out a good mouthfeel with an easy going flavor. There is a small bitter balancing in the finish. This is not a brew which I would seek out, but I certainly do not mind drinking it.

scottum, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Boto
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draught: This one is a somewhat golden yellow color. Typical big, fizzy white head. It has a strong alcohol taste. There are some malts in the background, with a body a few ticks above thin. Seems to exist for the buzz factor alone. Perhaps this is why I liked it in college, but am not as keen on it now.

Boto, May 27, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden. The head is white and falls back quickly, but lasts across the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with slight alcohol in the background. Some sweetness definitely resides in the aroma and also present was a fruitiness.

The flavor was fruity and malty in a candylike way. That quickly fades into strong alcohol flavors and fruitiness. The alcohols have a slight spiciness to them in the flavor and the alcohol is a bit harsh and overdone.

The finish was off dry and very alcoholic. The body was medium.

Did not notice the beast was 7.2% ABV, was looking for something from a country I had not sampled beer from.

11.5 ounce twist off cap bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of Zorro
1.65/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a standard clear gold brew.

Smell is grainy and mildly sweet smelling.

Taste is alcohol and a bit of bitterness, sort of sweet. Tastes like Malt Liquor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not real drinkable, worst thing I have tasted yet. Elephant must be Danish for Mad Dog 20/20

Zorro, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It has a slight malty aroma that is pleasant to the nose. The taste is not that great. It is malty with a skunky aftertaste. It has a bitter finish and a lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It goes down with a thick mouthfeel. This beer isn't that good. It has a better make-up than most commercial lagers, but it's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
1.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – The body is light orange and crystal clear with a nice, big foaming head that went down slowly and laced the glass well.

Smell – This really does smell like an elephant. The sharp grainy aroma is there along with some gut-wrenching alcohol notes, but there’s also a stank that smells like BO meets the elephant cage.

Taste – Oh, God, is this horrible. I guess I could try to describe the grain and small hops, but the BO dominates everything. This tastes like somebody’s rotten feet.

Mouthfeel – This one was actually a bit on the creamy side.

Drinkability – Sorry, I’d like to think of something positive to say but this stuff is horrible.

RoyalT, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of diablo14
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hmm, i wonder if im drinking a different beer to everyone else here. i reckon this is a pretty fair brew, particularly if im looking for some kick without things getting too heavy. seems i may be the only one tho.

deceptive in its appearance to strength ratio, its light golden color and bubbly white head dont give the impression of a strong lager. good level of malt on the nose backed with flowery, musky aromas. firm malt flavor, thats slightly sweet and savory all at once, as is the case with most danish lagers theres cooked green veggies in there, with a nice hoppy presence. finishes relatively crisp and bitter, while remaining light in body. always better ice cold, i find this a fair drink during a long session.

after reading what people have said about this brew i had to buy a couple to see if i was ignorant, because ive drank this many a time and found it to be satisfying when ive called upon it to do the job. after drinking those im sticking with my original assessment. a good but not great beer.

diablo14, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A malt liquor with all the properties of most crappy lagers except for a slightly stronger and sweeter (is this meant to be favourable?) taste. Pours clear golden tone slight head; smell is malty and some hops as well, mouthfeel is nothing out of the ordinary lagerish types, and, oh, well, Im done with this boring brew.

Andreji, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
1.48/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a clear straw color with a large bubble white head that leaves in a hurry, leaving a lace behind. Corn aroma is all that comes out of the glass, you almost have to whaft it like in chemistry class it is that bad. No hop aroma, or flavor a buttery flavor is noticed on the tongue. This is not all that great.


kunzbrew, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of pezoids
1.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Used to drink this in high school. Poured a golden yellow with a large white head. The smell, is well, not revolting, but off-putting a bit. Makes me think of urine. Sickly sweet tasting that leaves an oily coating in the mouth. Too much residual sweetness for me. Some metallic tastes in there, along with a harsh alcohol. I thought other reviewers were being unkind to this beer, but it’s fair to say that this beer just plain sucks. I wouldn’t drink this again if I could help it.

pezoids, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
1.35/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The Carlsberg Elephant. Truth be known, I have dreaded trying this beer for quite some time, but I figured I'd might as well get it out of the way. Plus, not many people I know of have had a malt liquor from Denmark (ok, this is actually brewed in Canada, but you know what I mean), so there is somewhat of a novelty about it. Well, most of my fears were justified as this turned out to be one pretty nasty, undrinkable, and unenjoyable beverage.

Elephant pours a typical beer color: medium straw with some gold hints. A one finger foam forms and disappears in under 30 seconds. The smell is of alcohol, plain and simple. Some mild grain sweetness and some malt liquor aromas arise underneath that. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The taste quite simply is of paint thinner (or some other alcohol based solvent). The taste of alcohol is way too overpowering. There are some very light fruity notes and some very light graininess. There is an alcoholic bitterness present in the finish, with no detectable hops. This stuff kind of burns on the way down too. The aftertaste? ALCOHOL! There is some light corniness and fruitiness, which are nothing compared to the alcohol presence. And oh yes, this finishes off with a hearty amount of alcohol warmth.

I don't see how anyone can drink this and enjoy it. After you and your buddies drink a few of these, you'll be galloping around the house making elephant sounds (arrroooh!). I usually don't trash a beer that much but this is bad, bad stuff.

Beastdog75, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A small white head with fine-small sized bubbles.The body was clear with carbonation and the hue was yellow-gold.This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.The nose was skunky and the flavor was bitter, sour, tart, and it left a terrible aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, thin, watery and light bodied.There is nothing to write home about with this beer.

hotstuff, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oddly, I had to go to southern Ohio to pick up this malt liquor brewed in Canada under the supervision of Carlsberg.
Was not worth the trip....(but I did manage to pick up 25 other brews not locally available to me.)
Medium golden colour, limited head.....stong alcohol taste.
Limited carbonation.....strong alcohol taste.
Medium/full body.....strong alcohol taste.
Not impressed.....did I mention the strong alcohol taste?
Sec.....ooops, awhh, fell into my sink.

Shiloh, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 11.5 oz brown bottle with a rather ugly elephant on the label.
The beer itself pours like an average lager , that is darkish yellow colour, with a small but persistant foamy white head..that dissapates to leave some attractive lacing.
The aroma?..well actually not that bad, nice strong ,malt and some nice hopping.
Surprise,surprise I actually liked this beer, at first taste the malt is evident, than it has a good hop bitterness finish, the alchol warmth appears as the beer makes its way down the throat.All in all I must say despite what the other reviews say this is a good beer..I like this much better than all the American malt liquors.
Mouthfeel though is pretty averag,,not unpleasant.
A very drinkable strong beer.
Notes: Once more I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer, unlike American malt liquors it did not have much abrasive chemical tastes.
At around $5.99 a six in my area i recommend this beer.

Reidrover, May 10, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent gold with an extremely white head of 1/4 of an inch. Actually laces the glass in some rings. Malty and untoasted grain aromas, buckwheat and timothy hay. Mouthfeel is decent, silky and lighlty carbonated. There's little sense of hop balance to this brew, not surprising, but still, this had a decent start. Gets cloying at the third sip. Finishes decently dry with a slight sense of alcohol. I suppose if it HAS to be a Malt Liquor...but this beer does not deserve to command its "premium" price...

ADR, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking gold color that was almost clear. The white head was about 2 fingers high, thick and dense, and lasted a while. There was decent lacing through most of the glass. Very little aroma but what was present seemed quite malty. The taste has a husk sense and is fairly well alcohol laced. What hops are present are pushed to the rear. A fairly harsh taste overall with a decently balanced mouthfeel between body and crispness.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a thick snow-white cloudtop head, excellent lace, and very subdued carbonation. Very aggressive aroma of alcohol, and grain; the sort of stuff that "would peel the paint off the walls", as my Dad used to say. The alcohol dominates the taste as well, it hits from the moment of tasting and lingers to the end, this is particularly noticable as the beer warms a bit. Beneath the alcohol are strong and mildly bitter hops and solid grain flavors that give the taste a sweet flavor, a bit like home-baked bread. Carbonation is all but absent, so the mouthfeel is richer than it would seem otherwise. A decent and quite potent malt liqour.

Pegasus, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of budgood1
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

slightly hazy pale straw in color. nice bit of a head appears, settles down to a fine lace. pleasant malty aroma, some hops and an alcohol aroma prevelant. a tish sour...weird for a malt liquor. a medium body supports the stinging alcohol. it's got a bite! malty and somewhat sweet. alcohol gets in the way of any hopping. you get what you pay for in alcohol punch. for a malt liquor, it's got character and vigor. i wouldn't recommend drinking too many of these!

budgood1, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours the typical lager translucent gold color with the head average and bright white, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and clean, as a lager should be. Front is sweet and heavy malt laden, the top skeletal. Finish has a moderate acidity and the hops understated with the aftertaste quite dry and in my humble opinion a rather mediocre beer at best.

Gusler, Dec 29, 2002
Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
66 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.