Efes Pilsener
Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Anadolu Efes Brewery
European Pale Lager
Ranked #134
Ranked #29,476
3.11 | pDev: 20.26%
May 22, 2023
Sep 13, 2001
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
"Best by 11/2/23"; drank from the bottle 5/20/23 @ Cafe Gulistan.

This was a bit like a Modelo, but maltier & sweeter. Not my jam, but it was drinkable in a pinch.
May 22, 2023
Rated: 3.05 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

3.81/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Never had a beer from Turkey before ; ) Bottle could do with a bit of a redesign ; )

Aroma reminds me of Greek pilsners such as Mythos. Really inviting and fresh. I love it.

Impressive head, lots of efferfescence.

Taste doesn't quite match the promise of the aroma. Mouth feel is a little simple. Aftertaste is also. It certainly is a bit unique...Mythos is what it reminds me of most. This is a little more bitter, but less crisp. The more I drink it, the more I like it. Actually it's really good. I'd say it's as good as a typical German pilsner such as Krombacher or Warsteiner. More refreshing with less hop punch.

Definitely buying this again. The hops are totally amazing, and it has a refreshing, natural malty flavour. This doesn't taste over pasteurized like a commercial pilsner (Heineken etc). It tastes natural and like the producers care about their product.

Not perfect, but the more I drink it, the more I like it. Now it's one of my favourite pilsners for sure ; ) No floweryness like in a Czech beer....this is proper manly bitterness. I like this a lot
Apr 28, 2023
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Clear gold appearance with an average size, fast fading, white head and a fair amount of lacing. Herbal, vegetal aroma. Dry, crisp, moderately sweet taste that lead to a short lived finish. Light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. No 'best by' on the bottle but I'm sure the long journey to the States didn't help any.
Mar 29, 2023
Rated: 2.75 by zotzot from Vermont

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Belgrader84 from Serbia

Jan 10, 2023
Rated: 2.75 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 3.34 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Sep 06, 2022
Rated: 2.98 by misteil from Ireland

Jul 08, 2022
Reviewed by ASLANTHEKING from Germany

3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Clear golden colour, more on the sweet side(very subtle), slight malt, very little hop, decent carbonation.
Crisp beer, not bad, i had a draft beer at New Istanbul Airport.
Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 3.29 by Dr_Teabag

May 25, 2022
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Rated by beerbuddy11735 from New York

1.87/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Tried it in a 500ml can which was tinny taste. Wish they had it in bottles.
Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 3.13 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 17, 2022
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Rated by Pete1664

3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Holiday lager. Love it. May not be as complex or fashionable as others but does the job on on holiday.
Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by BABDREATH

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2021
Rated: 2.49 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
500ml can into a tall glass. Code on bottom of can no help in determining age.

Looks very nice in the glass. Crystal clear golden yellow body with streams of carbonation. Bright white head lasts until halfway through, good scattered lacing initially.

Musty, moldy aroma. Quite unpleasant.

Fortunately, the aroma doesn't translate to the taste. Sweet and malty, a little grain, no discernable hop prescence. Decent carbonation level.

Mouth medium, finish slightly dry with a bit of an aftertaste.

Overall, looks good, tastes okay, other elements not so enjoyable.
Aug 31, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by iftcoach from Germany

Aug 25, 2021
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with slight malt and hop flavors
A light bodied well carbonated crisp beer
A decent Lager
Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 3 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by BEZMEZ

May 28, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by Daneve76 from Australia

May 25, 2021
Rated: 2.88 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
The pour is straw yellow with a copious amount of carbonation bubble action going on in the dimple mug. The taste is cereal grains, corn, & some green bottle skunk. All in all, I'm glad that I was able to try a beer from Turkey but there was no date on the bottle. Cheers! B-
Dec 14, 2020
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Rated by pkalix from California

1.58/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
10.1 oz.... are you shittin' me???? is this the mark of socialism? smaller and smaller bottles??? clear, crisp, carbonation, corn....
Nov 29, 2020
Rated: 2.85 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Nov 17, 2020
Rated: 2.78 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 3.39 by NastyNorseman from New York

Jul 30, 2020
Rated: 2.83 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania

Jul 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
From a bottle, pours with a clear straw color, a white frothy head, and lots of effervescence. Whew, aroma is very like an adjunct beer (not a good thing) with whiffs of corn and metal. Taste is mostly malt forward with breadiness. There are light floral hops at the back end. Overall, this would be a fine beer ... after your first six, but I'd never hand this to a guest.
Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by KooVee from Finland

3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500ml bottle, bb in 8m.

Clear light golden colour, very thin head that disappears quickly, no lace. Bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass instead, almost as in a sparkling wine.

Non-assertive nose from the sweeter end of the Eurolager spectrum. The faintest hop notes, a dash of grain, but for some reason I am reminded of maize. Not very promising.

Taste is an improvement, there is a weak but clear sense of a diacetyl-type pilsener (which I like), so this is more a pilsener than a pils. Too bad hops are missing almost totally. There is the bitterness in the tail, clearer if you eat something sweetish (sampled in a Turkish restaurant). The carbonation is a distractor, being so sharpish and bringing a soapy element.

As such, somewhat above average for a Euro lager. Fits very well with Turkish food based on this experience. The flavours of the food make the beer drier and the carbonation has the counterpoints to complete.
Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I had a draft of this at a Turkish restaurant in Chicago on New Year's eve...the last day of 2017. It was OK, but nothing spectacular. I'm not a fan of the style and this is not a remarkable example of the style. Higher score because of the food pairing.
Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 2.96 by JonnoWillsteed from England

Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(300 ml steinie bottle, tab crown, best before ENIG, lot 111; purchased cold single at Foodery, 10th & Pine... poured into a fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear pale gold liquid; yes, a bit of dusty sediment snuck in, suspended; inch-high, bumpy pad of white foam... thin collar remains, only a few thin strands of lace

S: pungent herbal hop-forward punch, perhaps a touch of sulfur; underlying doughy malt lingers

T: bready malt base; grassy, spicy hop a bit on the decline, but adds a nice herbal bitterness on the back end; clean, dry aftertaste... subsequent sips reinforce a doughy malt foundation, slight golden bread crust settling in the wings, subtle spicy phenol at the back; flavors overall relatively rich

F: smooth, light-plus body; barely a sizzle going through... a little chew, but otherwise lovely, clean, mellow malt nectar; faint glow of warmth builds in the back

O: took a chance on this - my other option locally was a 6-pack sitting in a pile in the back room of Mr. Liquor, each bottle with a beard (c. 2014s?)... I do believe I had this once out of a green longneck, at least 10 years ago, swilled from the bottle (a common theme with many international pale lagers, first encounter)... despite apparent age, this wasn't half bad (1590)
Oct 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
From a bottle at Leziz in DC

Look: Clean and clear with a thin white head

Smell: Corny and sweet, maybe a hint of light floral hops.

Taste. Same as the smell. Just not a lot going on here besides the corn sweetness.

Feel: Crisp but not as clean as a pils should be. It comes of too sweet or the style.

Over: Not the worst beer I have ever had but not something i would look for again.
Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by kjkinsey from Texas

Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 2.75 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 2.9 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Jul 30, 2019
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Bottled in a light green glass receptacle & purchased from budget supermarket Lidl
Pours a clear golden body body with decent enough white head
Aroma is corn cakes
Flavour is slight citrus & cream crackers
Jun 13, 2019
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