Efes Pilsener
Anadolu Efes Brewery

Efes PilsenerEfes Pilsener
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Anadolu Efes Brewery
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #109
Ranked #29,345
3.11 | pDev: 20.26%
Jan 27, 2022
Sep 13, 2001
Efes PilsenerEfes Pilsener
Notes: None
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of beerbuddy11735
1.87/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by beerbuddy11735 from New York

Tried it in a 500ml can which was tinny taste. Wish they had it in bottles.

Jan 27, 2022
3.13 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from New York on Jan 17, 2022
Photo of Pete1664
3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Pete1664

Holiday lager. Love it. May not be as complex or fashionable as others but does the job on on holiday.

Jan 12, 2022
3.88 by Eman17 from Illinois on Nov 19, 2021
2.54 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Sep 01, 2021
Photo of MikeWard
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
3.5 by iftcoach from Germany on Aug 25, 2021
Photo of VABA
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by VABA from Virginia

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
4.13 by BEZMEZ on May 28, 2021
4.07 by Daneve76 from Australia on May 25, 2021
2.88 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela on Mar 04, 2021
Photo of Nass
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Nass from Florida

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
Photo of pkalix
1.58/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by pkalix from California

10.1 oz.... are you shittin' me???? is this the mark of socialism? smaller and smaller bottles??? clear, crisp, carbonation, corn....

Nov 29, 2020
2.85 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Nov 17, 2020
2.78 by DvdP from Netherlands on Sep 27, 2020
3.39 by NastyNorseman from New York on Jul 30, 2020
2.83 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2020
Photo of Guppy314
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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
Photo of KooVee
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KooVee from Finland

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
Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

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
2.96 by JonnoWillsteed from England on Jan 01, 2020
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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
Photo of BergBeer
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by BergBeer from Hawaii

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
3.58 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 24, 2019
2.75 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Sep 02, 2019
2.9 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Jul 30, 2019
Photo of EmperorBevis
2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by EmperorBevis from England

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
2.55 by CobraDC23 from Florida on Jun 03, 2019
2.5 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 02, 2019
2.85 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine on Apr 21, 2019
Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 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.

Mar 07, 2019
3.08 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Feb 24, 2019
2.93 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 26, 2019
3.25 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2019
2.14 by batu from Turkey on Nov 26, 2018
3 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands on Sep 23, 2018
Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Sep 22, 2018
2.67 by dextermcgurk from New York on Sep 05, 2018
Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 674 ratings