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Efes Dark | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Anadolu Efes Brewery

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PorterPounder on 01-09-2004

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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of evlu1441
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a dark brown/reddish colour. It's reminiscent of a glass of newcastle if that means anything. The head is frothy and forms a nice layer on top.

Some slight roasted and sweet/molasses aromas come through, but it is mixed in with some mass-produced chemical smell. Not digging it.

The Flavour is slightly aromatic and has hints of orange peel. It has a kind of diluted/adjunct flavour that is accented with a tinge of astringency (I assume alcohol).

Overall, this is a bit of a mixed bag. I'm personally not too into it, but I see how some people might be.

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Photo of chetripley
3.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a clear plastic polycarbonate cup. Poured smooth and bubbly with a thin beige head that disappeared quickly. Bottle was shipped in luggage by friend traveling from Istanbul.

Dark brown color, with sparkles of yellow thanks to the occasional bubble, and aroma of malt and an unrecognizable spice.

Tasted like a dark lager, very slight bitterness, with no unexpected flavors. Just average mostly.

Compares to macro darks I have had, Michelob Amber Bock, Becks Dark comes to mind.

If there was something missing I would say that with its slightly elevated alcohol content there is not any extra alcohol flavor, which I think would be a plus.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.12/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in water glass in hotel in Sofia, . Ingredients include barley and rice!

A: dark molasses color, foamy big head, little carbonation (all goes to the head)
S: macrostink; stale malt smell
T: roasted grains prominent, sweet, not very bitter; yep, a strong lager, sort of in the classic British tradition but on the craft-less side.
M: watery, unlively

No need to hunt this one down. Efes's pilsener is better.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, white head that disappears quickly.

S - Roasted malts mostly, maybe a slight coffee note.

T - Malty, hints of dried fruit, but mostly dark malt flavors.

M - Light, moderately carbonated, overall mouthfeel of an average macro.

O - Pretty good for what it is, would have never guessed the 6.1% abv. Overall a smooth dark beer that has good drinkability.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear (!) bottle. Pours dark reddish- brown with a short lived, off-white head. Nose is grassy hops, hints of toffee and cherry. Medium, slightly crisp body. Caramel malt, toffee balanced on the palate by grassy hops, some hints of raisins and mineral water. Medium, semisweet finish. Pleasant, drinkable brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a can of this beer that I shared with others at a beer tasting. I borought this back from Turkey. The can is quite cool...black with a red panther. The appearance was a darker amber, almost a caramel color. Decent carbonation lent to a nice head that did not lace. There really was nothing on the nose....perhaps some malt, but that was it. The taste did have some malt and sweetness to it, but mostly grain. This beer wasn't too bad, but I probably just pefer to drink the standard Efes.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the malt with some toffee and a little bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is equally malty. I get some cocoa and toasted malt, as well as some toffee and a little bit of grass. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of claytong
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - thick dark pecan color, a mediocre head

smell - caramel, sugary, floral

taste - caramel, light hops bitter, sugar, a cheap production

mouthfeel - goes down quickly, i like the style a lot more than the pale, so the drinkability for me is a step up

not bad for the area, but nothing i would ever get out of the area.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, 6.1% ABV, with a nasty-looking, I'm gonna say, ocelot, poised to strike on the label.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish cola hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which settles at pace, leaving a decent layered wall of lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted, grainy, and bready malt, a touch of toffee, some general black fruitiness, over-steeped tea, a metallic flintiness, and some soft weedy, dead floral hops. The taste is more sweet bready malt, mild bittersweet chocolate, a bit of oily nuttiness, middling, somewhat sour dark fruit - in the form of children's cough syrup - some persistent wet steeliness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, in a thinly frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight, a bit watery, and yet generally smooth. It finishes still mostly sweet, but tempered well enough by an adequate drying alcohol and toasted grainy malt offset.

A surprisingly quaffable, if not particularly memorable strong-ish dark lager, reminiscent at times of a low-grade dunkel. On the sweet side overall, but balanced to the point where my palate essentially just doesn't give a flying fuck, despite what my brain is telling it.

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Photo of SisuPride
2.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I went to restraint row in new York city and experienced Turkish food for the first time. When I asked for a Turkish beer they offered fees and fees dark. I went with the dark and I would compare it to new castle which I love. Unfortunately it was not as creamy and it was a hint skunky. I would like to give a fresh efes beer a try but the initial smell ruined my experience with this beer.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Walnut body under a thick tan head. the head retains for quite some time before settling to a thin frothy layer, leaving adequate lacing.

Caramel malts lead, floral hops present, sweet, slight roasty smell.

Thick malty sweetness, caramel, slight liq-our taste, floral bitterness slight but adds a good balance. rich overall

Smooth, creamy, rich, mild carbonation.

Decent for the style, impressive for the Efes family, overall enjoyable but not noteworthy.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
1.98/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown-red with little lacing and a bit of retention.
Taste like bitter molasses upfront, some adhesive strip and sterile medical bitterness dominates, finishing with an old raisen malty sweetness....did not like this one much.
Acceptable on the palate and drinkable enough if the flavor suits the drinker.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very clear brew of a dark red-brown color with a small but creamy off-white head.

A slight scent of mineral water is detected, with overtones of freshly toasted bread and a little maltiness.

While it has a bit more flavor than its lighter counterpart, it is not what would be termed robust, but more reserved. A slightly sweet toffee and hazelnut introduction to the warm malt presence is chased by decent hop bitterness, mellowed by creamy carbonation in the mouth. Somewhat dry in the aftertaste, with buttery notes of yeast lingering.

This would easily wash down some fresh bread with figs and cheese, or sustain a long evening with some Turkish coffee at the end.

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Photo of kirkpjr
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thin dark coffee brown with light making its way through most of the edges. 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates fairly quickly with very little lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Some twangy sweet malts and some breadiness.

T: Sweet malts with a twang. Kind like a macro with a twist. I guess the dark color might give it an appeal, but I'm not buying it. Corn, malt, and sugar is all I taste.

M: Standard. Medium to light body and moderate to high carbonation.

D: Got this in the BotM shipment. Guess I enjoyed the other 2 because I had a few too many beers before...but this one isn't impressive at all after I sat down to review it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first beer I had at my pool bar while on holiday in Ovacik (Turkey).

33cl brown bottle, poured into an Efes half pint glass (one and a half times).

Tasteless, odourless and no body, slight malt hints but weak throughout. The beer was very cold, the sun was very hot, I needed a drink, this didn't work.

The first and worst beer I had on the hot holiday trip 2010.

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Photo of tjd112
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Black with slightly off-white head, very cola-like

Smell/Taste - A lot like a Schwartzbier, with very toasty malts and faint hops, a little bit of smokiness as well

Mouthfeel - Medium, with a dry finish

Drinkability - Average

Overall - A respectable entry out of Turkey, but nothing I'd go out of the way for.

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Photo of dtivp
1.93/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beer of the month selection

Poured a cola brown with a small light tan head that dissipated quickly into a lace ring.
Aroma was very faint some malts and a little skunk y.
Taste was metallic, some malt and very watery.
Very light body, no carbonation and did I say watery.
I really didn't like this beer and probably was generous on the ratings. If this is Turkey's best, I hope they have a good beer import.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got in BOMC shipment. Poured from a 33cl clear glass bottle (strike one) into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/10 on back label. Was a dark reddish brown color with slight carb streams. Looks like a flat Coke. It had a barely there head that never covered more than 1/3rd of the surface. Just the barest hint of lacing.

The aroma was sweet malt, caramel and diacetyl. No hops. Normal for these Euro lagers but not much there. The taste followed the aroma with it being a pure malt show. A bit watery tasting. Mouthfeel was light with watery feel. Very little carbonation.

Overall, a weak lager that just didn't have many redeeming qualities. Standard bland macro. Not available here in TX (though we do get the Efes Pilsener which I have at Cafe Istanbul as it's best option there). Got in BOMC. Rotation - liked the Pilsener so wanted to try this one. It's on the menu there but they never have it and can't explain why on the menu. Glad I got to try it finally but one is enough. [N;N]

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5-23-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 36/42 mm/33 cl. twist-off, capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown with ruby red highlights when held to light. Poor head retention that slowly disperses to a thin, bubbly, white head, and then ultimately disappears.

Smell: Overall, aroma is faint, but some light, roasted malt character and a whiff of grass comes through. I also find pilsner-like sulfur notes.

Taste: This beer is a little watery with some metallic and mineral notes. Also present is grainy malt, nutty coffee, and a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Watery and particularly thin over the palate, but clean and crisp. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but relatively no complexity with this beer. This beer forces you to find its best elements.

Comments: A beer of the month selection. Although I have traveled in Turkey, I cannot remember trying this beer in country. I would like to try this beer at its freshest moment.

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Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head with light lacing. The appearance is dark brown amber. The aroma is of toasted malts and a bit of spicy hop. The taste is similar to German schwartzbier with darkly toasted hops in the forground and significant hop bitterness. It has the light body of a lager and a clean finish.

This is a very refreshing, tasty, and drinkable dark lager, as good as any other European dark lager I've tried.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a tall pils glass.

A: The beer is dark brown, flat cola looking, little carbonation visible. Head is light tan and 3 fingers thick.

S: Smells strange, but aroma is overall very faint. Clear bottle may have cause the beer to be lightstruck/skunked smell. Grass. Some roasted malts. Light hint of dark bread.

T: Intro is light with grainy notes.turning smooth and somewhat malty in the midpalate. Molasses. Finish is roasted malt, and maybe pumpernickel. Toast. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more astringent, though still ok.

Mouthfeel: Average. Smooth. Carbonation is evident but not cloying.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer that has a good taste to it, thought the clear glass bottle puts one off the smell. For now.

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Photo of hmarebel02
1.76/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Efes beers are pretty much the only ones you can get in Turkey. Beer culture is obviously not a big component in this country, but this beer in particular makes Miller light seem drinkable. Quite simply even for its style profile, its boring, bland, under-carbonated, and doesn't feel right.

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Photo of yesyouam
1.23/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Efes Dark is a very sparkling, solid dark reddish brown beer with a small, turbulent, khaki head. It has a skunky aroma... Yeah, it's just skunk here-- can't really pick up on anything else. It has a medium light body that's lively in the mouth with a rough finish. A poison chemical flavor overpowers everything. I'm pretty sure that's fusel. There is a faint sweetness and bitterness in there but I really have to pay attention to detect it. This gave me a headache. At least it looked nice. I'm going to chalk this up to a light-poisoned bottle.

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Photo of Schwab
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer as a part of a mix & match from World Market...probably would not have buy it otherwise. Came in a clear twist off bottle. Same bottle as Zwiefalter Exclusiv.

A - Pours no head. Color is very dark, almost black. No sign of carbonation.

S - Somewhat fruity small shortly after I poured beer in glass that lasted for 1-2 minutes.

T - Flat. Other than that medium-full body, malty no real hop flavor which matches malt and style.

M - Again: Flat. Somewhat better mouthfeel once beer warmed up from 34 to 40 but still flat obviousy

D - Could be better with some more carbonation. I would consider this great tho

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Photo of crossovert
2.16/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz clear twist off bottle (why oh why?)

Pours reddish brown with a small immediately dissipating white head.

Skunky smell. Other than that some light fruity dark malts.

It is ultra carbonated. The flavor is metallic and crappy. If Budweiser were dark.

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Efes Dark from Anadolu Efes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 194 ratings
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