Efes Pilsener
Anadolu Efes Brewery

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European Pale Lager
Ranked #118
Ranked #47,944
3.12 | pDev: 20.19%
Anadolu Efes Brewery
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Photo of Guppy314
2.82/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of KooVee
3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev +17.6%
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)

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Photo of BergBeer
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 10.57(Including Tax and discount)/six-pack of 330 mL bottles ($ 0.172/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/7/19.
“BEST BEFORE DATE AND LOT NUMBER ETEG L 185” on back label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Yellow, clear, slight effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a five mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light yellow (Nearly colorless), clear.
Aroma – 3 - Dimethylsulfide and other sulfury aromas.
Flavor – 3 - Bad. Grainy and miscellaneous sulfur compounds. No alcohol (5 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – Very average AAL, nothing like a pilsner.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, unknown bottle code ETEF. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with as fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of skunky aromas, that dissipate through the glass, not overwhelming. Nice aromas with pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good Euro pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean pils malt showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance for the style. If they used brown bottles, it might have even been better. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of BurakK
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It tastes much better than before after changing the recipe regarding to German purity law. And I guess they have higher standards now. It's a decent pilsener. I prefer to drink from old fashioned original fat brown bottles.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.27/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a single serve into a pils glass.

Pours a remarkably pale straw color with a quick rising (and just as quickly leaving) two-finger foamy head. An initial storm of big bubble gives way to lower carbonation. Looks like a typical AAL.

The aromas are much better than the look. There is an undeniable adjunct character, with plenty of grain, but not offputting, and other aromas including grass, lemon, honey and earthy notes appear.

The taste is a "push" of good and not so much. Surprisingly balanced with a pleasing sweetness mixed with a definite hop bitterness, but skews toward sour as the brew warms. Drink this one on the quick side.

The mouthfeel is pretty darn good though. Very light, crisp, and with more carbonation than I thought.

Overall, one of the better Euros I've had, but that's about all I can say about it.

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Photo of EMH73
3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a half inch, poorly retained white head that left no lacing. Smells and tastes of grains, corn, grass, sweet malts and a hint of lemon. Light bodied and carbonated, fairly bitter especially as it warms. A Turkish AAL.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

canned version brewed in Cologne, Germany

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose + lemon & grain
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
The German Version i tried was a perfectly solid Pilsener.

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This lager is straw-coloured with a light body and feel. It has a lower than average head and somewhat average, not particular taste. Though not particularly remarkable, it fills the ever-present role of the "not very good but cheap and available" beer that every country has, in this case for Turkey. I would call this the Turkish Carlsberg.

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Photo of Chase781617
2.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Thought I'd give this Turkish beer a try, and the first time I had it I really had a negative view of it. Tried it a second time and it was laid out that this is just not that good of a beer.

To start, it had a pretty skunky smell both times. The taste was pretty fruity and wasn't that enjoyable to me. The feel wasn't all that horrible but it did leave a pretty sticky aftertaste that I wasn't fond of.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 33cl bottle. Light amber color with a lacing of bubbles. Skunky smell at first, some sweet grain afterwards. Medium feel, heavy carbonation. Not much taste, but there's a base of sweet malt and a lingering warm feeling. A check mark for Turkey on my list, but pretty average otherwise.

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Photo of VeganUndead
2.36/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A close second to Carlsberg Elephant for the worst beer I have ever had. Skunky, lightstuck, metallic, the list goes on. Stay away from this and green bottles

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear golden color, it tops with a finger of foamy white head that stands for a while before sinking to some bubble patch atop and leaving slight lacing.

In a nose, sweet corn, grain, bread, sulfur, and some earth.

Through the palate, it is just like the aroma, no real bitterness with slight grain sourness.

Light body with sharp carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a clean finish.

Like an adjunct for me not a pils. Obviously corny and grain.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Festival de las Naciones. In Teku glass. At dinner, with San Jacobo. Pretty dcent for an industrial lager. Not much taste, of course, but nothing unpleasant nor out of place, and refreshing

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Photo of monkist
4.4/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Need to start my review with the conclusion: this is a very good beer. Didn't know what to expect and it fulfilled all that it could.
It is a Pilsener however closer to an American adjunct but rich, rich in hops and malts.
Its smell reminds me a bit of Carlsberg, at least the hoppiness of a non-Czech pilsener. The taste is even more so, although light but still offers a round, full taste - a tiny bit of dry bitterness lingers on the palate in the end.
Very refreshing and easy to drink and the added CO2 is not strong either, very fine bubbly that just helps the beer to be backed down one after the other - because this is how this beer feels, something you drink for pleasure especially on hot summer days and nights, by the sea, with barbecue or grilled meat, "the Mediterranean beer" brings all of this.
Quite well done, a nice, decent light pilsener (read the bros' review if you don't believe me ;)

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Photo of aleigator
3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colored, clear beer with a bubbly, big white head.

Smells of sweet wheat, a hint of grass and a herbal freshness.

Has a very light body, very refreshing with a well fitting, higher carbonation.

Tastes of a sweet, toffee maltiness, coated up by wheat and a bubbly effervescence. Develops a short hop presence of dried herbs, together with a subtle, bitter peak. Finishes with a nice lingering dryness, balanced by toffee malts.

Solid, well balanced and very light Pilsener, which is definitely to be found on the sweeter end of things.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the green 330 ml. bottle with the label stamped EMRE L76. Sampled on December 16, 2016.

The pour is golden yellow with a lingering white head. Busy carbonation.

This was one of the slightly skunked versions but not overwhelming. I still got a distinct sour dough, toasted bread, and grassy hop character in the aroma.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The taste has a forward white bread sour dough bread malt note but not as toasty as the aroma suggests. Clean, crisp, and grassy finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the bottle in a snifter. This pils via a friend from work (Thanks Kevin) pours
a crystal clear yellow with a quickly dissipating head of white foam that goes
away FAST. Nose of sweet malts and medium strong grain notes. Flavors
follow the nose with sweet malts and grain notes with a touch of sourness
and herbal hops finishing lightly dry. Decent mouth feel but nothing to grab about
with low carbonation and clean finish. A Miller High Life brewed in Turkey---decent.

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Photo of Orhan-Batur
3.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer of choice for the Turkish population. A decent German Style Pilsener. Pours nicely with a very clear, golden yellow, bright look and has a decent head.

Smells and tastes all right with very malty character, but somehow, this refreshing beer has been a little bit rough to drink for me.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review: Can of Efes Pilsen: ABV: 5%

The “number one Mediterranean beer in the world” as their slogan says, which is a big ask but lets see….

On pour has a very clear golden yellow colour, looks good, has a nice head, not a bad looking beer at all, light, looks good

Had a nice beery smell, nice smell of malts and grains, very nice,

Got a lot of fruits on the nose. Nice aroma

The taste was very sweet, lots of malts
In a weird way it tasted like washing up liquid, but strangely not in a bad way! A starchy kind of taste.
Not bad, but sweet
A smooth beer, very drinkable, light, dont really get the 5%

Some hops present, a little sour, but not overly bitter,
Really smooth,

Drinkable, goes down well. Overall, ok, but I think I might need to try this one again for another sitting……

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours golden amber in color with a moderate head. The head lasts a bit. Some bread in the nose, followed by a nicely flavored slightly malty beer with a touch of Pilsener bitterness. Yum!

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