Efes Extra | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery
Turkey
efespilsen.com.tr

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
19
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
24.66%
 
 
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2
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5/5  rDev +71.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The combination of a beautifully rich-but-not-overdone maltiness, and perfumey, floral and spicy hops makes this one a winner!

It pours a clear, brass-colored body beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam that holds well and leaves rings and sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose is mainly malty, grainy and lightly sweet, with a nutty side. Floral and spicy hops back it up, and there's a suggestion of alcohol there as well, but it never actually manifests itself.

The mouth is supple, smooth, and bordering on becoming creamy with a full body and a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that just lightly massages the tongue.

Malt again dominates in the flavor, with a nutty and caramelish edge to it leaves it quite intriguing. It's sweetish, but superbly balanced by a solid bitterness; a spritz of drying alcohol; and its spicy & floral hop flavors. It finishes dry with some lingering fruity malt, a wash of drying alcohol, and then some spicy, grassy, and floral hops.

Overall, it's a very nicely done strong lager with a beautiful maltiness and hop character.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I nearly shat a brick when I realized that this was 8%abv, it looked so innocent sitting on the shelf between Belgians and barleywines, I picked it up almost on a lark ("hey, Turkey, I can find that on a map..I should buy this beer").
Bold golden color and snowy white head that quickly dissipates to a skullcap. Nose is balanced with alcohol lace and hint of non malt additives (corn?). Surprisingly, hop character is reasonably decent. Respectable lacing becomes evident as the drink commences.
For the style, which is generally one of the less prestigious ones (as far as rankings on this site, anyway), this is good effort. The alcohol is a little strong but the basic but good malt and hops make this go down smooth and satisfying. Something of a nuttiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little flat but the texture is pretty good overall.
Too bad I picked this up in Brooklyn, I would definitely go get more soon if it was more local.

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Photo of dandelin
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light yellow hue with a small foamy head. Little retention with real nice lace.

S: Simple sweet aromas of fruit, malt, vegatables, and corn.

T: Not too bad. Light sweet toasted grain, corn, and and sweet apples.

M: Rather light for the ABV, good carbonation.

D: Not too bad really. One of the best Efes offerings.

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Photo of ebrupessoa
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of zotzot
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another gift from Uncle Cherry (Kirsch)'s trip to Turkey for The CANQuest (TM)! It reminds me of a birthday card someone once gave me that read: "People who say that I am hard to shop for must not know where to buy beer." Ha! He reported that it was somewhat tough to find a place to find alcohol of any stripe, but he happened upon a store that at least sold beer. One last one to go.

The Crack & Glug produced barely two fingers of fluffy bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a very pretty sunshine yellow on this sunny Thanksgiving afternoon. Nose was quite malty sweet, but seemingly free of adjuncts like corn. Xtra is not extra, at least not with adjuncts but with a nice pop to its ABV. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a pleasant enough lager sweetness and only about half the heat that I kind of expected to be hit with. Finish was fairly dry, again not surprising given its relatively high ABV, simply suggesting that the fermentable sugars were all, as the Amish might say.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful bright orange in color with gorgeous yellow hues around the edges and a full, lingering, lacing head.

Smell – The dull grain aroma is heavy and mixed with tons of juicy orange rind. There’s also a stiff alcohol note to announce the style.

Taste – The booze picks up a bit at the taste and the grain is kind of stale, but otherwise this lager delivers on what it promises.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a stinging alcoholic bitterness at the very end.

Drinkability – This Turkish ghetto juice went down OK.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly orangish golden color with a small ¼” head of fluffy white foam. The head was active for about 20-30 seconds until it fell to a small ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: I got a dominant grainy aroma along with a corny presence that may actually be corn or a flaw. We’ll see. Some floral hops are noticeable, but this beer is pretty subtle for an “extra”. As the beer sits some more, the graininess gets more aggressive.

Taste: The flavor is still grainy as the aroma suggested, but the beer is much heavier bodied than I expected. There is a syrupy sweetness “under the brush” that adds to the overall mouthfeel. There is still a strong vegetal thing going on that isn’t necessarily bad, but it is rather strong. There is some noticeable alcohol in this one, and that doesn’t surprise me with it coming in at 8%. The finish is pretty balanced…I guess. It finishes rather abruptly with a bit of syrupy sweetness to try to mask an influx of alcoholic warming that takes over late in the finish.

Opinion: Well, this beer has been a bit better than some of Efes other offerings. This beer is a bit hollow for as big as it is. I think that the gravity was increased by the use of adjuncts, and in this case a bit too much. If this is all Barley, I would be surprised. I may drink this beer again if it is given to me free again as this one was…otherwise I will stick to something more well-rounded.

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Photo of Kuby
3.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Efes Extra is a strong beer.

Appearance – Has nice medium yellow colour. Low bubbles.

Smell – You will notice alcohol and bitter sharp smell.

Taste – Has strong, solid, sharp taste.

Mouthfeel – First you will notice intense alcohol taste after bitter like taste. after one couple beer you will only notice sour taste. Because sugar overtake alcohol taste.

Drinkability – If you want drink 2-3 beer and sleep with lighthead this beer is for you.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I didn't think it was so bad. Maybe the Efes brewery in Moscow does a better job with this beer than Efes in Turkey. Maybe my sample benefitted from the fact that I tried a really, really bad Ukrainian strong beer right before it. In any event, I thought it was OK. Came in a tall dark brown bottle with a dark label of nothing but lettering. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 7/31/04, I opened it on 1/23/04.

A hard pour generated a 3 fingered white head that was nice and firm, with plenty of contour, but still managed to fade fairly quickly, leaving just a bit of lace behind. This sat above pale bubbly gold liquid. The nose was sweet and mild, definitely not skunky. The mouth is fairly heave and lightly carbonated. The taste starts smooth and sweet, with barley and corn competing for dominance. This battle is followed by a mild but astringent metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste was more sweet than bitter, though, much smoother than most of its Soviet cousins. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of lstokes
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a high ABV-beer from a country that doesn't do beer well, I'm pretty impressed. It's pale gold with a very small head and smells like toffee malts and some grain with a bit of alcohol--but there's nothing unpleasant about it, it's above average for sure.

The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, although there is an unpleasant burn at the end, and the taste is nice, I suppose--the alcohol is there, but so are the hops, and the malt is predominant, nice and sweet with some nuttiness in the finish.

I'm used to hops and alcohol from the styles I drink but this is a nice malt-and-alcohol concoction--maybe the first Euro Strong Lager I've ever had? And honestly it makes me want to drink more. It beats the hell out of the rest of the Efes line.

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Photo of dannyboygaga
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Offa
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is ok but not great. It's better than a number of strong lagers or malt liquors I've had, but not nearly as good as others. It's pleasant enough and easy to drink but a bit bland and rough in the feel.

Pale orange, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a tiny ring.

The aroma is fermented grape juice and grain, with hint of fruit candy and a vague hint of orange juice.

The taste is a bit alcoholic, but not overly so, with only a hint of roughness and with a definite warming quality. It tastes mostly of fermented white grape juice with white bread, a hint of fruit candy, and a light grain quality with a vague hint of grapfruit and orange juice. It has a slightly candy-like sweetness up front, followed by a vague bitterness and spicey bite to balance out in the end. It's mostly rather bland and a bit thin in the feel.

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3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From an old bottle brought back from overseas. Sharing it with friends at Bodega in La Crosse. Ok head and lace. Very slight hazy amber. Likewise mild nose. The flavor is malty sweet without much distinction. But, where the beer really shines is in the body - Luscious!! Silky, mouthfilling, softy, very satisfying. maybe even too much. a bit warming from alcohol. decent finish.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of torwart68
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mattyrubes
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hoppecatania
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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Efes Extra from Anadolu Efes Brewery
2.92 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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